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File this one under good deeds and karma points. So there's this volunteer organization called BEAN that's been helping people out since like 2008. They organize volunteer trips to hang out with the elderly, kids with disabilities, and adults with special needs. Good people.

They have their monthly meetup tonight at wine/ham spot Pata Negra from 7.30-10pm. Could be a good chance to make some new friends or save your soul from eternal damnation and hellfire. BEAN staff on hand to give you info about all their upcoming activities.

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This week, Tock's gets its first negative marks. Pretty harsh. Brooklyn¬_forever disputes the "Brooklyn-ness" of Rachel's, but is all about the Beijing-ness of the duck at Xindalu. Philwa gives high praise to Dos Locos. Philwa's scathing review of Mr. Pancake house is what gets the 500rmb Sherpa's voucher this week. Fortunately, Phil, pancakes don't travel too well, so you can put your voucher to better use.

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Sad news right here. According to an email going around to vendors, The Ice Cream Truck just made the decision to cancel the fall edition of their popular Design, Art, and Fashion Fair a.k.a. DAFF due to venue issues. We long suspected something was going on, as TICT was fairly quiet about DAFF but promoted their Halloween party quite heavily.

From that email: "The West Bund venue had expressed anti-terrorism concerns from the Xuhui government. We have been working with the venue and government authorities to find a suitable solution. In part, due to the success of the Spring edition, police authorities asked for a security re-evaluation of the venue, where it was deemed unsafe for such a large-scale event."

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Two big music festivals going down this weekend and perhaps you're wondering how to get there, if you can still get tickets at the door, and do they sell beer.

First up, the creatively titled Top 100 DJs Festival. This goes from 12pm-10pm on Saturday only. For some reason they have Giorgio Moroder playing from 3pm-3.45pm. Might have an early bedtime, not sure. Fatboy Slim plays at 8pm followed by Steve Aoki at 9pm. Full schedule here. Tickets still available at the venue, officially at 390rmb. Beer available but it's 50rmb.

Top 100 happens at the Broad Auto Theme Park just across the river in Pudong -- here's the address. It's about a 40rmb cab ride from downtown. You're better off taking metro Line 7 to Houtan station and taking a cab or walking twenty minutes. You'll find a lot of dudes pushing taxis and tickets outside the station. ... Read on

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After several months behind "Coming Soon" signage Pret A Manger opened grandly yesterday in the K11 Artmall.

The London-based quick-serve concept has developed a sterling reputation for serving natural, preservative-free food that's produced locally whenever possible. It's customer service ethos also enjoys some renown as well as some ridicule. Judging from the lunch I had today, it seems they're living up to both in Shanghai so far.
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3D-printing, toy-making, robotics, and more hacker warez taking over Yangpu District all weekend at the Shanghai Makers Carnival. Information on this one is sparse, but the event features workshops, classes, and demos by groups like Xin Che Jian, RoboPeak and DFRobot.

The DIY affair happens Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm at Wujiaochang on the north end of Line 10 at 234 Songhu Lu. Grab a free ticket and check out the whole schedule on this website right here.

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A new cocktail lounge called Barules opened softly this week and already seems to be a hit among fashionable, well-heeled types from Taiwan. It resides behind a sliding door framed by irregular wood-paneling, just on the other side of Fenyang Lu from another recently-opened competitor.

It looks like the designers have taken cues from a few other bars in town, most notably the pressed tin ceiling, which looks like the one you'll see here, only gaudier. Rather than a sunken bar surrounded by arm chairs, that hallmark of the craft cocktail lounge, Barules has opted for the more standard barstool configuration, along with peripheral seating across two floors.
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In late August, Amazon set up operations in Shanghai’s newish free-trade zone, aiming to establish a global logistics center, build a stronger cross-border e-commerce platform and smooth out the workings of its electronic payment system in China.

What this means for us common folk: people in China can now place orders directly from the mothership—Amazon.com in the US. Items are shipped directly from the US to China in just seven to ten days (the fastest is three days). Renmin's got more about that here.

We tried it out recently, using a Bank of China Visa card. The package arrived via UPS just three days later.... Read on

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Philwa on Mr Pancake House (Wuding Lu) on Oct 15th
Seriously I don't get it... this place is a mystery: what's worth queuing? Tasteless pancakes? Noisy staff that doesn't give a damn about guests? or the Christmas songs playing repeatedly in the middle of Summer? Worst: I ordered a double espresso and was explained they would only be serving singles now. Asking why I received the oddest answer from my waitress: because we can charge 2 singles more than a double. I first I thought it was a joke but I've been long enough here to see she wasn't and that she clearly ha [..read on]

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