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shanghai coming up
(China Daily)
Updated: 2009-11-28 10:58


Contemporary theater festival

The Shanghai International Contemporary Theater Festival will bring over a dozen shows from Asia, Europe and North America to the city this year from mid-November to mid-December. The annual global theater festival was founded by the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in 2005.

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center

288 Anfu Road


Tel: 6473-0123

Tickets: 100-200 yuan

My Garden

A few years ago, an elder brother left his girlfriend in pursuit of his own dreams. He later returns to find out that she has become his younger brother's wife. The play is staged by the Gokikai Theater from Japan and is performed in Japanese with Chinese subtitles.

Dec 3, 7:30 pm; Dec 4, 2 pm

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Drama Salon


Morning, Mum!!

This heart-warming story about a traditional Japanese family is being presented by the Dougeza Theater from Japan, with Chinese subtitles. Dougeza is back by popular demand for what marks its fourth trip to Shanghai.

Dec 5, 7:30 pm; Dec 6, 2 pm

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center


This novel stage show features three women, three languages (English, Korean and Mandarin) and three sources of origin: Singapore's Theatre Practice, Theatre P'yut from Korea, and Fat Bird Theater from Shenzhen, China.

Nov 30, Dec 1, 7:30 pm

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center


Lost in the Dark

This play, which is performed in the local dialect of a town in northeastern China without subtitles, begins with the kidnapping of a girl from a nightclub by two drunken migrant workers. It is being staged by the Ji Lin Arts College and Chang Chun Star Sky Entertainment Cultural Communication Ltd. (Ji Lin, China).

Dec 4 - 6, 7:30 pm

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center

Tale of the Golden Lock

This play is adapted from the modern classic of the same title by Eileen Chang. Pretty young Cao Qiqiao is married to a man from a rich family who is disabled. As Qiqiao struggles to survive and find some happiness in the closed surroundings of a traditional Chinese household, she falls in love with her brother-in-law but is refused by him. Reflecting on her life in her later years, Qiqiao discovers that her unhappy marriage caused her to ruin the lives of her own children. Directed by Hong Kong movie director Ann Hui.

December 4-6, 7:15 pm

Shanghai Oriental Art Center

425 Dingxiang Road


Tel: 6854-1234

Tickets: 80-680 yuan

Ono Lisa

China's favorite Brazilian singer is back for her third solo concert in Shanghai, preparing to again wow audiences with her signature Bossa Nova style. Cheaper tickets have already sold out.

Dec 23, 7:30 pm

Shanghai Oriental Art Cente

425 Dingxiang Road


Tel: 6854-1234

Tickets: 280-1080 yuan



French artist Jean-Luc Moerman is having a solo exhibition at 18Gallery. A new projection room has been launched at the entrance of the gallery space, showing photos of tattoos and Moerman's involvement in them. The tattoo exhibition also features Chinese artists such as Just Shao, Wang Chao, Nevin, Chen Yijing as well as Mike Giant from the United States.

Nov 26 - Dec 21

4F, 18 on the Bund


Tel: 6323-8099

Caitlin Reilly

Suspended Arrival is a body of work on paper that is underpinned by an autobiographical subtext. "During winter 2007 in Byron Bay, Australia, I focused all of my attention on drawing. Prior to that, I had spent a decade painting allowing drawing to fulfill that traditional notion as the first step toward developing an image. In this series of works on paper I used drawing as a tool for asking questions of a medium in its own right," wrote the artist about the series.

Until Dec 15

Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center

299 Fuxing Road W.


Tel: 6466-7428

Mian Hua

Oil paintings by a female artist named Mian Hua (which literally means "cotton flower") are now being exhibited at Duolun MoMA. Local art critic Lin Mingjie praised Mian Hua's art with the words: "Having seen too many perfectly skilled paintings that show no personality at all, I see Mian Hua's paintings and feel like I am having a heart-to-heart chat with an innocent child."

Nov 28 - Dec 6

Duolun Museum of Modern Art

27 Duolun Road


Tel: 5671-9068

Shahid Parvez

India;s Shahid Parvez opens his first solo exhibition of 35 paintings and prints in China today. The artist paints with exaggeration and expressions that take on a childlike innocence.

Until Dec 9, 10 am to 6 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

M Art Center

50 Moganshan Road, 1F, Building No 2


Tel: 6299-6610


Free drawing

Zendai Art Supermarket is giving away free art in the form of 10 works by as many contemporary artists, each one valued at 10,000 yuan. All of the artwork will be exhibited at the Art Supermarket until Dec 24. Between today and Dec 22, interested parties can visit Zendai Art Supermarket and fill in a registration form to sign up for the lucky draw, which will take place on Christmas Eve. If the winner doesn't want to keep the art, they can take the cash instead.

No. 28, Lane 199 Fangdian Road


Tel: 5033-9801

My precious

The 5th China International Gold Jewelry and Gem Fair is taking place this weekend at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, with prize-winning designs for the 6th China International Gold Jewelry Design Competition on display. Tomorrow will see a public auction of 150 diamonds, each weighing between 1 and 13 carats.

Nov 28 - 29, 9:30 am - 5 pm

Shanghai Exhibition Center

1000 Yan'an Road M.


Tel: 2516-1677

Tickets: 50 yuan (students under 18 free)

Watsons hits 500

Watsons Your Personal Store, the largest health &beauty retailer in Asia, opened its 500th store in Shanghai on Tuesday. To celebrate the grand opening, all outlets in Shanghai are launching special sales activities during the following two weeks, until Dec 9. Watsons is now developing rapidly in China creating a record of opening five outlets weekly. It is planning to release its first health and beauty index next April to inform the customers of the latest trends in China's market.

818 Nanjing Road W.


Early Christmas party

The China European International Business School (CEIBS) will host a Chrimas Mixer for its EMBA international students. Wine, cocktails and snacks will be available.

Dec 3, 7 pm - 10 pm

Southern Bell, 433 Changle Road