Music concerts, acrobatic productions, comedy shows and more – live entertainment takes centrestage to kick off July. Master new art skills, knock some to-dos off your shopping checklist and whip up a meal fit for kings with this weekend’s round-up of top seven things to do.
Rock and soul with NOON
Fusion finds its rhythm with NOON. The homegrown trio has finessed a truly unique sound, blending each of their cultural backgrounds and talents for a rock-jazz-funk mash-up that smoothly zips together musical influences from the East and West. A crowd favourite wherever they go, NOON will be performing a selection of their most popular hits for free on Dubai Opera’s Instagram account. Tune in on Thursday to jam with the hit-makers for the perfect start to your weekend. If you want something a little more conventional, check out Dubai Opera’s live-streamed jazz nights every Monday.
When: 2 July
Fresh off the racks
Been curbing your itch for a shopping spree? Make your time at the mall truly worth it by picking up one-of-a-kind home decorations, fashion, jewellery and more at Ripe Market. Held indoors at Nakheel Mall, this pop-up features homegrown entrepreneurs who will be showcasing a range of products you’ll be hard-pressed to find. It’s the best place to find memorable gifts for your loved ones and bring home buys that stand out from the crowd, all while supporting small businesses in the UAE.
All fun and games
If we’re sure about one thing, it’s that Dubai loves Atul Khatri. The Indian comic is no stranger to the city’s stages, appearing as a regular act at local comedy nights. He’s back again, this time commanding his presence on the virtual stages of City 1016 Comedy Nights. Join him as he unveils his newest jokes and observations, bringing the same charm and keen eye for humour that has helped his star rise rapidly. Tickets start at just AED30, and the show is suited for audiences ages 18 years and above.
When: 2 July
Front-row at a spectacular
It’s always festive on Fridays when the Rhythm Show opens its virtual curtains to a carnival of dance and colours. Get your tickets to watch mesmerising dance routines, acrobatics and a delightful music line-up with talented artists on the virtual stage. Groove to the upbeat tunes and see if you can dance with the actors for a vivacious live show to remember.
When: 3 July
Polish up your social media game by attending a hands-on Social Media Photography class with Gulf Photo Plus (GPP). Whether it’s for business or pleasure, spruce up your engagement levels with captivating content that stands out to your followers. A talented instructor will walk you through planning photoshoots, using your phone to the best of its ability, using editing tools for each platform and promoting online content, all in a day’s work. The workshop takes place at GPP’s home in Alserkal Avenue – the classes have limited seating and follow prescribed social distancing guidelines to keep all participants safe.
When: 3 July
Paint up a storm
Creative minds will always find fun in their style at thejamjar. Located in Alserkal Avenue, this community art hub regularly hosts instructor-led workshops and technique-building sessions for artists of all levels and ages to find their flair. On Saturday, artists aged 12 years and older can join in a Georgia O'Keeffe-inspired acrylic painting session, where they can master the art of blending, shading and texturing using flower imagery. Or, come later in the day to create evocative landscapes using water paints with fellow enthusiasts.
When: 4 July
Whip up a feast
Missing all the delicious flavours of Dubai’s best restaurants? You’re in luck because the beloved rooftop food haunt Folly by Nick and Scott is dishing kitchen secrets in the form of easy-to-follow recipe boxes. Order in this Thursday’s special to make your own roasted ribeye with red cabbage and whole grain mustard slaw. Considering restaurateurs Nick Alvis and Scott Price were trained by celebrity chef Gordan Ramsey, you can trust the dish to impress the best of gourmands. Don't miss out – the recipe changes every week.
When: 2 July
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