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Events Calendar: November 2012

Welcome to Tabloid's guide to the best things to do in the UAE this November. Below you’ll find this month’s movies, art and culture, sport, fashion, films, food, festivals and so much more.

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It’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race day! Watch the race live on the Corniche, and if you’re a ticket holder, catch Eminem at the du Arena. If not, you can see rapper Tyga at Movida’s Yas Island outpost, or Eve and Lupe Fiasco at Skybar at du Forum.

Speaking In Stone, an exhibition of Zimbabwean sculpture, with works by Gregory Mutasa and Witness Bonjisi, at Mojo Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz.

Six-week creative writing course taught by author Hayley Doyle, at Traffic Art Gallery, Al Quoz. Open to all; you must be prepared to write a short piece after each session, to discuss and share with the group the following week. Dh750 for six 90-minute sessions. Call 055-1040538.

Rapper The Narcicyst and The Illuminarcy perform at The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, at 8pm. Dh 50 per person, free for under 18.

Laughter Factory at Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi with Doc Brown, Jimmy Mcghie and Alistair Barrie (7th: Zinc, Crowne Plaza Hotel Dubai; 8th: Grand Millennium Tecom), from 9pm, Dh140; call 04-3551862.

My Ex-wardrobe pre-owned fashion pop-up shop at Rivington Grill, Madinat Jumeirah 7-10pm with drinks deals and free pampering; the first 50 to make a purchase receive a My Ex Wardrobe gift bag.

Art, Talks and Sensations: The Island/ A Game of Life, an artistic installation with musicians and dancers performing, philosophers, architects,  geographers and local craftsmen at Manarat Al Saadiyat, 7-9pm, from 11 Nov, 10am-8pm, until January 6, 2013.

Performances celebrating the opening on Wednesday 7 November and are open to the public. Workshops will also be held for children, teens and adults around the exhibition during all four days of Abu Dhabi Art, including making monochromatic paintings using unconventional techniques.

Purplicious Thursday in support of FORBob and pancreatic cancer awareness month at Wafi Mall, 4-8pm with tombola prizes and a bake sale; Raffles Spa has a  30-minute “Tension Tonic” massage for men, Dh229; 100 per cent of the revenue goes to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Pancreatic cancer is the fifth common cause of cancer death and has a survival rate of 3 per cent within five years.

Barney the Purple Dinosaur’s Let’s Go show in Al Ain, until November 10.

At the movies: Denzel Washington takes off in Flight; see Whitney Houston’s last film, Sparkle.

Asap Champs Live with Ted Failon, Jing Reyes, Yeng Constantino and Angeline Quinto at du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dh60-150.

Hamlet: The Clown Prince, a play directed by Rajat Kapoor starring Kalki Koechlin and Namit Das, at 7pm, Ductac, until Nov 10. Tickets Dh150-350.
Dubai Women’s Run on The Palm Jumeirah, 7am.

White Collar fight night, Andalous Ballroom, Habtoor Grand Hotel with UK boxer Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham and local challengers. 

SAT 10
The Tempest, an opera live in HD from the New York MET, doors at 8pm, at 9pm (with intermission) Dh150 (Dh75 for students).

Donate hair at NStyle Nail Lounge, DIFC for Hair for Hope, which gives to organizations that make wigs for patients undergoing chemotherapy. If hair matches donation criteria, donors are entitled to a free haircut and Illumin8 makeup makeover.

#Quozhappens, a day of art, music and design, at Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai.

SUN 11
Buy your tickets for New Year’s Eve in Dubai: ticket for the Snoop Dogg concert at Meydan organised by Alchemy Project are discounted this month. Dh400 for standard, Dh750 for VIP and Dh1,500 for platinum. (Standard is Dh500 in December and Dh600 on the door).

MON 12
Kalubela ‘Prive’ cabaret show, 8pm, The Fridge, Al Serkal Avenue, Dh50 per person, 18+ only.

TUE 13
It’s Diwali. Catch Shah Rukh Khan romancing Katrina Kaif in Yash Chopra’s swansong, Jab Hak Hai Jaan, which gets an early release, or celebrate with a Diwali-inspired box of sweets from Forrey & Galland, Dubai Mall; silk box contains 32 sweets, Dh151.

WED 14
Grab Diwali lunch at Options by Sanjeev Kapoor and get henna painting done during their special menu with candles, music and festive décor (from Nov 8-23; henna at lunch only 13-15). Call 04-3293293/4.

THU 15
It’s expected to be Islamic New Year. Maison Martin Margiela’s collection for H&M hits stores.

Carmen Iniesta performs flamenco at Millennium Abu Dhabi, Dh290 including buffet dinner and beverages, 8pm; call 02-6146006.

At the movies: It’s the last Twilight, people! Find out just how good a vampire Bella Swan is in Breaking Dawn Part 2.

FRI 16
MiXTAPE Rewind, a 90s music festival with Go West, Haddaway, Snap, Culture Beat, La Bouche, Jenny Berggren (Ace of Base) and No Mercy, at 
Emirates Golf Club. Tickets Dh 275; call 055-8801881.

Swedish House Mafia start their farewell tour at Dubai World Trade Centre with Peppermint. Tickets Dh350; 21+ only.

Diwali Rocks concert with Mika Singh, Hard Kaur, RDB, at Dubai Tennis Stadium, Dh95-495.

Open auditions for Sweeney Todd at Ductac for the production in April 2013. Open all aged 12+; no previous experience necessary. Successful auditionees will have intensive theatre workshops and rehearsals in March. Call 04-3414777.  

Ski Dubai Ice Warrior Challenge; donations support Beit Al Khair Society. Participants have to complete an obstacle course in sub-zero, snow-covered conditions modelled on the world’s toughest commando assault courses. Open to all aged 15+; winner gets a 6-person stay at Kempinski. Register at, Dh250.

SAT 17
Learn Italian cooking with Chef Andrea in a sunset class at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, price on application; call 02-6907999

Get a free workout at the St. Regis Athletic Club’s open house from 10am onwards, including yoga, power abs, boot camp, indoor cycling for beginners, indoor swimming, tennis, rowing, detoxing and competitive sessions with prizes; call 02-4988887.

SUN 18
Last day to try the Singaporean food showcase at Peppercrab, Grand Hyatt Dubai, with two guest chefs from StraitsKitchen at Grand Hyatt Singapore.

MON 19
Sketchy Business, an ensemble sketch comedy show described as Dubai’s own Saturday Night Live, with Omar Ismail, Ellen Gayle-Harewood, Jamal Iqbal, Alex Liccione, Omar Shams, Tareq Ghosheh, Ali Al Sayed and Mina Liccione, at Blends, The Address Dubai Marina, from 8pm, Dh75; call 050-4400994.

TUE 20
Explore rare and ancient Asian and Islamic art, believed to be the oldest artwork shown in the region, at La Galerie Nationale, Al Serkal Avenue, until December 27 2012.

WED 21
The Woman In Black, a chilling play from the book Susan Hill, until November 30, at First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah (at Al Jaheli Theatre, The Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi, December 4-7).

THU 22
Jennifer Lopez brings her Dance Again world tour to Media City Amphitheatre; sold out.

The three-day Philippines Film Festival starts.

Black, a musical troupe of blind musicians and singers, performs at Hyatt Regency, Dubai; tickets Dh75, 150 and 250.

It’s Thanksgiving. Celebrate with turkey dinners at 55&5th, St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (six courses including slow cooked turkey breast with lobster brioche stuffing, Dh750++; call +971 2 4988888) and Spice Island, Crowne Plaza Deira (buffet from Dh199, call 04-2625555).

Zinc’s 10-year anniversary with Kinky Malinki, Greg Stainer, Andy Swift and Mister Ash; 10pm-3am; call 050-1515609.

Rigoletto in concert, by ten Italian singers and musicians, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Dh160-250; call 04-3414777.

At the movies: Anupam Kher and Jennifer Lawrence find the Silver Linings Playbook; Ben Affleck dons flares in Tehran for Argo.

FRI 23
Kaifi Aur Main, a celebration of the life and works of renowned Urdu poet and film lyricist Kaifi Azmi, seen through the eyes of his wife, Shaukat Kaifi and brought to life by his daughter Shabana Azmi and son-in-law Javed Akhtar -- together on stage for the first time. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, (also Nov 24), Dh100-500; call 04-3414777.

Lingerie Française: The Exhibition, a retrospective of over 100 years of French lingerie, Red Box, Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, until December 8.

Coutts Polo at the Palace, a two-day tournament with new “palace rules” with teams from Abu Dhabi, London, Milan and Buenos Aires. Tickets from Dh1,750 per person per day with all-day catering; 300 general admission tickets, Dh250 per person per day on sale November 10 from Emirates Palace. Beat Diabetes Walkathon from Oasis Centre, Dubai, 7am. Register one week ahead at Landmark Group stores across the UAE.

Gotye performs at Dubai World Trade Centre, supported by Mashrou’ Leila; Dh250-750.

SAT 24
Dubai Ladies Club bridal extravaganza, 11am-9pm.

Al Badia’s picnic brunch is back, on the lawns, with grills, picnic baskets, lemonade and live music, Dh265.

SUN 25
Try Magnolia’s cake of the month, caramel cake: chocolate sponge topped with caramel meringue buttercream and caramel drizzle. At Bloomingdale’s Home, The Dubai Mall, Dh20 per slice, Dh120 for a 6-inch cake, Dh200 for a 9-inch cake; call 04-3505440.

MON 26
Celebrity Comedy Night with Dean Edwards of Saturday Night Live, MTV’s Guy Code, Def Comedy Jam, known for his celebrity impressions, at Blends, The Address Dubai Marina, Dh100; call 050-4400994.

Check out Syrian artist Khaled Takreti’s exhibition, Silence, at Ayyam Gallery, DIFC, until November 29.

TUE 27
Tripudium, a show with aerial silk routines, acrobatics, salsa and tango alongside fusion dance forms, originating in Medellin, Colombia, at Ductac, Dubai (also November 28), Dh150-175; call 04-3414777.

WED 28
Screening of Making of a Maestro, a documentary about Kathakali artist Kalamandalam Gopi, written and directed by Dubai-based journalist Meena Das Narayan, 8pm, at Kilachand Studio Theatre, Ductac, Dh100.

THU 29
At the movies:
Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman provide the voices for Rise of the Guardians; Clint Eastwood finds there’s Trouble With The Curve.

FRI 30
The Jacksons perform hits of the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson at du Forum, Yas Island, on their Unity tour; Dh250-450.

Al Ain Aerobatic Show starts, until December 2.