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[The Agenda]:
July 2015

Stuff to do. It's a bit in short supply this month. That's July for you. Lots of artsy, cultural stuff and DJ parties, though. You'll live.

By SmSh Jul 3, 2015
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  • KTGA Vintage Tribal Fest - 4th Gran...

    Tribal inspiration at this market celebrating Gypsy, Maori, Yunnan, and other global nomads. Kick the Gong Around (KTGA) always does a good job putting together these mar...
    Promotions | Datong Mill

    Stars & Stripes: AmCham Independenc...

    USA! USA! AmCham's annual Independence Day party is back for America's 239th birthday, with all of the July 4th traditions: barbecue burgers and dogs, a watermelon eating...

    Fourth of July Toga Party & BBQ

    Calling all frat bros and ancient Romans -- Boxing Cat on Fuxing Lu is celebrating America's Independence Day by wearing bed sheets. BBQ meats start from 25rmb, and peopl...
  • NIKE Sports Camps

    These NIKE sponsored summer youth camps have been running in China since 2012 with professional coaches and lots of NIKE gear. They have morning and afternoon camps at Ba...
    Community, Sports | SmSh Territory

    Morning Raving: Yeh! Frozen Yogurt ...

    Best way to celebrate a froyo opening? A 10am rave, apparently. On Sunday morning this new froyo shop has free, amped up zumba and yoga sessions, with a juice bar, coffee...
    Dining, Promotions, Sports | Yeh! Yogurt

    Space Out!: Global Communications

    This month's daytime record-listening sesh features Global Communication's ambient 1994 album 76:14, with guest host Howell of The Shelter's Sub-Culture. Space Out!'s co...
    Nightlife | On Stage
  • Happy Hour

    Global Chinese restaurant Sweet & Sour on Nanjing Lu has some solid happy hour offerings. From Mon–Friday, 2pm–7pm, they do Asahi draft for 20rmb, then Karl Strauss R...
    Nightlife | Sweet & Sour

    Monday Margarita

    Decent Monday deal at the once-mighty Cantina Agave (both locations in Shanghai and their Sanlitun spot in Beijing). From 7pm-late they do half price on half pitchers of ...

    True Detective Screening

    This dark little cocktail bar is screening the week's newest episode of True Detective every Monday night at 10pm. It's recommended you get there before 9.30pm for a bett...
    Nightlife | Arcade
  • Crossovers: A Filmic Exploration of...

    Group exhibition Crossovers looks into the role of artists in shaping and reshaping collective visual memory, the creation of new myths, and the ways in which time can be...
    | OCAT

    Christy Lee Rogers: The Eternal Aqu...

    A debut China-side show for photographer Christy Lee Rogers hits up Art Labor gallery this summer. Described as 'post-modern water works', they see models submerged under...

    July Documentaries: Alive Inside

    The art studio's weekly movie night is dedicated to documentaries for July. This week's is Alive Inside, a documentary that follows social worker Dan Cohen and his non-pr...
    Nightlife | Sip'n'Paint
  • Wine Down Wednesday

    Every Wednesday, starting at 8pm, Maison Camus puts all of its wine bottles and wines by the glass at 50% off. With 84 wines by the glass, they have Shanghai's largest se...
    Dining, Nightlife | Maison Camus

    Hakkatini Night

    Posh Chinese food Bund spot Hakkasan has a deal on martinis every Wednesday night. Martinis and other selected cocktails available for 48rmb plus they've got complimentar...
    Nightlife | Hakkasan

    Come Correct

    Grimey weekly hip hop night that's been running for three years down in an old bomb shelter on Yongfu Lu. Music policy is old school and underground hip hop by DJ Caution...
    Nightlife | The Shelter
  • Stankonia #Girlz Edition

    Cool local hip hop / electro / funk night, run by Kin J -- the dude who used to work the boards at uDance radio and husband of Cookie, who runs Daily Vinyl. This time he'...
    Nightlife | Dada


    Three-piece experimental Montreal pop band Braids stops by Yuyintang in support of their new album Deep In the Iris, which Pitchfork gave a solid 7.4 / 10. Starts at 9pm....
    Nightlife | Yuyintang

    BrewDog Tap Takeover

    Coming straight out of Scotland, BrewDog is taking over the taps at Liquid Laundry. You might know them for their 5am Saint and Punk IPA. Usually their bottles go for 40?...
    Nightlife | Liquid Laundry
  • The Machinery of Other Skeletons: E...

    Big night of brutal heavy metal right here as The Machinery of Other Skeletons return to Yuyintang to celebrate the release of Static Fades, their second EP. They'll be j...
    Nightlife | Yuyintang


    Bar Rouge brings back their Bollywood night, which might be the longest-running Indian party in town. They've got DJ Dee from Delhi on the decks. Judging by his remixes o...
    Nightlife | Bar Rouge

    Footprint | Martin Eyerer

    Footprint returns with Martin Eyerer. He's a big name in house and techno, having spent the past twenty years touring the globe and releasing tunes on labels like Waterga...
    Nightlife | Arkham



businessinchina Black Pepper July 3
I’ve enjoyed every meal I’ve had at Garlic, so when I heard the proprietor had opened a new restaurant I was naturally interested in giving it a try. Black Pepper had been favorably reviewed by the majority of expat platforms and for one simple reason: for the price it offers a reasonable meal. However, in most reviews there has been a discussion around “20 courses” when in reality there are 3.5 courses of 16-20 dishes (I’m using the word “dishes” quite liberally here, a cut up banana hardly counts as a dish, does it?). When I think twenty course dining experiences, something like UltraViolet come to mind, so alas, I fell victim to unreasonably high expectations.

Black Pepper is its pretty good for what it is... Read On



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