Take the plunge
11.45 am: Want to strike off scuba diving from your bucket list? Hop over to Vile Parle? No, we are not yanking your chain. Wear a mask, strap on your oxygen cylinder and let PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified dive instructors and dive masters take you through your first journey of experiencing the self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, inside the controlled environment of a pool. It won’t be the same as a dive in the sea, but at least, it will feel like the real thing before you take on the ocean.
Where: Prabodhankar Thackeray Krida Sankul, Shahaji Raje Road, Vile Parle East
Registration fee: Rs 3,500
Add magic to your life
8.30 pm — 10.30pm: Can magic be funny? You’d better believe it. Bangladesh-born, Saudi Arabia-raised Max Mystel honed his magic skills in England before returning to his motherland. Today, he combines card tricks and disappearing acts (him, not you) with dry wit and in-your-face one-liners that leave quite a few audience burning. Want to give it a shot?
Where: blueFROG, CD House, ground floor, behind Benefice House, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 495
Call : 43485000
Hear 170 flautists at once
9.30 am onwards: Flautist Vivek Sonar’s charitable trust Gurukul Pratishthan has organised the second edition of Arpan, a flute concert, to celebrate Guru Purnima. The event will feature Sonar (in pic) and 170 of his disciples, aged 6 to 80 years from all over Maharashtra. The programme will end with a flute recital by Sonar himself.
Where: Sahayog Mandir, Off Ram Maruti Road, Sahayog Mandir Path, Naupada, Thane West
Be part of monologues of myriad hues
7 pm onwards: It is the year of sequels and Rage is getting on the bandwagon with the second chapter of their popular monologue show, One on One. Presented by Showhouse Theatre Series, One on One 2 stars Rajit Kapur (in pic), Anu Menon, Neil Bhoopalam, Hussain Dalal, Sumeet Vyas, ShikhaTalsania, Zafar Karachiwala and Gopal Datt. Like the first one, it is a compilation of 10 rivetting stories written and directed by a some of the most well-known names from Mumbai theatre industry, including Rahul DaCunha, Rajit Kapur, Nadir Khan, Sumeet Vyas, Ashish Jagtiani and Hussain Dalal.
Where: Sahhitya Mandir Sabhagruh, plot no 26, Sahitya Mandir, Sector-6, Vashi
Prices: Rs 500 – Rs 2000
Call: 2782 1551
Laugh before Monday
8.30 pm onwards: After slogging through the week, you need a doze of hearty laughter. Stand-up comedians Vipul Goyal, Neville Bharucha and Zakir Khan will be at Canvas Laugh Club to tickle your funny bone today. Enjoy some LOL moments with them and come out prepared to take on Monday.
Entry: Rs 750
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, 3rd Floor, Palladium
Mall, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Plan an adventure Sunday
Take some time out and escape the din of the city. Spend a weekend of luxury at Della Resort, Lonavala. Feel one with nature, sip on champagne, enjoy a hearty brunch or get pampered at the spa. For adrenaline junkies, there is the adventure park with 50 rides to choose from. There are Swoop Swing Stations, water zorbing, rock climbing, archery, trekking, horse riding and a host of indoor games when it pours outside.
Price: Starting Rs 2,000
Where: Della Resort, old highway, Kunegaon, Lonavala
Call: 02114 662600
'Tis the season for black truffles
6.30 pm — 12 pm: Chef Valentina Amati has just returned from Norcia. She has brought with her enough black summer truffles to host a Black Truffle Festival at Le Cirque at The Leela till August 15. “They are a mix between tuber and mushroom and are available from June till August 30. They pair best with eggs, chocolate and porcini and morel mushrooms,” Amati explains.
The extensive black truffle menu will begin with truffle soup, emmental cheese fondue and scrambled eggs. “For the main course, I have paired them with chicken, lobster and dauphinoise (a French style lasagna with layers of vegetables) dishes,” says Amati.
Where: Le Cirque, The Leela, Sahar
Remember the Melody king
8.30 pm: Commemorating the 35th death anniversary of legendary playback singer Mohammed Rafi, is a tribute concert where Gwalior-based singer Anil Bajpai, known for his renditions of Rafi’s songs, will entertain the audience with the late star’s popular numbers. The evening will be hosted by Prashant Rao.
Enter: Rs 300 – Rs 500
Where: Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Hiranandani Meadows, Ghodbunder Road, Thane West
Order of the day
Make sense of abstract art
Aug 4-10, 11 am - 7 pm: At Jehangir Art Gallery, Mollie aka Rajwant Kaur Mann is showcasing Passionate Expressions, a collection of acrylics on handmade paper
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda
Slurp, eat, repeat
Till September 30, 12.30 pm – 2.45 pm & 7.30 pm – 11.45 pm: While it drizzles outside, enjoy a cup of piping hot soup at The Oriental Blossom, specially designed by Chef Huang Te Sing. The array of soups include nanking soup, noodle soup with assorted toppings, and chicken spicy egg sream soup.
Where: The Oriental Blossom, Hotel Marine Plaza, Marine Drive
Gobble Gogo’s breakfast
All days, 11 am - 11 pm: If the never-ending line to get a table at Nutcracker is upsetting, their new menu makes the wait worthwhile. Once you are seated, order the trio salad laden with black beans, corn and quinoa, or Gogo’s breakfast skill-et that includes a veg kheema mix topped with cheese, fried egg and salli, served with warm butter pao on the side. And we hear, their Belgian hot chocolate just got a minty twist.
Where: Modern House, Kala Ghoda
Try bansuri meditation
Aug 8-9: The rains make everyone want to sing, and here’s a workshop to make you a shade better at it. Chinmaya Naada Bindu, a residential gurukul for Indian performing arts, will conduct a two-day residency where participants will be tutored in chanting, meditating to a flute playlist, get introduced to monsoon ragas and songs, all through lectures and practical lessons.
Where: Sandeepany Sandhya, Powai
Entry: Rs 1,700-Rs 2,500
Seal it with a French film
Aug 3, 6.30 pm: Un Lac (A Lake) is the story of Alexi, a woodcutter, who suffers epileptic fits. A nature lover, he is close to younger sister, Hege. Their visually impaired mother, father and little brother are silent witnesses to their overwhelming love. But what happens when a stranger arrives?
Where: Alliance Française Auditorium, New Marine Lines
Break into stray laughter
August 6, 8.30 pm: Head to Canvas Laugh Club’s StrayDog Nights where comedians from all over the country converge to perform live. This Thursday’s line-up includes Daniel Fernandes, Amogh Ranadive and Azeem Banatwalla.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium Mall, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 600
Set up office at the bar
Anytime: The concept of an office gets a kick at Renaissance Mumbai’s A Bar. It has cordoned off an area and named it Interspace. It will provide professionals, startups and budding entrepreneurs space to work. Enjoy free Wifi, stationary and 20 per cent off on food and beverages.
Where: Interspace, A Bar, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Powai
Membership: Rs 6,000 a month
Relive Grammy memories
Aug 6, 9 pm: Groove to the unplugged version of your favourite Grammy hits with Kriti and the Wild at Lemon Leaf, while sipping on Bacardi (30 ml) on offer at a flat price of Rs 45.
Where: Lemon Leaf, Royal Sands Building, Off Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West
Eat like the French
Aug 8, 1 pm: Chef Amit Pamnani uses his experience at Bistro Blanc to offer foodies a topknotch French dining experience at his Prabhadevi pad. The brasserie-style menu includes cauliflower and parmesan soup, French onion tart, mustard dressing and poulet fricassee maman blanc (tender chicken with crisp skin, served with fondant potatoes, sautéed green beans and pan jus). End the meal with chocolate delice with hazelnut anglaise (in pic).
Price: Rs 1,500 per head
Log on to: www.trekurious.com
Tune in to the sound of the santoor
Aug 7, 7 pm: Classical music lovers can celebrate the revival of the monsoon at the Barkha Ritu festival dedicated to ragas of the rain. Ustad Rashid Khan and Rahul Sharma will perform live at the concert that’s in its 14th year.
Where: Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli
Entry: Rs 300 to Rs 500
Gift yourself goodies
Anytime: In the mood to pamper yourself? Sign up with Sugar box and await a bag of goodies to be delivered to your doorstep at the end of every month. While the contents remain a secret until they reach you, the theme usually revolves around fashion, beauty, lifestyle and food. The themes for August are Hot Mess and Box for Him (Rakshabandhan special).
Log on to: www.sugarbox.in
Bag one ticket to 500 gyms
We know you are tired of jogging on that treadmill like a zombie day in and day out. How about trying a new gym, a fresh routine every day? Launched by former first-class cricketer Sahil Kukreja along with co-founders Suhail Pansare, Ankita Kukreja and Sagar Krishnani, Fiticket is an app (ios and Android) that lets you choose from 2,200 activities for Rs 2,500 a month. Do the zumba on Monday, try a bootcamp on Wednesday and jiggle your belly on Thursday. Currently, it has 450 gyms across Mumbai as partners (The Yoga House, Leena Mogre, Mickey Mehta, Temperance, Rude Box Fitness), and offers 150 activities per week, 1,000 classes per day. Sign up (www.fiticket.com), book a class, show your ‘fiticket’ and go attend.