Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for May 15, 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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Cinema Space and the Korean Cultural Center present a screening of the 2002 film Oasis. Directed by Lee Chang Dong, the story begins when Jong-du (Sol Kyung-gu), who was in prison for a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of an old man, is released. He is immediately arrested again for being unable to pay a restaurant bill, but his brother bails him out and sets him up with a job and a place to live. He goes to visit the victim’s family, and meets Gong-ju (Moon So-ri), the old man’s daughter, who has cerebral palsy. After a disastrous first meeting, the two begin an unlikely love affair, which eventually exposes uncomfortable secrets of both families. The film is in Korean with English subtitles.
Today, 7.30pm, for ages 18 and above only, free with registration, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
See Walking Rock Tour by Lebanese painter, sculptor and poet Rudy Rahme, who presents a series of detailed sculptures focusing on the human form. Pictured: Dream
Daily until the end of Ramadan, 9am to 10pm, Le Royal Meridien, Sheikh Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 674 2020, www.leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Check out the second edition of Fashion Days Closets at Nation Towers Abu Dhabi. It features six UAE-based designers of different nationalities and backgrounds, showcasing a selection of their designs, all of which will be on sale.
Daily until May 22, 10am to 10pm, free, Nation Towers, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabifashiondays.com
The Dinner focuses on two couples – Stan (Richard Gere), Claire (Laura Linney), Paul (Steve Coogan) and Katelyn Lohman (Rebecca Hall) dining at a restaurant, deciding what do about a crime their sons have committed. Directed by Oren Moverman, the film is based on the Dutch novel of the same name written by Herman Koch. Mystery drama, also starring Charlie Plummer, Michael Chernus and Chloë Sevigny.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (18+)
Attend a series of free fitness classes at Boxpark presented by experts from Fitness First. They include Zumba, Body Attack high-intensity interval training and chilled-out morning yoga. Refuel post workout with a healthy bite at Markette, where class participants can enjoy a healthy breakfast or tropical smoothie bowl with fresh juice for only Dh54.
Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays until May 31, 8.30am to 9.30am; Markette breakfast offer for Fitness First activity participants, available from 8am to 1pm, free, between Bianca and Markette, Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, www.boxpark.ae
See a performance by the local band Physical Graffiti as part of The Fridge Concert Series. The alternative/pop band was formed by Zubin Aroz and Darren Dharmai in 2013 while they were at university, and were joined by Ankurr Chawaak and Sandeep Sequira a few months later. They released their second studio album, Return, in November last year. Monteath, a four-piece act with melodic groove-oriented originals will be the opening act.
Tonight, from 7.30pm, tickets cost Dh50, The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Head to Fit Inc’s high-energy and fun weIlluminate x Spin class. A glow-in-the-dark spin experience, it helps not only your legs, core, arms, shoulders and back to work out, burn fat and improve strength, it is a fun session as participants ride in sync to the beat of specially curated music. A t-shirt and glow stick will also be provided.
Tonight, 7pm to 8.30pm, free with registration, Fit Inc, City Tower 2 car park, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, to register call 800 348 462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Book now to attend the first edition of Dream Woman Live, a casual workshop series that aims to inspire and support women to “be their own dream woman” through talks by entrepreneurs including Suzanne Blake (pictured), who is the founder of Dream Woman Live; key speaker Maru Iabichela, a certified life and image coach; Kelly Eide, an equus coach; and Rosalie Berrios, the founder of SimplyBetterYou coaching. The event will also include sunset meditation, group activities and a chance to meet and connect with other driven women.
Thursday to Saturday, various timings, from Dh540, location will be revealed to attendees upon registration, Dubai, register at iammydreamwoman.com
Buy tickets now to take your little ones to the End of School Carnival at Splash ‘n’ Party. Children can experience a variety of entertainment options, carnival games, fun with water guns and balloons. Meals will also be provided.
Sunday, 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Dh100, Splash 'n' Party, Villa no.1, Street 8A, Al Safa 2, Jumeirah, Dubai, for more information visit www.splashnparty.ae
Book tickets to see four French comedy shows as part of Tous En Scene at Ductac. In Encore Un Matin, actors will bring to life several situations played out in a café; in Improvisation, actors will create and play out stories based on ideas suggested by the audience; Huit Femmes En Pieces Detachees includes 11 short stories about human interaction; and in Building, the writer has created 13 different stories, each of which is played out in a 13-floor office building, showing how funny, and sometimes sarcastic, it can be working in a big corporation.
Wednesday and Thursday for Encore Un Matin, Sunday for Improvisation, May 22 for Huit Femmes En Pieces Detachees, May 23 and 24 for Building, all shows at 8.30 pm, for ages 8 and above, tickets cost from Dh95, Kilachand Studio, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.ductac.etixdubai.com