The Weekend Guide

November 10, 2011 4:08 pm by

Catch the Konya Turkish Tasawwuf Music Ensemble at the NCPA this weekend.

Children’s Day
Children’s Day, celebrated on November 14, falls on a Monday this year, but make the most of it for your tots all weekend long. First, go catch the 3D cinematic envisioning of everyone’s favourite cub reporter in The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson deploy motion capture to adept effect, transforming Tintin’s hunt for a secret treasure into something “still charmingly stylized and cartoony”. Follow up the film by buying the young ones a little something from the Kids Central Expo at the World Trade Centre, where dozens of stalls will sell everything from designer togs to books and more.
When: The Adventures of Tintin releases on Friday, November 11; the Kids Central Expo takes place on Sunday, November 13 from 10am to 7pm.
Where: The Adventures of Tintin is being screened at cinemas across the city; the Kids Central Expo will be held at World Trade Centre, Exhibition Hall 3, Cuffe Parade. Visit for more information.

Sama’a Festival of Sufi Music at the NCPA
The National Centre for the Performing Arts will host trance music acts of a different kind this weekend, at the second edition of its annual Sufi music festival, Sama’a: The Mystic Ecstasy. The line-up includes the Delhi-based Sufi Gospel Project (which as its name implies blends songs like “Amazing Grace” with verses by the likes of Amir Khusrau); the acclaimed Wadali Brothers; and a performance by the whirling dervishes of the 20-member Konya Turkish Tasawwuf Music Ensemble. Dance of Love, a documentary film on the life and work of Sufi mystic Rumi, will open the three-day festival, which begins on Friday, November 11.
When: Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13. Dance of Love will be screened at the Godrej Dance Theatre on Friday at 5.30pm; admission is free but on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sufi Gospel Project will perform at the Experimental Theatre on Friday at 7.30pm; tickets are priced at Rs150 and Rs250. The Wadali Brothers will perform at the Tata Theatre on Saturday at 7pm; tickets are priced at Rs240, Rs360, Rs500 and Rs760; the Konya Turkish Tasawwuf Music Ensemble will perform at the Tata Theatre on Sunday at 7pm; tickets are priced at Rs200, Rs400, Rs600 and Rs800.
Where: National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tel: 6622 3737.

Bandra Wine Tasting Festival
Raise a toast to the queen of the suburbs at the two-day Bandra Wine Tasting Festival, which starts on Saturday, November 12. At the third edition of the wine festival, organised by the Pune Gourmet Club, guests can sample wines from India, France, South Africa, Italy, Spain and Argentina. There will also be a food court, where you can pair your Pinot with some sushi or Italian, Indian and Chinese fare. The festival also happens to be the inaugural event of the biennial Celebrate Bandra festival, which features a daily line-up of music, theatre and film-related events. A single pass for the wine festival is priced at Rs500 and gets you ten 30ml tastings. For more pricing information, see here.
When: Saturday, November 12, from noon to 10pm and Sunday, November 13, from noon to 6pm.
Where: D’Monte Park Recreation Centre, Bandra Gymkhana, St. Andrews Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 88060 05050.

• Catch Pakistani artist Huma Mulji’s first India solo, featuring a mix of her taxidermy installations, eerie layered photographs and paintings. Until Saturday, December 10. Project 88, Ground Floor, B. M. P. building, N. A. Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba. Tel: 2281 0066.

• Eleven photographers (Pablo Bartholomew, Shahid Datawala, Sooni Tararporevala among them) capture India’s “streets” in this celebration of street photography that goes from the colourful and chaotic to the desolate and dreary. Until Friday, January 6. Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building (back gate), opposite Navy Children School, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba. Tel: 97699 50136.

• Take your tot to a reading of a Japanese folk tale about a young boy called Taro and his lively, life-saving grandmother at Kitab Khana on Saturday, November 12 at 11.30am. For kids aged five to eight. Rs200 per child. Somaiya Bhavan, Ground Floor, 45/47 M. G. Road, Fort. Tel: 2288 8041. RSVP by emailing

• If you can’t drop by Palladium mall on Friday, November 11, then head to Bandra on Sunday, November 13, for the latest edition of the Farmer’s Market. Get to the market early to avoid the long queues for locally grown organic produce, which includes broccoli, basil, ladyfinger, radish, pumpkin and cabbage. From 10am to 4pm. Wind Chimes Play School, Bhalla House, near Kobe, 97 Hill Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 98198 52266. For more details, visit

• The next edition of the Live From The Console series of concerts, this Saturday, November 12, from 6.30pm, will be a folk music special. The 1967 Bob Dylan rockumentary Don’t Look Back will be screened, and singer-songwriter Vernon Noronha, new folk-rock band Spud In The Box and the Peter Cat Recording Co. will all perform at the event. Tickets are Rs150. Recording Studio, First Floor, Mehboob Studio, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Call 99675 39983 for details.

• Dance to a mix of disco, funk and techno spun by DJs Ruskin and rayG at the sixth installment of Grime Riot Disco, this Saturday, November 12, from 9.30pm, at Worli venue Cool Chef Cafe. The entry fee of Rs250 gets you one drink, but you need to RSVP via the Facebook page for a place on the guest list. Thadani House, 329/A Worli Village, Worli Sea Face, off the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, near the Indian Coast Guard office. Tel: 2430 1127.

• Watch a pair of popular percussionists, India’s Bickram Ghosh and America’s Greg Ellis, duet on the drums at Blue Frog this Sunday, November 13, from 9pm. The entrance fee is Rs500. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158.