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Sad, sad news right here. The underground bomb shelter/film space/art kids and weirdos lair known as the Basement 6 Collective (B6C) is closing their space on Huashan Lu next week after ongoing noise complaints, possibly related to Marc Ressang's photo exhibition a few weeks ago. The collective injected some much-needed weirdness into Shanghai's art scene, with events like their "Internet Water Balloon Games" and "No Lights No Lyrca" dance-in-the-dark sessions.

B6C's last hoorah will be a one night only installation by American artist Bethany Lynn Jesseph on September 23. Bethany is a multimedia artist whose works focus on social and environmental issues. Her work has been shown at Dada's Cinemash Up film night, Design Pie, G1, and other galleries around the city.

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Here is some potentially bad news for anyone who uses third party taxi apps like Didi Dache. According to a report in the Chinese-language news website Sina, the Shanghai municipal government is seeking to end the use of the function that enables passengers to tip their drivers.

Released on September 17, the statement basically says that taxi drivers can only charge passengers the fee shown on the meter. Moreover, any driver caught demanding a tip for service will supposedly be fined 200rmb. Passengers are also entitled to a refund twice over at the driver's expense.
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So this is a bummer. The new iPhone models may not be available here officially until 2015. Officially, Apple says, "There are some details which are not ready.". Others say that that Apple still lacks the necessary approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology(MIIT) for their latest models. But there's probably more to it than that.

Many a tech blogger has speculated that Apple is seeking revenge on mainland carriers for leaking photos of the new phone before the official release date.

Apple also might be pissed that Taiwanese pop star Jimmy Lin managed to get the iPhone6 and post photos way back on June 11th. ... Read on

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Well this is fucking rad. Two DJs set to play at Arkham Saturday night for a 1LoveShanghai party are doing a two hour live show on uDance Radio tonight. Since uDance is now a cafe in Jing'an, this is open to the public, free, and looks like a bit of a jam, a la Boiler Room.

First up is Girl Unit, straight up one of the most exciting electronic producers of the last decade. His style blends UK Bass, American R&B, 80s electro, and club music. He's part of London's Night Slugs crew, and got pretty famous for his tunes "IRL", "Wut." Saw him DJ back-to-back with Jam City in London last year and he's solid on the decks. Here's a recent Boiler Room mix.

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Turns out disco did not completely die in that Chicago riot back in '79. Tonight Lola's weekly Holly Sh*t! party run by Charp and Toma Cher has a really nice disco booking - Florida's Sleazy McQueen.

Dude has released over a hundred edits, re-works, and original tracks, including a solid edit of Stevie Wonder's "Do I Do" on a that Boogie Bodega EP on the French label Whiskey Disco.

So that's tonight at Lola. I imagine he'll probably start around midnight or 1am. Cover is 50rmb. Full info here. And in other disco re-edits news - Tiger & Woods are at Arkham next weekend. Stay tuned for more on that.

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If you're into French people doing bosa nova/chanson covers of songs by bands like The Cure, XTC, The Clash, Joy Division, and Buzzcocks, you may dig this. This weekend has two shows by popular group Nouvelle Vague, who opened for The Eels back in 2011. Well, actually they headlined, because the Eels' equipment never arrived so they didn't play.

On Friday night 789 Nanjing Lu has Nouvelle Vague doing a show with Chinese singer Tia Ray. She does jazz songs songs with a bit of the hip hop sass. I saw her at a weird boom boom club in Chongqing in 2012 and the kids went crazy. That show is 180rmb and starts at 9pm. [Update: The Friday show has sold out]

Then on Sunday, there's this brunch affair at Le Bistrot. Price is 498rmb +15% per person including soft drinks, 528rmb +15% gets you free flow Moët Brut, and 598rmb +15% gets you free flow Moët Rose. Starts at noon and goes until whenever.

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Hey Yangpu District, here's some news for you. This new student club called Propaganda, which has been running in Beijing and Tianjin for like a decade, is opening shop this Friday night with a free open bar from 8.30pm-1am.

One of the proprietors describes the place as "like a down-to-earth fun version of [standard Chinese club] for people who don't have shit-tons of cash and who don't necessarily want to take long-ass cab rides across the city." Our sister site SmartBeijing describes the Beijing branch as "tons of students getting super crunk on open bar deals, kicking it out to Top 40s banger jams and the like. Two levels of the leaders of tomorrow just grinding that shit out. Pure romance. Serious." So there's that to look forward to during your cultural experience in China.

Standard prices there will be 10rmb-40rmb for drinks, with no cover charges for now. And for Friday night, reckless abandon is free. Do. your. worst.

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Just a final reminder that this Saturday Bubba's Cool Docks hosts its 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Team sign-ups are closed up; 23 teams are competing this year.

There is still plenty of room for spectators, though. It kicks off at 10am, so if you're a total glutton you can get your drink and chili on bright and early. Truth be told, though, there probably won't be much going on until around 11am when the first band starts playing. They'll be handing out awards at around 4.30, and the whole thing wraps up at 6pm.

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