Things To Do This Weekend
KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
• The annual ten-day cultural extravaganza returns this Saturday, February 2, with events and workshops that span the fields of dance, film, food, music, and theatre. This year, along with heritage walks and street performances, there’s also a series of activities for children. See here for our picks of what to catch during the first three days of the festival.
• Enjoy some laughs while watching The Comedy Kitchen, a set of ten sketches directed by Dhruv Mookerji based on original writing and adaptations of British TV shows such as Monty Python and Fry and Laurie. Tickets for the show, which will be staged at Liberty Cinema on Sunday, February 3 at 7pm, are priced at Rs300, Rs400 and Rs500. Liberty Cinema, Vithaldas Thackersey Marg, near Bombay Hospital, New Marine Lines. Tel: 022 2203 1196.
• Attend the International Digital Film Festival, the fifth edition of which will be held at Whistling Woods from Saturday, February 2 to Wednesday, February 6, from 11am to 8pm. In addition to Oscar-winning documentary Saving Face, you can catch The World Before Her, about 20 aspiring Miss Indias; Side By Side, actor Keanu Reeves exploration of new-age digital cinema; and the Playground Chronicles, a coming-of-age tale of a young boy’s life in 1980s Paris. You can also attend seminars and workshops on 3D, censorship, scriptwriting and other topics during the festival. There is no entry fee. See here for the full schedule. Whistling Woods, Film City Complex, Goregaon (East).
• Watch Spandan Banerjee’s 2011 documentary You Don’t Belong, which examines the issue of intellectual property rights vis a vis traditional and folk music, at the Films Division’s weekly series of screenings, the FD Zone on Saturday, February 2, from 4pm. There is no entry fee. R. R. Theatre, Films Division, diagonally opposite Jaslok Hospital, Peddar Road. Tel: 022 2351 0461.
GAY PRIDE WEEK
• Ahead of the Queer Azaadi March, watch the Queer Rock Concert at the Carter Road Amphitheatre in Bandra on Friday, February 1, from 6pm. The line-up features fusion-rock band The Milaap Project and rapper Ashiwini among others. Then show your support for the recognition and awareness of LGBT rights by participating in the Queer Azaadi March that will begin from August Kranti Maidan on Saturday, February 2 at 3pm. Visit Queerazaadi.wordpress.com for details.
• Bust out your hats and fascinators for the McDowell Signature Premier Indian Derby, which will be held at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse from 1pm onwards on Saturday, February 2 and from 1.30pm onwards on Sunday, February 3. In addition to watching the races, you can also catch a fashion show by designers Rocky S and Pria Kataria Puri, magic and martial art shows, and see famed Hollywood make-up artist Scott Barnes (responsible incidentally for giving J-Lo her bronzed look) perform make-overs. The entry fee is Rs30 for the non-members enclosure and Rs350 for the members enclosure. Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mahalaxmi.
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
• Move to the bass beats of Doc Daneeka aka Berlin-based Welsh producer Mial Watkins when he plays Bonobo on Friday, February 1. There is no entry fee for the gig, which starts from 9pm onwards. Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, Second Floor, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.
• Choose between trance, techno and metal at Blue Frog this weekend: veteran psy-trance producer and Shpongle member Raja Ram performs on Friday, February 1 from 10.30pm (entry fee of Rs800 or cover charge of Rs2,000 per head); Jalebee Cartel’s Arjun Vagale presents his new solo Re:Focus at the club on Saturday, February 2 (entry fee Rs500 per head); and metal bands Bhayanak Maut and Devoid from Mumbai (the latter of whom will launch their EP The Invasion) and Blind Image from Chennai play its monthly metal night on Sunday, February 3 (entry fee Rs250 per head). Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6158 6158.
• Watch tabla superstar Zakir Hussain, banjo player Bela Fleck, double bass player Edgar Meyer and a host of others perform at this year’s edition of the annual concert organised by Hussain and his brothers, Fazal and Taufiq Qureshi, in memory of their father Alla Rakha Khan, which will be held at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium on Sunday, February 3, from 6.30am. See here for details.
• Dance to the tunes of Romanian DJ, producer and composer Edward Maya, best known for his global smash “Stereo Love” when he performs on Sunday, February 3 at the Jashoda Rang Mandir, as part of Vividh, the annual cultural festival of the Pravin Gandhi College of Law. Gates open at 5pm for the concert, tickets for which are priced at Rs600 per head and are available from Kyazoonga.in. Jashoda Rang Mandir, Vile Parle (West).
If you still haven’t been to the country’s largest urban forest, then sign up for travel company Grassroutes’s 6kms nature trail through Sanjay Gandhi National Park on Saturday, February 2, from 7.30am to 4pm. The registration fee is Rs350 per person (includes the cost of breakfast, the entry ticket and travel). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for further details. Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali (East).
• Browse textile labels dating back to the late-1800s, and popular art by Raja Ravi Varma and and other Indian painters at the Ephemera: Indian Identity and the Imagination exhibition at Artisans’s Centre. See here for details.
• Pick up furnishings, clothes and accessories from the Le Mill sale at Ave 29 in Hughes Road from 10am to 7pm on Saturday, February 2, when the multi-designer boutique will discount labels such as Acne, Bandit Queen, Dannijo, Kidology, Les Fees de Bengale, Nana Ki and Savio Jon by up to 50 per cent. Ave 29, Kohinoor Mansion, 29 Hughes Road, Kemps Corner.Tags: Arjun Vagale, Bela Fleck, Bhayanak Maut, Blind Image, Blue Frog, Bonobo, Comedy, Devoid, Dhruv Mookerji, Doc Daneeka, Documentary, Edgar Meyer, Edward Maya, Ephemera: Indian Identity and the Imagination, Film, Films Division, Grassroutes, International Digital Film Festival, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Le Mill, McDowell Signature Premier Indian Derby, Music, Nightlife, Pria Kataria Puri, Queer Azaadi March, Queer Rock Concert, Raja Ram, Rocky S, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Saving Face, Spandan Banerjee, The Comedy Kitchen, Weekend Guide, You Don’t Belong, Zakir Hussain