27 things to do in Mumbai from August 23 - August 29
Groove to some EDM
6 PM Onwards: Pramod Sippy (aka DJ Pramz) (in pic) and Ritesh Gonsalves bring you their eclectic tastes in techno, house and progressive this evening. Sips and dips at the bar.
Where: Boveda, Morya Landmark One, New Link Road, Andheri West
Go for a book reading
4 PM: Architect Chandrakant Patel, the brain behind the Bombay Stock Exchange, reads from his newly released biography 4th Dimension Architecture. The book recounts the making of the architect, right from his student days to beco-ming the stalwart he is today. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the venue.
Where: Title Waves, St Paul’s Media Complex, 24th Road, Bandra West
Laugh with the funnies
8.30 PM: What’s Sunday without some pre-Monday laughs? Giggle away with “Pretentious” movie reviewer Biswa Kalyan Rath (in pic), and funny- men Dhruv Deshpande and Rahul Subramanian.
Where: The Hive, 50A, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village Rd, Khar West
Entry: Rs 400
Listen to beer podcasts
When you are done nursing your Saturday night hangover, why not spend your siesta with podcasts on booze binging quests? Adventures of Cheap Beer are reminiscences by Siddhant Mehta (in pic, from left), Suyash Barve and Karan Agarwal of their boozy ordeals at “awesome cheap bars” in Mumbai. Episode 7, their most recent podcast, is a review of Amrut Bar at King’s Circle, when the trio got drunk with scriptwriter Neeraj Udhwani. There are also some not-so-subtle references to garba acti-vities and the time when Udhwani “did something with his dad’s car”. Liked it? Then rewind to their earlier episodes with some hilarious reviews of Kit Kat Bar at Dhobi Talao and Bandra’s favourite cheap joint, Yacht. Replete with sound FX and good ol’ bar talk, these 30-minute podcasts are worth listening to for their recall value (who doesn’t have a cheap-bar story to share?). So, grab a pair of earphones, reach for a pint, and hit ’em up.
Go to: www.adventuresofcheapbeer.in
Catch a children’s play
2 PM: Take the kids along for a fairytale mash-up of The Pied Piper of Hamelin and The Emperor’s New Clothes. The hour-long play, produced and directed by Irfan Hamid, has song and dance to captivate the young ones. Follow the tune of the Piper but watch out for the twist in the tale!
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, 3rd floor, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel
Tickets: Rs 500
Enjoy juicy hot kebabs
7 PM Onwards: Hot succulent bites on skewers cooked on special lava grills beckon you for dinner at the Radio Club. Try their range of grilled vegetables and meats in South Afri-can, Lebanese, Japanese and Malaysian flavours. Pair them with a cocktail or two.
Where: Radio Club, Ground Floor, Hotel New Castle, Linking Road, Bandra West
Prices: Rs 380 onwards
Attend a sufi night
9.30 PM Onwards: Listen to captivating songs by award-winning qawwali group Bandanawazi Qawwal. Bandanawazi has performed widely at sufi festivals, heritage fests and even at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. The group is led by Ustad Ateeq Hussain Khan (in pic, right), who has learned various forms of classical singing, including dhrupad and khayal.
Where: blueFROG, Todi Mills, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 350/Rs 1,000 (full cover)
Watch a black comedy
5 PM: A general meeting held at Jagruti Co- Operative Housing starts off well only to end in a series of bizarre circumstances. This evening catch Vickram Kapadia’s Black With Equal, a satirical comedy that peels the mask off contemporary society. Starring Utkarsh Mazumdar, Suhita Thatte and Dinyar Tirandaz among others.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle West
Tickets: Rs 400
Order of the day
View Baroda in art
10.30 am – 7 pm: Head to Gallery 7, which is currently showcasing the works of two legendary artists, KG Subramanyan and the late Bhupen Khakkar. Both these artists are known for their figurative and abstract works, especially drawings on paper. The show, titled Legends of Baroda has been inspired by the rich cultural heritage as well as the daily ongoings of the city.
Where: Gallery 7, Ground Floor, Oricon House, Kala Ghoda
When: Till August 28
Where’s your inner drama queen?
6.30 PM – 9.30 PM: There is something for seasoned theatre performers as well as enthusiasts at The Drama School this month. Sign up for an advanced workshop with Sara Machett, who will introduce participants to Fitzmaurice Voicework, a methodology for mastering voice. The programme helps you explore drama as a discipline and learn exercises for your body, voice and imagination.
Where: Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Dr Bhalerao Marg, Charni Road
When: Till Aug 29
Entry: Rs 3,500
Not without my son
6.30 pm: Root Reel will screen Siddharth by Richie Mehta. After sending away his 12 year-old son to work, Mahendra is relieved, in the hope that his financial burdens will be alleviated. But Siddharth is taken away by child-traffickers. Mahendra roams the country to find him.
Where: Alliance Française Auditorium, New Marine Lines
Relax to love notes
10.30 pm: Attend All About Nicholson Live, where Sohrab Nicholson, Mumbai-based composer will render love notes through original compositions that blend electronic and organic sounds. This time, his ensemble strays from the traditional band setup to create an evolving live show. So, pop in if you are in the mood for jazz, folk, pop and electronica.
Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 350
To recall to life
7 pm: Watch Krapp’s Last Tape. In the 55-minute play directed by Gagan Dev Riar, Krapp, an elderly man, sits at a desk and recalls the events of his life. Every year, he recalls the most remarkable events of the year gone by, reciting them into a tape recorder. As he plays back the tapes and remembers his few pleasures and many regrets, he tries to wipe out
his past and begin again.
Where: The Hive, Khar West
Entry: Rs 200
Is pizza on your mind?
12.30 pm – 1 am: Here are two destinations to visit if you are craving pizzas this week. California Pizza Kitchen’s Hot and Cold Pizza serves up hot crust with cold toppings. Try tostada, black bean, crispy tortilla chips and baked lettuce. Next stop, Light House Cafe’s. The 20 exotic pizza menu has the six-cheese cheese me, mushroom tadka, Mexican chili beans (in pic) and sawandika chicken.
Where: All outlets of California Pizza Kitchen (33956195) and Light House Café, Khar West (9820061092)
All about Sadhya
We are 5 days away from Onam, but city eateries have rolled out specials already
The Leela Mumbai’s fine dining restaurant will serve the traditional sadhya on a banana leaf with the customary sharkara uperi, papadum, avial, kootu curry and sambhar. Non-vegetarians can try the kumarakom fish curry and kozhi mallimelagu curry. Don’t forget to end your meal with payasam and adda prathaman.
Where: The Leela, Andheri-Kurla Road, Sahar, Andheri East
When: 7 pm – 12 am
Entry: Rs 1,795 + taxes
This South Indian restaurant at Andheri will serve an Onam special spread consisting of pachakkaya boli, shakara varati, pulinchim pazam pori, avail and pachadi.
Where: Shubham CHS, Juhu-Versova Link Road, Andheri
When: Aug 28, 11 am to 11 pm
Price: Rs 300 per person
The Taste of Kerala
If you want a no-frills, homemade sadhya, head to this Fort eatery. Some of the items on the menu include the traditional avial, erissery and oalan.
Where: 6/A, Prospect Chambers Annexe, Pitha Street, Near Citibank, Fort
When: Aug 28, 9 am – 12 am
Price: Rs 380 per head
This multi-cuisine restuarant will see chef Sudhir Pai prepare the Onam sadhya menu. With traditional music and staff dressed in south Indian mundu and veshti, you will feel like you are in God’s own country.
Where: Saptami, Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport, Sakinaka Junction
When: Aug 28 – Aug 30, 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Price: Rs 944 (Fri-Sat) and Rs 1,180 (Sunday)
South of Vindhyas
Onam festivities at South of Vindhyas will begin on Aug 26 with a special sit-down buffet by Chef Bala. Try their kachia more, kalan, olan, carrot pachadi, parippu payasam and rice halwa.
Where: The Orchid, near domestic airport, Vile Parle East
When: Aug 26 – Aug 28, 12.30 to 3.30 pm, 8 pm to 11.30 pm
Price: Rs 1,500 per person
Relive Pink Floyd’s glory
AUG 26, 9.30 PM: If you’re a Floyd fan, head to BlueFROG where Kickstart Freedom pays tribute to the legendary British rock band. Expect a fun evening, as Kickstart is known for their impromptu shenanigans.
Where: BlueFROG, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 350
When you want a revamp
Here’s a website that let’s you design your own furniture, so pick a colour, an arm rest and a pattern and make your own sofa or chair. Stitchwood.com allows you to customise pieces using online tools. You can scroll through a curated assortment of furniture or simply upload ideas that can be replicated.
Log on to: Stitchwood.com
Chat with Sonali
AUG 28, 4 PM: Versatile actor Sonali Kulkarni allows you an insight into the contrasting worlds of theatre and cinema, and why balancing both is tougher than you think.
Where: Kitab Khana, Fort
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Travel through pictures
Ongoing, 11 AM – 6 PM: Travel photographer Rupinder Khullar presents a bunch of arresting images from his soujourns. From the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal to the illuminated Brindavan gardens, Khullar’s pictures celebrate India in all its vibrant glory.
When: Until Aug 31, Sunday closed
Where: Dinodia Photo Gallery, 66 Bajaj Bhawan, 6th Floor, Nariman Point
Moonwalk like MJ
Aug 29, 4 pm: Here’s a workshop that will teach you to move like late pop icon, Michael Jackson. Learn MJ’s legendary steps including the moonwalk, circle slide, the hip thrust and the spin. So that the next time you hit the floor, you’ll own it.
Where: Ensemble Dance Studios, 5th Floor, Bhaktivedanta School, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 400
Click like a pro
Aug 29, 9.30 AM: If you enjoy clicking pictures but lack the technical knowledge of handling a camera, this workshop is for you. The session will demystify the DSLR, teach you various techniques of photography and give you plenty of practical exercise.
Where: Hotel Parle International, BN Agarwal Market, Vile Parle East
Entry: Rs 6,900
Unwind to Bollywood
Aug 28, 9 PM: From good ol’ retro tracks to racy Hindi numbers, 2Blue, a rock singer from Tripura is set to enthrall you with a high octane Bollywood repertoire along with DJ Shaan.
Where: Hard Rock Café, off Veera Desai Road, Andheri
Entry: Rs 500