While all weekends are gifts showered by God on over-worked, stressed, mere earthly creatures, long weekends are the most special of such gifts. This weekend the annual Republic Day holiday has been lost to a Saturday (pfft!), but there is still some respite. Here’s what you can do to unwind, relax, and enjoy the long week Culture & Food NGO Shree Sankalp Pratisthan is organizing the Worli Carnival, 2013. The fun-filled, social evening will feature an appearance by Urmila Matondkar followed by performances by musicians Shalmali Kholgade, Shibani Kashyap, Suzanne D'mello, and Ravi Iyer. Food will be served by participating restaurants like Persian Darbar, Barbeque Nation, Punjab Grill, among others. Registrations required. Where: Worli Sea face & RWITC Turf Club, Worli When: Friday, January 25, 2013 Time: 5pm onwards Register: www.timescity.com All Things Nice is organizing a Fratelli Wines and fine dine evening at Koh, The Intercontinental. The evening boasts of a 4-course menu by Chef Ian Kitticha. Specially selected Fratelli Wines will accompany each course. The evening promises to be one of luxury and indulgence! Where: Koh, The Intercontinental When: Thursday, January 24, 2013 Time: 9 pm Price: Rs. 2,500/person (all-inclusive) Contact: +91 9769508278 Weekend Getaway You can take off on a star gazing trip this weekend. The Blueberry Trails is organizing a two day trip to Bhivpuri (near Karjat). The trip includes a comfortable stay, nature walk around the Bhivpuri area, a cozy bonfire experience post midnight and of course, star gazing. A professional astronomer will explain to you all about stars and constellations while you longingly gaze at mesmerizing balls of fire. Where: Bhivpuri, Raigad, Maharashtra When: Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Sunday, January 27, 2013 Price: Rs. 3,000 (inclusive of travel, stay and meals) Contact: +91 99208 42186 (Shawn) Music What better way to spend the weekend than in the company of good music. Vinod Shreedhar, a self taught musician and social activist is organizing a one day workshop for film and music lovers. In this workshop he will take you through the process of scoring excellent and inspiring music for films – be it background music or musical clips in films. Where: Aakash Jyot, Patel Heritage, Sector 7, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai When: Saturday, January 26, 2013 Price: Rs. 1,500 Contact: +91 9167606469 Indian Music Group of St. Xavier’s College is organizing an Indian Classical Music Fest called JanFest ’13. The two day fest has skilled and stalwart musicians like Rahul Sharma (santoor), Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Dilshad Khan (Sarangi), among others performing. Where: St. Xavier’s College When: Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Sunday, January 27, 2013 Price: Season passes available in the denominations of Rs. 5000/1000/850/700/600/550/350/200 Contact: 022 22634548 Workshops The importance of SEO – Search Engine Optimisation cannot be undermined in today’s day and age. The rise of digital media and digital technologies has made the knowledge of SEO imperative. Keeping this in mind, Operating Media is organizing an SEO Course. In this course you will be taught how to use SEO to your benefit and you will gain in-depth knowledge of the digital media space too. Registrations close on January 29, 2013 Where: B-102, First Floor, Crystal Plaza, Opposite Infiniti Mall, Lokhandwala, Andheri (W) When: Thursday, January 30, 2013 onwards Price: Rs. 8,989 Contact: +91 9167606469 If you are entrepreneur and small business owner then you will know how important PR for business is. Noesis369 and Priyanka Shetty (co-founder of CrissCross Communication) are organizing a PR workshop specifically catered to start-ups and small businesses. Where: Ave 29 at the Savoy 603 Savoy Chambers, Linking road extension, Opposite the Mosque, Santacruz (W) When: Saturday, January 26, 2013 Time: 5pm Price: Rs. 800 Contact: +91 9167606469 Unleash Da Vinci in you by participating in this art workshop that is specifically centered on Leonardo Da Vinci’s style of work. Leonardo’s Mind, Leonardo’s Art workshop will teach you the skills this master artist adopted. Equipped with one A3 pad and H-8B pencils, you will be taught how to emulate his styles and strokes. Registrations required. For more, click here. Where: The Club, 197, DN Nagar, Andheri W When: Saturday, February 2, 2013 Time: 9am – 6pm Price: Rs. 5000/person (inclusive of lunch and tea) Photographer Kaushik Chakravorty is conducting an architecture photography workshop where he will walk you through various areas in Mumbai and teach you how to best capture the architecture of this historical city. This workshop is part of the 5-Sunday Breaking Rules photography workshop series conducted by the photographer himself. Where: Khotachiwadi When: Sunday, January 27, 2013 Time: 7am – 12noon Contact: +91 98219 18991 (Kaushik) So what will you be doing this weekend? Planning an event or workshop? Send us an email on [email protected] and we will be happy to spread the word!