A Quick Guide To The Best Things To Do In Mumbai This Weekend

Folks who like to let loose at dance parties can shake a leg this weekend at the Brazilian-themed El Row at BKC or the smaller No Lights No Lycra dance night in Bandra. Music buffs can take their pick of jazz nights or a Madonna tribute show, and if you’re into combat sport, attend a mixed martial arts night.

COMEDY

Nishant Tanwar

Quintessential ‘Delhi guy’ Nishant Tanwar, who cut his teeth in Gurgaon’s comedy scene, will perform an hour of new material.
When: Saturday, March 16 at 6pm.
Where: Aspee Auditorium, Laxmi Narayan Temple Complex, Marve Road, Malad (West).

A True Tinder Tale

Comedians and real-life couple Rohan Desai and Shreemayee Das will perform a set, perfected over the past year, about online dating and its ups and downs.
When: Saturday, March 16 at 8pm.
Where: Cat Café Studio, 63 Harminder Singh Road, Aram Nagar Part 1, Versova, Andheri (West).

Jokes Without Borders

Mumbai comedy regulars Kautuk Srivastava and Aadar Malik will perform sketches and stand-up about their travel experiences.
When: Saturday, March 16 at 8pm.
Where: 266 – The Wine Room and Bar, Linking Road, Bandra (West).

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EXHIBITIONS

The Gourmet Fest: Craft Beer Edition

Have a beery weekend at this festival from Pune. Sample beer from microbreweries such as Thirsty Beers, White Owl, Hapi Beer, Kimaya, mead from Moonshine Meadery and food by Baked and Wired pizzeria, Pack-a-Pav, Noodle Canteen and Marrakesh among other establishments.
When: Sunday, March 17 at 2pm.
Where: Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course, KK Marg, Mahalaxmi.

MUSIC

El Row Mumbai

Let yourself loose this weekend at El Row, a global series of parties that will take place in India for the first time. The theme of the party is Sambowdromo do Brasil, which means you can expect a Brazilian street party in a jungle setting. The line-up of DJs includes Sidney Charles from the UK, Spanish DJs Marc Maya, Toni Varga and George Privatti, Mumbai-based Mexican DJ Ana Lilia, Goa-based DJ Anish Sood and Mumbai DJ Blurry Slur aka Lynston D’Souza.
When: Saturday, March 16, from 2pm.
Where: MMRDA Grounds, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East).

Dharmendra: The He-Man of Bollywood

Sing along to songs from Dharmendra’s movies at this concert put together by music arrangers Avinash Chandrachud and Anupam Ghatak, featuring six singers and an orchestra of 40 musicians.
When: Saturday, March 16 at 6.30pm.
Where: Shanmukhananda Hall, Comrade Harbansal Marg, Sion.

Jazz @ NCPA

Listen to a set that fuses jazz and blues, Latin American and classical music by an international group of musicians: guitarist Tomas Murmis, vocalist Patricia Laura Ramon, drummer Rudolph Jacob Sianipar, bassist Martin Lukman and Dominic H Pereira on piano.
When: Saturday, March 16 at 7pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

Madonna Tribute Show

Madonna impersonator Tasha Leaper (pictured above), who has performed tribute shows at London’s West End, for the BBC and for the European MTV Awards, will stage her tribute to the queen of pop.
When: Saturday, March 16 at 7.30pm and Sunday, March 17 at 7.30pm.
Where: Royal Opera House, Mama Parmanand Marg, Girgaon.

Saturday Night Jazz, Episode 3

This instalment of Byculla restaurant Goyaa’s ongoing Saturday jazz series will feature Bombay Jazz Collective. Four musicians will perform: German jazz vocalist Lydia Henrikje Hornung, Anurag Naidu on keys, one of India’s few upright bass players Abhinav Khokhar and Saurav Ghosh on drums.
When: Saturday, March 16 at 9.30pm.
Where: Goyaa, Unit No. 2, Jak Compound, D K Cross Road, Byculla (East).

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PERFORMANCE

No Lights No Lycra

Dance your hearts out at this party night started in 2009 in Melbourne by dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett.
When: Sunday, March 17 at 9.30pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA Pali Hill, MacRonell’s Compound, next to Learners Academy and Candies, Bandra (West).

PLAYS

‘Bombay Jazz’

Written by Ramu Ramanathan and directed by Etienne Coutinho, English drama Bombay Jazz tells the story of the city’s jazz musicians of the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, who fuelled a thriving scene and worked as musicians in the Hindi film industry.
When: Saturday, March 16 at 6pm and 9pm and Sunday, March 17 at 5pm and 8pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Lane, Juhu.

‘The Siddhus of Upper Juhu’

Directed by Rahul da Cunha, this popular English comedy stars Shernaz Patel and Rajit Kapur as Behroze and Bubbles, a couple living in Andheri or, as she likes to call it, Upper Juhu. Even though they’re high up in a fancy apartment, they can’t escape the things that make the city unlivable: the sound of drilling, the stench of garbage and noisy neighbours. The stress of coping with life is compounded when Bubbles loses his job.
When: Saturday, March 16 at 7pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

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SPORTS

Underground Fight Nights

Watch mixed martial arts athletes compete with each other to a soundtrack of electronic music by house and techno DJs Ankytrixx aka Ankit Kochar and StoKed aka Ryan Rajat and percussionist Tarang Singhal.
When: Saturday, March 16 at 8pm.
Where: Famous Studios, 23 E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi.

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