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Aside from the F1, the beer festival, like 10,000 parties with house music, the easter bunny, and sweet baby Jesus, there's loads of live music in Shanghai this weekend. Some of it will not suck.

Friday night you've got two options. First off, Yuyintang has Netherlands' hardcore band All For Nothing coming through with support from Loudspeaker, nu-school hardcore act Spill Your Guts, and Before The Daylight. Feel like a band called "Seize The Glory" should be in there too but they don't exist. Yet.

Later on Friday night there's not-actually-Mongolian Mongolian band Hanggai playing their billionth show in Shanghai over at Mao Livehouse. Heard really good things about these guys, no joke.

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Evildoers in Changning district beware - starting Sunday the cops are packing guns. Shanghai Daily just reported that all officers in the district are getting 9mm pistols as part of a new push to respond quickly to violet crime such as the attack in a Yunnan train station a few months back.

You may know Changning district as the home to many Japanese and Korean taitais, the dragons that live in Zhongshan Park, that chicken shop we reviewed a few weeks ago, and Dada Bar.

This is the first time that regular police officers in Shanghai will carry guns on the beat. Of course, that's been the norm in Hong Kong for ages. What do you think of this? Feel safer?

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Shanghai Fashion Week (SFW) finally ended last night, with a packed out show for the brand DSQUARED2. Lots of champagne and surly staff - free bubbles but no free smiles. This was the biggest year for SFW since its inception in 2003, as evidenced by the scalpers hawking tickets outside.

While waiting for a friend that never arrived, we hung out with one scalper outside the gate for thirty minutes. Clad in low-key threads, he bought and sold a grip of tickets during our conversation. A real new jack hustler, this guy.

Like the early days of the stock market, this was a truly free market. Pure supply and demand. So much so that the scalpers themselves didn't quite know how much to pay for tickets. There's dozens of shows each day, all demanding different prices. Plus, tickets are never on sale in the first place - it's an invite only event. One FOB scalper regrettably paid 1500rmb for a ticket, then asked for ours as consolation.

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Last weekend was one of the biggest in Shanghai so far this year. Avant-garde rap at The Shelter, daytime drinking at Elefante, candy-themed parties, models and catwalks at Shanghai Fashion Week, and even a bondage show.

Naturally, we attended all these affairs and got the pictures to prove it. Click on those links above to see what went down. We'll be out there this weekend too...

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Ever passed by that restaurant across the street from Dada that looks like a Buddhist gentlemen's club? The big posters promise EDMz music on Fridays, so I stopped in on three different nights. I was the only customer but definitely not the only soul…

This place is a myth. If dragons and ghosts still chill in Shanghai, they drink here, likely wearing some LV. Straight-up palatial Southeast Asian vibes. We're talking waterfalls, a ridiculously excessive soundsystem, multiple feng shui elements that I don't understand but can feel, and strangest of all - not a single window. Japanese probably has one word for "supernatural" + "cute" + "quirky," and that sums up this place.

But here's the catch. They serve pretty decent Thai food and 30rmb draft beer. And that sound system...god damn. Like eight Bose subwoofers stacked up plus a bunch of tube speakers and a full DJ setup. Puzzling choices for a restaurant. When we ate there last week, they were showing an MTV special about 2 Chainz going to the UK and the bass was bumping hard like an LA lowrider, but not distractingly so.

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The F1 kicks off with the practice on Friday, the qualifier on Saturday, and the actual race on 4/20 Easter Sunday. It happens rain or shine, so if you don't have tickets yet, go get those quick.

There's several F1-themed events and after-parties as well. Read on for a complete list of the F1 soirées happening around Shanghai this week. ... Read on

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Ever thought, "Hey, I haven't seen a good PSA in a while?" Well the FBI just put out a soon-to-be-classic video called "Game of Pawns" to let young Americans know about the dangers of accidentally-intentionally committing espionage.

The 26-minute video tells the true story of a young man from Michigan who came to Shanghai on study abroad then took some sketchy jobs writing essays for the Chinese government. He eventually tried to apply for the State Department and later the CIA, accepting 70,000 dollars from local officials along the way. ... Read on

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New club on The Bund, the North Bund to be exact. Hongkou on the rise. Sofas and bottles, but room for cocktails and dancing too.


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Bit of hot God action going on this weekend at a church near you. Two-for-one redemption and free-flow holy water. Happy Easter.



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