More dogs than DMX this weekend with two canine charity events. First up, weirdo disco crew Discosmic Adventure have a party with Wang Ayi Dog Shelter at Lune on Saturday night. ALL of the money – the cover and the DJ fees - goes to the Wang Ayi Dog Shelter, an organization we wrote about a few months ago. Wang Ayi's volunteers will be working the door and ready to answer any questions.

Then on Sunday afternoon at The Apartment, Best Friends China are looking for some responsible owners for a bunch of pups they recently rescued from a puppy mill. The dogs have already had their first round of shots; they just need a home. One important point though: they have all had the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) and should not be around unvaccinated dogs for the next few months. But that won't affect their healthy future. These guys are really cute – take a look at some photos after the jump.

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Beijing/Shanghai/Universe promoters Split Works have revealed their final line-up for their multi-city, multi-venue, multi-media Jue Festival event, taking place from March 12 to March 22.

They're doing it Bonnaroo-style, with one big poster, with the bigger acts at the top and then a Star Wars text scroll to the smaller acts, ending right around "Compact Dicks" and "Cousin Kippy" at the bottom, font size .00000000000001.

Click here to have a look.

Lots of lovely things on that. In particular, Japanese world smashers BORIS, making their mainland debut. Here's a "Statement" from them. The other big-font name is Roc Nation hip hop producer Jay Electronica, so that's like... the bookends of music right there.

Anyway, you can put on your reading glasses and scroll through that line-up at that link up there if you want...

NIGHTLIFE / JAN 30 / Share


If you have a smartphone in China and you want to see just how much cancer and respiratory disease you're stockpiling in your lungs you probably use the popular Air Quality Index app. It's that one with the icon of the guy wearing a pollution mask.

Well, we just learned of another app on the market called Airpocalypse. And it not only tells you about degree of impending doom that descends up on us from the sky daily. It also provides weather forecasts, wry humor, and helpful suggestions for how to cope with the shit we breathe in every day.
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The big opening this weekend is the Rockbund Art Museum show featuring newly commissioned works by Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford. Mark picked up a bunch of colonial-era maps on a recent trip to Shanghai, which got him thinking about the city's changing landscape and inspired him to create this new series Tears of a Tree.

Bradford often incorporate materials foraged from the very streets he paints into his works. Sounds pretty good. He's a fairly big name – he's got a huge new sculpture called Bell Tower that hangs above the security screening area at the LA International Airport. Stop by Rockbund on Friday night between 6.30-9pm for the grand opening. ... Read on

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[Update: Shanghai Brewery has verified with us that they are definitely opening a third branch on Donghu Lu, but the Hengshan location is not closing]

Some unconfirmed nightlife gossip right here. Heard that the Bund is about to lose yet another fine, fine establishment – Cirque Le Soir. Supposedly they're closing after this weekend for "rebranding".

Remember than Belgian Beer Cafe on Donghu Lu that closed after like six months? They had four beers on tap, one of which was Stella, and they called it a beer café. God damn Family Mart has a better beer selection. Rumor has it Shanghai Brewery's Hengshan location has to close soon due to a new metro station, and they're gonna take over the spot on Donghu. Their beer is slightly better than Stella so that's a good thing.
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Decent pickings this weekend. Thursday night looks alright with about 50 happy hours, including the one at The Cut in IAPM with Super Attractive Ghetto Blaster playing. Around the corner Kulou has a new ladies night too. And for comedy, Zapata's has an open mic from 8-10pm hosted by Barney Rivera with happy hour running the whole time. Later on you've got the monthly Push & Pull party at Shelter, one of the only proper UK nights in town for grime, gar-age, deep dubstep, and club trax.

Friday night, Fans of Sublime and reggae/hip hop/rock crossover shiz will probably like the last show/album release by Hello Money Friday at Yuyintang. Those looking for just reggae can find it at Logo too. And just down the block at Dada, global bass party Popasuda should be a banger as well. Donghu Lu has at least two hip hop parties, one at Monkey as usual and another new night at Karma just across the street. For house, Factory54 has Mau Mau and Mia spinning and that should be aight. And for some darker, industrial techno and analog business, Stockholm Syndrome is back at Shelter. ... Read on

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