The Weekend Guide

June 16, 2011 4:11 pm by

"Frankenstein". Photo: Catherine Ashmore.

Sheba Chhachhi at Volte
If you do one thing this weekend, make sure you see Sheba Chhachhi’s luminous show at Volte. The reclusive Delhi-based artist is undoubtedly one of the country’s brightest stars, though one who is rarely given her due outside the art world. This ethereal show weaves environmental concerns—such as the pollution of the Yamuna and bird flu—with traditional techniques (Persian miniatures, Chinese brush paintings, Indian sculptures) to create dystopian light boxes that are part imagined landscape and part moving image. The overall effect is magical.
When: Until Monday, August 1. Monday to Saturday, 11.30am to 7.30pm; Sunday closed.
Where: Volte, 2/19 Kamal Mansion, First Floor, above Hotel White Pearl, Radio Club, Colaba. Tel: 2204 1220.

‘Frankenstein’ at the NCPA
A “theatre broadcast” seems like an oxymoron, but the NCPA believes that if you can’t bring a production to Mumbai, the next best thing is to screen it here. To this end, they’ve tied up with the UK’s National Theatre to regularly show recordings of British plays at their Nariman Point venue. This week, National Theatre Live makes its Mumbai debut with a screening of Frankenstein, an adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel, written by British playwright Nick Dear and directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle. The play, which completed a highly successful run in London in May, garnered wide acclaim from critics who called it “a humane, intelligent retelling of the original story”.
When: Friday, June 17 at 7pm, Saturday, June 18 at 7pm, and Sunday, June 19, at 4pm and 7pm.
Where: Godrej Dance Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, opposite Oberoi Hotel, Nariman Point. Tel: 6622 3737. Tickets are priced at Rs300 per head.

T-Pain at Blue Frog
He cancelled his India tour twice earlier this year, so when Blue Frog and Vh1 announced that T-Pain would definitely be performing in Mumbai in June, a few cynics among us were unconvinced. “I can show you his visa,” a member of the Blue Frog team told one disbelieving journalist. Given that the official reason for the cancellation of T-Pain’s concerts was his ill health, perhaps whipping out a medical certificate would have been a more appropriate response. Anyhow, Mr. Pain has confirmed to us via email that he will indeed be here and even shared that his set list will include hits like “Buy U A Drank”, “Bartender”, “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)” and “Low”. The singer said he plans “to put together an energetic show for my fans”.
When: Friday, June 17, from 10.30pm.
Where: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158. Tickets are priced at Rs2,000 per person.

• Treat your dad to one of the many Father’s Day specials in town.
• Laugh your way through Vir Das’s stand-up comedy show History of India at the NCPA on Friday, June 17 at 6.30pm. Book tickets here and see our review here.
• Hear architects Vikas Dilawari, Kapil Gupta and Ved Segan lecture at an architecture seminar on “Modern Interventions in Historical Areas” at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Studies on Saturday, June 18, from 10am to 5pm. See here for details.