Timeout 18-06-2007

Bitter-sweet flavours of life

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 18.06.07
Bitter-sweet flavours of life
Pulitzer Prize-winning American screenwriter Frank D Gilroy, who began his career with television, gained wider fame writing plays for Broadway and later, directing his own scripts for Hollywood productions. This evening, Stagecraft presents A Slice of Life, a quartet of his short plays for mature audiences. The Next Contestant is about the tremendous emotional ordeal a young man endures simply to win a challenge in a TV reality show. Come Next Tuesday depicts the apparently ordinary domestic life of a middle-aged couple, only to shock its audience with a bizarre twist at the end. Match Point, a story of a pair of highly-respectable, happily-married couples, is a sexual comedy with a dash of sardonic, sinister humour, that turns conventional expressions of middle-class morality on its head. A satire that explores and explodes the truth of professional success, Give The Bishop My Faint Regards comes with another truly great ending. Direction: Rohit Pombra.

lEvent: A quartet of short plays by Frank D Gilroy, produced by Stagecraft lWhen: Today at 7.30 pm lWhere: Starmark, 3 Lord Sinha Road


Till June 18 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South (B) Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings and sculptures by Ranjan Paul, Sukla Bhattacharyya, Debasish Ghosh, Dip Narayan Paul and Sukhendu Paul. Till June 19 at Gallery Kolkata, 2nd floor, Duckback House, 41 Shakespeare Sarani; 2 pm - 7.30 pm: The Missing Link, an art exhibition on paintings by Rajiba Lochan Pani. Till June 20 at Angan Art Gallery, 11 Fern Place; 4 pm - 8 pm: The Entity, a group of young artists, presents its first group exhibition of graphics and paintings. Participants: Binita Bandyopadhyay, Panchanan Das, Santanu Das and Suprabhat Bhaduri. Till June 21 at Sculpture Gallery, C/26 Bapuji Nagar, #24122907; 5 pm - 8 pm: Mother & Child, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Shanu Lahiri and Tapas Sarkar. June 18 - 23 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm: Pranay Gatha, an exhibition of paintings by Nikhil Biswas. Till June 23 at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani; 3 pm - 7 pm: Bronzes by Debabrata Chakraborty. June 19 - 24 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: Fourth Dimension, an exhibition of paintings featuring the works of Arnab Mukherjee, Chandra Nath Saha, Soumitra Chatterjee, Shubhabrata Bose, Sudipta Dutta, Sujata Kar Saha and Utpal Datta. Till June 24 (except Sunday) at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park; 2 pm - 7 pm: Intimate Thoughts, Pristine Fables — a show of works by artists from Santiniketan. June 19 - 25 at Academy of Fine Arts, South (A) Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of drawings and paintings by Tapan Chattopadhyay. Inauguration tomorrow at 6 pm. June 19 - 25 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South Gallery-II; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings by the artists of Kolkata Canvas. Participants: Ranjan Mitra, Malay Chandan Saha, Aloke Kr Sardar, Akhilendu Bhowmik, Anirban Seth and Biswarup Halder. June 19 - 25 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: 6th group exhibition by Scarlet. Participating artists: Biplab Kar, Dhruba Ghosh, Pramit Parna Paul, Santanu Chakroborty, Sudipta Mazumder and Umakanta Das. Inauguration tomorrow at 5 pm. Till June 30 (except Sunday) at Gallery Kanishka’s, 2/1 Hindusthan Road; 11 am - 8 pm: Monologues, paintings by Sudipto Dutta. Till June 30 (except Sunday) at Mon Art Gallerie, 6 Hungerford Street, Regency, 3rd floor; 11 am - 7 pm: Confronting Globalization, artworks by Arun Bain, Barun Chowdhury, Debashish Manna, Debnath Basu, K. Prasun Roy, Kazi Nasir, Rabin Roy, Rajib Chowdhury and Rathin Kanji. Curated by Mrinal Ghosh. Till June 30 (except Sunday) at Domus Art Gallery, Showroom 7B (ground floor), Neelambar Building, 28/B Shakespeare Sarani; 11 am - 6 pm: Colours of Nature, an exhibition of watercolours by Milanendu Mondal.


June 18 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Ensemble presents its two new plays: Amake Dekhun (Direction: Kaushik Bose) and Jatri (Direction: Sangeeta Chakraborty). June 20, 21 & 23 at Sujata Sadan; 6.30 pm: Bhraman and Nirbak Abhinoy Academy present Asif Karimbhoy’s play, Nirab Katha. Translated by Suranjana Dasgupta and directed by K.R. Omkar. June 20 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Nandipat presents Kah. Direction: Bimal Chakraborty. June 21 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 7 pm: A Slice of Life (English) — four short plays by well-known American screenwriter Fran D. Gilroy. Presented by Stagecraft and directed by Rohit Pombra. June 22 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Shohan presents Helmet, a comedy directed by Anish Ghosh. June 22 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 7 pm: Little Thespian presents Katha Collage-2, comprising four short stories: Sayeed Premi’s Rihaee (Urdu), Shailendra Srivastava’s Sapne Ki Baat (Hindi), Madhu Kankria’s File (Hindi) and Anis Rafi’s Polythene Ki Deewar (Urdu). Design and direction: Uma Jhunjhunwala. June 22 at Gyan Manch; 7 pm: Patton and Spandan present Koi Ek Raat, a play in Hindi, written, designed and directed by Ashok Singh. June 23 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Furrut, a Blank Verse production based on Upendra Kishore Roychowdhuri’s masterpiece. Drama & direction: Raja Bhattacharya.


June 18 at Seagull Bookstore, 31A S.P. Mukherjee Road; 6.30 pm: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents The Music Room. Its third programme features Birth of a Song, an interactive musical session on the inner workings of creating music with Amyt Datta and Pink Noise.


June 18 at Oxford Bookstore, 17 Park Street; 7 pm: Oxford Bookstore Calcutta and East West Books (Madras) Pvt. Ltd, in association with WB University of Judicial Sciences, host the launch of Settle for More: The Why, How and When of Meditation authored by Shriram Panchu. The book will be released by Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and followed by a panel discussion, Litigate or Mediate?


June 19 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 11.45 pm (night long): On the occasion of its 25th year in publishing, Seagull Books presents a midnight concert by Ustad Rashid Khan (vocal) accompanied by Anandagopal Bandyopadhyay (tabla) and Jyoti Goho (harmonium), and Ustad Shahid Parvez (sitar) with Subhankar Banerjee (tabla). June 22 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: Kalakhetram’s 21st annual programme features dances by its students. Direction: Sushmita and Subhashish Bhattacharya.


June 18 at The Asiatic Society, Humayun Kabir Hall; 4 pm: Dr A.P. Mitra, Honorary Scientist of Eminence & Senior Homi Bhabha Fellow (former director general, CSIR & secretary to the Government of India, DSIR), National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, will deliver Indira Gandhi Memorial Lecture on India in Global Science: Are we ready for it? June 18 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 6 pm: Swami Arunatmananda will speak on Mayer Katha. June 18 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Ritananda will speak in Bengali on Swamijir Patravali. June 18 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan; 6.15 pm: Prof. Subhas Saha to speak on Prayers & Meditation.


Till June 22 at Soumya’s Creation, 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road, #24614887; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Soumya’s Creation presents Monsoon Magic, an exhibition of cottons.All those who wish events to be included in this column should write not less than a week ahead to: Time out, The Telegraph, 6, Prafulla Sarkar Street, Calcutta-700 001; Fax: 2234-8244

All those who wish events to be included in this column should write not less than a week ahead to:

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