24 things to do around Mumbai from December 13 to December 19
Go on a food-crawl
5 PM: Head to Thane and try out its restaurant scene and meet kindred foodies. You start at Bell Pepper for appetizers and then dive into a main course at Pizza Roma. Dessert will be at Overdoughs, Where ‘Dreadindian’ Christopher Lazarus will present a stand-up act. Registration is a must, so start calling already!
Where: Meet at Hiranandani Foundation School, Patlipada, off Ghodbunder Road, Thane
Entry: Rs 150
Catch a play
7 PM: A hanging noose in front of her, 19-year-old Rayhaneh Jabbari tells you how she defended herself against a man who tried to rape her. Based on a true story, and directed by Faezeh Jalali, 07/07/07 is a moving piece.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Entry: Rs 200 – Rs 300
Try a tequila bar
6.30 PM onwards: Bandra’s Bonobo rooftop bar is all set to woo customers with a Mexican fiesta of tequila. Their new tequila bar has 25 spirited flavours, which means that it is not just the usual lime-and-salt accompaniment that we are talking about. Expect pairings like ginger or coffee candy, candied bacon strips and baked pineapple.
Where: Bonobo, Linking Road, Bandra West
Entry: Rs 250 onwards
Find your +1
1 – 4 PM: Single and ready to mingle? If you are between 25 – 50 years of age, get dressed in smart casuals for a singles brunch-and-drinks event, Where you may just meet the person of your fantasies. It starts this noon, so Register fast, since there is a screening process. And don’t forget to take along some chivalry and charm. Plus, there’s a free bottle of wine, we hear.
Where: To be revealed after registration
Entry: Rs 3,500
Find a travel buddy
2 PM: Campers, road-trippers, trekkers, backpackers, frequent fliers — travellers of every kind are invited to Travel Buddies’ meet-up this afternoon. The club often meets to discuss trip stories, travel hacks, answer queries and generally bond over adventures.
Where: Pizza Express, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
Acclaimed filmmaker and producer Anurag Kashyap is the speaker at today’s edition of Mumbai Local. Get to know this storyteller’s unconventional plots. Always wanted to ask him a few things about Gangs of Wasseypur and Dev D? Well, here’s your chance to fire away.
Where: Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla East
When: 5 PM
Entry: Rs 10 (adults); R5 (children)
Design festive cards
5 – 7 PM: Miss receiving a greeting card in your postbox during the festival season? The New Year is reason enough to participate in Hobby Ideas’ workshop, Where you can design handmade cards and even pass on the habit to the kids in your life. The art and craft expert will give a demo using artistry inks. Send some love out this season!
Where: Hobby Ideas store, Kemps Corner
Entry: Rs 350 (inclusive of materials)
Dance for fitness
7 PM: Rupesh Pednekar presents Bollybics, Where your fitness regimen gets a Bollywood twist. This evening, Pednekar will lead you through Bollybics moves, and there are also some dance performances planned for entertainment.
Where: The Emerald Club, Swastik Park, Chembur
Entry: Rs 399
The bull, modernised
The beloved bull of the Hindu tradition, Nandi, finds new avatars in the hands of Mumbai-based sculptor Ratan Krishna Saha. The bull stars as soldier, a dancer and a soccer player, while still retaining its age-old aesthetic. Casting his hero in copper, brass and steel, Saha comments on woman-power, love, valour and materialism.
Saha says he has been fascinated by the powerful and enduring metaphor of the bull, and has innovated with other materials such as bangles and anklets. The show, titled Eternal Icon, has 22 bull sculptures and three installations, including the 14 ft high Divine Steps which has 108 Nandis. Check it out, and we are sure you will have your own take on this icon.
Where: Tao Art Gallery, Dr AB Road, Worli
When: Dec 14 – 24, 11 AM – 7 PM
Heal from abuse
6.30 PM: If you have been abused by a loved one — be it a parent or a partner — then moving on from the scars could be difficult. Life coach Bhagyalaxmi Murali from Bengaluru and mindfulness and meditation coach Aditi Surana (in pic) invite you for a chat over tea, in a non-judgmental environment, and share coping techniques.
Where: The Yoga Gallery, next to Prithvi Theatre, Juhu
Entry: Rs 1,000
Revisit the real don
8 PM: Do you often end up quoting excessively from the cult Mario Puzo book? Watch the second part of the trilogy this evening, with some popcorn and trivia handy. Psst, there’s no interval.
Where: Deepak Cinema, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 400
Spread some joy
10 AM – 1 PM: Students with special needs at Dilkhush prep all year round for a unique year-end sale. Skilled in carpEntry, home science and needlework, these kids bring you a range of home décor, teaching aids and gifting options. Go shop and meet the special designers.
Where: Dilkhush Sheltered Workshop, opposite Ramada, Juhu Tara Road
Listen to Coshish
DEC 17, 8.30 PM: If you’ve not been initiated into Hindi progressive rock yet, now is a good time. Listen to Coshish, a Mumbai-based band that consists of Mangesh Gandhi (guitars, vocals), Shrikant Sreenivasan (guitars), Hamza Kazi (drums, xylophone) and Anish Nair (bass). The band is known for its groovy music with thoughtful lyrics.
Where: Hard Rock Café, Sharyans Audeus, Fun Cinema Lane, off Veera Desai, Andheri (West)
Entry: Rs 500
DEC 15, 3.30 PM: Here’s something to sit up and take notice. Lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes and obesity are the reasons for 30 per cent mortality rate globally. To spread awareness of this silent killer, Health Education Library for People has organised a talk by Dr Shaikh Nikhat, Research Officer (Unani) at Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine Mumbai.
Where: Health Education Library for People, Ashish Building, 5th floor, Tardeo
Be a poet
DEC 15, 7.30 PM: If you’re a poet and need a platform to showcase it, attend Words Tell Stories, an open mic night for poets and lovers of poetry alike. Each poet will have five minutes to perform a piece in English/Hindi. The rule is that the poems must be original. You can even involve props or music.
Where: IBAR, No 7 and 8, Geliki Building, ONGC Colony, Bandra West
Sing out loud
DEC 16, 9 PM: There’s no better way to beat mid-week blues than with good songs and a refreshing ambience. Head to the newly launched Reunion Bar and Kitchen at Shivaji Park on Wednesday for a special Karaoke night. From Lady Gaga to One Direction, test your vocal chords to the songs of your choice. Also, enjoy happy hours all day from Monday to Thursday.
Where: Saffron 12, next to City Light cinema, Shivaji Park, Dadar
Foster a happy parent-child bond
DEC 19, 10 AM – 2 PM: As a parent, when instructions don’t work, stories come in handy. Geetanjali Kaul, the former head teacher at Inodai Waldorf School, will teach new-age parents the art of storytelling. The session will also cover topics like voice modulation and gestures, stories as an agent to bring about a desired change in your child, rhythm and ritual in storytelling and why you need to tell stories to your child.
Where: A Wing, Mahindra Eminent, Near Patkar Collage, SV Road, Goregaon West
Entry: Rs 1,500 allevents.in/mumbai/story-telling-for-parents
Make a DIY Christmas gift
11 AM – 8 PM: Christmas is as much about giving as it is about receiving. So, why not give a gift that’s really personal. Sign up for a workshop at the Hab that teaches you to create special gifts your loved ones, from greeting cards and pouches to Christmas tree hangings, stockings, gift bags, decorative lights, cord holders and more.
Where: G-1, 444 Corporate Lounge, Khar-Bandra Linking Road, Khar West
Entry: Rs 500 – Rs 1,100
Learn the history of textiles
6.30 PM: Much has been written about the Asian trade during the 17th century, but not about their production centres in Gujarat and Coromandel coasts. Attend a lecture on Indian Trade Textiles for Southeast Asia by Dr Gauri Krishnan, Director Fellowship and Research, National Heritage Board, Singapore.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Byculla East
Dig into a four-course meal
12 PM – 7PM: Head to Taste of Yauatcha for a four-course set menu with a range. Start off with a zesty soup or salad followed by dimsums like vegetable chive dumpling or the wrapped chicken in pak choi.
Where: Yauatcha, first floor, Raheja Tower, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
When: Mon – Sat
Entry: While the vegetarian meal is priced at R888 plus taxes, non-vegetarian will cost you Rs 988
Own MJ’s Beat It jacket
10.30 AM: Fancied owning Michael Jackson’s autographed jacket or Roger Federer’s signed tennis racquet? AstaGuru is having an auction of memorabilia of noted personalities. The collection includes gold coins from Akbar’s time and Stevie Wonder’s signed microphone, among others.
Where: ICIA Gallery,26/22 K. Dubhash Marg, Kalaghoda
When: Till Dec 18, 8 PM
Watch a dark Bengali drama
8 PM: Directed by Abhijit Kargupta, Khoon takes you into the dark world of the red-light district, Sonagacchi. It revolves around a sexual worker, Damini; her daughter, Vasundhara and a poet, Barun Barman. Damini dreams of escaping to a better society, along with her daughter and end the agony.
Where: Yashwant Natya Mandir, Matunga Road West
Entry: Rs 100 – Rs 300
Mix a cocktail to perfection
4 PM – 7 PM: If you’re planning to host a party, you certainly don’t want to be clumsy while serving the drinks. Learn the art of mixing and juggling at Flair Mania’s session, Anyone can Mix - Weekend Hobby Course. However, you’ll be eligible for the session only if you’re aged 21 or above.
Where: Avenue apartment, 1st floor, Irani wadi, Road no 4, Kandivali West
Entry: Rs 5,000