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Hip hangouts: The Jacksons live

The Jacksons live in the UAE, Yas drag racing nights and other hiphangouts this weekend

  • By Nyree McFarlane, Deouty Editor, Scene magazine
  • Published: 17:03 November 21, 2012
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The Jacksons in concert
  • Image Credit: AP
  • The Jacksons.

Why go?

1. The iconic all-singing, alldancing brothers made up the Jackson 5 with Michael Jackson, the 60s supergroup behind some of our all-time dancefloor faves. You’ll find Team Scene cutting shapes to I Want You Back, ABC and Blame It On The Boogie. We might even have a wee cry along to I’ll Be There.

2. The most famous of the Jacksons, Michael, will be honoured during the show, which is part of the Unity Tour. Friends who have seen the show already say that Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito perform a bunch of their little brother’s songs, including Rock With You and Wanna Be Starting Something.
Cost Dh250-Dh450

du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi 8pm-midnight, Friday November 30 | thinkflash.ae

Kaifi Aur Main

Hindi-speaking theatre buffs must be sure to book a seat for this interesting play, which is a celebration of renowned Urdu poet and lyricist Kaifi Azmi’s life, which stars his own family. We see his life and works through the eyes of his wife, theatre actress Shaukat Kaifi, his daughter Shabana Azmi (who is one of Team Scene's favourite actresses of all time) and his son-in-law, who wrote it, Javed Akhtar. This personal element takes this play to another level, and the touching story traces Kaifi’s childhood in Mijwan, his marriage of 55 years and his social and cultural activism. Oh, and the wonderful voice of Jaswinder Singh is employed to sing some of Kaifi’s poems with the support of a live orchestra: cue an emotional night.
Cost Dh100-Dh500

Centrepoint Theatre, Barsha | 8pm, Friday November 23 | ductac.org

Loy Krathong in Thiptara

Our favourite Thai restaurant in the city, Thiptara – seriously, the food here is next level – is hosting a dinner next week to celebrate the Loy Krathong festival. The festival of lights is held on the night of the full moon of the twelfth lunar month. It is perhaps the most picturesque celebration in the always-colourful Thailand, as it’s marked by people placing floating candles and parcels on to lakes and the sea and releasing floating lanterns into the air. And, after you eat a four-course menu at Thiptara – which stars classics like Tom yum soup, Spiced green mango and Prawns in red curry, you’ll be given a Krathong flower to place in the pool yourself (photo opp!).
Cost Dh275 per person

The Palace, Downtown 7pm-11.30pm, Wednesday November 28 | 04 428 7961

The Modern Bride show

This is a bridal show with a difference as, rather than being stuck in a stuffy conference centre, you can check out the fab vendors (cake tastings!) while strolling along the beach. That’s right, the shoreline of Dubai Ladies Club will be packed with wedding vendors, and there’ll also be a raffle, fashion shows and photo booths. Fun!
Cost Free

Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah Beach Road | 11am-9pm, Saturday November 24 | dubailadiesclub.com

Yas drag racing nights

This Thursday is the Yas open drag racing night, which is the only National Hot Rod Association-approved drag strip at which you can test the power of your tuned
cars and bikes. So book a spot and get revving!
Cost Dh150

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 8pm-midnight, Thursday November 22 | 800 YAS

A Latin dance show: Tripudium

Champion Latin dance company Ballet Nacional el Firulete has put together a show that features complex moves, special effects and dazzling costumes. Traversing genres, including salsa, acrobatics and aerial silk routines, the vision of choreographer Eider Rua is something dance fans can’t miss. So go on, get off your couch, turn off So You Think You Can Dance, and watch the real stuff.
Cost Dh150-175

Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac 8pm, Monday November 26-Wednesday November 28 | ductac.org

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