Celebrate Bandra Picks
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
If you’re struggling to get your child interested in reading, MCubed Library’s treasure hunt might do the trick. Charles D’Souza, a library software expert, has compiled a fun, 10-question quiz for children aged between six and nine. Each question or clue corresponds to a book that the kids can find among the piles lying on the tables in the library. Those who get all 10 answers right will win small souvenirs such as a bookmark or a box of chocolates. From 5pm to 6.30pm at MCubed Library, Princess Building, D’Monte Park Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 2641 1497.
Ahead of their opening slot at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender music festival in Pune this weekend, the act formerly known as Medusa performs songs from their soon-to-be-released full-length debut album. The name may be new, but tracks such as “Anti-Coke Ganpati” and “I Become I” are already firm favourites with fans of the Mumbai-based electro-pop band. 7.30pm at the Reclamation Promenade.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Hip hop band Bombay Bassment is arguably the most hard-working indie act in Mumbai right now. They’re performing almost three gigs a week, and are getting increasingly skilled at the art of getting even the most sedate crowds to bust a move or two. Wear comfy shoes, for there will be dancing. 7.30pm at the Reclamation Promenade.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
If you have a compelling Bandra story to share or are simply in the mood to hear nostalgic tales about life in the beloved suburb, head to new bookstore Title Waves on Friday. Journalist Dilip D’Souza will be moderating the session during which residents who have lived in Bandra for a number of years will share anecdotes on topics such as Bandra lingo and running a shop in the locality. D’Souza, who has lived in the suburb for 18 years, will share the story of a homeless lady who slept in a flower bed for many years until a few Bandra residents shifted her to an old age home. 7.30pm at Title Waves, opposite Duruelo Convent School, in the same lane as Tawa restaurant, off Turner Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 2651 0841.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Journalist and author Jerry Pinto will read from his 2008 children’s book, A Bear For Felicia, a Toy Story-esque tale about an old stuffed toy named Thurston Gustavus Buckridge III, who recounts his eventful life as the property of a little girl named Felicia. The adventure-packed story also features a doll, a wind-up mouse and an electric blue bear, with tongue-twisting names such as Amaranita Sarsaparilla Gloriosus, Thunderbox Permusin Peterkar and Tassikia Magintripp Scopittle respectively. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session with Pinto. From 5.30pm at MCubed Library, Princess Building, D’Monte Park Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 2641 1497.
SURILI SHAAM BANDRA KE NAAM
This concert of retro Hindi film music, curated by playback singer Sanjeevani Bhelande, makes a strong case for Bandra as the Beverly Hills of India (though we suspect Juhuites might just contest this). Bhelande will be joined on stage by playback singer Kunal Ganjawala and actor-turned-TV host-turned-wannabe Indi-pop star Shekhar Suman, to perform a show of hits from the films of Bollywood stars who were or are residents of Bandra, including actors Sunil and Nargis Dutt, Waheeda Rehman and Rekha; music directors Naushad, Pyarelal, Ravindra Jain; playback singer Mohammed Rafi; lyricist-director Gulzar; and filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra (whose 1998 movie Kareeb was Bhelande’s breakthrough). 7pm at the Lands End Amphitheatre, Bandstand.
The Bandra Gymkhana will host a multi-cuisine food festival, where you can choose from biryani, sushi, and pizzas and pastas from Ray’s Cafe and Pizzeria. The Malaysian consulate will also have a food stall at the venue. Until Sunday, November 20. From 7pm at Bandra Gymkhana, near D’Monte Park, St. Andrew’s Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 2642 3521. The entry fee is Rs100 per person.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
THE MAVYNS, THE COLOUR COMPOUND
In case you missed them last weekend, you have another chance to catch the modern retro musical stylings of The Mavyns. Their performance will be followed by one from pop-rock group The Colour Compound whose easy, amiable tunes are likely to have you bobbing your head in seconds. 7.30pm at the Lands End Amphitheatre, Bandstand.
PARTY BARKY HAI
Treat your pooches to a day out courtesy of Party Barky Hai, a canine events company set up by Shivani Mathur in May this year. Their Bandra fest event will feature stalls selling doggy grooming products, toys, food and accessories such as collars and leashes. You can get your dog’s future told by a pet tarot card reader at the event, where Mathur will conduct a brief session on training pups and will also organise games such as relays. From 3pm to 7pm at Peace Haven Grounds, inside Chand Terraces building, St. Andrews Road, near Holy Family Hospital. Tel: 99205 80060.