6 things to do in Dubai this week
Russell Howard’s Round the World Tour
A familiar face on British TV screens, the amiable Russell Howard is a standup comic with a CV absolutely jam-packed with variety, sketch show, quiz panel and radio work in his home country. Probably in the Michael McIntyre lane of genial, everyman comedy – the word “alternative” probably won’t be attached to him any time soon – Howard has made himself and his family the primary butt of his jokes, demonstrating a goofy line of self-deprecation that takes on some edgier angles in front of a live audience. He is a veteran of the big comedy roadshow, too, and his three-night stay in Dubai is part of his Round The World tour – his fifth major touring production. Apparently, he has memorised the capital city of every country in the world alphabetically, which he’ll recite at the beginning of each performance. Why? No idea.
When: April 20-22
Where: Dubai College Auditorium
Price: From AED295
The Black Tulip
This photography exhibition by Dubai-based, Lebanese-Armenian photographer Vartan Kelechian showcases a series of works that embody the notion of birth. Every image in the ten-piece series chronicles a stage of bodily change.
When: April 20-21
Where: The Analog Room, The Westin, Mina Seyahi
Contact: +971 50 675 3643
The UK phenomenon we revealed a couple of issues ago has come to the UAE. Born in Liverpool, Bongo’s Bingo has since sold out across eight cities in the UK with its heady mix of bingo, club vibe and audience interaction. Jonny Bongo himself will be flying over to host the party in Media City and there are plenty of prizes to be won. Looks like the kind of mental night out that could become a fixture here.
When: Thursday, April 20, 8pm
Where: ON42, Media One Hotel
Zero Gravity with Jax Jones
Jax Jones is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and, of course, DJ. He featured on Duke Dumont’s 2014 number one “I Got U”, while his self-penned “You Don’t Know Me”, which was based around Booka Shade’s 2005 hit “Body Language”, reached number three in 2016.
When: April 21, 9pm-3am
Where: Sky Dive Dubai drop zone, Dubai Marina
Contact: +971 55 500 9086, website
Jurassic Park in Concert
The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra will accompany this classic film with a live performance of John Williams’ score, adding a whole new layer to the cinematic experience.
When: April 20
Where: Dubai Opera
Freshly Goes Rove
Rove hotels have partnered with Freshly Ground Sound to produce not one but four music events that will take place every Friday on The Daily Terrace. The free to attend event that will run till the end of April will see acts like alternative folk-band Physical Graffiti, indie-pop group The Deer Hum, folk and pop band As Per Casper perform. Aside from soothing tunes, guests can expect to bag a bargain at the venues pop up shop and some mouthwatering bites prepared by the Rove’s top chefs.
When: Until April 28
Where: Rove Downtown Dubai
Price: Free entry