This Italian restaurant has been up and running for a little over a month now. I know. I'm in arrears, but hey, what can you do? There are only three meals in a day. And with so many Italian restaurants opening up around Shanghai, sometimes bougie organic joints, overpriced pizza legends, and swank omakases just take precedent.

Regardless, Mangi warrants a mention. It's run by the people behind La Vite, that little trattoria and wine bar on Wulumuqi. This is their attempt at something a tad more upmarket.
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Big news if you're into street art. This guy Futura, a.k.a. Futura 2000, is stopping by the opening of his new exhibition Saturday from 4-7pm at the MD Gallery. Futura was an early graf pioneer in late 70s NYC, which led to crazy gigs like painting the backdrops live during one of The Clash's tours, doing some of their record art, designing for Nike, Supreme, and A Bathing Ape, and exhibitions at galleries all around the world. Dude even designed a special edition Hennessey V.S.O.P bottle.

He's done a set of pieces exclusively for his exhibition at the gallery, which opens Saturday and runs until December 6. The exhibition is still a work in progress, and tomorrow you'll be able to see him work on it live. That's free too.

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A few of Shanghai's well-known party crews have birthdays this weekend -- hats off to them. Putting on club nights is hard work.

First up, S.T.D. turns seven years old tonight. Now, some might question their mentalities, their "vision," or their "DJ Sets" on Ableton. But they've got two venues, Arcade and Arkham, and a bigger local following than any other crew in Shanghai, so they're doing something that works. Their seven-year bash happens Friday night at Arkham. Probably gonna be a banger.

Then on Saturday at The Shelter, you've got Come Correct turning three years old. That's 156 weeks. They might act drunken, offensive, or even fight sidewalks after tequila shots. They may verbally harass customers who leave the venue early or make a bad request.... Read on

NIGHTLIFE / OCT 31 / Share


It looks like the tipping/add fee function on popular cab software Didi Dache is gone. No longer is there a functionality on the popular smartphone app that lets you add tips in increments of 10rmb to assure priority service.

Our guess is that this is most likely just an act of lip service. There is always a loophole. You can still use the voice messaging function to just tell the driver you're willing to tip. Or, if you're able to type in Chinese, you can hit the 消话 and type the amount your willing to pay (e.g. "加10快"). Either way, it's highly unlikely your cabbie will turn down the offer of a little extra cash.

In related news, Didi Dache also added a new "Zhuan Che" service to the app a few months ago to compete with Uber. I've used this to take an A6 to work a few times, for double the regular fare. ... Read on

COMMUNITY / OCT 31 / Share


Local video production outfit Monkey Kingz has put out another one of their prank videos. This one is deliciously fucked up. They dressed a guy up like a zombie—we're talking 28 Days Later-style, not Night of the Living Dead-style—and had him ride Metro Line 1 while in the throes of a some kind of spasmodic zombie seizure.

Given the recent, highly-publicized reaction to some poor guy fainting on the Metro over the summer, you can probably imagine how a guy covered in weeping lesions, stumbling around, and coughing up blood might startle a few commuters.

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SMSH / OCT 31 / Share


The Shanghai International Beer Festival kicks off tonight. Didn't that just happen? Anyway, this goes down from 6pm–1am on Thursday and Friday then 2pm-1am on Saturday and Sunday at Wharf 1643 by The Cool Docks. There's 65 beer tents and 30 food vendors, including Tock's, La Coyota, and Rajun Cajun. Beers by Brooklyn Brewery, Amazonia, and many more. Last time I went, the average beer was 30rmb.

Tickets are 50rmb and that includes a free Stella Artois. There's a ton of free tickets floating around town as well but you don't get a free beer with those. Got any media friends? Holler at them. Probably got a stack of about 200. For entertainment, there's acrobats, performances, dancers, and a gang of locally-based DJs. Here's the full music schedule:

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NIGHTLIFE / OCT 30 / Share


So there's this Halloween runway show on Friday night that will outshine anything at Shanghai Fashion Week. Artist Mike Loh, whose dayjob is making 10,000 dollar predator suits for rich otakus, has spent the last several months hand-crafting, 3D-printing, molding, cutting, and sewing ten full-sized pieces of wearable art for a fashion show at Strictly Designer's at 9pm on Friday. It's free, with music by the Come Correct Crew and cheap drinks.

Ahead of that, I spoke with Mike via email and WeChat about cos-play, haters, and Predator... ... Read on

ART / OCT 30 / Share


I've been hipped to quite a few "Coming Soon" signs for some popular venues around town.

First: Kota's. After being pushed out by his previous partners, it looks like Kota Tsubuki is coming back with vengeance. He's already got a second branch in the works on Nanjing Xi Lu in Henderson 688 Plaza. My guess is we can expect an experience similar to this. Kota will soon be joined by another branch of glo London, too.

Just down the street, Shanghai Centre will soon have a couple of new tenants: another branch of classic cocktail lounge Bar Constellation. Just a couple of doors down, another branch of Jesse (Lao Jishi), which is owned by the same family that owns Constellation, will open soon as well.

DINING / OCT 30 / Share


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Mrs. Buckwurst and I decided to treat ourselves last weekend, and as we'd never had "Korean-fusion" food before, but like both Korean & French food, we decided to give CHI-Q a try.... Atmosphere/Decor It looks great, lots of swanky wood and dark corners, but there's a fundamental problem. The tables are too wide. To talk with your guests you have to shout across the table to be heard. This is of course a problem for your own conversation, but worse is hearin [..read on]

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