The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 6/19)


In honor of a perceived increase in local culture (read below), I’ve decided to dig a bit deeper this month for more than just the best live and DJ events. Below you will find the fruits of my labor (READ: cracking open the newest International Calendar), and I hope you find the time to take in several of the music, art and film happening this weekend.

WHAT’S GOT ME BUZZ’n: local art

Music, Theatre, Dance, Film, Art: you want culture? Nagoya’s got it coming out of both ends (classy, I know). Time was if a gaijin wanted to showcase their work, they had to wait for the excellent Foreign Artist Exhibition, which comes around every November. However, since the Harmonium Parlour came on the scene a few years back, there’s been a bounty of new venues and events for painters, sculptors, photographers and all kinds of creative types to display their work. This month’s Nagoya Total Art at the PI Gallery and Concrete Jungle at Buddha are just the newest in a trend that I hope will continue. I’m tired of Tokyo looking down its nose on our scene. I want to be an art snob, too!

On to the calendar!

Thursday 14th

The Artaud Beats

Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00

I couldn’t find much on this UK Progressive Rock band, but Tokuzo usually only has the best live acts on their stage. DOOR ¥4300

Obscura and Beneath The Massacre

Club Quattro in Saake from 18:00

Unfortunately, Quattro doesn’t suffer from the same predilection as Tokuzo. They’ve got no problem putting lesser talented acts on their stage, and charging ungodly ticket prices for your pain. DOOR ¥6000

Friday 15th

Smooth Jazz and Soul Live

Marunouchi Salon in Marunouchi from 19:00

A new bi-weekly event featuring the duo Christopher Brooks and Marvin Lenoar, whose covers of popular soul, jazz and pop hits are a chill way to start your weekend. 3 shows, DOOR 2000 (+1D)


Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

DJ Bok Bok (which I assume is the pronounced like a chicken sounds) hails from the popular grime scene in the UK, with all the electronic samples and deep guttural bass that entails. This is JB’s coolest night for electro and techno music.  ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500

Saturday 16th

Concrete Jungle

Club Buddha in Shinsakae from 20:30

Foregoing their usual of reggae and/or hip-hop for an avant-garde exhibition for local artist Steve McLellan and many more is a risk that I feel will pay off big for this underrated nightspot in need of some new clientele. DJs Nick Edges, Halcyon, Zig Nine, Casper, Skullduggery, dij, Kana and Miggy will definitely keep them from straying too far from the music. DOOR ¥2000

Maximum Mod vol. 13

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:00

Much respect to the Factory for stepping out of their box with this night dedicated to the all-but-obscure fashion and music movement of the 60s. R andB, soul and British Beat music all night long. DOOR ¥2000


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

The music that guest DJ Andres (AKA DJ Dez) spins is a graceful mix of hip hop beats, club rhythms and masterful turntablism; a sound that could only be born in Detroit. ADV ¥3000 / DOOR ¥3500

Balearic Lotus

Club About in Sakae from 22:00

I don’t know if this event will be any good or not, though Balearic house usually offers some cool club beats usually only heard at Ibiza. I include it here because I haven’t written about About recently, and I wanted to make sure it was still open. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500

Sunday 17th

Nagoya Total Art Reception and Live Showcase

PI Gallery in Atsuta from 16:00

This unique exhibition has been open since Tuesday, and features a wide range of contemporary art from some of the most talented artists in Nagoya today. On this night they will celebrate the success of their hard work with a night of contemporary dance, singing and live art.

The Composer

Chikusa Playhouse in Imaike from

KPB Productions first feature film premieres this Sunday. After the success of their original play “The Elevator”, we all expect great things from the power duo of Gary Beaubouf and Steve Pottinger. ¥1000

Nagoya Swings Workshop

Shooters in Fushimi from 19:30

Nagoya’s only international jazz dance group is starting off the New Year with a great chance for anyone to get involved in this escalating scene. They’re offering 2 bi-lingual introductory lessons for only ¥500. This is the best way to get introduced to ballroom dance styles such as East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and the Charleston. Singles and couples are all welcome.

Rasmus Faber Japan Tour 2012

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

This talented Swedish house DJ is just one of the many international superstars that calls JB’s his Nagoya home at least once-a-year, which is why it is still one of the top venues in the world.

Respect or Die! Vol. 54

Café Domina in Sakae from 20:00

If you’re looking for a DJ event this Sunday, this eclectic mix of techno, house, and electro from several DJs is probably your best bet. They usually have an impressive live art show as well, along with special live performances or guest DJs. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Tuesday 19th

One Coin Classic Movie Series

Minami Ward Cultural Mini Theater in Horita from 13:30

For those of us born after the 1950s, this may be our only chance to see the classical musical comedy “Singin’ In The Rain” on the big screen. And while ¥500 is cheap, I believe my editor only had to pay one ear of corn when he was a lad.

Upcoming Events

July 14 and 15 Three Guys One Pub Dinner Theater @ Shooters
July 26 Wanna Be Child @ Club JB’s
July 28 Sound Machine Beach Party @ Utsumi

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