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There aren’t many things that excite cheese lovers more than a pairing night, so if you know your cotija from your camembert then Jones the Grocer’s event on Wednesday is one not to miss. There’s also a special beauty-themed ladies night at Vivaldi by Alfredo showcasing the latest Givenchy products, fantastic new art exhibitions in Al Quoz, an open mic night and the first of this season’s closing parties.

Cheese night at Jones the Grocer
Celebrating the arrival of Paxton & Whitfield cheeses, Jones the Grocer is hosting an evening of matchmaking with cheese, grapes and hops, in search of the perfect match. Food judge, stylist and cheese buyer Jeremy Bowen of Paxton & Whitfield will be attending the event on Wednesday evening. It’s AED250 including a one year membership to Jones the Grocer’s cheese club.
When: Wednesday May 18, 7pm-9.30pm
Where: Jones the Grocer, Dusit Thani Hotel, +971 4 335 7769

Ladies Night at Vivaldi by Alfredo
Givenchy cosmetics take centre stage at this glamorous ladies night, with the latest make-up products on display including demonstrations from the new brow studio. Ladies will get two complementary beverages and a selection of Italian bites for AED50.
When: Wednesday May 18, 8.30pm-12am
Where: Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, +971 4 207 1717

Exhibition – Observing the Ritual
This collaborative photography exhibition at Gulf Photo Plus in Al Quoz seeks to explore the spaces in which the rituals fundamental to Muslim culture occur. From communal prayers held in a secret mosque in Italy to the breaking of the fast in a family home during Ramadan, the exhibition’s participating photographers shed light on some of the most intimate moments of life for practising Muslims. The exhibition has three distinct elements, each from the three photographers whose work is on display: Italy’s Nicoló Degiorgis, British-Lebanese Natalie Naccache and, from the UAE, Ammar Al Attar. In addition to the exhibition, there will be a series of workshops in the build-up: focusing on elements such as self-publishing for photographers (May 14), a review of Nicoló Degiorgis’ work and a chat with Ammar Al Attar both May 15).
When: From May 14
Where: Gulf Photo Plus, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.gulfphotoplus.com

Nasimi Sessions
Closing night of the Nasimi Sessions sees William Grigahcine AKA DJ Snake headline the outdoor venue. The DJ and producer has been responsible for a string of hits in the last few years, including the likes of “Get Low”, “Middle” and “Turn Down For What?” that all made an impact on the US Dance charts. In fact, the Parisian first made his name by working on Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way, earning him a Grammy nomination for his efforts, before his alter ego came to the fore with high-profile collaborations with the likes Major Lazer on their global smash “Lean On Me”. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are AED200 on the door – although ladies enter for free until 9pm.
When: Thursday, May 19, 7pm-3am
Where: Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, +971 55 200 4321

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Antonis Remos
Building on the region’s diverse love of music, Greek singer Antonis Remos is set to perform some of the many hits that have graced his 20 year career. Joining Antonis on his regional debut is world renowned bouzouki player Manolis Karantinis and Stefani Rizou. Tickets from AED125.
When: Thursday, May 19
Where: The Meydan Hotel, www.platinumlist.net

Retox
This is the place to go to discover new music talent – and even have a go yourself. Every Friday Retox Bar & Lounge hosts GoPlayTheWorld, a dedicated platform to showcase UAE musicians. There’s even an open mic section from 9pm. Topped off with some fantastic offers on drinks, it’s a great night out.
When: Friday nights, from 9pm
Where: Retox Bar & Lounge, Holiday Inn, Al Barsha, +971 50 979 1560

Cinema – The Trust (18)
Nicholas Cage’s latest outing, though, might be considered a return to form – or at least a reminder of how interesting an actor he used to be. In The Trust, Cage plays a cynical, detached forensic cop in Las Vegas who has long-since stopped caring about solving crimes. “I despise my job” is an early, scene-setting line of dialogue. His younger, although no-less disillusioned sidekick, played by Elijah Wood, spots the chance for a big fish when he investigates the bail money raised by a suspected drug dealer and hatches a plot to track its source.
In cinemas from May 12

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