The Weekend Guide

August 4, 2011 3:56 pm by

Caesar is played by Andy “Gollum” Serkis in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’.

Start your Friday morning by lining up at the Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla store; everything from chikan saris to zardosi lehengas will be a flat 50 per cent off at the Bandra and Kemps Corner branches. Then head over to multi-designer boutique Creo on Warden Road to find dresses, tunics and blouses from Narendra Kumar, Swapnil Shinde and Morphe by Amit Aggarwal, discounted by 40 to 50 per cent (don’t feel guilty; 15 per cent of the sales proceeds will be donated to the Apne Aap Women’s Collective). Farther south, on Marine Drive, e-retail boutique First Row is having a blowout sale, with Indian and Western labels (including designer wear from Kenzo and Roberto Cavalli) up to 70 per cent off. Lastly, Kitsch at Kala Ghoda is holding an end-of-season sale, with clothes and accessories by Alexander McQueen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Halston Heritage, Lanvin and Stella McCartney up to 50 per cent off.
When: Sales at Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Creo and First Row run from Friday, August 5 to Saturday, August 6. For details, see here. Kitsch’s sale will run till Saturday, August 13.
Where: For location details for Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, First Row and Kitsch, see here. Creo, Chinoy Mansion, 162 Warden Road, opposite St. Stephen Church. Tel: 2367 2720/6610 1227. From 10am to 8pm on both days.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Unlike Tim Burton’s 2001 film, this is a “reboot”, not a remake, of the original series of Planet of the Apes sci-fi movies. It is, in a sense, a prequel to the first 1968 feature, where a crew of astronauts land on a planet ruled by apes. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, James Franco plays scientist Will Rodman who is testing out a cure for Alzheimer’s disease on chimpanzees for a pharmaceutical company based in San Francisco. When an experiment goes wrong and the project is abandoned, Rodman—whose father (John Lithgow) suffers from the affliction—sneaks one of the simians into his home, and raises him like a child. But after Caesar (Andy “Gollum” Serkis) grows up, he gets taken away by animal control officers, who are unaware that the genetically modified ape has human-like intelligence. Though Freida Pinto, who plays Franco’s veterinarian girlfriend may have little to do apart from “look pretty”, the film has charmed a handful of critics for its “stunning advances in performance capture technology” courtesy of the same chaps who did Avatar. Serkis, in particular, has been praised for a performance “so nuanced and specific” that “his digital avatar shows far greater emotional range than any of his human co-stars”.
When: Friday, August 5.
Where: At cinemas across the city.

MAD Salon
Saturdays, we realise, are for drinking and merriment. But before things get hazy, why not start the night off with a bit of intellectual stimulation? The organisers of MAD Salon, an invite-only series of talks, have opened their doors to the public, allowing anyone with a penchant for architecture and design to take part in their heated discussions. This Saturday, architecture historian Sebastien Radouan will talk about housing for low-income families, focusing in particular on the works of architect Andre Lurcat in Seine-Saint-Denis, France. From having attended previous MAD events, we can tell you that the talks are engaging, spirited and always informative. Tea, coffee and snacks will be served; attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
When: Saturday, August 6 at 7pm.
Where: Studio X Mumbai, Kitab Mahal, Fourth Floor, 192 D. N. Road, opposite New Excelsior Cinema, Fort. Email for more information.

• Four young artists—two Indian, two South Korean—demonstrate their considerable skills with this showing of oil and mixed media works at Sakshi Gallery (don’t miss Kim Seola’s delicate ink and watercolour drawings of foilage). Until Saturday, August 27. Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm, Sunday, noon to 5pm. Tanna House, 11-A Nathalal Parekh Marg, Colaba. Tel: 6610 3424.
• Take a page out of pop singer Leona Lewis’s hairstyle notebook, and get a sexy, loose braid at b: blunt salons across the city. For Rs500, a stylist will wash and braid your locks any way you want. For locations, see here.
• Get happy at event management company Salvation Star’s LGBT night Khush at Zenzi on Friday, August 5, when the Bandra bar’s resident DJ, Amul will play retro and hip hop, from 9pm onwards. 183 Waterfield Road, near Linking Road Subway, Bandra (West). Tel: 6643 0670.
• Ahead of the Ganesh festival, explore the lanes of Lalbaug with this Beyond Bombay walking tour that will take you through the history, food and life of this historic neighbourhood. Sunday, August 6 at 10.15am. See here for details.
• Get inked at tattoo artist Kunal Pahuja’s pop-up parlour, which will operate in a room behind Kala Ghoda Cafe for the next two months. Kala Ghoda Cafe, 10 Ropewalk Lane, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 98195 47616.