Things To Do This Weekend

April 3, 2014 3:04 pm by
"Man asleep in front of political graffiti, Calcutta c. 1978" by Pablo Barthlomew.

“Man asleep in front of political graffiti, Calcutta c. 1978″ by Pablo Barthlomew.


• In Calcutta Diaries at Sakshi Gallery, which opens on Saturday, April 5, acclaimed photographer Pablo Bartholomew chronicles the Eastern city during the 1970s in a series of black-and-white photographs – in stark display are hazy aerial views, the city’s Chinese community, intimate shots of his own grandmother and his time spent working on the sets of filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari. Until Friday, May 2. Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 6.30pm; Sunday, closed. Sakshi Gallery, 6/19, Grants Building, Second Floor, Arthur Bunder Road, near Arabian Nights store, Colaba. Tel: 022 6610 3424.

• One of the country’s most celebrated female photographers Dayanita Singh will talk to writer Aveek Sen about her body of work and discuss the process of making her exquisite books  at Max Mueller Bhavan on Friday, April 4 at 6.30pm. For details, see hereGoethe-Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2202 7710. .

• Opportunities to cycle in car-choked Mumbai are rare, and the ones we get, we grab. One such chance is coming up on Sunday, April 6, when you can cycle across the heritage hood of Colaba and the neighbouring precincts at the crack of dawn. The three-hour Old Mumbai Bicycle Tour organised by Woodside Inn and local travel company Odati Adventures every summer, includes stops at several landmarks such as Electric House and Badhwar Park, and culminates in breakfast at the bar. Cycles and helmets will be provided to the participants. The tour, which starts at 6.45am at Woodside Inn, is priced at Rs1,650 per person (including breakfast). Woodside Inn, Wodehouse Road, near Regal Cinema Circle, Colaba. To sign up, call 022 2287 5752.

The World Before Her, an award-winning and much buzzed about documentary about two vastly different groups of women in India, will be screened before its theatrical release in May at the Godrej Culture Lab this Friday, April 4. For details, see here.

• Gaysi, the chaps behind LGBT open mic night Dirty Talk, return this Sunday, April 6 with 2×2 Talkies, a series of film screenings that borrows it name from the street lingo that denotes a place where gay men meet covertly. For the first event, starting at 6pm at The Hive in Bandra, the organisers have sourced a double bill of movies that aren’t easily available to watch. The first is the documentary Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy; the second is a five-minute short about eunuchs called Middle Sex. The screenings will be followed by a conversation with representatives from the Aam Aadmi Party. The Hive, 50A, Huma Mansion, opposite Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Khar. Tel: 098209 98790.

• Check out a quartet of electronica acts, Ox7gen aka Aditya Ashok, SickFlip aka Sarvesh Shrivastava, Zokhuma aka Arman Menzies and AlgoRhythm aka the duo of Varun Patra and Paloma Monnappa, when they play sets at Boveda on Friday, April 4, from 8.30pm onwards. There is no entry fee. Boveda, G04, Morya Landmark One, near Infiniti Mall, off New Link Road, Andheri (West). Tel: 022 6708 0858.

• Dance to the DJ double bill of Bay Beat Collective’s Kris Correya and Masta Justy, one of the founding members of electronica collective Bhavishyavani Future Soundz, when they take over the console at the bar night at Nico Bombay on Friday, April 4, from 10pm. There is no entry fee. Nico Bombay, 105 Apollo Street, Bombay Samachar Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2262 4466.

• Listen to legendary jazz-fusion composer and guitarist John McLaughlin and his band The 4th Dimension play tracks from their latest album Now Here This at the St. Andrew’s Auditorium on Saturday, April 5, from 8pm. See here for details.

• Lose yourself to dance when electronic dance music duo Lost Stories aka the producer pair of Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi performs at Auriga on Saturday, April 5, from 8.30pm. There is an entry fee of Rs1,000 per head, of which Rs500 is a cover charge. Auriga, 1B, Famous Studio Lane, off Dr. E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi. Tel: 99209 17181.

• Move to the tunes of Madboy/Mink aka the funk/nu disco duo of Imaad Shah and Saba Azad when they launch and play songs from their new EP All Ball at Bonobo on Saturday, April 5, from 10pm. There is no entry fee for the gig, which will feature an opening set by Dirty Jays, the newly formed dance music duo made up of Bay City Lights members Stuart D’Costa and Jehangir Jehangir. Bonobo, Second Floor, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5353.

• Bounce to the sounds of Purple Disco Machine aka the German deep funk duo of Tino and Matthias (who are known only by their first names) when they headline a gig at Tilt All Day on Saturday, April 5, from 10pm. There is an entry fee of Rs500 per head for the gig which will also feature sets by DJs Arsh, Rave n Skky aka Nina Shah and Malika Haydon, and Orbs & Zen aka Nicky Ramnani and Ajay Makhija. Tilt All Day, Tradeview, Oasis Complex, Kamala Mills Compound, near Bombay Dyeing Mills, P. B. Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 2492 7200.


A look by Payal Singhal.

A look by Payal Singhal.

• If you’re in the market for a new summer wardrobe, head to the StyleCracker Borough, which will be held at the Palladium Hotel on Saturday, April 5, from 10am to midnight. Organised by the bevy of top notch stylists who run the StyleCracker website, the exhibition will have 60 participating brands, including Payal Singhal (see image, left), Koecsh, Le Mill, Bombay Shirt Company, Akaliko, Sole Fry and dozens more. Palladium Hotel, Terrace Gardens, Ninth Floor, 452 Senapati Bapat Marg, next to Palladium Mall, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6162 8000.

• The Lil Flea market, which will run from 10am to 10pm on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 at the Reclamation Ground in Bandra, will showcase wares from over 100 exhibitors, selling everything from clothes and furniture to books, pottery and food. There will also be a pop-up cafe on site, with wi-fi access; music performances from the likes of singer-songwriter Ayush Shrestha and fusion band Filter Coffee; and screenings of short films from India (including Positive by Farhan Akhtar), the Netherlands, the USA and Australia. Entry is priced at Rs50 per head, the proceeds from which will go towards planting trees around the city. Bandra Reclamation, MHADA Ground No.1, near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (West).

• Fans of Yamini, the now-shuttered chain of home linen stores, you have reason to cheer – the company will hold a pop-up exhibition from Friday, April 4 to Thursday, April 17 at Fort store Contemporary Arts & Crafts. Up for grabs will be the brand’s signature range of vibrant hued cushions, table linen, kitchenware and baskets, priced at Rs500 onwards. Monday to Saturday, from 10.30am to 7.30pm; Sunday, closed. Contemporary Arts & Crafts, 210 D. N. Road, corner of Wallace Street and D. N. Road, opposite Fort House, Fort. Tel: 022 6657 6069.

Camelot, the antique and colonial furniture store located in the picturesque 127 Kemps Corner bungalow, will hold a sale of its wares (bookcases, bars, desks, dining tables, chairs, mirrors, sofas and lights) with everything up to 30 per cent off, starting this Saturday, April 5 until Tuesday, April 8. Open daily, from 10am to 7pm. For details, see here. Camelot, 127 Kemps Corner, next to Om Chambers, Kemps Corner. Tel: 022 2364 4594.

• How did the roadside shrine mushroom and proliferate in India? In a lecture titled Beyond the Circle: A Study of Roadside Shrines in Mumbai at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum on Saturday, April 5, from 6.30pm, scholar Vidya Kamat will talk about the findings from her two-year study into this curious only-in-India phenomenon. Education Centre, The Museum Plaza, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, 91/A Dr. B. Ambedkar Road, Byculla (East). Tel: 022 2373 1234. Seating is free, but limited and requires an RSVP by emailing

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