24 things to do around Mumbai from December 4 to December 10
Sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week
Laugh about sex
7.30 PM: Get giggling with Aditi Mittal as she hosts Sex and Sexability 2.0. Her hit stand-up routine comes to stage for the second time round and will feature comedians’ take on disability and sexuality and also bust myths and taboos.
The event is wheelchair accessible.
WHERE: Daughters of St Paul, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W)
ENTRY: Rs 400
Watch a Christmas play
2 PM: Take the kids to watch a play that starts with Santa Claus’ boyhood. An unfortunate event leads to young Santa separating from his friend Esmerelda only to be reunited years later. But, this time they have to stop The Wicked Wazoo from stealing Christmas away from little children — a play by Jiji Subi and Vishaal Asrani.
WHERE: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 7500
Dine with sushi
12.30 PM - 3.30 PM: Shiro’s tenth anniversary limited-edition menu features choice picks from dumplings, maki rolls, and baos. Try their crispy spicy avocado maki, mushroom, cream cheese dumpling with truffle broth and more.
WHERE: Shiro, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Worli
ENTRY: Rs 3,000 per head
Story time for kids
11 AM onwards: For a folksy twist to storytelling, take your kids to Banyan Tree’s Tender Roots. The festival features a purulia chhau of Durga and the Dancing Lions, a percussion ensemble and stories told through Odissi and Kathak.
WHERE: Swatantryaveer Savarkar Smarak Sabhagriha, Shivaji Park
ENTRY: Rs 300 – Rs 500
See a master’s works
11 AM – 7 PM: The late John Fernandes was well-known for representational art made with a variety of media like pencils, watercolours, charcoal and oil. Spend the evening with his contemplative landscapes, figure studies and portraits with abound in sensuality and erotic luminosity.
WHERE: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda
Catch love onstage
7.30 PM: In Do You? I Do, a play by The Burman Theatre Project, the events of a single night lead to life-changing questions on love and romance. Is a superficial relationship about to break? Can you find the deepest connection of your life? This and more in the play directed by Megha Burman and featuring Shadab Kamal and Arundhati Misra, among others.
WHERE: Havana Café and Bar, Gordon House Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
ENTRY: Rs 300
Say ‘Oye’ in Sion Koliwada
6 PM: For a lip-smacking trip into Punjabi cuisine, sign up for Wandering Foodie’s Sion tour. The gastronomic tour promises to take you to places that keep it real, the buttery Punjabi way. Walk through Sion Koliwada, also known as Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar, and gorge on puri chole, paya, kebabs, fish koliwada and more.
WHERE: Indra Cold Drink House, JK Bhasin Marg, Sion Hospital Quarters, Sion
ENTRY: Rs 1,000
Cuddle time for pets
1 PM – 5 PM: Show some lovin’ to your four-legged friends on Pets’ Day. Take your pet dogs to a Christmas-themed party with a splash pool, a grooming corner, a pedicure and more, and even a dog spa corner.
WHERE: Raasta Bombay, 5th Road, SV Road, Khar (W)
Join a X’mas cooking class
Dec 17, 11 AM to 1 PM: Gear up for the festive season with a special cooking class with celebrated chef Anjali Pathak. Drawing from traditional British recipes, Pathak will take separate classes for adults and kids, where she will share her tips and tricks for creating mince pies, mulled wine, and gingerbread cookies. All dishes are vegetarian. They will also provide juices and hot chocolate for the children, and parents can sip tea and coffee in their foodie foyer waiting for their children's festive treats.
WHERE: Rohan Plaza, 3rd floor, 5th Road, off SV Road, Khar (West)
ENTRY: Rs 2,800 per class
Take home an organic saree
Dec. 9 and 10, 10 AM – 7 PM: Ethicus, a farm to fashion initiative launched to revive local weaving traditions, has organised a textile exhibition. The event will showcase cotton sarees hand woven by tribal farmers from Maharashtra using organic techniques.
WHERE: Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort
Dig into a winter special dish
11.30 – 3.30 PM: This season, indulge your taste buds with the Surti Undhiyu at Golden Star Thali every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It’s a combination of sweet, sour and spicy taste blended with farm fresh vegetables procured from Surat. This dish is made only during the winter months, as the main ingredients are available between November and February. While it’s served unlimited with the thali, you can also buy it in ½ kg and 1 kg take-home packs.
WHERE: Golden Star Thali, 330, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, Opera House
Learn how to be funny
Dec 13-14, 11 AM onwards: Here’s your chance to learn how to be funny with one of the best comedians in the country, Aditi Mittal. The two-day crash (and burn) workshop will focus on the art and craft and logistics of stand-up comedy.
WHERE: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA, Pali Hill Road
ENTRY: Rs 5,000
Dec. 9, 4.30 PM – 9 PM: Enroll your child for a special theatre workshop as part of the ongoing Tifli festival. This workshop will combine imagination, storytelling, ensemble work, physical theatre and many such techniques for an enriching learning experience. But that’s all secondary; the most important thing is that it promises a whole lot of fun.
WHERE: PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, 3rd floor, Prabhadevi
ENTRY: Rs 100 for kids
TO REGISTER: tiflimumbai@ gmail.com
Rappel down the ghats
Dec 10, 7.30 AM onwards: Get your dose of rappelling adventure at Dukes’ Nose near Khandala. Named after Duke Wellington, the sight offers a magnificent view from the top, with the winding Mumbai-Pune Expressway cutting through the ghats. If you don’t fear sliding down the mountains, this one could just be fun.
WHERE: Dukes’ Nose, Kuruvande, Khandala
ENTRY: Rs 1,650
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Discuss books with Kinney
Dec 7, 7 PM to 9 PM: Attend a special lecture by renowned writer and New York bestselling writer Jeff Kinney, best known for the famous series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Organised as part of the Penguin Annual Lecture 2016, the event will give Kinney enthusiasts an opportunity to witness the literary stalwart live on stage for the very first time in India.
WHERE: Tata Theatre, Sir Dorab Tata Road, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
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Buy books in bulk
10 AM – 8.30 PM: There’s good news for all the bibliophiles in the city. Books by Weight is back. While National Geographic magazines will cost you R50 a kg, fiction, Mills & Boon, dictionaries and RD Condensed have been priced at Rs 100. There are also children’s and coffee-table books for R300 per kg. And yes. they do accept plastic money.
WHERE: Fabiani's Art Gallery, Irla, Vile Parle (West)
Stuff your face with crispy chicken
11 AM – 11 PM: If you’re looking to lift your spirits on Tuesday, head to The United Sports Bar which is offering a 50 per cent discount on A-La-Carte menu all day on Tuesdays. Try their herbs-infused drinks, lip-smacking appetisers like zaffrani mushroom, paneer tikka, a mezze platter and more.
WHERE: The United Sports Bar & Grill, Viviana Mall, Thane
Laugh out loud
8 PM: Treat yourself to a dose of laughter in South Mumbai's counterpart, Powai. This stand-up comedy show organised by The Brown Bread Collective that will feature the poster boys of the scene like Biswa Kalyan Rath, Rahul Subramanian, Rohan Desai and Masoom Rajwani.
WHERE: Heera Panna Mall,1st Floor, Shop no-1007/08, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
ENTRY: Rs 300
Say no to discrimination
11 PM - 6 Pm: Check out Mahesh Shantaram's first solo exhibition in Mumbai, titled The African Portraits. Following an increasing number of racial attacks, Shantaram set out on a photographic journey to increase awareness of the everyday discrimination faced by Africans in India.
WHERE: ICIA Building, Next to Rampart House, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda
Watch a socially relevant play
9.30 AM: Metamorphosis Theatre Inc will showcase a play titled Bodies that Matter, based on the different kind of bodies and their (mis)representation in the media. This 75-minute devised theatre piece stitches classic and contemporary poems on different kinds of bodies using verse, voice and movements.
WHERE: St Andrew’s College auditorium, St Domnic Rd, St Sebastian Colony, Bandra (West)
Get your dose of adventure
11 PM: Imagine walking along a 200-ft-deep gorge carved by water over a million years, as the sound of your breath echoes against the narrow walls. The Sandhan Valley is an adventure seekers dream come true. This trek is filled with rocky descends, pools of cold mountain water and sunlight bouncing shadows off the rocks.
WHERE: Sandhan Valley, pickup from Andheri, Bandra and Sion
ENTRY: Rs 2,499
A walk through Mohammed Ali Road's Khau Galli