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A few art bits for your weekend, kicking off tonight with the launch of Spanish artist Eduardo Arranz-Bravo’s solo show at newish arts spot Matthew Liu Fine Arts. Best known for his colorful and figurative paintings, they’ll be the mainstay of the exhibition, as well as one or two sculptures from the multidisciplinary talent.

The gallery’s hidden inside that Rockbund precinct on cobbled Yuanmingyuan Lu – right next to Christie’s, no less – and showcases western modern and contemporary in high-ceilinged, airy elegance. Be there from 5pm through 8pm this evening for artsy drinks and a sneak peek of works by one of Spain’s best-known contemporary artists.... Read on

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Thanksgiving…That's the one where Americans eat turkey to celebrate the genocide of a native population and rape of the land. Think it was invented by a shopping mall in 1951. I explain Thanksgiving to Chinese friends as "our Chinese new year", because it's just meals with the fam and friends. Well, Thanksgiving ain't Chinese, so here's some parties this evening that have nothing to do with it.

Naturally, the French have a few typically anti-American events tonight. For one, that house/disco night Holly Sh*t! turns two years old at Lola. Usually a solid dance party. And over at The Cut steak/fries spot in the IAPM, there's that Super Attractive Ghetto Blaster after-work party with drink and food specials plus DJs starting at 7.30pm. ... Read on

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Yes, I know Mex resto Pistolera has been around for at least three years. But they've finally opened up a new branch that doesn't require a 50rmb cab ride, just across the street from Xujiahui Park. It seemed high time to give the place a day in court.

The overall verdict: fair. And that's probably a generous grade for most Mexican cuisine in China. It's just tough to do Mexican really well here. I get it. Still, you could do a lot worse in Shanghai, and surely a lot worse has been done (yeah, I've lived here that long).

I'm assuming the menu is the same between all three branches, so if you've made the trek out to the 'burbs of Jin- or Hongqiao, you'll probably recognize what's on offer. It's a broad menu, featuring the kind of stuff you'd expect to see. They've got Tex-Mex starters like queso fundido, which is basically melted cheese dip served with tortilla, as well as some pretty decent quesadillas and nachos. They also serve more traditional snacks, like empanadas and taquitos, which are also fine. But regardless of all the above, Pistolera has one particularly notable strength: complimentary tortilla chips.
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For those that make games and apps, there's another round of the China Animation & Game Network this Thursday at Arcade. Basically you've got a bunch of indie game designers giving talks and presentations on topics like "Making Breakthroughs from Compromises" and "Tips & Tricks for Making Your Own Mobile Game". Sounds cool.

The speakers come from companies like ReignDesign, who just made Porsche's latest app, Coconut Island Studio, who made that chart-topping iOS game Naughty Kitties, and Grinning Pickle, the folks behind Super Witch Hunter.

So that's Thursday at 7.30pm at Arcade. Free entry, free knowledge drops. Talks start at 8.15pm.

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Hey if you're into heroic folk metal, swords, devil music, and general badassness, you probably wanna check out this Ensiferum show at Mao Livehouse on Saturday night. Their name translates to "sword bearer" and they're kind of the link between traditional Finnish folk and modern thrash and death metal. Check this video for "In My Sword I Trust" for a taste.

Pre-sales for that are 300rmb on SmartTicket. As you were.

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One of the pitfalls of being the tip of the Thanksgiving dinner news spear is that we often post this feature before a lot of restaurants get their shit together. So we've had a few more additions to the Thanksgiving dinners page that might warrant your attention. Without any further ado...

el Willy has an abundance of happiness and sexiness for 398rmb. This gets you roasted stuffed turkey with endless sides, like mac & cheese, green beans, salads, deviled eggs, sweet potatoes and more. More on that here.
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Scarpetta has been open for lunch for a couple of weeks now, and I finally got a chance to check it out. It's a smallish menu, featuring nothing but panini sandwiches. And they use that term loosely—they don't grill or press them—but their semantics are forgivable. They're pretty tasty sandwiches, and it's a solid deal.

They offer six different sandwiches, stuffed with everything from meatballs to mortadella to coppa to fresh buffalo mozzarella on ciabatta bread. With that you get a choice of pasta salad, Caesar salad, or daily soup. We rolled up and ordered one with prosciutto, buffalo mozz and pesto and one made with finocchiona, a Tuscan salami made with fennel, and praga, and Italian cooked, ham topped with garlic aioli, piquillo peppers tomato and arugula. 68 and 58rmb respectively with a comforting bowl of homemade tomato soup. Nice.

They do lunch every Monday through Friday, from 11.30am to 2pm. Click here for more details.

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