x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Five things to do today: dance to soul music at XS Club Lounge and sign up for a painting class

Our round-up of things to do in the UAE today.

Visitors walk past Portrait of a Lady, by Picasso and The Subjected Reader, a painting by Rene Magritte. AFP.
Visitors walk past Portrait of a Lady, by Picasso and The Subjected Reader, a painting by Rene Magritte. AFP.

attend the exhibition Birth of a Museum, which features nearly 130 works that will give visitors insight to the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection ahead of its expected opening in 2015. Some of the works have never been seen or revealed before. From 10am to 8pm, free entry, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, call 02 657 5800, or visit www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae

see the Dubai Marina Fine Art Show and admire paintings and sculptures from the Neo Pop Art and Post Surrealism movements by 23 acclaimed artists including Salvador Dali, Patrick Hughes, Richard Orlinski, Julien Marinetti and Chayan Khoi. From 3pm to midnight, Grosvenor House, Dubai, www.belairfineart.com, 04 434 1577

head to New Jack Swing in Dubai featuring DJ Wesley of Kenya, one of Africa’s most popular soul DJs, playing swing beat classics all night long. Doors open at 8pm, Dh75, dress to impress, 21+ only, XS Club Lounge, Chelsea Plaza Hotel (formerly Rydges Plaza), Al Jafiliya Roundabout, Dubai, call 055 642 2872 for reservations

join Glenn Perry, a musician, composer and the founder and director of Dubai Music School, to discover, promote and celebrate the legacy of jazz. Three bands will put on a concert of funk and smooth, swing, traditional and contemporary jazz. From 7.30pm to 10.30pm, free, Al Nasr Leisureland, Dubai, www.dubaimusicschool.com

sign up for the class First Painting Steps, where participants will learn and practise the theory of colour with the Australian artist in residence, Maria Peña, discovering harmonic colour combinations from light to dark. May 4, 10am to 2pm, Dh250, Art Hub, Plot 38 MWF, Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, registration is required 02 551 5005, www.adah.ae

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