22 things to do around Mumbai from December 27 to January 2
Get a romantic Urdu lesson
6 PM: Majaz lives in colourful times in the 30s and 40s when poetry reigned big, and was close friends with Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Ali Sardar Jafri. The show is a combination of Majaz's poetry, which finds a response in poetess Minu Bakshi from her poetry book.
Where: NCPA, Nariman Point
Play it by ear, literally
9.30 PM – 11.30 PM: Indie folk and rock band Play It By Ear are known for their acoustic guitar skills, original lyrics and harmonies. Their First EP, Listen, released in April 2015, and they count Simon & Garfunkel among their influences.
Where: Andheri Base, Sharyans-Audeus, Link Road, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 300
Help your child remember more
2 PM – 6 PM: Amit Pathak, a licensed NLP trainer, will use the techniques of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to help improve your child's memory, concentration and confidence.
Where: Leap Ahead Assessment and Learning Centre, A/1, Tulsi, off Linking Road, Khar West
Entry: Rs 2,500
Bring home a furry companion
10 AM – 5 PM: If you're looking to add a new member to your family, there are cute, cuddly kittens waiting to find a home at the Itsy Bitsy Kitten camp. Interested adopters, make sure you carry address and ID proof, and of course, a whole lotta lovin'.
Where: IBAR, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West)
Watch a musical satire
7 PM: Bharat Dabholkar's risqué musical revue Bottoms Up, that was a game-changer for English theatre in the 1980s, is back. Titled New Bottoms Up X-Rated, the musical will have bolder jokes and pick on today's politicians (of all parties), budget airlines, news channels and their aggressive anchors and the education system, among others.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point, NCPA Marg
Entry: Rs 500 – Rs 1,500
Be a pub crawler this Christmas
2.30 PM onwards It's a pub crawl with a difference, with each pub hosting an event. Start at Tilt All Day where along with a Christmas cocktail, you get to watch a stand-up show. At 4 pm, you move to PDT where Joshua Thomas will sing festive songs such as Santa Claus is a Black Man by Akim & Teddy, There Ain't No Fucking Santa Claus by Nick Helm, and at 5pm, we move onto Old Wild West, where performers will indulge in a lip-sync battle. At 6 pm, it's time to head to Hard Rock Café, where the band CandyFlip Sundae will play Christmas songs.
Where: Starts at Tilt All Day, Kamla Mills Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 1,000
Laugh, laugh and laugh more
7.30 PM: Take a seat and listen to the tales of Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, who is also known as the “chota packet bada dhamaka”. A former multinational employee, his antics at work included trying his routine on unsuspecting colleagues.
Where: TAP Resto Bar, Link Road, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 500
Dig into Dongri cuisine
6 PM: Dongri might be notorious for its dark underbelly, but there's an exquisite food culture hidden in those narrow lanes. Go on a group food trail, organised by Seek Sherpa where you can gorge on greasy chicken biryani and seekh kebabs at famed restaurants.
Where: Meet at McDonald's near CST
Entry: Rs 8,125 for 10 people
Paint with light
6 PM: If you love photography and also happen to be a serious night owl, light painting is for you. It's a cool technique in which photographers use flashlights, camera flashes, and spotlights to literally paint light into a scene. Sounds like fun? The techies will love this one.
Where: Chowpatty, Girgaum
Celebrate poet Kaifi Azmi
Discuss the life and times of Kaifi Azmi, one of India's most progressive poets. Kaifi is famous for his lyrics in films like Heer Ranjha and Kaghaz ke Phool. There will be a film screening, a ghazal concert, and an open mic.
Where: The Hive, 50A, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village, Khar West
Entry: Rs 200 and above
Sip a Mojito at a sundowner
4 PM — 10 PM: When the weather in the city is perfect, it's time to spend all your time outside, especially near a pool. Belgian DJ Makasi, who has shared stage with Flo Rida, T-Pain and 50 Cent, will be spinning to make sure you start your New Year's Eve week right. The dress code? Keep it light and floaty, just like you are going to feel at the end of the night.
Where: Trilogy, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz West
Entry: Rs 2,000 per couple
Order of the day
Catch J P Singhal's art
11 AM – 7 PM: Late artist JP Singhal was a National Award winner and one of India's highest-selling artists across all forms. Between 1934 and 2014, Singhal painted over 2,700 original works, which were reproduced over 800 million times. Attend a retrospective exhibition of the legend that showcases over one hundred original paintings, chronologically divided into six periods of his life.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery (Auditorium Hall), M G Road, Kala Ghoda
Make merry in Malad
5 PM – 10 PM: There's more to Malad than malls and traffic. If you find yourself here on Tuesday, head to Goraswadi Grounds for a local festival. Tajinder Singh Tiwana, a social worker, has organised a 10-day Malad festival to provide a platform for local residents to come together and have a good time. Not a Malad resident? You are still welcome. Today, enjoy a lavani performance by Marathi actor Maithili Jawkar and a live orchestra.
Where: Goraswadi Ground, Behind Milap PVR Cinemas
When: Till Jan3
Be a whiskey snob
Why wait till New Year's to get a hangover? Start early, and while you are busy drinking, soak in some knowledge as well. Head to a whiskey tasting tour that hops across bars. An expert will tell you (and your friends), the difference between a blended scotch and a single malt and where whiskey originates from? Sip and learn this group whiskey tasting tour. The price is inclusive of drinks and snacks.
Entry: Rs 11,000 for a group of 10
Take your family out
Too old to drink second day in a row? Want some family time instead? Ring in the New Year at Adlabs Imagica, which has something in store for every age group. The theme park will have a performance by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy along with shows by magicians, comics, clowns, B-Boyers, and various street artistes. Look out for some new rides and, of course, fireworks.
Where: Adlabs Imagica, Khopoli, Off Mumbai-Pune Expressway
Entry: Rs 1,999- Rs 2,999
7 PM ONWARD: Brought in the new year sober? Don't lag behind. Let the The Daily Bar and Kitchen help you catch up with its Cocktail Cockamamie, a cocktail festival. The mixologist at the restaurant has come up with the concoctions using premium alcohol like Absolut, Beefeater, Jim Beam and Teachers. Don't worry, it's Friday.
Where: The Daily Bar and Kitchen, SV Road, Bandra
Entry: Rs 300
Attend a tribute concert
6.30 PM: In his lifetime, U Srinivas was known as a rebel for using the Mandolin, an electric western instrument to the Carnatic stage. Slowly the mandolin became synonymous with his name, and even today he is remembered and revered as 'Mandolin Srinivas'. Attend a concert that pays tribute to the maestro through a 2-day concert.
Where: Sivas-wamy Audit-orium, Chembur
Entry: Rs 150 – Rs 1,500
Take your pet partying
Jan 10, 4 PM- 10 PM: Animal lovers, lend us thy ears. The Woofs and Hoofs Carnival, organised by BSPCA, is back with its second edition. Head to the adoption camp where you'll find fuzzy cats and adorable pups. If you and your mutt feel hungry, there's a pet café called Mutt Hutt that will put up an area where dogs can come in and have a ball. There will also be an agility course and pet grooming session for them. That's not all. Pop band No Direction, led by Harsh Meswani, and band of girls who go by the name of Conspiracy Theory are performing. And of course, no day out is complete without a bit of shopping, So, go buy goodies from NGO stalls set up by Akanksha, WSD, Asya, Shake Hands Pet Store and the Spoilt Brat Barkery. The session also hopes to teach parents and kids the responsibilities involved in keeping pets, the dos and don'ts you need to know, and the adverse affects of smoke and noise on animals.
Where: Royal Western Indian Turf Club, 2nd Enclosure
Book a seat: Pedal to Alibaug
Jan 10, 8.30 AM: A trip to Alibaug by ferry might be fun, but why not cycle to this beach destination. It might sound a wee bit tiring, but think of the calories you'll burn while enjoying the pleasant weather. On January 10, start your day at Bhaucha Dhakka, where you'll mount your cycles and start the journey. Once you reach Alibaug, the fun begins. Cycle on the long stretch then proceed to Kihim beach via costal route. You can book your seat on the 365hops website.
Where: Meeting point will be Bhaucha Dhakka
Entry: Rs 1,500
Get pro-tips for exams
Worried that your teen spends too much on the tablet, away from the textbooks? Become a sneaky parent and download Robomate+ App by Mahesh Tutorial Educare. With free video lectures from experts across boards and curricula — CBSE, ICSE, SSC and HSC to even IIT, CA and MBA — this will ensure that your kid can revise for those tough entrance tests on the go. This, however, is only available on Android right now. iOS and Windows versions will be out soon.
Where: Download from Google Playstore
Catch a play by Gulzar, Salim Arif
Jan 3, 12 PM and 4 PM: After penning lyrics for Bollywood songs, the legendary Gulzar has written a play for children called Nuclear Sher. Adapted from Panchatantra tales, the play drives home the message that one should understand that actions come with responsibilities. Hmm. Might be good for adults too.WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road Entry: Rs 300
Take your kid out to dance
Jan 2, 5 PM: More than being fun, dancing is a great way of building your muscles and learning how to interact with others in a limited space. So, this Saturday take your kid out for a freestyle session which will cover various techniques — from Bollywood and ballet to hip-hop. You will get to sit and watch 4 to 7-year-olds waddling around. What could be cuter?
Where: AAMAD, 22, Sangini House, Aram Nagar 1, J P Road, Versova
Entry: Rs 3,000 for 8 sessions