The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 4/13)


Something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. It’s 5 freaking degrees, and I’m still wearing my heat-tech underoos in April. At this point I would normally make some cliché comment like “but there’s plenty of hot parties this weekend”, but I don’t have the patience for platitudes today. It’s freezing in my office because all the heaters in Japan are hibernating, and I’m just typing so I can generate a little heat.

On to the calendar!

Friday 10

The Club

Himawari Hall in Marunochi from 19:00

The Nagoya Players newest show opens this Friday, with 5 shows throughout the weekend. The Club by David Williamson is a much-loved Australian drama that takes a biting look at the world of professional sports. To portray such a powerful script, director Ashley James has assembled a powerful cast in David Alcock, Jessica Conklin, Ritchie Croan, Michael Kruse, Dan Pousson and James Venema. If you haven’t reserved your tickets yet, go or visit them on Facebook. Tickets are ¥2000 in advance.


Smash Head in Osu from 19:00

Live music and art exhibit featuring Robert Moore, Miguel Arroyo, Takashi Teradai and Xandra Corpora. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00 | ¥2,000)

A tech and minimal house party with live performances from Tokyo’s Kult Q and special guest DJ Do Dhock Booze.  I’m no fan of minimal dance music, but Kult Q’s unique groove is quite infectious.  DOOR ¥2000

Saturday 11

Aya Irodori Vol. 2

ROXX in Sakae from 18:00

From the much-missed electronica jam band Sonic Land Peace Makers to local faves Ghost of Matsubara, Tak Kudo has long been a part of Nagoya’s music scene. He now has a side-project called ZEPTO which is unlike anything he’s done in a while. They’re playing alongside several bands this Saturday, including Branch Off The Scene. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Nagoya Metro Club

Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00

The cold and the rain may have tried to ruin our hanami joy, but the spirit of spring survives at this month’s Metro party. Cherry Blossom Bliss has a fantastic floor show featuring dancers, musicians and drag queens, and the party-pumping mixes of DJs Yossi and eM. This and every second Saturday of the month, the Nagoya Metro Club is the biggest and best party where everyone is welcome. DOOR ¥2500 (2D)


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

Also happening every second Saturday, DJ OGAWA & crew drop the best in Progressive House music at their popular SMASH party. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500 (1D)


Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:00

I have a lot of respect for the Factory for giving bigroom love to the greatest music of the 60s that you probably never heard. The best of R&B, soul, blues and jazz played on their original vinyl by some of Nagoya’s most-knowledgeable DJs, with a special live performance from Le Virginie. DOOR ¥2000

Sunday 12

Nagoya Pub Quiz

The Elephant’s Nest in Fushimi from 19:45

This regular quiz night gives you and your friends the chance to field a team and challenge the sharpest minds in the Nagoya pub circuit. Face several challenging rounds of questions inspired by this month’s theme: SF, Fantasy and Horror movies. Entry is ¥1000 with the proceeds going to charity.

Monday 13

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Zepp Nagoya from 18:00

Flying in the face of the long-standing fact that he’s an arrogant twit, Noel Gallagher’s wasn’t about to launch his first post-Oasis project without making damn sure we all knew what’s really important. Alternative names he turned down: Liam Is Dead and Look At Me, I’m Noel Fucking Gallagher. DOOR ¥9000

Off The Rocker

Club Orca in Sakae from 21:00

Nagoya’s newest club is still the hottest, with lines to get in on the weekend extending down the street. Having Japanese legends Shinichi Osawa and Masatoshi Uemura in the main room is a sure way to increase the waiting time a few hours.

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