The Weekend Guide
National Scrabble Championship
If you think you’ve mastered the art of the triple word score and pride yourself on knowing many words that use Q without a U, you can pit your skills against fellow wordsmiths at the National Scrabble Championship being organised by the Mumbai Scrabble Club and the Scrabble Association of India. From Friday to Sunday, each participant will play eight rounds to win a cash prize of Rs20,000 and represent India at the World Scrabble Championship. Register by Friday, May 21.
When: Friday, May 21 to Sunday, May 23. 9am to 7pm
Where: Chembur Gymkhana, Road No.16, Chembur. Contact V Ramchandran on 98924-71327 or Nakul Prabhu on 98204-54173 or email email@example.com to register.
Bombay Blowup in Bandra
Fancy yourself a budding collector or photographer? Then get down to Hill Road on Saturday, where online photo community Blindboys.org is putting up a public photo exhibition. Anyone can participate; just take along laser prints of your works. Founders Akshay Mahajan and Kapil Das have already shortlisted several photo essays that (with the help of obliging participants) they will tack up along public walls. The best part? Anyone who fancies the photos can take one or two home, making this the perfect opportunity to add to your art collection.
When: Saturday, May 22, 3 to 8pm
Where: Meet at the intersection of Varoda Road and Hill Road at Ben Hur Clinic, Bandra (West). Visit blindboys.org for more details.
Shrek Forever After
The new Shrek film has got mixed reviews. But you know you’re still going to watch it because a) it’s (supposedly) the last in the series, b) it’s in 3-D, and c) you, like us, have become somewhat addicted to the adventures of the lovable green ogre. This time around, Shrek gets tricked by Rumpelstiltskin, and finds himself in a version of Far Far Away land where he’s never met Fiona or Donkey, and Puss in Boots has become, to put it kindly, a fat slob. At least one reviewer thinks it’s “the funniest film of the year so far“.
When: From Friday, May 21
Where: At cinemas across the city.
Dashrath Patel Museum in Alibaug
Make a day trip to Alibaug, where the recently opened but little known Dashrath Patel Museum pays tribute to one of the most influential design curators in the country. Patel, who was the first director of education for The National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, collaborated with artistic greats such as Henri Cartier Bresson, Louis Kahn, Charles Eames, Frei Otto and several others, creating a treasure trove of paintings, photography, design and ceramic works. Though he has long since retired, Patel can often be found on the museum premises, giving visitors a personal tour through his rich and prolific output.
When: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5.30pm
Where: Bamansure, near Chondhi Bridge. Take the PNP Catamaran to Mandwa Jetty and get dropped off in their complimentary coach. Tel: (0)2141 232360. A museum cafe sells drinks and snacks.
Indigo Deli at Palladium
With the opening of the second branch of Indigo Deli at Palladium, Rahul Akerkar is slowly expanding his brand to every nook of the city. Spread over 4,000 sq. ft., the restaurant features wood panelling moulded in a DNA-like geometry and an outside seating area overlooking the mall’s food court. Remaining true to its deli roots, it has a sumptuous selection of cheeses, cold cuts, breads, desserts, jams and other preserves, with executive chef of the Colaba branch Jaydeep Mukherjee at the helm.
When: Daily, 9 am to 1 am
Where: Palladium , First Floor, Phoenix Mills, 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 2498 6262.