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Musical 'Notre Dame de Paris'

The new Shanghai Culture Square, designed specifically for the staging of musical theater, presents its first complete musical, "Notre Dame de Paris," from December 2 to 24.

Based on Victor Hugo's novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," the French-Canadian musical debuted in 1998 in Paris and has been staged around the world.

This performance is in English, starring Candice Parise as Esmeralda and Matt Laurent as Quasimodo.

Date: December 2-24, 7:15pm (except for Monday)
Venue: Shanghai Culture Square, 36 Yongjia Rd
Tickets: 80-1,280 yuan (US$13-200)
Tel: 6217-2426, 6217-3055


Liszt tribute by French pianist Pierre-Laurent

French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is coming to Shanghai later this month, presenting four of his piano works as a tribute to 19th century composer Franz Liszt.

The piano recital will be staged at Shanghai Concert Hall on November 25. Debussy's three Preludes, Boulez's First Piano Sonata, Ligeti's three Etudes and Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor have been selected for the concert, according to Aimard.

Date: November 25, 7:30pm
Venue: Shanghai Concert Hall, 523 Yan'an Rd E.
Tickets: 80-580 yuan (US$13-91)
Tel: 6217-2426, 6217-3055


Chrysanthemum flower show

A total of 50,000 potted chrysanthemum flowers are blooming at Shanghai Gongqing Forest Park this autumn. The flowers are expected to be in full bloom until the end of this month.

Five traditional chrysanthemum types are displayed and more than 500 new types are also to make their debut during the festival.

Variation in petal shape - narrow slices, wide pieces and long strips - is where the beauty lies. In Chinese culture, chrysanthemums stand for nobility and unpretentiousness, which is always used to describe gentlemen.

At the flower show, visitors can see pink, yellow, white, green and black chrysanthemums. The black chrysanthemum claims to be the world's blackest and it has just won the golden prize in the latest national chrysanthemum contest.

In addition to the potted chrysanthemums, people can also enjoy the flowers made into various shapes and moldings.

The gardeners have shaped thousands of chrysanthemums into hills, flying swans and a phoenix.

Date: Through November 30, 6am-5pm
Address: 2000 Jungong Rd
Tel: 6532-8194


Thanksgiving Photo Exhibition

To raise the public’s awareness of the migrant community in the city, Shanghai Roots & Shoots’ Kid-Strong will hold a photo exhibition around Thanksgiving. Photos of migrant students will be displayed at the exhibition. The photos exhibited are for sale and money obtained will be used for KidStrong’s nutrition program for migrant schools.

Date: November 18-24
Tel: 021-5047 2060
Venue: Element Fresh
Address: 1F Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Rd W.

The 100 Men in History

Thomas Palme is an internationally known German artist with an especially good command of portraits and nudes. This solo exhibition shows his latest works, a rebellious collection of pencil sketches on paper in which our conception and our experience of reality, sexuality and power are radically questioned.

Date: November 19 to January 8, 2012 (Except Mondays)
Tel: 021-6276 9932
Venue: stage BACK
Address: 5F, Bldg 6, 50 Moganshan Rd

Action of Consciousness

MadeIn Company will hold a solo exhibition in ShanghART Gallery titled “Action of Consciousness.” The exhibition provides a new way of admiring artworks, extending the existence of possibility to “objects” and redefi ning the rights of observing. Simultaneously, “Action of Consciousness” can be understood as “ideology in action.”

Date: Through December 12, 10am-6pm
Tel: 021-6359 3923
Venue: ShanghART Gallery
Address: Bldg 16&18, 50 Moganshan Rd

The Mousetrap

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” the longestrunning play in the history of theater, is coming to Shanghai again. “The Mousetrap” is a murder mystery in which a bunch of snowed-in guests and a detective at a country hotel try to fi gure out who among them is the killer.
“The Mousetrap” was brought to China in 1981 for the fi rst time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this, the Chinese version of the drama will be staged with an all-Chinese cast. The stage design is the same as the one at St. Martin’s Theater in London.
British director Dennis Sylvia has been invited to work with the Chinese director and cast.

Date: Through December 18 7:30pm
Admission: 120-280 yuan
Venue: Xinguang Little Theatre
Address: 586 Ningbo Rd


Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers

The LA Theater Works from the United States presents this interesting play about a battle between the US government and the media about a top secret study of the Vietnam war.

Date: November 22-27, 7:30pm
Admission: 80-280 yuan
Tel: 021-6473 0123
Venue: Arts Theater, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center
Address: 288 Anfu Rd

‘Just Play It’

Stan Lai’s new drama tells of the touching stories between an American pianist and a Taiwan blind student.

Date: December 24-25, 7:15pm
Tickets: 180-880 yuan
Tel: 962-388
Venue: Opera Hall of Shanghai Oriental Art Center


Antique Furniture

The 10th China International Antique Furniture Exhibition will feature two major themes— Ming and Qing dynasties furniture and the European classical furniture. The fourday event attracts antique furniture pieces from China, France, Belgium, America, Australia and Indonesia. Besides antique furniture, some interior decorations will also be displayed, such as the popular wood carvings and antique eaglewood.

Date: November 25-28, 9am-4pm
Venue: Shanghai International Exhibition Center
Addres: 88 Loushanguan Rd