The Weekend Guide
Rizwan-Muazzam at Blue Frog
If you’re still moaning about how the Indian version of Coke Studio isn’t a patch on the Pakistani avatar, you’d do well to make it to Blue Frog this Sunday, June 17. The club will host a concert by one of the latter show’s star performers, qawwali singing siblings Rizwan and Muazzam, who happen to be the nephews and former students of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The Pakistani pair’s recital, organised by Inroom Records, is being billed as a tribute to the legend and will feature rousing renditions of a number of compositions that have come to be closely associated with Khan. Listen out for “Allah Hoo”, “Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai”, “Ni Main Jana Jogi De Naal” and even “Aafreen Aafreen”, which Rizwan, 32, and Muazzam, 29, will perform as part of a troupe that will include two harmonium players, five chorus singers and a tabla player.
When: Sunday, June 17, from 9pm onwards.
Where: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158. The entry fee is Rs500 per head.
‘Pereira’s Bakery at 76 Chapel Road’ at Sophia Bhabha Auditorium
The lanes of Bandra’s Chapel Road neighbourhood are far too narrow to accommodate “Asia’s largest shopping mall” but Ayeesha Menon’s play on the fast-changing landscape of our city’s suburbs is otherwise seeped in reality. Pereira’s Bakery at 76 Chapel Road, which centres on bakery owner Vincent Pereira and his neighbours’ struggle to save their home from being demolished by an avaricious builder, was partly inspired by the forced eviction of residents from the Bandra gaothan of Pereirawadi. Menon’s script, directed by actor Zafar Karachiwala, largely eschews clichés for a poignant narrative where the sentimentality is balanced with humour, both dry and farcical. The maximum laughs come courtesy of Darius Shroff’s curmudgeonly retiree and Nisha Lalvani’s Indian Idol aspirant.
When: Saturday, June 16, at 7.30pm.
Where: Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, Sophia College, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy. Tickets are priced at Rs200, Rs300, Rs400, and Rs500, and are available from bookmyshow.com.
Father’s Day Specials
Gather the family and show pop some love with a meal this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17. Dads dining with their families at the Zodiac Grill, the French fine dining restaurant at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Colaba, and at 022, the all-day restaurant at the Trident in Bandra Kurla Complex, will get a complimentary meal (at 022, the offer only applies to one father per table of four). Fathers attending the Sunday brunch at Corleone, the Italian restaurant at the InterContinental on Marine Drive, will be gifted a Rs2,000 Juice salon voucher, which can be redeemed at the Colaba outpost.
When: Sunday, June 17.
Where: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder. Tel: 6665 3366. Trident, C-56, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex. Tel: 6672 7777. InterContinental Marine Drive, 135 Marine Drive. Tel: 3987 9999. The five-course menu at Zodiac Grill is priced at Rs8,000 per person (exclusive of tax but inclusive of a complimentary glass of sparkling wine). At Corleone, the brunch is priced at Rs1,950 per person (exclusive of taxes) with alcohol, and at Rs1,650 per person (exclusive of taxes) without alcohol. At 022, the unlimited champagne brunch is priced at Rs2,975 per person with alcohol, and at Rs2,675 without alcohol.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Get inked, have your future told, and make sense of your inscrutable past at the fifth edition of Mystic Musings—A Date With Destiny, a congregation of astrologers, tarot readers, healers, tattoo artists, past life regressionists, and numerologists at the World Trade Centre in Cuffe Parade, from 2pm to 7pm on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, and from 2pm to 10pm on Sunday, June 17. The three-day event will also feature poi performances, mixed martial arts fights, stunts performances by BMX bikes, and zumba workshops. There is a cover charge of Rs200 per day that can be redeemed at the food stalls. Expo Convention Room, First Floor, Arcade A, Gate No. 1, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade. Tel: 96199 55540.
• Watch three film-focused documentaries at the Alliance Française auditorium this Friday, June 15, from 6.30pm. Hansa Thapliyal’s Have You Dreamt Cinema? is about three women who live along Mumbai’s Film City Road; Nidhi Tuli’s The Saroj Khan Story about the veteran Hindi film choreographer; and Binu Kumar’s Priyapetta/Dear Kim about three movie-obsessed friends in a village in Kerala. There is no entry fee. Alliance Française, Theosopy Hall, 40 New Marine Lines. Tel: 2203 5993.
• Dance (provided of course that there are no more than ten couples on the floor at one time) to the sounds of Murthovic aka Hyderabadi techno DJ Sri Rama Murthy and Mumbai-based electronica DJ Tarun Shahani at F Bar, Lounge and Diner this Friday, June 15, from 9pm onwards. 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.
• Join in a protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Saturday, June 16, from noon to 1pm at Azad Maidan, to voice concern for horses forced to haul around Victoria carriages in the city. The organisers encourage people to wear horse masks, wear white clothes and bring placards that read “Say Neigh to Cruelty, Ban Horse Carriages”. For more information, see the Facebook page. Azad Maidan, Fort.
• If you didn’t see Time Out India photo editor Chirodeep Chaudhuri‘s show The Commuters at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in April, then drop into The Art Loft on Saturday, June 16, from 5pm, to hear him present the same series via a slideshow. The presentation will be followed by a discussion. There is no entry fee. The Art Loft, Valentino Rest, First Floor, near Mehboob Studios, Bandra (West). Tel: 99304 83966.
• Catch performances by a trio of rising acts this Saturday, June 16, at Live From The Console: singer/songwriter Pragnya Wakhlu; Snowshoe aka the electronica avatar of guitarist Rahul Nadkarni and drummer Harsh Karangale from Sky Rabbit; and ViceVersa, the duo of Manas Ullas and Rohit “P-Man” Pereira whose music spans a number of genres from drum n’ bass to rock. The event, tickets for which are priced at Rs150 per head, will begin at 6.45pm with a screening of Under African Skies, a recently-released rockumentary that looks back at the making of Paul Simon’s landmark 1986 album Graceland. Rowson’s Reserve Smooth Spaces, Stage No.2, Mehboob Studios, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Call 99675 39983 for details.
• Hum along to the hits of Indi-pop and Hindi film playback singer KK at an “unplugged” concert this Saturday, June 16, from 7pm. Tickets, priced at Rs750, Rs1,000, Rs2,000, Rs2,500 and Rs5,000, are available from bookmyshow.com. Shanmukhananda Auditorium, behind Gandhi Market, Sion (East). Tel: 2407 8888.
• Attend the ninth edition of Barcamp on Sunday, June 17, from 9am to 6pm. At the self-described “unconference”, anyone can attend and be a speaker. The topics that will be under discussion this time around include “number crunching for cheap”, improv comedy, typography and “how to get an eight-pack”. There is no entry fee. For more information, see here. Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, HR Maharaj Marg, Matunga.Tags: 022, Alliance Francaise, Ayeesha Menon, BarCamp, Binu Kumar, Blue Frog, Chirodeep Chaudhuri, F Bar Lounge and Diner, F-Bar, Father’s Day, Father’s Day specials, Hansa Thapliyal, Have You Dreamt Cinema?, Intercontinental Marine Drive, KK, Live From The Console, Mehboob Studios, Murthovic, Music, Mystic Musings, Nidhi Tuli, Nightlife, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Pereira’s Bakery at 76 Chapel Road, Photography, plays, Pragnya Wakhlu, Priyapetta/Dear Kim, Rizwan and Muazzam, Rizwan-Muazzam, Shanmukhananda Auditorium, Snowshoe, Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Tarun Shahani, The Commuters, The Saroj Khan Story, Theatre, Trident Bandra Kurla Complex, ViceVersa, Weekend Guide, Zafar Karachiwala, Zodiac Grill