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Top 10: Catch the opening of Cosmic Communion at Cartoon Art Gallery and see A Tale of Shadows at Vox Cinemas
Attend the opening of Cosmic Communion at Cartoon Art Gallery to see an exhibition by Abdulla Alshafar, also known as Faris. The Emirati artist presents a collection of ink, digital and watercolour illustrations inspired by celestial objects and astrological concepts. Pictured: Some Say Cosmic by Abdulla Alshafar
Opens tonight, 7pm, then runs daily until August 23, 10am to 6pm, Cartoon Art Gallery, Street 4B, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cartoonartgallery.org
End the week with some fun with the comedians from Yalla Laughs, featuring top local and regional performers including Akshay Ahuja, Rushdi Rafeek, host Erik Thornquist and headliner Simeon Goodson.
Tonight, from 8pm, free entry, Up & Below, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi, www.yallalaughs.com
In the film Attraction, an alien ship has an accident in space and crash lands in a populated area of Moscow, killing hundreds of people. Yulya (Irina Starshenbaum), the daughter of a military colonel, and her friends sneak into the crash site to make contact with the alien, Hekon, who tells them he has come to Earth for research and is looking for a specific device. But humans in the area make their feelings clear – that they want the alien to leave. Sci-fi film, also starring Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov and Oleg Menshikov. English with Arabic subtitles.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE (15+)
Get tickets to see Lea Salonga at Dubai Opera. The Tony- and Olivier Award-winning Filipina singer will perform Broadway hits including Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin and Mulan.
September 22 to 23, 8pm, from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Ras Al Khaimah
The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah offers visitors the opportunity to experience the archaeological, historical and ethnographical objects of RAK, many of which were donated by the ruling Al Qasimi family and residents of the emirate. The former fort was designed to fend off the British during the Arabian Gulf Campaign from 1809 and was reopened as a museum in 1987.
Open 8am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 3pm to 6pm on Fridays, National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, 07 233 9900, www.rakheritage.rak.ae
Visit Live@5 at Dubai Design District (d3), featuring a collection of fashion retailers, art galleries and dining venues. There will be various promotions, products and experiences, including organic gelato, a Japanese lifestyle culture shop, Italian street-style dining and an Egyptian art gallery.
Open until August 30, 5pm to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays, Dubai Design District, Dubai, www.dubaidesigndistrict.com
Enjoy a boat tour with Captain Tony’s this summer, with children under 12 going free. Choose from a number of options, including island beach getaways, sunset and daylight cruises, eco tours and fishing trips.
Open daily, various prices, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 650 7175, www.captaintonys.ae
Attend the launch of This Is Impro, presented by Courtyard Playhouse and Rove Hotels, for a night of fun and laughter. The events will take place monthly across Rove Hotels and will feature unscripted scenes, stories and narrative improvisation influenced by the audience’s input.
Tonight, 8pm, Rove Downtown, Dubai, www.courtyardplayhouse.com
Catch a screening of the film A Tale of Shadows, a thriller written and directed by Emirati filmmaker Tariq Alkazim, who studied at New York Film Academy. The story focuses on the gardener, a poor and hardworking man, who lands a job at a farm where he meets Garet, who holds secrets to the farm’s past. The gardener begins to see strange things, such as a man with a pocket watch, a woman in a white robe and shadowy figures roaming the farm. When he tries to find out what is happening, he discovers that his destiny has been waiting for him in unexpected ways. Starring Chuka Ekweogwu, Rik Aby, Almer Agmyren, Arzu Neuwirth and Dijana Divjak.
Screening at Vox Cinemas across the UAE (15+)
Register now for The Color Run, billed as the Happiest 5K on the planet, which returns to Dubai Autodrome in November. Expect a lot of fun, coloured powder at each kilometre mark and a new foamy “cloud zone”, all in the name of fun and fitness. Early-bird pricing is available for a limited time and a donation from each entry will go to Friends of Cancer Patients.
November 11, from 7am, from Dh140 for early-bird registration, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, www.thecolorrun.ae