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An Evening with Two of Germany’s Finest Slam Poets

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Monday, October 13th 2014, at 7:30pm (free entry)

An Evening with Two of Germany’s Finest Slam Poets Johannes Berger & Thomas Spitzer.

In Germany Poetry Slams have become very popular in recent years. In over two hundred regular competitions throughout the country young authors present their texts and compete for the favor of the audiences. Their video recordings reach a million views on youtube. Sometimes the lyrics are funny, sometimes thoughtful, sometimes political or chanted like a rapsong. But always on the pulse of time.

Johannes Berger was a finalist at the German Poetry Slam Championships, and Thomas Spitzer was a finalist at the Bavarian Championships and runner-up at the Karl-Marx-Poetry Prize 2014. He is also the organizer of the MASTER OF THE UNI-VERSE, the largest poetry slam in Bavaria which attracts more than 1,500 spectators.

Johannes Berger and Thomas Spitzer are two of the finest representatives of this art. Berger convinces with charming rap poems, while Spitzer is one of the funniest writers of Slam prose. Join them on this evening for a great spoken word performance.

Note: Most of the performance will be in German.

“Traveling Softly and Quietly” A book talk with the author – Nithin Coca

Nithin Coca

Thursday, October 16th 2014, at 7:30pm (free entry)

Traveling Softly and Quietly A booktalk with Nithin Coca

When Nithin Coca was 23, a recent College graduate with big dreams, he embarked on a 13-month unplanned journey around the world in a bid to find himself and his life’s desires. Traveling Softly and Quietly is his memoir from the journey. How does travel at the edges of one’s limits help us learn about who we are? Join Nithin for a casual book chat as he reads from his memoir and shares photos and anecdotes.

Traveling Softly and Quietly is more than a mere travelogue, it’s a book about what is important in one’s life. Through adventures at parties in Europe, backpacking in Turkey, volunteering in Nepal and Thailand, the author explores universal themes such as independence, modernity, growth, and friendship.

Nithin has already visited 44 countries and lived in Spain, France, Nepal, and Indonesia. His writing has been featured in Indonesia Expat, Al Jazeera English, 8Asians, Quartz, and Bootsnall.

Having just finished Traveling Softly and Quietly, he is currently working on his second book on the History and Culture of Chili Peppers.

Standup Comedy Show with Sean Hebert

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Saturday, August 30th at 8:00pm

First Standup Comedy Show of the new season! Visitng comedians: Sean Hebert, Paul Johnsons, hosted by Rob Brien.


Sean Hebert

“Energetic, creative and very funny… a professional on and off stage” Jami Gong
(TakeOut Comedy Club – Hong Kong)
“Great show… a storytelling wizard, and a breath of fresh air” Umar Rana (Comedy Masala – Singapore)

Watch video with Sean.

Sean Hebert

“I once got dumped by this chick right before we slept together. She asked me what kind of birth control I usually use, and I said: ‘a fake name.”
“My sister told me about this new initiative at her college called Learning Disability Awareness Month. I told her that we had that when I was in school, too. We called it ‘exams.”


Paul Johnsons

Paul’s comedy writing is regularly featured on the Huffington Post comedy page and he writes two humor columns for Time Out Shanghai. His humor blog, has been featured five times on’s Freshly Pressed page as the best of WordPress blogs. He lives in Shanghai with his wife and two children. Paul would love to be invited to your party.

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“For years I wanted to try stand-up comedy but I worried what my wife would think. When we were dating I was very careful never to reveal any sense of humour because I wanted to be absolutely certain she would marry me just for my looks.”

“I attend the open mic the week before my planned performance, and I’m relieved to hear how supportive the audience is – maybe because attending the open mic is free. It takes a lot of nerve to boo anything you didn’t pay for, which is why I no longer charge my wife for sex.”


Rob Brien

Chengdu based Irish comedian. See  more about Rob here

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“The only thing good about the earthquake happening at that hour of the morning, is that my wife has to honestly admit, that whilst in bed with me, the earth moved.”

“You know that Malaysia is a Muslim country as soon as you arrive in Kuala Lumpur, because their twin towers are still standing.”


Price: 75rmb in advance, 100rmb at the door (price includes popcorn & a beer/wine).

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Green Drinks: meeting with eco farmer Tang Liang

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August 18th, Monday, 7:30 – 9:00 pm (free entry)


This August we are delighted to have Tang Liang from Chengdu Living Fair as our guest speaker!


After leaving his job in 2011, Tang Liang worked as an intern on the Little Donkey Farm in Beijing for a year, before co-founding the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program ‘Sharing Harvest’ in 2012. In 2013, he returned to his childhood village and started his own farm, practicing permaculture and sustainable living.


The growing process does not include agro-chemicals, and provides safe ecological produce. As a young farmer who has returned to his own community, Tang Liang will share with us his journey home, and the relationship between ecological farming and our ordinary lives.


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