The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 3/21)

Faith and Begorrah!

As you can tell by this week’s logo and the accent I picked up from countless viewings of Darby O’Gill and The Little People (best movie about Ireland ever!), I am very excited about St. Patrick’s Day, and NOT just because I love Guinness (although I really do).  No, I am excited because whenever St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, I know that the Japanese holiday Shunbun no Hi is not too far away.  Also known as the Spring Equinox, this day marks the turning point in the seasons and means longer and warmer days.  And unlike America, Japan observes the Equinox with a national holiday, which will be next Tuesday, March 20.  So, not only do we get the joy and revelry of St. Paddy’s, the best excuse to drink this side of Cinco de Mayo, but we also get a whole other holiday to sleep it off.  What to do about the Monday between the two is your problem.

What’s Got Me Buzz’n:  Dinner Theater redux

Man, oh man, I love me some dinner theater.  It takes two of my passions, eating and theatering, and crams them together into one enjoyable evening.  The Nagoya Players yearly show at Shooters will be held this June, and they are performing an original show by my fellow NAG MAG contributor and head of Axiom Magazine, Adam Miller.  Open auditions are next weekend, and there are roles for 7 men and 3 women.  Anyone interested should contact them by email or through their Facebook page.

On to the calendar!

Thursday 15th

Wanna Be Child

Club JB’s in Sakae from 21:00

Some weeks, you just can’t wait for Friday to start your weekend.  DJs TAKE, Andy S. and I understand this, and we offer you this night of nothing-but-house-music as a herald to your holiday.  DOOR ¥2000

Cyndi Lauper

The Aichi Arts Center in Sakae from 19:00

From her genre-spanning catalog to her unwavering support for the LBGT community, I love Cyndi Lauper.  I have always wanted to see her live, but, sadly, it will not be on this night.  Besides the fact that there was a horrendous lack of promotion for this concert (shame on you, Kyodo Tokai), tickets range from ¥9500 ~ 11,500!  And my love only goes so far in my wallet.


Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

Underoath is an American Christian metalcore band… seriously.  I couldn’t be that funny if I tried.  DOOR ¥5800

Friday 16th


K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:00

I disregarded this talented Saitama shoegaze band last month because their opening acts were so awesome.  However, I won’t make the same mistake this month… because opening band Michael Japan just sucks.  DOOR ¥2500

Stereo Soul

Club About in Sakae from 20:00

DJ Primalize’s monthly tech and progressive house party is a welcome alternative to the stale top 40 parties most of the bigger clubs promote.  DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Saturday 17th

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Osu Kannon from 10:00

This yearly gathering has everything you’d expect from a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and more. There will be Irish dancing, Irish music, Irish cothing, Irish setters and,of course, Irish beer!  Always crowded on a Saturday, the Osu shopping arcade tends to get beyond capacity when you throw in several hundred more foreigners.

Parade After Party

Shooters in Fushimi from 20:00

Once the parade is finished, you will have a number of places to head to continue the celebration.  However, the number one spot this and every year is Shooters, just down the way from the parade site.  Along with plenty of Guinness and Irish fare available, they will also have the traditional Irish music of Brian Cullen.


Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:00
If you cannot catch Primalize’s brilliantly crafted tech-house mix on Friday, you’ve got one more chance to this weekend.  He’s headlining at the return of the VOICE party with several other techno and trance DJs.  WOMEN ¥500 (1D) / MEN ¥2000 (1D)

Party UP vol. 14

Da! Bar In Sakae from 21:00
DjPauloAtNight, is going to be dropping his high energy mix of various styles of Good Tunes ALL NIGHT LONG!  Ladies: 1.000¥ (2D) / Gentlemen: 2.000¥ (3D)

Sunday 18th

Uplift Spice

Club Upset in Ikeshita from 18:00

I was bummed when this Tokyo punk band seemed to disappear from the scene, but now their back, touring a new album featuring lots more of the kowa-kawaii Chiori screaming into a mic.  A little punk rock is sure to cure you of that St. Paddy’s hang over.  DOOR ¥2300

Happy Swing

Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

DJ MOREMIXX presents a night of digital jazz music that is smooth and chill.  And continuing with Café Domina’s odd attempts to prove they are anything BUT a club, they will be offering curry with an advance ticket purchase.  I guess if you buy at the door there’ll be NO CURRY FOR YOU!  ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000

Monday 19th

Radical Face Japan Tour

K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:30

Hailing from Florida, Ben Cooper is a very talented songwriter who performs in a number of acts.  However, it was his solo work as Radical Face and his latest album The Roots that first brought his hauntingly beautiful tales of home and family to my attention.  This concert gets my highest recommendation.  DOOR ¥3500


X-Hall in Osu from 22:00

X-Hall continues to prove that Osu is more than just kitschy shops and sketchy otaku with a series of amazing international acts, the latest of which is Maya Jane Coles.  Even a cursory listen to her deep house tracks gives clear evidence why she was voted Producer of the Year 2011 by DJ Mag.  Along with DJs TAKE, Shigeta and Andy S., this is going to be the best chance to get in on the burgeoning X-Hall scene.  DOOR ¥3000

Spring Fling Swing and Sing Thing

Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00

Every year, the ballroom dance group Nagoya Swings celebrates the Spring Equinox the traditional way; with dance and karaoke.  If you have two left feet, no worries; the swing kids will be giving free lessons all night.  And since Monday is a national holiday, after midnight the party continues at JOY JOY karaoke in Fushimi.

Wednesday 21st


Huck Finn in Imaike from 18:30

One cannot say that Tokyo’s Sister Paul is a happy duo.  However, there is no denying that their anguish rock is awesome.  DOOR ¥2100

Upcoming Events

March 24 Dinner Theater Auditions @ Shooters
April 8 Hana-Nabe Picnic @ Tsurumai Koen
April 21 The Elevator @ The Red Rock

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