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Friday, January 23, 2015

We roundup you a list of some of the best events, and restaurants you can go to, as well as films to watch to make the most of the long weekend. Read on as Dev Goswami & Sara Shah tell you what to look forward to Events in the city

Looking for something exciting to do over the weekend? We bring you a list of plays, comic shows and exhibitions that you can head to. Take a look.

The January Art & Poetry Show
Caravan Hands has been steadily hosting unique and exciting art events, and this weekend is no different. Owner, Naziya Merchant will be hosting The January Art & Poetry Show, which will feature work by Renuka Parmar, a self-taught artist. The exhibition will be combined with a series of poetry recitals. The poems have been written by Renuka and will explain the artist’s vision of her paintings to viewers.
Where Caravan Hands, Taraporewalla Building, Kemps Corner
Contact 9870077055

Weirdass Pajama
Weirdass Pajama, a comedy festival, is back with its new iteration at the perfect time. Over the next three days, you can look forward to rib-tickling stand-up shows, as well as a special event where one of India’s oldest comics, Johnny Lever, will perform an hour-long set, after which he will be presented with the King of Comedy award. Other shows that you can look forward to include Vir Das’ Unbelieveablish, which is pegged as a show full of true incidents, narrated by a liar. Also performing during the festival will be Showstoppers, a UK-based improvised musical group, who will try and improvise to suggestions given by the audience. They seem to have saved the best for the last — the Comedy Death Race, which will be performed on January 26, and will feature the best comics together on stage, cracking joke after joke.
Where St. Andrews Auditorium, St. Andrews Theatre and Jamshed Bhabha Theatre
Contact www.pajamafest.co.in

Best In Live
Stand-Up Comedy  

There’s another stand-up event to look forward to this weekend. Canvas Laughter Club will be hosting  Best in Live Stand-Up Comedy, with performers such as Vasu Primlani, Nishant Tanwar, Sundeep Sharma, Sonali Thakkar and Aaditya Desai. There will be two shows today and tomorrow (at 8.30pm and 10.30pm), while January 25 and 26 will have one show at 8.30pm.
Where Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Contact 43485000

Tomorrow, at 7pm, NCPA will host Massage, a Hindi monologue that will be performed by Rakesh Bedi. Rakesh will play an astounding 24 characters during this two-act play, which has been written by one of India’s leading playwrights, the late Vijay Tendulkar. The play is story of a young man looking to make it big in the Hindi film industry, only to be left disillusioned, ending up as a trainer at a women’s gym.
Where Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA,
NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Contact 22824567

The Vagina Monologues
The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, is a powerful and insightful play. It made its debut in India in 2003, and is produced and directed by Kaizad Kotwal and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, who also stars in it. Other cast members include Dolly Thakore, Avantika Akerkar, Jayati Bhatia and Sonali Sachdev. This is a must-watch play and if you haven’t seen it yet, this weekend is your chance. The Hindi version, called Kissa Yoni Ka, translated by Ritu Bhatia and Jaydeep Sarkar, is being performed today, while the English version will take place tomorrow and on Sunday.
Where Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Contact 43485000

The Government Inspector
This Sunday, NCPA will host The Government Inspector, which is an NCPA production, in collaboration with Akvarious Productions. Originally written by Russian playwright and novelist Nikolai Gogol, it has been adapted and directed by Akarsh Khurana. The play is a comedy of errors, and the original was a satirical take on human greed and corruption in imperial Russia. The play being showcased at NCPA will offer a take on corruption in a small town as well as in the theatre process.
Where Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Contact 22824567

Asmanjas Babu Ki Atmakatha
Asmanjas Babu Ki Atmakatha is adapted from Satyajit Ray’s classic Asamanja Babu and His Dog. The English play, dramatised by Anju Jaitle and directed by Yashraj Jadhav, will be performed by Mark Parakh. It is the story of a pianist who plays music day in, day out at a gloomy bar, and will tell the story of his life of being a misfit and a recluse, exploring his love, joys, sorrows and angst. The play will be performed tomorrow at 5.30pm.
Where The Hive, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village Road, Khar (w)
Contact 9820998790

Republic day treats
While there aren’t many Republic Day-themed events at restaurants in the city, you can head to any one of the following for some special treats.

Café at the NCPA
Café at the NCPA has introduced some sweet treats with a special tri-coloured Republic Day dessert menu. Treat your tastebuds to an interesting fusion menu with flavourful sweet treats such as their Jalebi and Cointreau Caviar with Blueberry and Pistachio Rabdi, Tri-coloured Sandesh Torte with Mishti Doi Ice Cream and Tiranga Nazakhat — all this with a stunning view of the Arabian Sea. The best part is that this dessert menu is available up to two weeks after Republic Day.
Where Cafe at the NCPA, NCPA, Nariman Point
Contact 67230110

Big Bang Theory goes Tricolour
Joss and Umame are celebrating Republic Day with their signature dessert, Big Bang Theory, which will be recreated in tri-colour. The brain child of Farrokh Khambata, this ingenious dessert is laid out on a silicon mat by their specialised pastry chef, who will use molecular gastronomy to create an entire galaxy (yes, galaxy!) at your table, which will include edible stars, planets and asteroids. It’s a work of art if you ask us!
Where Joss, Savoy Chambers, Linking Road Extension, Santacruz West and Umame, Cumbata Building, Eros Theatre building, M Karve Road, Churchgate
Contact 26617772 (Joss), 61110303 (Umame)

Tri-coloured Icing
If cupcakes are your go-to dessert, head to Icing On Top at Kemps Corner, for their special gourmet Republic Day cupcakes with special green, white and orange Funfetti and icing. You can even indulge in their tri-coloured shot glasses comprising of strawberry, white chocolate and pistachio layers. 
Where Icing on Top, Besos, 5, Advani Chambers, Kemps Corner
Contact 9867013315

Dessert at Cheval
While Cheval has some delicious drinks on offer, don’t forget to try their special Republic Day dessert. They have paper thin crepes that are served on a delicious bed of pumpkin leaves and garnished with luscious greens. The dish has been put together, with the colours of the Indian flag in mind, and will be served exclusively on Republic Day.
Where 145, Near Rhythm House, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda,Fort,
Contact 40396638 

Films to watch
If you want to indulge in some historical and patriotic memories, we recommend watching these films.

Starring Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, this biographical drama, won eight Oscars and is a must-watch. A heartwarming saga, this movie presents major events in the life of Mahatma Gandhi, tracing his journey from South Africa to India and his subsequent fight for independence.

The Legend of Bhagat Singh
Of several films that have been based on the life of Bhagat Singh, The Legend of Bhagat Singh is by far the most convincing biopic. The film stands out from its counterparts because of the cinematic effects that have been used, giving the film a more an authentic feel.

The film might not be based on  Republic Day, but Swades manages to evoke patriotism nonetheless. It is the story of an Indian engineer, working at NASA, who comes back to India and is moved by the problems faced by people rural areas. The film is sure to leave a lasting impact.

This blockbuster hit traces one of the most popular love stories and is a popcorn flick. You might have to give your brain a short vacation while you watch it, but the film, which portrays the hostility between India and Pakistan during the partition, does promise a few hours of solid entertainment.

Rang De Basanti
A modern-day classic, Rang de Basanti portrays events that follow when a group of aimless young people come together to make a biopic about several freedom fighters in India. An eye-opener for many, this film never fails to move you.  

By far one of the quirkiest dramas, Lagaan depicts the fictional story of a team of Indian villagers in 19th century India, who learn how to play cricket in order to relieve themselves of the burden of paying tax after being challenged by an arrogant British officer.

An espionage drama staring Akshay Kumar, Baby releases today. Directed by Neeraj Panday, of A Wednesday fame, this is a film about an army officer, who discovers a major threat to the nation and devises a plan to foil a terror attack on the country.

Films on TV
If you just want to laze around your home and vegetate on Republic Day, these films are being telecast on TV and will give you good company

Happy New year
Happy New Year  is the story of six ambitious thieves, who enter a prestigious dance competition to cover up a larger heist. The film also features the special dance number India wale,  which is sure to get your feet tapping.
Where Zee TV  When 1pm

Slumdog Millionaire
This is a story of 18-year-old Jamal Malik, who participates on a quiz show, only to be arrested on account of cheating. The film covers the life of Jamal up to his TV appearance and also stars Irfan Khan as a  jaded police officer
Where Sony Pix  When 12am

Insidious 2
This film stars Patrick Wilson in the lead role as Josh Lambert, who is possessed by a malevolent spirit. It traces a variety of life turning events and disturbing encounters.
Where Sony Pix
When 2.25am

Ice Age 2
Manny, Sid and Diego set out on a journey once more to find a safe haven after global warming threatens to destroy their one-icy home.
Where Star Movies
When 3pm

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