22 things to do in and around Mumbai from November 19 to November 25
Craving sushi and dimsum? Head to Pa Pa Ya, for a special unlimited orient Sunday brunch, where you can indulge in the popular carbon and yellowtail raw mango sushi, along with som tam salad
Enjoy unlimited sushi
12 pm – 1 am: Craving sushi and dimsum? Head to Pa Pa Ya, for a special unlimited orient Sunday brunch, where you can indulge in the popular carbon and yellowtail raw mango sushi, along with som tam salad. Vegetarians can try the spicy avocado and fresh vegetable, ginger tamari rolls sushi.
Where: Pa Pa Ya, Whitehouse Building, 24-26 BK Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
Price: Rs 1,699
For Reservation: 8451011175
Watch a funny magic show
8.30 pm: What happens when magic meets the world of comedy? Attend illusionist Karan Chauhan’s show to know more. The show will bring together stand-up comedy and magic gags, to give you one hilarious experience.
Where: Courtyard by Marriott, CTS 215, Andheri Kurla Road, Andheri East
Entry: Rs 550
To book: in.bookmyshow.com
Learn all about coffee
1 pm – 4 pm: This session is for coffee lovers. Join Mithilesh Vazalwar for a unique workshop, where she will teach you about the different brewing techniques
Where: Doolally Taproom, Nathalal Parikh Marg, Colaba
Entry: Rs 1,500
On being single
7 pm: From a Bandra mother concerned about the single mindedness of devotion to religion being taught to her daughter, to a mixed-race girl fighting judgement and refusing to be put in a box, to a husband, settling the more important accounts of a failed marriage — catch an ensemble of nine monologues, thematically revolving around some connotation of the word ‘Single’.
Where: The Jeff Goldberg Studio, 14th Road, Linking Road, Khar West
Entry: Rs 250
To Book: eventshigh.com
Listen to Urdu poetry
8 pm: Immerse yourself in the words of legends like Hafiz Jalandhari, Saahir Ludhiyanavi, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mirza Ghalib with a theatrical and interactive Urdu poetry experience. You will also be encouraged to participate in musical sawal-jawabs and repetitions with the artistes.
Where: Studio Tamaasha, Bungalow No 76, Aram Nagar Part 2, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 354
To book: in.bookmyshow.com
Shake that belly
4 pm – 6 pm: Ladies, bored of the routine workouts at the gym? Try belly dancing. The dance form is not only sensuous and exotic, it also helps you tone your abs and strengthen your core muscles. Apart from this, it also helps with enhancing balance, posture, coordination and confidence. This is definitely a win-win.
Where: Happy Hour Studio, A wing, 4th Floor, Pushp Vinod 2, Borivli West
Price: Rs 2,700 for eight sessions
Go on a pizza binge
10 am – 1 am: Don’t worry about loading on calories this weekend. Try the new range of gluten-free pizzas at Mockingbird Cafe Bar, made using rice, millet and healthy cheese.
Where: Mockingbird Cafe Bar, 80, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate
Explore the sitar
11 am: Attend a sitar masterclass by musician Tushar Bhatia, where he will delve deeper into Indian classical music through
the instrument. The masterclass will include the journey of the string instrument, its origin and brief history, basic playing techniques and live demonstration of the main features of the raga and its impact on each other. Bhatia will also throw light on how the instrument has come to occupy its space in mainstream classical music performances and how maestros of different gharanas have contributed to its enrichment.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, 91 A, Rani Baug, Byculla East.
Entry: Rs 200,
TO book: in.bookmyshow.com
An evening with Indus Creed
As part of Quarter’s second Artist in Residence series of shows, Mumbai-based alternative rock band, Indus Creed, is poised to take centre stage. The five-member band comprising guitarist Mahesh Tinaikar, vocalist Uday Benegal, keyboardist Zubin Balaporia, drummer Jai Row Kavi and bassist Krishna Jhaveri, will present a two-part set of tunes from four of their previous albums. While the first half of the concert will see them perform the rock repertoire they are known for, in the second half they will be collaborating with a Western classical string quartet.
When: November 23, 8 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Quarter, Royal Opera House, Charni Road
Entry: Rs 499 - Rs 1,999
Catch the making of a comedy special
Watch a one-hour trial show performed by Ashish Shakya from AIB, where he’ll try out work in progress bits featuring everything from arranged marriages to parental struggles, to sex robots. Some of it has been performed over the last few months, in varying stages of development. As Shakya says on his social media profile, this show is part of the process through which “a stand-up special will be eventually be born”.
When: November 21, 7 pm
Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA, Mac Ronells Compound, St Andrews Rd, Bandra West
Entry: Rs 350
See architecture through a whole new lens
If photographing a perfect piece of architecture is something that excites you, then this session is for you. ArchiCapture is an intensive workshop that will teach techniques of using the camera correctly while trying to capture lofty pieces of architecture. Details like managing light, choosing the right angles, composing with props and other tips and tricks will be taught that will help aspiring photographers capture the distinct character of any building. The session will be conducted by Deepshikha Jain, an architectural, industrial and travel photographer who has worked with several premium magazines.
When: November 25, 11 am
to 2 pm
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Ambedkar Rd, Byculla East
Entry: Rs 354
Decode the meaning of zero
Watch a dark satire on the state of being alive told in English and Gibberish. Less Than Zero is a story is about a man called Zero, who is of indeterminate age and appearance. As we meet him, he’s trying to kill himself. But he’s not very good at it. The play has been directed by Kaizad Gustad and stars Yashwant Singh, Salone Mehta and Nandita Dubey in key roles.
When: November 25, 5 pm
Where: Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA,
Enter a haven of health and taste
The new menu at this fine dining nook in South Mumbai is sure to have health enthusiasts excited. They have introduced a whole bunch of salads for you to munch on — the avocado cranberry salad, green apple salad and the olive oil poached salmon nicoise. Their experiments with bread have resulted in tasty gluten-free bites like the sorghum bread used in the avocado toast with goat cheese and the grilled vegetables and brie sandwich. The latest international health food superstar — cauli rice — features in the menu too, and comes deliciously spiked with truffle oil. Other indulgences include Provencal prawn and squid ink linguini and brioche roll with mini shrimps.
When: 12 pm to 1 am
Where: The Clearing House, 13-15, Calicut Street,
Attend a mega book sale
10.30 am onwards: This one is for the bookworms out there. Get your hands on a brand new selection of pre-owned books at '100/kg, '300/kg for children’s fiction, including Enid Blyton’s works, coffee table books and premium publications of non-fiction work, also at '300/kg.
Where: Fabiani’s Art Gallery, Dadi Chawl, Irla Society Lane, next To Alfa
Shape a head from clay
9.30 am onwards: This beginner’s level workshop is a three-day course on sculpting human heads from clay. Prior knowledge in sculpting is not required, as the introductory session will focus on basic techniques of sculpting a human head, and get participants acquainted with the medium of clay.
Where: The Pottery Lab, Temperance, 76, Nargis Dutt Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Entry: Rs 5,000
Caught in a senior moment
4.15 pm: Welcome Zindagi is a humorous play about 102-year-old man who is still energetic, fit and most importantly, has a zest for life. His aim is to break the record of a Chinese man who lived to be 118. His 75 year-old son does not share his optimism, and therein lies the drama.
Where: Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium, near Chamunda Circle, Sodawala Lane, Borivli West
Entry: Rs 200-Rs 300
Go for an art show
11 am to 7 pm: Eight artists from Baroda have created contemporary extensions of miniature sensibilities in this exhibition titled Things That May Matter. The artists have tackled subjects like time and space, migrants, architecture, memory and more.
When: Till December 15
Where: Rukshaan Art, 72, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road
Beard for beer
3 pm to 11.55 pm: This might give you more reason to join the No Shave November movement. The longer your beard, the more discount you get. For a two inch long beard, it’s 10 per cent, 20 per cent for four inches, and a cool 50 per cent for six inches and more.
Where: Blanco, 201-202, Samarth Vaibhav Co-op Housing Society Ltd, off Link Road, Oshiwara, Andheri West
Camp in at the movies
7 pm onwards: Experience a camp-in cinema in this movie-cum-camping night as part of the While Nights winter camping programme. The recliners will be replaced by cosy pillows and mattresses. And you get to trade your popcorn buckets with freshly grilled barbecue and some crisp breeze.
Where: Moonstone Hammock Camping Grounds, Karjat
Entry: Rs 2,890- Rs 3,490
Time to turn a new page?
Taylor Swift may sing to insist that the old Taylor Swift is dead, but she clearly isn’t. Her new album, Reputation, is full of songs about “look what the world made me do”. And though we are totally onboard with revenge art, maybe it’s a tad overdone now. But, even if the lyrics are getting on our nerves, you have to admit Swift is a pop genius. Songs you must hear are Getaway Car and This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.
A chance to bond with Alter
When Tom Alter plays the role of Ruskin Bond, you can expect nothing less than a potent spell to be cast upon you. The Black Cat, a fantasy short film directed by Bhargav Saikia, is the late actor Alter’s last presence onscreen. The film is hilarious, thanks to his expressions and Shernaz Patel’s Mrs Bellows. The sparse plot has more than a generous dose of the eerie, and you may be able to forgive its rather abrupt ending.
Getting giffy with it
For those of you who follow Alexey Kondakov’s remixes of classical masterpieces on Instagram, you will want to check out Baptiste Picq, too. The Paris-based motion designer makes the coolest animations and GIFs of some of the best-known art in history, right from Titian to Tintin. Our favourite is the one of Degas’ pirouetting ballerinas. Check out @baptistepicq for some worthwhile scrolling time during your commute to work.
A walk through Mohammed Ali Road's Khau Galli