20 Things to do around Mumbai from 18th to 24th
Sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week
Order of the day
Watch a play on social turmoil
8 pm onwards: Translated from an original Bengali play by Devashish Majumdar, Kashmakash is about exploitation of the needy by those in power. We see a protagonist forced by local politicians to transform himself into a freedom fighter. As he gets used to living this lie, he realises that he has taken on more than he had bargained for, and that people in power are misusing him.
Where: Mysore Association Auditorium Matunga East
Entry: Rs 175-R475
Dig into lunchtime biryani combos
11 am to 11 pm: The Brothers' Biryani House has organised a meal combo that's sure not to burn a hole in your pocket. Pick from a range of biryanis and kebabs for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, like the rajma dum biryani, paneer tikka dum biryani, prawn masala dum biryani and mutton kheema biryani. Kebabs include Malabari aloo and chicken mushroom shammi kebab.
Where: The Brothers' Biryani House, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
Let the Dark Knight terrify again
8.30 pm onwards: When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. Relive Heath Ledger's most memorable and terrifying act on the big screen again, in this screening of one of Christopher Nolan's finest works.
Where: Cinepolis, Audi 4, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 200
Treat yourselves to a dose of Avial
9 pm to 11.15 pm: Named after a Kerala curry, this Malayalam alternative rock band is known for pioneering the genre. In 2008, they were the recipients of six out of seven Jack Daniel's Rock Awards. Their distinct sound and dedicated fan following have got it going for them. The fans, of course, won't miss this concert. Others, you might want to get started.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Worli
Entry: Rs 749
Attend the Gateway Litfest
2 pm to 8 pm: Attend the fourth edition of the three-day language festival. The theme of this year is Women Power in Indian literature. About 50 leading women writers across 17 Indian languages are expected to attend the session. On the speaker panel will be Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Aparna Sen, Shanta Gokhale and Indu Menon among many others.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Relive the Johnny Lever magic
9 pm: Have been missing Johnny Lever on screen? Sign up for a live standup act by the comedy ace. The Hindi standup will be all about Lever's take and observations on social media, politics, human behaviour, pop culture, technology, etc. This would be the perfect dose of laughter to set the tone for your weekend.
Where: Kalidas Natyamandir, Mulund West
Entry: Rs 300-Rs 1,500
Catch an art show
11 AM – 7 PM: Artist Parul Shah is all set to bring traditional Mysore painting to life at her first solo show in the city. Mysore paintings, which trace their origins back to the Ajanta times, are known for their muted colours and attention to detail, and comprises scenes from Hindu mythology. For this collection, Shah has used only real gold and hues in pure organic dyes.
WHERE: Treasures of India, D-7, Dhanraj Mahal, CSM Marg, Apollo Bundar, Colaba
Listen and eat
FEB. 25, 12 PM – 3 PM: Don't miss this unique event where chef Priyadarshini Gupta and theatre director Zubin Driver collaborate to bring together delicious food and awesome theatre at a Bandra residence. The event will begin with monologues written and directed by Driver, followed by a range of mouth-watering dishes cooked up Gupta.
WHERE: Bandra (address details will be shared on registering)
ENTRY: Rs 1,500
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Go find Bheem
The Book Fairies are back, and how. This time they are set to introduce Mumbaikars to the mighty mythological character Bheem more intimately, through Jyotin Goel's Bheem: Destiny's Warrior, which will left at different spots in the city, including the bookstores, cafés, parks and even on the street. Clues of the drop locations can be found on their official Instagram account. The reader who finds them can post a picture of the same on Instagram with #ibelieveinbookfairies.
FOLLOW: @bookfairies_Mumbai on Instagram
Stroll through Bandra's Portuguese heritage
4 PM: Don't have a plan for today yet? Head out for a two-hour-long walk exploring the Portuguese heritage of Bandra. The walk will begin at the iconic Bandra Fort and move on to Mount Mary Basilica. From there you will go ahead to St Stephen Church and stroll past the famous Mehboob Studios, before heading to Chimbai village. The tour will end at St Andrews Church, after which you will head to JamJar Diner for a much-needed glass of wine, beverages and home-style classic comfort food.
MEETING POINT: Outside Bandra Fort, Bandstand Road, Mount Mary, Bandra West
ENTRY: Rs 999
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Attend a classical show
7 PM: Join veteran Hindustani classical singer Shubha Mudgal for a one-of-a-kind concert, where she will present a special repertoire of compositions on the theme of the seasons of the mind, body and spirit, as extracted from baramasa poems in Hindi literature. Baramasa has abundantly inspired Indian art, music, and literature, and links the shifting moods of nature to a shifting spectrum of emotions. Mudgal will be accompanied by Aneesh Pradhan (tabla), Dnyaneshwar Sonawane (harmonium), Dhaivat Mehta and Shweta Deshpande (tanpura).
WHERE: CSMVS, Museum Lawns, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort
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Dig into wok fried chicken
12 PM – 1 AM: Fans of Asian cuisine should try the unlimited all-new Sunday brunch menu at Pa Pa Ya. Drawing inspiration from delicacies across the landscape of the Orient, the menu offers signature sushi, dim sums and mains. From Brussels sprouts, wok tossed seasonal vegetables to Sichuan style crispy prawns and wok fried Sichuan chicken, there's something for everyone.
WHERE: Pa Pa Ya, Hotel Diplomat, Whitehouse Building, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
PRICE: Rs 1,000 and above
Explore India's wild side
11 AM – 7 PM: For those passionate about wildlife photography, check out an exhibition by nature lover Kushe Bahl and his sons, Agastya and Advait who are 13 and 7 years old. The adult-kid trio will be showcasing pictures taken over a dozen weekend trips to various wildlife destinations in India, including Pench, Tadoba, Gir, Kabini, Bera and Jhalana.
WHERE: Artisans', Dr. VB Gandhi Marg Fort, Kala Ghoda
Explore a new Meghdoot
I, Cloud uses the matrix of Kalidas' Meghdoot, but turns it around completely as it takes us to an unspecified time in future, which has zero tolerance for free thinking. The play revolves around Aksh as we find him in ICU (Individual Containment Unit). An unanticipated encounter with a runaway inmate leads Aksh to beautiful moments, heartfeltpoems and ugly truths.
When: February 24, 7.30 pm
Where: Harkat Studios, Bungalow No.75, Aram Nagar 2, Versova, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 354
The micro-fiction fest is back
If you are a fan of Lang Leav or Rupi Kaur, then The Micro Fictional Fanfest is for you. There are panel discussions, meets ups and an open-mic competition as well. People you don't want to miss spotting and talking are poet Harnidh Kaur, chief writer at Terribly Tiny Tales, Sharanya Rajgopal, and spoken-word poet Hussain Haidry.
When: February 24, 5 pm to 8 pm
Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA, Mc Ronnel's Compound, Pali Hill Road,
Cost: Rs 249
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Write your life story
They say that a writer's first piece of writing will always have glimpses of their own life. This workshop helps you do exactly that – write your own life story. Learn how to start, structure a middle, and plan the end. If you have been procrastinating on that book, this is a good way to get those brain cells working. You will also be told how to find a publisher or self publish.
When: February 24, 3 pm to 5 pm
Where: Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Somaiya Bhavan, 2nd floor, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort
Entry: Rs 1,200
Go Mamma Mia at this cafe
Add more delight to your pasta and pizza sessions with this delicious offer at Tea Trails, that allows you to get three for the price of two. You can also avail of any affogato for just `100. The pizza variety includes pesto paneer, veggie blast, kheema special and pesto chicken. Pasta lovers can indulge in chicken arabiata, creamy basil pesto, veg creole and more.
When: Till February 28
Where: Tea Trails, all outlets
Catch this exhibition
Bombay Art Society's 126th annual art exhibition is on for just one more day. Don't miss the chance to see works created by 200 established and emerging artists. One can get to see varied genres spanning from contemporary, abstract and modern art besides an array of sculptures.
When: 11 am to 7 pm, February 19
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, 161-B, MG Road, Kala Ghoda
Groove to some Bollywood
Hard Rock Cafe is going the Bollywood way, with a performance by 2Blue aka Tirthankar Poddar. 2Blue's live performances combine music, histrionics, storytelling, and life lessons to create an experience that enriches the soul. Get ready to learn about life as you dance the night away.
When: February 23, 8.30 pm
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Andheri West
Cost: Rs 1,000 for couple
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Watch a French movie
At the antiSOCIAL evenings, Alliance Francaise de Bombay is showing The New Kid. This French movie follows Benoit, the new kid at school, who is bullied by a gang of arrogant boys. Determined not to be pushed around, Benoit organises a big party, but only three students turn up. What if this bunch of losers was to be the best gang ever? The film is followed by a Q&A session with Frederic Simon, director, Alliance Francaise de Bombay.
When: March 6, 7 pm
Where: Rohan Plaza, 5th Rd, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar West
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