The Weekend Guide
Take a cultural expedition this weekend. First, swing by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Vastu Sangrahalaya aka the Museum, where a small but informative exhibit provides a neat primer on one of our city’s greatest architects, a man who, remarkably, never stepped foot in India. Sir Gilbert Scott was considered one of the best in England, and it’s him whom we have to thank for the Neo Gothic structures of the University of Bombay and the Rajabai Clock Tower. The exhibit examines his impact on British architects living in India, who eventually altered and implemented his drawings here. Just a ten-minute taxi ride away, at the Mumbai Art Room is a showing of Nathalie Djurberg’s delightful and vaguely macabre claymation video, “I found myself alone”, where a spindly-legged black ballerina pirouettes around a luscious table laden with French pastries. Take the kids, or go with friends – this ten-minute short is equally enchanting to both children and adults.
When: The Sir Gilbert Scott exhibition runs until Friday, August 12. Tuesday to Sunday, 10.15am to 6pm; Monday closed. Nathalie Djurberg’s video will show until Thursday, July 21. Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, First Floor, 159/61 M. G. Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 2284 4484. Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building (back gate), opposite Navy Children School, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba. Tel: 97699 50136.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
A minor set back never deterred Harry and his friends, so even with news that the last Harry Potter film might not make it to multiplexes this Friday, take heart. You can seek out a single-screen cinema (yes, they still exist) to see it. After a decade, the world’s most successful movie franchise will finally come to an end, but not before Harry and his buddies Hermione and Ron and a cast of nearly every prominent actor in the British film world battle Voldemort in an epic meeting of good vs evil. Those who’ve read the book will already know how this one ends; for all others, come with tissues.
When: From Friday, July 15.
Where: At single-screen cinemas across the city.
‘Live From The Console’ at Mehboob Studio
The massive sound stages of Mehboob Studio were used to host big-ticket international artists at the Mahindra Blues Festival in February and this weekend, one of the defunct recording studios of the landmark venue will host performances by home grown, Mumbai-based acts. The organisers of the blues festival, Oranjuice Entertainment have teamed up with Sony Music India to host the first of a series of gigs by upcoming indie music talent from the city. ‘Live From The Console’, which will be held once a month on a Saturday, will feature sets by indie rock bands The Mavyns and The Colour Compound, and singer-songwriter Alex Rintu as well as a screening of Back and Forth, the recently-released 150-minute rockumentary on the career of platinum-pushing American alternative rock group Foo Fighters.
When: Saturday, July 16, from 6.30pm.
Where: Recording Studio, First Floor, Mehboob Studio, Hill Road, Bandra (West). The entrance fee is Rs150 per head. Call 99675 39983 for details.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Say goodbye to Harry Potter at High Street Phoenix. At the ground floor of the Palladium mall, fans can see an exhibition of photos and posters of all the eight films, and also buy official merchandise. Near the food court outside PVR Cinema, kids can participate in activities like face painting (Thursday, July 14, noon to 8pm), locket making (Friday, July 15, noon to 8pm), wand making (Saturday, July 16, noon to 8pm) and witch-hat making (Sunday, July 17, noon to 8pm). They can also participate in colouring line drawings of unicorns, dragons and the like, on all these days.