From MMA fight nights to stand up comedy, we scout out the best of what’s happening in Mumbai.

Attend TEDx This Weekend!
Thursday, 30 October 2014 20:33

What: Attend TEDx Gateway at Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, register here, registration fees: Rs 10,000 plus taxes.

Why: Listen to a bunch of great TED time stories at the TEDx Gateway this weekend at NCPA. Storytellers include Piyush Goyal, MoS for power, coal and renewable energy; architect and urbanist Naresh Narasimhan; Trisha Prabhu, founder of ReTink; Vijay Kumar, roboticist and Professor at UPENN and Jay Herrati, Executive Director, TEDx.

When: TED-dy bares all on Sunday, November 2.


Tonight’s Halloween Parties
Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:09

bpb’s round up of what to do on Halloween night (October 31). Achieving your ghouls?

Female DJ duo ‘The Elektrovertz’ spin + sample cocktails like ‘Vampire Elixir’ and ‘Black Widow’ at Guppy Pop Up at Olive, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi, 10 pm onwards, to RSVP call 40859595 or visit the Facebook page here.

Drinks start at Rs 199 (!), plus special shots with names like Vampire Slayer and Sweet Deceit. Meanwhile, horror films will play in the background. At Aqaba Club House, level P5, Peninsula Business Park, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, 9 pm onwards, to RSVP call 61512222.

DJ Pritam + costume party at EXO and Li Bai. Level 37, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel, 10.30 pmonwards, for more information call 61628000, entry fee - Rs 5,000 per couple and stag (full cover).

Music plus special menu of French hors d'oeuvres and Spanish tapas at Terttulia, Hotel Parkway, near Chaitya Bhumi, Sivaji Park Seaface, Dadar (W).

Bonobo’s Halloween night features Su Real, EZ Riser and in-house favourite Pradeep Maharana. Bonobo, 2nd floor, Kenilworth Mall, phase 2, off Linking Road, Bandra (W), 8.30 pm onwards, call 26055050 or visit the Facebook page here, entry fee - Rs 500.

Nido’s Halloween party featuring DJ Ankytrixx is also the launch of ‘Nido Bar Nights’. 21, Union Park, Khar (W), 10 pm onwards, to RSVP and for more information call 67706336, entry free.

Boveda hosts a Zombie Masquerade Ball with music and dress up. G04, Morya Landmark One, off New Link Road, Andheri(W), entry free, for more information and to make a booking call 67080858.

Event Roundup: Oct 31- Nov 2
Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:00

Oct 31: Attend the performance of The Alex Machacek Trio – featuring the US-based Austrian Jazz guitarist. St. Andrew’s Auditorium, St. Dominic Road, Bandra (W), 8 pm onwards, ticket start at Rs 1,000, book here.

Oct 31: Rekha Bharadwaj takes the stage as part of the Mirchi Live Concert. Shanmukhanand Hall, behind Gandhi Market, Comrade Harbanslal Marg, Sion, 7.30 pm onwards, ticket start at Rs 500, bookhere.

Oct 31:
Short Films Night at The Pantry in association with Shamiana Short Film Club. This week’s screenings include ‘The Troll’ by LA-based Max Carlson and ‘Gawah’ by Gauri Chadha, previously screened at Cannes Short Film Corner. The Pantry, Yashwant Chambers, Millitary Square Lane, Kalaghoda, call 22700082 /22678901, entry free.

Oct 31 – Nov 2: ‘Maya – The Musical’ a partnership between students from Teach for India and Broadway artists backed by Broadway styled music. Ravindra Natya Mandir, near Siddhivinayak temple, Prabhadevi, 7.30 pm (on all days) and 11 am (Sunday), ticket price Rs 300 onwards, book tickets here.

Oct 31- Nov 2: Tata Literature Live! features poets and priests, manuscripts, marwaris and Modi talk, launches, anniversaries, debates and discussions.  NCPA (Oct 31 to Nov 2), NCPA Marg, Nariman Point & Prithvi Theatre (Nov 1 to Nov 2), 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, visit their website here or their Facebook page here, entry free.                   

Nov 1: ABBA GOLD, regarded as the best ABBA tribute show by BBC. Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana, 4th road, Church Avenue, Santacruz (W), 7.30 pm onwards, donor passes start at Rs 1,200, book your tickets here.

Nov 2: Tapped – Craft Beer Festival featuring ten beers from four breweries, plus food and music. Wodehouse Gymkhana, Maharshi Karve Road, Nariman Point, noon onwards, tickets priced at Rs 1,500 (1 litre pass) and Rs 2,000 (2 litre pass), book here.

Nov 2: Head to Café Zoe’s One Night Stand DJ featuring Smoke House Deli chef Gresham Fernandes, this time in the role of DJ . Café Zoe, Mathuradas Mills, S N Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, 4.30 pm to 8 pm, entry free. 

Nov 2: Eat at ‘The Secret Ingredient’ which features traditional Mangalorean lunch, hosted by Kaiyl (Aunty Shashi) at Studio Upstairs, 1st floor, bungalow no. 9, 14, Veronica Street, Bandra (W), 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm, Rs 1,500 per head (vegetarian) and Rs 1,800 per head (non vegetarian), to book your seat email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Attend Literature Live!
Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:17

This week, turn on your reading (l)amp as TATA Literature Live! Festival starts today. Spread across two venues – NCPA (Oct 30 to Nov 2) and Prithvi Theatre (Nov 1 to 2) – the festival packs in poets and priests, manuscripts, marwaris and Modi talk, launches, anniversaries, debates and discussions. Entry is free!

Here’s a day0wise break up on what to catch at the fest:

October 30, Day 1 (NCPA)
Gulzar saab’s Green Poems launches with a discussion between him and veteran journalist Anil Dharker (see link). Indian poets Sampurna Chattarji and Ranjit Hoskote and their Welsh counterparts Rhian Edwards and Eurig Salisbury will talk about their home cities and their distinguishable traits (see link). The day will conclude with a debate on ‘Re-writing India’s history is a dangerous game’ with Vir Sanghvi, Amish Tripathi, Dileep Padgaonkar and Kumar Ketkar (see link). 

Sponsored: Attend Budweiser Made Stage’s First Event In Mumbai
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

*** This post is sponsored by Budweiser ***

This is the best kind of cinema you can catch this weekend. Budweiser is hosting Live Cinema at Sitara Studio, where cinematic sequences will be created and composed in conjunction with live music for a delicious audio-visual experience.

This is part of Budweiser’s larger MADE Stage campaign that aims to bring

together an interesting flock of musicians, visual jockeys, graffiti artist, sculptors, sound and light engineers and performance directors from around the country to create super experiences. These alternate forms of music and art will be celebrated in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Goa, and will be available as a video series on from November 13 onwards.

Mumbai Gig: On Oct 31

The Mumbai gig promises to be smashing, a live cinema project like we mentioned above, featuring artists like Fuzzy Logic, Zokhuma, Nicholson, Bassister, Sachin Pillai and visual artist Shazeb Arif S. Using a custom rig of multiple live cameras, they will create backgrounds from live chemical reactions, insects on observation, and by setting objects in kinetic motion.

See you then! We’re expecting your (screen) presence!

Getting there: Budweiser’s Live Cinema on October 31 from 7 pm to 10 pm. At Sitara Studio, RSVP on the Facebook page here, free entry.

 *** This post is sponsored by Budweiser ***

Event Roundup: Oct 23-26
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:13

Oct 23: Kick off the long weekend with ‘F.A.M JAM’ an event that features short films curated by Reema Sengupta, live art and showcase by Sukraat Tiwari and tunes spun by Matthew Conley, Kumail and Troja. The Daily, behind Shoppers Stop, S.V. Road, Bandra (W), 9 pm onwards, for more details and to RSVP click here.

Oct 23-26:
Theobroma is turning 10 this month and they’re celebrating by bringing back some of their most popular items over the decade like the Sticky Walnut Chocolate Pie, the Lemon Mountain Cake and the Apple Cinnamon Blondie among others, all available at original prices. Get them at all stores (Colaba, Bandra West, Peddar Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Powai Hiranandani, Goregaon, BKC), to place an order email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Oct 23-26: Celebrate Oktoberfest at Brewbot with special offers on German beers and sample ample sausage selection. Brewbot, G-01, 101, Morya Landmark, 1, off New Link Road, Andheri (W), for more information visit their Facebook page here.

Oct 24:
Catch a tribute to Bryan Adams by ‘Shannon & The Silent Riot’ at Hard Rock Café, Fun Cinema lane, near Balaji Telefilms, off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W), 8 pm, tickets start at Rs 750, book your tickets here.

Oct 24: After demolishing Pune with a 5-0 score line, Mumbai City FC is all set to take on the unpredictable North East United FC at home. DY Patil Stadium, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, 7 pm, tickets start at Rs 125, book your tickets here.

Oct 24: Head to a friday night mash up with Aadar Malik (of Gandu Nights and Schitzengiggles fame) tickling your funny bone and DJ Naren taking requests for popular songs. Indigo, 4 Mandlik road, Colaba, 10 pm, entry free.

Oct 25: Attend Simply the Blues , a blues festival featuring The Big Bang Blues as an opening act for The Mick Clarke Band. St. Andrew’s auditorium, St. Dominic Road, Bandra (W), 7.30 pm, tickets start at Rs 800, book your tickets here.

Oct 25:
Go retro this weekend with pop/rock outfit The Other People and DJ Russell as their music winds the clocks back in time. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, 10.30 pm, tickets start at Rs 600, book your tickets here.

Oct 26: Test your vocal pipes outside the shower at Music on the Big  Mic # 29 hosted by Joshua Thomas, at The Hive, 50 A, Huma Mansion, Next to Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Khar (W), 8.30 pm, tickets starts at Rs 150, book your tickets here.

Event Roundup: Oct 17-19
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:24

Oct 17: Begin the weekend with some bass-heavy electronic music at the ‘Bass Camp Festival’ featuring artists like Symbiz Sound ft. Zhi MC, Sickflip, EZ Riser, Ox7gen, Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, 10.30 pm, Ticket price – Rs 600, book your tickets here.

Oct 17: Attend ‘Stringtstruck’ featuring Purbayan Chatterjee (Sitar and Vocals), and the percussionist duo of Taufiq Qureshi and Fazal Qureshi. Tata Theatre, NCPA Mumbai, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, 7 pm, ticket price – Rs 225 onwards (Members), Rs 300 onwards (Non members), book your tickets here.

Oct 17: Head to this Max Mueller initiative– an expressionist theatre performance, ‘From Morn to Midnight’ directed by Karlheinz Martin at Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church road, Juhu, 7pm, entry free.

Oct 18: Join the Red Bull bus tour 2014 as it kicks off on Saturday.Catch Pentagram, Bhayanak Maut, The Raghu Dixit Project and alternate rockers 'Skrat'  at the the Mumbai gig among several others. Richardson and Cruddas Ltd, Sir JJ Flyover, Byculla. To RSVP and for more information click here.

Oct 18: Attend the screening of the ‘Cindrella’ Dutch National Ballet performance at PVR Juhu (6pm) and PVR Lower Parel (7pm), tickets start Rs 250 (PVR Juhu) and Rs 350 (PVR Lower Parel), book your tickets here.

Oct 18: Join Snigdha Manchanda as she sets out on foot to understand the tea culture of the city as a part of ‘Mumbai chai walk’. Begins at Bombay Stock Exchange, Kala Ghoda, 4 pm to 6 pm, ticket price – Rs 1500, book your tickets here.

Oct 18: Attend ‘Live From The Console’ featuring debut acts like Sid Vashi (Mumbai), MoonDogs (J&K) and veterans like The Ska Vengers (New Delhi). Stage 2, Mehboob Studios, Bandra (W), 6pm, ticket price – Rs 250, for more information click here.

Oct 18-19: Just in time for some Diwali shopping, the ‘Nor Black Nor White’ (NBNW) Open Studio is returning this weekend in collaboration with Kichu with a whole new range of handmade textiles. House of NBNW, Out house of VithalBhavan, 11/12, Guru Nanak road, Bandra (W), 11 am to 7 pm, call 9833050138, for directions click here, entry free.

Oct 19: Watch a play ‘The Buckingham Street’ as it does a humorous spin on the ‘true identities’ of the members of the Royal family. Tata Theatre, NCPA Mumbai, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, 7 pm, ticket price – Rs 270 onwards (Members), Rs 360 onwards (Non members), book your tickets here.

Oct 19: Head to ‘Bombay Local’ and try a whole new range of dips, sauces, teas, juices and baked goods by vendors like Busago, The Ramen Girl and Little Jars among several others. The Easel, 32, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church road, Juhu, 3 pm to 8 pm, to participate email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , only cash accepted, entry free.

For Diwali:

Put together an Ellipsis Diwali hampers with your fauvorites items from their bakery! They even let you create bespoke hampers (of different price points)as per your preferences and requirements.

Ditch the regular mithai routine and gift goodies from The Elephant Company instead! Choose from their range of home décor, furnishings, personal and tech accessories here

Dine With The Faulty Towers Cast
Friday, 10 October 2014 10:39

What: Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience at Taj Land’s End, Bandstand, Bandra (W), ticket at Rs 5,500 per person. Make reservations here!

Why: Save this weekend’s lunch…er cocktail money for a super fun interactive dining experience. The original cast members of the theatre production ‘Faulty Towers’ are in Mumbai this weekend and they’re going to serve you. Based on one of our favourite BBC sitcoms of the ‘70s, Fawlty Towers, we can’t wait to be served by the exceedingly rude Basil, his wife Sybil, and clumsy server Manuel.

When: Roll play on October 11 and 12 at 12.30 pm (lunch) and 7.30 pm (dinner).

Rent Out A Brothel's Backyard!
Friday, 10 October 2014 10:34

What:  The Backyard of The Brothel - new event space to rent at Bungalow 14C, Boran Road, opposite Elco Market, off Hill Road, Bandra (W), call 65254573, approximately Rs 15,000 for eight hours.

Why: If you can’t choose between a ho’s garden and a rose garden, we’re here to help you combine both. Seriously.

In a bungalow called The Brothel, there’s a garden called The Backyard that is now available for parties. Owned by ad man Prahlad Kakkar (this was previously a scuba dive equipment shop), the breathing space can be rented out for  “pretty much anything”. It’s equipped with benches, an outdoor and indoor kitchen (complete with deep freezes and barbeque grills); staff; crockery; cutlery and even their wine and beer licenses.

We’re thinking of an open-air film screening with cocktails and barbeque, once the weather gets better. Who’s in?

When: You need a new patch phrase.

Event Roundup: Oct 10-12
Friday, 10 October 2014 09:34

Oct 10: Catch Mihir Ganatra’s deep house and Faizan Hussain’s percussions at Myra Funk Shui Night at Li Bai, the Palladium Hotel, 462, Senpati Bapat marg, Lower Parel, call 8879652123 for reservations, 9 pm onwards.

Oct 10: Sample Café Zoe's new menu with dishes like the Caramelized Pumpkin and Feta appetizer, Ham and Cheese Croquettes, Couscous with Ratatouille & Chickpeas. Café Zoe, Mathuradas Mills, N M Joshi marg, Lower Parel. 

Oct 10:
Watch DJ Ankur Sood at Nido Friday’s Bar Night. Nido, 21, Union Park, Khar, call 67706336, 10 pm onwards, free entry.

Oct 10: Catch Helium Project a.k.a Arijit Basu perform at Big Bang Bar and Café, 3rd floor, Kenilworth Mall, above KFC, Linking road, Bandra (W), 8pm onwards, Entry fees: Rs 500 (after 9pm).

Oct 10: Catch Zokhuma's new EP launch this Friday and other artiste performances like Arsh and Curtain Blue. Bonobo, 2nd floor, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, off Linking road, Bandra (W), call 26055050, 9.30 pm onwards, entry free.

Oct 10 – 12: Watch India’s first Professional World Tour Squash circuit in Mumbai this weekend. Head to NSCI Mumbai, Lala Lajpat Rai marg, Worli, call 9820043701, 4-8pm, entry free.

Oct 10-12: Head to the 6th Hast Karigar Exhibition of Handicrafts at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, 159/61, M G Road, Kala Ghoda, call 22844484.

Oct 11:
 Monica Dogra, Reggae Rajahs, Karsh Kale and Nucleya will perform as part of the lineup for Lee’s 125th anniversary celebration. NSCI Mumbai, Lala Lajpat Rai marg, Worli, RSVP for free entry, click here for more details.

Oct 11: Catch DJ Ryan Beck and Anant on the saxophone at Indigo, 4, Mandlik road, Colaba, call 66368999, 10pm, entry free. 

Oct 11: Watch a series of films on Mumbai made by the students of TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) and discuss it with the makers at the post-screening session at The FD Zone, RR II theatre, 6th floor, Phase II building, Peddar road, 4pm onwards. Entry free, first cum first serve basis. For more info, click here.

Oct 11:
 Catch Mihir Ganatra on the decks and Faizan Husain with eight kinds of drums at Absolut Live, with great music and deals on Absolut drinks and bottles.For more information, click here. Shiro, next to Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Worli, 10 pm onwards, entry free.  

Oct 11-12:
‘One Direction: Where We Are’ (The Concert film) only for this weekend, at PVR Cinemas,  Click here to find it in a theatre near you, tickets Rs 500.

Oct 11-12: Bar Carnival at Boveda featuring Oktoberfest specials, drink deals, live BBQ and more!  G04, Morya Landmark One, Off New Link Road, near Infiniti Mall, Andheri (W), call 67080858 for details, free entry.

Oct 11-12: For Oktoberfest, The Barking Deer will be brewing traditional amber lager called Marzen, Kolsch- a light crispy ale and Dunkelweizen. This plus German snacks. At Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel, free entry. 

Oct 11- Nov 30: Catch Delhi Art gallery's new exhibition “Indian Divine: Gods and Goddesses in 20th Century Art” with artworks dating back to the 19th century. Delhi Art Galley, Kala Ghoda, Click here to find out more.

Oct 12: This Sunday treat your kids (age 4-12) to the ‘Short & Sweet’ workshop -a mix of four short films picked by Shamiana Films like - Big Buck Bunny, Ormie, Pigeon Impossible & Johnny Express. The workshop will also include a cookout session with Chef Jay. The Pantry, Ground floor, Yeshwant Chambers, Military Square lane, Kala Ghoda, call 22679801, 4pm – 6pm, entry fees – Rs 1200, more details here.

Oct 12: 30 Indian breed pups and kittens are looking for a new home, so if you’re looking to adopt an adorable pet, head to the Zoic Pet Park and World For All’s ‘Animal adoption drive’, Holy Cross Road, IC Colony, Borivali, 10am – 5pm. For more info, click here.

Oct 12: Trace the history Bombay’s Rock scene at the Black & White Moments-Remembering Rang Bhavan concert at Mehboob Studios, Hill Road, Bandra (W), for enquiries call 9819216804.

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