Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for May 17, 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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Abu Dhabi & Dubai
Catch The Laughter Factory in the capital tonight and Dubai tomorrow and Friday. This month’s line-up includes “Spider-Man’s dad” Dominic Holland, whose son Tom plays Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Geordie lad Kai Humphries; and the sharp and witty physical comedian Addy Van Der Borgh (pictured).
Tonight, 8pm, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi; tomorrow, 9pm, buffet package available from Dh260, Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights, Dubai; Friday, 9pm, The Gramercy, DIFC, Dubai, Dh140, ages 21+, www.platinumlist.net
The annual Art Souq exhibition features affordable artwork in a variety of styles, techniques and media – ideal for seasonal gift giving. Find modern calligraphic works, oil paintings, digital images and geometric compositions. Selected works are up for auction online until the end of Ramadan. An arts and crafts market on Thursday and Friday nights starts on May 25, from sunset to 11pm, and includes handmade gifts from Tajikistan. Pictured: Khorfakkan Book by Taqwa Al Naqbi
Daily until July 27, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays) after Ramadan, Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen area, Street 4, Villa 4/2, Abu Dhabi, 02 667 1229, www.etihadmodernart.com
Take an interactive tour with the Museums by Night programme and experience a journey that evokes the history of museums and uncovers a link to their future. The tour will visit Al Ain Palace, Al Ain Oasis and Al Ain National Museum and will include a film screening, live performance, light installation and exclusive access to certain spaces and experiences for the first time.
Today and tomorrow, 7.30pm and 9pm, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain, firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for the film Losing Sight of Shore (2017), presented by Cinema Space. There will also be a Q&A with Lizanne Jansen Van Vuuren, one of the Coxless Crew featured in the documentary, about four women who set out to row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean from the United States to Australia in nine months.
Saturday, 7pm, free with registration, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, cinemaspace-losingsightofshore.splashthat.com
Sign up to take part in the pop-up class Yoga Lab with Heather at Bodytree Studio. This creative vinyasa class, led by Heather Bonker, lets the student request what is included, whether it is more hip-openers, chanting, longer savasana or arm balances. The class is intensive and best suited to intermediate yoga participants.
Friday, 9am to 10.30am, Dh95 includes juice from Nectar, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, email@example.com
Attend the talk Wind Down, Slow Down, Reflect – A Ramadan Workshop at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. It features tips and insights on making the most of personal reflection and self-improvement during Ramadan. Learn to rejuvenate during the Holy Month from the inside out, from body and mind to nutrition and well-being, with four short, interactive sessions presented by guest speakers.
Tonight, 7pm to 9pm, free, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6546, www.madinattheatre.com
Aventura Nature Adventure Park has night sessions available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until mid-June so visitors can enjoy exploring the lightly-lit park with a head torch during the cooler evenings. Have fun on the circuits, which include tree-surfing, zip-lining, rope-climbing and obstacles for various heights and age groups. Arrive early to attend a briefing session in advance of your booking time.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, twilight until 10pm, with briefings at 6.30pm, 7pm and 7.30pm, ages 16+, Dh150 includes a head torch, Aventura Nature Adventure Park, Mushrif Park, Dubai, book at 052 178 7616, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit City Walk Fashion Week and browse pop-up stores featuring the season’s hottest trends and collections. Take a photo against the backdrops of global fashion cities, get complimentary make-up touch-ups from Parfums Christian Dior, and share a photo of yourself wearing an outfit from a participating retailer’s store for the chance to win a shopping experience, as part of the #MyCityStyle competition hosted by bloggers and stylists Samantha Francis and Kat Lebrasse (pictured).
Daily until Saturday, 10am to 10pm, City Walk, Dubai, www.citywalk.ae
The exhibition Spring/Summer Blooms has been extended for another week. See a tribute to American painter Georgia O'Keeffe, famous for her magnified flowers, by Anna Galea and Reta Richards, two artists with different styles who present the same subjects in their own distinct ways. Pictured: Yellow Leaf by Reta Richards
Daily until Monday, 10am to 10pm, Art Couture, Event Centre, Lobby Level, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 04 701 1111, www.artcoutureuae.com
Register your kids for the Julia Donaldson Summer Camp: A Picture Book Journey. Children, ages 5 to 9, can enjoy exploring five picture books by the award-winning children’s author, including Superworm, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Highway Rat and Tyrannosaurus Drip, through activities such as poetry, puppetry and games.
June 25 to 29 and July 2 to 6, 10am to 1pm or 2 to 5pm, from Dh1,000 for early-bird pricing until May 31, afterwards Dh1,100, The Courtyard Playhouse Theatre, Al Quoz, Dubai, register at 0550 986 1761, email@example.com