From the Midnight Marathon to Daksha Sheth’s rendition of Sari, a craft beer festival to promising new cinema, Mumbai always has something exciting up its sleeve for its art-hearty denizens. Here’s a host of events happening in the island city that simply cannot be missed!
1. Get inked Indian ink International Tattoo Convention, October 31 – November 2, World Trade Centre
In its 6th edition, the Convention seeks to celebrate body art and bring under one roof artists and entertainers who share a love for tattoos and inking. Head to WTC this November and be a part of this cult.
2. Kicking and screaming Indian Super League, November 2, 5, 17, 23, DY Patil Stadium, 7 pm
We’re bored of the IPL and have a feeling the ISL will serve as suitable distraction. It’s never been a better time for sport in the country what with our athletes striking gold at the ASIAD and hockey, kabbadi and football being pushed to the forefront. Let’s go cheer for our city! November 2, Mumbai plays against Kerala.
November 5 rekindles the Delhi-Mumbai rivalry. On the 17th we play against our favourite neighbours, Goa and on the 23rd, we look forward to beating Chennai.
3. On the house Tapped, November 2, Wodehouse Gymkhana, Noon onwards
Tapped, a craft beer festival, serves kegs of local beers along with a line-up of edibles. Wodehouse Gymkhana plays host to the gluttony and heady intoxication.
4. Artistic tryst ’56 years of hate bites’ (AFSPA), November, Mumbai Art Room Gallery
Artist Aniruddha Barua assesses the effect and the psychological trauma the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has on the people of the North Eastern regions of India. Barua paints ideas, expressions and views on their body, or on plaques, or embroidered them into their clothes, which has been digitally documented for this exhibition.
5. 70mm Odyssey A Decent Arrangement and The Theory of Everything, November 7
We await the release of these November films. A Decent Arrangement seems like a near-indie diaspora movie. It’s got weddings, traditions and Shabana Azmi. The Theory of Everything is a biopic on the remarkable Stephen Hawking.
6. Clarion call for change Three’s Company and Tushar Maithani, November 9, The Hive, 4pm – 6pm
The National Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA) brings an evening of busking at The Hive Community Market, Bandra. An alternative rock act by Three’s Company will be followed by a fusion performance by Tushar Maithani. Musical performances have never been heartier.
7. Tomfoolery Neo Circus, November 12, Prithvi Theatre, 8pm
In collaboration with Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Prithvi hosts ‘an acrobatic neo-circus performance set to music.’ Promised: Humour, jugglery and mime.
8. Run Lola Run Midnight Marathon, November 15, Eastern Freeway, 8pm – 2am
Sprint across the recently-opened Eastern Freeway in the moonlight. Find your category (21 km, 10km, 5km…) and spend a night running under the night skies.
9. …5, 6, 7, 8 Brigade Sari, November 30, NCPA, 7pm
We wrote about Daksha Sheth’s unique performances before and had promised to keep you updated if they ever performed in the city. Well, here’s your chance. They perform Sari, a tribute to the ethnic garment, at NCPA end of the month.
10. Kiss the skies Sky Waltz Balloon Safari, November, Kamshet, 6:15 am
We spoke of paragliding last month. November brings with it another air adventure; a balloon safari atop the picturesque hills of Lonavla. Promised: An hour of soaring and cutting through the sky with the clouds and hills as backdrop. What more could one need?