Monday, 14 April 2014

April Events calendar



April 1

The Goonies screened at Outdoor Cinema Night at Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes Dubai. Films are free with purchase of food and drink. Call 04-4542638.

April 2

Bride Dubai and Beyond Beauty, at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, until April 5. Entry Dh10 (VIP Dh250).

April 3

The Wizard of Oz with a West End and UAE cast at Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, until April 18. Shows at 7.30pm; 6pm on Saturday. Log on to wizardofozlive.com for more information and tickets. Also available at theatre box office.

Middle East Film & Comic Con at Dubai World Trade Centre until April 5. Log on to mefcc.com for tickets.

Meet and eat with Gauahar Khan, winner of Bigg Boss 7, at the opening of Le Duplex Italian Restaurant & Café, Jumeirah. Call 050-1905802 and 04-3446455 for reservations.

At the movies: Chris Evans suits up again as Captain America; Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska star in doppelganger comedy The Double; Varun Dhawan, Ileana D’Cruz and Nargis Fakhri team up for the Bollywood remake of Telugu movie Kandireega in Main Tera Hero.

April 4

Last day of Feria De Abril, a flamenco festival at Seville’s, Wafi, (starts today) withtraditional Spanish dancers from España Bravo Flamenco. Dh195 per person including a three-course Spanish menu and a beverage. Performances start at 9pm every evening; call 04-3244777.

April 5

Reggae Beachfest with Wayne Wonder live at the monthly event at XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, 2pm-3am, Dh100 in advance at Platinum List. Beachfest Brunch, by Jamaican chef Sahoy, 2pm-6pm, Dh250, including entry to the event. Free entrance for women before 6pm. Call 052-9934276.

April 6

DUCTAC kids’ art camp, for children aged 5-11, with topics including animation, optical illusions, camera obscura and history of film. Sunday-Thursday, 10am-1pm; one-week course Dh900, all art supplies and materials are provided. Call 04-3414777.

April 7

Last chance to see Dimension by Ndue Pepa, an exhibition at Miramar Al Aqaa Beach Resort in Fujairah.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s World Beats show of music inspired by Grand Prix host countries (last day). Includes  roving bands and dance acts inlcuding an Italian saxophone-balloon aerialist act and a UK band playing hits on car parts. The park has extended hours until 10pm while the shows are on. Vvisit www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com.

April 8

Last day to see Andean Dreams, an exhibition by Peruvian weaver Eddie Sulca, at Artissima Gallery.

April 9

Gulf Film Festival, in its seventh year, now takes place at Vox, Mall of the Emirates. Free tickets to the Arabic films screened (with English subtitles)are issued in two lots, when the box office opens each day starting on April 9th at 10.30am, and again two hours prior to the start time of each screening. Maximum oftwo tickets per person. Visit gulffilmfest.com for updated schedule. Most GFF screenings are followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and talent.

Hidden Architectural Gems of Abu Dhabi, a talk at Qasr Al Hosn, part of a public programme of talks and workshops telling the story of Abu Dhabi and its people. At 6.30pm. To register (a must), call 02-6976472.

April 10

The Groove Society at Embassy Dubai with Spanish house DJ Coqui Selection. Free entry all night, two free drinks and canapés from Kitchen 45 for women before 11pm. 8pm-3am, call 04-3176000.

Fashion Forward season three, until April 13 at Madinat Jumeirah, with runway shows, the d3 Fashion Talks (with NYFW founder Fern Mallis, CoSTUME NATIONAL designer Ennio Capasa, Alexa Chung).

At the movies: Those funny blue macaws return in Rio 2, as they leave the city for the wilds of the jungle.

April 11

Immaculate Touch Glow-3D pool party at Aloft Abu Dhabi, 7pm-late. With 3D video-mapped stage, DJ Natalie Brogan, I.T-BOT (an 8ft LED robot), stilt walkers, fire breathers, LED dancers, face and body painters and giveaways. Women enter free, men Dh100; swimwear and flip flops mandatory. Call 02-6545013.

Two-day Ninjitsu seminar, 10am-5pm covering the basics of our martial art, also open to beginners those with no prior martial arts experience. At KO GYM, Dubai Marina, Dreams Tower 1, near JLT metro Station. (Day 2 at UFS GYM 39th floor, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City. Call 04-3991313.

Ufc Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira, at du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tickets from Dh295 at ticketmaster.ae.

Playback singers Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik perform at the National Theatre, Abu Dhabi at 7.30pm.

April 12

Last day to enter the competition to design a poster for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s Abu Dhabi concert. Submit your design and the form  to YasTrip@thinkflash.ae by midnight; only one submission will be accepted per person. Visit http://info.thinkflash.ae/eposter

Second day of the Julius Baer Beach Polo Cup Dubai 2014 at Sky Dive Dubai

April 13

Week long Rock Academy, at Uptown School in Mirdiff, Dh1,500, sign up at info@rockacademyworldwide.com, aimed at 10-18-year-olds, open to drummers, guitarists, bass players, singers, keyboard players and DJs.

April 14

Try the Taste of Abu Dhabi menu at Le Cafe, Emirates Palace, using products from local farms, until April 16. Dihes include gazpacho of locally grown vegetables with spicy basil oil, the 23k gold Emirates Palace Camel Burger, camel chocolate crème brulee and the Emirates Palace camelccino, Dh200++; call 02-6907999.

April 15

Free yoga at Nomad Gardens, The Aviation Club, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, as part of the UAE Green Festival. 7-8.30pm. Bookings a must, on 04-2308560.   

Album launch by The Gypsy Swing Project, at the Alliance Française, a performance of French classics by the Dubai-based band. Entry free, RSVP to info@afdubai.org.

April 16

Last day to see Seen and Unseen, a group photography exhibition at The Ajman Palace, until April. All artworks on sale.

April 17

Lionel Richie at Dubai Media City, tickets from Dh350 at platinumlist.net.

Slava’s Snowshow, a winter-inspired clown show at ADNEC, April 17-19, where a winter snowstorm is created inside the hall. Shows at 3pm and 7.30pm on April 17-18, 11am and 3pm on April 19. Tickets, Dh 170-490 in various categories at www.platinumlist.ae. Recommended for children above eight years of age.

Shujaat Husain Khan & R. Prasanna perform as the April date in the year-long The Emirates NBD Classics series, at Ductac, Mall of the Emirates.

April 18

Try an organic Friday brunch, at Na3Na3, The Address Dubai Mall, with locally sourced organic ingredients. 12.30-4pm, Dh295 per person including soft beverages; Dh380 with house beverages.

April 19

Catch the latest season of “Ridiculousness”, with 22 episodes of the viral video series hosted by Rob Dyrdek starting from April 5, at 1.30am UAE. New categories include “Getting Zombied” and “Heavy Leg Syndrome.”

April 20

See Retro Culture, an exhibition at Media One Hotel (from April 9-30), by British artist Mel Pickup with 25 new retro pieces in a celebration of the 1980s in acrylics, inks, aerosol and collage. Twenty per cent of each sale goes to Senses, a non-profit organisation and residential care centre for children with multiple disabilities.

April 21

Gentleman’s Night, with two free beverages for men between 8pm and midnight, at Bubbles, Novotel Dubai, Al Barsha. Call 04-5156622.

April 22

Mahiki’s Pink Ladies night, hosted by make-up artist Huda Kattan, who is bringing her make-over bus. Call 055-2160181.

April 23

Head to Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments new gallery, featuring local and regional artists, open to the public daily, 8am-9pm. Currently on display are three artists: Dr Najat Meky, Ali Hassan and Khaled Ben Slimane. Call 04-3477676. The art-inspired hotel is offering Dubai residents rates starting from Dh750 per room per night inclusive of breakfast during April.

April 24

Sarah Geronimo brings her “Perfect 10” concert to the du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, with special guests Mark Bautista, James Reid and the G-Force dancers. Tickets, from Dh80 at ticketmaster.ae and Panaderia Bakeries. A free shuttle bus service will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. VIP tickets, Dh450, include a dinner with Geronimo.

Ladies night, every Thursday, at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, 6-11pm, with a female DJ. Only boys 8 and under can enter with female relatives (with photo ID or birth certificate). Dh215 and Dh360 (premium). Dh175 and Dh295 for those below 1.1m.

At the movies: Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann team up to take down cheating spouse in The Other Woman.

April 25

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at du Arena, Abu Dhabi. Tickets from Dh295 at ticketmaster.ae. UK rapper Wiley joins them as a special guest.
Sharmila Dance Extravaganza, with hip-hop, contemporary, street jazz, Afro jazz, raggaeton and Latin performances, at Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC, Mall of The Emirates, (also April 26). Shows at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets Dh185 (stalls, allocated seating) and Dh110 (balcony, free seating) at Virgin Megastore and tickets.virginmegastore.me.

April 26

Ripe Food & Craft Market at Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah, from 9am to 2pm. Every Saturday.

Third and final day of Chilli crab festival, the annual event at Souk Madinat Jumeirah serving Singaporean chilli crab and other Asian dishes such as dim sum, wok-fried blue swimmer crab and tempura crispy crab, with cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and a children’s corner. 6pm-midnight (Thursday); 1pm-midnight (Friday and Saturday).

NUMAISH, an exhibition with more than 45 designers from India, Pakistan and the UAE, at Diamond Ballroom, The Address Dubai Mall. Designers include Gaurang, Purvi Doshi, Anushree Reddy, Ek Karkhana, Jayanti Reddy and Studio Sajid.

April 27

Eat out at any Radisson Blu in the UAE and collect a stamp in your dining passport; three stamps equal a Dh300 meal voucher.

April 28

Islam and Christendom: Pope Pius II and the Entanglement of Civilizations, a talk by NYUAD Institute at 6.30pm, at Intercontinental Hotel Auditorium, Abu Dhabi, with Christopher Ocker, Professor of History at The San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley.

All NYUAD talks to the public, register at http://nyuad.nyu.edu/news-events/abu-dhabi-events.html.

April 29

Salsa classes by Familia de la Salsa at The Club, Block C, Dubai World Trade
Centre Apartments. Beginners from 8pm, advanced from 9.15pm. Call
050-2777475.

April 30

Stomp, the percussion show, at Dubai World Trade Centre, until May 4. Shows at 7pm and 8.30pm (Friday at 3pm and 4.30pm). Tickets from Dh195 at Virgin Megastore and Virgin online.

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