20 things to do around Mumbai from April 24 to April 30
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week from April 24 to April 30
Make a Gond painting
11 AM – 2 PM; 4 PM – 7 PM: Ramesh Tekam, an accomplished Gond artist from Bhopal, is in town to give you a taste of the nuances of the art form practised widely in Central India. Learn how to draw various plants and animals the Gond way, with earthy colours and plenty of dots and lines.
WHERE: The Integral Space, Lower Parel; Art Lovers’ Gallery, Bandra
ENTRY: Rs 1,000
Treat your pets
4 PM – 9 PM: At Dogs’ Day Out, here is a chance for your pet to go wild. The carnival is a great opportunity for both pets and pet parents to socialise and check out a variety of activities like pet caricatures, a grooming corner and pet cafes. Plus, plenty of tips on pet diseases and first aid for injured dogs can be picked up from sessions through the carnival. Get your doggy, and get going.
WHERE: Garden area, Inorbit Mall, Link Road, Malad (W)
Watch a Bond play
12 PM & 4 PM: All you Ruskin Bond fans out there, here is a new play by Akvarious that you just can’t miss. The final installment of A Special Bond has hit stages in the city, and this one is going to mix the famous author’s life with his works. How did the young lad with British origins become one of India’s most celebrated writers? What were his childhood adventures like? All this and more, in a play directed by Akarsh Khurana.
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, Juhu
ENTRY: Rs 300
Swim, eat, drink, repeat
12 PM – 5 PM: Hop on board the ferry to Alibaug to make the best of this summer day. Ccaza Ccomodore, a luxury boutique villa, holds a special brunch with unlimited cocktails and a scrumptious South African style barbeque. And, you get to indulge in all of this beside a tempting pool, so pack your swimwear right now. Ferry and speedboat transfers available on request.
WHERE: Ccaza Ccomodore, Mandwa, Alibaug
ENTRY: Rs 1,750
Get social with artistes
3 PM – 6 PM: Open Sky Mumbai is back with the city’s finest youth cultural gathering. Here is your chance to meet budding comedians, musicians, rappers, slam poets, bands… phew! That’s a lot of performances in one night, right? If you are an artiste yourself, sign up, and show them what you’ve got.
WHERE: antiSocial, Rohan Plaza, Khar (W)
ENTRY: Rs 150 (inclusive of refreshments)
Meet architects, talk design
5 PM – 7 PM: At this architecture meetup, gear up for a hearty chat on changes in design, and whether the paradigm shift is headed in the right direction. Moderators Khushbu Davda and Seeja Sudhakaran, who have finished their Masters in parametric design and architecture from Barcelona, will lead the conversation. Architects and architecture enthusiasts, here’s a chance to meet kindred spirits.
WHERE: Maker’s Asylum, Marol Industrial Estate, Andheri (E)
Party your way to fitness
May 1 is a dry day, but the party will go on. Just not the way you had in mind. Get ready for a fitness party by Dawntrekker. Gates open at 6 pm, and participants can try aerobics by Temperance, Bokwa by Shweta Desai and Masala Bhangra by master trainer Shalini Bhargava, and EDM workout by Zins Vicky and Aakanksha. Also try bokwa, EDM workouts, body combat, power yoga.
WHERE: Copa, Juhu
WHEN: May 1, 6 PM onwards
ENTRY: Rs 500
Are you running right?
Sign up for a running skills workshop to know where you’re going wrong
Ninety per cent of those who run, do so improperly,” says Ashok Nath, a Bengaluru-based runner and founder of Catalyst Sports. Nath, who is conducting a workshop in June (seats are filling up fast, so we suggest you register ASAP), says that when one starts attempting longer distances, inefficiency catches up, leading to injuries.
At his two-day workshop, which will start at 5.45 am, Nath will first start by videographing the participants’ running technique. Through the two days, he will discuss important skills, where most runners go wrong.
Among these are cadence and hill-training. Asked to explain both, he said, “The mistake made by most runners is to change their cadence (rhythm) to suit their running speed. My paradigm shift approach advises retaining cadence but adjusting stride length to suit the pace. Open strides to run faster (higher gear), reduce stride to run slower (lower gear). Changing cadence is like driving in spurts, with constant braking, adjusting which results in energy consumption.”
On conquering hills, Nath who is the fastest Indian at the Comrades Ultra-Marathon (89km) at South Africa, says, “Run the hills with technique. Power running is effective but high on wear and tear, and energy burn. So, if driving a car uphill you would downshift a gear or two, and when driving downhill you upshift to higher gear. Similarly, when running, adjust your strides accordingly.”
WHERE: The Club, 197, DN Nagar, Andheri West
WHEN: 5.45 am, June 4-5
ENTRY: Rs 10,000 (if you pay by April 30)
Watch Johny perform live
APRIL 30: When it comes to comedy, nobody nails it like Johny Lever. The funny man, who is known for his comic timing and entertaining roles in Bollywood movies, is all set to tickle your funny bone with a mind-blowing, blockbuster, Hindi stand-up show. In Johny Lever Live!, the actor will incorporate references and observations from social media, politics and pop culture, among other things, into his routine. The result is going to be a laugh riot that will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
WHERE: Aspee Auditorium, BJ Patel Road, Malad (W)
WHEN: 08.45 PM
ENTRY: Rs 300 – Rs 2,000
Sip summer’s freshest cocktails
ONGOING: Are you ready for some summer surprise? Bartenders at O:h Cha Kitchen & Bar have delved into the rabbit hole of their imagination to create an entirely fresh cocktail menu for this season. Those craving something different, can indulge in classics like O:h Cha Blue Oreo (Gin, vanilla ice cream and oreo biscuits), Lemon Grass Basil Martini (lemon grass, basil leaf, vodka and sprite) and Strawberry Frozen Margarita (tequila with fresh crushed strawberries and crushed ice). Adding to the signatures are some fun drinks, which will tantalise your taste buds. There is the Kalakhatta shot (kalakhatta syrup and gin), Kitkat shot (Kit Kat chocolate, chocolate syrup and vodka base) and Spicydicy (pineapple juice, Tabasco, bacardi), among others. Feel free to choose your poison.
WHERE: O:h Cha Kitchen & Bar, Unit 1, Mathurdas Mills Compound, Lower Parel
WHEN: 12.30 – 3 PM, 7.30 PM – 12AM
Get a glimpse of rural India
ONGOING: The first solo exhibition The Mark on the Wall by artist Gauri Gill offers a glimpse into rural India with three bodies of work. The first is a new set of photo-paintings from the series Fields of Sight (2014-16), which began in early 2013 in Ganjad, Dahanu, in coastal Maharashtra. In the second, Places, Traces (2016), Gill shows unseen work from ‘Notes from the Desert’, her ongoing archive of images from rural Rajasthan. The third and last body of work, The Mark on the Wall (2016) documents drawings made by local artists, children and teachers in Western Rajasthan. The exhibition will run till June 30.
WHERE: Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, 2 Sunny House, Colaba
WHEN: 11 AM to 7 PM, Tuesdays to Saturday
Match a step with the world’s best
April 25 – May 1: The Jugnee Indo-Contemporary Dance Festival is set to light up Mumbai’s sky once again. And this time, it promises to be bigger and better. The seven-day festival, which coincides with World Dance Day on April 29, will be held at different venues across the city, including Sophia Bhabha Hall and St Andrew’s Auditorium. The event will provide professional dancers an opportunity to
meet with international choreographers and master teachers, and participate in performances, panel discussions and film screenings.
Paint before you wear
11 am: Laksheeta’s latest line of shoes — Fizzy Goblet — come with a paintbrush and colours. Bengaluru-based illustrator Alicia Souza has designed a secret garden print with flowers, leaves and butterflies. Buy a pair for a DIY afternoon before you step out.
ENTRY: Rs 1,650
Groove with DJ Styluxtakut
April 27: For those wanting to experience high-energy club music, here’s some good news. Singapore-based DJ Styluxtakut, who is known for his innovative techniques and exhilarating club sets, will be performing in the city. Styluxtakut has performed alongside some of the most notable DJs internationally, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Cash Money, Lil Jon, Samantha Ronson and DJ Cassidy. With live performances in countries such as China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam, he will bring the best of Asia to his Indian fans.
WHERE: Trilogy, Sea Princess, Juhu Tara Road, Airport Area, Juhu
WHEN: 10.30 PM
ENTRY: Rs 500
Bake your own croissant
10.30 AM – 2.30 PM: Spend a few hours learning how to make, roll out, shape and bake your own croissant creations at Wisk by Cakesmiths. Not only will you walk away with an understanding of fermentation and lamination (the science behind creating those magnificent, flaky layers), you’ll be whipping up a batch to the applause of friends and family in no time. For the class, you will need to wear closed shoes, cotton clothes, and tie your hair in a neat bun. You will also need to carry a notepad.
WHERE: Wisk by Cakesmiths, 2nd Floor, Jatia Chambers, 60 Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kalaghoda,
ENTRY: Rs 3,435
Bend it like yogis
5 PM – 6.30 PM: With stress getting the better of us, the need of the hour is to be both, physically and mentally agile. A Hatha Yoga workshop, organised by Beat N Bounce, promises to help you experience better control over your mind and body. Hatha Yoga is an ancient science, which involves yogic kriyas, asanas and the pranayam. It has also proven to be effective in the treatment of PCOD and issues related to weight. The free-trial workshop will introduce you to the wellness form and its benefits.
WHERE: Beat N Bounce studio, 901, 9th floor, Crescent Royale, Off Link Road, Andheri (West)
Drink up with Bollywood
7 PM onwards: Looking at taking a break from the mid-week rut? Asado has set the mood with Street Bollywood Wednesday. Walk into Asado and enjoy some of its signature cocktails, while dancing to foot-tapping Bollywood songs. There will be music to cater to all your moods, including the latest hit dance numbers and the popular romantic songs. Put
on your dancing shoes, flex your muscles and don’t be shy to unleash your hidden dancer.
WHERE: Asado, Manorama Chambers, SV Road, Bandra (West)
Enjoy a good laugh
8.30 PM – 10 PM: In a world of compulsive political correctness, we are becoming uptight for our own good. A comedy show, unapologetically titled Dirty at 8.30, might just help you loosen-up. Leave your sanskaar at home and experience the good old-fashioned slug-fest with Andy Reghu, Reza Noorani and Hijas Moosa. And if you come in early, you can also enjoy Happy Hours on the house brews and select liquor till 8 pm.
WHERE: The Barking Deer, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 200
Feel the retro vibe
10 PM onwards: The Other People is back, and ready to make you groove with yet another rock show. The six-member band has opened for the India tours of numerous international artists. You can catch them live at the Retro Night with The Other People as they perform to some of your most favourite retro tunes. With over four hours of great music, this one’s going to be hard to miss.
WHERE: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 600, girls enter free
Support the cancer cause
11 AM – 7 PM: Here’s an opportunity to own selective art pieces and support a cause at the same time. The Indian Cancer Society is hosting an exhibition of exclusive paintings and sculptures by contemporary Indian artists to benefit cancer patients. Artworks by renowned artists including MF Hussain, Akbar Padamsee, Anjolie Ela Menon, and Jehangir Sabavala, will be on display and proceeds from the sale of paintings will be used to create awareness on cancer detection.
WHERE: Cymroza Art Gallery, 1st floor, 72 Bhulabhai Desai Road