The Weekend Guide
After a slow couple of months, the art calendar finally kicks off in earnest, with five new shows opening this week. At Gallery Maskara, Avantika Bawa has erected an installation of criss-crossing scaffolding to hint at the urban patterns that clutter our skylines. At Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, meanwhile, Hyderabad-based Siji Krishnan has used the translucency of rice paper to create delicate renderings of flora. If you visit but one show, make it Chatterjee & Lal’s “best of”, which celebrates the gallery’s fifth anniversary with an exhibition of works by some of its brightest stars, including Nikhil Chopra, Sahej Rahal (see image), Hetain Patel and Rashid Rana to name but a few.
When: See here for details.
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Mohammed Ali Road Feasting
Ramadan is expected to end around Sunday, August 19, which gives you just about ten days in which to visit Mohammed Ali Road, armed of course, with our trusty carnivore’s guide to the area. The feasting is concentrated in two key neighbourhoods: Bohri Mohalla and Minara Masjid. Start at Sarvi for the seekh kebabs and piping hot paya; gorge on baida roti from Jilani Fast Food Corner; wash it down with an anjeer shake at KGN Juice; before ending with crisp mawa jalebis at Burhanpur Jalebi Centre.
When: Until Sunday, August 19; from sunset.
Where: For details, see here.
The Supersonics and Blek at Blue Frog
After The Supersonics performed the standout set at the Puma Loves Vinyl gig in June, the folks at NH7 decided to rope in the recently reunited Kolkata band for the inaugural edition of their bimonthly Roadkill series of tours, which will feature a rising indie rock act playing shows across the country. Each tour comes with special merchandise and a free-to-download EP of previously unreleased material (get The Supersonics’s one here). The Mumbai leg of the tour, which will take place at Blue Frog this Saturday, will feature an opening set by our other favourite Indian indie post-punk purveyors: city-based trio Blek.
When: Saturday, August 11, from 10pm onwards.
Where: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6158 6158. The entry fee is Rs500.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Hear space engineer Susmita Mohanty talk about “lunar architecture” at a discussion at Studio X on Friday, August 10, from 6.30pm onwards. Entry is free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Kitab Mahal, 192 D. N. Road, Fort.
• If you missed One Man, Two Guvnors, London’s National Theatre’s adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s classic 1743 Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters, when it was shown at the NCPA as part of its NT Live series of screenings last September, you can watch it this Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, at 3pm and 7pm on both days, at the same venue. Tickets are priced at Rs300 per head. Godrej Dance Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.
• Catch Jagannathan Krishnan’s critically hailed documentary Videokaaran, about a film buff who works in an illegal video parlor in a Mumbai slum, at the FD Zone, the weekly movie club started by the Films Division, this Saturday, August 11, at 4pm. There is no entry fee for the event, which will also include a screening of S. N. S. Sastry’s And I Make Short Films. RR Theatre, Tenth Floor, Films Division, opposite Jaslok Hospital, Pedder Road.
• Dance to the house music beats of DJ Anish Sood at the recently-re-opened lounge section of China House this Saturday, August 11, from 9pm onwards. There is no entry fee. Grand Hyatt Hotel, off the Western Express Highway, Santa Cruz (East). Tel: 022 6676 1234.
• Celebrate the fifth anniversary of LGBT organisation Salvation Star at a party at the Twister Lounge and Bar in Khar this Saturday, August 11, from 9.30pm onwards. A cover charge of Rs500 gets you free soft drinks and mocktails, while a cover charge of Rs700 gets you one large alcoholic drink or two pints of Kingfisher beer plus unlimited glasses of Sula red and white wine. Unicontinental Hotel, Khar (West). Contact email@example.com for details.
• See photographer Subhendu Sen’s candid shots of brides and grooms as they go through the various wedding ceremonies, on display at the Artists’ Centre in Kala Ghoda until Sunday, August 12. Sen will also be taking free headshots for anyone who drops in, but an appointment is necessary. See here for details. Ador House, 6 K. Dubash Marg, Behind Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda.Tags: Anish Sood, Art, Avantika Bawa, Blek, Blue Frog, Burhanpur Jalebi Centre, Chatterjee & Lal, China House, Documentary, FD Zone, Film, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Gallery Maskara, Jagannathan Krishnan, Jilani Fast Food Corner, KGN Juice, Mohammed Ali Road, Music, NH7 Roadkill tour, Nightlife, Nikhil Chopra, NT Live, One Man Two Guvnors, Salvation Star, Sarvi, Siji Krishnan, Susmita Mohanty, The Supersonics, Theatre, Videokaaran, Weekend Guide