Couple decent/free movie experiences happening on Tuesday night. Quite possibly better than Interstellar, these…

First up at Dada, Sub-Culture are premiering the documentary Im Tryna Tell Ya about this sub-genre of house from Chicago called Juke/Footwork. That's some really fast but soulful 160bpm dance music that's blown up in the last four years due to labels like Planet Mu and Hyperdub and stars like DJ Rashad (R.I.P) and DJ Spinn, who's playing at The Shelter next month.

There's a whole culture of dancing/battling built around this called footwork. If you wanna learn more about that, check Dada at 9pm Tuesday. Free popcorn and entry. Here's the trailer for the film. This film was made by Tim & Berry, who do the super cool Just Jam DJ mix show.
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This week, we've got plaudits for Franck and Cyclo. Veteran review writer sounds off on Co. Cheese Melt Bar. And even Vanca's gets some kind words. And finally, our winner, sub-popper recounts a communication breakdown at Remedy 365. For your efforts, sub_popper, you get a 500rmb Sherpa's voucher.

DINING / NOV 24 / Share


As ever, there is lots of stuff around town to look at while you ponderously stroke your chin.

Starting Saturday, the Minsheng Art Museum unveils its brand new space in the former French Expo Pavilion with Cosmos, a group exhibition that spans six sections of the museum and features works by 52 different artists. The theme, as the name would imply, is theoretical physics.

If that seems too lofty, Studio 191 has a makeshift art show by some skaters. That kicks off at 8pm, and we're pretty sure they'll have cheap beer. Learn more here.
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ART / NOV 21 / Share


So the kind people at Best Friends China, a Shanghai-based charity that helps find homes for abandoned animals, have an animal adoption event at 390 Panyu Lu on Saturday. From 1-5pm they've got puppies and kittens looking for homes, cupcakes, animal trainers giving lectures, face paints for kids, discounted pet supplies and more. May have to grab a few zips of litter if they got it for cheap.

Could be a good chance to make a new animal friend, if you have time to care for them. Best Friends China is a non-profit organization so all the proceeds go back into the charity. More details.

COMMUNITY / NOV 21 / Share


Fans of bone-crushing mutant American sports action take note - Jerry Rice, one of the greatest NFL wide receivers ever, is hanging out at Luwan Stadium this weekend. If you don't know Rice, he's got three Super Bowl rings from his fifteen year stint with the San Francisco 49ers and also played for the Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010.

Rice is sure to be a big hit in China...

He's in town for NFL Home Field, where he's doing American football clinics with the youth from 1-4.30pm on Saturday. Participation in that is invite only, but anyone can come hang out and watch. Caliburger and Big Bamboo are there slinging food and 20rmb beers as well. There's some local flag-football semi-final games on after the clinics too.... Read on

COMMUNITY / NOV 20 / Share


What if Hollywood's management made a high end club? Well, they JUST did, at the top of Bund 12 where that place Horizen was. That's the one that DJ Spenny invested in but shuttered up last August. Now the space is called "Just on The Bund." I checked their opening party last night, and while the vibe could change they've set the tone pretty strong…

Hollywood is an alternate dimension that happens to have a portal on Yueyang Lu. You might enter there at 11.30pm and fall out into the daylight the next day without a clue what happened. Just on The Bund is similar. This place has everything, from the design and building materials to the clientele and music. The elevator doors open up to some prime views of Pudong. Then the electro-house synths and "Put your fucking hands up!" chants hit and it's like the Lujiazui skyscrapers are MCing just for you. ... Read on

NIGHTLIFE / NOV 20 / Share


As Brother Sacco already introduced Fatima Al Qadiri's vibes this past Monday, I'll keep this intro short. Qadiri is a New York-based visual artist, much hyped Hyperdub producer, member of the rad Future Brown alt-bass supergroup alongside Nguzunguzu and J-Cush. People with actual J-school degrees have covered her schtick pretty well, so click-through there to learn the basics on her rather hard-to-pin-down aesthetic.

Qadiri's debut album, 2014's Asiatisch, is a highly synthesized, hyper-Chinese (in the sense that it's meta- or non-Chinese) album of vaporized grime. I think it's technically Sinogrime, which is a fake genre of music that Kode9 invented in 2005. In other interviews, she's said that the album is about "imagined China" in the collective Western consciousness, which is funny because she herself has never been to China. That changes on Saturday at The Shelter, when she breezes through town for a one-off gig with select members of the Sub-Culture crew.
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You really can't hit the comfort-food nail any more squarely on the head than with a good grilled cheese sandwich. I'm partial to tomato soup and was glad to see that this venue has a few other options for those that would rather forego fruit soup. The decor is simple and predominantly jars of pickles with a few bowls of samurai fighting fish thrown in for good measure. That may have amplified our surprise that the owner is a very pleasant Canadian that was extremely friendly and still deep [..read on]

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