6 things to do in Dubai this week

Fill your wardrobe with luxury brands such as Chanel, Gucci and Isabel Marant at a fraction of the price at So Chic’s latest designer pop-up event. There’s also live music at McGettigan’s and a play to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. There are some awesome new movies at the cinema this week too – Money Monster is one of our top picks. Enjoy!

So Chic Pop-Up Designer Fashion Event
Style seekers expect access to some of the most stunning wardrobes in the Middle East thanks to this one-day-only event. An impeccable selection of sought-after preloved fashion items from luxury brands like Chanel, Celine and Gucci, and an impressive range of hard-to-get brands from Paris will be on offer and labelled with some very likeable price tags. Find the sold-out “wish-I’d-bought-that” top from last year’s Isabel Marant collection, that skirt from Maje you didn’t get your hands on, or a Chloe bag you’ve been dreaming about all decade. Shop, get pampered with cosmetics from beauty power-house YSL and skincare wonder treatments from French brand Caudalie and refuel on healthy snacks and juices. Doors open at 10am and close at 8pm
When: Tuesday 31 May
Where: Warehouse 46 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz

The 8th graduation ceremony will display over 20 themes from some of the UAE’s most talented emerging designers from the Fashion Design and Pattern making French Higher Diploma program who will showcase their creativity, craftsmanship and grasp on trends and original concepts in an innovative fashion show in Wafi Mall. The audience will also get a first glimpse of a select from the second year students work ahead of their graduation show next year.The show starts at 7pm until 10pm.
When: Wednesday 1 June
Where: Wafi Mall, www.

Presents The Parlotones & Step On Live
A rock band that look at least at first glance like a chaotic mix of The Cure’s Robert Smith with loud hints to Green Day and The Hives (lopsided upward gazes, smudged eyeliner with prim suits) and sing with anthem generating intentions and melodic odes to the likes of Interpol and Radiohead, without quite reaching the same shades of intensity. If that sounds interesting, or South African rock is already your thing the four-piece who formed in 1998, will be performing live on The Baggot stage at McGettigan’s, JLT on Thursday. Expect material from their six studio albums and they will be followed by a live DJ set from ‘Step On’ who will take over the decks until very, very late. Entry is AED90 which includes a complimentary pint of the black stuff.
When: Thursday 2 June at 9.30pm
Where: McGettigan’s, JLT, cluster J, +9714 378 0800

Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
The odes to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death are continuing this week with an all-male cast ready to bring Shakesphere’s ridiculous and raucous comedy ‘Merry Wives’ to the stage in Dubai. First published in 1602 the play is comes as light relief to The Bard’s heavier productions like Hamlet and King Lear and comes as an encore to a very successful outdoor theatre run. Sit back and get ready to chortle.
Tickets start at AED100, matinee at 14:30 and evening show at 19:30.
When: Thursday 2 June, Friday 3 June, Saturday 4 June
Where: Kilachand Studio at Ductac, +97143414777, ductac.org

Ramadan Trunk Show
After the success of the Spring Summer Boutique ’16 and the Mumbai exhibition, Boulevard One presents an opportunity for all the style hounds of Dubai to release their inner shopaholics (like we haven’t already) just in time for all the Iftar and Sahoor parties come Ramadan. Expect a fantastic designer lineup featuring design talent from Pakistan across ready to wear and accessories.
When: Saturday 4 June, 10am
Where: The Palace Downtown Dubai, +9714 428 7888

Cinema – Money Monster (15)
The plot centres on Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), a blue-collar worker from Queens who has lost his life savings in a stock championed by a financial TV network. Driven to the edge by the news he is about to become a father, he storms into the studio to confront the charismatic and all-too persuasive host, played by George Clooney. What follows is a hostage situation in which all the frustrations and the injustices of the last decade come pouring out as O’Connell’s Kyle tells his everyman tale.

It’s reminiscent of 2002’s John Q, in which Denzel Washington forces a hospital to carry out an organ transplant on his uninsured son in a searing critique of America’s healthcare system. The message here, though, is less about systems and structures than bad apples – a glitch here, a misstatement there – and perhaps misses the opportunity to deliver the killer blow it promises.

While the unfolding hey-we-can-fix-this narrative stretches credibility to breaking point, Clooney and O’Connell, ably assisted by Julia Roberts, Dominic West and Jodie Foster’s measured direction, ensure the story is never less than watchable.
In cinemas from May 26

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