Thu
23

    • The 1st ever Shanghai International Improv Comedy Festival is kicking off this Thursday and runs until Sunday. Over the weekend seven improv teams from Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai will be performing nightly shows at 390 Bar & Cafe and the Kung Fu Komedy Club. Audience members are encouraged to participate by throwing out fun suggestions. Tickets are 50rmb.
      SmSh Territory n/a
    The 1st ever Shanghai International Improv Comedy Festival is kicking off this Thursday and runs until Sunday. Over the weekend seven improv teams from Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai will be performing nightly shows at 390...
    SmSh Territory
 
    • 390 is starting a new art show series, the first of which happens this Thursday with an exhibition called "Sketches by Gus Gu," followed with a party that lasts till 2pm. Lots of erotic sketches that focus on the interaction of the male form. This exhibit contains adult subject matter. Free wine and cheese from 8pm to 10pm.
      390 Panyu Lu 390 Panyu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu

    390 is starting a new art show series, the first of which happens this Thursday with an exhibition called "Sketches by Gus Gu," followed with a party that lasts till 2pm. Lots of erotic sketches that focus on the interaction of the male...
    390 Panyu Lu


Sat
25

    • This award winning French piano quartet comes to Shanghai for the 2014 Chamber Concerts series. These chamber musicians graduated from the finest conservatories in France, and have played all the big spots in Europe. On this evening, they're playing selections by Mahler, Dubois, and Fauré. Tickets start at just 150rmb, delivered to your door. To buy tickets, click here.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd
    This award winning French piano quartet comes to Shanghai for the 2014 Chamber Concerts series. These chamber musicians graduated from the finest conservatories in France, and have played all the big spots in Europe. On this evening,...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center
 
    • [CANCELLED, due to venue issues] Huge two-day community/art festival from pro party throwers TICT—filling up this former cement factory on the West Bund with 100+ local designers, brands and talents sharing and selling their wares. Pop-up shops, fashion shows, artist installations, DJs, food vendors, drinks and more. It's become big enough that brands like Converse and Lomography piggyback on its cool factor now. Check out the last one here. 20rmb entry, runs 2pm-10pm.
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    [CANCELLED, due to venue issues] Huge two-day community/art festival from pro party throwers TICT—filling up this former cement factory on the West Bund with 100+ local designers, brands and talents sharing and selling their wares....
    SmSh Territory


Wed
29

    • Whether a total beginner or an expert in Mandarin, calligraphy can still be appreciated. Hands-on class with refreshments included. 50rmb; 7-9pm.
      That's Mandarin 3/F, No 12, 273 Jiaozhou Lu, near Xinzha Lu
    Whether a total beginner or an expert in Mandarin, calligraphy can still be appreciated. Hands-on class with refreshments included. 50rmb; 7-9pm.
    That's Mandarin

Nov
08

    • Bring Your Own Beamer” is a DIY community art event, bringing together video and media artists that all bring their own projectors (“beamers”) and equipment to show their work and create installations for one night only in a collective public exhibition. All kinds of forms of projection are welcome from video to slides, lights and lasers. Goes from 7.30pm-10.30pm. People interested in participating should email byobshanghai@gmail.com before October 8.
      1933 1933, 29 Shajing Lu, near Haining Lu (Adjacent to the Kowloon Hotel -- taxis know it as jiulong binguan)
    “Bring Your Own Beamer” is a DIY community art event, bringing together video and media artists that all bring their own projectors (“beamers”) and equipment to show their work and create installations for one night only in a...
    1933

Nov
15

    • Awarded 2 master degrees both in Illustration and Contemporary Art, French artist Sebastien Osswald will exhibit the latest works in his first solo exhibition in Shanghai. Sebastien creates his paintings on plaid fabric instead of canvas. He challenges himself to find the best pictorial language which fits in each piece of cloth with its own constraint. His latest works from “Idols and Fans” speak out the phenomenon we often see nowadays in the modern world. He takes us into a strange and sensitive world. His works question us about contemporary issues including globalization, new media and virtual relationship that can arouse between individuals. From his works, we can see what makes us so universal sometimes and what makes us so unique sometimes.
      Noeli Gallery 150 B Yueyang Lu, near Yongjia Lu

    Awarded 2 master degrees both in Illustration and Contemporary Art, French artist Sebastien Osswald will exhibit the latest works in his first solo exhibition in Shanghai. Sebastien creates his paintings on plaid fabric instead of canvas....
    Noeli Gallery


Nov
21

    • The Shanghai Oriental Art Center presents The West End Men concert, performing vocal arrangements by leading West End Maestro, David White as well as songs from the biggest shows in the world and a selection of their own personal favorites. Starts at 7.15pm. Price ranges from 80rmb to 880rmb. Click here for more details.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd
    The Shanghai Oriental Art Center presents The West End Men concert, performing vocal arrangements by leading West End Maestro, David White as well as songs from the biggest shows in the world and a selection of their own personal...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Dec
09

    • The most successful German-language musical ever comes to Shanghai this winter. Elisabeth tells the story of Sisi, the Empress of Austria, and her long relationship with Death. Expect lavish costumes, choreography, and set design. This show has been performed in eleven different countries, in seven languages, to ten million captivated audience members. Performed in German with Chinese and English subtitles. Tickets start at 400rmb, available here on SmartTicket. Shows start at 7.15pm.
      Shanghai Culture Square 225 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu

    The most successful German-language musical ever comes to Shanghai this winter. Elisabeth tells the story of Sisi, the Empress of Austria, and her long relationship with Death. Expect lavish costumes, choreography, and set design. This...
    Shanghai Culture Square


Dec
13

    • When a suspicious Mother Superior has doubts about a charismatic priest in her school, the sparks fly. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Play and Oscar nominations for all 4 actors in the highly-acclaimed film starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep, Doubt: A Parable hits the Shanghai stage next week. Price: 200rmb in advance, 220 at the door. Reserve now at tickets@urbanaphrodite.nl
      Sasha's 11 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu
    When a suspicious Mother Superior has doubts about a charismatic priest in her school, the sparks fly. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Play and Oscar nominations for all 4 actors in the highly-acclaimed film...
    Sasha's

On
going

    • East West Theatre does the musical drama Cabaret, a story of desire, decadence, and despair in 1929 Berlin. Tickets are 200rmb at the door, and the show runs Thursday-Sunday with doors opening at 8pm and the show starting at 9pm.
      The Pearl 471 Zhapu Lu, near Wujin Lu

    East West Theatre does the musical drama Cabaret, a story of desire, decadence, and despair in 1929 Berlin. Tickets are 200rmb at the door, and the show runs Thursday-Sunday with doors opening at 8pm and the show starting at 9pm.
    Every Sat & Sun until Oct 26 at The Pearl

 
    • International auction house Christie's celebrate the grand opening of a new Bund-side HQ this fall with a special exhibition centered around the Chinese Year of the Horse. The show features some 50 works exploring the portrayal and symbolism of the horse from diverse cultures across the ages. Spanning a range of media including paintings, photographs, jade and jewellery, highlights include Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero's Horse with Bridle. All works are on sale... albeit for eye-watering prices. Mon – Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat + Sun, 11am-5pm
      Christie's Auction House 1/f, Ampire Building, 97 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu
    International auction house Christie's celebrate the grand opening of a new Bund-side HQ this fall with a special exhibition centered around the Chinese Year of the Horse. The show features some 50 works exploring the portrayal and...
    Daily until Nov 4 at Christie's Auction House
 
  • Featuring the works of Ping He, Hai Kang and Mahya B. Green, Wonder & Ponder is designed to get observers thinking about what the art means to them. Complimentary wine and tapas on opening night (Oct 9) from 6.30-9pm, RSVP i@o-gallery.cn....
    Daily until Oct 31 at SmSh Territory

 
    • This looks good: ShanghART and next-door H-Space on Moganshan Lu are playing host to a solo exhibition by Liang Shaoji. Teh Shanghai-born talent is best known for his sculptures and installations incorporating finely-spun, unrefined silk produced in-situ by an army of silk worms. Back to Origin promises more of the same, including an enormous mixed-media installation comprising heavy iron chains; as well as recent series of video works.
      Shanghart Gallery Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu
    This looks good: ShanghART and next-door H-Space on Moganshan Lu are playing host to a solo exhibition by Liang Shaoji. Teh Shanghai-born talent is best known for his sculptures and installations incorporating finely-spun, unrefined silk...
    Daily until Oct 26 at Shanghart Gallery
 
    • Part of its ongoing Young-Artist Project, Circumstance and Attitude, Minsheng's latest show features 26 works completed in the past two years by Beijing-based talent, Chi Ming. Focusing on the life and times of China's contemporary youth, paintings on display address issues of privacy, lust, fragility and loneliness.
      Minsheng Art Museum Bldg F, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu near Hongqiao Lu
    Part of its ongoing Young-Artist Project, Circumstance and Attitude, Minsheng's latest show features 26 works completed in the past two years by Beijing-based talent, Chi Ming. Focusing on the life and times of China's contemporary youth,...
    Daily until Oct 28 at Minsheng Art Museum
 
    • Yet another new art fair for the city, West Bund Art & Design is a two-sided affair, comprising an art fair (25 - 29 September - VIP preview on 25th, drop 'em a line here if you want to take a look) and exhibition (1 - 26 October, excluding 13 + 20 Oct). Some 20 international galleries are poised to take part (including the likes of Hauser & Wirth, White Cube, and Pace Gallery), setting up shop alongside just ten design-based organizations, brands and designers. Art fair tickets cost 100rmb (1pm - 5pm; last entry 4pm); and the subsequent exhibition will set you back 40rmb/60rmb 10am - 5pm. Details here. 2555 Longteng Da Dao, near Longyao Lu. SmartShanghai's review here.
      SmSh Territory n/a
    Yet another new art fair for the city, West Bund Art & Design is a two-sided affair, comprising an art fair (25 - 29 September - VIP preview on 25th, drop 'em a line here if you want to take a look) and exhibition (1 - 26 October,...
    Daily until Oct 26 at SmSh Territory
 
    • Over on Fuxing Lu, Leo Xu Projects is holding a solo show of video works by young Chinese artist Cheng Ran this fall. The gallery last hosted Cheng's unsettling, pop culture-inspired art back in 2012 - read up on that here. This time around, he'll be showing all new works, kicking off with a live performance on 20 September from 6pm through 8pm.
      Leo Xu Projects Bldg 3, 49 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Yongfu Lu

    Over on Fuxing Lu, Leo Xu Projects is holding a solo show of video works by young Chinese artist Cheng Ran this fall. The gallery last hosted Cheng's unsettling, pop culture-inspired art back in 2012 - read up on that here. This time...
    Daily until Nov 2 at Leo Xu Projects

 
    • Works by New York-based painter Sue Williams go on show at James Cohan Gallery this fall. Combining themes of gender politics and the body, issues touched on in her early paintings in particular extend to domestic violence, sexual abuse and sexism in society. Violent and colorful, they're pretty stunning. For her first Shanghai show, works on display span the late-1990s through to the present day, coinciding with Williams turning her attention to global political and environmental issues.
      James Cohan Gallery 1/F, Bldg 1, No 1, 170 Yueyang Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu

    Works by New York-based painter Sue Williams go on show at James Cohan Gallery this fall. Combining themes of gender politics and the body, issues touched on in her early paintings in particular extend to domestic violence, sexual abuse...
    Daily until Oct 26 at James Cohan Gallery

 
    • Art+ Shanghai Gallery's exhibition The Fantasy Factory: New Works by Ye Hongxing explores the creative process of fantasy and the fantastic through mixed media works of stickers on canvas. Expect Gas masks, kama sutra, models, tigers, and stilettos. Free entry. Gallery is open from 10am–7pm but closed on Mondays.
      Art+ Shanghai 191 Nan Suzhou Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu

    Art+ Shanghai Gallery's exhibition The Fantasy Factory: New Works by Ye Hongxing explores the creative process of fantasy and the fantastic through mixed media works of stickers on canvas. Expect Gas masks, kama sutra, models, tigers, and...
    Every Sat & Sun until Oct 26 at Art+ Shanghai

 
    • This hands-on course will teach participants how to make leather goods from scratch. Items include passport protecters, business card holders and iPad cases. Classes include materials and are usually 2-3 hours long. Price varies depending on product but is between 100-1000rmb (beginners class within 300rmb). Classes are flexible and can be scheduled to start anywhere between 11am and 7pm. Contact Llifestyle@yeah.net or call 63337134 and ask for Deborah for more details.
      SmSh Territory n/a

    This hands-on course will teach participants how to make leather goods from scratch. Items include passport protecters, business card holders and iPad cases. Classes include materials and are usually 2-3 hours long. Price varies depending...
    Daily until Oct 30 at SmSh Territory

 
    • A solo exhibition by Indian artist Subodh Gupta grandly opens new gallery Arario this August. Known for his large-scale installations created from everyday tools and utensils, works on display include This is Not a Fountain. Comprising kitchen paraphernalia found in your typical Indian kitchen, it also features 20 open taps pouring water...
      Arario Gallery 1-2, 320 Tianping Lu, near Hengshan Lu

    A solo exhibition by Indian artist Subodh Gupta grandly opens new gallery Arario this August. Known for his large-scale installations created from everyday tools and utensils, works on display include This is Not a Fountain. Comprising...
    Daily until Oct 26 at Arario Gallery

 
    • FQ Projects presents their latest Shanghai solo, this time dedicated to Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts graduate, Sun Yu. With a penchant for portraits, Sun's subjects span his recent Bad Boy series, all inspired by the Chinese Zodiac; as well as Magician, a collection of six paintings of specific body parts...
      FQ Projects No 76, 927 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu
    FQ Projects presents their latest Shanghai solo, this time dedicated to Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts graduate, Sun Yu. With a penchant for portraits, Sun's subjects span his recent Bad Boy series, all inspired by the Chinese Zodiac; as...
    Daily until Nov 12 at FQ Projects
 
    • island6 presents its latest exhibition "Bark! Hop! Swim! Repeat!" It's a meditation on perceptions of time and the animal kingdom. Physics, time dilation, relativity—unlike us, animals don’t waste time defining time. island6 asks which time—human or animal—is actually real and what that even means. Open daily, 11am–7pm.
      Island6 Arts Center 2/F, Bldg 6, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu
    island6 presents its latest exhibition "Bark! Hop! Swim! Repeat!" It's a meditation on perceptions of time and the animal kingdom. Physics, time dilation, relativity—unlike us, animals don’t waste time defining time. island6 asks which...
    Daily until Nov 2 at Island6 Arts Center
 
    • New show opening up at the lovely Bank Gallery down by the Bund. XXX focuses on sex in art over the last 30 years, with pieces by photographers like Jean-Christian Bourcart, Anders Petersen, Hong Lei, Ellen Jong, Lin Zhipeng, Daido Moriyama. Opening is September 6 at 4pm then the exhibit runs daily through November 6.
      BANK Gallery 1/f, 59 Xianggang Lu near Sichuan Lu

    New show opening up at the lovely Bank Gallery down by the Bund. XXX focuses on sex in art over the last 30 years, with pieces by photographers like Jean-Christian Bourcart, Anders Petersen, Hong Lei, Ellen Jong, Lin Zhipeng, Daido...
    Daily until Nov 6 at BANK Gallery

 
    • MoCA in People's Park hosts the first stop of a touring exhibition by abstract artist, Li Lei. Inspired by the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, the show aims to capture the spirit of Shanghai through a series of paintings, installations, and videos. A riot of color, it's on show through 30 November.
      MOCA Shanghai People's Park, 231 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu

    MoCA in People's Park hosts the first stop of a touring exhibition by abstract artist, Li Lei. Inspired by the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, the show aims to capture the spirit of Shanghai through a series of paintings,...
    Daily until Nov 30 at MOCA Shanghai

 
    • 1199 People: Collection from Long Museum aims to shatter the traditional curator-artist relationship by inviting renowned curator Hans Obrist's commentary and insights on an exhibition selected entirely by contemporary artist Xu Zhen. Hand-picked from Long Museums' extensive collection, the show is organized by the number of figures represented in each work - single woman, single man, two figures, groups, etc. Featuring some 300 pieces across a range of media, they span the 1970s through to the present day. Tickets cost 50rmb.
      Long Museum (West Bund) 3398 Longteng Avenue, near Fenglin Lu

    1199 People: Collection from Long Museum aims to shatter the traditional curator-artist relationship by inviting renowned curator Hans Obrist's commentary and insights on an exhibition selected entirely by contemporary artist Xu Zhen....
    Daily until Dec 10 at Long Museum (West Bund)

 
    • A China-side first for Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal, solo exhibition The Past takes over Pearl Lam Gallery this fall. There, he presents a new series of sculptures and installations called Suspended and Painting that explore the concept of value in art as a cultural production and commodity. Raising questions surrounding the nature of contemporary art, its institutions and the art market, the show casts a challenging, critical eye on Western models of artistic display, process and, to Uysal's mind, homogenisation.
      Pearl Lam Galleries G/F, 181 Jiangxi Zhong Lu, near Fuzhou Lu

    A China-side first for Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal, solo exhibition The Past takes over Pearl Lam Gallery this fall. There, he presents a new series of sculptures and installations called Suspended and Painting that explore the...
    Daily until Nov 15 at Pearl Lam Galleries

 
    • One of China's best-known contemporary artists Cai-Guo Qiang is the subject of this not-to-be-missed solo show at Shanghai Power Station of Art. The Ninth Wave focuses on current global environmental and ecological crises through traditional Chinese aesthetics and philosophy. Expect Cai's signature 'gunpowder paintings' (as explosive as they sound), a lake of ink created inside the museum, and an installation comprising 99 wolves. More on that here.
      Power Station of Art 200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu

    One of China's best-known contemporary artists Cai-Guo Qiang is the subject of this not-to-be-missed solo show at Shanghai Power Station of Art. The Ninth Wave focuses on current global environmental and ecological crises through...
    Daily until Oct 26 at Power Station of Art

 
    • This class teaches little ones to be creative and refine their motor skills. Aimed at three to eight year olds, kids will be able to create different crafts from masks to 3D bugs. Book in blocks of ten and its 110rmb per class, a drop-in class is 140rmb. 4.30pm-6pm.
      The Summit Lane 99, Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu

    This class teaches little ones to be creative and refine their motor skills. Aimed at three to eight year olds, kids will be able to create different crafts from masks to 3D bugs. Book in blocks of ten and its 110rmb per class, a drop-in...
    Daily until Dec 31 at The Summit

 
    • This beginners painting class is for young ones with little or no previous experience of organized painting lessons. Teachers use a step-by-step approach and new skills will be added to each project. Each painting will be finished in one session. 140rmb per class; 4.30pm-5.30pm.
      The Summit Lane 99, Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu

    This beginners painting class is for young ones with little or no previous experience of organized painting lessons. Teachers use a step-by-step approach and new skills will be added to each project. Each painting will be finished in one...
    Daily until Dec 31 at The Summit

 
    • Rockbund presents Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone's first ever China solo, kicking off in September at the museum. Known for his downright unnerving clown sculptures, stone figures, target paintings, masks, and wax light bulbs, Rondinone's oeuvre is nothing if not eclectic. Equally known for his forays into literature and film, this Shanghai show looks not-be-missed. 30rmb/10rmb (students)
      Rockbund Art Museum 20 Huqiu Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu

    Rockbund presents Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone's first ever China solo, kicking off in September at the museum. Known for his downright unnerving clown sculptures, stone figures, target paintings, masks, and wax light bulbs, Rondinone's...
    Daily until Jan 4 at Rockbund Art Museum

 
    • If you want to hang with the next potential Hemingway, or if your friends are just sick of you wittering away about your next masterpiece, then head to Feeling Café where all the literary folk get together to discuss their work. Anything from novels to screenplays to song lyrics. Free; 7.30pm.
      SmSh Territory n/a
    If you want to hang with the next potential Hemingway, or if your friends are just sick of you wittering away about your next masterpiece, then head to Feeling Café where all the literary folk get together to discuss their work. Anything...
    Every Mon at SmSh Territory
 
    • The inaugural exhibition of Shanghai's newest arts institution showcases key contemporary pieces sourced from the private collection of the museum's founder, Chinese-Indonesian entrepreneur Budi Tek. On show will be some 100 pieces by 67 international talents, with Adel Abdessemed's massive Telle mère tel fils taking center-stage in the converted airplane hangar. Works on display explore ideas surrounding myths, legends and history, and the show is curated by Wu Hung. SmartShanghai's review right here.
      YUZ Museum 35 Fenggu Lu, near Longteng Avenue
    The inaugural exhibition of Shanghai's newest arts institution showcases key contemporary pieces sourced from the private collection of the museum's founder, Chinese-Indonesian entrepreneur Budi Tek. On show will be some 100 pieces by 67...
    Daily until Nov 18 at YUZ Museum
 
    • Active since the 1960s, Australian-born Shaw works predominantly in tech and virtual forms that focus on the relationship between the artwork and the viewer. To that end, in 2000 he created AVIE (Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment): billed as the 'world’s first artistically-conceived 360-degree stereoscopic interactive visualization and audification environment', it's essentially a means to show new types of interactive, immersive creative content by not just Shaw, but also a whole host of other artists, with works by Jean Michel Bruyère, Sarah Kenderdine, Ulf Langheinrich and Peter Weibel all making an appearance during the show's 6-month duration. Alongside of all that, expect new works by pioneering Chinese artist, Hu Jieming: Tai Chi (launching 8 August) and Prelude (9 May).
      Chronus Art Center Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Aomen Lu
    Active since the 1960s, Australian-born Shaw works predominantly in tech and virtual forms that focus on the relationship between the artwork and the viewer. To that end, in 2000 he created AVIE (Advanced Visualization and Interaction...
    Daily until Nov 28 at Chronus Art Center



Nov 7/8/14/15

Rosemary's Baby

Urban Aphrodite adapts Roman Polanski's classic 60's psychological horror film about a young woman who becomes pregnant and paranoid about demonic interference with her unborn baby, who may be the spawn of Satan…

Oct 31

TICT Halloween

The Ice Cream Truck's annual Halloween warehouse party returns, with a heavy sound system, thousands of freaks in costumes, and ten DJs throwing down house and techno until dawn.

Oct 25

Giardini Piano Quartet

This award winning French piano quartet comes to Shanghai for the 2014 Chamber Concerts series. These chamber musicians have played all the big spots in Europe.


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