Shanghai's sweatiest, most disorienting digital entertainment expo China Joy returns this weekend. In the past twelve years, the event was infamous for scantily clad models, but the focus has shifted because of two major factors.
For one, just like at the Shanghai Auto Show, models have been warned not to dress like anime ratchets, with fines of 5000rmb threatened for violators. Second, China just lifted a 15-year ban on the sale of gaming consoles. Microsoft and Sony had a heavy presence last year, and we can expect more this year as the war between Xbox One and PS4 rages, plus VR technology, PC gaming [live!], and offerings from local competition.
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We just got word from the promoter, Live Nation, that this fall's Maroon 5 shows in Shanghai and Beijing this fall are canceled. Definitely off. Not happening. Sorry, kids. This news comes just days after Robbie Williams canceling his Asian tour.
Official reason for the Maroon 5 cancellation? Mei you. If we get one, we'll let you know. Rest assured, the promoters say they will provide a full refund to customers.
Been transcribing this interview I did with Jonathan Kite a.k.a. Oleg The Chef from 2 Broke Girls at Massé (look out for that soon), and just remembered the Tuesday comedy open mic at the same place. Long-Running Shanghai comedy crew The Shanghai Tickler runs a comedy jam at the Canadian sports bar every Tuesday from 8.30pm until late. Totally free, and anyone can get onstage to drop a routine or just bomb. A core crew and some stragglers always turn up for these, and they have drink and food deals all night. They also serve poutine. Ain't nothing wrong with that. No cover.
Planet Kebab had to move its deal Summer Time Madness last weekend on account of all that rain. Now they've got a good alternative to all those 'Murca parties happening on Saturday. For 150rmb, there's one kebab, fries, plus all you can drink beer and cocktails from 1-6pm at the Yongkang Lu location AND 6pm-midnight at the Dagu Lu branch. People who pay at the first party get a bracelet to carry on their drinking without paying again at the second.
El Coctel is clearing out almost all their sofas and tables for a big Cuban dance party with free flow booze action on Wednesday. The cocktail bar from the guys behind el Willy opened in 2009, and they were one of the first places to open on Yongfu after The Shelter. A free flow deal on their strong, crafted drinks is rare, but tonight's 250rmb cover includes unlimited Caipirissimas, mojitos, sangria, Cuba libres, Dark & Stormy's and Coronas all night. They're also bringing in a Latin band and a cigar bar with Cubans hand-rolled onsite.
There's a few tables left for bottle service -- Havana Club 7 year old is 1000rmb and Havana Club Selección de Maestros is 1500rmb. Anyone who wants to reserve a table can call 6433 6511. The free flow starts at 7pm and ends late. These guys always throw a solid party, like Elefante'sFeria de Abril earlier this year, so expect things to get messy, in a good way. Details.