26 things to do in and around Mumbai from February 5 to February 11
Sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week
Take a photo tour
11 AM - 7 PM: Clémence Jacqueri, the former deputy chair of a business association and an established photographer, exhibits 70 works that capture the magic of Maximum City. Curated by Payal Shah and Bindal Shah, the exhibition comprises prints on paper, canvas and jute with themes spanning from the street to the spiritual.
WHERE: Cymroza Art Gallery, 72 Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy
Bring in the good vibes
11 AM - 4 PM: Head to this maker space to learn a thing or two about crafting dreamcatchers, those vibrant charms originally fashioned by Native Americans. Leading the session is Karishma Sharma, an expert in handmade products. How about making some for your Valentine?
WHERE: Maker's Asylum, opposite Passport Seva Kendra, Marol Industrial Area, Andheri (E)
ENTRY: Rs 1,150
Block a seat
Join an epic workshop
Calling all storytellers, mythology fans and daydreamer to this special workshop by Tall Tales Storytelling. The world's leading scholar of comparative mythology, Campbell's famous observations on the Hero's journey are indispensable to reading of the classics and even modern literature. Learn more of Campbell's insights and how to use them in your writing.
WHEN: 2 PM - 6 PM, February 26
WHERE: The Barking Deer Brewpub, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel ENTRY: R1,200
Have an ROFL time
6 PM: With stand-up comedian Manan Desai, here is a chance to catch some unadulterated fun with A-Shudh Gujarati. In this 75-minute act, Desai will get candid about Gujarati culture, language and history based on his own life experiences and observations of those around him.
WHERE: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 500
Sway those hips
4 PM - 7 PM: Is your secret wish to be a belly dancer, or at least have even move slightly like them? Pick up some Egyptian and Russian belly dance moves in this special session with professional choreographer Nalini. The danseuse, who has won accolades in the USA, will take participants through a choreography routine that you can later practice daily. There are limited seats, so register fast.
WHERE: AAMAD, Sangini House, Aram Nagar 1, JP Road, Versova
ENTRY: Rs 3,000
Watch a play on choices
4 PM & 8 PM: Written and directed by Abhishek Majumdar, Indian Ensemble (in pic) stages Muktidham, a play set in an 8th century fictional town called Beerpur, part of a kingdom ruled by Buddhist kings. When Nath Nand, the head of a Hindu temple town, reaches his twilight days, he has a crucial choice to make — who will be his successor? Agnivesh, who believes in an armed resistance against Buddhism, or Yuyutsu, who wants to opens the doors to the so-called lower castes?
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, Juhu
ENTRY: Rs 350
Enjoy a concert
8 PM: Playback singer Sudesh Bhosale is known in the film industry as “The Voice of Amitabh Bachchan”. Bhosale brings some memorable numbers in a charity show this evening with his son Siddhant, wife Hema and singer, Arpita Thakker.
WHERE: Rang Sharda, Bandra Reclamation
ENTRY: Rs 300 - Rs 1,500
Play your scripted part
6 PM - 9 PM: If one of your favourite scenes from Notting Hill is Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant going over a film script, then this event will be totally up your alley. Budding actors are invited to this jam session, called Script Reading Sundays by Mirror Merchants, so go home with a tip or two.
WHERE: Bandra 190, Savanna Court, Turner Road, Bandra (W)
ENTRY: Rs 200
Master some art
5 PM - 8 PM: Spend an evening amidst art and get inspired to paint your impressions of the tour. The workshop, hosted by Bombay Drawing Room and conducted by art practitioner Kshama Thakker, will explore styles and eras of Indian art.
WHERE: Piramal Museum of Art, Peninsula Corporate Park, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 1,500
GO FOR THIS
Feast on superfoods
11 AM - 9 PM: To get your journey into healthy living and eating up and going, sample the activities and offerings at The 360 Super Food Festival at the scenic setting of a Colaba pier. There are outdoor and indoor events aplenty. Sign up for a workshop on growing your own produce or try out Everyday Ayurveda with food blogger Amrita Kaur. Notable names from the industry, such as celebrity chef Irfan and Masterchef India finalist Karishma Sakhrani, will also be hosting workshops that you just cannot miss. Also expect plenty of fresh produce, salads and organic coffees to tuck into. The event will draw to a dreamy close with a sundowner with a wine and cheese tasting.
WHERE: Radio Club, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba
Order of the day
Listen to La Boheme
FEB 8, 7 PM: The Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) is showcasing a new production of Puccini's beloved masterpiece La Bohème. An international star cast of singers will perform under the baton of Carlo Rizzi, who will also be conducting La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, this season.
WHERE: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
ENTRY: Rs 400 - Rs 2,240
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Go crazy over cocktails
TILL FEB 10, 9.30 AM to 11 PM: Bandra's Escobar has rolled out a cocktail week designed this winter. Try assortments of fruity cocktails like the Pink Watermelons Martini, which is a fresh watermelon-infused vodka, or a Kiwitini — shaken with fresh Kiwi, Lime & Kiwi syrup. Rum lovers could probably give a shot to the Frozen Daiquiri or the Planter's Punch.
WHERE: 199, 4th Floor, VN Sphere Mall, Linking Road, Bandra West
Ware it differently
Paint the town red
FEB 14, 7 pm - 8.30 PM: This Valentine's Day, you could go the standard route and buy a box of chocolates or let your imagination loose and sign up for a couple's ceramic painting date. Channel the Picasso in you or just splash your mug with colour, either way, you're sure to have a good time.
WHERE: Hindtej building, Dadasaheb Phalke Road, Dadar (East)
ENTRY: Rs 1,199 per couple
FEB 11, 11 AM: For all those who like eating healthy and enjoy cooking greens, here’s a workshop to teach you how to make smoothies and healthy salads. The ingredients used in the workshop will be plant based and largely organic — dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free and oil free. The menu includes green smoothies, Red velvet smoothie, Popeye’s favourite smoothie and more.
WHERE: Culinary Craft, 247, Second floor, Powai Plaza, Central Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
ENTRY: Rs 1,750 – Rs 2,000
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Welcome the Blues
Here are three other artists, you should watch out for at an upcoming blues festival in the city Mahindra Blues Festival
WHEN: Feb 11 and Feb 12, 6 pm onwards
WHERE: Mehboob Stu s, Bandra(W),
ENTRY: Rs 1,200 – Rs 4,000
For a story for Rolling Stone in April 2013, Buddy Guy said of the then 14-year-old who'd just played to loud cheers at New York's Crossroads Guitar Festival, “I had to unplug his amplifier to make sure it was him… I couldn't even play a radio when I was seven years old! Players like him come along once in a lifetime.” Well, Sullivan is now 17 years old and you need to be sure to catch him.
PLAYS ON: Feb 11, 9.45 pm, Stage 3
Graine Duffy Band
Guitar player, singer-songwriter from Ireland, Grainne Duffy's sounds comes with a Celtic experience. Her voice has the grainy feel that goes perfectly with her earthy songs. Duffy is a two-time winner at UK's BM Writers Poll — best female vocalist and best live performer. She counts Bonnie Bishop among her favourites. And, if you are in the mood for something slow and a wee bit sad, make a request for I'll Rather Go Blind.
PLAYS ON: Feb 12, 6 pm, Stage 1
Daughter of Texas Blues singer Johnny Copeland, Charon Shemekia Copeland started her music career early. While there's the usual mushy stuff in her song — 'every woman wants a man, a man who keeps his cool' — there's also depth to her songs. Crossbone Beach from the 2015 album Outskirts of Love, for instance, discusses date rape. Copeland has performed for the Obamas. So, if you do drop by that's one degree of separation.
PLAYS ON: Feb 12, 7.30 pm, Stage 1
Appreciate a local scene
FEB 6, 11 AM - 7 PM: Drop by at Jehangir Art Gallery to catch a glimpse of Karjat-based artist Pradip Ghadge's new exhibition, Astitva. The work showcases some astounding acrylic paintings depicting scenes of locals in hamlets engaged in conversations and everyday chores.
WHERE: Jehangir Art Gallery, 1st Floor, MG Road, Kala Ghoda
Enjoy a night of ghazals
FEB 8, 7.30 PM: Attend a fundraising concert featuring ghazal singer Talat Aziz. The event will help raise for funds for humanitarian efforts by HURT, an NGO that ensures the practical realisation of human rights.
WHERE: Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli
ENTRY: Rs 300 - Rs 2,000
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Cycle to burn calories
7 AM - 9 AM: Cycling builds up your cardiovascular stamina and strengthen your leg muscles like nothing else. Sign up for a free trial bike workout programme designed by Swapneel Hazare, senior fitness consultant, ProSport Fitness Centre. Trial is on till February 8.
WHERE: 1301, Mourya Bluemoon, Opp. Citi Mall (Above Glocal Junction), Near Monginis Factory, New Link Road, Andheri (West)
Play like a pro
9.30 AM - 12.30 AM: Escapology has been voted as one of the most fun things to do in Mumbai. So try your hand at some 'escape' games. Here, players can choose from both internationally themed games as well as games specifically developed on Indian themes.
WHERE: R City Mall, T-34, 3rd Floor, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar (West)
ENTRY: Rs 1,154 onward
Sip on saveur
7 PM - 11 PM: A mid-week binge-drinking session never hurt, and not when you have free shots coming your way. Bombay Cocktail Bar is offering free shots and cocktails to the ladies. The specially crafted concoctions like the Twisted Penicillin, Saveur, Verano and more.
WHERE: Bombay Cocktail Bar, Deluxe House, Ground floor, plot no b-50, off New Link Road, Andheri (West)
Groove to anomalies
8:30 PM: Listen to Lobster Anomaly. a four piece jam band from the central suburbs of Mumbai. Their diverse musical influences have resulted in some eccentric sounding music that blends in elements of funk, alternative rock, blues, and jazz in a groovy way.
WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe, Sharyans Audeus, Fun Cinema Lane, Near Balaji Telefilms, Off Veera Desai, Andheri (West)
ENTRY: Rs 750
CALL: 88980 87841
Get some comic relief
8:30 PM: Enjoy a good laugh with stand-up comedian and YouTuber, Biswa Kalyan Rath at Tuning Fork's comedy special. Rath is known for the YouTube series, Pretentious Movie Reviews where he reviews Bollywood films along with fellow stand-up comedian Kanan Gill.
WHERE: Tuning Fork, 1st Floor, Hotel Unicontinental, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar West
ENTRY: Rs 550
Meet a special someone
3.30 PM: This is a shoutout to the singles in town. Speed Date Singles is organising a meet up in Mumbai for anybody between the age of 22-36. In these two hours, you could meet possible prospects in person. If you are new to the city, meet new people here.
WHERE: Harry's Bar and Cafe, Fun Republic Shah Industrial Estate, 1st Floor, Lokhandwala, Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West)
ENTRY: Rs 3,999