The Weekend Guide
At Sakshi Gallery, a group showing of artists entitled Looking Back, Looking Forward is worth a visit if only to see Riyas Komu’s magnificent “The Lost Resonance”, a wood and metal sculpture of onion domes that snake around the room, trapping in their cages Arabic script that is deliberately meaningless. The gallery is also selling dozens of paintings, lithographs and drawings by artists both famous and obscure, most under Rs10,000, making this an opportune moment to drop by.
When: From Saturday, June 9 until Saturday, June 30. Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm; Sunday closed.
Where: Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11-A Nathalal Parekh Marg, Colaba. Tel: 6610 3424.
Fans of Ridley Scott’s Alien series have been counting down the months to the release of this prequel to that genre-defining cinematic blend of horror and science fiction. Set in 2093, it follows a corporate-funded trillion-dollar space mission to find, what else, the origins of mankind. Critics by and large have been impressed, saying that Prometheus, which features Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender in pivotal roles, “damn near lives up to the unsustainable hype, at least at the level of cinematography, production design, special effects and pure wow factor”.
When: From Friday, June 8.
Where: At cinemas across the city.
‘Occupy Mumbai’ at Azad Maidan
Still bummed about the blocking of Vimeo? Then take your anger to the streets in this peaceful protest organised by hacktivist group Anonymous at Azad maidan this Saturday, June 9. Anonymous, which recently brought down MTNL’s website, say they will continue to protest the curbing on Internet freedom in India, and hack into government sites until a resolution is reached. In the meantime, they suggest citizens don these masks, and assemble en masse to unite in the fight against censorship.
When: Saturday, June 9 from 4pm onwards.
Where: For more information, visit the Facebook page or Opindia.posterous.com.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• See a photo exhibition by South African lensmen Koto Bolofo that documents the inner workings of French luxury fashion house Hermès’s various ateliers. Until Sunday, July 15; daily, from 10.30am to 7.30pm. Hermès, 15A, Horniman Circle, near the Asiatic Society Library, Fort. Tel: 2263 0093.
• Pick up a free sapling distributed by the American Center, between 3pm and 7.30pm on Friday, June 8 at the Oberoi Mall in Goregaon, in celebration of World Environmental Day. Oberoi Mall, Goregaon (East).
• On Friday, June 8, Woodside in Andheri will host a beer tasting session along with All Things Nice, a company that organises wine dinners across the city. You can taste six imported beers, namely Duvel and Liefmans Fruitesse from Belgium, Murphy’s from Ireland, Schneider Weisse from Germany, Fuller’s London Pride from England, and Brooklyn Lager from the US. The session, which will also include a talk on the history, types and styles of beer, 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. Woodside, New Link Plaza, Oshiwara Link Road, next to Oshiwara Police Station, Andheri (West). Tel: 2632 8963/2633 6549.
• Attend a concert by Pakistani ghazal star Ghulam Ali at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium this Friday, June 8, from 7pm. Tickets are priced at Rs699, Rs999, Rs1,999 and Rs2,999 for the concert, where part of the sale proceeds (Rs100 from every ticket sold) will be donated to the Cancer Aid and Research Foundation. Shanmukhananda Auditorium, behind Gandhi Market, Sion (East). Tel: 2407 8888.
• Dance to nu-disco beats at Mia Discoteca, a new monthly club night organised at F Bar, Lounge and Diner by Frenchmen Dimitri Bernon and Paul-Henri Moal aka Hior Domme and DMT aka the Indian Hipsters. The inaugural edition, which will be held this Friday, June 8, from 9pm onwards, will feature sets by the pair as well as guest slots by singer and actress Monica Dogra and F Mumbai’s resident DJ Kris Correya. Call the venue for details of the cover charge. F Bar, Lounge and Diner, Third Floor, next to Gold’s Gym, One India Bulls, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road. Tel: 6650 5820.
• Trip out to the trance sounds of British DJ Eddie Halliwell at Blue Frog on Friday, June 8, from 10.30pm. The entry fee for the gig, which will also feature a set by Nikhil Chinapa, is Rs1,200 per head. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158.
• Sign up for a two-day photography workshop that will be conducted by French lensman and philosopher Pierre Poulain on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, from 10.30am to 4.40pm. To register, click here. New Acropolis Centre, A-0 Ground Floor, Connaught Mansions, opposite the Colaba Post Office, Colaba. Tel: 98330 33239.
• Watch Khusrau-Kabir, a concert of the works of saint-poets Amir Khusrau and Kabir that will feature performances by Pune-based Hindustani classical vocalist Shounak Abhisheki, folk singer Prahlad Singh Tipanya from Madhya Pradesh, and Dehi-based qawwali exponent Chand Nizami and his group. Tickets for the concert, which will be held at the Nehru Centre on Saturday, June 9, from 7pm, are priced at Rs200, Rs300, Rs400 and Rs500. Nehru Centre Auditorium, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli. Tel: 2496 4680.
• Listen and learn at the Mumbai edition of Simmer Down, the weekly reggae night organised by Delhi-based sound system Reggae Rajahs, at Juhu restaurant Bistro Grill on Sunday, June 10, from 7pm. The event, which will end with a performance by the collective, will include the screening of a documentary on the history of reggae, and a listening and Q&A session on its different sub-genres. The cover charge is Rs200. Bistro Grill, Hotel Bawa Continental, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu. Tel: 98337 88556.
• Hear Pakistani pop duo Strings perform their most popular hits at Bandra club Royalty this Sunday, June 10, from 9pm onwards. Tickets for the concert, which has been organised by Le Club Musique, are priced at Rs2,000 per head. Royalty The Club, G1, B Kyrstal Building, behind ICICI Bank, Waterfield Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 4229 6000.Tags: All Things Nice, Anonymous, Art, beer, Chand Nizami, Eddie Halliwell, F Bar Lounge and Diner, Film, Ghulam Ali, Hermes, Indian classical music, Indian Hipsters, Khusrau-Kabir, Koto Bolofo, Le Club Musique, Looking Back Looking Forward, Mia Discoteca, Music, New Acropolis Centre, Nightlife, Nikhil Chinapa, Occupy Mumbai, Photography, Pierre Poulain, Prahlad Tipanya, Prometheus, Reggae Rajahs, Restaurants, Riyas Komu, Sakshi Gallery, Shanmukhananda Auditorium, Shounak Abhisheki, Simmer Down, Strings, The American Center, Weekend Guide, Woodside