16 things to do around Mumbai from October 25 - October 31
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week ahead
Fall under a spell
8.30 – 9.30 PM: Magicians Ian Fernandes and Azhar Pirani of “Urban Shaman” are back with their repertoire of object tricks, hypnotism and mind-reading.
Where: House of Wow, Hill Road, Bandra West
Entry: Rs 300
Go gangster style
11 AM – 7 PM: Here is an American Italian gangster sock puppet show titled Cold Feet, which is not for kids. It is directed by Ashwin Choithramani.
Where: The Hive, 50A, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village
ENTRY: Rs 200
Men, treat yourselves
11 AM – 7 PM: This one is a pop-up that caters to men. Called The Gentleman’s Edition, it has an assortment of items that make men go wow — bow ties, watches and shoes.
Where: Amadeus, NCPA, Nariman Point
Order of the day
Learn to conceive a painting
12 PM-8 PM: Attend a talk by Sudhir Patwardhan on Five Ways to Conceive a Painting. The renowned contemporary painter will share his thoughts on different thoughts, situations and people influence a painting. For Patwardhan, anything can determine the nature of a painting — an old memory, a piece of literature, a strong emotion, an experience on the streets or even a passing suggestion.
Where: Somaiya Vidyavihar, Vidyanagar, Vidyavihar East
Dig into an Italian fare
Chef Matteo Arvonio, who has over 23 years of culinary experience, has concocted a brand new menu at Mezzo Mezzo, replicating rustic recipes from across Italy in a contemporary avatar. For no one wants to eat that extra olive oil and cheese, he quips. There’s oven-baked zucchini and eggplant parmigiana, almond crusted red sweet shrimps from Sicily and roasted sliced turkey from Piedmont, his hometown, to choose from.
Where: Mezzo Mezzo, JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu
Buy art for a cause
6.30 PM- 9 PM: Avid art enthusiasts have a chance to get hold of pieces by the likes of Rabin Mondal, Jayasri Burman, KG Subramanyan, Nayanaa Kanodia and Lalu Prasad Shaw at affordable rates at a two-day exhibition by Concern India Foundation, a charitable trust that reaches out to the underprivileged. The event, which will feature works by over 40 artists from across the country, will donate the proceeds to supporting grassroots programmes in health and education.
Where: Aqaba - Dive, Level P5, Club House, Peninsula Business Park, Lower Parel
Groove to Elvis
8.30 PM: Even four decades after his mysterious death, Elvis Presley is still alive —through his songs, of course. And if you’re a fan of his evergreen tracks, head to Hard Rock Café, where singer Gary Lawyer will pay tribute to the American rock n’ roll legend. Take a retro trip with songs like Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, All Shook Up and more.
Where: Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli
Entry: Rs 750
Camp at Sandhan Valley
11 PM: Walk along a 200-feet-deep gorge carved by water over a million years, on a trek and overnight camp in the Sandhan Valley — fondly known as Maharashtra’s Grand Canyon. The route is filled with rocky descends, rappelling patches, a night swim in a dark pool and the chance to camp at the bottom of the gorge with a bonfire bouncing shadows off the rocks.
Pick up points: Andheri, Bandra, Sion, Mulund and Thane
Where: Sandhan Valley,
Ticket: Rs 3,499
Learn to control the mind
9 AM: Dr Anjali Joshi, in association with Phadke Health Tech, will conduct a Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy Basic Workshop (REBT) to cater to the emotional and social challenges that we face in our personal and professional lives, by changing our attitude and thinking. She will teach an alternative pattern of thinking that promises to leave you calmer and more in control of your life.
Where: Googly Hall, MCA, Bandra Kurla Complex
When: Oct 31 and Nov 1
Catch a Hindi musical on sant Soordas
OCT 30, 8.45 PM:
Watch writer-actor-singer Shekar Sen play the role of Soordas in the Hindi musical with the same title. The play covers 105 years of the saint’s life span, and touches upon interesting tales such as Mahaprabhu Vallabhachary’s influence on him and his meetings with Swami Haridas, Tulsidas, Meerbai, Akbar and Tansen.
Where: Doctor Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Ghodbunder Road, Hiranandani Meadows, Thane
Entry: Rs 300-500
Enjoy a music gig
OCT 30, 6.30 – 10 pm: This month, Awestrung, the live music set at High Street Phoenix, will feature music artistes Nikhil D’Souza (6.45 pm) and Clinton Cerejo (8.30 pm). Sit back and let their melodic strums of the guitar and soulful vocals take you on a musical journey.
Where: High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Tuck into a Bong meal
Till NOV 15, 11.30 AM-4 PM, 7.30 PM-12 AM: Head to Bong Bong, a Bengali restuarant in Bandra which has introduced a new menu for the festive season. You could try their veg combo meal (Rs 349) that includes steamed rice, jhurjhure alu bhaja, alu posto and mochar ghonto, or the fish combo meal (Rs 699), made up of rui, bhetki, pabda/ilish and chitol peti. If you want to be adventurous, go for the tribal cuisine; bansh pora mangsho (Rs 450), which is mutton cubes cooked in slow charcoal fire inside slitted bamboo served with rice, and the Nilgiri Kukra (Rs 450), that has chicken cooked in thick coriander paste and served with mint rice. Prawn lovers can opt for lal pahari chingri (Rs 450), which has prawns slow cooked in herbs and served with rice.
Where: 5, Silver Croft CHS, corner of 16th & 33rd Rd,Pali Hill,Bandra West
Get a crash course in filmmaking
Oct 28, 9 AM-12 PM, 2 PM-5 PM: Rookie filmmakers, lend your ears to this one. Cambridge English Language Assessment (A Part of the University of Cambridge) and the Australian Trade Commission in India have organised a film-making workshop for aspiring filmmakers. The workshop will be conducted by experts from the SAE Institute, Australia, who will train students from grade VII to XI on filmmaking and production.
Where: MET Rishikul Vidyalaya, Cambridge International School, Bandra Reclamation
The best of Halloween
Spook up for a Halloween marathon
OCT 31-NOV 1: Celebrate Halloween over three days at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre hotel, starting from a pre-Halloween dinner on 30th October, 9 pm, in a spooky Halloween setup at the Lake View Café. You can try out the chef’s Halloween special recipes like pumpkin tiramisu, roast pork, fall broth and autumn leaves salad. On Oct 31, 9 pm onwards, you can pull out your punk costumes and party at a wicked Halloween bash at Velvet Lounge. And on the final day, Nov 1, spend the Sunday doing pumpkin carving activity with your kids from 10.30 am to 12 noon.
Where: Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, 2 and 3B, near Chinmayanand Ashram, Powai
Get your evil pumpkin costume in a jiffy
Halloween is nearly upon us. And in case you’re panicking about not having shopped for your spooky outfit, help is at hand. Scootsy.com assures delivery of the Halloween costume and decoration items to your doorstep in less than 60 minutes. So, whether your taste leans towards the gruesome and gory or you need something kid-friendly and cutesy, scout for it on the site.
Down a grimm reaper
Ongoing, 7 PM- 12 AM: With Halloween around the corner, if you’re planning to dress up like a vampire from Twilight with blood smeared over the mouth, you might as well do it with a cocktail in hand. Sassy Spoon has curated special cocktails such as the Grimm Reaper, that has the house spice whiskey with fresh citrus mix and hocus pocus, a fine mix of tequila, lime juice and cabernet sauvignon.
Where: The Sassy Spoon, Express Towers, ground floor, Nariman Point