Events ahead: Shopping, art workshops, talk, discourse, comedy . . .

SHOPPING

CRAFT MELA: Dastkar Craft Mela is an exhibition-cum-sale. A discount of 20% on handloom products and 10% on handicrafts is offered. The expo concludes on July 15.  At Sri Sankara Hall, Alwarpet, from 10 a.m.  Ph: 9962555925, 8072625982.

EASY-TO-WEAR KURTIS: Sakyaa Designer Boutique is selling easy-to-wear kurtis – this ‘Kurti Mazhai’ exhibtion showcases a wide collection of clothing and accessories. On till July 8 at Sakyaa No.5, 2nd Street, R.K. Salai (behind Clarion Hotel). Ph: 28471617, 28471618.

WHAT WOMEN MAKE: MOOWES, an NGO for women entrepreneurs, is showcasing products that are manufactured at home. Ethnic salwars, silk cotton saris, home products and pickles. On till July 8 from 10.30 a.m. At C. P. Art Centre, Alwarpet. Ph:9884499237.

ART

ACRYLIC KNIFE PAINTING: Kalakar Studio is organising ‘Down the Lane,’ an acrylic knife painting camp for teens and adults. On July 8 from 4 p.m. At Aavishkar’s Work Space, CIT Colony, Alwarpet. Prior registration mandatory. A fee of Rs. 1500, inclusive of material, will be charged. Ph: 9677052044.

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING: Watercolour painting? Learn and interact with Nirupam Konwar, a young artist from Bangalore, at a workshop in Alwarpet. On July 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. At Aavishkaar’s work space. A fee of Rs. 5,500 will be charged. Registger on or before July 10. Ph: 9940056618.

PAINT ON UMBRELLA: Fun workshop. Learn to paint on an umbrella at the Pop Art on umbrella workshop. Fee is Rs. 1800. Prior registration is must. On July 8, 10 a.m. at the Art Room, Mylapore. Ph: 7550071255.

MISCELLANEOUS

QUEER LIT FEST: July 7, 10.30 am onwards features writers and poets from the LGBT and Queer community, from this city and outside and goes beyond the written word – spoken, digital and visual. There will be round-table discussions, talks and presentations. Voices from the Thamizh and other languages will be heard.  Also debates on the current writing on this community. Open to all. At Kaviko Convention Cntre, CIT Colony, Mylapore ( off TTK Road, opp Hotel Rak Park).

TALK; PIONEERING WOMEN OF MADRAS – The illustrated talk is by writer historian Nivedita Louis about the few trailblazing women of Madras who inspired and shaped the course of generations of women – in education, activism, the arts, politics, etc. Hosted by Tamil Heritage Trust, at Arkay Centre, Luz ( opp Viveks). July 7, 5.30 pm.

DANCING TO FITNESS: Choreographer and performer Vijay is presenting a ‘fitness through dance session’. Latino, Bollywood and folk would be taught. At Wandering Artist, 51, 6th Main Road, R.A. Puram. On July 7, 4 p.m.

A GOOD LAUGH: Chennai Comedy presents a performance by stand-up comedians Vikash Paul and Harish Rajagopal. On July 7, 7.30 p.m. At Wandering Artist, R. A. Puram. Ph: 9840111425.

DISCOURSE: The wellknown Vedanta Institute ( Madras) hosts Swami Parthasarathy’s discourse on ‘ Strength of Emotion’ at Music Academy on July 7, 6.45 pm for an hour. Open toall.

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