The Weekend Guide

April 12, 2012 4:49 pm by

Photo: A. Kermann.

Indo-German Urban Mela
Beer, bockwurst, brass bands, and b-boys are among the things you can look forward to at the Indo-German Urban Mela, which begins tomorrow at the Cross Maidan Garden. The ten-day cultural festival, hosted by the Max Mueller Bhavan, will open with a concert by the Cologne-based world music group, the Schal Sick Brass Band. Among the other events worth checking out this weekend are performances by Berlin-based experimental street theatre company Grotest Maru (see image) and rapper and breakdancer Akim Walta, who is described as Germany’s “hip hop ambassador”. But perhaps the biggest highlight of all is the all-day beer garden where you can buy brews from Erdinger and wines from Dr. Loosen and Black Tower, and snack on bockwurst and Black Forest cake. See here for the full schedule.
When: Opens on Friday, April 13 at 6.30pm. From Saturday, April 14 to Sunday, April 22, from 10am to 10pm.
Where: Cross Maidan Garden, Karamvir Bhaurao Patil Road, near Churchgate Station, Marine Lines. All events are free.

At Gallery BMB in Fort, Nashik-based designers Uttara and Adwait Kher will showcase their collection of recycled teak wood furniture that includes benches, chairs, chests and cabinets. Nearby at DBS House, Mumbai-based entrepreneur Perveez Aggarwal will be showing exquisite Parsi gara embroidery on stoles, salwars, saris and jackets. From there, head to Lower Parel, where fashion company Grand Trunk Rd will be displaying the best of Pakistani designerwear (including pieces by Sania Maskatiya who designed filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Oscar Awards outfit this year).
When: See here for details.
Where: See here for details.

Rashid Rana art show, Ai Weiwei’s documentaries
Pakistani artist Rashid Rana’s ambitious two-gallery show at Chemould Prescott Road and Chatterjee & Lal brings together a smattering of works, old and new. Don’t miss his mosaic-like canvases and installations, which stitch together CCTV footage, classical European paintings and signboards from his hometown of Lahore, to create single works of seeming innocuousness. At Clark House meanwhile, you can catch five documentaries made by famous Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, who shows with great poignancy how to be an effective pain in any government’s backside.
When: For details, see here and here.
Where: For details, see here and here.

• Beef up on your beer notes by attending a beer tasting session at Woodside in Andheri on Friday, April 13 organised by event company All Things Nice. The session, which will also include a talk on the history of beer, types and styles of beer, and the process of beer making, is priced at Rs995 per person. The registration fee gets you a mug of each beer and finger foods such as sliders, beer-battered onion rings, and charred tomato and zucchini mousse. From 8pm to 9.30pm. New Link Plaza, Oshiwara Link Road, next to Oshiwara Police Station, Andheri (West). Tel: 2632 8963/2633 6549.

• See the intricate embroidered textiles of New Delhi-based artist Ranjith Raman at his solo exhibition Intangibles, at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke. From Monday to Friday, 10am to 6.30pm; Saturday, 11am to 4pm; Sunday closed. Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, 2 Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind the Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba. Tel: 2202 3030.

• Dance to the rhythms of reggae DJs Rudy Roots Selekta and Mista Hagen at the third-year anniversary celebrations of hip hop event management company Laffin Gas Inc. at the Bandra branch of Rude Lounge. The cover charge for the gig, on Friday, April 13, from 9pm onwards, is Rs500 per couple or single male (single women enter for free). Call 99208 83013 for further information. Rude Lounge, Hill Road, opposite Globus, Bandra (West). Tel: 2640 0066.

• Hear author Rishad Saam Mehta read excerpts from his travelogue Hot Tea Across India, which was born out of several trips made around the country, sampling chai with different people. The reading, which will be held on Saturday, April 14 at Mocha Mojo, from noon to 2pm, will include a presentation of Mehta’s travel photos and a Q&A session with him. Mocha Mojo, Classical Corner Building, next to Holy Family Hospital, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 2643 3098.

• Watch a screening of the National Theatre UK’s latest production of Irish playwright’s 1773 comedy She Stoops To Conquer, which one critic has said “leaves the theatre echoing with the sound of the audience’s happiness” with “its mixture of wit and warmth”. Tickets for the screening at the NCPA on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 (at 3pm and 7pm on both days), are priced at Rs300. Godrej Dance Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 2282 4567.

• Catch a free gig by alternative rock group Blakc and “progressive post-hardcore” band Goddess Gagged this Saturday, April 14, at the Hanging Gardens, from 5.30pm onwards, as part of this year’s series of Bandstand Revival concerts organised by the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry at bandstands across the city. Hanging Gardens, entrance opposite the Malabar Hill Club, Malabar Hill. Call 98196 89544 for further details.

• Get two shows for the price of one at Blue Frog this Saturday, April 15, from 10pm onwards, when a performance by electro-pop act Shkabang, featuring Anushka Manchanda on vocals and Pentagram’s Shiraz Bhattacharya on drums, will be followed by a gig by a pair of Delhi-based DJs, Jalebee Cartel’s Arjun Vagale and Gaurav Malakar of audio-visual collective Basic Love of Things! The entry fee is Rs500. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158.