Weekly Planner: 25 things to do around Mumbai from August 20 to August 25

Updated: Aug 19, 2018, 08:44 IST | SMD Team | Mumbai

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What independence is like
Tom Koshy's short film, which went viral on I-Day, is a great addition to the campaign to make public spaces safer for women. Directed by Koshy, the short (shot on an iPhone X) is full of suspense. A woman travels back home. Alone. Every step of the way, you consider the ways in which she may be molested or assaulted. An initiative by HerStory, this is a positive, empowering approach.

Blue me away

blue bun burger
Last week, we tried out the blue bun burger rolled out by the folks behind Bandra's Kaitlyn's Beer Garden. It wasn't just its warm turquoise hue — a result of the butterfly pea flower — that bowled us over, but also the texture of the bread. The burgers, priced between Rs 250 and Rs 350, were mildly spiced and sufficiently juicy. The surprise element though was the tangy house sauce.

Tricky truth

Gita: The Battle of the Worlds
At the outset, Gita: The Battle of the Worlds (HarperCollins India) by Sonal Sachdev Patel and Jemma Wayne-Kattan, appears to be a simple illustrated book. The story hopes to address mental health and how meditation could lead to inner peace. While the book has its heart in the  right place, we wonder if children would be able to articulate the ideas, half as easily.

Whip up a range of soups

11.30 am to 1.30 pm: Start the week on a healthy note. Sign up for this class that will teach you to make wholesome meal replacer soups — just the right thing for the season. Learn to make Mexican black bean tortilla soup, Tofu Laksa soup, Thai Tom Kha soup, corn and mushroom chowder and more.

Where: Sharan Mumbai Centre, 306, Laxmi Mall, New Link Road, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 2,200
Log on to: eventshigh.com

Attend a musical night

Mohit Mukhi
9 pm to 1.30 am: Mohit Mukhi is a singer-songwriter who is an alumnus of the prestigious Contemporary Music Performance, London. He is working on an album and was recently in the UK for a two-week tour where he performed in London, Manchester, Reading. Come and give him a listen.

Where: The Little Door, off New Link Road, Andheri West
Call: 9899928776

Learn about Indian philosophy

Indian epistemology
3.30 pm onwards: Sign up for a session on classical Indian epistemology. The talk that will be conducted by professor VN Jha will break down the multiplicity of Indian philosophical systems wherein subjects like metaphysics and consciousness will also be addressed.

Where: Jnanapravaha, 3rd floor, Queen's Mansion, Fort
Entry: Rs 2,000
To register: info@jp-india.org

Watch a drag performance

Thorgy Thor
10 pm to 3 am: Thorgy Thor is the stage name of Shane Galligan, an American drag queen and musician. She's best known for the performance at the RuPaul Drag Race season 8 and the third Season of All Stars. If you want to get a taste of a drag performance, this is where to be at.

Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit Building, Andheri East
Entry: Rs 500-Rs 1,000
Log on to: www.kittysu.com

Attend a pajama party

8 pm to 1.30 am: This party does not need you to be in your finery. Slip into your PJs and night gowns and walk in. The only thing that is being guaranteed is that guests won't sleep all night. So prepare yourself for a night of pillow fights, beer chugging contests, selfie booths and more.

Where: Tamasha, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 499
Log on to: www.insider.in

Jazz away with Holloway

Loretta Holloway
8 pm onwards: Known as South Carolina's 'First Lady of Song', Loretta Holloway is a coveted name in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, where she opened for headliners Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Rickles, Rich Little, Gary Shandling and Jerry Lewis. This one is for jazz lovers.

Where: The Quarter, The Royal Opera House, Charni Road
Entry: Rs 1,999-Rs 2,499
Log on to: www.insider.in

Start a diet plan

If you've been considering going on a diet, you might as well get introduced to it the right way. Try the whole plant-based diet workshop, where you'll be guided on how to start your day, what to have for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. You will also be taught some delicious diet recipes, like green smoothie, peanut butter salad and cheese pizza.

When:11.30 am, August 25
Where: C 1102, Balaji Garden, Plot No 17, Koparkhairne, Navi Mumbai
Entry: Rs 1,800
To book: insider.in

Learn the art of healing

For those looking at a career in counselling, a Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) workshop might just be what you need. At the two-day session, you'll learn how REBT can be used to tackle emotional disturbances like anxiety, anger and depression, addictions, marital problems and behavioural issues in kids, thus, preparing participants to work with a wide variety of clients.

When: 10 am, August 25 to 26
Where: Mindsight Clinic, Sunita Kutir, Malad West
Entry: Rs 8,000
To book: www.insider.in

Read out your own story

Ever scribbled a story and didn't know what to do with it? Here's your chance to read out your unpublished works at the Unpublished Authors Open Mic. You can read out snippets and stories of any length and perform them in front of other writers. You can also talk about the authors that inspired you and the kind of people you wish to inspire.

When: 9 pm, Aug 29
Where: CLAP, Unit No. 201, Solitaire II, Malad West
Entry: Rs 100
To book: in.bookmyshow.com

Savour the Catholic taste

Catholic cuisine
Feast on a selection of Catholic cuisine favourites like prawn rechado, pork chilly, Malabar tenderloin b**f fry, Chuim village duck moile and fugias, chicken khudi, mutton bafat and more. Each delicacy comes from a certain locality in Mumbai that the dish associates itself with. Sign off with a Mac caramel custard or the Goan serradura.

When: 12 pm to 1 am, till September 13
Where: Bombay Vintage, opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba
Call: 22880019

Listen to gen next talents

20-20 GenNext
Maharashtra Lalit Kala Nidhi and the Kalavardhini Foundation, has organised a 20-20 GenNext, a unique classical concert featuring the young talents in the field from Mumbai. Among those featured will be vocalists Renuka Indurkar, Neha Gurav, Kedar Kelkar and Gandhar Deshpande and instrumentalists Yadnesh Raikar on violin and S Akash on flute, all touted to be some of the top names.

When: 8 pm, August 21
Where: Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, Dadar West
Call: 24365990

LOL with Azeem

Azeem Banatwalla
Catch Azeem Banatwalla in an angrier and more cynical avatar in his new comedy special. From being stuck in traffic for three hours a day to how many times birds poop in a day, and the legitimate way to trim the population, he's found funny answers to all the world's problems.

When: September 5, 9 PM
Where: The Square, 1001, Heera Panna Shopping Mall, Powai
Price: Rs 300
To book: insider.in

Catch Souza's unseen workFrancis Newton Souza

11 am - 7 pm: Here's an opportunity for fans of the late master modernist Francis Newton Souza to see one of his unseen masterpieces. Titled Honeymoon in Goa, the acrylic and oil canvas portrait, expresses Souza's love towards his wife and how they cherished beautiful memories of their first honeymoon in Goa.

Where: Cymroza Art Gallery, 72 Candy
Call: 23671983

Make your kid a DJ

August 26, 10 am: Get your kid to ace the art of mixing music, with a special pro-DJ workshop. During the session, which is open to age groups between 8 and 14, students will be taught essential DJ skills, including drop mixing, beat matching and back to back mixing. They will also have their individual workstations to learn and practice.

Where: True School Of Music, No 107, Sun Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Price: Rs 3,000
To book: insider.in

Trace the space mission

Hello Farmaaish
4 pm & 7.30 pm: Don't miss Yuki Ellias's new play Hello Farmaaish, which is a heartening tale of a group of village misfits trying to track Kalpana Chawla's space mission, while taking off on their own flight of imagination and misadventures. The play is based on the concept of women-run community radio stations in rural India.

Where: Royal Opera House Theatre, Matthew Road, Girgaum
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 1,250
TO BOOK: in.bookmyshow.com

Break a dahi handi

12 pm onwards: Ever wondered what the community festival of Gokulashtami would look like, if it got a sporting makeover? Head to MET Grounds to witness the 4th edition of Red Bull Jod Ke Tod, where 50 teams will perform staggering feats and challenge each other at making the fastest, tallest and strongest human pyramids to break the dahi handi in true Govinda style.

Where: MET Ground, Ranwar, Bandra West
For details: www.redbull.in

Watch a tale of fate

Blind Date
7.30 pm: Catch actors Jay Soni, Pritam Singh and Cheshta Bhagat in a Hindi drama, Blind Date. The play revolves around Dhara, a travel freak who wants to see the world. Things go downhill, when she meets with an accident. It's then that she gets acquainted with Pawan, who helps her realise her dream.

Where: Sophia Auditorium, Sophia College campus, Breach Candy
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 1,770
To book: in.bookmyshow.com

See a drama

Master Stroke
9 pm: Gujarati theatre lovers can catch a family drama, Master Stroke, which tells the story of Siddhant Adhikari, a separated 60-year-old retired lawyer, who has lived peacefully with his grandson Yash for the past 10 years. When Yash's parents demand his custody, he is forced to take the matter to court, to fight for the only person he loves.

Where: Aspee Auditorium, Laxmi Narayan Temple Complex, Marve Road, Malad West
Entry: Rs 200 – Rs 500
To book: in.bookmyshow.com

Listen to the warrior goddess

5 pm: In an attempt to discuss increased crimes against children and sexual violence against women, playwright Zubin Driver has directed a powerful monologue, titled Devi Rising. The performance will address equality and freedom for all.

Where: 6A/82, Kalpataru Estate, Poonam Nagar, Andheri East
For details: www.facebook.com/ZubinDriverTheatre/

Dig into college favourites
5 pm – 1 am: Miss the good ol' canteen from your college? Try Door No.1's all-new Single's Faux Pas menu. The entire concept of the restaurant revolves around nostalgia and college days. From sambar, onions and butter chakli to roti with tandoori chicken and shezwan sauce, and the all-time favourites, Maggi and pav bhaji, the menu is wide and varied.

Where: Door No. 1, C - 1 Ankleshwar, ONGC Colony, Bandra West
Call: 9082046382

Sip a popcorn cocktail

11 am – 1 am: If you're someone who wouldn't mind trying daring and decadent cocktail flavours, head to The Quarter, which has come out with a loud, new menu. From Gibson martini and pina colada Manhattan to popcorn old fashioned, the menu is packed with delicious, new blends.

Where: The Quarter, Royal Opera House, Mathew Road, Opera House
Call: 8329110638

Try kombucha on tap

8.30 am – 11.30 pm: This one's for tea drinkers. For the first time, The Pantry will be serving, kombucha, an ancient fermented tea beverage, which is known to be full of probiotics, antioxidants and B Vitamins. The fermented sweet tea has roots in China, specifically the Qin Dynasty in 220 BCE, and was quite popular in the 80s in Shillong.

Where: The Pantry, Yashwant Chambers, Military Square Lane, Near Trishna, Kalaghoda
Call: 22700082

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