The Weekend Guide
After many delays, Martin Scorsese’s terrific film from 2011, Hugo finally hits our shores, albeit in limited release. The 3D spectacle (it reportedly cost $170 million to make) beguiled both critics and audiences (and the Oscar committee, which gave it five trophies) with its story of that long-hailed poster boy of magical tales: an orphan. Said orphan Hugo lives in a Parisian train station in the 1930s and is charged with the task of keeping its clock ticking on time. His preoccupation however is a broken automaton that he hopes to fix to reveal a secret message. Critics have been near unanimous in praising the movie’s visual effects, some going so far as to declare: “I have seen the future of 3-D moviemaking, and it belongs to Martin Scorsese”.
When: From Friday, May 4.
Where: At select cinemas across the city.
Gipin Varghese at Sakshi Gallery, Anand Mahajani at Jehangir Art Gallery
Two artists will hold their debut solo shows this weekend, both demonstrating considerable skill with that old-fashioned tool: the paintbrush. At Sakshi Gallery, Kerala-based Gipin Varghese showcases his way with acrylics through his verdant landscapes where the lush flora and fauna belie decidedly darker themes of illegal mining and mass slaughter. At Jehangir, graphic designer Anand Mahajani—who waited five years to get an exhibition space at the gallery—displays his artful watercolours of architectural structures in Badami, Aurangabad, Chittorgarh and Ahmedabad.
When: Gipin Varghese’s show will run until Friday, May 25. Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm; Sunday closed. Anand Mahajani’s show will run until Tuesday, May 8. Daily, 11am to 7pm.
Where: Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11-A Nathalal Parekh Marg, Colaba. Tel: 6610 3424. Jehangir Art Gallery, Exhibition Room 1, B-161, Mahatama Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda.
Can’t make it to Fatboy Slim’s concerts in Delhi or Bangalore? Seek some consolation in the three great gigs taking place in our city this weekend. On Friday, booking agency Krunk will celebrate its third anniversary with a party to remember at Bonobo courtesy of Delhi-based trio Reggae Rajahs, widely regarded as “India’s first reggae sound system”. On Saturday, ear-friendly pop-rock band Spud In The Box will perform at Dadar Chowpatty as part of the ongoing series of Bandstand Revival concerts. Also on Saturday, Blue Frog will host a double-bill—electro-pop act Shaa’ir + Func’s first gig here in six months will be followed by sets by Berlin-based American techno DJ Ambivalent aka Kevin McHugh, and Jalebee Cartel’s Ash Roy.
When: Reggae Rajahs perform on Friday, May 4, from 9pm onwards. The Bandstand Revival concert will begin at 5.30pm on Saturday, May 5 with an opening set by Hindi rock group Life. Shaa’ir + Func performs from 10pm.
Where: Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall Phase II, Second Floor, off Linking Road, same building as KFC, Bandra (West). Tel: 2605 5353. Call the venue for details of the entry fee. Dadar Chowpatty, behind the Mayor’s Bungalow, same lane as the HP Petrol Pump, near Shivaji Park, Dadar (West). Call 98196 89544 for further details. There is no entry fee. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158. The entry fee is Rs500.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Shop for accessories, clothes, knick-knacks and more at the Black Taxi exhibition on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, from 11.30am to 8pm. The exhibition will feature the summer collections of 25 Indian designers from across the country. Executive Enclave, Banquet 2, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Bandra (West).
• Dance to the sounds of electronica trio Bay Beat Collective, and AlgoRhythm aka the DJ duo of Varun Patra and Paloma Monnappa, at the Bandra branch of Rude Lounge this Saturday, May 5, from 9pm onwards. The entry fee of Rs250 gets you one beer. Rude Lounge, Hill Road, opposite Globus, Bandra (West). Call 99208 83013 for further information.
• Hear a solo recital by Hindustani classical vocalist Sanjeev Abhyankar this Sunday, May 6, from 6.30pm at the Nehru Centre. Tickets for the concert, which has been organised by Udayan, are priced at Rs200. Hall of Harmony, Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli. Call 2351 0809 for further information.Tags: AlgoRhythm, Ambivalent, Anand Mahajani, Art, Ash Roy, Bandstand Revival Project, Bay Beat Collective, Black Taxi, Blue Frog, Bonobo, Film, Gipin Varghese, Hugo, Jehangir Art Gallery, Music, Nehru Centre, Reggae Rajahs, Rude Lounge, Sakshi Gallery, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Shaa'ir + Func, Shopping, Spud In The Box, Udayan, Weekend Guide