The upcoming weekend is packed with activity, from running marathons and dance festivals to science talks and gigs by homegrown hip hop artists. Here’s a quick round-up of events.


Standup Guys

Who’s going to be the next the comedy superstar? Check out these fresh and rising stand-up comics vying for the title at this gig hosted by Siddharth Gopinath: Deep Chabbria, Saurav Mehta, Rohan Parekh and Mohammed Hussain.
When: Saturday, February 2 at 8.30pm.
Where: Cuckoo Cafe, 1st Floor, Above Cuckoo Club, 5AA Pali Hill, Mac Ronells Compound, Next to Learners Academy, Bandra (West).

Date Night

Girls will say boys have it easier when it comes to dating; boys will say the opposite is true. Listen to comedians Unnati Marfatia, Jeeya Sethi, Siddhartha Shetty, Sumedh Natu, Abira Nath and Supriya Joshi talk about the dating scene.
When: Saturday, February 2 at 9pm.
Where: The Integral Space, 14 Janata Estate, Senapati Bapat Marg, Opposite High Street Phoenix.


Wrap up the weekend laughing out loud courtesy six women comedians: Jeeya Sethi, Sonali Thakker, Pavitra Shetty, Aishwarya Mohanraj, Shreeja Chaturvedi and Supriya Joshi.
When: Sunday, February 3 at 5pm and 7.30pm.
Where: Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

For more comedy, see here.



Mumbai-raised hip hop star Divine aka Vivian Fernandes (pictured above) will drop his most popular rhymes such as ‘Meri Gully Mein’, ‘Jungli Sher’ and ‘Farak’ at this gig for college students.
When: Saturday, February 2 at 7pm.
Where: Dublin Square, Phoenix MarketCity, Level 1, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Kurla (West).

Tathagatha Bhowmick + Nabhoneil Samajdar

City-based singer-song writer Tathagatha Bhowmick and guitarist Nabhoneil Samajdar will play a set of pop, blues and rock ‘n’ roll.
When: Saturday, February 2 at 9.30pm.
Where: Bandra Base, Baitush Saraf Building, 29th Road, Off Waterfield Road, Bandra (West).

Elton John and Whitney Houston Tribute Show

Belt out your favourite Elton John and Whitney Houston numbers like ‘Candle in the Wind’, ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ and ‘Sacrifice’ at this homage to the two pop stars.
When: Sunday, February 3 at 7.30pm.
Where: St. Andrews Auditorium, St. Dominic Road, Bandra (West).

Make Like A Tree

Ukrainian singer Sergey Onischenko, who is currently hitch-hiking around the world, will play some folksy tunes and exhibit his landscape photos that have been shot around the world.
When: Sunday, February 3 at 7.30pm.
Where: Harkat Studios, Bungalow 75, Aram Nagar Part 2, Versova, Andheri (West).

Emiway Bantai

Put your hands up for Mumbai rapper Emiway Bantai aka Bilal Shaikh, the man behind the single ‘Aur Bantai’.
When: Sunday, February 3 at 8.30pm.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Sharyans Audeus, Fun Cinema Lane, Near Balaji Telefilms, Off Veera Desai, Andheri (West).

For more music, see here.


India International Dance Festival

Watch contemporary, folk and classical Indian dance, from chhau and sattriya to kathak and bharatanatyam at the second edition of this three-day festival put up by organisations Aratrika Institute of Performing Arts and Samskritiki.
When: Friday, February 1 at 5.30pm, Saturday, February 2 at 4.20pm and Sunday, February 3 at 1pm.
Where: Upvan Amphitheater, 2 Upvan Lake Road, Kokanipada, Gawand Baug, Thane.

Liminal: Below the Edge

Dancer Astad Deboo will perform this piece that tackles ideas of “unrest, suppression and turmoil” to music composed by Carnatic musician and mandolin player U Srinivas, Canadian composer Michael Brook and Swiss violinist Paul Giger.
When: Saturday, February 2 at 7.30pm.
Where: Studio Tamaasha, Bungalow No 76, Aram Nagar Part 2, Behind Physioflex Gym, Versova, Andheri (West).

The Long and Short of It

This “sound and performance installation’ by Poorna Swami and Marcel Zaes involves movement to a soundtrack of “heavy, delicate, distorted and sustained noise”.
When: Sunday, February 3 at 7pm.
Where: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Laxmi Mills Estate, Shakti Mills Lane, Off Dr. E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi.

For more performance, see here.


‘Twelve Angry Jurors’

A jury must decide the fate of a boy accused of murdering his father. They’re certain of his guilt till one juror begins asking tough questions that force the rest to examine their convictions. Directed by Nadir Khan, the English drama is based on American playwright Reginald Rose’s 1954 teleplay of the same name.
When: Saturday, February 2 at 7.30pm.
Where: Royal Opera House, Mama Parmanand Marg.

‘Dekh Behen’

Five bridesmaids gossip, swap stories and bitch about everything including the one person they’ve come together to celebrate – the bride – in this English and Hindi drama directed by Prerna Chawla and Shikha Talsania and written by Dilshad Edibam Khurana and Tahira Nath.
When: Sunday, February 3 at 5pm and 8pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu.


Hive Film Club

Watch a couple movies over the weekend in the company of fellow film buffs.

Gus Van Sant’s 2003 Palme d’Or-winning film hinges on a fictional high school shooting in the US and is based on the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
When: Saturday, February 2 at 2pm.
Where: Hive at Linking Road, Shop No. 2, Ground Floor, Parbhat Kunj, 25th Road, Linking Road, Behind KFC, Bandra (West).

‘The Ring 1’
If you’re in the mood from some afternoon chills, watch Hideo Nakata’s 1998 horror film, in which a mysterious video tape kills viewers a week after they watch it.
When: Sunday, February 3 at 2pm.
Where: Hive at Linking Road, Shop No. 2, Ground Floor, Parbhat Kunj, 25th Road, Linking Road, Behind KFC, Bandra (West).

For more screenings, see here.


Mumbai Half Marathon

Start the weekend on an adrenaline rush by running along Bandra’s picturesque shore. Runners can participate in the 5km, 10km on 21km runs.
When: Saturday, February 2 at 5am.
Where: Bandra Fort, Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road, Bandstand, Bandra (West).

For more sports activities, see here.


In Search of Clean, Cheap Energy

Deepa Khushalani, an associate professor in the department of chemical sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, will talk about her search for a substance that produces hydrogen gas, a clean fuel, from water at this instalment of Mumbai Local, the series of talks by arts organisation Junoon.
When: Saturday, February 2 at 5pm.
Where: MCubed Library (Maharashtra Mitra Mandal), Princess Building, Near Bandra Gymkhana, D Monte Park Road, Bandra (West).

For more talks, see here.