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Top 10: Catch three films at Cinema Space this weekend, free karting at Yas KartZone, the farmers' market launches at Bay Avenue
Cinema Space presents three films this weekend. My Life as a Zucchini is an Academy Award-nominated animated film about Zucchini, a foster child who learns to trust and love again. Elie Chapius, an animator of the film, is the guest speaker. My Fair Lady is the 1964 Academy Award winning George Cukor adaptation of the Broadway hit, and stars Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins who attempts to turn street vendor Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) into a sophisticated woman. Tomorrow, see the 2013 Italian dark comedy The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer, which was written and directed by Pierfrancesco Diliberto, who also stars as Arturo, a man who is as obsessed with the mafia as he is with his schoolmate Flora.
Today, 3pm for My Life As a Zucchini; 7pm for My Fair Lady; tomorrow, 7pm for The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Celebrate the re-opening of the Yas KartZone at Yas Marina Circuit with a free trial experience available today and tomorrow. The venue has a fleet of 32 brand new karts and a revamped track, as well as upgraded briefings and changing rooms. No reservations are required for the free trials, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Yas Central.
Today and tomorrow, 2pm to 9.30pm, free, Yas KartZone, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Experience Oktoberfest with a twist as Porters Pub presents Rocktoberfest. Enjoy a traditional German platter for two with sausages, pretzels, sauerkraut, potato salad and selected beverages from 6pm followed by a performance by the tribute band The Guns N’ Roses Experience from 8pm. The band will perform hits including Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine and Paradise City.
Tonight, 8pm, Dh100 entry; Dh99 per platter, Porters Pub, Grand Millennium, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.net
Enjoy a classic American BBQ party at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers as part of the Discover America programme of events organised by the American Embassy. The event includes American grill specialities and live music from the Groove Makers from 7pm.
Tomorrow and October 21, 5pm to 8pm, from Dh165, Nahaam restaurant, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, reservations at 02 811 5666, JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com
Take part in the art workshops inspired by the Comic Craze graphic-art exhibition that is currently showing at Al Qattara Arts Centre. Today’s classes for adults and children include expression and emotion, drawing sound and movement, tips and tricks for better comics and a workshop on panels and layouts. Tomorrow’s classes include how to draw scenes from story scenarios and the art of imaginative cartoon characters.
Today and tomorrow, 5pm to 7pm, free, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, 03 761 8080, firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend launch of the Happiness Market, a weekly pop-up retail event including a fun fair for families. There will be outlets, food kiosks, games, activities for children and more. The market aims to support local businesses and promote the UAE culture with a different theme each month, including food and fashion festivals. The event supports the humanitarian initiatives of the Dar Al Ber Society and kicks off today at Zabeel Park and next Friday at Mamzar Park.
Fridays, 4pm to 11pm, Zabeel Park; 10am to 8pm starting next Friday at Mamzar Park, Dubai, 054 378 6786, email@example.com
Two artists with connections to Canada present the exhibition My Abstract – Your Abstract at Art Couture. Sandra Fayadel’s works focus on the freedom to be and do without holding back. To Reta Richards, freedom is about the emotions, thoughts and feelings expressed. Pictured: A detail of Alien Chick by Sandra Fayadel
Opens tomorrow, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, then runs daily until November 7, 10am to 10pm, Art Couture, Event Centre, Lobby Level, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 04 701 1111, www.artcoutureuae.com
The Farmers’ Market On the Terrace returns to Bay Avenue today, kicking off the season of fresh organic produce available directly from local farms. There will be stalls selling fruits and vegetables, honey, eggs, baked goods and sweets. There will be live cooking demonstrations by Taj Dubai and Baker & Spice will sell fresh market breakfasts.
Fridays and Saturdays, 8am to 1pm, Bay Avenue, Business Bay, Dubai, www.facebook.com/TheFarmersMarketOnTheTerrace
Attend a performance of the Urdu play Mian Biwi Aur Wagah (Husband, Wife, and the Wagah Border), presented by Goonj Productions. The play is inspired by true events and the conscious need to revive the forgotten tradition of letter-writing among the new generation.
Today and tomorrow, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm, from Dh100, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Get tickets to see The Pretenders in concert as part of the Live on the Lake series. The band is known for their hits including Brass In Pocket, Middle of the Road and My City Was Gone. Also performing are English soul singer Heather Small (Proud), the voice of the band M People and British reggae group Aswad (Shine, Don’t Turn Around).
October 26, doors open at 5pm, from Dh195 for early-bird tickets, 21+, The Irish Village and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Al Garhoud, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net