23 things to do around Mumbai from September 27 - October 3

sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week ahead

Sunday driver
Watch some Krapp

7.30 PM: Watch Krapp’s Last Tape, a minimalistic absurd English solo drama by Samuel Beckett, adapted by Hemant Panjabi. It is the story of a 69-year-old man, who is surrounded by darkness in his room on his birthday. The man relives the experience of his past and the circumstance that led to his current life by playing an old recording of his 39th birthday.
WHERE: Gazebo House, 133 Hill Road, Bandra West
CALL: 7506906927
ENTRY: Rs 300

Get a lesson in art
4.30 PM: Listen to a reading of John Logan’s play, Red. Presented by Nouveau Art Play Reading Group, Red is about American painter Mark Rothko, the first artist to paint “empty” pictures, and his theories of art. The play starts in 1958, when Rothko is offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art then: to create murals for the Four Seasons restaurant.
WHERE:  Galleria M, above Dunkin Donuts, Linking Road, Khar West
ENTRY: Rs 250
CALL: 8335065103

Make your Sunday sizzle
12 pm – 12 am: Juicy burgers and steaming sizzlers wait for your order at the Alfredo’s Sizzlers and Burger Fest. There’s smoky double lamb cheese burger and Casablanca chicken burger to devour. Don’t miss the truffle oil scented burger, tossed in mushrooms. On the sizzler front, try Indonesian chicken satay and the smoky barbecue prawns. Did we mention that there is complimentary beer and wine?
Where: Alfredo’s Bar and Diner, Royal Classic, near PVR, Andheri West
cost: R450 onwards
Call: 65614468

Take your pooch and kitty for a pet brunch
2  PM – 6.30 PM: Do you always have to leave your pets behind when you step our for a meal? How about taking them along? Hoppipola curates a special menu and fun activities for pets and their chaperones. Treat your dog to delicious doggie meals, take pictures with them in the Hoppi photobooth or get a caricature artwork.
WHERE: Hoppipola, Ramee Guestline Hotel, SV Road, Khar
ENTRY: Rs 1,500 (R500 voucher goes to owners)
CALL: 30151106

Decipher an artist’s mind
11 AM – 7 PM: Instead of watching re-runs of the same movies, why not add some colour to your lives? Abstract painter Riaz Samadhan’s watercolours and oils are on display in South Mumbai. His work revolves around themes of inter-personal relationships, perceptions, and the psycho-social ethos of his world.
WHERE: Jehangir Art Gallery, Auditorium Hall, Kala Ghoda
CALL: 22843989

Book a seat
Get down and dirty 

We mean that literally. The Mudathon is here, which means 1.5-km track of… mud. Brace yourselves for 12 obstacles, which you must pass individually or as a team to the finish line. Think inflatable tubes, slides, tunnels, ice tanks, barb wires, giant steps, rope maze, inline climbs and wooden hurdles. Treat this as a fitness party, since the challenges will test your stamina and build your strength. End the sprint with mud massages and a peaceful night of camping with live performances to keep you going.
WHEN: 9 am – 10 pm, Oct 3 – 4

WHERE: Grape county Brahma valley, Trimbakeshwar Road, Nashik
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October fest guide
Burp with the best
Here’s where to drink and be merry (all the way till next Sunday)

Cash in on free offers
6 PM TILL CLOSING: Beat the visarjan crowd to reach blueFROG for a special Oktoberfest menu and offers on beers. An All-German menu includes Kartoffel suppe (potato soup), Hanchen-Schnitzel (chicken with rolled noodle) and currywurst (pork bratwurst steamed and fried). There’s homemade beer sorbet for dessert.
Beer offers include one-plus-one offer on domestic pints, and buy-two-get-third-pint-free on imported beers.
Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
cost: Rs 800 – Rs 1,000
when: Till October 4
Call: 61586158

Eat, drink, like a German
12 noon – 4 pm:  This Oktoberfest menu at Fratelli Fresh offers unlimited beer during their Sunday Brunch. The traditional fare
has pretzels, German sausages, schnitzel, reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), sauerkraut or blaukraut  (red cabbage).
WHERE: Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Fratelli Fresh, Powai
WHEN: September 27 and October 4
COST: Rs 2,750
CALL: 66927491

Pick your Bira
11 am – 11 pm:  The iconic Churchgate restaurant celebrates its second October Fest. Try their special Berlin sizzlers and roast chicken. Run down the food with select beers like Bira Blonde and Bira White. A buy-two-pints-and-get-one-free offer is currently on. There’s another offer where, on every sizzler you order, you get 50 per cent off on a beer.
Where: Gaylord, Mayfair Building, Ground Floor, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate
When: Till October 4
Cost: Rs 500 onwards
Call: 22044693

Order of the day

Clean up the beach
LocalOye and Pinkathon are organising a beach clean-up drive called Swachh Beach Run, a day after the Ganapati Visarjan at Shivaji Park. The aim is to dispose off tons of garbage after the Ganesh Visarjan and promote beach cleanliness. The clean-up drive will be followed by a run organised by Pinakthon in the Shivaji Park neighborhood.
28 monday
Where: Shivaji Park, Dadar West
Call: 9819026976

Rock it out
If you love rock music and grew up in the ’90s, there is no way you haven’t heard of Puddle of Mudd. The Kansas band, which has sold almost seven million albums, is here to bring rock back. Opening for them is the popular city band, The Other People, known for drawing in the ladies like no one can. This promises to be an epic night.
29 Tuesday
Where: Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Worli
Entry: Rs 2,000 – Rs 3,000
Call: 66511209

Buy a rare book
12.30 pm: is offering some rare and out-of-print books dating from the 19th century onwards. From erotic manuals on love in ancient India to early Lalit Kala Akademi portfolios, the 49 books on sale in this auction have been curated in order to bridge the gap between the past and present.
30 Wednesday
When: Sept 29, 8 PM –  Sept 30, 8 PM

Order a vegan meal
Have you wondered if an Indian Chinese meal could ever be healthy? Well, Noodle Play is making sure it is. With dishes such as fried rice with hot garlic sauce, steamed rice with red Thai curry and vegan Thai chilly basil rice with veg Manchurian curry, served in vegan avatars, there is no need to feel guilty anymore.
01 Thursday
Call: 6050100
Cost: Starting at Rs 99

Camp under the stars
White Collar Hippy is all set to help you de-stress. If you can’t head off to Goa just yet, why not go to Utan for a night under the stars? Sit around a bonfire, count fireflies and be serenaded by a live band, and the next morning, set off on a nature trail. You can maybe get to learn some Koli cuisine specialities. There is also a boat ride to look forward to.
02 Friday
Entry: Rs 2,500
Call: 9930260748

Enjoy the joy of giving
5.30 pm: Toybank, an NGO working for the right to childhood for every child, is celebrating DaanUtsav (the Joy of Giving Week) by hosting an art exhibition by Devaki Singh called Guardians of Innocents. A part of the proceeds from the paintings sold will go to Toybank. There are also performances by Luke Kenny, Purab Kohli, Ram Trio among others.
03 saturday
Where: ABACA Furniture Store, Mahalaxmi (Shakti Mills lane)
Call: 8080868235

Decode classical music
OCT 3, 10.30 AM 1.30 PM: Attend a workshop by composer and songwriter Tushar Bhatia — famous for the soundtrack of the movie Andaz Apna Apna and commercials like Nakshatra Diamonds, Dhara, among  others —  as he acquaints listeners with the basic structures and concepts in Hindustani classical music to make it more accessible to the average listener. Through interactive discussions, he will break down the concepts of raga and taal.  He will also talk about the benefits of learning and understanding Hindustani classical music that range from improved concentration to a development of mathematical and graphical faculties. Several audio and video recordings will be used to illustrate the structure, richness and complexity of this genre. Prior registration is necessary.
WHERE: The Integral Space, Above Hasten Beds, opposite Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 800
For registration, mail

Cheat on your diet
The second edition of the Bandra Dessert Garden, which handpicks sweet treats from all over the city, is back. Here are five desserts to go weak in the knees for The mid night craving by Out of The Blue is a light, airy chocolate pastry served with hazelnut sand, milky sabayon and sugar lime coated almond.

Starters done? We suggest, you now pick the cheesecake cones by the Bombay Baking Bar. It’s a new take on the modern cheesecake, and has ice cream cones filled with a cheesy cracker crust layered with flavoured cheesecakes and finished with a variety of toppings.  Take small bites if your appetite isn’t king-sized. There’s more.

Don’t miss the meringue sandwich by Tangent Studio (in pic), which is a rose-shaped meringue sandwich with chocolate truffle filling.

Want to down this with some drinks? There’s the whiskey misty nitrogen ice cream by nice kream. It is a whiskey with dark chocolate flavoured nitrogen ice cream covered with sea salted caramel and peanut butter topping, with syringe shots of Belgian chocolate.
When: Oct 2 and 3
Where: Out Of The Blue, Khar
Time: 12 noon – 6 pm

Understand Indo-US relations
SEPT 25- Oct 25, 10 AM- 6 PM (closed on Wednesday): What was India’s relationship with America before Independence? How has this changed over the decades? For those who are politically inclined, the exhibition titled Kindred Nations: A History of U.S. - India Relations 1790-1947, will help provide some answers. The exhibition includes photographs, documents and ephemera, while giving the viewer an insight into moments that reflect the relationship between the two countries from the late 18th century till India gained its independence in 1947.
WHERE: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museu, 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Byculla East
CALL: 23731234

Donate a piece of clothing
SEPT 29, 6 PM-8 PM: Anshu Gupta, 2015 Ramon Magsaysay award recipient and founder of NGO Goonj, will talk about his journey in changing the way we look at trash. He used disposable stuff as a tool to trigger development in some
of the most backward and remote pockets of India. As a contribution to Goonj, you could bring along one item of clothing to donate.
WHERE: National Gallery of Modern Art, Madame Cama Road, Fort
CALL: 22881969

Shop for the love of dogs
SEPT 29- OCT 2, 10 AM-8 PM: The Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) is conducting a garage sale to raise funds for our four-legged friends. On sale will be a variety of books, vases, crockery, paintings, toys, knick knacks, CDs, DVDs and LPs at throwaway prices. There are also some special items such as a Canon Selphy portable photo printer with extra cartridges and paper and a Citizen Eco wrist watch for women with a solar battery. This is retail therapy with a cause.
WHERE: Laxmi Baug Hall, Avantikabai Gokhale Road, Near Opera House, Girgaum
CALL: 9819100808

Attend a ghazal, sufi evening
SEPT 30, 7 PM: Spend an evening listening to two distinct genres of music, ghazal and sufi, at a concert titled Rehnuma. Twenty-one-year-old sufi singer Pooja Gaitonde, who has performed with stalwarts such as Pankaj Udhas and Talat Aziz, will perform along with Jaswinder Singh, a ghazal virtuoso.
WHERE: Nehru Centre: Mumbai, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
CALL:  24920482

Take a slide down the aqua flow
Aquamagica, the water-park in Khopoli, has a mid-week offer. Every Wednesday, a ticket for R599 will get you water rides along with a variety of food and drink options. There will also be a DJ to keep the party going.
WHERE: 30/31, Sangdewadi, Khopoli-Pali Road,SH 92, Off Mumbai-Pune Express Way, Khopoli
CALL:  42130405
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Get shorty
Book your tickets to watch gems at the Manhattan Short Film Festival on September 30. Here are four not-to-miss films

Bear Story
Director: Gabriel Osorio
Country: Chile
Run time: 10:40 mins
Why you should watch it: This animated film premiered in Annecy Animation festival in June last year and was awarded Best Art Direction and Best Children’s Short in Animamundi, Brasil. A bear uses mechanical figures to narrate the story of his oppressed life to his cubs.

Director: Devashish Makhija
Country: India
Run time: 4:55 mins
Why you should watch it: Starring actress Nimrit Kaur and Divyendu Sharma, this spaghetti-eastern comedy is an exploration of love, way past its ‘expiry’ date. A clingy husband haunts his irritated wife with a fossilised dodo for company.

Director: Srinath Hosmani
Country: India
Run time: 11:04 mins
Why you should watch it: A 13-year-old girl has to earn money, little knowing that if she doesn’t earn the amount, she will meet grave consequences. A police constable helps the girl earn it. When he has to defend her against his senior, he faces a moral dilemma whether to rescue the girl or let her meet her fate.

Bhopal Diaries 2012
Director: Archana Borhade
Country: India
Run time: 13:09 mins
Why you should watch it:  Bindu, from Bhopal, makes videos on her phone and sends it to her husband Mohan, a soldier stationed at the border. A victim of  the gas tragedy, she suffers from chronic chest pain, but tries to project a happy image. Where: Matterden CFC, Lower Parel
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

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