20 things to do around Mumbai from February 22 to February 27
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week ahead
Hear stories in songs
5.30 PM – 9 PM: Setting a new trend for storytellers, head for the launch of Story Box, presented by three young singers who have a whole lot of things to say. Meet Vasuda Sharma, Gowri Jayakumar and Zoya Mohan, who will enthrall you with a mix of their voices, opinions on India’s music scene, art and culture. Let the conversations begin!
WHERE: G5A, Laxmi Mills Compound, Mahalakshmi
ENTRY: Rs 300
Watch plays back-to-back
8.30 PM: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven comes to stage, and fans will know it as one of the horror master’s stellar pieces. But you are in for a double treat, since this will be followed by Panchkanya, written by Mahashweta Devi. The set is directed by Salim Ghouse, and stars Anita Salim and Aaryama Salim.
WHERE: The Hive, 50A, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village, Khar West
ENTRY: Rs 300
Get funny with stand-ups
8.30 PM: The funnies are back, and get together with the best of stand-up this evening. Kunal Kamra, Aditi Mittal and Amogh Ranadive will tickle your funny bones, so get ready to face those Monday blues with full gusto.
WHERE: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 750
Join ‘organic’ Karen
12 PM – 9 PM: After three successful seasons of fresh organic exhibitions in the city, the founder of Pune’s Farmer’s Market, Karen Anand, brings another robust round of goodies. This time, check out Khadali banana flour products, Seven Beans coffee, Sinamin healthy snacks, Bites of Bliss, among others. And, there’s going to be a foodie treasure hunt that you won’t be able to resist.
WHERE: High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
See Bandra dollhouses
11 AM – 10 PM: The Bandra Project by Busride Studio showcases dollhouses that pay homage to Bandra’s bungalows. Head to Eyemyth Festival to check out these works. Proceeds from the sale go towards conservation of the villas.
WHERE: Sitara Studio, Dadar
Lounge to the beat
8 PM ONWARDS: The Reunion Bar and Kitchen presents its first acoustic night, starting with the percussion talents of Praveer Barot, who is all set to entertain you with his retro covers.
WHERE: Reunion Bar and Kitchen, Lady Jamshedji Road, Shivaji Park
11 AM – 12.30 AM: Loco Chino is ready with an updated fare of nibbles from their trademark Asian and Mexican style. Introducing the city’s trending favourite open baos and rice noodle rolls called cheung funs. There are tons to choose from regulars such as tostadas, dim sums and quesadillas.
WHERE: Loco Chino outlets in Andheri West, Bandra West, Pedder Road and Fort
PRICE: Rs 160 onwards
Catch an award-winning play
FEB 23, 9 PM: Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 19 year old Iranian girl, was jailed for defending herself against the man who tried to rape her. The man died and she was hanged last year after a seven-year trial. During her time in prison, Reyhaneh wrote intimate accounts of her experiences. Faezeh Jalali’s award-winning play 777 is based on those letters.
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, 20, Juhu Church Road, Janki Kutir
ENTRY: Rs 175
In the article, ‘The Triangle of Creativity’ (Sunday Mid-Day, February 14), we inadvertently captioned the photograph accompanying the story as that of Vijay Kenkre with his spouse Mangal. However, the actress in the photograph was Savita Prabhune. We regret the oversight. Above is a photograph of actor Vijay Kenkre with his wife Mangal.
Raise a toast to Marley
Feb 24, 9.30 PM: Watch Sidd Coutto & Friends pay tribute to Bob Marley, the man, the musician, the philosopher, who has inspired many across the world. Sidd Coutto is a singer-songwriter from Mumbai, and is mostly famous as the drummer of alternative rock act. A vocalist and occasional guitar player, Coutto has collaborated with a number of musicians from India and around the country.
Sign up for a food walk
FEB 28, 10 AM: Explore Matunga like you’ve never before. This food tour will start off with a cup of ‘’Kaapi’’ at a humble eatery in the area. This will be followed by walking into traditional middle-class markets of the city that cater different communities: Tamilians, Telugus, Malayalis, as well as Hindu and Jain Gujaratis. This will be followed by gorging on some sumptuous pav bhaji dosa, grid dosa, and more at iconic places like Madras Café and Udipi Idli house. Also explore lesser known places with equally good food.
WHERE: Outside, HDFC ATM
AT: Dadar TT Circle, Kohinoor Mill, Dadar (E)
ENTRY: Rs 600
Blur the lines between actor and audience
FEB 27-28, 9.30 AM: What happens when the boundary between the audience and the actor gets blurred? When he audience at a point in the performance becomes the ‘actor’? Sign up for a workshop on The Theatre of the Oppressed, a participatory theatre that fosters democratic forms of interaction among participants. The workshop will flow from techniques and games employed in a TO session, identifying oppression in our everyday lives and creating a ‘forum theater’ for an audience.
WHERE: The Hive, 50-A, Huma Mansion, Next To Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Khar (W)
ENTRY: Rs 1,500
Put health first
FEB 29, 1.30 PM – 6 PM: With Women’s Day around the corner, Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, Khar, has organised a free informative discussion on Women’s Wellness Through The Ages. The event aims to create awareness among the city’s women, who often neglect themselves in the grind. The event will be attended by Dr Kiran Coelho, expert Breast Onco-plasty Surgeon Dr C Koppiker, uro-gynaecologist and surgeon Dr Hemant Tongaonkar and radiologist, Dr Anupam Dudani. Actors Kajol and Mandira Bedi will also be present.
WHERE: Ball Room, Hotel Taj Lands End, Bandra (W) Free on Prior Registration only. Open to Women only
Get inspired to write
Is the writer in you looking for some inspiration? Then check in to the Tall Tale’s Writer’s Retreat at Purushwadi, where you can get hands-on immersive sessions on how to become a better writer. Whether you are a storyteller or a blogger, there is a lot on offer to help you re-connect with your literary flair, far from the busy sights and sounds of the city. The two-day workshop covers the essential structure of stories — right from planning to revising — and also gives you tips to keep your readers engaged.
Order of the day
Visit a Bollywood set
12.10 PM: This is a shoutout to all Bollywood buffs. Go on a two-hour guided bus tour of Film City, its famous studios, various locations and get to hear some interesting nuggets about their history. It is one of India’s largest studios where scenes can be shot outdoors and indoors. Permanent sets include a church, temple, courthouse, and even a bridge. If you’re lucky, you may also stumble upon a live Bollywood shoot or your favourite actor.
WHERE: Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri, Santosh Nagar, Gate # 1, Goregaon (E)
ENTRY: Rs 599
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Eat, play, love
FEB 9, 7 PM – 11.30 PM: Playing cool boardgames while munching on sliders could be a fun way to spend your Tuesday evening. Juhu’s Fat Man’s Café and Grill has introduced a games night, where you can play UNO. Taboo, Jenga and Scrabble while. There’s an additional 15 per cent discount on the food bill, only on Tuesday nights. And, if healthy food interests you, the café has also rolled out a ‘fit’ menu ranging from salads to mains.
WHERE: Fat Man’s Café & Grill, 2nd and 3rd floor, Tian building, 48, Gulmohar Rd, JVPD Scheme, Juhu
Dance like an enchantress
4 PM – 5 PM: Attend a four-day Mohiniyattam workshop for beginners, from Feb 24 to 28, helmed by celebrated artist Dr Neena Prasad. Mohiniyattam is a semi-classical dance form of Kerala, which is performed by women. It is the dance of the enchantress characterised by slow, graceful, swaying movements of the body and limbs and highly emotive eye and hand gestures. The word Mohini means a maiden who steals the heart of the onlooker.
WHERE: CRWA-Cheddanagar Residents Welfare Association Hall, Chedda Nagar, Chembur
Nurture your green thumb
9.30 AM – 6 PM: The city might be starved of space, but there’s always room to grow a plant. Head to this one-day exhibition where you can find varieties of Bonsais, gardening and Ikebana materials. Curated by Urvashi Thacker, Harsha Hinduja and Taruna Agarwal, this event will be a visual delight with some of the most exquisite bonsais on display. You can also watch live demonstrations of Ikebana arrangements.
WHERE: Jamnabai Narsee School, NS road No7, Juhu Scheme, Vile Parle (W)
Own a Patan Patola
10 AM – 8 PM: If you have a penchant for traditional textiles, attend an exhibition on Patolas, which is on till Feb 28. These are legendary textiles from north Gujarat. A double ikat silk fabric in which both warp as well as weft threads are dyed into a complicated pattern. It is one of most complex textile-weaving techniques in the world. At the exhibition, you’ll find varieties of dupattas and shawls from Gujarat.
WHERE: Cymroza Art Gallery, 72, Bhulabhai Desai Road
Tickle your funny bone
10.30 PM: Whether single or taken, the travails of dating will resonate with most of us. Go on a laughter ride with Zakir Khan who will take you through the absurdities of modern-day dating amongst modern young Indians. Starting from silly adolescent escapades to roller coaster marriages, his metaphors from daily life and ‘Men are from Mars & Women are from Venus’ crusade is sure to tickle your funny bone. He’ll also tell you whey he’s forced to be single.
WHERE: Canvas Laugh Club, 3rd Floor, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix
ENTRY: Rs 600