7 things to do in Dubai this weekend

There are some massive names in town this week as Armand Van Helden, Robin Thicke and Lost Frequencies take to the stage at venues across Dubai. There’s also a great art exhibition to check out and a brand new movie starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

Armand Van Helden at Q43
One of the biggest names in dance music, with a near-30-year career on the decks, Armand Van Helden brings his uniquely eclectic brand of house music to Media City, which is infused with plenty of disco and hip-hop elements. Born to a Dutch-Indonesian father and a French-Lebanese mother, and raised in Turkey, Latvia and Italy, the multi-cultural DJ and producer ought to feel right at home in the melting pot of Dubai.
When: Thursday, May 26
Where: Media One Hotel

The Hub featuring Robin Thicke
They may have said goodbye to their much loved Electronic Odyssey series last week, but Eden Beach Club is still very much keeping the partying going. And, helping them is “Blurred Lines” singer and Grammy Award winner Robin Thicke. The RnB singer will be joined by Italian DJ Tony H and local spinner DJ Shef Codes.
When: Friday, May 27
Where: Eden Beach Club, Rixos The Palm

Lost Frequencies at Zero Gravity
They’re not calling it a closing party but it certainly has that last big hurrah feel about it. Belgian DJing prodigy Felix de Laet, AKA Lost Frequencies, is returning to the scene of one of Zero Gravity’s most memorable shows to signal the last days of the 2015/16 season. His performance at the very first One Big Friday party with 2 Many DJs in November last year was one of the venue’s genuine moments, so it made total sense to bring him back to close things out. He’s certainly earned his status as a major talent. In 2014, his single “Are You With Me” was the “most played record in Europe” and he followed it up with the mellow, guitar-driven “Reality”, which showcased the rock and folk inspirations that percolate through his music
When: Friday, May 27
Where: Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, +971 55 500 9111

Bernar Venet
This will be the first ever solo exhibition in the MENA region for the world-renowned French artist Bernar Venet. The 75-year-old, who will be present for the opening night, has been working since the 1960s, developing his unique style in which he pays homages to science, mathematics and engineering. Indeed, his love of industry was demonstrated in his very first major exhibition when he presented a work in the form of a pile of coal. A protracted visit to New York in the mid-1960s saw him develop a fascination with minimalism, before returning to France for a residency at the Paris-Sorbonne University in which he produced little or no work at all. It was in the late 1970s that he began his exploration of the metal arcs, coils and curves that perhaps best identifies his work. His pieces are found in some of the most important collections in the world.
When: May 19-July 30
Where: Custot Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quos, www.alserkalavenue.ae

Stereo Arcade Late Late Brunch
This Friday Stereo Arcade is hosting one of the UAE’s biggest bands at their Late Late Brunch. Carl & The Reda Mafia (who have even had a track go viral with 20 million views and counting) will take to the stage while a fantastic menu of food and cocktails is served. It’s just AED250 including two dishes.
When: 2-5pm, Friday May 27
Where: Stereo Arcade, The DoubleTree Hotel, JBR,

One of the biggest names in European dance music is coming to Dubai with what ought to be one of the most memorable parties of the year. The clubbing phenomenon from Spain makes its Dubai debut with a psychedelic theme, with Damian Lazarus and Andres Campo on the decks.
When: Friday, May 27
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

The Nice Guys (18)
You might not necessarily cast Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling together in anything, but for some reason pairing them up in a 1970s-set black comedy about an LA private eye – with a “down on his luck” prefix, as you’d expect – and some hired muscle on the trail of a missing girl works to balance out the oddness. It’s familiar-ish territory for director and writer Shane Black, who was behind the first Lethal Weapon, and there is plenty of amusing bi-play between the enemies-turned-allies in their search of a plotline that you’ve probably long since forgotten.
In cinemas from May 26

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