The Weekend Guide
Wolfgang Laib at Chemould Prescott Road and Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
The ethereal delicacy of Wolfgang Laib’s works, made as they are from perishable materials like pollen, beeswax, rice and milk, have made him one of Germany’s most renowned artists today (Laib is scheduled to have a solo at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2013). In this dual gallery show, audiences are treated to some of Laib’s most iconic works, some of which will require you to perch on your haunches to truly appreciate the depth and deceptiveness of his installations. Don’t miss his patch of vibrant yellow flower pollen and his seminal “Milkstone”. At eye level with this slab of white marble, you may just be able to discern the thin layer of creamy milk floating on top.
When: Until Friday, January 13, 2012. Chemould Prescott Road Gallery: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm; Sunday closed. Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Monday to Friday, 10am to 6.30pm; Saturday, 11am to 4pm; Sunday closed.
Where: Chemould Prescott Road Gallery, Queens Mansion, Third Floor, G. T. Marg, Fort. Tel: 2200 0211. Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Sunny House, First Floor, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind the Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba. Tel: 2202 3030.
‘Hayavadana’ at Cama Auditorium
Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana is one of those plays that, like Hamlet and Antigone, is a particular favourite of theatre groups. It’s got a lot going for it: a ménage a trois; a talking horse; a story that allows an arty set; and a fight scene that shirtless young actors love to perform by vaguely channelling martial arts like kalaripayattu. Black Boxers and the Industrial Theatre Co.’s staging, performed in an informal setting at the Cama auditorium, is an energetic telling of what is essentially the philosophical debate about whether the mind or the body is the seat of selfhood. It’s couched in the guise of a love story about a woman who marries a nerdy poet, but secretly lusts after his hunky best mate. And when she unwittingly gets to create her dream lover, she must battle with the eternal question of choosing between brain and brawn.
When: For all dates and timings, see here.
Where: K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, Bombay Samachar Marg, opposite Lion Gate, Fort. Call 98207 45916 to book passes, priced at Rs250 each.
Avicii at Turf Club
Avicii (Tim Bergling on his passport) shot 33 places up dance music bible DJ Mag’s latest list of the world’s Top 100 DJs to land at No.6 this year, and it’s easy to see why. If you visited a club at any point during the last twelve months, you probably heard one of his tunes. He was sampled by the likes of Leona Lewis and Flo Rida and scored smashes with tracks released as Avicii (“Levels”) or one of his many other aliases (“Seek Bromance”, which he put out as Tim Berg). His performance at the Turf Club this weekend is one of a series of promotional gigs being held across the country by the organisers of Sunburn, the annual electronica festival that will be held in Goa later this month. Though he will have to wrap up his show here by the relatively early hour of 10pm (owing to the loudspeaker deadline), Avicii told us that he’s “determined to give my fans a good time irrespective of time and place”, complete with state-of-the-art sound and lights, including “massive platinum beams, LEDs, and bright green lasers”.
When: Sunday, December 18, gates open at 5pm.
Where: Turf Club, Mahalaxami Racecourse, Mahalaxmi. Tickets are priced at Rs1,500 and Rs2,500 and can be booked via bookmyshow.com.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Dance to the sounds of Romanian pop singer Alexandra Stan, best known for her ubiquitous international club smash “Mr. Saxobeat”, at Hard Rock Café this Friday, December 16. The doors open at 8pm for the gig, tickets for which are priced at Rs1,000 (includes a cover charge of Rs500). Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, near Deepak Talkies, Worli. Tel: 2438 2888.
• Bop to the beats of American house music DJ/producer Felix da Housecat at Blue Frog on Friday, December 16, from 10pm. The entrance fee for the gig is Rs1,000. Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158.
• See Aaditi Joshi’s mangled wreath-like installations made of up burnt sheets of bubble-pocked plastic, currently on display at Gallery Maskara. In their inherent ugliness lies the question of our responsibility to the environment. Until Sunday, January 29, 2012. 6/7 Third Pasta Lane, Colaba. Tel: 2202 3056.
• Watch The Collaborators, the latest National Theatre UK production to be screened at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of the ‘NT Live’ series of screenings, at 3pm and 7pm on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18. Set in Moscow in 1938 and based on true events, The Collaborators imagines what might have transpired when Russian dramatist Mikhail Bulgakov was commissioned to write a play to commemorate Stalin’s sixtieth birthday. Tickets for the screenings are priced at Rs400. Godrej Dance Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 2282 4567.
• Attend the sixth edition of Live From The Console, our pick for the “Best New Night” of 2011, at Mehboob Studios this Saturday, December 17, from 6pm onwards. A screening of Flight 666, the rockumentary that captures the sights and sounds of Iron Maiden’s 2008 world tour, will be followed by sets by Norwegian singer-songwriter Lucy Swann, Kolkata-based indie rock band Turfe, and Mumbai progressive/post-hardcore metal band Goddess Gagged. Tickets for the event, which will close with a surprise performance by another international act, are priced at Rs150. Recording Studio, First Floor, Mehboob Studios, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Call 99675 39983 for details.
• Sing along to traditional and contemporary Christmas tunes at the Festival of Festive Music on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, at 7pm on both days. Tickets for the concerts, which will feature performances by a dozen choirs from across the city, are priced at Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500. See here for further details. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 2282 4567.
• Move to the music of Yolanda Be Cool aka Sylvester Martinez and Johnson “Durango Slim” Peterson, the Australian dance music duo behind the worldwide 2010 No.1 hit “We Speak No Americano” at Lower Parel club Canvas, on Saturday, December 17, from 9.30pm onwards. Tickets are priced at Rs2,000 per person, and include a cover charge of Rs1,000. Fourth Floor, Palladium, above The Comedy Store, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: 4348 5050.
• Watch tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, drummer Ranjit Barot, sitar player Niladri Kumar and mridangam player Sridhar Parthasarthy come together in a concert entitled “Feel The Pulse” on Sunday, December 18, from 6pm onwards, at the Chitrakoot Grounds. Tickets, priced at Rs300, Rs500, Rs1,000, Rs1,500 and Rs2,500, are available from bookmyshow.com. Behind Fun Republic, off Link Road, Andheri (West).
• Soak in the sonic textures of popular Australian progressive rock band Karnivool, who will perform at Mood Indigo, the annual college festival organised by IIT, Powai, on Sunday, December 18 at 6.30pm. Tickets for the concert, which will also feature a performance by Chennai-based alternative rock group Junkyard Groove, can be booked by registering here. Indian Institute of Technology, Powai. See here for directions.Tags: Aaditi Joshi, Alexandra Stan, Art, Avicii, Canvas, Chemould Prescott Road, Festival of Festive Music, Galerie Mirchandani and Steinruecke, Gallery Chemould, Gallery Maskara, Girish Karnad, Goddess Gagged, Hard Rock Cafe, Hayavadana, IIT Powai, Karnivool, Live From The Console, Lucy Swann, Mehboob Studios, Mood Indigo, Music, NCPA, NT Live, The Collaborators, Theatre, Wolfgang Laib, Yolanda Be Cool, Zakir Hussain