Christina Pluhar might not be French, but you'll have a hard time finding French chamber orchestras in any state to play on this day. Because they all lost their heads in the Terror. Still, go class it up in Shanghai's closest approximation of the Palace of Versailles (apart from the one they built for tourists in the outskirts) with a night of Baroque musicianship, with selections by Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporaries.
Perhaps something a bit less... bourgeoise? Celebrated French vocalist does the music of her native land with live band accompaniment on stage at The Pearl. Charles Aznavour, Henri Salvador, Edith Piaf, Claude Naugaro, Yves Montand, Serge Gainsbourg, and more celebrating Bastille Day. 80rmb pre-sale; 100rmb at the door. Starts 9pm.
Is the music not to your taste? BottlesXO and La Maison/Shanghai Bakery have teamed up to provide you with food and libations. Food courtesy of Pol Garcia of La Maison/Shanghai Bakery. There're bacchanalian drink deals on, like buy-one-get-ones & free-flow champagne, wine by the glass, the works. Party kicks off at 5, goes until late.
More feteishistic (oh ho ho)? Le Cafe des Stagiaires takes French fetishism to sublime highs on a normal night. Tonight is the conjunction of the Francophones. "Cocorico," they say! Let ring the cry of fraternite! "We will celebrate Bastille Day on CS Dagu Lu. Only French songs, Ricard and saucisson! Come and celebrate with us the French National Day." Starts 7pm and it's free to get in. Like the Bastille.
What's more French than a mime? Probably a lot of things, we wouldn't know, our knowledge of Europe is entirely informed by 2004 American teen comedy tour-de-force, Eurotrip. Anyway, here's a pantomime (no speaking) magic show fit for the entire family! ‘Oops! Invisible Boy!’ combines educational games with live magic fun in a show where children can interact with the performers. The show was created by famous Chinese magician Chenxing Wang and features props, state-of-the-art visuals, and a rich storyline to keep you little ones amused throughout. A great show ideal for children aged 3 to 12.
Le jour de Gloire est arrive, and Glorie's psyched about it! Four days of French indulgence and "art de vivre". The big bash is "La Boum", one of the biggest parties in Shanghai for French people of the year. It goes from 11pm till late with Shanghai's favorite couple inviting you to celebrate French National Day with '70 and '80's disco classic by DJ Zohan & DJ John Avolio. Dress code: Blue, White, Red, and absolutely not the other way around. Free before midnight; 100 RMB per person after 12am including one drink.
T-PAIN. A man of the people. A revolutionary in a Phrygian scarf. A man so sans-culottes that culottes melt within twelve feet of him. He has plucked the apple of liberty from the jeans of oppression.
Have a good one.