The Weekend Guide
Need to decorate your walls but aren’t into poster art? Then scrounge up a few grand and spend it instead on some vintage (around 200-year-old) lithographs by British botanists, zoologists and other nature-seeking sorts, at a sale to benefit NGO People For Animals. Prize finds include hand-coloured engravings of flora and fauna by John Gould, Benjamin Samuel Williams, and Joseph Paxton, all renowned in their respective fields. Prices range from Rs5,000 to Rs28,000.
When: Friday, August 3, from 5pm to 8pm; and Saturday, August 4, from 10am to 7pm.
Where: Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum), 159/61 M. G. Road, Fort. Tel: 022 2284 4484.
Cupcake and Clothing Exhibitions at Bonobo
We’ve got three good reasons for you to camp at Bonobo this weekend. Reason one: from this Friday, the lounge and restaurant will be an all-day venue that offers free wi-fi and a menu of eggs, teas and coffees, from noon onwards. Reason two: on Friday, they’re also hosting a fund-raising chocolate and cupcake exhibition organised by New York-based NGO Lend-A-Hand India. You can help yourself to unlimited assorted chocolates and cupcakes in flavours like coconut, vanilla and chocolate, against a cover fee of Rs800 (Rs700 if you register online), which will also get you a pint of beer. Reason three: on Sunday, the venue will be dotted with stalls selling poker accessories, quilted purses, floral chiffon tops and dresses, striped jackets and printed shorts, during the Chatterbox flea market.
When: Lend-A-Hand India’s chocolate and cupcake festival will be held on Friday, August 3, from 7pm to 9pm. The Chatterbox flea market will take place on Sunday, August 5, from noon to midnight.
Where: Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.
A Walk In The Woods
Even though Ratna Pathak Shah’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Lee Blessing’s Tony Award-nominated 1988 play A Walk In The Woods, mines the exhausted subject of Indo-Pak relations with painful earnestness, it’s worth seeing. This is because it features top-notch performances by two of our finest actors, Rajit Kapur and Naseeruddin Shah who star, respectively, as an Indian and a Pakistani diplomat engaged in the delicate but meaningless dance that is the bilateral relations between our country and her most prominent neighour.
When: Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, at 8pm on both days.
Where: Swatantryaveer Savarkar Smarak Sabhagriha, next to the Mayor’s Bungalow, Shivaji Park, Dadar (West). Call 97681 08252 for tickets, which are priced at Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Hear blogger Ramya Pandyan at this week’s edition of the Godrej-India Culture Lab’s Friday Funda series of talks, at 5pm this Friday, August 3, when she will speak about her eight-year blogging life and the evolution of her online identity IdeaSmith. Godrej Industries, Auditorium (above the canteen), Gate 2, Vikhroli (East). To RSVP, email email@example.com.
• Dance to the beats of electronica duo Bay Beat Collective, comprising Kris Correya and Sohail Arora, at a send-off gig of sorts this Friday, August 3, from 10.30pm at Blue Frog, before they embark on a tour of Europe. The entry fee for the gig, which will feature an opening set by Masta Justy, is Rs500. Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6158 6158.
• Catch screenings of two popular German films at the Max Mueller Bhavan this weekend: Tom Tykwer’s 1998 thriller Run Lola Run will be shown this Friday, August 3, and Faith Akin’s 2009 comedy Soul Kitchen on Saturday, August 4. Both screenings will begin at 6.30pm. Entry is free but on a first-come, first-served basis. Goethe Institut, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2202 7710.
• Swill and sniff at Cafe Pico’s wine bazaar on Sunday, August 5, from noon to 6pm, when the cafe will serve wines from France, Italy, Australia and Chile, alongside imported soft, hard and flavoured cheeses. The event will also feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, which will include pickled mushroom salad; pumpkin and goat cheese risotto; confit tenderloin with blue cheese; and chicken liver parfait. At 3pm, Cafe Pico chef Nicole Gonsalves-Pereira will give a talk on types of cheese and at 4.30pm, sommelier Stephanie Dias will lead a discussion on wine. The buffet is priced at Rs1,950 per person (inclusive of unlimited wine). Le Mill, 17-25 Nandlal Jani Road, next to Wadi Bunder, New Railway Bridge, Wadi Bunder (East). Tel: 022 2374 2419.Tags: A Walk In The Woods, Art, Bay Beat Collective, Blue Frog, Bonobo, Cafe Pico, Chatterbox Flea Market, Coomaraswamy Hall, Film, Gallery Art & Soul, Godrej Culture Lab, Le Mill, Lend-A-Hand India, Lithographs, Max Mueller Bhavan, Motley, Naseeruddin Shah, Nightlife, People For Animals, plays, Rajit Kapur, Ramya Pandyan, Ratna Pathak Shah, Run Lola Run, Shopping, Soul Kitchen, Talks, Theatre, Weekend Guide