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Top Events at QTube Café this April

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

The searing summer heat is upon us, literally, and the run for sunscreen, shades and scarves has already begun. But, along with the almost unbearable heat and humidity, this season also brings along delightful things, like Alphonso mangoes and summer vacations. While all of us can indulge in the former, many of us aren’t lucky enough to enjoy the latter (unless you’re still in school or college.) Fret not though, for QTube Café is on mission to make your summer months enjoyable and interesting. We’ve got a list of fun events lined up in April and we hope these help you feel active and young again! Happy summer, everyone!

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Just For Laughs

Awkward Fruit continues to host enjoyable Open Mics on Wednesdays and Saturdays. These Open Mics are perfect for upcoming comedians as they give them a chance to perform in front of an audience for free! It’s also great for all those who want to enjoy an evening of humour, for many established comedians join in to liven things up.

Let’s Stand Up Open Mic – 12th, 19th, 26th April

8-9 pm, Entry Free.

Let’s Stand Up Open Mic – 22nd, 26th April

7.30 – 9 pm, Entry Free

Just Dance!

Sitting at a desk day in and day out can leave you with some unflattering bulges. It’s time to burn up all that fat, but in a fun way. Participate in this Zumba workshop to get rid of some calories and to learn a few basic Zumba moves that you can slip into your workouts.

Zumba Workshop by BeHiver – 8th April

6-9 pm, Entry Rs. 500

Book tickets here: https://insider.in/behiver-presents-zumba-workshop-april8/event

Spread Help & Happiness

This Open Mic invites comedians, first-timers and veterans, to share their jokes with the audience. The best part about this event is that the ticket money will be donated to the Cancer Aid Foundation.

The Bhayanak Bakra Open Mic by Manoranjan Mania – 10th April

5-7.30 pm, Entry Rs. 50

Bare Facts about your Favorite Brew (Coffee)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Coffee is that one delectable addictive we’ll probably never be able to give up. For many of us, it is the magic potion that banishes sleep, anger, hunger and a bad mood. We cling to our coffee mugs like we cling to hope and just like that optimistic emotion, coffee too helps us feel like everything is going to be okay. If you too love this warm brew as much as we do, here are some facts about this bitter-sweet liquid you’ve probably never heard of before.

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  • This piece of trivia will particularly interest cappuccino drinkers; the word ‘cappuccino’ finds its roots in a name used to address 16th century Italian friars. Called the Capuchin friars, these holy men wore brown tunics and lived a hard and simple life. Later on, the name Capuchin was given to a breed of monkeys covered in brown fur. Eventually, the word came to be associated with coffee lightened by milk, cream or egg! Well, so how do you like to have your cup of cappuccino?
  • Coffee is still an integral part of Turkish culture. However, a couple of decades ago, it played an important role in matrimonial matters as well. Men would gauge a woman’s homemaking skills based on her ability to brew coffee. Women in turn were legally allowed to divorce their husbands if they didn’t bring home a daily supply of coffee!
  • Love how you can just hold a cup under the coffee dispenser and get all the coffee you want? Well, a few centuries back that wouldn’t have been possible, and that’s not because dispensers hadn’t been invented yet. In the days of yore, many countries tried to ban coffee as rulers and governments feared the stimulating powers of the beverage. Mecca banned coffee is 1511. In 16th century Europe, clergymen labelled it a satanic drink and demanded it be banned. The Ottoman ruler Murad IV prescribed harsh penalties for coffee drinking, like flogging or drowning. In 1746, the Swedes went an extra mile by banning not just coffee, but coffee cups and dishes too!
  • Would you pick brewed coffee over filter coffee any day? Well, you might want to reconsider your preference as brewed espresso is believed to contain 2.5% fat, while filtered coffee contains just 0.6% fat!
  • In 2001, The Brazil Postal Office launched coffee-scented postage stamps to publicize and celebrate aromatic Brazilian coffee. The smell is said to last up to 3-5 years!

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Enjoy coffee and art at QTube Cafe!

Well, if all these strange and captivating facts have made you crave for a strong cup of coffee, waste no time and make your way to QTube Café, for here, you can sip on cups of coffee for free! Plus, you can indulge in some reading or a board game to pass time, for the Café is stocked with both! Come on down to enjoy your favorite beverage at your favorite hangout!

QTube Café hosts Its First Indian Classical Concert

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

QTube Café has hosted several events these past five months. From open mics to poetry workshops to even something as unexpected as a whistling workshop, we’ve never let the chance to host an interesting event pass us by. However, we’ve never received a request to host a purely classical performance here. A couple of weeks ago, Deepa Devaraj wrote to us and her mail expressed a desire to conduct an Indian classical concert at the café. We accepted her request and soon, a date was decided upon.

On the day of the concert, everyone, including the performers were apprehensive about the event. As Mrs Devaraj revealed at the start of the concert, this was the first time she and her colleagues, Milind Joshi (table player) and Atul Fadke (harmonium player) were performing in such an informal space. Her previous concerts have been held in auditoriums or in friends’ living rooms and so, performing in a café was something they were doing for the very first time. But, as she rightly pointed out, a true performer is one who can immerse herself in her art, no matter where she is, and that’s what Mrs. Devaraj was eager to do. She started off by performing a slow-paced, mellow raga – Raag Puriya Dhanashree, which was perfect for evening listening. Then, she shifted to the more lively and also more difficult Raag Kedar. She left the audience spellbound with her talent and her silvery voice and flawless performance drew repeated rounds of applause. She wound up the concert with a melodious Kabeer bhajan which delighted both young and old listeners. We are immensely grateful to her for gracing our café with such a splendid concert!

Here are a few pictures from the evening.

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If you know of talented classical music performers who are looking out for a venue to perform at, do ask them to mail us a proposal at qtubecafe@nspa.in . We do believe that classical music and musicians deserve more exposure and that performing in unconventional spaces will help spread information about these traditional forms of music to a new audience!

Top Events at QTube Café this March

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

If you don’t already know, QTube Café is a fun space that offers patrons the combined joys of a café and an arts hub. While the Café serves up refreshing cups of coffee, free Wi-Fi, books and board games, it also plays host to a range of events conducted in its premises every week. From poetry slams to stand-up comedy open mics to film screenings to workshops and more, the Café is abuzz with the sound of enthusiastic activity every day. This month too, a range of fun events are going to be held at the Café. All these events are open to anyone who chooses to attend. So, mark these dates in your calendar and try to be a part of as many of these fun gatherings as you can!

ROTFL

The Awkward Fruit organizes stand-up comedy performances at the Café on Wednesdays and Saturdays. While the Wednesday slots are for upcoming comedians eager to take the stage, the Saturday ones are filled by more experienced performers who put up short, entertaining performances for the audiences. In March, events will take place on 4th, 15th, 25th and 29th, from 8-9 pm. These events have an entry fee of 100 – 150 Rs. Follow our Facebook page for more details.

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‘Dramarama’

If you love plays, make your way to QTube Café every Friday for our Drama Alert! Fridays are designed to delight the avid theatre goer. Every Friday, 6 pm onward, talented upcoming actors and directors put up well-rehearsed plays at the café. The best part is that there is no entry fee to watch these plays. Just show up a little early to get a good seat and sit back and enjoy the play!

Follow our Facebook page for information regarding play names and updated timings.

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Get Creative & Colourful

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to basic colour theory and the colour wheel; various painting media and water colour techniques. Water colours will be used to create a design, which will emerge from the subconscious minds of the participants.

Date and time: 22nd March, 11 – 12.30 pm

All Age Groups are welcome

Fees:  Rs 500 per participant ( inclusive of art material)

For registrations please contact Trishna Patnaik on 9867982075

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Other activities

Take part in a philosophical discussion conducted by Alliance Francis de Bombay on 18th March, 10-12 pm at the Café.

Toy Bank will be conducting a fun board game session at the Café. Come to let your hair down and have a good time! 30th March, 6-7.30 pm.

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Top QTube Café Events this February

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

QTube Café is a thriving ‘performance café’ that hosts lots of fun events every week. Here are some of the coolest events happening at the café this Feb. Save the dates of the ones you’d like to attend.

For theatre buffs:

QTube Café’s ‘Drama Alert!’ Fridays see young, talented actors and playwrights put up new and interesting plays. The best part is that you don’t need to purchase a ticket to watch any of these plays! Plus, you get free coffee!

Time: 6 – 8 pm

Dates: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th Feb

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For poetry enthusiasts:

MaxMeet Social and The Poetry Club Mumbai are organizing events at the café this month. Attend these events if you’d like to read out your compositions, discuss poetry or socialize with other poets.

MaxMeet Social: Poetry Tuesday 65 – Pop Culture Reference!

Date: 7th Feb

Time: 7 – 9 pm

The Poetry Club Mumbai: Poetry Reading Session

Date: 19th Feb

Time: 4 – 7 pm

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For music lovers:

Is your whistle feeble, inaudible and quite pointless? Attend this whistling workshop to up your skills! It’s being organized by the Indian’s Whistlers Association, don’t miss it!

Date: 12th Feb

Time: 5 – 7 pm

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For dance devotees:

Kuchipudi workshop at the café. Attend this interesting workshop to know more about this traditional dance form.

Date: 11th Feb

Time: 6 – 7.30 pm

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Drama Alert! Fridays: Ek Aur Kabeer & Dedh Inch Upar.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

For our Drama Alert! Fridays, we had two wonderful plays put up – Ek Aur Kabeer and Dedh Inch Upar. Here’s what these plays are about. Hope you catch them the next time they’re performed at QTube Cafe.

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Ek Aur Kabeer is a one-man act essayed by talented actor Pradeep Singh. The hour-long presentation takes you through various stages in Sant Kabir’s life, thereby giving the viewer a better understanding of this great mystic’s life and teachings. The commendable performance of the lead actor does not escape your attention for he switches seamlessly from one character to the next, turning into a mohalla child one moment, a harsh Kabir critic the next and back into the calm, profound Kabir, all in a matter of minutes. His singing prowess enables him to interject the play with melodious songs which breathe life and meaning into various scenes. One also gets to listen to lyrical ‘Kabir ke dohes’ which are filled with wit and wisdom. The play focusses on certain key incidents in the saint’s life, incidents that impacted him greatly and shaped him into the person we know him to be today. So, although we are familiar with his philosophy on Hindu-Muslim relationships, the play helps us understand his views on the topic became as they were. Do attend this play if you’d like to know more about this great man’s life and treat yourself to his liberal, egalitarian teachings! To know when this play will be performed at QTube Café again, keep an eye on our Facebook page. It’ll also be performed at Sathaye College auditorium on the 17th of Jan, so book your tickets soon!

Stills from the play.

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Dedh Inch Upar

The play narrates the story of a drunk man with a dark past. Between swigs of alcohol, he narrates his shocking story which is set in Nazi Germany and struggles to find answers to questions that have perplexed him for 15 years. At the start of the play, we think the protagonist (Vinar Singh Nath) to be just another drunk guy, that uncle you’ve seen several times before in bar’s and pubs, sitting alone and downing peg after peg. But as he relates his story through slurred speech to a patient stranger, we realize that he has quite a strange story to share. As he reveals that grave incident that changed his life forever, we find ourselves questioning our own relationships with our loved ones. Are they completely honest with us? Do we know absolutely everything about them, or is there somebody else who knows them better than we do? What would be more painful, losing them to death or discovering, after they’ve left us forever, that they’ve kept secrets from us, and not being able to confront them? This is a play that will entertain, excite and make you think about love and life, so don’t miss it.

Check our Facebook page to know when this play will be performed at QTube again.

Stills from the play.

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Stand Up Comedy At QTube Cafe

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

What do you get when you put too many funny men in a room together?

A laugh riot!

Normally, the interiors of QTube Café resound with the sound of music and cheery banter. Yesterday however, the café sang a different tune. Between 8 to 9.30 pm, the only sound that emanated from the café was that of laughter; unbridled, booming, carefree laughter! What brought on this giggle fest? Well, it was the enthusiastic participation of bunch of comedians in Awkward Fruit’s Open Mic event, held at QTube Café. Braving nerves and naysayers, these gentlemen took to the stage and spouted one joke after the next, entertaining all with their sense of humour. Every participant got four minutes of mic time and all of them made the most of these four minutes. Since almost everything in life can be humorous if looked at from the right angle, the comedians exploited this truism and cracked jokes about everything under the sun. They spared nothing and no one, not even Ganpati’s trusty conveyance companion – Mr. Mouse. The host, Vaibhav Sethia, ensured that people were in splits even between performances. Thanks to him, even the performers weren’t spared from becoming the butt of a couple of jokes! We were also lucky to have Azeem Banatwalla put up a short performance, and although he performed right at the end, the wait was definitely worth it! A few pictures from the evening.

The Awkward Fruit will be organizing three more events at QTube Café this month. Do attend these, we promise you you’ll have a great time!

14th Jan Feature Shows (7:30 – 9 pm)

25th Jan Let’s Stand Up Open Mic (8 – 9 pm)

28th Jan Feature Shows (8 – 9 pm)

Entry fee: Rs. 200

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Host Vaibhav Sethia setting the mood for the evening.

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Azeem Banatwalla regales all with his nerdy persona and dazzling wit.

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Full house at QTube!