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Not Going Away This Long Weekend? Here’s Our Guide To What To Do In The City

Moyurie posted on 10 August

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We know how much you’ve waited for the upcoming long weekend. In case you are not going anywhere, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a guide to what you can do in the city instead.

August 11: Standup Comedy Show ft. Amit Tandon

Unwind and start the weekend with some laughs at ‘Punchliners’, a night of stand-up comedy featuring Amit Tandon who is known as ‘the married guy’ in the stand-up comedy circuit. After two kids and one marriage, he realised it couldn’t get any worse and took to comedy. He is also the host for ‘Grandmasters of Comedy’, one of the longest running Stand-Up Comedy shows in India.

He will be on stage at Kala Mandir in Shakespeare Sarani, 8.30pm to 10pm. You can pick up tickets {INR 540 to 1,080} here.


48, Shakespeare Sarani Road, Mullick Bazar, Elgin, Kolkata

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August 12: Get A Little Artsy And A Little Tipsy With Curry Mag At Monkey Bar

This Saturday, enjoy a nice, sunny afternoon with some great cocktails while you also pick up some art skills. Curry Magazine is getting artist Jit Chowdhury to Monkey Bar to assist you. So if you’ve always yearned to pick up sketching but never got the time, Monkey Bar is where you should be this Saturday.

Tickets are priced at INR 1,950 and includes bottomless cocktails {only a choice in flavours of mojito will be available} and all the requisite stationery.

Book your spot ASAP here or book them at Monkey Bar itself.

For more information, call 9073323801.

Casual Dining

Fort Knox, 9th Floor, 901-A, 6, Camac Street Area, Kolkata

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August 12: Stand Up Comedy Show Ft Vaibhav Sethia

If neither art or booze is your thing, head over to Kala Kunj Auditorium for ‘Don’t’ – a stand-up comedy show featuring Kolkata boy, Vaibhav Sethia. He has a degree from IIT and had been through several jobs before he realised he wanted to make people laugh. He says he was cast out by the Marwari community after he decided to quit his high paying job to do comedy. He admits he misses it – for the food. The people, not so much.

Most of his jokes are renderings of what he calls ”bookmark moments” from his life. That includes 5 years of architecture in an IIT, the only girl he managed to talk to, and the 7 jobs he quit in the last two years.

Go listen to him at Kala Kunj Auditorium, 8pm onwards. You can pick up tickets at INR 399 (early bird) on Insider here. If you need more info, head to the Facebook page.


48, Shakespeare Sarani Road, Near Kala Mandir, Mullick Bazar, Elgin, Kolkata

August 12 to 15: Pick Up Secret Books and Listen To Sufi Music At Terminal 11

Though the long weekend, Terminal 11 in Salt Lake has something going on. Because the cafe is turning two! They have all kinds of events, live performances and gifts waiting for you throughout the weekend. There will be a secret book sale from August 12 to the 18,, from 8am to 11pm. What’s special about that, you ask?

Well, the twist is that you won’t know what you’re buying- the books shall remain wrapped in brown paper, with only their price written on top. You can also pick up children’s titles at a 30% discount!

Terminal 11 will also host an evening of Sufi music on the 15th.

Get more information here.


BF-11, Beside HDFC Bank, Sector 1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata

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August 13: French Film Cycle At Basusree Cinema

When Sunday dawns bright and early, wake up and head to Basusree cinema where Alliance Française du Bengale and the Institut Français en Inde is screening Me, Myself and Mum, a French autobiographical coming-of-age comedy film written, directed by and starring Guillaume Gallienne. So, don’t forget to wake up early on Sunday and head over – the film will begin at 11 am. Toto Café will be serving snacks. More information here.

Movie Theatres

Basusree Cinema

102, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road, Near Jatin Das Park Metro, Kalighat, Kolkata

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August 13: Fasten Your Seatbelts And Go On A Roadtrip

Instead of staying in the city, you could fuel up your car and head out on the open road this long weekend! There’s nothing like roadtrippin’ with no destination in mind, but if you feel like halting somewhere before taking that U-turn back home, we suggest you check out Naya – a village of award-winning artists who painted the dull mud walls with their masterpieces. It is in Pingla, West Medinipur and takes around three or four hours by road. Just take NH6 to Debra, turn left to Balichak and drive towards Mundamari crossing.

If you’re looking for a shorter drive, drive down to the pristine Chandannagore – spend some time strolling around the Strand, exploring the French-influenced architecture, and breathing fresher air. It is just an hour and a half away by road.



Naya, West Bengal

    August 14: Float In A Capsule at Eco Park

    Try something new – go zorbing at Eco Park. Prance about, roll around, bring alive the kid in you, for just INR 150.


    Major Arterial Road, Action Area 2, New Town, Kolkata

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    August 15: Watch A Film At Jogesh Mime Academy

    People’s Film Collective is hosting the Frames of Freedom Film Festival on the 15th of August at Jogesh Mime Academy, and offers cinephiles a full-day marathon of world cinema, starting 11 am. The films are from the UK, Bangaldesh, India and Iran. And guess what? Entry is free! For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

    Schools & Colleges

    95, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road, Anami Sangha, Manoharpukur, Kalighat, Kolkata

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