Retrospective, a look back at the oeuvre of senior artist and cubism enthusiast Surendra Pradhan. Runs till 18 July, Park Gallery, Pulchok,

Majipa lakhe, Ghimire Yubraj directs renowned scholar Satya Mohan Joshi's play. Runs till 14 June, except Tuesdays, 5.30pm onwards, Shilpee Theatre, Battisputali, (01)4469621

Cha cha cha, learn one month’s worth of Salsa in four days. Rs 1,000 for singles, Rs 1,500 for couples, Monday to Thursday,7.30 to 8.30am/5 to 6pm/6 to 7pm, Salsa Dance Academy, Bhatbhateni

City Museum Kathmandu, head down to Darbar Marg’s newest gallery on the block for personalised guided tours. Tours run daily, accommodates up to 15 people,

Open house, featuring the work of artists Arpita Shakya, Ashuram Khaiju, and Palpasa Manandhar. Runs till 7 July, 11am to 6pm, Gallery Mcube, Chakupat

Tuning Earth and Sky, a rare collection of the works of artist Jimmy Thapa. Runs till 21 June, Galleria Ishine, Kupandol Height, Sanepa

Selling books, buy and sell used books. 14 June, 10am to 4pm, Alliance Francais, Teku

Rinpoche, chance to learn about Buddhism and meditation from the Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche, twice. Rs 1,000, 21 June, 2.30 to 5.30 pm, Pranamaya Studio, 9802045484

metadata, an exhibition of paintings by Subash Thebe, artist in residence at the Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre. Runs till 19 June, 11am to 5.30pm, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Babarmahal

Art and environment, an exhibition highlighting the impact of the scriptures and myths on the conservation of nature through traditional Mithila and Nepal Mandala artwork. Runs to 15 June, Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal

Movie time, watch acclaimed films from Israel at the 9th Israeli Film Festival. 20 June, Russian Cultural Centre, 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm

Naya Nepal, Launch of Prashant Jha's new book Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal. 16 June, 3pm, City Museum, Darbar Marg

Kickoff, Watch all the matches of the football World Cup live. Rox Bar, Hyatt Regency, Boudha

Kathmandu kora, Join hundreds of cycling enthusiasts and ride for 50, 75, or 100 km to raise funds for a birthing centre in Pyutar, Lalitpur. 19 July,

Refugee stories, photo exhibition, film shows and talk programmes on the millions of refugees who have either found new lives or still yearn for home. 20 to 30 June, The City Museum, Darbar Marg


Vol Au Vents

Vol Au Vents, go crazy with your choice combination of fillings for scones, crepes and vol au vents with the Lounge’s new interactive menu. Rs 400 (exclusive of tax) onwards, The Lounge, Hyatt Regency, Tusal

Barista lavazza, the newest addition to the Valley’s European inspired coffee-culture cafes serves excellent mochas and lattes, don’t forget to try their grilled chicken sandwich. Jawalakhel

Mike’s breakfast, huge breakfasts and an endless supply of coffee amidst a lush garden setting characterise this cafe, popular among tourists and locals alike. Lakeside

Lhakpa’s Chulo, Nepali dal-bhat, Newari khaja, Swiss Rösti, Italian Risotto, and Thai green curry - take your pick. Jhamsikhel

Capital Grill, this American style diner offers a large assortment of appetisers and entrees to suit everyone’s tastes. Bhatbhateni

Dan Ran, the best Japanese food this part of town. Jhamsikhel

Falcha, give yourself away to the twin pleasures of lemon jeera chicken and mutton handi kabab. Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur

Lal Durbar Restaurant, authentic Nepali dinner with cultural shows. Hotel Yak & Yeti, Darbar Marg, (01)4248999,

Tass and Tawa, savour a wide variety of Nepali meat dishes and reserve your palate for the heavenly Chusta. Pulchok, Kathmandu Fuji Bakery,

offers homemade goodies like apple pie, pain du chocolat, and banana cake. Chakupat, Lalitpur

Dragon Chinese Restaurant, try the Kung Pao Pork if alone and the Mai Cao if with company. Lakeside, Pokhara



Monsoon madness

Monsoon madness get away from the capital this monsoon and beat the heat in Pokhara. Rs 5,555 for 2 Nights/3 Days, Shangri-La Village Resort, Pokhara,, (01) 4410051, (061)462222.

Better weekends, good food and good company by the pool and jacuzzi to begin your weekends on the right note. Rs 1,800 excl. tax, 12.30pm onwards, Saturdays, The Cafe, Hyatt Regency

Relax, A special one night accommodation package for two, including breakfast, and spa. Rs 9,000, Hyatt Regency, (01)4491234

Raniban Retreat, situated at the other end of the Phewa Lake and nested inside the Raniban forest and the World Peace Stupa, this retreat has one of the best views of the Annapurna range, Phewa Lake, and Pokhara. World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara, (61)692136, 9841382053


Shastriya sangeet

Shastriya sangeet, the best of Hindustani classical every new moon night. 27 July, 4pm onwards, Battisputali

Music at Manny's, live Hindi and Nepali pop music with Shabnam Gurung and Dinesh Quartet. Manny's Eatery and Tapas Bar, Jawalakhel

Starry Night BBQ, catch Ciney Gurung live as you chomp on your meat stick. Rs 1499, 7pm onwards, Fridays, Shambala Garden Café. Hotel Shangri-La, (01)4412999

Musical dinner, An art exhibition and musical dinner to collect funds to build safe houses for street kids, with paintings for sale.

Rs 2,500, 14 June, 7pm, Moksh, Jhamsikhel Reggae night,get a load of jah music from Chari Amilo Kala Samuha every weekend. Rs 200, 28 March, 6pm onwards, Base Camp, Jhamsikhel

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