19 things to do in and around Mumbai from July 3 to July 9
Get your dose of Poe
6 PM & 9PM: When theatre group Motley meets the American master of horror fiction, Edgar Allan Poe, expectations run high. Directed by Vivaan Shah and starring actors Shiv Subrahmanyam, Jaimini Pathak and Joy Fernandes, A Comedy of Horrors brings the choicest picks from Poe and American fabulist Ambrose Bierce.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu
Entry: Rs 400
Make some grungy noise
10 PM: Tonight, five-piece band Hook featuring Gaurav Banerjee, Chinmay Agharkar, Shivam Limaye, Pushkar Joshi and Titus Pinto present the best of the grunge era.
Where: blueFrog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 300; Rs 500 (full cover)
Draw your pencils
3 PM – 6 PM: Pack your bags with your sketching kit and head to this month’s edition of Sketchbook Sundays hosted by Kulture Shop. The featured artist this time round is Delhi-based Kunel Gaur, founder of weareanimal.co. Known for his Bollywoodesque artwork and themes of beauty and erosion, Gaur will do a sketch-performance and you are invited to join.
Where: antiSocial, 5th Road, Khar (W)
Let kids make pizza
11am -12.30pm; 4pm-6.30pm: It’s pouring and the kids want to head out and have something fresh out of the oven. Here’s an option. Every Sunday, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) throws open its workspace to young observers. Get the kids to not just see but try their hand at making a pizza.
Where: CPK, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 400
Take a walk through Kaleidoscope
10 AM – 10 PM: Many canvases, one wall — that’s the point of a new show which features the works of MF Husain, SH Raza, and Sujata Bajaj among others. Spend a rainy afternoon indoors, gazing at
Where: Piramal Museum of Art, Peninsula Corporate Park, Lower Parel
Delve into a cosmic mystery
11 AM: They are baffling and futuristic. At this session of Chai and Why, the topic of discussion is the universe’s black holes. Researcher Prof Shiraz Minwalla will discuss enigmatic objects, which may help you learn about the very fabric of the cosmos.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu
Putting the subconscious on stage
Imagine your mind to be a strip of photographic film on which a story leaves its impression. That’s kind of the Inception-like treatment that director Tushar Tukaram Dalvi has given The Darkroom Project, an intimate blackbox theatre compilation of five short stories. This production by Rangaai Theatre Company is experimental and touches on the Theatre of Cruelty and Surrealism of the 1930s. But what should really get you going are the five shorts, among which are Lihaaf by Ismat Chughtai and Khol Do by Saadat Hasan Manto. These tales are personal and psychological, and like a photograph, could stay on forever in our minds.
Where: CLAP, 2nd floor, Solitaire, opposite Infinity Mall, Malad (W)
When: July 3 & 17, 7 PM
Entry: Rs 250
Get a slice of MP in Mumbai
11 AM – 7 PM: Ditch those factory-made clothes for a day, and head to an exhibition that will showcase authentic Bagh, Dabu, Batik, Chanderi, Maheshwari and Tussar silk prints. These fabrics have been woven by artisans and master craftsmen from Madhya Pradesh. While there, you can also check out Gond Paintings, bell metal artefacts and décor items.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, 161 Kala Ghoda, Mahatma Gandhi Road
Go hunting in SoBo
4.30 PM: Whether you know Mumbai too well, or have hardly been around — here’s a challenge for you. The Curious City Challenge is a treasure hunt that helps you discover lesser-known things about SoBo – along with a bunch of strangers in your team. If you crack all the clues with your team, you could take home a gift.
Where: Outside Asiatic Library, Entrance (Stairs), Fort
Entry: Rs 430 per person
Dance to the DJ’s tunes
10.30 PM ONWARD: Here’s a mid-week indulgence that you’d not regret. DJ Bobkat, who has been in the news lately for his performance at the Glastonbury Festival in London, Where he joined the likes of Coldplay and Adele, will perform in the city. Playing on the same night will be DJ Ishani, known to play Hip-Hop, RnB & Soul.
Where: Trilogy, Sea Princess, 969, Juhu Tara Rd, Airport Area, Juhu
Entry: Rs 1,000 per head
Watch a love triangle
6 PM: Sir Sir Sarla tells the story of a love triangle between two university students and their teacher, professor Palekar played by Makrand Deshpande. While Sarla (Aahana Kumra) loves the Professor, Phanidhar (Sanjay Dadhich) shares a love-hate relationship with the professor. The three lives are, thus, strongly interwoven.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Entry: Rs 300
Celebrate the saint poets
7 PM: With all the unrest in the world, it might be a good time to internalise the words of great saint poets Hazrat Amir Khusrau and Kabir. The Banyan Tree, which is back with its 7th edition of Khusrau-Kabir festival, will pay tribute to their unmatched contribution to the world of Indian performing arts.
Where: Nehru Centre Auditorium, Annie Besant Road, Worli
Entry: Rs 300 – 600
Help the four-legged
10 AM – 1 PM: Every Saturday, the folks at Welfare of Stray Dogs go out on the streets to give strays anti-rabies vaccinations. And, in such tasks, an additional helping hand never hurts. So, go volunteer. Those interested need to register well in advance.
Where: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort
Own Bollywood memorabilia
JULY 6-7, 8 PM: Want to own an exclusive black-and-white photograph of the beautiful Madhubala? StoryLTD will be celebrating the golden years which shaped Indian cinema in the coming week with an auction. It will offer 50 lots featuring Bollywood posters, lobby cards, exclusive black-and-white and hand-coloured photos and lobby stills, from the early years that saw actors like Sunil Dutt, Madhubala, and Waheeda Rehman light up the screen, to superstars such as Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra, who ushered in a new wave of dynamism.
When: 8 PM onward
Enjoy dim sums this monsoon
ONGOING, 11 AM – 1 AM: Nom Nom has launched their monsoon special dim sum festival this month. The menu offers a taste of Southeast Asian flavours put together by Chef Rohan D’souza, who has worked with the legendary Marco Pierre White. The vegetarian set menu will be priced at R525 + taxes, and the non vegetarian one is for R650 + taxes.
Where: Nom Nom, 1 & 2 ,Ground Floor, Delux Mahal Building, 16th Road, Near Mini Punjab, Pali Hill, Bandra (West)
Get your hands dirty
JULY 9, 11.30 AM: Maker’s Asylum is conducting a course on custom motorcycle-making. The course will include understanding various types of custom bikes, welding, sketching and more.
Where: Maker’s Asylum, D-11/1, Road number 21, Andheri Entry: R3000
Let your hair down, ladies
JULY 6, 12.30 PM — to 4 PM: Vedge has introduced an entertainment slot for ladies every Wednesday afternoon. The events include tarot card reading by Pooja Changlani, nail art, housie at R30 and a special fixed price kitty menu priced at R425 + taxes, along with different food options and a range of mocktails.
Where: Fun Republic mall, Andheri (West)
Call: 6166 8906
Play with sounds
JULY 9, 4 PM: This workshop will introduce kids to the science behind sounds. They will conduct experiments to understand how sound is a vibration, the effect of different materials on the way sound travels, what is the scientific principle behind resonance and more.
Where: Young Scientists Lab, A-4, Ajinkya Apartment, Tagore Road, near Podar School, Santacruz (West)
Entry: Rs 800
Wind back the reel
JULY 9, 11 AM: The single screens are now a dying breed. Before they become a relic of the past, enjoy a cinema-themed walk through South Bombay.
Where: Capitol Cinema, opposite CST, Fort
Entry: Rs 1,000