Shocker. Long-running Tuesday movie night Sub-Cinema at Dada actually has their whole month planned out. March is Dystopia Month, with films like No Escape (March 10), Detropia (March 17), Mad Max (March 24), and Class Of 1984 (March 31). This all starts March 3rd with cult classic Repo Man from 1984. From the imdb:

"Frustrated punk rocker Otto quits his supermarket job after slugging a co-worker, and is later dumped by his girlfriend at a party. Wandering the streets in frustration, he is recruited in the repossession of a car by a repo agent. After discovering his parents have donated his college fund to a televangelist, he joins the repossession agency (Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation) as an apprentice "repo man".

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Alas, despite Sacco's laudable scholarship, dishing up the History of China Hardcore 101, it looks all for naught: Worcester, Mass. hardcore outfit Bane are canceling the China leg of their farewell tour. The band was unable (or couldn't) secure performance visas in time.

That's it. We're still waiting to hear whether the March 5 show at Yuyintang will be happening regardless with all the support acts (it's a pretty stacked bill even without the headliners), and we'll let you know when we hear something.

Bane, incidentally, have toured China before so perhaps the blame for them not being able to secure visas in time lies elsewhere than with the fuzz for this one...

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A little lean on the user reviews this week. I've only got four to work with. One's about a birthday party at Kathleen's Waitan. Happy birthday, Chris 54. Another is about the new upstairs addition to Gemma.

Then we've got two reviews from a very bitter ty_canadian. He had a double whammy of shitty dining experiences — one at Grumpy Pig and then one at D.O.C.. The Sherpa's voucher goes to you. Be sure to follow your own advice and don't order delivery during a thunderstorm.

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This bar and cafe from the folks behind Shanghai Brewery sat behind the "Coming Soon" paneling on Changle Lu for so long I was beginning if it was ever going to open. But just before CNY it did, softly. The place harks back to the glittery heyday of Shanghai with a decor dappled in art deco motifs. Music skews more modern than it does modernist, though. I recall hearing The Cure and other bands that got me through highschool, on the sound system.

For the moment, the menu is limited. There is a selection of eight pressed sandwiches. You've got choices like salami with cheddar, spinach, and jalapeño on ciabatta or ham and cheese with dijonnaise. They're decent enough, toasty gooey, pretty hard to mess up. They'll run you 50 to 60 kuai. ... Read on

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Sad news for fans of Shanghai's original open bar Mural – the place is set to "close temporarily" after next Monday, March 2nd. Management cite serious landlord issues as the reason, but say perhaps they'll open again someday. And thus ends their popular weekly salsa night, with the final party on Monday from 8.30pm, featuring the band K-Libre-5 and DJ Naz. Should be a banger.

A "temporary" closure often means a permanent one in Shanghai. If that does happen, that's sad. Mural started the open bar concept in 2003, and basically every noteworthy Shanghai DJ played there at some point, especially back in the days before places before places like Shelter or Dada. They were also the first venue to ever buy an ad on Smartshanghai, so our history with them goes back a while too, as they were always very supportive of us in our early days 9 million years ago. ... Read on

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The free booze train rides again. So this divey new student bar called The Hideout recently opened near Jiaotong University, with a pool table, darts, some kind of "DJ decks", and drinks from 30rmb. Looks a bit more minimal than most student bars, forgoing the popular decor concept of "every country flag ever". We'll check it out for a first sip soon, but for now they've got a Friday / Saturday sesh aptly titled "Chill Session" where they give away some unspecified free beer from 8-9pm. Could be a good look if you live in the area.

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Despite the CNY hangover, baijiu withdrawal shakes, and Saturday working hours, there's plenty on this weekend. Friday, on the pre-game tip, '50s bar Hepcat has specials on Jameson cocktails and free finger food from 7pm. Then down the street, URVC sees the return of old-school Shanghai DJ/promoter Razor, who might actually play some vinyl there. He's also DJing at Craft tonight sometime.

If you're looking to get turnt up with some crunk kids, The Mansion has the Brother From Another Mother party with live hip hop from Busy Gang and DJ sets by DONN, Luce, and may more. Finally, Dada has the always solid global bass party Popasuda, with a guest set by Michael Ohlsson a.k.a. DJ Ozone playing some rare Turkish funk records.

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