Tuesday, December 5
One of the world's most famous drummers, and composer of the music to hit film Birdman Antonio Sánchez has worked with jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny for more than 14 years — he of the 20 Grammy awards. Antonio Sánchez himself has four Grammy Awards and has earned nine nominations playing in other bands and on solo records. Once in a lifetime opportunity to catch this acclaimed Mexican artist at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall. Tickets available right here.
Shortly after completing his training at The Julliard School in New York City and still at the very outset of his career, Carter has already played and/or recorded with many notable artists including Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling. He’s joined by Jazz vocalist Martina DaSilva, a New York City native, who captivates audiences with her signature blend of daring technical virtuosity and expressive emotional sensitivity. Tickets available right here.
Wednesday, December 6
Festivus, that magical musical extravaganza that brought you Shigeto, BRAIDS, Nonku Phiri and Faded Ghost returns, and keeping with the ethos of always bringing you something new, they have curated a lineup of forward-thinking hip hop. From Charlotte they have Cult Rap founder and lyrical genius, Deniro Farrar. Known for his work with Denzel Curry among others, his hard socially and economically conscious lyrics and beats have been making noise back in the States with him getting rave reviews from a variety of rags and seeing his video view counts start to blow up. At the other end of the spectrum is Taragana Pyjarama, a Danish electronic artist better known for his Squarepusher-esque sounds. Festivus for the rest of us! Tickets available right here.
Thursday, December 7
Hip hop label AFSC showcases their roster of local talent — new hip hop coming from the heart of the city. Up-and-coming Chinese hip hop and trap music from Shanghai native Pharaoh, Changsha up-and-comer Toy-Wong, Shenzhen's Lil Jet, Xinjiang's rap trio Ha$ and wordsmith Wangyu-Pavel. Entirely Shanghai-based hip hop music — this is some next-level shit. Fans of Higher Brothers, cecj out the next wave. Tickets available right here.
Friday, December 8
This year’s Christmas Commune Market hosts a list of talented local designers, beautifully handmade craftware, designer jewelry, one-of-a-kind accessories, independent designer clothing, Christmas gifts, handbags, Italian shoes, Christmas desserts, cakes, artisan bakery and coffee, top gourmet food, specialty cocktails, Boxing Cat Brewery beer, a big kids play area, music by guitarists, bebop artists, Christmas vocalists, and sexy Brazilian DJ music til late! PHEW! Everything you need to celebrate the season, in a one-stop market fun for the whole family. 11am to 10pm, Friday to Sunday on two weekends in December: December 8 to 10 and December 15 to 17. Tickets available right here.
A perennial top charter on the DJ Mag Top 100, Dutch producer / Paris Hilton's ex-BF Afrojack has recently collaborated with Pitbull, Beyonce, and Madonna, and even won a Grammy with David Guetta for their work on Madonna's song "Revolver". His own track "Take Over Control" broke as an international hit back in 2010, and since then, he's gone on to be one of the world's most in-demand EDM DJs. Sure to be a big night on the dance floor with the Shanghai return of Afrojack. Tickets available right here.
Saturday, December 9
Danish DJ and record producer Martin Jensen is best known for the 2016 single "Solo Dance”, but he’s got over 10 years of experience of being a club DJ and in October 2016, he was ranked 82 on DJ Mag’s Top 100. In the same year, he released the single "All I Wanna Do" which garnered 60 million streams on Spotify. Tickets available right here.
A dream journey in the arias and great melodies of the Italian and European Bel Canto, which starts from the idea of an unconscious approach to the Opera heritage by a young person of today. The choreography is composed of a high energy movement language that is drawn from different genres and styles. Sprinkled with gestural plots, nonsense and a touch of madness, the arias by Verdi, Leoncavallo, Rossini, Handel and Mozart are re-interpreted in the dance piece with a new perspective that is filled with subtle humor and youthful vigor. Tradition and innovation are knitted nicely together and make this work appealing to audience both young and old. Two performances: 7.30pm December 9; 2.30pm December 10. Tickets available right here.
Sunday, December 10
Tuareg musician Bombino, coming from Niger, lays down a set of desert blues at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall. Comparisons to famous Tuareg musician Ali Fraka Touré, for popularizing an African guitar sound that takes notes from Jimi Hendrix but expands the sounds with an uniquely West African sensibility. Unique opportunity to enjoy new Tuareg music in a world class concert space. Tickets available right here.
“Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith” became Shanghai’s newest sensation when the exhibition opened on October 10. On December 2nd, Modern Art Museum and the fashion party team SNAP will host a pink-themed day party from 2pm to 7pm, celebrating the exhibition, with the after-party at Shanghai’s newest well-to-do Bund lounge, Club 3 1/3. Fashion and nightlife crowds mixing and mingling at this pink costumed event. Tickets available right here.
This market's a bit smaller and a little less commercial than the others and real real cosy. There'll be euro-chic decorated wooden stalls offering handicrafts and gifts, festive baked treats, glühwein (mulled wine), and other drinks to keep you warm. There'll also be food vendors peddling German specialties and other treats from around the world. This market is relatively new, just in its second edition, but you can bet it'll be nice and crowed with the Jing'an expat crowd. Open weekdays 5-9pm and weekends 12-9pm from December 1-3 and 8-17. During the week, entry is free, Saturday-Sunday admission is 50rmb (40rmb on SmartTicket) and includes 1 mulled wine (kids under 10 free). Tickets to the weekend slots available here.
This iconic Broadway show has been on the stage since it’s premiere in 1957 and was made into an oscar-winning film just a few years later in 1961. Leonard Bernstein’s world-famous score, featuring songs ‘Maria’, ‘America’, and ‘I Feel Pretty’ has taken on a life of its own, and is in large part why the production is so ingrained in pop culture. Set in the mid-fifties, West Side Story is the tale of two rival gangs on the Upper West Side of New York, and the destruction their feud brings. It’s also a love story, between star-crossed Tony and Maria. This timeless show is coming to Shanghai Culture Square this fall, don’t miss it. Tickets available right here.