Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for May 12, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Aarti Jhurani rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.
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Book your spot to attend the family workshop Objects as Art at New York University Abu Dhabi. Taking inspiration from the artists in the But We Cannot See Them exhibition, participants will create artworks using everyday objects such as slippers, ropes and combs, repurposing them as materials for making art.
May 19, 4pm to 6pm, free with registration, seminar room, Art Gallery, New York University Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, for more information and to register, visit www.nyuad-gallery.org
Take your children, ages 2 to 9 years, to New York University Abu Dhabi, where they can make their own robot outfits and hit the dance floor grooving to electronic beats with DJ Kid Koala. Parents will assist their children during the workshop, where supplies will be provided, but little ones can bring some of their own to add to their costumes. Snacks and beverages will be available at the dining hall on campus.
Today, 11.30am, free with registration, The Arts Center, New York University Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, for more information and to register, visit www.nyuad-artscenter.org
Watch Swedish rock band Europe as they return to the UAE, this time on their 30th anniversary tour. Hit songs include The Final Countdown, Carrie and Rock the Night.
Tonight, from Dh195, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Take advantage of the discounted tickets available this month for the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The GP Parks Pass gets you unlimited access to the Yas Island parks – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld – and for every three-day adult grandstand ticket, one child under 12 will get free Friday entry to that grandstand, plus free access to the Yas Island parks.
November 24 to 26, from Dh1,120 for three-day Abu Dhabi Hill package until May 31, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800 927, www.yasmarinacircuit.com
In King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) is unaware of his royal lineage until he draws out the sword Excalibur from the stone. He must learn to master the sword, deal with his own personal battles and unite the people to defeat Vortigern (Jude Law), who murdered Arthur’s parents and stole his crown. Action drama, directed by Guy Ritchie, also starring Eric Bana, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey and Aidan Gillen.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE (PG-15)
Visit the Street Food Market to sample fare from more than 20 home-grown pop-up vendors and trucks serving fusion, burgers, pastas and more. The family event also has activities for children and adults, hula-hooping, mechanical bull rides, live performances and local DJs.
Today and tomorrow, 12pm to midnight, free, limited spaces available, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasisland.ae
Watch a performance by Indian Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty as part of the Emirates NBD Classics series. Considered a stalwart of the Patiala Gharana, he’s well versed with other major classical gharanas (schools) of India, such as Indore, Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Agra, Rampur and Carnatic music from South India.
Tonight, 8pm, tickets cost from Dh150, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, ductac.etixdubai.com
Catch Dubai Drama Group’s Black Light, a production consisting of a series of nine comedies. The collection of plays brings to life dark, humorous twists to everyday situations, such as two friends having coffee, strangers in a lift or the happenings on a factory floor. Written and directed by playwright Cliff Single, the production’s cast includes 12 Dubai-based actors.
Today and tomorrow, May 18 to May 20, 8pm on May 13, May 18 and May 20; 4pm and 8pm today and May 19; free, 16+ only, The Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4B, Al Quoz, Dubai, reserve at www.courtyardplayhouse.com/events
In the exhibition Abstract Calligraphy, Canadian artist Hamza Abdulbasit presents works that represent his love for bold abstracts with Arabic and Urdu scripts, featuring one character at a time, imposed on bold backgrounds in colours that reflect the cultures and people of these languages. Pictured: Dubai
Daily until June 30, 10am to 10pm, Z Gallery, first floor, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 323 0333, www.fourpointssheikhzayedroad.com
Book your tickets to see Jersey Boys at Dubai Opera. The documentary-style musical tells the story of the 1960s rock group Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, whose harmonies were unlike anything anyone had ever heard, while their offstage relationships were anything but perfect. Their hit songs include Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Sherry, Walk Like a Man and December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).
October 11-14, 8pm daily plus 3pm on October 13, from Dh250, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com