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Act Like You Mean It: Acting, Emotion And the Brain

9 October

As part of its Brain And Mind series, Swissnex India, Switzerland’s outpost for science, technology and culture in India, will host “Act Like You Mean It: Acting, Emotion And the Brain", a five-act lecture-performance on the balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet. Two Swiss researchers, Thomas Grunwald, a neurologist from the Swiss Epilepsy Centre, and Anton Rey, a dramaturge from the Zurich University of the Arts, will be assisted by local actors, and will talk about whether actors in a play express genuine emotion.

This evolved from the research programme “Authenticity of Emotion", which uses neuroscience tools such as modern brain imaging technology and acting techniques to investigate the notion of emotional memory. The programme will begin with a lecture on the research project and end with the lecture-performance on the “balcony scene".

5pm. National Centre for Biological Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar (23666001/23666337). For details, email sjames@ncbs.res.in.

Meatless Saturdays!!

Till 31 October

Mélange, the restaurant at Park Plaza, is presenting a fully vegetarian spread on Saturdays, spanning Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Lebanese and Mexican cuisine. The buffet features “meatless" sushi, mezze, pasta, tacos and regional specialities such as chaat, amrud ki subji (a guava dish) and Ringan Nu Bhartu (mashed brinjal with yogurt). Also on offer are eggless desserts.

7.30-11.30pm. Park Plaza, 90-4, Marathahalli, Outer Ring Road (49094909). Price, 599, plus taxes, per person.

O Fudge

Sweet bites:O Fudge at Oliver Beach.
Sweet bites:O Fudge at Oliver Beach.

Pastry chef Girish Nayak from Olive Beach has crafted a three-course prix fixe menu which comprises tasting portions of plated desserts across themes such as berry, citrus, toffee and chocolate. The menu highlights include orange meringue filled with passionfruit curd and served with lemon sorbet and sesame palmiers; pineapple upside down cake served with roasted pineapple sorbet, mascarpone cream and red wine gel; Caramel Pot de Crème served with milk chocolate maple cream and smoked vanilla foam; and a Chocolate S’Mores Tart with oatmeal anglaise and cinnamon toast ice cream. There will also be a selection of petits fours, freshly brewed coffees, Mandarin liqueur, cognac and Sambuca for an additional fee.

9.30-11.30pm. Olive Beach, 16, Wood Street, Ashoknagar (41128400). Price, 550, plus taxes, per person.

United Flavours of India

Till 30 October

The Lalit Ashok has embarked on a 40-day culinary journey—West Bengal cuisine is on offer till 10 October, Rajasthan cuisine from 11-20 October, and Bundelkhand’s from 21-30 October. Customers can sample Bengali delicacies such as daab chingri (prawns cooked in coconut milk) and doi maachh (fish in yogurt), Rajasthan dishes like Moongfali Pulao (groundnut rice) and Lal Maans (mutton with red chillies) and Bundelkhand specialities like Makai aur Hare Choley ki Tikki (cutlets made with green chickpea and corn) and Morar ke Kebab (a lotus-stem patty).

12.30-3pm/7.30-11.30pm. The Lalit Ashok, Golf Course Road, Kumara Krupa, High Grounds (30527777). Prices, 995 for lunch and 1,195 for dinner, plus taxes, per person.

Theatre

The Invisible River

5-14 October

On stage: The Invisible River.

Children under 14 are not allowed. 1 hour, 20 minutes.

8pm (Monday-Saturday) and 3pm (Sunday). Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373). Tickets, 300, available at the venue and on in.bookmyshow.com

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Dance

Krafff

6 October

In this intelligent and artistic mix of puppet theatre and dance, four performers shape a human form from kraft paper, using it to explore the politics of the human body. The piece, directed by Johanny Bert and co-written with Yan Raballand, features the cast from Le Fracas, Centre Dramatique National de Montluçon, France. 40 minutes.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar 2nd Phase (26592777). For details, call 41231340.

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Chennai

Around town

Dussehra Festival

6–14 October

Dussehra celebrations:Somana Kunitha artistes at Dakshina Chitra.
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