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Top 10: See a performance of Embrace by Deaf Men Dancing, visit the NYUAD Open Studios art event, see the film Mahbas as part of the CinemaNA series
Catch a free performance by Deaf Men Dancing on the Dubai Opera Promenade. The dance company consists of male professional deaf dancers and will make its UAE debut with the production Embrace, which tells the story of two strangers who discover the only way they are able to embrace is through tango and sign language.
Today, 6pm to 7pm, free, Promenade, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Arsnecopinata opens today at La Parole Art Gallery. This exhibition by Abu Dhabi-based German artist Katharina Moeller, curated by Claude Habib, features images primarily in monochrome in ink and graphite, acrylics and sand. The works explore spaces where the everyday intersects with the strange and uncanny. The title in Latin, ars necopinata, means ‘unexpected’ or ‘surprising art’. Pictured: Grassroots Movement
Opens tonight, 7pm, then runs daily until December 6, noon to 8pm, La Parole Art Gallery, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, 02 656 5624, www.laparoleartgallery.com
Attend a screening of Mahbas (Solitaire) as part of the CinemaNA Arab Cinema series presented by Paris-Sorbonne University and NYU Abu Dhabi. The film, directed by Sophie Boutros, follows Therese (Julia Kassar), who lives in a Lebanese village, as she prepares for a visit from her daughter’s suitor and his parents. But when they arrive, there is an unexpected shock for Therese which places the proposal in jeopardy.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, auditorium, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.nyuad-artscenter.org
Book now to attend WWE Live in Abu Dhabi and watch wrestling Superstars in action. The programme includes appearances by Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Cesaro and Sheamus. The event blends in-ring athletics with dramatic entertainment and the energy of a rock concert in a fun atmosphere the whole family will enjoy.
December 7, 8pm, from Dh250, Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium, Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.net
Visit NYUAD’s Open Studios event for an interdisciplinary celebration of the arts. Meet students and faculty and get a behind-the-scenes look at the campus art studios, workshops and labs. See more than 60 exhibitions, installations and screenings, including the Walking Art photoshoot, in which artists collaborate with models to transform them into walking artworks. Play life-size Jenga, hurl tennis balls with a wooden catapult, and watch a computer-controlled CNC router machine perform air cuts.
Today, 6pm to 9pm, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, openstudios.nyuad.im
Comic Craze continues at Al Qattara Arts Centre. See comic-strip artworks created by members of the UAE’s flourishing community of graphic artists. The works showcase examples of techniques and materials, from videos and animated films to comic books and website comics. The exhibition also aims to raise awareness of issues crucial in the development of local society and to inspire the younger generation in developing an interest in the arts.
Daily until November 13, 9pm to 9pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae
Buy tickets to attend the Larchfield Ball for the Gulf for Good organisation. The event features a three-course dinner with music by Lucy Hunter-James followed by a performance from singer Layla Kardan and her band. An auction and raffle will raise funds for the Larchfield Children’s Home in Tanzania, which was built for children abandoned by their parents through either by disease or death.
November 16, from Dh600 per person, British Embassy, Dubai, 050 424 6944
Book ahead to attend the Dubai International Motor Show, an action-packed event for serious car buyers and petrolheads, but also for the family. See vehicle launches, supercars on the Boulevard of Dreams, take part in the Test Drive Fiesta featuring some of the latest models, plus enjoy a Race Room with simulators, outdoor adventures, competitions, food, jazz recitals and family activities.
November 14 to 18, 6pm to 10pm on November 14; 11am to 10pm on November 15; 11am to 11pm on November 16 and 17; 11am to 10pm on November 18, from Dh50 for a single day pass when purchased online, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.dubaimotorshow.com
Today, the Lawrie Shabibi gallery presents the opening of My Place Is the Placeless by Shahpour Pouyan – his third solo exhibition there. It features 33 ceramic domes alongside works on paper that investigate notions of identity and nationality.
Today, 6.30pm to 9pm, then daily until January 1, 10am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 346 9906, www.lawrieshabibi.com
Catch the opening of Compressed Thoughts, in which Lebanese artist Nadim Karam experiments with the idea of condensing far-reaching thoughts into a palpable essence. The artist uses recycled steel rods from residential buildings in the suburbs of Beirut. Pictured: Compressed Thoughts
Opens tonight, 7pm to 9pm, then daily until January 6, 10am-6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon-6pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, 12 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 6242, www.ayyamgallery.com