The Weekend Guide
The Yes Men Fix The World
Shaming the “nastiness of powerful evildoers” might seem like the motto of superheroes, but in this satirical documentary, it’s a duo of social activists/performance artists called The Yes Men who assume the role of world saviours. Through devious means, the duo manage to fool international media organisations and audiences by posing as representatives of “evil” corporations. Most notably, in 2004, one of them got on to the BBC pretending to be a spokesperson for Dow Chemical, and apologised for the Union Carbide Bhopal disaster of 1984 (Dow stock plummeted right after). Other victims of the six pranks documented here include Halliburton, Exxon and The New York Times. In 2008, they famously made and distributed fake copies of the newspaper announcing the end of the Iraq War (the facsimile version is on display at Project 88).
When: Saturday, March 10, at 6.30pm.
Where: Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 2202 7710. There is no entry fee.
10 Artists And A Fort, Baroda March
In the market to add to your art collection? Then stop by two shows that turn the spotlight on emerging (and relatively affordable) artists. At design store Filter, they’ve invited ten contemporary artists to interpret the idea of local heritage precinct Fort. The results are varied and not entirely relevant (Farrokh Chothia’s image of a model in a gown, for instance, is perplexing), but some stay true to the mandated theme. Tejal Patni and Aashim Tyagi both shoot the area as it exists today, while graphic designer Sameer Kulavoor offers a more micro slice of life in the area through his dual-toned illustrations of people. The Strand Art Room’s fifth annual “Baroda March” show, at the Coomaraswamy Hall, will bring together the works of over 30 Vadodara-based artists, both emerging and established, offering up a chance to nab pieces by the future stars of the contemporary art world.
When: The Filter show runs until Saturday, March 17. Filter is open from Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7.30pm; Sunday closed. The Baroda March show runs from Sunday, March 11 to Saturday, March 17. Daily, 10am to 7pm.
Where: Filter, Shop No.3, 43 V. B. Gandhi Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 2288 7070. Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum), 159/61 M.G. Road, Fort.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Dance to a mix of hip hop and R&B courtesy of DJ Uri and Johnny B at the newly-opened branch of Rude Lounge in Bandra this Friday, March 9, from 9pm. Call 99208 83013 for details of the entrance fee and for further information. Rude Lounge, Hill Road, opposite Globus, Bandra (West). Tel: 2640 0066.
• Attend the special hip hop edition of Live From The Console, which will feature performances by Dharavi-based collective Sout Dandy Squad, beatboxing ensemble Voctronica, and rappers Mandeep Sethi and Microphon3 as well as a set by DJ Uri. The gig, which will be held on Saturday, March 10, from 7pm onwards, will begin with a screening of the 2001 US hip hop documentary Scratch. Tickets are priced at Rs150 per head. Recording Studio, First Floor, Mehboob Studios, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Call 99675 39983 for details.
• Hear Bollywood composers Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy perform some of their biggest hits at an unplugged concert at the Royal Western India Turf Club this Saturday, March 10, from 7.30pm. Tickets, which are priced at Rs3,000 and Rs4,000 per head and get you unlimited cocktails and canapes, are available at the venue and bookmyshow.com. Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mahalaxmi. Tel: 2307 1401.
• Listen to Hindi pop and film playback singer Lucky Ali sing at an unplugged concert at Canvas this Saturday, March 10, from 9pm. The entrance fee is Rs700 per head. Fourth Floor, Palladium, above The Comedy Store, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: 4348 5050.
• Watch four stand-up comedians—Karan Talwar, Tanmay Bhat, Sapan Varma and Utsav Chakraborty—get laughs for a good cause at The Bombay Store on Sunday, March 11. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards NGO Tamarind Tree, which runs a school for tribal children in Maharashtra. Tickets for the event, which starts at 6.30pm, are priced at Rs500, Rs1,000, Rs2,000 and Rs5,000. For passes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 88066 61235. The Bombay Store, P. M. Road, Fort.