19 things to do around Mumbai from February 28 - March 5
Script a movie
5.30 PM: Always wanted to write a screenplay but didn’t know where to begin? Join this screenwriter’s lab with National Award winner Rajashree. The course will also include master classes by Sudhir Misra and Paromita Vohra.
WHERE: Rajashree’s Film & TV Courses, SV Road, Near Andheri West
COST: Rs 29,900 for 14 sessions over 4 months
Learn how to bartend
12 PM: Pick up tips and tricks that will help you create cocktails like a pro and be remembered for your house parties. This workshop is for those who have long wished to have a well-stocked bar at home and the skills to create professional cocktails with flair. Get a crash course in mixology in less than four hours.
WHERE: Flairmania Bartending, Kandivili West
ENTRY: Rs 2,000
Have conversations over coffee
11.30 AM: If you have always wanted to be like the gang in FRIENDS that keep talking over coffee, then Espresso Talks are for you. Listen to speakers talking about their life-changing, or not, experiences and their struggles and joy. It’s about everyone having a story and a platform to tell it. Come share your life?
WHERE: 101, Juhu Tara Road, JVPD, Juhu
ENTRY: Rs 600, beverage and snacks included
Join an ‘upcycling’ workshop
11 AM: Learn how to hand-paint your existing ceramic crockery and bake them in your oven at home. This 3-and-a-half-hour workshop will be your first step into the wonderful world of upcycling. Everything you learn at the workshop will be techniques you can repeat at home. So, you can stop popping toxic plastic dishes in your microwave and go natural.
WHERE: Blue Blub, Matunga
ENTRY: Rs 1,599
Enter a food coma with BBQs and beers
5 PM ONWARDS: With the lovely Mumbai weather entering its last leg, this could be the last Sunday you can enjoy a barbecue sundowner without sweating it out. And, it promises to be a meatfest. There are rump roasts that will come straight from the lava stone onto your plates. Chef Gracian D’Souza, who has served up tasty treats at London’s Landmark Hotel and Harvey Nichols and Mumbai’s Tasting Room) will be firing up the grill. Fill up your plates with tender, mouthwatering BBQ beef burgers with bourbon bacon jam and duck fat roast potatoes or indulge in BBQ halloumi with butter stewed beans and lemon olive pistachio salsa. Or, try the fennel-flavoured pork sausages with smoked mash and caramalised onion gravy. And, don’t forget to wash all of this down with some beer! We bet you can’t wait.
WHERE: PDT Mumbai, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 250 onwards
Talk about sex
6 PM: In the times that we live in, it’s imperative for a woman to find her voice. Watch The Vagina Monologues, where women talk about orgasms and menstruation, among other things with abandon.
WHERE: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium Mall, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 750
Watch a musical
7.30 PM: Raell Padamsee presents Knock Knock Who’s There?, a farcical musical comedy. Find out what happens when two girls tell a tiny lie that snowballs into many more.
WHERE: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Marine Drive
COST: Rs 500 – Rs 2,500
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Grow a green thumb
Eartholics presents a class on growing your very own vegetable garden in the comfort of your terrace or balcony. The four-hour class by urban agriculturalists takes you right from the basics to the complexities, starting with an understanding of sunlight and Mumbai’s seasons. Next, get the lowdown with a step-by-step guide on turning your kitchen waste into compost. Moreover, what’s a garden without learning some nifty hacks on protecting it with natural pesticides. A highlight of the workshop is its session on micro-greens, a trending component in gourmet salads across town. For the newish-gardeners, micro-greens are freshly germinated plants which sport the first set of “true leaves”. The workshop will also provide you with your very own starter kit of seeds, and help you understand seeds that work best in your
micro-green patch, which means you can put your newly-acquired skills to test. Registration is a must, so hurry.
WHERE: Salvation High School, SK Bole Road, Dadar West
WHEN: March 6, 11 AM – 3 PM
REGISTRATION FEE: Rs 2,000 (inclusive of materials and snacks)
Order of the day
Enjoy a 3-course meal
12 PM – 3 PM: Start your day by gorging on a delicious, healthy three-course meal at Serafina Mumbai for R499. The restaurant has introduced pocket-friendly lunches on weekdays ranging from soups, salads to main course. Begin your meal with a classic minestrone, moving on to their signature, D Chopra salad and work through other greens to head to pastas or pizza. We say, try the smoked chicken sausages for a hearty main course.
WHERE: Serafina, Rampart Row, 30K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Turn up the heat with salsa
10 PM- 1 AM: The eight-time Salsa world champion, Oliver Pineda is in India. And next week, he’ll be in Mumbai for one of the biggest salsa of the year. Born in Australia and of Chilean descent, he has been dancing Salsa for 15 years and is without a doubt Australia’s most undisputed talent. So get ready to watch him scorch the floor. The evening will also see DJ John Anthony spinning some cool Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba tracks.
WHERE: La Ruche Bar & Grill, 33, Link Corner, 3rd Floor, Linking Road, Bandra (W)ENTRY: R500
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Create your own reality
4 AM: According to the law of attraction, you attract whatever you think about, good or bad. So how do you control what you think? Sign up for a three-day introductory session to the law of attraction workshop — Secret, Beyond the Secret. Business coach and author Mona Arora will talk ways to develop more an effective thought process, build better relationships and creating abundance.
WHERE: Sol Essence Center For Well Being, Sundervan Complex, Andheri (W)
ENTRY: Rs 700
Attend an album launch
9.30 PM: Karsh Kale, described by Billboard Magazine as a “visionary composer and producer”, will be launching his fifth album UP. He has produced five internationally released solo albums (Realize, Liberation, Broken English, Under Water
& Cinema), of which his most recent CINEMA, debuted at #1 on the iTunes World Music.
WHERE: blueFROG, Zeba Centre, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 600
Own a three-shuttled saree
After working with the weavers of Gadwal, a small town in Andhra Pradesh, corporate lawyer-turned-textile designer Vinay Narkar will display a new collection of sarees uses the three-shuttle technique that he is known for. This kind of weaving technique uses three shuttles and is practised by weavers to create solid body and borders. He has also
added an element of painting and embroidery in the sarees.
WHERE: ARTISANS’, 52-56 Dr V B Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda
Enjoy a Chekhovian play
MARCH 5, 7.30 PM: Whatever Works is a comedy by Neil Simon based on Chekhov’s Seduction and A Good Doctor. The two plays have been woven together in this slice-of-life comedy. It depicts the lives of ordinary people, revealing their myriad moods and shades of mind. The common thread that binds them together is the inherent conflict between what should be and what is.
WHERE: The Jeff Goldberg Studio, Gazebo House, 133 Hill Road, Above Mamagoto Chinese Restaurant, Bandra (W)
ENTRY: Rs 200
Take to Bandra’s streets
MARCH 4, 7 AM: There’s certainly more to Bandra than all the cool places to hang out. Sign up for a walk where you can learn all about Bandra’s multicultural history, the forgotten villages, the unique local food, beautiful basilicas, modern graffiti art and seaside promenades. Visit the original fishermen inhabitants and get a taste of the colonial past.
WHERE: Meeting point will be Safe caterers, 43/ a, Noor Manzil, Bandra (W)
ENTRY: Rs 500
Make your own cat video
There’s a reason why cats are Internet’s favourite animal. Their antics are stuff of legend. To showcase the awesomeness of felines, filmmaker Gitanjali Road has started a contest called The Big Meowbai Cat Video Fight. So, if you have a great video of a cat doing something crazy or funny, submit it to email@example.com. The screening will be held at Leaping Windows, Versova, on March 13.
The duration of the video needs to be 60 seconds or less. You can use any device you want to record. The first prize is lunch for two plus 90 days membership plus a Kitty Hamper. Second prize will be lunch for two plus Kitty Hamper. Third prize will be the Indian Bean Coffee hamper plus Kitty Hamper.
WHERE: Send the entries and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
MARCH 5 – 6, 11 AM –
8 PM: There might not be a better time to remind Indians of the concept of pluralism. Mumbai Collective has organised a 2-day session called Celebrating Freedom and pluralism; In Defense of Secularism. The event will see sessions by noted personalites like P Sainath, Nandita Das, Ram Rehman, Teesta Setalvad and more. The topics will range from sedition in the 21st century to appropriation of secular icons and more. There will also be an exhibition titled, Awaz Do: A Call to Resistance by 35 artists on intolerance.
WHERE: YB Chavan Centre, General Jangannath Bhosle Road, Nariman Point, Opp Mantralaya
Shake it like Beyonce
MARCH 2, 6 PM – 7 PM: You might have seen Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears dance to commercial jazz in their music videos. But, here’s a chance to learn what is genre is all about. Instructor Indiana (in pic), who is associated with a top UK based Dance Academy Love Rudeye headed by Stuart Bishop, is in the city for a workshop on commercial jazz. The dance is a mix of hip hop, jazz and the latest dance steps, choreographed to pop songs.
WHERE: House of Wow, 10, Natraj Building, Hill Road, Opposite St. Stanislaus School, Bandra (W)
ENTRY: Rs 400
Enjoy an evening of Sufi music
MARCH 6, 6 PM: Sufi music has lived through centuries, and continues to resonate with people even today. So what is it about this music that is so timeless? Watch Sounds of the Sufis’, an interactive performance that traces the journey of Sufism in India. It will be peppered with live music, engaging anecdotes and stories about the Sufi saints, along with personal narratives of the performers. The performance will also bring together the works of saints like Khusrau, Kabir, Rumi, and Baba Bulleh Shah.
WHERE: AVE 29, 4, Kohinoor Mansion 29, Hughes Rd, Papanas Wadi, Cumballa Hill
ENTRY: Rs 300