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September 07, 2014

September Fare

Text by Nittal Chandarana. Illustration by Wyanet Vaz

Sale season is over! Here’s an event calendar for all social butterflies, the home-bound and the uninitiated living in the bay

For all those who have lamented that the island city lacks an event calendar and the beach and malls are ‘so done ya’, check again. Actually, we know that creepy procrastination bug that discourages one to get off of Facebook and explore, so, we’ve made it easier for you. Here’s an extensive list of events happening in the bay that the social butterflies, the home-bornes and the uninitiated alike must make time for.

1. Tickled Backbenchers at Canvas Laugh Factory (September 10) – Stand-up comedians Sapan Verma, Azeem Banatwalla and Sahil Shah nitpick every silly thing any of us has ever done in college and poke fun at all those idiosyncracies we held sacred. Bunking, canteens, professors, courses, they spare nothing and no one. It’s a hilarious ride.

2. Clarion call for change Musical evening at Leaping Windows (September 11) – Anusha Ramasubramoney and Rachel Philip performing at this comic library-café at Versova as part of the NSPA’s (National Streets for Performing Arts) initiative of reclaiming public spaces as performance arenas. Why not be part of a fine initiative? Especially when it’s bringing a capella, jazz and country music to you. Tee hee. Also, the comic library is worth a visit!

 3. Not only for the Kurta, Jhola, Khadi type Theatre time at Prithvi
Rage Production’s One on One, an eclectic mix of monologues and dialogues with brilliant scripts and some really versatile performers plays on September 12. Yes, it’s been on for quite a while but if you haven’t caught it yet, now’s your chance!
QTP rules Prithvi from the 23rd to 26th of the month. Plays include A Peasant of El Salvador on Day 1, Nostalgia Brand Chewing Gum the next day, Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace on the 25th and Project S.T.R.I.P to end it all.
The Company Theatre’s Piya Behrupiya plays on September 30. A hindi version of Twelfth Night, it opened at the Globe Theatre in London, UK during the World Shakespeare Festival. Kuch to baat hogi.

4. Music to some ears Control+ALT+Delete 6.0 at Blue Frog (September 14) – A crowd-funded, indie music festival, this one brings together eight of the indie scene’s favourite bands under one roof. The line-up includes Spud in the Box, Until We Last and Space Behind the Yellow Room, among others. This one’s six years old and we’re dying to check it out for ourselves.
For the ones who want to stick to a sure-shot fun night of music and dance, The Other People fill their routine retro spot for Blue Frog on the 27th of the month. We were sold right when they began their show with a cover of Coldplay’s Yellow.
Axwell-Ingrosso at the NSCI-SVP Stadium (September 26) – Remember Swedish House and all the jazz about their One Last Tour? Well, two of them got together to recreate EDM magic. You’d be lucky if you still get tickets.

5. For the munchkins Kiddy treats galore! NCPA screens Vikings, a film of the exhibition on Vikings from the British Museum on September 14, 15 and 22. Who were they? What does it entail to be one? How thrilling is it? A welcome change from the regular multiplex movies we watch anyway.
Roald Dahl lovers squeal with excitement as Rangbaaz’s James Aur Ek Giant Peach takes over Prithvi Theatre come September 27 and 28. It’s our favourite author and we’re super excited!

6. Exhibit A Nepathya at NCPA from September 19 through 21. A free and open for all exhibition of the costuming traditions of the performing arts of Kerala. Kathakali and Mohiniattam costumes with masks and coloured pots will be displayed. We await the burst of colour.

7. Geek Week The Social Media Week’s ruling the September 22-26 space and telling us about what we do best. Conferences will be held on topics as varied as Blogging and Tweeting, the Power of Social Media, Travel Writing and Privacy in the age of Social Media. Stuff to ponder about.

8. 70mm Odyssey The Jagran Film Festival has its finale at Mumbai at PVRs Juhu and Andheri bringing with it a host of international cinema. A breath of fresh air amidst all the masala. Don’t get us wrong, we’re huge fans of Bollywood but this exposure to the cinema of the world is intoxicating. Mark September 22-28 for an extended movie marathon.

We sincerely wish you snap out of the monsoon blues and explore these events. Let us know how much you loved them!

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