Nov. 19th, Ed left New York for China on an exciting and adventurous trip that he has been expecting for a long time.
For my friends in New York and elsewhere USA, I should report my new Journey to Asia. This time I am starting in Shanghai to do some business and visit friends old and new.
Upon arriving, I was graciously picked up at the airport by the China Musical Corporation folks, they are producing the musical “Shanghai Bund”, a great story in Chinese history in 1940s-50s old Shanghai, whose principals also helped produce “Monkey Journey To The West staged at Lincoln Center’s Koch Theater in July 2013. ( In a way. I feel like the Monk in the story, journeying East)
After a nice meeting at their offices in Jingan district, an area I know well from past trips, and resisting the strong urge to sleep from my 15 hour flight, I made it directly to a dinner at the Langham Xintiandi hosted by me new friend Heer. He assembled 5 other friends to join and we had a luxurious feast in an elegant private dining room. Champagne and well prepared Chinese food..an utter pleasure for me. The Group was a balance of boy/girl, and interesting,diverse professionals in the emerging dynamism of modern China.
After dinner, and fighting the urge to now fall asleep in my soup ( I have now been up for 32 straight hours), we ventured out into the night to 2 places/venues. The Alicia Keyes reception spot celebrating her Shanghai performance was first. Held at AV club in Xintiandi, it was much like a NY Club with its glitter, glitteratti, and Hip Hop music. But in China, it was such a unique cultural blend. A Gumbo/Congee soup which somehow works, and proves that people everywhere tend to like the same good things in life. Heer and Ada kept more champagne flowing, and I was too tired, or maybe too stupid to resist.
And then, skillfully orchestrated by friend Heer and Ada, onward we went in our private car to the next mysterious place . At this point, I am not sure how i am commanding my body to move onward, but miraculously all limbs and brain were working, although in diminished mode for sure.
When we arrived at the new place, strategically located on the elegant historic Bund, where Armani, Jean George and Prada now co-habitate, we were greeted outside by my dinner companion Jack who announced “welcome to my club”, and promptly escorted us into this remarkable club/ venue inside, called Cirque Les Soir ( Bund-22, Shanghai, China. Look it up.), The first “Circus” club opened in London in 2009, then Dubai, and now Shanghai.
You can see some photos here. And also my Zenfolio website.
“So Much Fun..So Little Sleep”
Nov. 27th, 2013
On my bullet train now to attend EARS on Beijing – Shanghai to Beijing and it takes 4h 55min at the average speed of 310km/h. The countryside is surprisingly green and farms everywhere. And the business class is quite a luxury… includes wifi!
Nov. 28th, 2013
But tomorrow may be a different story….more to follow..
I discovered these treasures in a shop on the streets of Shanghai.
I was at the OCT Shanghai gallery opening and created some new photos.