The Weekend Guide
Literature Live at the NCPA
For its second edition, the organisers of Literature Live, Mumbai’s only literary festival, have cast their net a bit farther, roping in internationally-renowned authors like William Dalrymple, Vikram Seth and Siddhartha Mukherjee, and combining book readings with musical performances. Sharing their podium space will be local fest staples like Chetan Bhagat, Shobhaa De and Shashi Tharoor who will discuss everything from foreign writers to genius. Don’t miss Seth’s reading from his new book of poems (Friday, November 4 at 6.45pm), and a discussion by Pulitzer Prize-winner Mukherjee and Gurcharan Das on the Indian approach to innovation (Sunday, November 6 at 6.45pm).
When: Until Sunday, November 6. For timings, visit litlive.in.
Where: Tata Theatre and Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 6622 3737. Entrance is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Aradhana Seth at Chemould Prescott Road Gallery
As a production designer for movies such as The Bourne Supremacy, Don: The Chase Begins and The Darjeeling Unlimited, Aradhana Seth has had to fashion many a home from scratch. So it’s somewhat fitting that for her first art show, Seth has created a series of paintings and photographs depicting various rooms of an imagined house. Just as with a real house, Seth suggests you walk around exploring every nook and cranny—her metal canvases, painted in the flat style seen on billboards in villages and towns across the country, are hung in unlikely places (like bathroom doors). Pay close attention and you’ll even spy the subtle presence of Seth’s famous sibling, author Vikram Seth.
When: Saturday, November 5 to to Thursday, December 8. Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm; Sunday closed.
Where: Chemould Prescott Road Gallery, Queen’s Mansion, Third Floor, G. T. Marg, Fort. Tel: 2200 0211.
Chicane at Blue Frog
Lower Parel music venue Blue Frog urges us to “get nostalgic” at British electronica act Chicane’s gig this Saturday night. Chicane, aka Nick Bracegirdle, is best known for the stream of club smashes he had in the 1990s, including the Bryan Adams-featuring UK No.1 “Don’t Give Up”. But as recently as 2010, he released a fairly well-received album, Giants, which included the hit single “Poppiholla”, a cover of Sigur Rós’s “Hoppípolla”. Unlike most electronica musicians, the DJ-composer won’t be performing alone but will be accompanied by a five-member band. The result should be a performance as uplifting as his anthemic records.
When: Saturday, November 5, from 10.30pm.
Where: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158. Tickets are priced at Rs2,000 per head.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• NH7 will host another set of “pre-parties” ahead of its Weekender music festival in Pune later this month. On Friday, November 4, from 9pm onwards, Mumbai-based electronica acts Bay Beat Collective and Ox7gen (aka Aditya Ashok) and Dutch-born, UK-based DJ Gumnaam will perform a free gig at Bandra bar Bonobo. Then on Saturday, November 5, from 7pm, death metal band Demonic Resurrection will perform with a number of guest vocalists and bassists from the Mumbai metal scene at Andheri music venue B69. Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall (KFC Building), Phase 2, Second Floor, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 2605 5050. B69, 21 Bhaidas Bhuta Compound, Mogra Lane, off Old Nagardas Road, near Shiv Sagar, Andheri (East). Tel: 93200 38513. The entrance fee is Rs99.
• Salvation Star’s LGBT-friendly Khush Night, held on the first Friday of every month, moves from the now-shuttered Zenzi to Worli venue Cool Chef Cafe starting this Friday, November 4, from 9pm. Thadani House, 329/A Worli Village, Worli Sea Face, off the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. Tel: 2437 3385.
• Hindustani classical music legends (and former Hindi film music directing duo) santoor player Shivkumar Sharma and flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia will play a concert at the Nehru Centre Auditorium on Saturday, November 5, from 6.45pm. Tickets are priced at Rs500, Rs1,000, Rs2,000, Rs,3000 and Rs5,000 for the fund-raising concert, which will feature both solo as well as duet or jugalbandi performances by the pair. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli. Tel: 2493 3340.
• Busaba owner and chef Nikhil Chib is holding a master class where people can learn how to cook some of his South-East Asian restaurant’s signature dishes including the stir fried chicken with bird’s-eye chilli; Vietnamese spring rolls; and sesame toast. The cooking demonstration, which will be held on Saturday, November 5 at 1pm, will be followed by lunch cooked by Chib, and is priced at Rs750 per person. Busaba, Mathuradas Mills Compound, next to Blue Frog, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Call 99209 33387 to reserve a seat.
• The next edition of the Farmer’s Market will be held in Bandra this Sunday, November 6, from 10am to 4pm. Get to the market early to avoid the long queues for locally grown organic produce, which includes broccoli, basil, ladyfinger, radish, pumpkin and cabbage. Wind Chimes Play School, Bhalla House, near Kobe, 97 Hill Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 98198 52266. For more details, visit farmersmarket.co.in.