Things To Do This Weekend
• See two of French-Armenian artist Melik Ohanian‘s video and slide works at Mumbai Art Room, in which the concept of time and place lose their specificity and context. Until Friday, November 23. Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, Fourth Pasta Lane, opposite Navy Children School, Colaba. Tel: 97699 50136.
• Bangalore-based Nilofer Suleman returns with her trademark technicoloured canvases in “Bombay Bioscope” in which Irani cafes, antique stores and Talkies are filtered through the artist’s trippy lens. Until Sunday, November 25. Art Musings, 1 Admiralty Building, Colaba Cross Lane, Colaba. Tel: 022 2216 3339.
• Sign up for a studio visit with acclaimed artist Atul Dodiya, organised by the Asia Society on Saturday, October 20. The artist, who recently showed at the Beijing Biennale, will talk about his early years, his process and growing up in Ghatkopar. From noon to 2pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, October 18 to reserve a seat on the bus. Tickets are priced at Rs750 for Asia Society members and at Rs1,000 for all others (includes refreshments and round-trip transportation).
• Pick up dozens of paintings, photographs, print portfolios and lithographs by artists like A.A. Raiba, Pushpamala N., Prajakta Potnis, Justin Ponmany as well as budding newbies from the J.J. School of Art at Clark House’s Sale Day on Sunday, October 21. Prices range from Rs500 to Rs3 lakh. From 10am to 9.30pm. Clark House, Ground floor, RBT Group, 8 Nathalal Parkeh Marg, Next to Woodside Inn, Colaba. Tel: 98202 13816.
• Ahead of the second edition of the Naked Comedy Festival at the end of the month, Bandra bar Bonobo is holding a pre-show on Thursday, October 18, with comics Kunal Rao and Atul Khatri. From 9pm onwards. Entry is free. Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall Phase II, Second Floor, off Linking Road, same building as KFC, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.
• India had a jazz age. Don’t believe us? See for yourself at screenings of the much awaited documentary Finding Carlton: Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India by New York-based filmmaker Susheel J. Kurien, on Thursday, October 18 and Saturday, October 20. For screening details, see here.
• Polish your dancing shoes and head out to Bonobo on Friday, October 19 for the launch of the Mumbai-based electronica act Bay Beat Collective‘s debut EP Megapolis. The influences on the free three-track EP (download it here), which has been inspired by Mumbai and other big cities, range from dubstep and drum ‘n bass to breakbeat and techno. Bay Beat Collective is made up of Mumbai-based DJ Kris Correya and music programmer Sohail Arora. From 8.30pm. Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall (KFC Building), Phase 2, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.
• You know you’re in for a night of heavy dancing when Ritesh D’Souza aka DJ Nasha aka B.R.E.E.D. assumes control of the turntable. On Friday, October 19, D’Souza will perform at the F.Lounge.Diner.Bar in Lower Parel as his dubstep-favouring alter-ego B.R.E.E.D. The gig is part of the Smirnoff Next series of performances by DJs across the country. The cover fee is Rs2,000 per person. From 9pm. One IndiaBulls Centre, Third Floor, next to Gold’s Gym, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road. Tel: 022 6650 5820.
• This month’s edition of Live From The Console on Saturday, October 20, will kick off with a screening of It Might Get Loud, an aptly named tribute to rock’s most vital instrument, the electric guitar. The 97-minute rockumentary features the stories of legends Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, U2′s The Edge, and Jack White of The White Stripes, who discuss their musical styles before grouping for a jam session. The screening will be followed by performances by college-going singer-songwriter Tejas Menon, and indie rockers The Fringe Pop whose musical influences range from The Beatles to The Arctic Monkeys. The evening will end with an alternative rock set by a five-piece band that calls itself Spook. But mostly you may want to attend this edition of Live From the Console as the organisers have promised to reveal more details about the Goa edition of the concert series, slated to take place in December. Tickets are priced at Rs250 for the event, which will begin at 6.30pm. Rowson’s Reserve Smooth Spaces, Mehboob Studios, Stage No.2, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Call 99622 51331 for details.
• Attend the fourth edition of Kala Viraasat, an annual music festival held by cultural events organisers, Banyan Tree, on Saturday, October 20 at the Nehru Centre Auditorium. The line-up of musicians this year has sitar player Ustad Shujaat Khan, Carnatic violin duo, the brothers Ganesh and Kumaresh, ghatam maestro Vikku Vinayakram, American saxophonist George Brooks and the Chisti Brothers, a group of qawwals. From 6.30pm onwards. Donor passes for Rs250, Rs300, Rs400 and Rs500 are available from Nehru Centre, Rhythm House and Bookmyshow.com. Nehru Centre Auditorium, Nehru Centre, Annie Besant Road, Worli. Tel: 022 2496 4680.
• The National Centre for the Performing Arts and Prasar Bharati will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Allaudin Khan, the founder of the Maihar gharana, on Saturday, October 20 at the NCPA. The tribute concert will feature performances by flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia, sarod player Basant Kabra and the Maihar Band. The orchestral band was originally formed by Khan in the early 20th century with a group of orphaned children in Maihar, Madhya Pradesh. From 6.30pm. The event is free. Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.
• Lifestyle boutique Bandit Queen is holding a “Books & Bloomers” sale from Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, October 21 at interior designer Ravi Vazirani’s studio in Bandra where art, fiction and cookery titles from Steidl and the V&A, and their in-house range of children’s clothing will have discounts of up to 50 per cent. Also on offer (though not on sale) will be a selection of Bandit Queen’s range of crockery, clothing, x-ray print canvas bags and more. From 11am to 7pm. Ravi Vazirani Design Studio, Cottage No. 13/1073, Dr. Peter Dias road, Near Mount Mary’s ground, Bandra (West). Tel: 77383 41423.
• To celebrate their first anniversary this month, the folks behind the Indian edition of BBC GoodFood magazine have planned a day of gluttony for all to partake in. On Sunday, October 21, Shanghai Club, Hornby’s Pavilion, and Kebabs & Kurries at the ITC Grand Central in Lower Parel will serve eight-course, pre-plated South East Asian, modern European and Indian meals respectively. In addition to the restaurants’ presiding chefs, the magazine has roped in Busaba’s Nikhil Chib, Indigo Deli’s Jaydeep Mukherjee, Cafe Zoe’s Viraf Patel, Le 15 Patisserie’s Pooja Dhingra, and Smoke House Deli’s Gresham Fernandes to create dishes for the elaborate lunch, which will take place in three seatings (noon, 1.30pm and 3pm) across the three restaurants. The meals are priced at Rs1,500 per person. Tickets are available via Bookmyshow.com.
• Unleash your inner comic character and head to the Mumbai Film & Comics Convention at the World Trade Center from Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, October 21. Among the activities planned are panels with filmmakers and graphic artists, previews of upcoming films, merchandise stalls, a costume contest and more. To register visit Comiconmumbai.com.
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