22 things to do around Mumbai from December 20 to December 26

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Watch Shylock
7 PM: A pound of flesh is all it takes. That’s from the play, not the Entry to, Masque’s ritzy and risqué production of The Merchant of Venice. A modern-day take that retains the essence of this twisted Shakespearean tragedy.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Entry: Rs 500 – 1,500
Call: 9820100253

Stroll with art
5 PM – 9 PM: Go to Priyadarshini Park, the garden by the sea, for a cool artsy evening. Art exhibitions by leading art schools and differently disabled artists are on display. Then tap your feet to the rhythm of Odissi and Kathak dancers, and soulful instrumental fusion music. There are free workshops for kids too.
Where: Priyadarshini Park, Napean Sea Road

ALL DAY: The UNESCO is on a mission to make heritage cool, and you can add some spark to it. Sign up with the UNESCO (which should take you just a minute) and Then head to some of your favourite heritage destinations (even the Gateway is alright). Then, shoot some fun pictures and post them on social media platforms. Remember, this is a world-over initiative, so the idea is to make the hashtag trend. Come on and show some love for heritage.
Where: All across the city

Make jar desserts
3 PM: Since it’s all the rage right now, why not try your hands at it? This class will take you through the basics of making portable desserts. Learn how to make gulab jamun, thandai delite, very berry, death by chocolate and more — all layered compactly in jars. Do we see
you planning New Year goodies?
Where: Homemade Happinezz, Gaurav Gardens, off Link Road, Kandivili West
Registration: Rs 1,800
Call: 9820100253

Get geometrical
11 AM: If geometry was frustrating in school, this session by Chai and Why? will change that attitude. Anish Ghosh from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research will explore fascinating aspect of geometry, right from rebellious triangles whose angles don’t add up to 180 degrees to crochet patterns.
Where: Room 2SC, DG Ruaprel College, Matunga West
Call: 9757157795

Dive into metal
8.30 PM: Keep your head-banging skills handy for Metal Mania, featuring Third Sovereign, Plague Throat (in pic), Gutslit and Elemental. These groups are known to keep their music pure and honest, but Then again, the metal fan in you already knew that right?
Where: Hard Rock Café, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 500 (cover charge)
Call: 66511209

Feast on chicken
10 AM – 11 PM: If you love succulent poultry and vibrant salads, Then bring your two loves together with a chicken salad spread. From classics to the innovative, there are options like tandoori salad, Mexicana and bistro. Good news: there is low fat mayo as well.
Where: Nothing but Chicken, Pali Naka, Bandra West
Price: Rs 160 onwards
Call: 8097097301

Go for kiddy moves
3.30 PM: At the demo session by Aamad Arts School, kids between four to seven years of age can try out some freestyle dance lessons. There’s going to be a bit of Bollywood, ballet and hip-hop and it’s all going to be age-appropriate.
Where: Aamad Performing Arts and Wellness, Aram Nagar, Andheri West
Call: 9930029265

Choose organic
9 AM – 7 PM: Make a healthy resolution today by heading to the Mumbai Organic Fest. This non-profit festival sources products by farmers across Maharashtra and Gujarat. Think juices, cosmetics, honey and veggies.
Where: Norita Grounds, opposite Hiranandani School, Powai
Call: 9819436177

Watch a French drama
6.30 PM: A Les Femmes du 6e étage (The Women of the 6th) is a social comedy that pits the propriety of an aristocratic French family with the earthiness of Spanish cleaning ladies, who work in their apartment building. Watch the film at Alliance Francaise De Bombay to know how they turn the conservative couple’s life upside down. The screening is open to all.
Where: Theosophy hall, Marine Lines
Call: 22035993

Get a peek into the future
1 PM ONWARD: The prospect of knowing your future intrigues us all. So, attend the mega destiny bazaar that will see well-known astrologers like Ashok Motianim, tarot expert Priyanka Sawant , tea leaf reader Leena Soni and many more clairvoyants; all under one roof. This will be followed by a scrumptious buffet.
Where: Out of the Blue, Khar West
Entry: Rs 200
Call: 26003000

Paint away the blues
4 PM – 7 PM: Draw, drink, eat, meet new people and take home your masterpiece at Paint Mania. Event organiser Avani Bakshi will provide you with a couple of themes that you can recreate on canvas. You don’t need to be a pro at painting to be part of this. The session is inclusive of all materials, appetisers and beverages. But registration is necessary.
Where: Irish House, Inorbit Mall , Malad
Entry: Rs 2,600
Call: 9967280099

Get a shot from Santa
DEC 24 – 25, 7.30 PM: Copa at Juhu will transform into a Santa mansion and bar later this week. Walk in to find some glow-in-the-dark snowflakes and spiked foam cocktail. Copa’s secret santa will also surprise you with shots. Try Christmas special drinks like mistletoe mojitio, Rudolph green nose, snowman kiss and jingle all night.
Where: Copa, ground floor, Anna Building, Opposite Juhu Gymkhana, Juhu
Call: 26207733

Enjoy some freshly baked bread
ONGOING, 8 AM – 12 AM: Completing 25 years in the business of making breads is no mean feat. To celebrate the occasion, Le Pain Quotidien has introduced a new range of freshly baked breads such as masala bread, caramelised onion and walnut loaf, tomato and onion focaccia, cranberry and apple rolls and more. The breads are peppered with superfood ingredients like kale, avocado, goji berries and chia seeds.
Where: Le Pain Quotidien BKC, G2, Bandra East
Call: 66431616

Dig into an oriental meal
7 PM – 11. 30 PM: Head to Noodle Bar, which has introduced a new menu with a range of dishes from China, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. For salad lovers, there is raw papaya salad along with leafy vegetable wasabi dressing (Rs 175). Non vegetarians can try pepper squid (R395). Vegeterians can have devil chilli eggplant and tofu (Rs 375).
Where: Noodle Bar, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel
Call: 24961999

Don’t miss this classic
Catch Rakesh Bedi’s 11-year-old classic comedy, Biwi O Biwi that was performed for the first time by the Indian People’s Theatre Association in the 90s. The play deals with male chauvinism and the fight of a woman, who after being treated as a doormat, decides to stand up against her husband. He, it turns out, is having an affair with his wife’s childhood friend.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu
Entry: Rs 300

Go underwater
11. 45 AM: If you’ve never gone scuba diving, here’s you chance to try in the city. Attend this session Where a PADI-certified dive instructor and dive master will take you through your first journey of experiencing underwater buoyancy in a pool. Find out how it feels to be weightless and breathe underwater. Prabodhankar Thackeray Krida Sankul,
Where: Vile Parle East
Entry: Rs 3,500
Call: 9820048381

Teach Math-magic to your kid
ONGOING, 7 PM- 8.30 PM: If your kid hates numbers, fret not. Vedic Maths is here to your rescue. Coach Parag Gadhia is holding a workshop that will improve your child’s mental arithmetic processing. The entire programme is based on Vedic math, an ancient system of mathematics which was followed by the Vedas. “This technique is easy to understand and not stressful for the kid. It inculcates a love for number,” says Gadhia, who is a visiting faculty at management institutes. Gadhia will use board games and Lego bricks to make it an enjoyable experience. The sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Where: B-1023, Shri Jivdani Darshan, near Old viva college, Virar (West)
Entry: Rs 6,000
Call: 9320250633

Go online for gardening
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Encourage lateral thinking
DEC 25 – 31, 9 AM – 11 AM: This one is for the tiny tots. Prithvi Theatre’s winter workshop for children will begin its first session with imagination and storytelling with games. Helmed by Om Katare, the session will encourage children to learn how to dramatise, visualise and create stories. The objective is to motivate children to express themselves, build creativity and confidence. It is meant for kids aged 6 to
9 years.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20, Juhu Church Road, Janki Kutir
Entry: Rs 5,000
Call: 26149546

Try a traditional Gujarati dish
DEC 25, 11.30 AM – 3.30 PM: Surti Undhiyu is a winter speciality, so you just have two months more to enjoy it. It is a khatta-meetha dish prepared using farm fresh vegetables like surti papdi, purple kand, sweet potatoes, and more. Golden Star Thali will serve unlimited surti undhiyu every Friday and Sunday with their Thali. You can also buy it separately.
Where: Golden Star Thali, Opposite Charni Road Station (East)
Call: 23631983

Delve into the city’s past
ONGOING: Get ready to go on a nostalgia trip as’s ongoing sale, Old Bombay, offers 75 delightful pictures of Bombay city before it became Mumbai. The collection includes pictures of the city’s several iconic landmarks such as Apollo Bunder with the Gateway of India, Old Taj Mahal Hotel and the Green Mansion which was demolished and the new Taj Mahal hotel was built. Don’t miss to check out the Khada Parsi at the original spot before it was shifted to the present location at Byculla.
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