Hey, art folk, just FYI, Shanghai's largest gallery fair of the year, the Shanghai Biennale, opened up last Saturday in the southern city. If you'd like a peak inside, have a look at this article here from our sister site, SmartShanghai.com and this photo gallery here.

"The social factory", indeed...

ART / NOV 25


2015 live music calendar looking pretty good right out the gate. We have Iceage trekking in from Copenhagen on January 10 at Mao, New York noise legends Swans in February, and now a fresh confirmation for the pile: first-wave UK punk band The Boys, who'll occupy School Bar on Saturday, January 24. The Boys formed in London in 1976, neck deep in the same crucible that produced The Clash and The Damned. Here's their hit. They split in 1982 but have been playing fairly regularly with four out of the five original members since 1999. They went back into the studio in 2012 and this year came out with their first new album in over 30 years, introspectively enough entitled Punk Rock Menopause.

So, this is very cool. The Boys are doing a China tour with Shanghai's Round Eye to ring in the new year loudly. More info on all that soon, but for now save January 24 at School, as that's when & where The Boys, Round Eye, and Bedstars will aim to dry out your liver.



After taking a break for the summer, Beijing's only underground rave, The Bunker Party, returns this Saturday to a disused bomb shelter near you.

"On November 29, experience the best of Berlin techno and European rave culture in one of the most unique settings in the city center: a massive underground bunker in the city center. You'll first entire an unmarked industrial warehouse, descend down seemingly-floating unfinished concrete stairs to our massive dance hall, which though surrounded by giant concrete pillars, has been turned into an one-night only popup club--complete with a great bass system. We will have 8 hours of non-stop underground techno and house music..." ...blah, blah, blah.

Sound like your kind of deal? You've got to get advance tickets, which are 100rmb a-piece. Here's all the details.



If you're looking to get in on a bird for Thanksgiving this Thursday, we threw a bunch of options at you last week and here's two more. Both venues of Great Leap Brewery are celebrating Thanksgiving, with the #12 venue hosting a set meal by The Taco Bar's Kin Hong. pretty great deal: 100rmb all-in, includes a Honey Glazed Ham meal with sides. Details and RSVP info here. Meanwhile, over at their original #6 location, GLB is hosting in friends and family for two Thanksgiving sessions this Thursday and again on Saturday. That one's a more laid-back potluck kind of thing; bring a dish to share and the bar will be providing the bird. Details here.

Finally, just around the way from #6, 4corners is hosting a Thursday night, 150rmb set meal of "Turducken", with traditional sides, and live music. RSVP is necesarry for that one, as they're running out of seats. Details here.



SmBj and Rager Pies are back at Dada bar tonight, rounding out the November pie-themed month with a stone cold classic: 1986 Rob Reiner film, Stand by Me. Damn, haven't seen that one in forever. Sigh.... River Phoenix. What's the connection to pie eating, you ask? Remember the pie eating contest scene? Yum.

As always, the movie starts at 9pm. No entry fee and free popcorn. Thanks to Rager Pies for bringing the pies and Maya Rudolph for coming up with the movies this month...



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