The Weekend Guide
Mumbai Fully Booked
Though Mumbai Fully Booked is billed as a literature festival, The Times of India’s “Literary Carnival”, to be held at Mehboob Studios in Bandra this weekend, appears to be literary only in name. The roster of speakers—curated by columnist Bachi Karkaria and journalist-author Namita Devidayal—spans across vocations, and includes filmmakers, sportsmen, politicians and chefs. Among the talks worth attending are double amputee Mark Inglis on scaling Mt. Everest (Friday, December 2 at 5.30pm); Madhur Jaffrey and Vikas Khanna on “love in the time of karela” (Saturday, December 3 at 2.30pm); and the respective editors of Outlook and Tehelka Vinod Mehta and Tarun Tejpal on Mehta’s new memoir Lucknow Boy (Sunday, December 4 at 2.30pm).
When: Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4, from 10.30am to 7pm.
Where: Mehboob Studios, 100 Hill Road, Bandra (West). Entrance is free but on the basis of prior registration. For more information and to register, visit timesliterarycarnival.com/register.html.
Mumbai Christmas Fest 2011
After organising the Mumbai Oktoberfest for beer-loving adults, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce is hosting a two-day Christmas festival for kids at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse this weekend. The line-up of activities includes art and craft games, pottery making, ceramic painting, scrapbook making, and juggling. The fest will also have a shopping area that will feature clothing, chocolate, stationery, pottery and cheese stalls. The buffet will boast a mix of German and Indian fare including sausages and biryani, and Santa Claus will make an appearance on both days, at 5pm.
When: Saturday, December 3, from 2pm to 10.30pm and Sunday, December 4, from noon to 10.30pm.
Where: Royal Western India Turf Club, Members Enclosure, Mahalaxmi. Tel: 6665 2121. Day passes, priced at Rs250 per person, will be available at the venue on both days. Kids below 12 can enter for free.
Ray-Ban Never Hide Sounds
Two of the city’s most popular bands, Something Relevant and Pentagram, will perform this Sunday, December 4 at a concert that will also feature the winners of a band competition organised by sunglass makers Ray-Ban. Expect to hear songs from Something Relevant’s upcoming second album and tracks off Pentagram’s latest release Bloodywood, a record we called their most mature work till date. There will also be sets by two fast-rising punk outfits, The Lightyears Explode! and Blek, both from Mumbai, as well as performances by three alternative rock acts, Digital Suicide from Guwahati, Little Babooshka’s Grind from Chennai and Fire Exit from New Delhi. Not only is the gig free, it will be held at what we believe is our best-looking music venue, the Bandra Fort Amphitheatre.
When: Sunday, December 4, from 3pm to 10pm.
Where: Bandra Fort Amphitheatre, Bandstand, Bandra (West). Entry is free but on a first come, first served basis.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Renowned 18th-century miniaturist Nainsukh was considered something of a rebel back in his day for bucking the trend of heavily stylised renderings for something more naturalistic. Go see his spectacular miniatures of Indian court life, currently on display at the Curator’s Gallery at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya until Sunday, December 11. From Tuesday to Sunday, 10.15am to 6pm; Monday closed. 159/161 M. G. Road, Fort. Tel: 2284 4484.
• Listen to one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated chamber music orchestras, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra perform at the NCPA’s Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, at 7pm on Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2. Their concert, tickets for which are priced at Rs400, Rs600 and Rs800, will feature the works of Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach and Britten among others. National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tel: 6622 3737.
• Watch Avantika Hari’s Land Gold Women, a National Award-winning film about honour killings. Shot and set in the English city of Birmingham, it tells the story of a British-Asian university professor who kills his 17-year-old daughter for dating a British boy. At Cinemax cinemas across the city and at PVR Phoenix Mills at 5.10pm.
• Watch two of the country’s most acclaimed percussionists, tabla player Zakir Hussain and mridangam player Karaikudi Mani perform at a concert that will bring together Hindustani and Carnatic classical music on the same stage. The concert, at 6.30pm on Friday, December 2, is entitled “Immortal Moments” and will also feature a solo recital by vocalist Kaushiki Chakravarty. Tickets are priced at Rs200, Rs300, Rs500, Rs750, Rs1,000 and Rs1,500. Shanmukhananda Auditorium, behind Gandhi Market, Sion (East). Tel: 2407 8888.
• If there was a beatboxing act to rival Austria’s Bauchklang in terms of local popularity, it would be Australia’s Dub FX aka Benjamin Stanford, who returns to the Blue Frog stage along with singer Flower Fairy on Saturday, December 2, exactly one year after they performed at the Lower Parel venue. Their gig will be sandwiched between sets by electronica acts Mental Martians and Bay Beat Collective. Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158. The entrance fee is Rs500.
• Marvel at the photographic skill of visually impaired and sighted volunteers at “Click Rights”, an exhibition of photographs that captures the challenges faced by disabled children in schools across India. Saturday, December 3 at Bajaj Bhavan, Nariman Point from 10.30am to 6.30pm.
• From “I Know You Want To Me” to “Give Me Everything”, dance to the hits of American rapper-producer Pitbull at his sold-out concert this Saturday, December 3. See here for more details. MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East). Gates open at 6pm.Tags: Art, Books, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, CSMVS, DubFX, Film, Indo German Chamber of Commerce, Karaikudi Mani, Land Gold Women, Mumbai Fully Booked: The Times of India LIterary Carnival, Music, Pentagram, Pitbull, Something Relevant, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, The Times of India, Zakir Hussain