The Weekend Guide
Moneyball, The Artist, My Week With Marilyn
Before the Oscars air on Monday morning, cram in a movie marathon with three nominated films. Watch Brad Pitt’s soulful turn as the manager of a struggling baseball team in Moneyball, which has been called less a baseball film and more “a prime Brad Pitt movie” where the actor gets expansive face time in extreme close-up. Best Picture frontrunner The Artist, a mostly silent black-and-white movie about an actor grappling with the advent of sound in film, charts his tumble into poverty with an affecting sense of melodrama (and dance sequences!). My Week With Marilyn, starring Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams, chronicles the true-life story of the lowly, young production assistant who became Marylin Monroe’s confidant on the set of Laurence Olivier’s The Prince and the Showgirl.
When: From Friday, February 24.
Where: At cinemas across the city.
This Friday, the February edition of Wobble, the monthly electronica night held at Bonobo, will feature bass-heavy sets by Mumbai’s DJ Uri and Func (aka Randolph Correia) and New Delhi-based duo Midival Punditz, who will play the Bandra lounge for the very first time. The performance room can hold about 80 people, so get there early or be prepared to listen to the gig in the al fresco dining section, where the music will have to battle with the chatter of bar flies. On Saturday evening, Hindi film playback and pop singer Kailash Kher will perform a tribute to qawwali legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium. Tickets for the concert, where Kher will also sing a few of his own hits, are available from bookmyshow.com.
When: Wobble will be held at Bonobo on Friday, February 24, from 9pm onwards. Kailash Kher performs at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium on Saturday, February 25, from 7pm onwards.
Where: Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall Phase II, Second Floor, off Linking Road, same building as KFC, Bandra (West). Tel: 2605 5353. The entrance fee, applicable after 10pm, is Rs300. Shanmukhananda Auditorium, behind Gandhi Market, Sion (East). Tickets are priced at Rs700, Rs1,000, Rs2,000 and Rs3,000.
Eberhard Havekost, “Ghari/Ghar Pe/At Home”
The disparate selection of photographs and paintings on display at German artist Eberhard Havekost’s show at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum may appear to have no apparent connection. There are slick photos of surfers, dusty cars, leaf-covered houses, skulls on a shelf, plus digitally manipulated paintings of moving trains, and blurry shadows cast against acid pink walls. Taken as a singular reflection of urban life however, they start to reveal nuanced detail in their seemingly banal composition of texture, angle and shadow. In contrast, NGO Sneha has put together a show with the women of Dharavi that was born after a year of dialogue about health issues, among other things. Constructed in a primary school, “Ghari/Ghar Pe/At Home” is a mock house filled with photographs, ceramics and textiles made by these women that address topics like domestic violence and repression.
When: Eberhard Havekost’s exhibition will run until Sunday, April 1 at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Thursday to Tuesday, 10am to 5.30pm; Wednesday closed. “Ghari/Ghar Pe/At Home” will run until Friday, March 9 at the Shree Ganesh Vidya Mandir Primary School. Daily, 11am to 6pm, except Thursday, March 8.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, next to the Byculla Zoo, 91A Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Byculla (East). Tel: 6556 0394. Shree Ganesh Vidya Mandir Primary School, Dharavi Cross Road, near Bharatratna Dr. Badasaheb Ambedkar Vidyalaya, off 90 Feet Road, Dharavi.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Watch two acclaimed Hindustani classical musicians, tabla player Fazal Qureshi and flautist Rupak Kulkarni perform solo recitals at a free concert organised by the Shyamal Music Foundation this Friday, February 24, from 6.30pm. Manik Sabhagriha, opposite Lilavati Hospital, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West).
• Pick up design books, magazines, posters, prints and other knick-knacks at a makeshift store run by a collective of creative sorts who go by the name Bombay Underground and source part of their stock from footpath bookwallahs. Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, 5pm to 9pm. Outside Al’s Tattoo Studio, opposite St. Peter’s Church, Hill Road, Bandra (West).
• This month’s sole edition of Live From The Console (the twice-monthly gig series at Mehboob Studios skipped a weekend on account of the Mahindra Blues Festival, which is held at the same venue) is a singer-songwriter special. Instead of a music documentary, they will screen Live From London, a concert film comprising Leonard Cohen’s March 2009 gig at the O2 Arena in the titular city. The performers include Alisha Pais, the Vitek “Tek” Goyel-fronted Slow Down Clown, and Sidd Coutto’s new project Punk Ass Orifus. The event, which will be held this Saturday, February 25, from 6.30pm onwards, will end with an indie music playlist curated by Coutto. The entrance fee is Rs150. Recording Studio, First Floor, Mehboob Studios, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Call 99675 39983 for details.
• The Full Contact Championship returns with another round of their mixed martial arts tournament Fight Night, which will take place this Saturday, February 25, from 7pm onwards, and will feature 18 fighters from across the country. Passes are priced at Rs1,000 per person and get you two free beers plus entry into an after-party at Cool Chef Cafe. Famous Studios, Floor 9, Dr. E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi. Call 98211 33980 for passes.
• If you missed indie music festival Bacardi NH7 Weekender, which took place in Pune last November, or simply want to relive the experience, catch the first of a four-part documentary chronicling the event, which will air on TV channel UTV Bindass this Saturday, February 25, from 8.30pm.
• Adopt a stray puppy or kitten, or simply overload on the cuteness at this Pet Adoption Drive being held by K9 Klub, Pedigree and World For All on Sunday, February 26 from 9am to 9pm. There will also be a fancy dress contest for dogs and workshops and sessions on caring for animals in distress. Amarnath Patil Udyan, Station Road, Govandi (East). Call 98925 25707 for more information or visit the Facebook page for details.Tags: Alisha Pais, Art, Bombay Underground, Bonobo, Dharavi, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Eberhard Havekost, Fazal Qureshi, Fight Night, Film, Ghari/Ghar Pe/At Home, K9 Klub, Kailash Kher, Live From The Console, Mehboob Studios, Midival Punditz, mixed martial arts, Moneyball, Music, My Week With Marilyn, Pet Adoption Drive, Punk Ass Orifus, Rupak Kulkarni, Shanmukhananda Auditorium, Sidd Coutto, Slow Down Clown, The Artist, Vitek “Tek” Goyel, Wobble