Your essential guide to what's happening in the Emirates
Top 10: Catch the opening of The Palimpsest Series at NYU Abu Dhabi, decorate cupcakes at Orange Wheels, apply for the DIFF volunteer programme
Catch the opening of The Palimpsest Series, a photographic exhibition by Wendy Bednarz, arts and new media professor at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). The exhibition is an audio-visual experience featuring images from Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar, presented with the accompanying soundtrack of the Palimpsest Soundscape. Pictured: Rickshaw
Opens today, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, then runs daily until November 6, noon to 8pm, Mondays to Saturdays (closed Sundays), NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 628 8000, www.nyuad-artgallery.org
Yalla Laughs returns to Appaloosa for its monthly event, bringing great jokes and fun from top regional and local comedians including Manju Naidu, Grace Chng, Kholoud Abdulla, Adam Buck, Colin Armstrong, Marwan Al Hashimi, headliner Maher Jokah Barwany and host Jon Boulton (pictured).
Tonight, from 8pm, free entry, Yalla Laughs, Appaloosa, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, www.yallalaughs.com
Catch the final days of Comic Craze, an exhibition of comic-strip artworks created by graphic artists in the UAE. The works showcase examples of various techniques and materials, from fabricated portraits to animated films. Pictured: An image by Oussama Agazzoum.
Today and tomorrow, 5pm to 9pm, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae
Celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day at Orange Wheels, the educational and entertainment centre at Al Wahda Mall. Indulge both your sweet tooth and creative side by decorating cupcakes from Bloomsbury with sprinkles – and then feast on your creations. You can also enjoy popcorn treats and activities such as balloon-bending and face-painting.
Today, 5pm to 7pm, from Dh150, Orange Wheels, Al Wahda Mall extension, Abu Dhabi, www.orangewheels.com
Dubai International Film Festival is accepting applications for its volunteer programme, which is open to all UAE nationals and residents over the age of 18. The annual gala runs for eight days and welcomes film professionals and fans from around the world. Volunteers are an integral part of the team and support operations including marketing, media, ushers, administration and the box office.
December 6 to 13, Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai, www.diff.ae
Get tickets for the 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, featuring top international players Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic (pictured), Pablo Carreño Busta and Dominic Thiem, who will compete for the title. Plus, enjoy activities and refreshments in the Tennis Village, meet the stars at autograph sessions and enjoy player coaching clinics.
December 28 to 30, from noon daily, from Dh100, International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Green Art Gallery presents Theatre of the Absurd, a group exhibition that reflects on the relationship between art and architecture and explores the ways in which the two spheres can influence each other. Farah Atassi presents grid-like paintings that explore decorative motifs; Ana Mazzei explores the relationship between men and narratives; sculptures by Nika Neelova are reimagined to inhabit a post-human world; and Hemali Bhuta uses materials to reveal how appearances can be deceptive.
Daily until November 21, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 346 9305, www.gagallery.com
Loving Vincent is the world’s first oil-painted animated feature film and brings to life the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh, in an exploration of his life. The Dutch Post-Impressionist painter is one of history’s most celebrated artists, but was relatively unknown before his death in 1890, at the age of 37. The film stars Robert Gulaczyk, Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan and Chris O’Dowd.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE (PG-13)
Register to take part in the Acting for Adults class at Ductac led by Sol Abiad, who helps students to explore the craft in a fun, professional theatre setting. Subjects include improvisation, voice and movement, Shakespeare for beginners, character development, scene study and presentation style. The course is open to beginners and experienced performers alike.
Starts October 25, 7.45pm to 9.45pm, Mondays and Wednesdays until November 29, Dh1,200, Kilachand Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.ductac.org
Get tickets to see American comedian Chris Rock on his Total Blackout Tour. Rock is a former cast member of Saturday Night Live, who achieved fame through stand-up, the TV sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, and films such as Grown Ups, Madagascar and Death at a Funeral.
January 5 to 6, 6pm, from Dh395, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.ticketmaster.ae