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Groove on the Grass
Groove on the Grass returns to Dubai on Friday, September 23 with a line-up that includes Simian Mobile Disco (DJ Set), Max Cooper, Josh Wink, Radio Slave, Clockwork & Avatism (CW/A Live Act) and The Element. Check out our interview with Jas Shaw from Simian Mobile Disco here.
When: Friday, September 23
Where: Emirates Golf Club, www.grooveonthegrass.com

Mozart Gala
The Vienna Concert Verein is in town for a couple of performances, of which this is the second. The gala features arias from Mozart’s famous operas The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute and orchestral favourites including “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and movements from his Symphony No. 41.
When: 8pm, Friday, September 23
Where: Dubai Opera, www.dubaiopera.com

The Improvisers
Billed as the Indian answer to Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Improvisers is, as the name implies, a group of four comedy performers who take their queues from the audience and unleash a series of skits and songs entirely off the cuff. Featuring Abish Mathew, Kanan Gill, Kenny Sebastian and Kaneez Surka.
When: 7.30pm, Saturday, September 24
Where: DUCTAC, www.ductac.org

Red Hot & Chilli
On Saturdays, I usually go to this bar in Barsha and listen to rock tunes by Sound City. They’re pretty established on the Dubai circuit and have a great set. It’s always a good time in there.
When: Saturday, September 24
Where: Donatello Hotel, Barsha
Contact: +9714 340 9040

Revo Café at Anantara The Palm
A brand new café has opened up at Anantara The Palm, with an urban vibe, a varied menu and detox juices. As well as light meals and all-day breakfasts, you can get something a little heavier like pulled beef, burgers and pasta. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
When: 8am-10.30pm
Where: Anantara The Palm, +971 4 567 8322

Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai
It has become something of a tradition that Cirque Du Soleil comes to town with a show at this time of year, complete with the usual array of acrobatics, dance and the kind of high-risk performances that have you watching through your hands. Varekai has now been seen by more than eight million people in 20 countries since 2002. The theme of this show is a young Icarus-like man who is parachuted into Varekai, a forested land located beneath a volcano, where new life and new possibilities spring forth in every direction. The show is written and directed by Dominic Champagne, and gathers up influences from Romany folklore, Russian dances and Georgian music. Varekai features an international cast of 50 performers and musicians from 19 countries.
When: Until September 24
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, tickets from AED295 (unrestricted), tixbox.com

Cinema – The Magnificent Seven (PG)
A remake of a remake? That’s Hollywood for you. So, what can this new version of the sun-soaked 1960 classic (itself a reworking of Japanese movie The Seven Samurai) offer us? Well, a fantastic cast for one – Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke – and a director in Antoine Fuqua with The Equalizer and Southpaw under his belt. The result is a film that does everything right… apart from ever fully engage. Good but not quite great.

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