It’s a packed week for culture vultures. Go for comedy gigs, watch the city’s b-boys and b-girls bust moves, celebrate World Music Day on Thursday, June 21 by attending gigs by Midival Punditz and Thaikuddam Bridge, get a guided tour of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum and watch quality drama. For details of more things to do in Mumbai and to book tickets visit BookMyShow.


BigMic Comedy Open Mic with Tanmay Bhat

Listen to experienced stand-up comics as well as newbies cutting their teeth at this open mic hosted by veteran comedian and All India Bakchod co-founder Tanmay Bhat.
When: Monday, June 18 at 8.30pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA Mac Ronell’s Compound, near Candies, St Andrew’s Road, Bandra (West).

Fresh Faces with Ankita Shrivastav

Give young comedians a chance by being a member of the audience at this gig for upcoming stand-ups hosted by Ankita Shrivastav, a regular on the city’s comedy circuit.
When: Tuesday, June 19 at 8.30pm.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.

Global Village Idiot

Stand-up comedian Aditi Mittal, who’s known to make folks uncomfortable with her sharp jokes, will try out new material.
When: Wednesday, June 20 at 9pm.
Where: The Square, 1001 Heera Panna Mall, MHADA Colony, Powai.

Nishant Tanwar Live!

Have a laugh (or ten) with comedian Nishant Tanwar, who calls himself Joke Singh.
When: Friday, June 22 at 8pm.
Where: T-Nation Bar and Café, Link Corner, Third Floor, KFC Lane, off Linking Road, Bandra (West).

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Monster Jams

Go if you’re a b-boy or b-girl seeking a platform to show off your head-spins and jackhammers or if you just want to watch some breakdancing.
When: Thursday, June 21 at noon.
Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA Mac Ronell’s Compound, near Candies, St Andrew’s Road, Bandra (West).

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Marshall and the Mischief

Listen to the city-based indie rock band, and if you’re a musician, stick around after their set to jam. For more on the event, see here.
When: Tuesday, June 19 at 9pm.
Where: The Little Door, Shree Siddhivinayak Plaza, off New Link Road, Andheri (West).

Midival Punditz

Groove to electronica flecked with Indian sounds that’s the hallmark of the Delhi-based duo of Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj.
When: Wednesday, June 20 at 9pm.
Where: Flyp at MTV, Kamala Mills, entry from gate 4, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Lower Parel.

The Blues in the Jazz

The trio of Pradyumna Singh, Abhinav Khokhar and Saurav Ghosh will play a bluesy set to celebrate World Music Day, which falls this year on Thursday, June 21. Listen to them over unlimited beer, wine and starters.
When: Thursday, June 21 at 7pm.
Where: Artisan, Sofitel, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East).

Mumbai’s Finest + Dee MC + MC Kaur

Support the city’s growing hip-hop scene by showing up to this gig featuring rap crew Mumbai’s Finest and rappers Dee MC aka Deepa Unnikrishnan and MC Kaur aka Manmeet Kaur.
When: Thursday, June 21 at 8.30pm.
Where: Hard Rock Café, Sharyans Audeus, off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West).

Thaikkudam Bridge

Thaikkudam Bridge (pictured above) will play a set on World Music Day. The hugely popular 15-piece band from Kochi delivers a mix of pop, rock and reggae mostly in Malayalam.
When: Thursday, June 21 at 8.30pm.
Where: Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli.

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‘Notes on Chai’

Directed and performed by Jyoti Dogra, Notes on Chai is a slice of big city life in English, Hindi and Punjabi. Dogra channels impressive voice skills to mimic characters and conversations that are recognisable as they’re part of the fabric of daily life. Her breath control is most evident when she draws out the sound of slurping chai over long seconds and when she makes deep, Tibetan chant-like sounds.
When: Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20 at 6pm and 9pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu.

‘Dekh Behen’

On the eve of staging an item number at the wedding of their friend, five bridesmaids meet to complain about the person they all dislike: the bride. The Hindi and English drama is directed by Prerna Chawla and Shikha Talsania and written by Dilshad Edibam Khurana and Tahira Nath.
When: Tuesday, June 19 to Friday, June 22 at 8pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA Mac Ronell’s Compound, near Candies, St Andrew’s Road, Bandra (West).

‘Aadab Mein Premchand Hoon’

An ensemble of theatre actors will bring to life three Hindi stories by Premchand: ‘Bair ka Anth’, ‘Aap Biti’ and ‘Namak ka Daroga’.
When: Wednesday, June 20 at 8pm.
Where: The Castiko Space, Bungalow 121, Aaram Nagar II, Versova, Andheri (West).

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The Literature Live! and G5A Series

Social activist Aruna Roy, who campaigned for the Right to Information Act, will discuss her book The RTI Story: Power to the People with fellow RTI activist and former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi. For more on the event, see here.
When: Tuesday, June 19 at 6.30pm.
Where: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Laxmi Mills Estate, Shakti Mills lane, Mahalaxmi.

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Escape the Tomb

Gather a group of pals to play this game in which you take on the roles of archaeologists seeking to uncover the identity of an Egyptian king. The problem is that no one who enters his tomb ever leaves.
When: Until Saturday, June 30.
Where: The Amazing Escape, 101 Durolite House, new Citi Mall, New Link Road, Andheri (West).

Museum Visit

Get a guided a tour of the terrific collections of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, including the fine dioramas showing local life that were made by students of the JJ School of Art, vintage maps of the city and busts showing the various kinds of headgear worn by city folk in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
When: Ongoing.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr Ambedkar Road, Byculla.

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