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    Learn to tattoo or show off  your directorial skills at a short  film festival. Also, make time for  some Franco-Indian cuisine.

    Open house
    Take a tour around the SITA Cultural Centre next Saturday (June 23), which is their first Open Day of the year. The centre which has reopened after the summer break with new activities, will allow visitors to get a glimpse of what they offer. Interact with artistes and teachers, listen to a guitar recital, participate in a drawing contest, learn to cook Indian dishes, try ballet  or enjoy a reflexology massage. 3 pm to 6 pm. Open to both kids and adults. Details: 0413 420 0718

    Cinema break
    Need a movie date this weekend? Head to Alliance Francaise for Vishal Pundya’s Hate Story 3. The erotic thriller that stars Sharman Joshi, Zarine Khan, Karan Singh Grover and Daisy Shah, revolves around the lives of Aditya (Joshi) and Siya Diwan (Khan) and how they face Saurav (Grover) who is determined to ruin them. At Alliance Francaise. July 17, 6 pm
    onwards. Details: 0413 2334351

    Reel play
    Put your filmmaking skills to the test at the Innovational Short Film Carnival. To be held on August 7, it’s open to students and independent filmmakers, who can compete in categories like open genre, short films (30 minutes or less) and ad films (two minutes or less). Rs 300 for each film submission. Registrations open till July 31. At Kamban Kalai Arangam. Details: 8144657321

    Get inked
    On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Irezumi Academy and Studio has opened a new and bigger branch at Injambakkam
    ECR at Royal Enclave. They now offer professional courses, ranging from two weeks to a month, for aspiring tattoo artists. The owner of the academy, Navin N, will personally oversee the training of each student. Rs 75,000 onwards. Details: 9840794605

    Sea select
    Choose from a trolley of fish, prawns, crabs and other fresh catch of the day at Palais de Mahe’s terrace restaurant, Les Alizes. Request the chefs to cook your favourite seafood dish just the way you like it — be it fried, grilled, continental or Indian. Seafood festival on till July 17. 7 pm to 10.30 pm. Details: 0413 2345611

    French homecoming
    If you are heading to Pondicherry this weekend, do stop by Le Dupleix on Caserne Street for their Franco Indian menu that has French dishes infused with Indian spices. Expect tomato and crevette rasam soup (Rs 295), pakora de cottage cheese ( Rs 275), mutton and drumstick curry (Rs 545), and others. Till July 16. For dinner, 7 pm to 11 pm. Details: 0413 2226003

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