Top 10: Enjoy a performance by Indian flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Thai Festival at Yas Mall, open mic at Truckers Summer Warehouse

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The Indian flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia will perform with the bansuri, the North Indian bamboo flute, in a show accompanied by two master percussionists, Satyajit Talwalkar on the tabla and Giridhar Udupa on the ghatam. The performance will feature the trio in an improvised recital embellished with rhythmic flavours from the North and South of India.

Tonight, 7.30pm, from Dh75, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777,


New movie

The Beguiled is set in Virginia during the American Civil War, and tells the story of a girls' school where young women are kept sheltered from the outside world. When John McBurney (Colin Farrell), a wounded Union soldier, is found and taken in, the disruption causes jealousy and betrayal. Drama, also starring Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (18+)

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Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell
"The Beguiled" Film - 2017
Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell star in The Beguiled. Rex Features

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Cultural festival

Visit Yas Mall and celebrate Thai cultural heritage at the Thai Festival, which showcases the country’s cuisine and traditional performances. Enjoy food and cooking demonstrations as well as performances of Muay Thai and Siamese dancers.

Today, from 2pm, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,


Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 5 to 9, for the Julia Donaldson Summer Camp at Courtyard Playhouse, where little ones will have the chance to explore five picture books by the award-winning children's author: The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Sharing a Shell, The Scarecrows' Wedding and The Detective Dog. Activities at the camp include games, mime, role-play and arts and crafts, which will help kids develop their communication skills and learn how to work as part of a team.

Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 1pm; 2pm to 5pm, Dh1,100, The Courtyard Playhouse, register at 050 986 1761,

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Film screenings

Register to attend the Cinema Space screenings tomorrow, which feature two films from 1968. Planet of the Apes stars Charlton Heston as an astronaut who crash-lands on a planet ruled by apes who experiment on a primitive race of humans, and he must rely on the kindness of chimpanzee scientists to escape. Once Upon a Time in the West is set in the last days of the old west, where three gunmen clash over the struggle to control water. The film stars Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Claudia Cardinale and Henry Fonda.

Tomorrow, 4pm for Planet of the Apes; 7pm for Once Upon a Time in the West, free with registration, Cinema Space, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at


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Poetry slam

Plan to attend a poetry slam and musical performance at Literaturhaus at Nadi featuring Palestinian poet Farah Chamma, who will perform spoken-word poetry in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. She will be accompanied by the group Parea – which consists of percussionist Myriam Nehmeh and oud and guitar player Maruan Betawi – who will improvise and synchronise their music with the text, without knowing the subject.

Tomorrow, 4pm, Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai,

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Get tickets now for the Nitro Circus and experience the live-action sports show, which will take place on a Formula 1 racetrack for the first time in its history. The circus features top motocross and BMX riders pushing the limit to perform tricks and stunts. Tickets include a day-pass to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

October 6, 8pm, from Dh250, North Grandstand, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,

ABU DHABI, UAE. December 5, 2014 - Dare devils perform stunts on motor bikes at Nitro Circus at Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi, December 5, 2014. (Photos by: Sarah Dea/The National, Story by: Standalone, News)
Get tickets now to see Nitro Circus at Yas Marina Circuit. Sarah Dea / The National


Comedy shows

Catch some comedy this weekend from the Dubomedy gang, beginning with tonight’s up-and-coming Arabic stand-up performers, who have been coached by comedian Ali Al Sayed. Then tomorrow is round three of Comedians at Work, in English, with new and seasoned comedians on the mic. Both venues have food and drinks stands and admission is free with reservations.

Tonight, from 8pm for Arabic Stand-Up Comedy Night, free with registration, 13+, Karamteena, Dubai Media City; tomorrow, from 7pm for Comedians at Work, Truckers Summer Warehouse, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, reservations for both at

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EDM musicians Martin Garrix, Carl Cox and Tiësto will perform as part of the Beyond the Track concert series during the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Garrix (Animals) opens the series on Friday night, November 24, followed by Cox (Fantasee) on Saturday, November 25, and Tiësto (Red Lights) on Sunday, November 26.

November 24 to 26, from 10pm, from Dh295, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,


Food trucks

Visit Truckers Summer Warehouse, which features international menus from top regional food trucks in an indoor venue. Tonight and next Friday, enjoy an open-mic set presented by entertainment platform Anghami. Local talents are invited to submit demos to for an opportunity to perform.

Runs until September 2, 4pm to 11pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays; open-mic events tonight and September 1, Dh10 entry fee; free entry for children younger than 12, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai,