Editor's Picks Feb. 5-8 2009

As always, check Live Dates for more details.


4Play featuring Chris Trzcinski

Chris is one of the best drummers in Shanghai and good at a lot of things, but his creativity and attention to color are exceptional. If you’ve ever been to JZ you’ve probably heard him in many contexts, but this is a rare opportunity to hear him as a featured voice, with the usual greats Coco Zhao, Steve Sweeting, and EJ Parker.

Lounge 18, 18 on the Bund, 4F


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Shanghai Opera The Last Night of Taipan Chin

I can’t believe this is the first time we’ve listed Shanghai Opera! This one is really hot right now partially because there’s a TV drama of this currently being shot, with future girlfriend Fan Bingbing in the title role, a taxi dance madam at the Paramount Dance Hall! It’s adapted from a 1960’s short story by Taiwanese writer Pai Hsien-yung (白先勇, or Bai Xianyong) and should be interesting.

Yi Fu Theater, 701 Fuzhou Lu near People’s Square

7:15 start

Tickets 50, 80, 120, 180, or 280 RMB. Call 62172426 or 62173055 to book, or go to the ticket office at 272 Fengxian Lu near Jiangning Lu.


As we noted in our news section there is a new label in town and it’s called Pause:Music, who will be giving away a mix CD each month at parties, galleries, and shops. With an extensive line-up of DJs and MCs, they should keep the Shelter rocking all night long, and have free mix CDs.

The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Lu

10:00 start

30 RMB cover


The Dropkicks + Snot Rockets + Trix + Benjamin

A big frenzy of punk, acoustic pop, and mutli-genre DJing at LOgO. So Snot Rockets is the unannounced band we saw at YuYinTang with Banana Monkeys and Cold Fairyland. They’re fun.

LOgO, 13 Xingfu Lu near Fahuazhen Lu

10:30 start

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Sweatshop & Friends featuring Q-Bik

Apparently monsieur Q-Bik is about to explode with worldwide popularity and the fact that he is from New Zealand and lives in Perth is relevant. We simply trust Sweatshop to bring us happening D’nB. Catch him and the Sweatshop regulars at what is sure to be a happening party. We will be there, honing our ability to find that perfect edge between drunkenness and sobriety at which we judge ourselves capable of dancing to Drum ‘n Bass.

The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Lu

10:00 start

50 RMB cover



One of our complaints about JZ has been that the Mauritians and Brazilians who contribute so much to that scene have gotten so few opportunities to do their own thing. That changes for one day at least as drummer Leonardo Susi, percussionist Marco Bosco, pianist Joao Mascarenhas and bassist Tinho Pereira show you what that Brazilian thing is all about.

JZ Club 46 Fuxing Lu near Yongfu Lu


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So have a nice weekend and I’ll see you this time next week. Special non-pick mention goes to Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing Haydn and Bruckner Tuesday and Mahler Wednesday, if you can still get tickets for less than a billion kuai. Check for info. Also, it’s strictly prohibited self-promotion, but I’m playing Sunday at the Bulldog in a Latin trio that I’m having fun with, and Monday at House of Blues and Jazz with the great Mark Bai and Ronnie Williams. Don’t tell my boss.

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  1. mache

    I can’t believe how much you know about Operas and TV Dramas!!! … I am scared!!!!!

  2. Mike

    Oops, it turns out that tonight at JZ is Huang Jianyi’s sextet and Bailaio is NEXT Sunday. Curses! Foiled agin!


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