The Weekend Guide

October 20, 2011 1:23 pm by

A detail from 'The Water Diviner', 2008 by Sheba Chhachhi.

Sheba Chhachhi at Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Following cohorts Sudarshan Shetty and Jitish Kallat, Sheba Chhachhi has taken over the Bhau Daji Lad museum for her new solo show, her second in the city after her exhibition at Volte earlier this year. The reclusive and highly underrated artist has brought together some of her best works: light boxes, installations and photographs, which all touch on the always-relevant topic of environmental degradation. Don’t miss “The Water Diviner”, located on the first floor in a room at the back—among the towering piles of books and newspapers are Chhachhi’s glowing book-shaped boxes, in which she niftily melds scenic, miniature tableaux of nature with photos of polluted rivers.
When: Until Sunday, December 4. Thursday to Tuesday, 10am to 5.30pm; Wednesday closed.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, next to the Byculla Zoo, 91A Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Byculla (East). Tel: 6556 0394.

Comic Con Express
Dust off that cape; Comic Con Express is coming to town this weekend. Organised by Twenty Onwards Media, the folks behind the humour magazine Random and the Golden Kela Awards (India’s version of the Razzies), Comic Con Express will feature over 40 stalls by comic and graphic novel publishers (from Disney to Amar Chitra Katha), workshops (including one with popular T-shirt makers Inkfruit), launches (1951 by Goa-based cartoonist Mario Miranda), and a cosplay (costume play) contest. Bollywood will also have a strong presence, with the launch of Zombie Talkies, the graphic novel that forms the basis of the upcoming Ekta Kapoor-produced, Abhay Deol-starrer Rock The Shaadi; a Q&A session with the makers of the Ra.One comic book; and the unveiling of the cover of the Don 2 comic book by the film’s director Farhan Akthar.
When: Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, from 10am to 8pm.
Where: World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade. Call 98109 20020 or visit for further details.

The Whistleblower
This chilling film, based on the true life story of a United Nations peacekeeper who uncovered a sordid sex trafficking ring in Bosnia, has rattled critics and audiences alike. Rachel Weisz plays Kathyrn Bolkovac, an American police officer who joins the UN only to discover that government officials, UN contractors and her colleagues are all complicit in a prostitution racket. Weisz’s powerful performance has already attracted Oscar murmurs, but it’s the real-life horrors and the fact the same contractors continue to be employed by the US government that will leave you filled “with rage.”
When: From Friday, October 21.
Where: At cinemas across the city.

• Artist, techie, designer and TED speaker Raghava KK shows a series of his wildly colourful works that draw from Japanese pop culture and the animal kingdom to show the dissonance of human identity. Until Wednesday, November 30. Art Musings Gallery, 1 Admiralty Building, Colaba Cross Lane, Colaba. Tel: 2216 3339.

• Watch Israeli viola player Rivka Golani, regarded as one of the best viola players in the world, and renowned British pianist John Lenehan perform works by Schubert, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff at a concert at the NCPA’s Experimental Theatre, at 7pm this Friday, October 21. Admission is free, but on a first-come, first-served basis. National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 6622 3737.

• Dance to bass heavy beats at the next edition of Wobble, the monthly electronica night held at Bandra bar Bonobo, where Bandish Projekt aka Mayur Narvekar, Funcinternational aka Randolph Correia, and DJ Uri will take turns at the console on Friday, October 21, from 9.30pm onwards. Call the venue for details of the entrance fee, if any. Kenilworth Mall (KFC Building), Phase 2, Second Floor, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 2605 5050.

• Maharajahs may embody a time past, but you can still gawp at their opulent dress and demeanor at A Journey Into the Time of Maharajahs, an exhibition of historic, largely black-and-white studio portraits of Indian royalty from various princely states. From Friday, October 21 to Saturday, October 29, 11am to 6pm. ICIA House, 22/26 K. Dubhash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 2204 8138.