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Pick of the week

art-and-culture Updated: Jun 29, 2012 23:15 IST

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Attend
Clicking into place
Delhi Photography Club (a non-profit initiative) celebrates amateur photography across the world with their second edition of the 'Nicefoto' exhibition that will feature photos from over 150 enthusiasts, from India and around the world, aged between seven and 58 years. The exhibition intends to spread the understanding of photography and promote social connections among amateur photographers. The Delhi Photography Club was set up with the intention of encouraging photography enthusiasts to push their imaginations beyond the 'auto mode' of their cameras. Photographs selected for this exhibit represent a sampling of the views of amateurs.
June 30 to July 6, 11 am to 7 pm daily, Open Palm Court, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, Call: 26496744

Mirror images
The exhibition explores art in its contemporary context by showcasing important works by artists who have made travel, landscape and the pursuit of individual identity the pinpoint of their artistic research through the years. The event features the work of Annu Matthew, Arpita Singh, Ashim Purkayastha, Atul Bhalla and others in the mediums of photography, painting, drawing and video to explore the idea of the search of identity and that of encountering the 'other'. Here, habitual landscapes are presented in novel ways, unknown places turn familiar, and the artist's proximity and their original gaze becomes the viewer's door to unknown worlds.
At Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178 Phase-I, Okhla,May 22 June 30, at 11 am. For more details call at: 24622545.

Watch
Horror from the neighbours

In a one-of-its-kind event, Khoj Studios is hosting an evening of horror fare from Pakistan. As part of their (Re)Building Project Series, three Pakistani horror films – Zinda Laash (1967), Zibahkhana (2007) and Aurat Raaj (1979) – will be shown next Friday. The event attempts to understand the kitschy B-grade Pakistani horror films that are similar to the work of Bollywood's Ramsay Brothers. Says Pooja Sood, director, Khoj: "Such films bring back childhood memories and comment on social and moral notions."
July 6, 12 pm onwards, S-17, Khoj Studios, Khirkee Extension

Cine treat
If Spanish cinema fascinates you, the film festival at the Instituto Cervantes is just the thing for you to watch out. The Instituto will be screening 11 Spanish short films this weekend. Comedies, thrillers, documentaries and even an animation movie feature – all excellent samples of creativity produced by Basque cinema over the last two years – will be exhibited in the festival. The variety of genres means that a panorama of subjects will be explored in the movies showcased during the festival. Among our picks to watch is Loop in which a man wakes up and prepares coffee, over and over again. Also fascinating is The House On The Lake, a powerful emotional thriller about topics like murder and betrayal.
Sunday July 1, 4.30pm at the Auditorium, Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, For details call 43681900

Also playing
Philosophical Refuge
Poetry can soothe a stressed soul and immersing oneself in philosophy and poetry is probably the best way to start the week. Kabeer, the legendary poet-saint, that most Indians have grown up reading about and whose dohas still enthral, comes alive in this musical mono act play, titled Kabeer after its subject. The play depicts the poet-philosopher's life as a reformer who challenged several social evils more than 600 years ago and continues to be held in reverence for his remarkable thoughts and important social messages. With 45 song sequences, this two-hour long act depicts the making of this revolutionary who, legend has it, was accidentally discovered by a Muslim couple as he floated in a pond as an infant. Kabeer has been conceived, directed and acted by singer-music director Shekhar. The play promises to give a new insight into the life and times of the visionary saint.
July 2, 7 pm, ICCR's Azad Bhawan Auditorium, IP Estate, Call: 2337939 / 23379310 for details

Eating to your heart's content
To commemorate American Independence Day, Double Tree Hotel has introduced a special burger menu at Roadhouse Bar and Grill, the American diner at the hotel. The special à la carte menu is named 'The magnificent 7 and the Conqueror' as it will present a repertoire of burgers from around the world, including flavours from France, Greece, Lima, Mexico, India and Italy. To kick start the special menu, an exciting contest, 'Demolish the conqueror' that will challenge guests to eat 'The Great Conqueror' all by themselves, will be held to launch the special menu. Successful demolishers will not need to pay. Through the availability of the special menu, this challenge will be on offer.
Price: Rs. 420 - Rs. 1450,
July 4 - July 26,
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, Mayur Vihar,
Call: 41105555

Playing to the gallery
Collective Spaces 2012, the third national exposition of the works that form the core of the MEC Gallery collection are reminiscent of previous exhibitions of drawings and paintings of prominent artists. The second part of the exhibition currently showcases the collective work of 88 modern and contemporary artists like Anil Shukla, Chandan Sen Gupta, Jenson Anto and Chandrashekhar Acharya. Various talented artists have added to the regular fold of artists exhibiting in the gallery bringing in fascinating new shades to the entire showcasedcollection.
July 1-30, 11.30 am - 7.30 pm,
MEC Gallery, 70-B, Khan Market,
Call: 24601025