THE 72-MM IDEA
Watch Sean Penns Oscar-winning performance in Milk at the free screening at The American Center at 6 pm on Friday. Directed by Gus Van Sant,the film follows the life of Harvey Milk,the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America and later shot dead by another city supervisor. The film poignantly sends out the message that Penn articulated in his Oscar speech when he said,We must have equal rights for everyone.
After a fulfilling last weekend,the treat continues for music lovers. At 7 pm on Saturday evening,Mala Deb Burman and Ranjani Sanyal perform Rabindra Sangeet at the India Habitat Centre. At 7 pm on Sunday evening,Dr Sangeeta Gaur performs Sufi music at the India International Centre.
If the stress is getting too much,head straight to the Alliance Francaise where Natsamrat is producing a festival of comic plays. Adaptations of plays by Chekhov and Moliere have been modified to suit the local context,and much hilarity is expected on June 13 and 14,5 pm onwards.
Explore two haunts this week,if you havent already. Avoid the long queues at the Big Chill and head to the bohemian,relaxed atmosphere of The Living Room Cafe in Hauz Khas Village or delight in Mediterranean cuisine at the newly-opened QashQai Kitchen and Bar at M-Block in Connaught Place.
Its been a bad week for Milan and United fans as they lost their best players to Real Madrid. Heres a feeble attempt to cheer them up,with a movie recommendation. The 1981 film Escape to Victory is the story of Allied prisoners playing a game of football against an all-star Nazi line-up. With biased referees looking the other way as the Nazis commit blatant fouls and the PoWs look to escape,it reminds us of an era when sport meant more than just business.