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    How to unwind with affordable food, unusual movies and a Caribbean-themed evening

    Jazz meets rhyme
    The Pondy Night Out Acoustic Series ushers a whiff of the Caribbean this Saturday night as Martinique-born French singer Erika Lernot takes the stage at Kasha ki Aasha. Over dinner and drinks, soak in the artiste’s stirring blend of soul, jazz and poetry, accompanied by Mumbai-based guitarist Shanks . Entry Rs 100. Details: 0413 2222963

    Bring your appetite
    From chilli mushroom to matka paneer and gulab jamun, your search for a wholesome and affordable meal ends at the multi-cuisine vegetarian restaurant—Flavours Of Lalgudi.
    For just Rs 300 per person, order anything from their a la carte menu and eat your heart out without burning a hole in your pocket. At Vettuvankeni, ECR. Details: 9094444446

    Crowe and sloppy Joes
    Chase your mid-week blues with a beer and movie at the La Marina Guest House. The Man With Iron Fists, this Wednesday, is directed by RZA (Robert Fitzgerald Diggs) and stars  Russell Crowe, Cung Le and Lucy Liu. The plot revolves around a blacksmith who has to defend his village from British soldiers who come to the village (in China) hunting for gold. Also, make time to savour the sloppy Joe burger, a house favourite. Food Rs 150 onwards. Details: 0413 4300333

    Sax up
    Saturday evenings can’t get better than a combo of live music, food and drinks. French Musician David Wacheux will treat guests to the sounds of his saxophone at La Plancha’s special concert at 8 pm.  Wacheux, also known for his violin recitals here, will play pop classics and rock and roll. Details: 0413 4300333 . Entry is free.

    Weekend retreat
    Want to avoid all that is fried? Try the ‘Grills, Steams and Curries’ buffet on weekend nights at Hotel Shenbaga, until August 7. The selection features steamed favourites like momos, curries like nandu masala and grilled seafood. Biryani, rasmalai and a welcome drink also await. Priced at Rs 650 per head (Rs 325 for kids). Details: 0413 2233991

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