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24 things to do in and around Mumbai from May 8 to May 14

Sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week from May 8 to May 14

Hike in the forest
3 PM – 7 PM: Skip the morning stroll this summer and join naturalists on a forest trek as the shadows get longer. Summit Kanheri hills to enjoy a panoramic view of the city-forest and pay attention to the nocturnal activities of the sanctuary’s fauna. Wear your trekking gear, and carry some lemonade to make your very own sundowner. 
Where: Assemble at Nature Information Centre, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali (E)
Entry: Rs 350
Call: 28860362

Chat over chai
11 AM – 5 PM: Every second Sunday of May, social entrepreneur Viji Venkatesh (below, in pic) hosts Chai for Cancer, a day-long meet-up at her home. Join her and like-minded folks to discuss the everyday struggles of those with cancer, and do your bit for the ailing.
Where: C1/112, Gulmohur Hill Gardens, Manpada, Thane
Visit: www.chaiforcancer.org

Write gorgeously
1.30 PM – 4.30 PM: Ever heard that you should use your words a little differently? Well, here’s a chance. At this class for beginners of all ages, you’ll learn Calligraphy and hand-lettering, the tools of the trade, and even end with an artwork using the typeface. Abhishek Khan, who works under the title Hand Jobs Inc, will mentor the participants.
Where: The Hive, near Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village, Khar (W)
Entry: Rs 1,000
Call: 9619962969

Work your bod
5 PM – 8 PM: Instead of binge watching your favourite sitcom, why not spend your Sunday working out the fun way? Join Fitness Dance Bootcamp, Where you can burn calories to Bollywood tunes under the guidance of instructors Chaitali Kohli (BellyFit), Rupesh Padnekar (Rupbics) and Sheela Tiruchi (DanceFit).
Where: Dublin Square, Phoenix Market City, Kurla
Call: 61801100

Show your moves
4 PM – 5.30 PM: Trainer Urmila Thakker (left, in pic) brings you Indo-Contemporary, a new style of hybrid dance that draws from Indian classical dance. Start with a warm-up, learn some theory and end with a choreography session.
Where: AAMAD, Sangini House, Aram Nagar, Versova
Entry: Rs 500
Call: 9930029265

Choose art
5 PM: Acclaimed painter and JJ School of Art faculty Prabhakar Kolte (in pic) busts myths about learning art formally. What if, he says, art was not meant to be taught at all? In this edition of Mumbai Local, Kolte discusses why art education needs to break away from a result-oriented approach.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E)
Call: 23731234

Mom's day out...
Guilt-tripped that you haven’t planned ahead for Mother’s Day? Don’t sweat it. Here are three saves, in the nick of time:

Laze over brunch
12.30 PM – 4 PM: Treat your mum and get a 50 per cent discount on the bill. Spend the afternoon with a spectacular view, and choose from live pasta stations and dim sum carts.
Where: Seasonal Tastes, Westin, Goregaon
Price: R2,500 (with alcohol); Rs 2,100 (without alcohol)
Call: 7738533012

Do a cosy dinner
6 PM – 1.30 AM: Take the special woman in your life for a light yet lovely dinner, with a drink, at this speak easy bar. For vegetarians, there’s a paneer bhurji starter, pasta and a ‘cutting chocolate mousse’. Meat-lovers, there’s camouflaged bird, a spicy chicken tikka, for starters. End with a cocktail or a mocktail.
Where: Please Don’t Tell (PDT), Kamala Mills, Lower Parel
Price: Rs 500 (vegetarian); Rs 600 (non-vegetarian)
Call: 30151790

Dig into a buffet
12.30 PM – 4 PM: Choose the al fresco setting for a lazy, chatty lunch. Their elaborate buffet includes freshly baked breads, crafted salads, desserts, and a live counter for pizza and quesadillas. Choose mains like kale, broccoli and spinach in yakini stew and rohu fish in cumin scented hibiscus sauce.
Where: Out of the Blue, Le Sutra Hotel, Union Park, Khar West
Price: Rs 675 (without alcohol); R1,275 (with alcohol)
Call: 26003000

Get bamboo-ed
Ongoing, 11 AM – 9.30 PM: A bamboo massage is a 2,000-year-old treatment practiced in Egypt. Though it was lost to the world for a while, in 2004, US-based Nathalie Cecilia revived this technique. And now you can experience it in Mumbai too. The session is an intense pressure massage, and helps treat spasms and improve blood circulation.
Where: Bambooo Tree All Day Spaa, behind Shivanjali Apartment, next to Beauty Furnishings, Khar (West)
Entry: Rs 3,000
Call: 65656649

Bite into a crab burger
ONGOING, 7 AM – 11 PM: ZooBar has launched their burger and beer festival that will showcase 16 different burgers including cottage cheese Bolognese Burger, charcoal-flavoured tikka masala burger, filet stake burger, lobster burger, soft-shell crab Burger and more. The best part, you get a free beer with every burger you order.
Where: First floor, Liberty Lodge, DJ Road, above McDonalds, Vile Parle (West)
Call: 9699966227

Groove to the DJ’s beats
10 PM: A bit of mid-week fun never hurts. So, head to blueFROG this Thursday to watch Mumbai-born DJ, producer and label owner Leon Russell spin some cool music at his console. His style of EDM is naughty, bouncy and groovy. Those who are into tech house, techno and progressive house can breathe. He’ll spin those too.
Where: Zeba Centre, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Sitaram Jadhav Marg, Lower Parel
Call: 61586158

Catch a play by NSD grads
9 PM: In a dog-eat-dog world, how do you make sure competition remains healthy? Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub tackles this issue in a light manner with his new play, Iss Kambakht Satthe Ka Kya Karein. The play talks about Abhay, a successful ad filmmaker, who has everything on his side, yet unknowingly gets obsessed with proving himself to everybody.
Where: Swatantryaveer Savarkar Rashtriya Smarak, 252, Veer Savarkar Marg, Shivaji Park, Dadar (West)
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 500
Call: 24465877

Glug a Bacon Bourbon
Ongoing, 7.30 AM – 1.30 AM: If you’re in the mood to experiment with your drinks, head to Toast - Bistro Bar, Where mixologist Gaurish Rangnekar has created a new range of innovative infusions. While there, you could try the bacon bourbon, also known as a protein cocktail, apple and star anise bourbon, basil and clove vodka and more.
Where: Toast - Bistro Bar, T24 Residency, Church Road, Near Airport Metro Station, Andheri (East)
Call: 30151080

Develop an eye for art
10.30 AM – 4.30 PM: Appreciating art is an art itself. Gallerist and art historian, Dr Arshiya Lokhandwala will discuss various approaches to looking at art at a seminar. The session will examine current cultural paradigms through contemporary art by discussing post-colonial theories put forth by thinkers like Michel Foucault, Guy Deobard and Walter Benjamin.
Where: Essar House, 11 KK Marg, Mahalaxmi
Entry: Rs 750 (including lunch)
Call: 9769937710

Re-paint old ceramic crockery
May 14, 11 AM – 1 PM: Here’s a chance to breathe fresh life into your existing ceramic crockery and turn them into super decorative products. The 3.5-hour-long workshop, suitable for all age groups, will be your first step into the wonderful world of upcycling. Once you are done painting your plate, you will learn how to seal the paints and make the dish food-safe by baking it.
Where: Hindtej Building, Dada Saheb Phalke Marg, Gautam Nagar, Dadar (East)
Entry: Rs 1,599;
Call: 32270033

Go on an overnight trek
May 14 – 15, 7 PM: Enjoy a weekend trekking trip to Peth, a fort located 3,100ft above sea level in Shahapur taluka, Karjat district. This fort was used as an ammunition storage and defence station during Sambhaji Maharaj’s era.
Where: Meeting point is Karjat station
Entry: Rs 1,050
Call: 8692086927

Join an acting workshop
May 9 – May 14, 6 PM to 9 PM: The Drama School of Mumbai is hosting a six-day Meisner technique workshop to help actors create memorable characters. The technique, developed by American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner, will teach you how to access your own vulnerability and get rid of defense mechanisms, to understand characters better. The workshop will be conducted by Raghav Aggarwal, who is a graduate from The William Esper Studio and has extensively trained in the acting technique. Those interested in being part of the session will have to send in their CV with a cover letter to info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in, explaining why they would want to be part of this workshop.
Where: Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, 5th floor, Girgaum, Charni Road (East)
Entry: Rs 6,000 per person
Call: 9619336336

Get ready to go retro
We know it’s in July, but it promises to be a concert to watch out for. Bipin R Pandit, chief operating officer of the The Advertising Club, is back with the 10th edition of Khumaar, a group which renders hits of yester-year Bollywood stalwarts like Rafi, Kishor, Mukesh, Asha, Hemant Kumar, Mana De. The group of 18 has performed across the country and their last show was attended by 600 people. This year, you will be treated to solos, duets, classical, qawwalis and songs of unsung heroes. A platform will also be given to a young artist.
When: July 2, 8.30 pm
Where: Manik Sabhagriha Auditorium I.E.S Society, opposite Lilavati Hospital, Bandra Reclamation
Entry: R300 – Rs 1,000
Call: 7506525819

Explore Burman’s artwork
ONGOING till June 4, 10.30 AM to 7 PM: A new exhibition titled ‘Subconscious Expression’ will feature the works of eminent Paris-based Indian artist Sakti Burman. Burman’s works on canvas and water colours have found place in the collections of major museums and cultural institutions, including the British Museum, London; the Musee de la Ville, Paris; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and the National Gallery, Auckland.
Where: Gallery 7, G3, ground floor, Oricon House, K Dubash Road, Kala Ghoda
Call: 22183996

Sway to hits of the 60s
May 12: Fans of music legends Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix have something to watch out for. The homegrown Blues-Rock band Kanchan Daniel and The Beards is set to regale music lovers at the Kosmic Experience tribute night, Where they will perform covers of Joplin and Hendrix’s biggest hits from the 60s.
Where: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 350
Call: 61586158

Craft like no one's watching...

Folded handmade books
By Nina Sabnani and Nitika Mirchandani
May 21, 3 pm – 6 pm: Time to rid the dust of your discarded books and transform them into works of art. In this hands-on workshop, artist, story-teller and design educator Nina Sabnani along with Nitika Mirchandani will introduce you to the art of folded handmade books. Explore various methods and processes by which the book may be structured. The contents of this workshop therefore revolve around various methods and processes by which the book may be structured. This includes various forms of folds, like accordion, flag book, pop-ups or paper engineering and ox-plow, among others. Finally, make a set of handmade books that you can take back home with you!
Where : Artisans' 52-56 Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda
Entry: Rs 3,000
Call: 9820145397

Fun with origami and natural colours
By Anand Bhave
May 14, 3 pm – 6 pm: When you discuss paperwork with Anand Bhave, it’s of different kind. The staffer at the income tax department uses paper to create furniture — it’s durable and environment friendly. In this workshop, he’ll explore natural forms in origami, and the art of creating natural colours. Learn to paint with flower-and-plant derived dyes and colour your origami paper forms.
Entry: Rs 1,200

The Giving Tree
By Kirsty Joy Minton
May 14, 11 am – 1.30 pm: There might not be a better time to think green, than now. Explore your relationship with the environment through 1964 classic, The Giving Tree with storyteller Kirsty Joy Minton. This fun workshop will talk about compassion and the need to give back to society. Also, learn gift-wrapping to make the art of giving a meaningful exercise.
Entry: Rs 500 per child / Rs 800 per family

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