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Visit an art exhibition that highlights simple village life, be a part of Boman Irani's return to the stage after a decade plus more
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It takes a village
11 am-7 pm: At The art exhibition, Sanctity of Rural Heritage, Sangli-based artists Sandeep Bavachkar and Mansingh Jadhav, display their paintings on rural life. They use light and shade to bring out the harmony of a life removed from urban chaos. The artists wish to emphasise on vivid aspects, simplicity of rural life and nuances of the warli way of life. The themes on display incorporate their social sanctity and traditions, too.
Where: Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Discovery of India Building, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
5 pm: The comedy, Rusty Screws, marks actor Boman Irani’s return to the stage after 10 long years. The play takes you inside a nuclear family with tempers and utensils flying all over the place. On the occasion of his father's birthday, Rustom Screwvala helplessly juggles friends, family and work — all in one day. He has to decide whether to meet his father or be with his friend. The play raises the question — have our friends replaced our families? The show will raise funds for St Mary’s School Alumni Association.
Where: Little Theatre, National Centre of Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
5 pm-12.30 am: Think eight metal bands, seven electric hours and you’ve probably got a vague idea of what’s coming up next. Control ALT Delete: The Metal Chapter includes gigs by Undying Inc (Delhi), Zygnema (Mumbai), Devoid (Mumbai), Providence (Mumbai), Reptilian Death (Mumbai), GUTSLIT (Mumbai), Noiseware (Pune) and Grammy Winning Effort (Delhi). blueFROG claims you will need neck braces and walking sticks by the end of this one. The only way to know is to find out for yourself.
Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compund, Lower Parel
When the sun goes down
5 pm: NOW is the time to sit back, relax and be at The Brew Fest, with cold craft beers. To make it better, there’s spunky music, too. Olive ups the ante with an Electro swing sundowner sound tracked by Sandunes aka Sanaya Ardeshir. With some mouth-watering bites on offer and over 21 craft beers curated for what organisers claim is India’s first craft beer festival, the fest at Olive promises to be quite unforgettable.
Where: Olive Bar & Kitchen, Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi Racecourse, K Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi
The many whys, answered
11 am: CHAI and Why is TIFR’s forum for an informal interaction on all things science. Building on the format of the popular Café Scientifique in Europe and Science Cafés in the US, Chai and Why aims to engage people who are interested in science but don’t have the opportunity to discuss their views with someone in the know.
Where: Prithvi Cafe, Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu
Call: 09757157795 for details
Leaving on a canoe
6.30 pm onward: Watch the French movie La Pirogue, which revolves around a group of West African immigrants, who leave Senegal in a pirogue, captained by a local fisherman. Their challenge: accomplishing the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they expect better lives and prospects. Cast members include Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Laity Fall, Balla Diarra, Salif “Jean” Diallo, Mame Astou Diallo, Saikou Lo and Ngalgou Diop.
Where: Alliance Francaise De Bombay, Theosophy Hall, New Marine Lines
Save the environment
8 pm: It’s Environment Month, so tune into Animal Planet to catch talented actor and singer Ayushmann Khurrana, who has acted in movies such as Vicky Donor and Nautanki Saala, the whole of this month. The actor, in fact, has a lot to say on how we can protect our environment and eventually save the world.
On: Animal Planet
Tragedy on stage
6.30 pm onward: The theatre screening of the play King Lear, which is being screened as a part of National Theatre Live, is based on William Shakespeare’s work on the legend of Lear of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king. The aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to their eloquence in praising him.
Where: National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Dance and win
10 am onward: The semi-finals of the Indian Hip Hop Dance Championship 2014 will see more than 3,000 participants. The winners of the 2014 Championship will be representing India at the World Hip Hop Dance Championship to be held in Las Vegas, US, in August 2014.
Where: Mahakavi Kalidas Natyamandir, Purushottam Kheraj Rd, Mulund.
A mystery at sea
12 pm onward: In the Hinglish musical Sindbad the Sailor, two boys, who live near the Bombay docks, go looking for their lost cat among the many ships. They come across a strange looking ship, where they find chests full of treasure. Directed by Bijon Mondal, the cast includes Shahbaz Khan, Animesh Kamath and Rohit Dixit among many others.
Where: Prithvi theatre, Church Road, Vile Parle West.
Pump it up
7 pm-1 am: At Cafe @15s, DJ Santosh will play hip-hop, retro, Bollywood and EDM tunes to bring everyone on the dance floor from Friday to Monday. Moreover, Cafe @15s will entertain customers throughout the week, with delicious food and amazing offers.
Where: First Floor, Mohid Heights Tower, Four Bungalows, Lokhandwala Lane, Andheri West
6-7 pm: American composer, performer and educator D Wood will talk about the years he spent in India exploring musical and cultural traditions in the Wild East, as part of Mumbai Local, an initiative by Junoon Theatre. He will also discuss creating sonic artifacts, building bridges across neighbourhoods and continents, collaborating with eccentrics and madmen, while attempting to find some stability.
Where: MCubed Library, D ‘Monte Park Road, Bandra West
The tale of two nations
Thursday, 11 am-7 pm:
Legendary artist MF Husain’s grandson Salamat Husain showcases his photographs of Turkey and India in an exhibition titled 25 Kilos, which opens on June 5 and continues till June 20. The show is called 25 kilos as that is the weight of the equipment, which Husain carries wherever he travels to take pictures. His lens captures the people and locales of India and the light and shades of Turkey, a country with a rich cultural heritage.
Where: Gallery 7, Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda
Turn a singer
Thursday and Saturday
9 pm onward:
Who said singing is only meant for professionals? There is no better way to unwind than to have budding singers from around town on a common platform to sing it out and bond with others on a fun-filed karaoke night. All budding or closet singers, let down your guard and sing your heart out with Karaoke Nights. You can also enjoy Happy Hours with exciting options on your favourite drink.
Laugh your heart out
Friday, 6.30 pm onward:
Enjoy stand-up comedy, commedia dell’arte and comedy plays at the third edition of NCPA Cheer festival, which starts from June 6 and continues till June 15. The festival will feature new productions such as Two Adorable Losers, Bombed and The Open Couple, a play by a Hyderabad-based theatre group, which has also been shortlisted at the META Awards. Stand-up comedians such as Kunal Roy Kapoor, Tanmay Bhat and Aditi Mittal will also perform live.
Where: National Centre for Performing Arts, Nariman Point
Cut to the chase
Friday, 9 pm: Watch the Indian premiere of the 2013 Hollywood movie Breakout starring Brendan Fraser, Dominic Purcell and Ethan Suplee. The film revolves around a young brother and sister who witness a murder on a camping trip. The siblings become the killer’s next target as they are chased and hunted through the wilderness. Serving time over a protest gone terribly wrong, their father, Jack Damson, devises a plan to break out of prison and rescue his kids. A fight for survival ensues in the action-packed thriller.
On: Sony Pix
Shop for a cause
Saturday, 10 am-7.30 pm: If you are in the mood to splurge, then why not add a charitable cause to it? Puncham, a women’s aid institution, is organising Puncham Bazaar, an annual exhibition-cum-sale. You can choose from a wide variety of household items such as cutlery, crockery, artifacts and furnishings, all under one roof. The proceeds of the exhibition will go towards the Indian Cancer Society and the Association for the Blind.
Where: Hotel Vivanta By Taj President, 90, GD Somani Road, Cuffe Parade
Because hair is important
Monday, 10 am-6 pm: All women love healthy and lustrous hair, but these days, time restrictions make it difficult to maintain them. A leading hair care brand from Japan, Kaminomoto, is coming to Mumbai to help you take care of your locks. The organisers use a large screen to show participants the condition of their scalp as compared to a healthy scalp. The testing is carried out under expert supervision and latest equipment. The participants not only get their hair tested but also get a printed copy of their test results and advice from hair experts.
Where: Kaminomoto, P 11, NESCO, Mumbai Exhibition Centre, hall no 5, Goregaon
The circle of life
Ongoing, till June 14, 11 am-7 pm: Mumbai-based artist Nishikant Kamble will exhibit his solo collection called Circles, which is inspired by the various circles a person encounters in life, such as circle of friends and family circle.
Kamble’s paintings will also demonstrate the distinction between what lies within the circle and that which lies outside it. The artist has been long-inspired by geometrical shapes and how can they be used creatively. He says, “We all live within a circle, and throughout our life we keep creating circles to bury ourselves in. Sometimes, we strive to break away from them, and yet with each circle we break, we form a new one. This forms a pattern of a world within a world.”
Where: ArtDesh - The studio, White House Annexe, 91 Walkeshwar Road
Party with Mickey Mouse
tuesday, 12 pm-8 pm: Kids love cartoons and this summer vacation, give your kid a chance to have fun with Mickey Mouse. Along with a gigantic 21 feet figure of Mickey, Inorbit Malad is organising interactive and interesting activities for kids and their families in the city.
Take part in the treasure hunt using props of Disney characters along with games such as Ring the Goodie, Goofy’s Slam Dunk, Donald’s Crazy Puzzle and Destroy the Evil Pyramid. That’s not all, a professional artist will teach kids to paint Mickey Mouse, which can be framed and taken back home. What’s more, if your painting is thought to be the best, you get to meet your favourite Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck on June 6.
Where: Inorbit Mall, New Link Road, Malad West
saturday, 11 am-2 pm: If your kid is between eight-12 years of age and dreams of becoming a detective, this workshop might come in handy. The participants of the workshop learn about forensics, crime scene investigations, and crime labs, and conduct experiments to understand how tricky cases are solved. They also learn to gather evidence, dust for fingerprints, analyse handwriting, examine footprints and bitemarks to identify mystery substances and much more.
Where: 303, Royal Palms, opposite Mickey Mehta gym, Chincholi Bunder, Malad West
Call: 9819288253 for registrations
Live like there is no tomorrow
friday, 10.30 pm: Comedians Daniel Fernandes, Abish Mathew and Kenny Sebastian present a musical comedy called The Yellow Experiment. The show will feature a unique blend of stand-up, sketch and improv that are supported by guitars and vocals.
Where: Canvas Laugh Factory, third floor, Palladium, Lower Parel
Call: 22700082, 22678901
Ticket: Rs 500