Palmistree is a multi-art installation
that is aiming to re-imagine installations altogether. It is designed by two artists from Shoonya, Avantika Agarwal, a product designer and Marlene Steyn, a painter/sculptor. The idea is to look at different interpretations of interiors and exteriors of rooms. Entry free. September 18-24. 11 am. At Shoonya, Lalbagh Road.
Take part in the Bengaluru Heritage
Walk to learn and explore the historic flower market along, the temples, palaces and other historical landmarks. Learn about the history and legends behind each building and indulge in a traditional breakfast. Tomorrow. 8 am. Starting at Jamia Masjid, Nagarathpete. Tickets (`900) on bookmyshow.com
The Humming Tree is back with
their Open Mic Nights. Performances
will range from music and dance to
stand-up comedy. Anyone can take part and it is a great platform to experiment and find out whether you have it in you to be a performer. Entry free. Sunday. 6pm. At Indiranagar. Details: 9886618386
The Alipore Post, started by Rohini Kejriwal, is a popular newsletter curating art, illustration, poems and links from across the Internet. This weekend, she curates a festival titled The Alipore Post Offline. It is a two-day extravaganza with music, art installations, workshops and food.
Kejriwal used to be a journalist but quit her job to travel and explore the country. She had been saving images and links of interesting art works and eye-opening articles online, ever since she could remember. “I realised that I had a lot to share with people, and after some experimentation, The Alipore Post was born. The overall idea is to appreciate beauty, in whatever form it comes at you,” says Kejriwal.
The offline festival idea came from the need to meet and interact with like-minded people from the city. The event, being held at The Courtyard House in Sarjapur, will feature poetry readings along with an art exhibition, which is in collaboration with Art&Found, another art curation platform. Musicians like Kumail, Anand Vijaysimha, Kamomile and Mahesh Raghunandan will be performing. Vinyl lovers can get together and play their records with the Drop the Needle session hosted by Social Offline. There is also a pop-up bookshop by Goobe’s Book Republic.
Art lovers can look forward to Jai Ranjit’s Paint like Picasso +Drawing Mythical Creatures Workshop or the ‘fictional comic drawing’ workshop by Sreejita Biswas. For some meditative fun, attend the Zentangle workshop by Lahe Lahe.
The event has a personal touch, which makes it special. Kejriwal has roped in her favourite street food vendor, from Indiranagar to cover your gastronomic needs. “My main approach was to be selfish and have a lineup of things I would enjoy and want to do over one weekend,” she confesses.
Entry free. September 17-18. 11am onwards. At, Sarjapur Road. Details: Facebook.com/thealiporepost
Nine Lives Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner
Tom Brand (played by Kevin Spacey) is a billionaire workaholic who gets trapped in the body of a cat. The movie is as ridiculous as it sounds even though it boasts a star studded cast and crew (Spacey, Garner and Christopher Walken). The plot is a cliched gimmick replete with bad one-liners. — Team Indulge
Akira Director: AR Murugadoss Cast: Sonakshi Sinha
The plot of this female-driven drama revolves around a college student, played by Sonakshi Sinha, taking on a corrupt police officer to prove she is innocent. While Sinha has done a great job, the action sequences are uninspired. The plot suffers from predictability and the other characters in the movie are weak.
Baar Baar Dekho Director: Nitya Mehra Cast: Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra
Baar Baar Dekho,
though star studded,
does not live up to expectations due to a lackluster plot. Although both the lead actors are a treat for the eyes, Kaif’s performance falls flat. It’s quite possible that it’s only the songs that are making audiences stick around till the credits. Give this one
a miss, we say.
Fear Factor (season five), AXN, Today, 9 pm
This season of the adventure-based reality
show, hosted by UFC (Ultimate
Fighting Championship) commentator
Joe Rogan, unfolds in two parts. In the
first, couples undertake dangerous tasks
to win the prize, while the second will see
friends teaming up. Tonight, watch couples
compete in an underwater box rescue
challenge, to win $20,000.
The Stage (season two), Colors Infinity, Tomorrow, 10 pm
India’s only English singing reality show
returns with season two tomorrow. With
judges Vishal Dadlani, Ehsaan Noorani,
Monica Dogra and Devraj Sanyal back on
the show, this one promises to be bigger
and better. Watch the contestants battle
it out to win the title of India’s Next
Futsal World Cup, Sony Six and Sony ESPN, Tonight, 8 pm
Former champions Brazil and Spain are
once again favourites at this year’s Futsal
World Cup, which kicked off last week with
hosts Colombia and Portugal playing out a
tight draw in the opening match. Tonight,
watch Panama take on Colombia, while
Brazil faces Mozambique tomorrow
Baz Luhrmann shares his recipe of making The Get Down, a Netflix original series
While Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning Moulin Rouge! is getting the nod for a theatre adaptation, our attention is on another musical—part one of the first season of The Get Down, a Netflix original series, which is on air. Created by Luhrmann (53) and Stephen Adly Guirgis (50), the musical drama is set in the Bronx (NYC) in the 1970s and revolves around the rise of the hip-hop genre, with a group of African-American teenagers in focus. Part two is scheduled for an early 2017 premiere. The Great Gatsby director, Luhrmann, talks about this journey of freedom and individuality.
Why did it take 10 years to make The Get Down? And why did you choose Netflix for this series?
It was 10 years ago, when I was sitting in a restaurant in Paris and looking over the shoulder of someone, that I saw a framed photograph, which was by (photographer) Jamel Shabazz, of these two kids. And they were in hip-hop stance, and it was from what I thought was the 80s. I remember thinking in that moment, ‘how did so much creativity come from New York in that moment in time?’ It just stuck in my mind. And from that point on, I started trying to answer that question. I always wanted to do a piece like that, and I tried many times to find the right person. Then when Netflix came along, they offered the opportunity, this incredible canvas.
The first three episodes takes place entirely in the Bronx.
One thing that became very clear to everyone we worked with is that there was a feeling at the time of ‘Look at the South Bronx. Look how degenerated it is. Look at how negative it is.’ Of course there was crime and drugs, and it was a very difficult time. But, overwhelmingly, everyone I worked with said, ‘From our point of view, we only saw possibility and imagination.’ The number one thing they were worried about was that I would come in and do an outsider-looking-in show. But the number one line that had to be drawn was that it had to be from the kids’ point of view. I wanted to make sure we pay respect to all those young people who wanted to say ‘I exist’.
How was it working with (NYPD Blue fame) Jimmy Smits (who plays Francisco Cruz, a South Bronx political leader)?
One of the great things was when I reached out about the story, I went to Jimmy Smits. He really helped me, but also led our youthful acting team in charge ahead and giving the exhausting commitment that was required.
At the British Council’s movie marathon, find a new theme every month
BASED on varying themes each month, British Council’s movie marathon #20Films20Weeks kick-starts in September with ‘Roald Dahl and the youth’ as its focus. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (the screenplay is co-written by Dahl) will be showcased in the city tomorrow, with films, curated by British Council’s Arts and Libraries Team continuing in January next year, across nine cities that include Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Speaking about the concept, Mei-kwei Barker, director for South India British Council, says, “India loves cinema, and takes influence from other film cultures across the world. The 20 Films 20 Weeks programme responds to this by bringing a comprehensive selection of amazing British talent in the film world.” A fun feature of this event are the secret screenings. In this case, the movie is not disclosed to the audience beforehand but the British Council team will be releasing hints leading up to the screening on their social media accounts. “The idea is to keep the fun in going to see a film, by introducing an element of mystery to the programme. We’ll announce showcase films each month as we move into a new theme, and the secret screenings compliment this—you might end up seeing an Oscar-winning film without knowing it!” insists Barker. Upcoming themes include ‘women in film’ for the next month followed by music as the focus in November, December will see Christmas-themed movies and in January, expect films of Ken Loach. At British CouncilLibrary. Details:bri tishcouncil.in/20films20weeks
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