There’s lots to do during the week in the hours after work. Catch gigs by Anand Bhaskar Collective and The Local Train, listen to salsa music, dance to EDM and reggae, show off your rap skills at an open mic, listen to city poets, watch dramatic readings of Urdu and Hindi short stories, get a scientist’s take on gender and sexuality and more. Read our handy guide to the top events of the week and check out BookMyShow for more on things to do in Mumbai.

PERFORMANCE

Katha: What’s Your Story?


Listen to first-time storytellers narrate tales from their lives at this event hosted by voice actor and professional storyteller Darrpan Metha.
When: Friday, June 15 at 5pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA MacRonell’s Compound, next to Candies, St Andrew’s Road, Bandra (West).

The Rap War Is On


If you need an audience for your rhymes, attend this open mic night for the city’s budding rap artists.
When: Friday, June 15 at 9.15pm.
Where: Clap, Solitaire II, A Wing, opposite Infiniti Mall, Malad (West).

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TALKS

Poetry in the City

Mumbai poets Ranjit Hoskote, Udayan Thakker, Sampurna Chattarji and Chintan Ruparel and journalist Bachi Karkaria will discuss writing about the city in poetry. The poets will also read from their works. To attend, email [email protected] For more on the event, see here.
When: Wednesday, June 13 at 6pm.
Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, MG Road, Kala Ghoda.

Mumbai Local: How Do We Decide on Sex?


Deepak Modi, a geneticist and scientist with the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, will deliver a talk on gender and sexual identity. Does gender correspond to sexual organs? Is sexual identity hard-wired into the brain? How much of it is socially informed?
When: Friday, June 15 at 5.30pm.
Where: Kitab Khana, Somaiya Bhavan, near Flora Fountain, Fort.

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MUSIC

Calico

Mumbai-based band Calico, which plays a mix of pop, jazz, R&B and funk, will play a set. For more on the event, see here.
When: Tuesday, June 12 at 9pm.
Where: The Little Door, Shree Siddhivinayak Plaza, off New Link Road, Andheri (West).

Anand Bhaskar Collective


The Mumbai-based Hindi alt rock band Anand Bhaskar Collective will present a set.
When: Thursday, June 14 at 8.30pm.
Where: Hard Rock Café, Sharyans Audeus, off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West).

The Local Train


Delhi-based Hindi rock band The Local Train will present a set, including songs from their new album Vaaqif.
When: Thursday, June 14 at 8.30pm.
Where: Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli.

Tun Up Thursdays

Go dancing before the week is over to Raasta, where every Thursday is a Caribbean-theme party feature reggae, dancehall, soca and Afrobeat. The hosts are General Zooz aka Zorawar Shukla of the Delhi-based band Reggae Rajahs and Major C aka Chandrasekhar Kunder of Bombay Bassment. For more on the event, see here.
When: Thursday, June 14 at 9pm.
Where: Raasta, 5th Road, off SV Road, Khar (West).

Michael Stuart Asia Tour Salsa Concert


Shimmy in your seats to salsa numbers by Puerto Rican-American singer Michael Stuart, who was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Stuart will be supported by Peruvian-American percussionist and composer Tony Succar.
When: Friday, June 15 at 7pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Peggy Gou


Berlin-based Korean electronic music producer Peggy Gou will play a set of dance-friendly tracks.
When: Friday, June 15 at 10pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit, Airport Road, Andheri (East).

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PLAYS

Jashn-e-Qalam


In this series of performances of Hindustani and Urdu writing, three stories will be read: ‘Pehchaan’ by Sa’adat Hasan Manto, ‘Chechak ke Daag’ by Rajinder Singh Bedi and ‘Apne Desh ke Log’ by Kamleshwar.
When: Wednesday, June 13 at 7pm.
Where: CoWrks, Birla Centurion, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli.

‘Ila’


In this Hindi drama on gender identity written and directed by Puja Sarup and Sheena Khalid, a king is transformed into a woman by a spell when he enters a forest. He keeps changing from man to woman to man as the moon waxes and wanes.
When: Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15 at 7pm and 9.30pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu.

‘Shabd Leela’


Directed by KK Raina, Shabd Leela is a dramatic presentation of passages by Hindi writer Dharamveer Bharati from his poem ‘Kanupriya’ and play Andha Yug as well as love letters he exchanged with his wife.
When: Thursday, June 14 at 7.30pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

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