Don't stress the typhoon. Humans used to celebrate the rain. Here's what's good this weekend. Friday night Yuyintang has a release party for an EP by hardcore/punk band Running Lights with support from some solid local metal acts. D9 is doing this new queer party called Therapy that sounds a bit like Horse Meat Disco. They wanna bring back the camp and scale back on the hook-up vibes. On the electronic tip, MYST has big name trance/EDM DJ BT. And Lola sounds pretty good for disco and house.

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Last week we posted some advice on how not to screw up your love life during Chinese Valentine's Day. Then it occurred to us that maybe you all could use a primer on the holiday itself.

People talk about Chinese "Valentine's Day" like it's some appropriated holiday that hasn't been around for like 2600 years. "Valentine's Day" is just a close approximation for laowai to understand the Qixi Festival (七夕节), a.k.a. The Magpie Festival. Why do birds…suddenly appear? Okay. Here's the story with that.

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If you enjoy free draft Asahi pijiu, that Japanese garden bar Shari is giving it away this Sunday during their Soul Sunday party. In an effort to get people down early, they're giving away as much Asahi draft as you want from 4–5pm.

No cover, just show up and drink. Some good house and afrobeat music by DJ Edamame on the stereo. There's covering so don't worry about the rain. Party runs until 9pm with cheap drinks after the free shit. More info here. Deal is good for the whole month of August.

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Hey as we announced the other day, Bootsy Collins, bass player for James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic, is playing this year's 10th annual JZ Festival out in Expo Park. Always a good time, and they have ten stages this year. For the lovers, we have a Chinese Valentine's Day deal on early bird tickets for the festival. 420rmb gets you a one-day pass for two people, which is 100rmb cheaper than buying the tickets by themselves. Deal is available now through noon on Monday, August 4 right here on SmartTicket.

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Some lo-fi punk/hardcore action coming at you tonight down at one of Shanghai's finest rock venues, Yuyintang. New band/side project/experiment Running Lights, which features two dudes from fellow Shanghai bands Goushen and Hujia Huiwei, are dropping their EP "For English Fuck You". According to the PR bullshit they sent us, this is their first and last show ever and the tunes have Pitchfork and Rolling Stone all like “What the fuck is this shit?????”. Take a listen to the tunes right here.

They're supported by metal bands Goushen and Psyclopus plus indie/punk act Darko. So if you're looking for riffs and screaming tonight, they've got that. Doors at 9pm. More info on the event page.

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This Saturday August 2, the sustainable-everything treehuggers over at LOHAUS are putting on what they’re calling the "Tibetan Creation Experience"—fine art photography spanning six rooms, each of which will have something extra to offer visitors in sights, sounds, tastes (yes, sort-of free food) and other cheesy delights.

The photographs featured come from Shen Yunyao, a Chinese photographer who spent four years living in Tibet and started shooting for National Geographic China during his time there.

His photos will be dispersed throughout the six floors of LOHAUS, each of which will have an interactive element, like "3D photography" with auditory ... Read on

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This looks good. Dogtown, that little taco stand that we wrote about a few weeks ago is pouring free beer.

Starting at noon on Saturday, they'll be tapping a keg of San Mig and pouring free beer for anyone who happens to come by. The offer is good until the beer runs out. If you miss it this weekend, they'll re-up next weekend with the same deal, and it's going on for the foreseeable.

More details on that right here.

DINING / JUL 31 / Share


We've got a few recent closures worth noting. Teotihuacan is no mas. It shut its doors earlier this month. The Yuyuan Lu Mex joint seem to have seemed to have as many fans as it did haters. Grand Taj out in Gubei is also a goner. Bistro Sambal, is shuttered, too, but is survived by its older sister Cafe Sambal. Finally, Loco, that Spanish gin and tapas bar on Wulumuqi Lu, has also folded.

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