August 5 | Brazil
The Olympics is finally on in Brazil. Watch out for favourites like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Novak Djokovic and others India’s hopes rest on names like Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal,and a new-look hockey team. From August 5-21. The opening ceremony, directed by Brazilian film director Fernando Meirelles, will take place at the Maracana Stadium (Star Sports, at 4.30 am IST on August 6). Details: olympic.org
At the movies
August 5 | SPI Cinemas
When faced with a mission that’s doomed to fail, US Intelligence agencies assemble a team of incarcerated villains who’ve nothing to lose. Directed by David Ayer (of Training Day fame), the plot of Suicide Squad is based on DC Comics’ anti-hero characters — Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and seven others. Details: 42244224
August 6 | MRC Nagar
If fine imported spirits are what you seek, then Radio Room is the place to be. With a retro reggae-inspired ambience, its menu consists of a range of sliders, a special makhni rice dish, and much more. Launched this week in MRC Nagar.
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Rock the stage
August 7 | Sir Mutha Hall
Around 10 bands from across the country will be performing at the fourth edition of The Music Festival. Organised by Amaranta Entertainment, the event’s line-up has some of the biggest names in music — Thaikuddam Bridge, Suraj Mani & The Tattva Trip, Lagori, and others. More on P 18
August 9 | ITC Grand Chola
Meenakshi Meyappan’s book, Mansions of Chettinad, contains impressive photographs of architecture from the region. It also charts the rise and fall of the structures and what makes them brilliant examples of ancient architecture. To formally launch on August 10. Details: 22200000′
August 8 | Crowne Plaza
Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao present Nayaab, an exhibition of carefully curated textiles made with traditional skills by artisans. It is an attempt to revive lost weaving techniques by showcasing exclusive apparel from select labels, such as Akaaro, Weavers Studio, Delhi-based Kashmir Looms and En Inde, among others. August 8-10.
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August 10 | Spero
Coimbatore-based Milltex has launched the Spero, an electric bike partially produced through a crowd-funding campaign. It comes in three variants— E-30, E-60 and E-100 (the numbers denote the kilometres you can ride on a single charge) and can travel up to 25 kmph. `29,900 onwards.
August 11 | ITC Grand Chola
Rolls-Royce’s latest gift, Dawn, is named after the 1959 Silver Dawn. The open-top car borrows chassis elements from the Wraith, and its top made with French-seam fabric. It reaches 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, has massage and ventilated seats, and uses GPS for gear-changes. To be unveiled today, at ITC Grand Chola. Details: rolls-roycemotorcars.com
August 6 | Crowne Plaza
Gear up for the 18th edition of the Makers Market, courtesy By Hand From The Heart.
The event promises an impressive range of eco-friendly crafts and organic produce
brought down by artisans, design entrepreneurs, farmers and others. Around 46
participants are expected to be showcased. More on P 23