Things To Do This Weekend
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
• Sway to the sounds of Bay Beat Collective, DJ Reji, and TripShot Crew at this month’s edition of Smash Up! at Lower Parel sports and entertainment centre Smaaash on Friday, May 17, from 9pm. The entry fee is Rs500 per person for the club night, which will feature a guest slot by Heems aka American hip hop star and former Das Racist member Himanshu Suri. See here for details.
• Move to the tunes of EDM composer, producer and DJ Akshai Sarin when he performs an “interactive” concert at Cheval on Friday, May 17, from 9pm onwards. There is an entry fee of Rs300 per person for the gig, which is part of an ongoing country-wide tour to promote his new album Connected and will see him creating a track using audience members’ voices, bottles, and cutlery. Cheval, above Khyber, 145 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 4039 6632.
• Dance to the beats of Ankytrixx aka Nepali electronica exponent Ankit Kochar at Aurus on Friday, May 17, from 10pm. Entry, which is restricted to couples, is free. Aurus, Ground Floor, Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu. Tel: 022 6710 6666.
• Attend the penultimate gig of this year’s Bandstand Revival series of concerts at Dadar Chowpatty on Saturday, May 18, from 5.30pm. There is no entry fee for the event, the line-up for which features singer-songwriter Alisha Pais; 12-member jazz ensemble Live Cycle; and funk-fusion duo Far Out Funk. The show at Horniman Circle Garden that was scheduled to take place on the same day has been cancelled. See here for further details. Dadar Chowpatty, behind the Mayor’s Bungalow, same lane as the HP Petrol Pump, near Shivaji Park, Dadar (West).
• Choose between Delhi DJs and Mumbai metal (or don’t and go for both gigs) at Blue Frog this weekend. Kohra aka fast-rising EDM star Madhav Shorey and BLOT! aka the Delhi-based “audio-visual” duo of electronic music producer Gaurav Malekar and visual jockey Avinash Kumar represent the capital on Saturday, May 18, from 10.30pm, when women can enter for free but men have to pay an entry fee of Rs600 or cover charge of Rs1,500 per head. On Sunday, May 19, Mumbai mosh pit-inciters Reptilian Death, Solar Deity and Albatross, who specialise respectively in the death, traditional and black sub-genres of heavy metal, perform from 9pm, when there is an entry fee of Rs250 or cover charge of Rs500 per head at the venue. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6158 6158.
• Party at Colaba restaurant The Pier, which is the venue for the May edition of the Balagan series of monthly brunches/parties on Sunday, May 19. Brunch will be served from noon to 4pm, after which the event will transition into a sundowner that will be soundtracked by DJs Mihir Ganatra and Aaron James. The brunch is priced at Rs1,800 per person (including unlimited select alcohol but excluding taxes); see here for the menu. Email email@example.com to book a table or get on the guest list for the post-brunch party. The Pier, 41/42 Minoo Desai Marg, behind Radio Club, Colaba. Tel: 022 6066 0036.
• Drop by Gallery Beyond from Friday, May 17 to Tuesday, May 21 when a new show RESIST will address “gender-based violence and injustice” through works by musicians, artists and fashion designers. Among those participating are singer Monica Dogra, who will perform at the gallery on Friday, starting at 9.30pm, plus artists like Raqs Media Collective, Gigi Scaria and Mithu Sen and designers like Manish Arora and Gauri and Nainika. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 6.30pm; Sunday, closed. Gallery Beyond, 130/132, Great Western Building, First Floor, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Fort. Tel: 022 2283 7345.
• Swing by the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum on Saturday, May 18, when in celebration of World Museum Day, the city museum will scrap entry fees for everyone. While there, don’t forget to see the British Council-organised group show Homelands featuring 28 prominent artists from around the world. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, 91A Rani Baug, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Marg, Byculla (East). Tel: 022 2373 1234.
• Attend The Improv, a performance of improvisational comedy by a group of comics from Bangalore at Canvas Laugh Factory on Friday, May 17, from 10.30pm. Directed and hosted by Saad Khan, the show will have Siddharth K. S., Vibhinta Verma, Sundeep Rao, Kenneth Sebastian, Danish Sait and Sal Yusuf. Tickets are priced at Rs500 and Rs900 per head (gets you one drink, pizza and dessert). Canvas Laugh Factory, Third Floor, Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 4248 5000.
TALKS & WORKSHOPS
• Attend a workshop on design writing called “Create change—Capturing inspirational design stories” at the British Council on Friday, May 17, from 10am to 5pm. Organised by the British Council and the design firm Kyoorius, the workshop will be conducted by British writer William Shaw, who will coach participants in writing stories about how design has impacted society. To apply, send your details and a sample of your writing or design to firstname.lastname@example.org with “KDY Design Writing” in the subject line. Those who are selected will be informed by email and will have to make a payment of Rs1,000 at the Kyoorius office (Kohinoor Estate, Second Floor, 165 Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 4236 3600). British Council, 901, Tower 1, Indiabulls Centre, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road (West). Tel: 022 6748 6748.
• Hear Godrej & Boyce’s executive director Vijay Crishna recount the extraordinary true story of an Antarctic expedition led by Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in the early 19th century, at Godrej Culture Lab’s Friday Fundas on Friday, May 17, from 5pm. There is no entry fee; RSVP by emailing email@example.com. Godrej Culture Lab, Auditorium (above Canteen), Gate 2, Godrej Industries, Vikhroli (East). Visit Indiaculturelab.org for a map to the venue.
• Pick up a tip or two at the latest edition of the Last Lecture series at The Big Bang Bar and Cafe on Sunday, May 19, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, when photographers Amit Ashar and Amit Madheshiya will talk about their respective fields of specialisation, commercial photography and photo journalism. There is no entry fee. For details, see the Facebook page. The Big Bang Bar and Cafe, Kenilworth Building, Third Floor, above KFC, Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2600 8833.
• Watch Anupam Kher in the 300th show of his hit play Kuchh Bhi Ho Sakta Hai at the National Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 18 or Sunday, May 19, from 7pm on both days. Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, the solo performance is based on the actor’s life. Tickets are priced at Rs260, Rs500, Rs760, Rs1,000 and Rs1,200 per head. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.