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first_imgLondonCapital drawsUnconditional (16 Monmouth Street; 020 7836 6931) is not a place where you find the expected. Rather, it’s the unconventional, bordering almost on weird and odd, that you will find here, whether its clothing for men or women. There are also other labels, home stuff and jewellery.Think of a cosy place for coffee, sandwiches, and a host of other vegetarian dishes. Then you are probably thinking of the Whitechapel Gallery Cafe (77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel; 020 7522 7888) in the East End. Go for the vegetarian platter and wide variety of cakes.Without even knowing it, one encounters Henry Moore all the time. Tate Britain (Millbank; 020 7887 8888) attempts to right size such memories with a show of his works from almost all periods of his life. It runs till August.Latin American food is not among the most prolific in London. So El Rincon Quiteno (235 Holloway Road, Holloway; 020 7700 3670) sets out to fill a bit of that gap. It is a mix of Ecuadorian and Bolivian, and made homely by the competing flavours. Surely taste the prawn cocktails.Must see: Looks like the colonial mindset is a difficult thing to shed, even if it is just to give the oppressed an exalted status. With a show evocatively titled The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today at Saatchi Gallery (Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road,020 7811 3070) which runs till early May, it’s all about size and impact. Participants include India’s most well known contemporary names: Atul Dodiya, Jitish Kallat, Subodh Gupta, Pushpamala and 26 others.New YorkBig apple, big biteThis one is not just for the morbid minded. The popular comic strip and show, The Addams Family is now a musical (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street, Manhattan) and after a successful shows elsewhere, it debuts first week of April on Broadway.advertisementWho thought that Shakespeare could successfully transit into parks? Among his best plays, Hamlet, will pan out in the 3.5 acres of the World Financial Centre (Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan; 212 945 0505), with actors moving and mingling with the audience. It opens in early April.For fans of Middle Eastern cuisine, there’s no dearth in the big apple, but new places are always welcome. Al Bustan (19 E 53rd Street between First and Second Avenues, 212-759-5933) serves a predominantly Lebanese selection. Especially popular is the mezze spread.Among the latest pizza eateries to open doors in New York is the quaintly named Motorino with two branches (19 Graham Avenue (Devoe Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718) 599-8899; 349 East 12th Street (Second Avenue), East Village; (212) 777-2644). Both places are a haven for the younger crowd, not to mention of course, the heavenly pizzas and a wine list to match.Do dogs and music go together? Certainly. At least that’s what Dennis DeYoung of the Styx band thinks having scored the music for 101 Dalmatians, (Wa Mu Theatre, Madison Square Garden) the musical, which will run for 10 days from April 7. No, there are no 101 of those affectionate mutts, but there are certainly 15 of them.If the name Ivanka Trump stirs vague familiarity, then that’s logical. She’s Donald Trump’s daughter and has launched Ivanka Trump (683A Madison Avenue (between 61 and 62nd Streets), Upper East Side 212-756-9912), set like a plush boudoir and showcasing luxurious jewellery made of diamonds, pearls and black onyx.Must see: Mark Twain will be dead for a 100 years this April. And what better to commemorate the event than by dramatising Tom Sawyer, one of his most lovable creations, an infrequently sly and heroic character, in this new adaptation to stage. The play opens April 7 at Hartford Stage (Company, 50 Church Street, Hartford; 860 527 5151).ChennaiSouthern spiceIt’s called Primal Patterns (Shastrinagar, Adyar) and seems like a strange name for a fitness studio. But it’s not any old fitness centre. It’s creator Shanker Basu, who’s dealt with such names as Anil Kumble and Joshna Chinnappa. Not just exercise but physiotherapy, sports, nutrition and all kind of things go into his regimen.Mind and body stressed out? A spa session is a good idea, or better still try medical aromatherapy at the Apollo Wellness Plus (7/4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street, Nungambakkam; 044 28330300) The session includes whole body rejuvenator, a regimen for joint pain relief, head and foot massage to name a few.A cup of coffee is no longer a tumbler of filter coffee. To be flummoxed by an entire range, go to Illy Coffee (Muffin Tree, Courtyard by Mariott, Teynampet; 044 6676 4488). There are so many varieties with all different kinds of ingredients, so its no longer ‘just’ coffee.Chinese and buffet might seem like a strange juxtaposition, but Lemon Grass (The Raintree Hotel, Alwarpet; 044 4225 2525) demonstrates it is both possible and enjoyable as well. There’s plenty of choice, but try the focus on the dimsums.advertisementDubaiHarbour postIt’s the season of re-inventions and Loca (Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah; 04-3461111), heads the pack, turning itself into a trendy bar with beer flowing. Expect the unusual, such as shrimp tacos with cilantro, though Mexican staples such as rice and beans are as good as ever.At Silk Route (Arabian Courtyard, Bur Dubai; 04-3519111) it’s Thai and Chinese all the way. And even though this is the authentic stuff, there are plenty of choices for vegetarians, which is somewhat of a rarity in speciality restaurants. Try the fish cake, Hokkien noodles, veg fried rice and stir fried tofu.What happens when a group of international artists come together to express all kinds of abrstract art? The answer is at Art Couture Gallery (Dubai Marina; 04 399 4331) where the artists have used mixed media, colours and techniques and their individualism to give expression. On till end April.It’s the ultimate shoppers’ paradise. America’s most loved brand Bloomingdale’s comes to Dubai (The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa) with 200,000 sq ft of shopping space, and the first outside of the USA. It has all the regulars and over 800 brands.DelhiArtist Javier Castaneda captured his vision of the world from 2004 till date with a mobile phone. More than 300 of his works are being highlighted at the exhibition Micrografas sat Instituto Cervantes (Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, 011 43681907) with a collection of over 300 images. The show is on till end AprilThis is your chance to see Maurice Brown performing live on the songs from his latest album The Cycle of Love at India International Centre (Max Mueller Marg, Lodi Estate, near Khan Market) on April 12 at 8p.m. This is the famous album that released on Brown Record. The poignant melodies and powerful personality make for a killer package.last_img

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