Keen to imbibe culture without buying a pricey ticket? Here’s a list of our picks of things to do in Mumbai this week that won’t cost you a single rupee.

Interpretations of India: Many Stories Many Myths

Listen to artists Rekha Rodwittiya and Manisha Parekh; Roobina Karode, director and curator of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in Delhi; and writer V Sanjay Kumar talk about how artists draw on diverse influences in their creative processes.
When: Wednesday, August 8 at 6 pm.
Where: Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Kala Ghoda.

‘Otto Dix: Social Criticism and War’

Check out the new show at the Goethe Institut of the works of Otto Dix, the early twentieth century German painter. Dix is known for painting German soldiers maimed by World War I, nudes and caricatures of well-known intellectuals. For more details, see here.
When: Thursday, August 9 to Thursday, August 30. Open 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday closed.
Where: Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda.

Improvisation: What’s Next?

If you’re a musician and keen to improve your improv skills, attend this workshop on employing improvisational techniques in a “live musical environment” conducted by Anthony Cammarota, the department head of guitar at True School of Music. For more details and to register, see here.
When: Thursday, August 9, 7 pm to 9 pm.
Where: True School of Music, 107 Sun Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.

Movies at the Museum: ‘Pahala Adhyay’

This instalment of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum’s monthly film screening series is filmmaker Vishnu Mathur’s 1981 experimental, Hindi work ‘Pahala Adhyay’. In the film, which explores boredom and loneliness in the city, a history student has a series of encounters that promise to be interesting but end in disappointment. Stay back after the screening for a discussion with Mathur, writer Ambai and film theorist Elroy Pinto. For more details, see here.
When: Friday, August 10 at 6 pm.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Byculla (East).

Smart Cities, Art Cities: A Summit for Building Creative Industries in India

Attend this day-long conference organised by Avid Learning on creative industries in India addressed by writer Namita Devidayal; Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, honorary chairperson of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum; Jehan Manekshaw, founder of The Drama School Mumbai; and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, director general of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya among others. For the complete line-up and to register, see here.
When: Saturday, August 11, 10 am to 5.30 pm.
Where: Essar House, KK Marg, opposite Mahalaxmi Racecourse.

Junoon Mumbai Local: The Syntax of Beauty

Listen to filmmaker and editor Sankalp Meshram discuss his craft at this instalment of Mumbai Local, arts organisation Junoon’s series of talks. To book a spot, see here.
When: Sunday, August 12 at 5 pm.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Byculla (East).

The Past, Present and Future of Civic Entertainment in India

Go for this day-long series of events on civic entertainment, that is, film, literature, TV, radio and digital content directed at getting people to engage with social and political issues. The programme includes talks by Ethan Zuckerman, director of the centre of civic media at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; playwright Ramu Ramanathan; writer Payaag Akhbar and comedian Rohan Joshi. For the complete schedule and to register, see here.
When: Saturday, August 11, 10 am to 7 pm.
Where: Godrej India Culture Lab, Godrej One, Pirojshanagar, Vikhroli (East).

Image: ‘Self Portrait in Profile’ (1922) and ‘Frieda’ (1923) by Otto Dix. Courtesy: Goethe Institut.