Hold onto the nights, Shanghai - Richard Marx will NOT be right there waiting for you at the Shanghai Grand Stage. We just received word that the '80s ballad singer has canceled his upcoming Shanghai concert. The reason? Endless summer nights and the cosmic ballet. We have already refunded everyone who bought tickets.

NIGHTLIFE / JUL 28 / Share


Anime fans, cos-play weirdos, comic nerds, fanboys, otaku, mouth-breathers and people who don't see the sun, your weekend is coming.

The annual digital entertainment expo China Joy returns to Shanghai this Thursday, July 31 and runs until Sunday, August 3 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. Basically, this means real life anime girls and video games, in a hot-as-balls expo center.
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One of house music's favorite shticks is songs that talk about house music. Classic examples include Mr. Fingers' "Can You Feel It" from 1986, The Jungle Brothers' "I'll House You" from 1988, and the House Master Boyz' ""House Nation", also from 1988.

Flash forward to 2014 and now Shanghai's very own DJ Spenny has a house tune about house music too. The refrain is "WE MAKE LOVE TO HOUSE MUSIC." Whether the "we" in question talking about making love with house music in the background or literally inserting their collective penis in house music is up for debate.

The video, however, is pretty straightforward ... Read on

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This Tuesday is a good night for beer snobs. Here are two options for you...

First up: Kaiba. The Belgian beer bar's Dingxi Lu branch is hosting an evening with Duvel's 2014 Triple Hop Selection. This is a specialty brew that the label produces annually, and it's different from year to year. Duvel's marketing director Keith Friederich will be on hand to talk about the beers. They'll be doing tastings, and Duvel beers will by buy-one-get-one-free. I goes from 8–9pm. If you want to get in, you'll have to RSVP, though. Send an email to marketing@kaiba-beerbar.com.

Or there is 10 Corso Como. The fashion and design boutique/restaurant and bar is hosting an aperitivo featuring craft beers by Italian label Gjulia. They do all kinds of crafty ales, wheat beers and ambers. They even do an organic beer. Pay 148rmb, and you'll get to drink your fill and get to eat Italian finger food from 7–9pm. Looks like a good deal. More details on all of that right here.

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This week, Gaia2 underwhelms Bullitt. Elefante suffers some service slip-ups. DarkSoul87 raves about Estado Puro. As does mikethesupremeleader about Vedas. And finally there is our winner, KevinTextbook on Liquid Laundry. He wins simply because I like a self-deprecating types. For your efforts, Kevin, you get 500rmb in free delivery from Sherpa's. Enjoy.

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Here's what looks good this weekend. For hip hop on Friday night, Monkey Champagne has the last Explicit party with DJ Choyce Kutz, who we interviewed yesterday right here. Right next door for house/techno, there's the Electrax party at Lune. That one is run by some really old-school heads - local cats who did electronic parties in the 90s before EDM was a catchprase. For darker electronic vibes, The Shelter has a live set by Shawn O'Sullivan from the L.I.E.S. label out of New York, and tonight's show will be recorded and broadcast on Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Out on The Bund, M18 has DJ Patrick Oliver. ... Read on

NIGHTLIFE / JUL 25 / Share


So that bi-weekly Jiashan Market is on a brief summer hiatus. It's just too damn hot to stand around in a tent hawking shirts you've made in your apartment with a Beadazzler. But the Andaz HotelM is hosting one tomorrow night (Saturday, July 26) in the plaza that faces Huangpi Lu.

From 5–10pm, there will be folks selling everything from cookies to coffee to fine wine. And if it's still too hot you can go into Xuan Bar to cool down with drink specials.

DINING / JUL 25 / Share


Remember back when the original LoGO was open and everyone used to drink 3rmb cans of Suntory on the steps outside? Now you can drink a pint of Guinness on those same steps, at an actual bar — albeit for 60rmb. Aside from slightly high prices this new-ish Irish pub is a pretty decent place to have a beer and listen to some live acoustic music.

The Tipsy Fiddler is a project by some long-time Irish pub entrepreneurs in this city. After O'Malley's and the other Blarney Stone met their demise, they noticed a dearth of Irish pubs in the city - hence this place. ... Read on

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    This much loved romantic comedy comes to Shanghai as part of Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebration. Expect a surreal night of fairies, spells, lovers, and plenty of mischief. Limited engagement, three nights only.
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    80s pop/ballad star Richard Marx, he of "Right Here Waiting" and "Now and Forever" fame, returns to Shanghai for another show. He's sold over 30 million records worldwide and people here love him. Re-live the summer of '87 for one night only.
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    French harmonica virtuoso Laurent Maur and guitarist Thierry Lujan come to the Shanghai Oriental Art Center as part of their 2014 Chamber Concerts series.
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    First ever Shanghai appearance of one of the biggest instrumental bands on this planet – Japan's TOE. Expect an intense post rock experience of beautiful harmonies performed by world class musicians.
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    The highly-acclaimed Kammerchor Stuttgart orchestra arrives in Shanghai along with its conductor and founder Frieder Bernius. They've been doing it since 1968. Tickets start at 150rmb and go up to 380rmb for the VIP seats.
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    Four award winning French piano quartet comes to Shanghai for the 2014 Chamber Concerts series. These chamber musicians graduated from the finest conservatories in France, and have played all the big spots in Europe. On this evening, they're playing
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