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This Week's Tickets: Metz, AV Party, Porter Robinson, and More

May 21, 2018 | 17:09 Mon
An eclectic mix of ticketed events vying for your attention this week. Family theater, international DJ, comedy, concerts, and classical performances -- you know the deal. Click on through to get your pre-sales to this week's events.

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Thursday, May 24



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Porter Robinson's an American DJ/producer, heavily inspired by the look and sound of J-pop and Japanese anime. He broke into the EDM world in 2010 with "Say My Name," and his subsequent 11-track release, Spitfire, crashed Beatport's servers when it launched. His music's become more melodic and lyric-driven since then, like on "Clarity," which he co-wrote with Zedd and provided backing vocals for. He's headlined at music fests like EDC, Coachella and Ultra, keeping to his vocaloid-inspired female voices, uplifting electronic symphonies, references to Japanese anime culture, and a nostalgic vibe that's a massive hit with fans. He's performing a DJ set at Modernsky Lab. Get your tickets here.


Friday, May 25



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Dutch early music conductor Ton Koopman is the early music giant Gustav Leonhardt’s student. And he is the founder of Amsterdam Baroque Choir. The records they made have won many prizes and awards, among which a set of complete Bach’s religious and secular cantatas is considered as the most significant recording plan in the past several decades. This set was awarded with ECHO KLASSIK. As a scholar, Koopman teaches doctor candidates and holds lectures in Leiden University. Haydn, the first giant of the Classical Period, wrote “Die Jahreszeiten” (“The Seasons”) to laud beautiful scenes in nature and farmers’ labor in 1801. The composer connected four season in one year with different stages in one’s lifetime, singing the praise of happiness created by labor. Get your tickets here.


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"Whose Line is it Anyway?" One of the UK's biggest comedy hits, before getting even bigger when it came to the US. Built on improvisational skits inspired by scenarios, genres, phrases and props suggested by the audience, the chemistry between the comedians on stage created some the funniest sketches in TV history. Now, with a new cast the show is "pure talent, better than the TV show!" according to The Times. Punchline Comedy's bringing them to Shanghai for two days with special guest star Niall Ashdown. Essential viewing for fans of improv comedy. Tickets for both days available on SmartTicket: Cages on May 25 and Kerry Hotel Pudong on May 26. Get your tickets here.


Saturday, May 26



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“Bold, unsympathetic and brutally effective.” – NME. “One of the best… a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing” – The New Yorker. “They sound pissed off, which I fuckin’ like” – Liam Gallagher. METZ are punk rock incarnate, as those who were there for their last China shows know too well. They are an empathic but artful hammer swing to the status quo. Pure yet intricately arranged redline chaos. Their music is uninhibited and urgent, a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles. It’s important noise. They're playing the new Yuyintang Park w/ Ugly Girls on support. Get your tickets here


[event:51504]
"Whose Line is it Anyway?" One of the UK's biggest comedy hits, before getting even bigger when it came to the US. Built on improvisational skits inspired by scenarios, genres, phrases and props suggested by the audience, the chemistry between the comedians on stage created some the funniest sketches in TV history. Now, with a new cast the show is "pure talent, better than the TV show!" according to The Times. Punchline Comedy's bringing them to Shanghai for two days with special guest star Niall Ashdown. Essential viewing for fans of improv comedy. Tickets for both days available on SmartTicket: Cages on May 25 and Kerry Hotel Pudong on May 26. Get your tickets here


[event:51708]
Since 2013, Atomic Visual Studio has been pushing the boundaries of the audio-visual realm, collaborating musicians, brands and media to create some amazing digit art, large-scale visualizations and mind-bending eye candy for the masses. For their 5-year anniversary, they're throwing their own artist-driven block-party in Modernsky Lab, dedicated to visual madness. The line-up includes the like of Beijing's Nova Heart, Chinese electronic music pioneer SHAO, 'future fusion' Duck Fight Goose, new media artist Nenghuo, and open artist group 'Nine Kuai Nine,' aka 9.9. Expect an evening stunning audio-visual live sets, trippy inspired visuals, and generally an evening of mind-boggling sensory overload. Get your tickets here


[event:51709]
The world-famous Emerson String Quartet has been performing electrifyingly focused classical music for forty years. With nine Grammy Awards and three Gramophone Awards to their name, they're known for the rich timbre of their performance, and the virtuosity with which the four musicians weave their melodies together. They'll be coming to Shanghai at the end of May to perform string quartets from Mozart, Barber and Brahms. Formed in 1976 and named after American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, it's currently comprised of violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton, and (relatively) recent addition celloist Paul Watkins. Get your tickets here


[event:51701]
David and Sullivan are the two halves of Hungarian DJ / Producer duo StadiumX, coming out of Budapest. They started out in 2012 with the ambitious goal of creating a new, energetic sound, mixing multiple genres, their own design and production techniques to create the positively messianic sound "X-sound." It's big, high-intensity, progressive, future house, which has taken them to the stages at Tomorrowland, Ushuaia, Sziget Festival, Balaton Sounds and Octagon, systematically annihilating the big stadiums. Their track "Howl At The Moon" has become a staple of DJ sets around the world, and is the best sold release ever within the Protocol Family, netting them a platinum record, and a collab with Nicky Romero on "Harmony." They're playing W Shanghai's stylish WOOBAR for one night of pump-up festival beats. Get your tickets here


Sunday, May 27



[event:51710]
Joshua Bell, one of the finest violinists of the modern era, is coming to Shanghai at the end of May. With a career spanning more than 30 years, and the Music Director of the Academy of St. Marin in the Field's since 2011, Joshua has recorded more than 40 CDs, winning Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards, and participated in President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ first cultural mission to Cuba. He performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th century French bow by François Tourte. In Shanghai, he'll be leading his chamber orchestra in performaing Bach's Violin Concerton in A minor, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Barber's Adagio for Strings and Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Bueons Aires. World-class string music from a luminary of the field. Get your tickets here


May 25-May 27



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Take a weekend retreat away from the city to recharge at the Narada five-star garden hotel, next to Zhejiang's beautiful "Thousand Islands Lake." Enjoy two days of outdoor activities, like kayaking and biking, as well as more intensive trainings for those who want to work up a sweat in the clean air. There'll be morning yoga and stretching by the poolside on Saurday, and high-intensity morning training on Sunday, as well as local cuisine and a full-on barbecue. Perfect way to detox. The three-day trip starts at 7pm on Friday and returns to Shanghai on Sunday at 8pm. The price includes transportation, travel insurance, food packs, hotel stay (double occupancy), yoga and gym teachers, meals, equipment rental, a buffet breakfast and access to the indoor-outdoor pool and gym at the hotel. Get your tickets here.


May 24 to June 3



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In 1957, one of the world's favorite fairytales was turned into a Tony Award-winning musical by the creators of the Sound of Music. Remade as a hit film in 1997, it tells the story of young Ella, her tyrannical stepmother and two bratty stepsisters, the-- do we even need to repeat it? A fairy godmother, a pumpkin carriage, a masked ball, the clock strikes midnight, a glass slipper, a lovestruck prince... plus new and contemporary twists, stunning set design and breath-taking transformations. It's a magical retelling of love's triumph in the face of adversity, told in the best format possible: musical! This production is presented by Joseph Graves, with music direction from Mary Chun and choreography by You Jiayi. This production is in Chinese. Get your tickets here

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