Without You I’m Nothing
Paintings, photographs and works on paper by David Sequeira. Despite its title, Sequeira’s exhibition doesn’t deal with themes you might expect it to. There’s no family or a lover or even a role model involved. The works on display are not his most recent creations. They have been gleaned from various previous projects and are representative of all his interests, hence the name. The show is in collaboration with Nature Morte.
11am-8pm, Monday-Saturday. Seven Art Limited, M-44, Greater Kailash-II (40592613).
Director of plays in New York Caden Cotard (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) embarks on a new theatre production, presenting an ongoing 24-hour theatre piece staged in a warehouse.
6pm. The American Centre, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316841). Carry proof of identity.
Children of the Magic Pen
The play will be staged as part of ‘New Plays, New Voices’—a festival of plays by the Ruchika Theatre Group and India International Centre.
Directed by Feisal Alkazi, this fantasy-adventure play will be presented in collaboration with The Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children, and has been jointly written by Nilima Sinha, Nita Berry, Devika Rangachari and Girija Rani Asthana.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Children get to create a veritable zoo out of paper by learning origami from Sandhya Bansal. This workshop will concentrate on folding coloured paper into animal shapes. Ages 6-8.
10.30am-12.30pm. British Council Library, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg. Call Anu Bhardwaj (41497123). Rs300.
Eco extravaganza: Go organic at Kriti’s two-day EcoFestival.
Samit Basu, author of ‘Simoquin’s Prophecy’ and ‘The Manticore’s Secret’, will read from ‘Bewitched’ (Scholastic), creating a sci-fi world of stories for listeners. Ages 8-12.
10-11.30am. Eureka! 6, Local Shopping Complex, Narmada Market, opposite Don Bosco School, Alaknanda (26021092). Prior registration is a must. Call 9213839367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Asmita Summer Theatre Festival
From 31 May
The Asmita theatre festival is back again with an extensive round-up of plays scheduled to go on until July.
Click here for details on plays and final schedule. At various venues.
Kriti commemorates World Environment Day with its EcoFestival—slated to be two days of eco-friendly and organic shopping mixed with cultural activities that should leave Dilliwalas a little more sensitive to environmental issues.
Shop for environment-friendly products from various non-governmental organizations. Pick up music, books and films on the environment at Kriti’s Docushop. Other aspects of the festival include EcoMovements, a contemporary dance routine by Gilles Chuyen’s In Step dance company. EcoReels will be screening films on climate change, wildlife and other pertinent issues.
Also on the roster is EcoArt featuring artwork, installations and workshops on paper bags. Get a chance to dabble with paints on waste paper, cloth and soil, etc.
11am-8pm. American Centre, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316841). For information, contact Kriti, S-35, Tara Apartments, Alaknanda (26033088).
The Comedy Store Tour
4, 5 and 7 June
Dubbed the “greatest and most influential comedy club on the planet” by ‘Time Out London’, The Comedy Store presents a curtain raiser for the launch of the 30-year-old UK-based comedy club in Mumbai later this year. Artists perform according to the standard international format: Sean Meo (right) sets the tone as MC while Paul Tonkinson (centre) and Ian Stone will each perform a 30-minute set. Tonkinson has regularly entertained military troops in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq. Stone is a member of The Comedy Store’s seasoned team, The Cutting Edge. He also performed on the final transatlantic crossing of the Queen Elizabeth 2.
Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300, 65251716 /18) on 4 June. Tata Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point (66223737) on 5 June. ITC Grand Maratha, Sahar, Andheri (E) (28303030) on 7 June.
The Black Among Colours
An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Dilip Chitre, who was recently diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. He creates some intriguing works when he limits himself to black and white.
10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Pundole Art Gallery, 369, Dadabhai Naoroji Road, next to American Dry Fruits, Flora Fountain (22841837).
Sleepwalker Daydream II
Kiran Subbaiah’s ‘Sleepwalker Daydream II’ is full of deadpan humour and suggests that he could have tried a career in stand-up comedy had he not been an artist. The moment the viewer walks into the shadowed gallery, they’re faced with one of his contraptions and ‘Suicide Note’, a multi-channel video piece. The sculptural work is made up of banal odds and ends that Subbaiah has fashioned into what looks like a bizarre combination of WALL-E and a dog. It whirs, turns around, looks up, lets its head hang and, if you look carefully, you’ll find the little flashing lights of the electrical circuit that powers the piece. The only problem is, everything happens together. Enter the gallery and within seconds, the videos begin and Subbaiah’s voice bounces off the bare walls. Don’t panic. Everything repeats, so sit down and take your time over all the works.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Chatterjee and Lal, 01/18, Kamal Mansion, First Floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22023787).
Dhoop Special Bazaar
Dhoop, Matrushakti and Hamara Footpath got together in mid-May and held handicrafts workshops for street children where they were taught to make handicraft products using waste materials such as coconut shells, broken bangles and old magazines. Dhoop will now host an exclusive bazaar on the store’s terrace to showcase the items.
Noon onwards. Tridev Building, Plot No. 27A, 21st Road, Khar Dandpada, Khar (W) (65819351/65829352). Rs20-200.
Critical Mass is an informal monthly bicycling event that aims to highlight how unfriendly cities are to earth-friendly transport. Cyclists in pastel attempt to make their presence felt on the streets by riding as a pack. They flow in twin rows with the traffic on the last Saturday of each month, supporting the use of helmets and traffic signals and informing passers-by of the need for separate cycling lanes, traffic signals and public cycle stands.
The group leaves from Shivaji Park at 5.30pm. Click here to find a cycling club in your area and for updates.
Key note: Flautist Ashwin Srinivasan.
As arranger and composer, Ashwin Srinivasan has worked with some of the most famous names in the music business, but for him true success means making it big as a flautist. The 30-year-old arranged the music for Lata Mangeshkar’s 2007 album of ghazals ‘Saadgi’ and more recently, served as the assistant music director for the film ‘Firaaq’. At his concert, he plans to play raga Puriya Kalyan. He will be accompanied on the tabla by Ajit Pathak.
5.30pm. Shivaji Park, Nagrik Sangha, opposite Vanita Samaj, Veer Savarkar Road, Dadar (W).
Short Sharp Shock
Gabriel the Turk is fresh out of prison, and plans on staying out; Bobby the Serb plans on working for local gangster Muhamer the Albanian; Costa the Greek is left stuck in the middle. There’s also Gabriel’s sister Ceyda, who dumps Costa early on for a Swede with prospects; and Ceyda’s friend Alice, Bobby’s weary girlfriend who’s introduced to Gabriel at the film’s start. Everything goes according to script. The performances in Fatih Akin’s directorial debut are compelling.
1.30pm. Zenzi, opposite ICICI Bank, Waterfield Road, off Linking Road, Bandra (W) (66430670).
Moitree 2009—The Bengali Theatre Festival
Bangalore’s only Bengali theatre group, Mukhosh, is back with ‘Moitree’, a three-day Bangla festival at Ranga Shankara. With plays from Kolkata as well as Mukhosh’s own productions, the festival aims to give the city’s Bengalis a cultural taste of home. Apart from five Bengali plays—’Jibon Muchki Haashe’, ‘Kachher Manush’, ‘Surya Pora Chhai’, ‘Shaap Shniri’ and ‘Laathi’—the festival will also feature an Indian-English play, Mahesh Elkunchwar’s ‘Sonata’. The festival will also include a panel discussion on the theme ‘Through the looking glass: Theatre’s ventures in the modern world’.
Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase, JP Nagar. Tickets for all plays are Rs120 each. Click here for the festival calendar.
Chennai trio Ameeth Thomas, Siddharth Srinivasan and Craig Maxworth play at Kyra as part of their Bootleg Tour 2009 in support of their five-track extended play (EP), ‘Nicer In A Minute’.
7.30pm. Kyra, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Rs199.
Five Indian guitar maestros— Amit Heri, Sanjay Divecha, Derek Julien, John Anthony and Vikramjit “Tuki” Banerjee—play a one-hour set each in this concert to raise awareness on climate change. The all-night gig winds up with an impromptu jam by all five guitarists. One member in the audience will also win an acoustic guitar signed by them. Click here to book your tickets. Call the venue for ticket prices.
8pm. Fireflies Ashram, Dinnepalya Village, Kaggalipura, off Kanakapura Road (9972504006).
Arati Punwani-Sunawala, along with women from her dance company Tarantismo, perform a seven-piece production titled ‘Punctuate’. The all-female cast will use punctuation marks to demonstrate the “dreams and aspirations, ups and downs” that a woman encounters in her daily life.
‘Hyphen’ shows women as having the ability to join things together and give them a new identity; ‘Exclamation Mark’ deals with the joys of motherhood; ‘Comma’ is about the roles a woman is expected to play; ‘Question Mark’ deals with relationship questions; ‘Asterisk’ is about the conditions women are expected to live by; ‘Full Stop’ deals with situations that put women in a bind; and ‘Ellipsis’ demonstrates how women are able to put their problems behind them.
6pm. Kyra, 2001, Kattima Complex, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Rs199.
Japan Habba 2009
It’s not often that you can watch native Japanese sing in Hindi and Kannada. So the chance to hear the Royal Echo, a 22-member Japanese choir, belt out ‘Didi Tera Devar Dewaana’ from ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ and ‘Huttidare Kannada Nadalli’ from ‘Akasmika’ promises to be a unique treat. There’s more at the Japan Habba 2009, a cross-cultural festival. Do the karaoke in several languages, experience a Japanese tea ceremony, try on a kimono, learn the Japanese way of cutting paper, or just get ‘desi mehendi’ applied. Performances feature expatriates singing, acting and dancing. Top off the action with a visit to the sushi stalls.
10am-7pm. Click here for details. Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Central College Campus, Palace Road.
Sunfeast 10K marathon
Whether you’ve registered for the World 10K, Nation’s Challenge 10K, Open 10K, Maja Run 10K, Senior Citizens’ Run 4K or Wheelchair Event 4K, all you have to do is show up and put that training to the test.
6.30am. Kanteerava Stadium, Kasturba Road. Call event helpline (42593131) for more details.
Jenny (Hannah Herzsprung) is no ordinary jailbird. She’s a convicted murderer but also a former classical piano prodigy who gave up the ivories despite the best efforts of her abusive father. Enter Traude (Monica Bleibtreu), the piano tutor who’s been giving lessons to the inmates since the institution was a hospital during World War II.
She has great hopes for her in an upcoming national under-21 piano competition. Writer-director Chris Kraus also slips in thwarted wartime lesbian romance and scheming prison staff, contriving a welter of flashbacks and sub-plots.
6pm. BIC, TERI Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage (25359680).
— Compiled by Indranil Bhoumik
Kolkata’s most celebrated English rock band Hip Pocket performs at Someplace Else lounge in Park Hotel.
9pm. Park Hotel, 17, Park Street.
Summer Show 2009
A group of celebrated artists, including Ganesh Pyne, Jogen Chowdhury, Paresh Maity and others from across the country, are showing their works at the city’s CIMA Art Gallery. The exhibition is on till 1 August.
3-7pm, Monday; 2-7pm, Tuesday-Saturday. CIMA Gallery Pvt. Ltd, Sunny Towers, 43, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue (24858717).
Perfect collage: A painting by Milanendu Mandal.
30 May-5 June
Central Gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts is hosting a combo offer of painting, sculpture and woodcut prints. The artists on show include Prabhat C. Sen, Milanendu Mondal, Alaknanda Sengupta, Dilip Kumar Sasmal, Subrata Pal and Sushanta Dutta. They are presenting their works, ranging from oil painting and acrylic to wood and bronze sculptures and mixed medium.
3-8 pm, daily. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road.
Alok Rekhay, 5th Members’ Photography Exposition
30 May-5 June
The 5th Members’ Photography Exposition of Alok Rekhay, a club for photography enthusiasts, is being organized in the city. The show is titled ‘On the Lines of Light’. Photographers whose work will be on display include Debidas Banerjee, Abhijit Bhattacharyya, S.P. Mukherjee, Sandipan Mukherjee and others.
3-8pm, New South–B gallery, Academy of Fine Arts. Contact Alok Rekhay (9433099962).
Summer at Seagull
30 May-4 June
No summer plans for your children yet? Enrol?them in the ‘Summer at Seagull’ workshops. There are three workshops to choose from: for creative writers and graphic illustrators, budding radio jockeys and for clay animation. Rimi B. Chatterjee will hold the graphic novel workshop from 30 May-4 June, 2-6pm. The clay animation workshop will be held from 2-6 June, 2-6pm and creative radio jockey for beginners, from 1-5 June, 10.30am-12pm.
Seagull Arts and Media Resources Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942).
Padma Nadir Majhi
A play based on the eponymous novel by Bengali author Manik Bandhoyopadhyay, directed by Alok Deb.
6.30pm, Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road.
A famous Bengali play based on the life of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, starring veterans Bijoylakshmi Burman and Rita Dutta Chakraborty. Directed by Harimadhab Mukhopadhyay.
6.30pm, Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road.
West Bengal State Children’s Film Festival 2009
The festival, organized by the department for information and cultural affairs of the West Bengal government, starts on 4 June with the screening of Satyajit Ray’s ‘Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’ at 6pm at Nandan 2. Among the films to be screened during the festival are Raja Sen’s ‘Damu’, ‘Prince and the Crown of Stone’, and ‘Summer with the Ghost’.
9.30am and 11am, Girish Mancha, 76/1, Baghbazar Street (25544895) and Madhusudan Mancha, 2, Gariahat Road (South) (24237148); 5pm and 6.30pm, Nandan 2, 1/1, AJC Bose Road (22231210).
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