The Obvious Circus Events (Until 6/17)


Sincerest apologies to my readers, but I just cannot seem to get the EC back on a regular schedule. I love my new job, but it doesn’t really allow for a lot of extra-curriculars. However, I will keep at it until they pry my keyboard from my cold, dead hands.

On To The Calendar

Friday 13

One Night Stand

Coat of Arms in Fushimi from 19:00

Before local artist Robert Moore opens his newest exhibit at Nadya Park, he will be displaying some of his work at Coat of Arms for one night. Along with his pop/culture-inspired paintings, the very talented and seemingly omnipresent Elijah Ben will be there with his pleasing original songs. ¥500


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

Since 1997 this party has been bringing talented DJs like UK legend Mike Maguire to the biggest clubs in Japan. 17 years later and it seems no one has bothered to ask if anybody still cares about trance music anymore (outside of Eastern Europe). DOOR ¥3000

Cyber EDM

Club Ozon in Sakae from 18:00
World-renowned DJ Afrojack’s new album Forget The World hasn’t even been out for a month, and the promoters behind Cyber EDM are already co-opting it to promote this “release party” that Afrojack neither knows about nor will be in attendance of. But if you wanna catch some other D-bag pushing play and preening for an hour, you’ve found your party. DOOR ¥2500

Saturday 14

Nagoya Players Open Meeting

Red Rock in Sakae from 11:00

If you enjoyed The Nagoya Players’ recent production of ANGER and have been curious about how you can get involved in the increasingly vibrant theatre scene in Nagoya, than maybe it’s time for you to join Aichi’s oldest international drama group.  This Saturday, the Nagoya Players will be holding their annual proposal meeting where they welcome new members and decide which shows they will put together for the 2015 season. So whether you are interested in being on stage, working behind the scenes or sitting in the director’s chair, there’s a place for you with the Nagoya Players.

Singing In The Rain

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00

Heinz, the lovable owner of the PF, is providing safe haven from the rainy season. Don’t let the fact that this seems to be the driest rainy season ever keep you away from some damn fine acoustic music from David Dycus, Brian Cullen and Sarah Mulvey. DJ Rikiya and the 1960s will be providing BGM.

Nagoya Metro Club

Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00 | ¥2,500)

I’m not sure what wild shenanigans Madame d’Metro has planned for this month’s celebration of “alternative lifestyles”, but one thing is for certain. Hotter weather means fewer clothes, and this is a dance floor that is comfortable with nudity in all its shapes and sizes. Let your pride show, Metro! DOOR ¥2500 (2D)


DayTrim in Shinsakae from 18:00

I’ve got a lot of respect for local artist Steve McLellan and his crew. They keep it simple: good music + open bar = damn fine party. To get there, head to the CBC building in Shinsakae, cross Hirokoji and look for the DayTrive/Trim sign on the 3rd floor. Pay the man at the door, pour yourself a drink and kiss goodbye to Sunday. DOOR ¥2300

Fred P a.k.a Black Jazz Consortium

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

You are going to dig the deep and soulful mix of this American DJ with the best handle ever. Black Jazz Consortium sounds like the tagline for a sequel to Reefer Madness. DOOR ¥3000

Bee Lincoln

Club About in Sakae from 22:00

On any given Saturday night, once you’ve finished tying one on at the Red Rock, instead of heading left on the street towards the subway; make a right towards JB’s. About halfway there, listen closely for the minimal yet infectious grooves coming from seemingly underground. You’ve arrived at About. You’re welcome. DOOR ¥2500


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

DJ OGAWA and crew will be celebrating 13 years of bringing Progressive House music to Nagoya this weekend. They’ve even lowered the price of admission, though that may be more in response to lagging sales than celebration. DOOR ¥2000 (1D)

Sunday 15

Nagoya Writes

Kameshima Community Center from 15:00 – 17:00

Come and join this local writers group for an afternoon of fiction and poetry readings!

Nagoya Pub Quiz

The Elephant’s Nest in Fushimi from 19:45

One of Nagoya’s oldest British style pubs, The Nest is host to this fairly regular pub quiz. You can put together a team of your brightest friends, and take on the challenge of 7 rounds of questions. This month the theme is pop music. Entry is ¥1000 with the proceeds going to charity, and the prizes to be won include drink tickets and other stuff less important than free alcohol.

Respect or Die vol. 66

Café Domina in Sakae from 17:00

This eclectic gathering has something for nearly every club kid: techno, house, breakbeat, electro, with one small catch. It starts at 17:00 on a Sunday. DOOR ¥1500

Tuesday 17


Zepp Nagoya from 18:00 

OK, I’m going to just skip over the 30-plus years of sing-along-inspiring progressive rock this British band has put out, and instead focus on the only other thing a vinyl-junkie like me cares about: the album art, painted by our greatest living artist, Mr. Roger Dean. Without his alien landscapes and fantastical creatures, the album covers of the 70s would’ve been another decade of boring photos featuring the bands or, worse even, dirty, naked hippies. DOOR ¥9000

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