Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for February 13, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Ellen Fortini rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.
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Catch a screening of the film City of God as part of the Cinema Space series at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The Brazilian film tells a true story of crime and redemption. A young boy discovers that he can view his harsh surroundings with a different, more artistic eye, and becomes a professional photographer to show his world and find his way out.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Get tickets now for the Barzakh Festival. Enjoy a two-day outdoor music festival featuring diverse cultural performances kicking off on the first night with the sounds of North and West Africa. On the second night, the bill includes a Ukrainian art-folk quartet, Cambodian psych-pop and Indian bhangra funk. Pictured: Noura Mint Seymali, who will perform Mauritanian grooves with desert blues on Thursday.
Thursday and Friday, 7.30pm on Thursday; 6pm on Friday, free with registration, East Plaza, The Arts Center, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.nyuad-artscenter.org
Norwegian artist Unni Kriens presents Life in Color, an exhibition of her mixed-media works, featuring a wide range of techniques and styles, as well as everyday items, to create subtle connections between the viewer's memories and experiences. Pictured: Beige Abu Dhabi Peacock
Daily until next Monday, lobby, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, search "Unni Kriens artist" on www.facebook.com
Celebrate Valentine’s Day all this month with adrenaline-fuelled motorsport experiences for couples at Yas Marina Circuit. Choose the SST Radical passenger experience, where driving instructors put two cars to the test, head-to-head; or choose to get behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Camaro on a custom-built drag strip approved by the National Hot Rod Association.
Offer valid until February 28, from Dh695 for two SST Radical passenger experiences; from Dh995 for two Chevrolet Camaro Drag Racing driving experiences, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800 927, www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Register to enjoy a free aquabiking class at L’Atelier Aquafitness. New female clients are welcome to sign up for a complimentary class, which normally costs Dh155, regardless of their fitness level, and with no obligation to sign up in the future. The class is a mix of aqua aerobics and indoor biking, specifically designed for low-impact, high-resistance training. Burn up to 750 calories per class.
Sunday to February 25, 8am on Sunday; 10am on Monday; 2pm on February 21; 4pm on February 22; 6pm on February 25, free with registration, L'Atelier Aquafitness, Villa 677A, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, 04 338 8323, www.latelieraquafitness.com
Jaye & Foe launch their new EP Bad Reaction with a performance as part of The Fridge Concert Series, which promotes local and regional talent. Their upbeat sound includes influences of jazz, blues, reggae and folk. Singer-songwriter Abbo with percussionist Natasha Dadaleh will open the show.
Tonight, doors open at 7.30pm, concert starts at 8pm, Dh50, The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 347 7793, www.thefridgedubai.com
Buy tickets now for the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2017. Welsh singer Tom Jones (What's New, Pussycat?, It's Not Unusual) will perform on the opening night, with supporting blues act The Rad Trads; the second night features Mariah Carey (Always Be My Baby) as well as guitarist and singer-songwriter Raúl Midón (pictured); and on the final night, former The Wanted member Nathan Sykes will open for Enrique Iglesias (Hero, Bailando).
February 22 to 24, from Dh275, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.ticketmaster.ae
See the exhibition New Chapter, in which Lateefa bint Maktoum, founder and director of Tashkeel, presents her first solo exhibition. The works trace the journey of motherhood through digital media, including the psychological and emotional impact of pregnancy, birth and beyond. It also represents a new chapter in the artist's creative process. Pictured: Sustaining Identity
Daily until February 23, 10am to 10pm, Saturday to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba Health Center, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org
Sign up your children, ages 4 to 16, for the Wafi Superstars 2017, where they can show their talents in singing, dancing and performing arts. Auditions take place in front of a live audience and panel of judges. The best from each audition will be chosen to perform at the final on March 17, with the winner in each category enjoying an array of prizes.
March 3, 4, 10 and 11, 3pm to 8pm, Wafi, Oud Metha Road, Dubai, 04 324 4555, application available at www.wafi.com
In the exhibition Inside/Outside, Iraqi artist Wissam Shawkhat showcases his unique style, which is referred to as Calligraform, working with precise forms of Arabic letters and the abstract shapes generated by examining the geometry and spaces inside and outside each letter's structure. Pictured: Balance
Daily until March 7, 10am to 6pm daily, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com
* Compiled by Ellen Fortini