Two months ago, 19 artists were given the brief to create works around their favourite cities, from Mumbai or San Francisco. They have captured our daily interactions with the city, be it a walk along the promenade or a rainy day in town. There are 145 works on display, and prices start at Rs 5,000.
Care to bring a bit of the city into your home?
Where: Cymroza Art Gallery, 72, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy
Get ready to dine the Indo-Western way
8 am – 11 pm: How do you get some classic American fare, at a time when we have been invaded by burger chains? Head to the American Joint, a newly-opened all-day vegetarian eatery to try the best of American cuisine with an Indian twist. Try texchiladas, triple dipper nachos, sliders and chili cheese burgers — all made from organic produce. We suggest you also try their waffles if you drop in for breakfast.
Where: Capital Building, Bandra Kurla Complex
Prices: Rs 110 onwards
Attend a Bhakti recital
7.45 pm: Performance artistes from Beej will present Nirgun Sagun — an evening of Bhakti poetry from Kabir and the Varkari Sampradava interpreted in music and dance. The first half, Bheetar Baahar, is an invocation to Nirgun; the second segment, Ubha Vitwari, delves into the dark bodied god Vitthal. The performance features kathak exponent Sanjukta Wagh, Hindustani vocalist Makarand Deshpande and carnatic percussionist Satish Krishnamoorthy.
Where: House of Wow, Natraj Building, Hill Road, Bandra (W)
Entry: Rs 500
Learn about alien life
11 am – 1 pm: So you thought aliens were all those mean, ghastly creatures? What about microbes and plants that might inhabit the vast universe? At this astrobiology session by Cosmic Bytes, you get to discuss some of the mysteries of extraterrestrial life, using knowledge of physics, ecology and molecular biology.
Where: Maker's Asylum, Marol Industrial Estate, Andheri (E)
Bring home a pet
11.30 am – 5 pm: In what is being spoken of as the Stray Takeover, 10 adorable Indian breed puppies and kittens will be up for adoption. Join World for All's mini-adoption drive today, and have a jolly time with pups and kittens over beer. Do carry along your ID and address proof.
Where: Doolally, Reclamation, Bandra (W)
11.15 am – 1 pm: If you think your relationship with a friend or a family member is toxic, then this kundalini yoga workshop by veteran actor Bijay Anand, who stars in the TV serial Siya ke Ram, will help. Anand is certified by the Kundalini Research Institute, Los Angeles, and uses a holistic approach.
Where: Anahata Yogshala, 19th Road, Khar (W)
Entry: Rs 1,500
Have some LOLs
7.30 pm: Rated as one of the top 10 comics in the country, Rajneesh Kapoor will give you just the ROFL time you were looking for all week. Kapoor is known for his funny, yet clean, comic acts, which won't offend the hypersensitive Indian. Gear up for some Kapoor time at this edition of Indian Comedy Club.
Where: TAP, New Link Road, Andheri (W)
Entry: Rs 500 (cover charge)
Become a wine connoisseur
5 pm: Do all wines taste good when aged? Which red wine goes with fish? Sign up for The Wine Waddle, for everything you wanted to know about wine, but were too afraid to ask. Decipher the various labels on bottles, and more, with an expert sommelier who will lead the workshop.
Where: Café Zoe, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 1,700
3 pm – 6 pm: It's the first chapter of Startup Mumbai, and you are invited. If you are in the business of ideas, or just looking to network with entrepreneurs, this session may be the ideal platform. Go ahead and share that big idea you have been working on. The registration fee promises you a sandwich and drink, so your food for thought is sorted.
Where: antiSocial, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, Khar (W)
Entry: Rs 500
Bite into bhindi with beer
Ongoing, 5 pm onwards: Make the most of your post-work drink with a specially curated menu of bar nibbles at the Nips and Nibbles evening. The menu, which has been created keeping Indian flavours in mind, offers a variety of fusion snacks, ranging from okra fries, prawns koliwada, calamari kalimiri, wasabi nachos, ande ka funda to fried idli with bolognese.
Where: Toast Bistro and Rooftop Bar, T24 Residency, Near Airport Metro Station, Andheri (East)
Grab hold of rare British art
April 12, 8 pm onwards: Are you a lover of Victorian art? An online auction, titled No Reserve Auction of 19th Century British Prints, is set to feature 50 works of 19th and 20th century British hand-coloured and engraved book plates that include botanical, zoological, architectural and contemporary fashion. The auction will allow serious collectors, as well as first-time buyers, worldwide, to place their bids over a period of 24 hours.
Nit-pick on films
April 16, 7.30 pm: Timepass Talkies, a new comedy play, will tickle your funny bone as it shows you a different way to enjoy a film. Meant for film buffs, this first-of-its-kind live show will pick out scenes from popular films, and point out unwittingly funny elements that the viewer may have not noticed when seeing it for the first time.
Where: Manik Sabhagriha Auditorium, Bandra Reclamation, Opp Lilavati Hospital, Bandra West
Entry: Rs 200 — Rs 600
Sway with Dash
April 15, 5 pm: Yes, Avicii has announced his retirement, but EDM lovers in the city have another star to look forward to. Dash Berlin, aka DJ Jeffrey Sutorius, is set to perform in Mumbai as part of the VH1 Supersonic Arcade. In 2010, Dash was nominated the Best European DJ at the IDMA. He was placed eight in 2011's top 100 DJ Poll in Amsterdam.
Where: The Lalit Hotel, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (East)
Entry: Rs 1145 — Rs 2061
Play with language
April 15, 5.30 pm: You have heard translators rue that it's difficult to capture the nuance of one language in another. But, if you still don't understand how hard their job is, try explaining these words in English: baazigar, jootha, chai-paani. What about the coy Bengali word naeka? Novelist, theatre historian and translator Shanta Gokhale — who says 'you don't translate unless you're mad' — will give you a taste of the reward of the job, translating different works and yet staying true to their core.
Where: Kitab Khana, Somaiya Bhavan, Flora Fountain, Fort
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Mind your manners
3.30 pm: Have you ever been left red-faced in public because of your child's bratty ways? Enrol your kid to an etiquette class organised by Zohra Chitalwala, a certified and trained image consultant. The workshop consists of eight sessions where she will teach children social skills, etiquette and grooming. The session will teach your child how to speak to adults, personal hygiene, guest skills and more.
Where: The Integral Space, Opp Palladium Mall, Lower Parel
When: Till May 4
Entry: Rs 5,000
Listen to heal
10 am – 7 pm: Whether it is the sound of the dawn, a breeze through the trees or your favourite track, sound has the power to move us. So, if you want to experience it on a deeper level, attend a sound therapy session. The tools include tuning forks, voice, drums, Tibetan and crystal bowls, as well as gongs.
Where: Awaken — A Soul Care Centre, C-101, Ashok Tower, opp. Bharat Mata Cinema, Parel
Entry: Rs 3,000
Recall stories of Partition
6.30 pm: Written by Asghar Wajahat and directed by Dinesh Thakur, Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya is the story of two communities, who have suffered the horrors of the Partition and still have the humanity to rise above petty hatred. The play is set in 1947, and tells the story of a Muslim family that migrates from Lucknow to Lahore.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Entry: Rs 300
Meet Hanuman at a mall
11 am – 11 pm: If you happen to visit Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla, you'll be greeted by a 25-feet tall installation of Hanuman comprising more than 26,000 bells. The installation is a creation of artist Charuvi Agrawal who has used bells to represent the diversity of ceremonies, celebrations in numerous cultures. The installation was inspired by the animation film, Shri Hanuman Chalisa.
Where: Atrium 4, Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla
Catch artists in a loop
11 am – 6 pm: Attend a group exhibition featuring eight emerging artists whose works revolve around the concept of Feedback Loop. According to the show curator Kanchi Mehta, a 'feedback loop' refers to a channel formed by an 'effect' returning to its 'cause', and generating more or less the same effect. Watch artists interpret the concept the way they see it.
Where: Tarq Art Gallery, F35/36, Dhanraj Mahal, C.S.M. Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
Get a taste of Marwar
12 pm – 11. 30 pm: Rajasthan is as much about food as it is about royal palaces. So, if you want to indulge in authentic Marwari food, head to Spices and Flavours, which is hosting a Marwari food festival only on weekends. Priced at R499 (plus taxes), the meal comprises dal bati or tukkad, aalo ka sabji, gathe ki sabji, bhindi ki sabji, patta gobi, ker sangri and keri ka aachar.
Where: 6/8, Rajabahadur Mansion, Hamam Street, Next to Bombay Stock Exchange Building, Fort