23 things to do in and around Mumbai
Sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week
Watch an edge-of-the-seat thriller
9 PM onwards: Indie noir thriller 11:14 (2003) traces the suburban lives of a drunk driver, a bored teenager, a protective father, a slacker motorhead, and a manipulative girl who collide at 11:14 pm, thanks to a series of deadly ironic twists. The connections between the events are gradually revealed through a series of receding flashbacks.
WHERE: Cuckoo Cafe, Cuckoo Club, Bandra West
ENTRY: Rs 249
Pay a tribute to Netaji
7 PM onwards: On the occasion of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's 121st birth anniversary, Qais Jaunpuri of Aao Kahen Dil Ki Baat has organised a session on the legendary freedom fighter. So, if you want to make yourselves heard about Bose, his politics, his leadership or simply, Netaji, the man, here's your chance.
WHERE: QTube Cafe, Moray House, Bandra West
ENTRY: Rs 150
Go for an art exhibition
11 aM: A group of six contemporary artists from Kolkata will be showing recent works, comprising paintings, sculpture, photography and digital art. Titled Shifting Ground, the exhibition will showcase artistic experiments with different mediums toying with a variety of inspirations.
WHERE: Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Worli
Pedal away through a haunted night
10.30 PM: Cycle trails are so yesterday. Why not try something that adds a dash of adventure to the experience? If you don't count yourself among the faint-hearted, then sign up for this spooky cycling trip. As you pedal away, let storytellers Priyank and Yogesh take you through the lanes of old Bombay where spirits still lurk about.
WHERE: Meet at Mahim Station
ENTRY: Rs 999-Rs 1,499
Bite into a patriotic biryani
11 am-11 pm: If you're planning to celebrate the Republic Day by eating out, opt for a patriotic flavour. Try the Tiranga biryani, which is a medley of three spice-filled biryanis. The orange layer is tikka, white layer, Afghani while the green layer is the Pahadi biryani. Team it up with some melt-in-the-mouth kebabs for a complete meal.
WHERE: The Brother's Biryani House, Hiranandani, Powai
Laugh out loud with a tragic hero
7.30 PM: Imagine laughing out loud with one of the most tragic and intense characters written in the history of drama. That's Madbeth for you, Rupesh Tilu's spin on the work of the Bard. It's an interactive physical comedy loosely based on Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, and has been staged around the world.
WHERE: Harkat Studios, Aram Nagar, Andheri West
ENTRY: Rs 413
Make Ramayana great again
Titled Rediscover The Epic, this is a multi-layered production set in a contemporary framework that harks back to the times of the original Ramayana. The play that stars around 150 actors from mainstream schools around the city as well as from NGOs are all aged under 20. In times of feverish consumerism, the play seeks to drive home the old values that the epic has to offer, and make them relevant in the lives of children today. The show has been conceptualised and produced by Raell Padamsee's Ace Productions, and directed by Karla Singh. All compositions in the musical are original and have been composed by Merlyn D'Souza, and written by Krishna Thakkar.
WHEN: 7.30 PM, January 26 and 4 pm and 7.30 pm on January 27
WHERE: The Royal Opera House, Girgaum, Charni Road
ENTRY: Rs 300-Rs 5,000
Sooth yourself with contemporary fusion
The Rajeev Raja Combine is a global fusion band that has elements of jazz, Indian classical, Latin and world music. Fronted by Raja, one of India's most sough-after jazz and fusion flautists, the band with its powerful rhythms, fluid melodic lines, and skilful improvisation is set to enthrall. Joining Raja will be Chandana Bala on vocals, Hitesh Dhutia on guitar, Vinayak Netke on the tabla and Vaibhav Wavikar on percussion.
WHEN: 9.30 pm, January 25
WHERE: The Finch: Mumbai, Shah Industrial Estate, Andheri East
ENTRY: Rs 249
Familiarise yourself with the sitar
The Art of the Sitar is a lecture demonstration with sitarist Hidayat Hussain Khan on the virtuosity of the instrument and its legacy. The prolific musician will also be delivering an exclusive performance and be in conversation with author and journalist Namrata Devidayal, who has authored a biography on Khan's father, Ustad Vilayat Khan.
WHEN: 6 pm to 8 pm, January 22
WHERE: NGMA, Kala Ghoda
Catch a restless cityscape
Catch renowned artist Brinda Miller's solo show titled A Vanishing Point. In a linear perspective drawing, the vanishing point is the spot on the horizon line to which the receding parallel lines diminish. Miller's works, which hitherto would mostly be landscapes, has of late become more architectural. Thus, in her new works one can see more vestigial lines, angles, arcs and ellipses. This abstract series, that could well resemble a restless cityscape, displays a conscious denial of a strict form, and therefore stands apart.
WHEN: 11 am to 7 pm, till January 24
WHERE: Tao Art Gallery, 165, The View, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Sip on dill drinks
Dill leaves or shepu are usually used to flavour soups and pickles while the dried leaves are used as herbs for various dishes. But, it's not common for this herb to top cocktails. Bombay Brasserie has a new menu that breaks the pattern. With a pleasant anise-like flavour, the dill leaves smoothie makes a refreshing drink. For those feeling adventurous, try out Dillicious, a mix of dill leaf, watermelon, cane sugar and red Vodka.
WHEN: 12 pm to 1 am
WHERE: Bombay Brasserie, Villa 12-A, Lotus Cinema Building, opposite Nehru Centre, Worli
Treat yourself to a wholesome meal
Bite into indulgent chicken-wrapped prawns, stuffed grilled mushrooms or a four-cheese risotto, all in a homey setup at this corner in Lokhandwala. For those who love sizzlers, they have an ample choice including varieties in seafood and beef. Wash your meals down with your choice of brew — the oreo milkshake is an all-time favourite. And if it is tea that you crave, then Moroccan mint tea or kawa would be the way to go. Sign off with the baked Philadelphia cheesecake.
WHEN: 9 am to 12.30 am
WHERE: Wholesome and Hearty at Potluck!, A-7, Royal Classic Society, Link Road, Lokhandwala, Andheri West
Watch a mythological ballet
6.30 PM: Catch Urvashi, a unique dance-drama that combines myth, fiction and entertainment. Performed by Thanjavur exponent Mandeera Manish, the ballet tells the enthralling mythological love story of the celestial maiden Urvashi, the heavenly nymph in the court of Lord Indra, who is in quest of her own identity in exploration of love and the power to express her rights as woman.
WHERE: St Andrews Auditorium, 55, Saint Domnic Road, Bandra West
ENTRY: Rs 590 -Rs 2,360
TO BOOK: in.bookmyshow.com
Dig into butter-fried prawns and Goan tawa masala
7.30 PM – 11.30 PM: For those, who dig on seafood, head to Four Points by Sheraton's coastal food festival. The exhaustive dinner buffet includes Koliwada, Goan tawa masala, patra ni macchi, meen porichathu, chapla pulsu, daab chingri.
WHERE: Asian Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton, Sector 30A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
ENTRY: Rs 1,450
Catch a floral show
4 PM – 8 PM: If you have a weakness for themed gardens, head to Piramal Realty's 3rd Vaikunth Flower Show. Apart from experiencing eccentric floristry, you will also get a chance to hop into the 'Little Sultan' and 'Little Badshah', mini toy trains especially designed to recreate the first commercial train journey in India between Mumbai and Thane in 1853.
WHERE: Piramal Vaikunth, Ram Maruti Nagar, Balkum, Thane
Play an escape game
11 PM: Move beyond chilling at a coffee shop. Take your gang of friends out for an adventurous, mystery Escape Room game experience. The group will get only one hour to crack the clues. You can either investigate a gruesome murder or find and defuse a time-bomb planted in a school.
WHERE: Roha Orion, 16th Road, Pali Village, Khar West
ENTRY: Rs 826
TO BOOK: bluebulb.in
Paint Taj Mahal in 3D
11.30 AM: Explore your creativity through a guided knife-painting session by artist Kamalrukh Gotlaseth. Using impasto technique, which is thickly textured, you will learn how to paint the Taj Mahal in 3D. No prior painting experience is needed.
WHERE: Doolally Taproom, C18-21, Dalia Industrial Estate, Near Fun Republic Mall, Andheri West
ENTRY: Rs 1,300
TO BOOK: in.bookmyshow.com
Celebrate marathon medal with free beer
12 PM to 1.30 AM: Those collecting a medal for finishing the full and half Mumbai marathon can pick up a free beer or glass of sangria at 145. One can also pair their beer or sangria with the all-new brunch menu with the dishes like poached egg, hollandaise, grilled veggies and extra cheese. To end on a sweeter note, there are also options like Toblerone pancakes and Nutella waffles.
WHERE: 145, Kala Ghoda, 4, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
See a classic
7 PM: Spend the weekend watching Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's 1957 classic The Lower Depths. Adapted from a play written by Maxim Gorky, the film revolves around a Japanese slum.
WHERE: The Bombay Art Society, Near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra West
ENTRY: Rs 250
TO BOOK: www.instamojo.com
Attend a folk dance class
Jan, 21: 5 PM: Join renowned Kathak dancer and choreographer Shama Bhate on a workshop on choreographing and re-presenting folk dance with classical finesse. The workshop is for dancers and choreographers on how to innovatively work with a folk dance medium.
WHERE: Experimental Theatre foyer, NCPA, Nariman Point
Beauty in the details
It's worth making the ferry ride to The Guild in Alibaug to check out its ongoing show, Procrustean Possibilities by Zakkir Hussain, on till February 15. His large format work looks colourful from afar, but, have a closer look, at its gorier details are seen. His depiction of collective human suffering is a thought visitors can connect with, while noticing details by the plenty in each of his works.
A mash-up of Welsh folk and Indian classical notes, packaged in a jazz set might be a hard one to imagine, only until you've seen Khamira take stage, of course. The six-member band made of Welsh and Indian musicians can conjure up just the right blend of two disparate sounds to create something seamless. The hour-long set has ragas pitted against melancholic notes of Welsh folk, the drums and tabla keeping up the rhythm. The trumpet against guitar, the guitar against the sarangi, the bass against the tabla, this jugalbandi rings in your ears long after the curtain falls.
Feeling at sea (not)
We were recently invited for a sneak peek of the Ark Deck and Bar, a floating restaurant that will commence operations soon. It took us 12 minutes to get to the spot from Bandra Reclamation. While it was exciting for some, others were left sea sick because of the choppy ride. Once there, we must say it was surreal to watch the splendor of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link from the open air deck bar.
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