21 things to do around Mumbai from September 13 - September 19
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week ahead
12 PM: Experts teach you to craft a bonsai garden, suitable for a nook in your house. Materials, including a shallow tray, plants, a special soil mix and artefacts, will be provided.
Where: Dreams Complex, near Pawar Public School, LBS Marg, Bhandup West
Cost: Rs 1,500 (inclusive of materials)
Take the kids for Small Tales
11 AM – 1 PM: For 90 minutes, kids can have fun with exercises focused on two adorable books — The Day the Crayons Quit and Elmer the Elephant. Parents, you get to accompany your kid, for free.
Where: Only Much Louder, Mathu-radas Mills Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 400 per child (3 – 6 yrs)
Attend a talk on theatre
5 PM: Veteran playwright and theatre historian Makarand Sathe, who wrote the critically-acclaimed play, Te Pudhe Ghele, speaks about his journey into socio-political theatre at Mumbai Local.
Where: Education Centre, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla East
Entry: Rs 10 (adults); Rs 5 (children)
Grab some burgers and buds
12 PM – 12 AM: Make the most of the last day of the Brew-ger fest at The United Sports Bar and Grill. With a complimentary pint of beer, iced tea or masala soda, choose from 12 types of burgers and sliders.
Where: The United Sports Bar and Grill, Infinity Mall, Malad West; R City Mall, Ghatkopar West Price: Rs 280 onwards
Catch a love triangle
5 PM and 8 PM: A rich but eccentric octogenarian is swept off his feet by a young girl in the neighbourhood. His son, unfortunately, also loves her. Enough to catch your attention? Then do go for Bade Miyan Deewane, a hilarious play directed by Imran Rasheed, to see how this twisted love triangle ends.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle West
Ticket: Rs 500
Catch The Local Train
9.30 PM: National Award winning indie rock band, The Local Train, plays tonight as part of the cross-country debut launch of its album. The band, known for its originality and edgy videos, has a tremendous following on YouTube. Say hi and get pumped on Hindie rock with these Delhi boys.
Where: blueFrog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 500 (full cover)
Collect some coins
11 AM – 6 PM: Numismatics enthusiasts, rush to the third edition of the Coin Hobby Fair, Coinex, boasting over 70 stalls sell-ing (and buying) ancient and mod-ern coins, both, Indian and foreign. Also on sale are memorabilia, accessories and coin journals.
Where: Sunderabai Hall, Nathibai Thackersey Road, Churchgate
Build balance as you dance
Dancers, get on your toes now. Pamela Pietro, an associate arts professor at New York University, Tisch School Department of Dance, takes intensive modern dance and ballet classes for two weeks, suitable for professional dancers. You can choose to attend one class or the whole set, starting today (the class is at 10.30 am, so rush). Pietro is a trained Pilates instructor and has been an assistant to the pioneering neuroanatomist educator, Irene Dowd, so you are set to learn lines, core activities and combinations to build balance.
When: September 13 – 25
Where: The Wooden Stage, Dsquare Building, Dadhabhai Road, Vile Parle West
Fees: Rs 550 (single class); Rs 2,800 (entire week)
Attend a violin recital
8 PM: SOI music director and world-renowned violinist Marat Bisengaliev will perform a solo recital, accompanied by the piano. The programme will include works by Elgar, of whose music Marat is a noted specialist, among others. The intimate space will let you hear the renowned musician up close.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Entry: Rs 300
Dedicate the week to biryani
12 PM – 11 PM: For each day of the week, Delhi Zaika offers a different biryani. Dig into chicken dum biryani on Monday, chicken malai tikka biryani on Tuesday, and chicken delhi biryani on Wednesday. On Thursday, there’s chicken chilly biryani, and chicken white biryani on Friday. Over the weekend, try chicken seekh biryani and chicken tikka biryani.
Where: Delhi Zaika at Grant Road, Kurla and Mumbra
Cost: Rs 180 – R220
Suit up and dance
6.30 PM: A troupe of acrobat performers from the National Centre for Circus Arts (NCCA), UK, will present A Suit in Travel In at Palladium. Led by Struan Leslie, the artistes will perform acts wearing Paul Smith’s Travel Suit. And, don’t worry about hearing a tear in the fabric. They performed this act earlier in London with no wardrobe malfunctions.
Where: Palladium Atrium, Lower Parel
Watch Hamlet, the comedy
9 PM: Director Rajat Kapoor brings Hamlet The Clown Prince with an impressive cast that includes Vinay Pathak, Neil Bhoopalam, Namit Das, Puja Sarup, among others. A bunch of clowns are putting up a show of Hamlet — they sometimes misinterpret the text, sometimes find new meanings in it, and very often make a mess of it.
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Entry: Rs 300
Catch Octavio Paz in India
12 pm – 8 pm:In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mexican Nobel laureate Octavio Paz, three photographers — Adil Hasan, Subrata Biswas and Sudeep Sen — present their take on a selection of poems by Paz. The reflections of Paz during his time in India and his observations of New Delhi in the 1960s inspired the artistes.
Where: Piramal Gallery, NCPA, Nariman Point
Hear Miko’s EDM beats
9.30 PM: An opening set by Ali Merchant and a main act by Teri Miko, a leading international DJ, producer and remixer. Known for her high energetic stage presence and hard hitting electronic sounds, Miko has played along with Dash Berlin,
Bobina, Michael Woods, Hard Rock Sofa and Sebastien Benett and Tristan Garner.
Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 500
See the world differently
French filmmaker Philippe Borrel, 49, is used to tackling subjects we often ignore. Proficient at making documentaries that address social and technological issues that the world faces today, the former journalist has explored themes such as environment, food and industrialisation for the last 25 years. Two of his documentaries are being screened tomorrow. Which one should you catch?
The Invisible (R)evolutions
The film follows people who are trying to live better lives by rejecting the trappings of the material life. They are finding alternatives like locally-produced energy sources to shape a new world.
When: Sept 14, 5 pm
Where: Godrej Culture Lab Vikhroli (E)
A World Beyond Humans
This documentary provides a perspective from prominent researchers and Nobel laureates and other experts who answer that troubling question: Are machines really all about helping us?
When: Sept 14, 10.30 am
Where: Andheri Base, Whistling Woods
Peek into Lessing’s letters
Sept 19, 8.30 PM: An unposted Love Letter is a monologue that will tug at your heartstrings. Adapted from Nobel Laureate, Doris Lessing’s short story by the same name, the show has been directed by Mohit Sharma and will be performed by Ankita Shrivastav (in pic).
Where: The Hive, 50-A, Huma Mansion, Next to Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Khar West
Entry: Rs 250
Listen to Zakir Hussain
Sept 24, 6.30 PM: Attend a talk titled Bridging East and West: A Discussion with Zakir Hussain, where the maestro will talk about Peshkar (the concert in which he will be performing with SOI), and the process of creating a new piece of music with Zane Dalal.
Where: National Center for the Peforming Arts, Sir Dorab Tata Road, Nariman Point
Eat like the Assamese
SEPT 19, 12.30 PM: Chef Gitika from Guwahati will treat guests to Xarodiyo Bhuj, a rural Assamese experience. The menu starts with soup made of river fish steamed in bamboo stem and herbs (in pic) to pork cooked with picked jackfruit. The meal will end with chocolate ghila pitha.
Entry: Rs 1,500
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Glug a Bira
Ongoing, 11 AM Onward: If you wish to try Bira, a specially brewed and handcrafted beer that recently launched in Maharashtra, head to the Beer Café, which is offering a bucket of four for R995. The café is offering two varieties, Bira white ale, which is slightly bitter with a hint of spicy citrus and Bira blonde lager, which is made of barley and is extra malty.
Where: Diva Maharashtra, Mahim