Fans of bone-crushing mutant American sports action take note - Jerry Rice, one of the greatest NFL wide receivers ever, is hanging out at Luwan Stadium this weekend. If you don't know Rice, he's got three Super Bowl rings from his fifteen year stint with the San Francisco 49ers and also played for the Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010.

Rice is sure to be a big hit in China...

He's in town for NFL Home Field, where he's doing American football clinics with the youth from 1-4.30pm on Saturday. Participation in that is invite only, but anyone can come hang out and watch. Caliburger and Big Bamboo are there slinging food and 20rmb beers as well. There's some local flag-football semi-final games on after the clinics too.... Read on

COMMUNITY / NOV 20 / Share


What if Hollywood's management made a high end club? Well, they JUST did, at the top of Bund 12 where that place Horizen was. That's the one that DJ Spenny invested in but shuttered up last August. Now the space is called "Just on The Bund." I checked their opening party last night, and while the vibe could change they've set the tone pretty strong…

Hollywood is an alternate dimension that happens to have a portal on Yueyang Lu. You might enter there at 11.30pm and fall out into the daylight the next day without a clue what happened. Just on The Bund is similar. This place has everything, from the design and building materials to the clientele and music. The elevator doors open up to some prime views of Pudong. Then the electro-house synths and "Put your fucking hands up!" chants hit and it's like the Lujiazui skyscrapers are MCing just for you. ... Read on

NIGHTLIFE / NOV 20 / Share


As Brother Sacco already introduced Fatima Al Qadiri's vibes this past Monday, I'll keep this intro short. Qadiri is a New York-based visual artist, much hyped Hyperdub producer, member of the rad Future Brown alt-bass supergroup alongside Nguzunguzu and J-Cush. People with actual J-school degrees have covered her schtick pretty well, so click-through there to learn the basics on her rather hard-to-pin-down aesthetic.

Qadiri's debut album, 2014's Asiatisch, is a highly synthesized, hyper-Chinese (in the sense that it's meta- or non-Chinese) album of vaporized grime. I think it's technically Sinogrime, which is a fake genre of music that Kode9 invented in 2005. In other interviews, she's said that the album is about "imagined China" in the collective Western consciousness, which is funny because she herself has never been to China. That changes on Saturday at The Shelter, when she breezes through town for a one-off gig with select members of the Sub-Culture crew.
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NIGHTLIFE / NOV 20 / Share


This looks good. Summergate Wines and Pudao are organizing a wine luncheon at Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen next Sunday (November 30). The theme is "trailblazers." Basically, the meal centers around wines that were the proverbial tip of the spear in their respective regions.

If you're a wine geek, these are properties you've probably heard of, like Chateau Musar, which makes world-class wines in the last place you'd expect: Lebanon.
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DINING / NOV 19 / Share


After the last update to our iPhone app, we learned that many of you experienced some problems with out-of-date events and being unable to save certain venues as "favorites." Well, we listened, and with our latest update, we've fixed both problems.

If you're using the latest version of iOS, this should update automatically. If not, simply go to the app store icon on your iPhone, tap the "Updates" icon, and you should see the SmartShanghai app listed under "Pending Updates." Tap the icon and you should be good.

If you don't have the SmartShanghai iPhone app, click here to learn more about it.

And, as always, hearing from you guys about bugs is how we keep improving our app. Your comments, reviews, and suggestions are invaluable to us. Please keep them coming.

SMSH / NOV 19 / Share


From politics to jargon, the office environment is ripe for parody. That was the starting point for brand new play, Round Table, penned by locally-based writer Renée Reynolds. Taking the form of a reading by a cast of some of the city’s best-known thesps—as well as some pretty nifty animated graphics by Olivier Wyart—that debuts on the Strictly Designers stage for a one-night-only affair this Friday.

We shared a water cooler moment with Renee and Olivier in their Xinhua Lu studio for a bit of a round table of our own, spanning the real-life corporate inspiration behind the play, descents into absurdity, and all kinds of blue-sky thinking... Read on

ART / NOV 19 / Share


So, many years ago a guy name Georges Duboeuf devised an ingenious way to convince people to get excited about drinking a very mediocre wine. Shops, bars, and restaurants around the world race to be the first to serve Beaujolais Nouveau on the third Thursday of every November.

It's really just a marketing ploy. But hey, hooch is hooch. Here are a few venues around town getting caught up in the hype.
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DINING / NOV 19 / Share


This sounds weird and even slightly fascinating. Three IKEA branches—Xuhui, Baoshan and Beicai—are throwing a pajama party in their bedroom furnishings showrooms.

We're not sure exactly what a "party" that is fully underwritten by corporate interests would entail. The website is short on details, too. It looks like it's just a marketing ploy to get you to buy duvet covers and stuff. But apparently they are encouraging people to show up in their jammies, or what many Shanghairen call "regular clothes."... Read on



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  • Boys Noize 2014

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    This musical/tribute show dedicated to The Four Seasons, one of the most popular American soul/pop bands ever, comes to Shanghai for the first time. Expect all of The Four Seasons' greatest hits, like "Beggin", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Why Do Fools Fa
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  • Ed Sheeran 2015

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    The Shanghai Ballet does their annual performance of Hoffmann's The Nutcracker for two nights only. This version at the Shanghai Grand Theatre adds some Chinese elements and magical stage sets to turn this classic story into a dreamscape.
  • DJ Martin Garrix

    Big name Dutch EDM star Martin Garrix blazes into MYST. It's his first appearance in China and apparently he's not playing clubs after this.
  • Stacey Kent 2014

    Blue Note recording artist Stacey Kent stops by the Sennheiser Shanghai Music Hall for a night of jazz tunes. The Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling singer originally moved to Europe to study literature then became one of the world's foremost jazz si
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    YouTube cover-songs sensation and up-and-coming pop star Megan Nicole returns to Shanghai for the first time since 2011. The 90s baby with 518 million video hits is touring in support of her new EP ESCAPE.

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