21 things to do around Mumbai from November 29 - December 5
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week ahead
Be a Lego hero
4 – 9 PM: It’s time to play architect. Funskool India Ltd., in association with Landmark, is organising a Lego Tower Building challenge, inviting children between five and 10 years to participate. The ‘builders’ with the tallest tower will then go to the final round, and may win a trip to Malaysia.
Where: Landmark, Inorbit Mall, Vashi
Make paper art
11.30 AM – 12.30 PM: All your kids need is paper to pass the time if they know origami. Help them learn the art of paper-folding this afternoon at any of Crossword’s outlets. You’ll be surprised When they show that they can make more than just paper boats!
Where: Crossword, Kemps Corner; Turner Road; InOrbit Mall, Malad West
Care for the planet
7 AM – 6 PM: From painting with natural colours to building terrariums, The Earth Mela by NGO SPROUTS is the place to have some fun, naturally. There are exhibitions of photos, poems and paintings, workshops, attractions for kids, eco-friendly product stalls and lecturers to attend. There is also a nature theatre workshop starting this morning at 10, so hurry up.
Where: Maharashtra Nature Park, opposite Dharavi Bus Depot
Entry: Rs 500 (children); Rs 600 (adults)
Sip on an anti-depressant
12 PM – 4 PM: Join Mehul Sewak, an experienced chef and mixologist, at the Craft Mocktail Lab as he puts together a delectable array of food and beverages. A part of The Revolving Tavern, a pop-up restaurant that brings together a chef, new cuisines, and an interactive dining experience together, the menu of mini-burgers, bruschettas and chacuteiries has some interesting sounding concoctions such as Big Bang Sorbert and Anti-Depressant. We want one of each, please!
Where: OML, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 1,350
Get your fair on
5.30 PM – 9.30 PM: Originally launched in the 1960s as a fund-raiser, the Andrean Fair is a Bandra must-attend. This year, it will be brought out in a brand new avatar, as it celebrates the 400th anniversary of the St. Andrew’s Church’s parish. There are food stalls, a flea market, bands and artists.
Where: St. Andrew’s High School Grounds, Bandra West
Be a better parent
10 AM – 6 PM: Attend a new-age parenting workshop conducted by inspirational and motivational mentor and life energy coach Dinesh Nathani. This workshop will try and answer questions about getting your children to concentrate better, instilling a positive attitude and helping your children cope with depression. It could change your parenting experience.
Where: DY Patil International School, Worli
12 Noon Onwards: Observe the master of mystery at work at Osianama’s — The Genius of Mystery: Alfred Hitchcock. Watch movies like The Lady Vanishes, Rebecca and The Birds, among many more. Rare memorabilia on Hitchcock’s films from The Osian’s Archive will also be on display.
Where: Liberty Cinema, Marine Lines
Fresh from a harvest to your plate
It’s time home-cooks got applauded. The APB Culinary Legacy series of events celebrate the diversity of Indian cuisine through home chefs. Join them as Gitika Saikia, an acclaimed proponent of North East Indian cuisine, will prepare a wonderful feast. The Assamese harvest festival of Na-Khuwa Bhooj is celebrated in all rural homes. After fresh paddy is harvested, every farmer invites his relatives to lunch or dinner. For this meal, fresh vegetables are plucked from the kitchen garden, fish caught from ponds, and goose meat and pigeon meat are often consumed to keep warm in winters. Doesn’t this sound totally delish?
Order of the day: Take your pooch out
Thought there was no place to hang out with your pet? Here are six places to warm the pet lover’s heart
Walk in with your pets at their Andheri outlet between Monday and Friday, 11.30 am to 5.30 pm ie before the partygoers stomp in. While you can’t have them jumping on the sofas inside, the outside area is all yours.
Do carry some food for them.
Where: New Link Plaza, next to Oshiwara Police Station, Andheri West
Vile Parle West has got a new bar, Zoo Bar. True to its name, the owners have associated with World For All, and will donate a percentage of the revenue towards animal welfare. The good news is that pets are invited too, only between 2 and 7 pm though. There are kennels for dogs, if owners want to hang around longer.
Where: 1st floor, Liberty Lodge, DJ Road, above McDonalds, Vile Parle West
The Khar outlet allows you to take your pets on Mondays. Once a month, they offer pet brunches on a weekend. So head here and pamper them.
Where: 757, Ramee Guestline Hotel, MD Ali Quereshi Chowk, SV Road, Khar West
You’re sure to love this place for their food and their pet-friendly attitude. You can even order a pet menu, but do inform the counter in advance.
Where: Kenilworth Mall, Linking Road, Bandra West
The Bagel Shop
The outdoor section is open to your four-legged best friends. The eatery will be happy to offer some bacon or grilled chicken for them too.
Where: 30, Pali Mala Road, Carter Road, Bandra West
Mutt Hutt: The Pet Cafe
This pop-up cafe does not operate from a fixed venue. However, it conducts monthly events at different restaurants and venues across the city. Pet parents can sign up for updates.
Dec 5 - Dec 12: If you’re a Mumbaikar, you’ll know that in the midst of chaos, there’s a rhythm. Capture the city in this street photography workshop, with photographer Kaushal Parikh. Learn all about photography as you make your way into Chor Bazaar, Haji Ali and more. The workshop includes instruction, transportation and a tour to parts of the city.
Where: Bandstand, Byramji Jeejeebhoy Rd, Band Stand
Log on to: inspired photographyworkshops.com
Enjoy classical sangeet
Dec 3, 6 PM: When you have maestros like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Shounak Abhisheki, Venkatesh Kumar and Kalapini Komkali coming under one roof, you sure don’t want to miss it. Attend the Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan, one of the most prestigious classical festivals of India since 1977. This music festival was started by the legendary classical vocalist Padma Bhushan Late Pandit CR Vyas in 1977.
Where: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Entry: Rs 500-Rs 1000
Watch a black desi comedy
Dec 4, 9.30 PM: If you want to watch an American play that has been seamlessly adapted into an Indian setting, Chinese Coffee is your cuppa. Originally written by American author Ira Lewis, and made into an independent movie more than a decade ago, starring Hollywood stars Al Pacino and Jerry Orbach, the play has been rehashed by Ira Lewis, directed by Danish Hussain, who stars along with Vrajesh Hirjee. It’s a dark comedy about friendship and the loss of it.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, Juhu
Entry: Rs 400
Whip up a sassy salad
Dec 1, 1 PM – 3 PM: We all wish to eat healthy, so why not begin with learning to cook healthy. Simran Vaswani, a home caterer, is holding a salad-making workshop Where you’ll be taught to prepare a wide variety of salads that are easy to prepare and packed with goodness such as the quinoa, kale and pomegranate salad, mixed vegetable salad with peanut butter and sweet chilli dressing, succulent chicken in pesto cream salad, succulent chicken in pesto cream salad and mixed green salad with candied walnuts and feta.
Where: Basement, Natraj Building, Hill Road, opposite St Stanislaus School, Bandra West
Entry: Rs 800
Poke fun at the comic
Nov 30, 9.30 PM: Being picked on by a comedian at open mic nights is a no great shakes. How about you heckling the comic instead? Attend a concept show, Heckle Me by Awkward Fruit Where you can seek revenge. In the 75-minute session, five comics will get 15 minutes each on stage. If he/she is not able to shut the hecklers up, they get booed off stage or else they continues with their comic punches for 15 mins.
Where: Boveda, off Oshiwara Link Road, Morya Landmark 1, ground floor, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 250
Watch Twelfth Night with a modern twist
Dec 17, 8.30 PM: Known for its reinterpretation of classic texts, Filter Theatre, a UK-based ensemble, is finally bringing Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to Mumbai. The play is a fast and furious reworking of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy. You’ll get to engage with the cast, giving you feel of an intimate, rock gig. It will also showcase the madness of love in this delirious world. And if you’re into music, you might enjoy the score that ranges from folk and free jazz to heavy rock.
Where: High Street Phoniex, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg
Meet a modern Radha
7 PM: Watch a Hindi play titled Kanupriya, based on the lives of Radha and Krishna, by MH 06 Production today. Writer Dharamvir Bharati’s Radha is contemporary and strong. Adapted and directed by Mitali Joshi, the cast includes Vibhawari Deshpande, Neha Joshi, Sonal Khale,among others.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Entry: Rs 270-Rs 300
Dig into a chicken menu
10 AM – 11 PM: If you are craving chicken, an all-chicken menu at Nothing But Chicken offers scrumptious options like their popular Chicken Vada Pav. There’s something for the health-conscious too, such as the chicken bistro salad and the chicken brown rice pilaf. You can also get pre-marinated chicken here.
Where: 15, Dhiraj Pali Arcade, Pali Naka, Bandra West
Entry: Rs 90-Rs 250
Meet your self through art
11 AM – 7 PM: Artist Seema Kohli pays an ode to the forms of energy that stem from her belief in the self. Within each individual reside energies that shape a personality. She immersed herself in The Bhagwad Gita, Shakti, Sufi contexts and various other philosophies.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, MG Road, Kala Ghoda
When: Ongoing till Dec 7
Cheer at a circus show
4 PM: Relive your memories of watching a Rambo circus with the International Circus Festival IV.
Watch artistes from South America, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, Colombia and Ukraine.
Where: Bandra Reclamation Ground, Bandra West
When: Ongoing till Dec 16
Entry: Rs 400-Rs 1,000
Attend a talk on Germany
6.30 PM: Attend a talk by Rajivinder Singh at Culture of Welcome: Germany and the Debate on Refugees. Born in Kapurthala, Singh and has been a citizen of Germany since 1997. He has written extensively on the concept of “dialogue between cultures”.
Where: Biblothek, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kala Ghoda
Listen to a top DJ
10:30 PM – 1:30 AM: Top DJ Eve Carey will play at megaFROG this week. Eve, who has worked on tour for Ministry of Sound, is currently based in Goa. The artiste, who has played alongside Tiesto, Eddie Haliwell and Tocadico, will entertain you tonight.
Where: blueFROG, D/2 Mathuradas Mills Compound NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 500-Rs 1,500 (Free Entry for ladies post 9 pm)