Things to do in Dubai
Things to do in Dubai
Looking for something to do in Dubai this week? From concerts and art exhibitions to fitness and family-friendly places to visit, here are the best things to do.
Bookmark this list, as we’ll add to it throughout the month, and update it several times each week. Planning to visit the capital? Here is our list of things to do in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
PERFORMANCES & EVENTS After-School Mania at KidZania Until Thursday, March 21
KidZania has something to keep kids entertained once the bell rings. After-School Mania lets them explore role-playing activities – such as reading the news like a TV anchor and keeping the city safe like a police officer – at the interactive city every weekday afternoon from 4pm for Dh99 for an Economy Ticket. Book tickets online or at the KidZania ticket counter.
from Dh99, KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 800 38224 6255, www.kidzania.ae
Escape In with #DXBExperiments Until Friday, March 22
Escape In is a pop-up party in which groups enter a room and take on intriguing challenges. Solve the riddles and puzzles to gain access to fun that lasts into the early hours. The fourth in a series by #DXBExperiments, the event features four themed challenge rooms and runs for four weeks.
7pm to 1am, Thursdays and Fridays, free entry; drinks payable on consumption, 21+, On42, Media One, Dubai, www.facebook.com/DXBExperiments
Neha Kakkar in concert Friday, March 22
Courtesy Holi Masti Bollywood singer Neha Kakkar will perform at Holi Masti, a one-day family event with a children’s area, food and beverage stalls as well as music by DJs, all in celebration of the Indian festival of colours. Kakkar will perform her hit songs including Dhating Naach, Kala Chasma and Sunny Sunny .
From 10.30am, from Dh99, Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
The Laughter Factory Thursday, March 21; Friday, March 22
Alasdair Beckett-King. Courtesy The Laughter Factory Book tickets for the Tickle Your Funny Bone tour as The Laughter Factory brings top international comedians to the UAE for stand-up hilarity. Renaissance man Alasdair Beckett-King (pictured) makes his Gulf debut as does the frank and fearless Sarah Callaghan, while inventive Adam Bloom marks his return to the UAE.
March 14, 9pm, Movenpick JBR, Dubai; March 15, 9pm, Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai; March 21, 9pm, Tryp by Wyndham Dubai, Dubai; March 22, 9pm, Hilton Dubai, Jumeirah, Dubai, from Dh160, www.thelaughterfactory.com
BBC Proms Until Friday, March 22
BBC Proms brings top classical music to a wide audience in five concerts over four nights. On March 19, hear the world premiere of Tmesis , a symphony composition by Bushra El Turk; violinist Karen Gomyo performing Tchaikovsky; and music from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev. On March 20, Contemporary Choral Classics features conductor Sofi Jeannin and the BBC Singers performing Gershwin, Billy Joel, Abba and more. On March 21, at 7.30pm, experience Beethoven’s Ninth as performed by a quartet of soloists, the BBC Singers and the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus; then on the same night, at 11pm, Finnish pianist Timo Alakotila and accordion Johanna Juhola perform the Late Night Prom . The Last Night of the Proms is on March 22 and is hosted by Petroc Trelawny, featuring the BBC Singers and the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus along with Roderick Williams, who will sing classics including Rule, Britannia! and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 . There will also be pre-concert talks, open rehearsals, masterclasses and more.
Prom 1 on March 19, 8pm, from Dh75; Prom 2 on March 20, 8pm, from Dh50; Prom 3 on March 21, 7.30pm, from Dh75; Prom 4 on March 21, 11pm, from Dh50; Prom 5 on March 22, 8pm, from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Housphere Friday, March 22
Housphere combines 10 hours of house music with family-friendly games. Children can enjoy the inflatable slides, a Lego station, soft play, trampolines, face-painting, arts and crafts and more, while parents will enjoy performances by acts including headliner Inna, DJ Amir Sharara, saxophonist Matt West, dancers, fire performers and more.
2pm to midnight, from Dh250; free for children younger than 10, Address Montgomerie, Dubai, tickets.virginmegastore.me
Tropical Island Beach Party at Legoland Friday, March 22 to Saturday, March 23
Courtesy Legoland Dubai Visit Legoland for the Tropical Island Beach Party, with activities at the Lego Wave Pool, including hula-hoop dancing, Brick Castle-making, a limbo competition and a musical statue dance party. You can also take part in relay races, water volleyball, interactive drumming sessions and performances and more. Plus, there are games with prizes including park passes and Lego toys, and Sharky, the Lego character, will be available for meet and greets with the kids.
10am to 6pm, from Dh175 for UAE residents, Legoland Dubai, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai, www.legoland.ae
My Name Is Rachel Corrie Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23
Courtesy Danu Dubai Catch additional performances of My Name Is Rachel Corrie by Danu Dubai theatre company. This true story is based on the writings of the American activist, who was killed trying to protect the bulldozing of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip in 2003. Palestinian actor Farrah Yasin plays Corrie in this one-woman show that powerfully demonstrates the compassion that Corrie embodied in her work towards peace and human rights.
8pm, free with registration, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, register at courtyardplayhouse.com
Family Picnic at Brighton College Dubai Saturday, March 23
Visit the Family Picnic at Brighton College Dubai, where children can enjoy traditional British playground games such as hopscotch and hula-hooping, as well as cake- and cookie-decorating, face-painting and magic shows. Manchester City Football School will host a skills camp; a British art activity will run throughout the afternoon; and children can take part in classic games such as the egg-and-spoon race and three-legged race. Guests can tour the campus and learn about the curriculum.
2pm to 6pm, free, Brighton College Dubai, Al Barsha South, Dubai, www.brightoncollegedubai.ae
Steven Lin piano recital Saturday, March 23
Courtesy Dubai Concert Committee Taiwanese-American pianist Steven Lin performs Romantic Revolutionaries , a recital of classical works by Schumann, Beethoven, Medtner and Liszt, as part of the World Classical Music Series.
Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 8pm, from Dh184, Royal Ballroom, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Sikka Art Fair Until Sunday, March 24
Courtesy Sikka Art Fair Sikka Art Fair, under the theme “An Open Window to Art and Tolerance”, features works by regional artists of many nationalities through the visual and performing arts, including art exhibitions, live music, interactive workshops, film screenings and poetry readings. There will also be homegrown food vendors present.
4pm to 1pm on March 16, then 11am to 1pm daily, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai, www.dubaiculture.gov.ae
Shreya Ghoshal Friday, March 29
Courtesy Bollywood Parks Dubai Visit Bollywood Parks Dubai and enjoy a performance by Bollywood playback singer Shreya Ghoshal, whose hits include Devdas, Om Shanti Om, Padmavati and Baji Rao Mastani. Enjoy the concert and half-day access to the park from 6pm including rides, attractions and live entertainment from Dh49, or choose full-day access and the concert from Dh99.
Open 1pm to 10pm; concert from 8pm, from Dh49 for the concert and half-day access to the park from 6pm; from Dh99 for the concert and full day access to the park, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, 800 2629464, www.dubaiparksandresorts.com
Sunil Grover Unplugged Friday, March 29
Courtesy Colors Live Book tickets to see Sunil Grover Unplugged, in which the popular actor will perform memorable comedic character portrayals, or caricatures, as he calls them, including the famous Gutthi, Rinku Bhabi and Dr Mashoor Gulati. Grover is known for his work on films including Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha , Ghajini and the forthcoming Salman Khan film Bharat .
From 9pm, from Dh65, Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, The Indian High School, Dubai, www.meraticket.com
The Beach Run DXB Friday, March 29
Register to take part in the Beach Run Dubai, which lets runners of all ages and abilities start off the weekend with some exercise. There are three distances and running categories: the 7.2-kilometre serious run; the 3.6km fun run; and the 1.8km family run. The event takes place beside the Burj Al Arab and there is a Festival Village with food trucks, music and fitness demonstrations, kids’ activities, entertainment, viewing areas and more. Runners will receive an official race T-shirt and race goodies.
7am, from Dh119, Sunset Beach, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, register by March 27 at beachrundxb.com
Burj Khalifa lightshow Tuesdays to Saturdays until the end of March
Courtesy Burj Khalifa The Burj Khalifa presents its popular light show, which debuted on New Year’s Eve, nightly at 8pm through March. Two Guinness World Records were earned: Largest LED-illuminated facade and Tallest LED-illuminated facade. The displays narrate the story of the UAE with the theme of “time and progression”, highlighting the heritage of the nation and its future ambitions. The other timings will feature various displays from the Burj Khalifa’s extensive library of shows.
7.15pm, 8pm and 9.30pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 6.45pm, 8pm and 9.45pm from Thursdays to Saturdays, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.facebook.com/burjkhalifa
Femmes Film Festival Until Saturday, March 30
A scene from Il se passe quelque chose. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai Femmes Film Festival is part of the Women’s Spring series of events at Alliance Francaise that aims to promote women in the arts. The films to be screened are all directed by females and are being shown in their original version with English subtitles. The programme includes selected shorts and feature-length films from the Films Femmes Mediterranee. The series opens on March 9 with a screening of Benzine by Sarra Abidi at The Studio, Dubai Opera, and the rest of the series will be screened at Alliance Francaise Dubai.
5pm on Saturdays; 7.30pm on Tuesdays, free, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Bluewaters Open Gallery Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until March 30
Take part in art workshops at Bluewaters Open Gallery every weekend until the end of the month, including seashell painting, unicorn dream catchers, a glow-in-the-dark doodle room, flower-crown making, street-graffiti sessions, and a heart wall where visitors can create a personalised heart canvas for Mother’s Day. There will also be a series of open-mic events for comedians, as well as art and sketch improv nights with lessons for those who want to learn.
3pm to 8pm, Thursdays to Saturdays, Bluewaters, Dubai, www.bluewatersdubai.ae
Earth Hour at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Saturday, March 30
Celebrate Earth Hour with an “unplugged” garden concert at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. Hotel guests and the community can enjoy an acoustic concert under the stars by the band Fuego Latino, watch a video about energy conservation, take part in the Taste in the Dark canape sampling and enjoy bites at Wavebreaker beach bar outdoors in the dark. Guests will be given a candle during Earth Hour to support the cause.
8.30pm to 9.30pm, free, Wavebreaker Garden Area, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 318 2582, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dubai World Cup Saturday, March 30
Book tickets for the Dubai World Cup and enjoy one of the most popular dates on the Dubai sporting calendar. Expect lots of fancy hats and suits, world-class horse-racing, a kids’ play zone and a post-race concert by Gwen Stefani ( Hollaback Girl , Cool , The Sweet Escape ).
3.45pm post time, from Dh20 for general admission, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 327 2110, www.dubaiworldcup.com
Capernaum film screening Until Sunday, March 31
Photo by Fares Sokhon, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Now is your chance to see the film Capernaum , which won the Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta, among others. Directed by Nadine Labaki, the film tells the story of Zain (Zain Al Refeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his negligent parents for the “crime” of giving him life. The streetwise child uses his wits to survive and meets a migrant worker who helps him find his way.
Various timings, from Dh52.50, Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com
World Art Dubai Wednesday, April 3 to Saturday, April 6
Visit World Art Dubai, an affordable retail art fair, and find paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs by artists from 30 countries in an array of cultures, styles and budgets from Dh350. The event also features live painting sessions, expert talks and hands-on creative learning workshops.
2pm to 9pm on April 3; 1pm to 9pm from Thursday to Saturday, from Dh25 at the door; from Dh20 online, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.worldartdubai.com
‘-ing’ Creative Festival Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13
Courtesy ing Creative Festival The -ing Creative Festival brings together top international photographers, designers and artists for a series of 38 workshops and talks that aim to connect with and inspire local talent. Workshops include personal branding development, career development for creatives and event identity design. There will also be a creative market, activities for the public and special deals at restaurants and shops in Dubai Design District.
8.30am to 9.30pm, from Dh950, Dubai Design District, Dubai, www.ingcreatives.com
Middle East Film & Comic Con Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13
Book your tickets for the Middle East Film & Comic Con, where super fans will meet superheroes through panel talks, workshops and activities. Plus, there will be merchandise to purchase, a cosplay contest and parade, comic and manga artists, eSports games and celebrity meet-and-greets including Ross Marquand of The Walking Dead and voice actress Tara Strong.
2pm to 10pm on Thursday; noon to 10pm on Friday; 1pm to 9pm on Saturday, from Dh115 for a one-day pass, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.mefcc.com
Wafi Science Factory Until Saturday, April 13
Courtesy Wafi Visit the Wafi’s Science Factory interactive exhibition, which combines knowledge and fun challenges for all ages. There are 40 machines that feature experiences such as earthquakes, tornadoes and being invisible, where visitors can enjoy science, math, nature, music and more in an informational and entertaining setting, as well as prizes to be won.
10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight, Thursdays and Fridays, free, Wafi, Dubai, 04 324 4555, www.wafi.com
Just Like That (JLT) Thursday, April 18 to Saturday, April 20
Just Like That (JLT) is a show by Tall Tales Productions about modern-day Dubai. The story is set in JLT and gives viewers a glimpse into their own lives through the lives of an Emirati writer, a British businessman, a South Indian security guard and others who end up living on the same floor in a JLT high-rise. What unfolds is a clash of cultures, perspectives and ways of life all told with a dash of comedy.
7.30pm, plus a 3pm show on April 20, from Dh80, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
The Laughter Factory Thursday, April 25; Friday, April 26; Saturday, April 27; Tuesday, April 30; Wednesday, May 1; Thursday, May 2; Friday, May 3
Courtesy The Laughter Factory Catch The Laughter Factory’s Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This tour featuring top international comedians performing side-splitting comedy at clubs across the country. Daliso Chaponda (pictured) wowed the judges on Britain’s Got Talent , even getting the Golden Buzzer from Amanda Holden; Dana Alexander is a fresh and fearless Canadian sharing her observations; and George Zach moved from Greece to Britain at age 18 to study biochemistry but exchanged the lab for the stage.
Thursday, April 25, 7.30pm (early show), Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai; 9pm (late show), Movenpick JBR, Dubai; Friday, April 26, 7pm (early show), Dukes The Palm, Dubai; 9pm (late show), Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai; Saturday, April 27, 7pm, On42, Media One, Dubai Media City; Tuesday, April 30, 8pm, Smartline bin Majid Beach Resort, Ras Al Khaimah; Wednesday, May 1, 8pm, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi; Thursday, May 2, 9pm, Tryp by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights, Dubai; Friday, May 3, 9pm, Seafood Kitchen, Jebel Ali Recreational Club, Dubai, from Dh160, www.thelaughterfactory.com
Wow at The Rotunda, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai Until Saturday, May 4
Courtesy Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai Catch a performance of Wow , a 90-minute family-friendly show that features more than 30 acrobats, aerialists, dancers and performing artists in an immersive theatrical experience. In addition to great music, see 3D multimedia projections, holograms, exciting choreography, theatrical lighting and more. There are lunch and dinner packages available, at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen and Zhen Wei Dim Sum, from Dh370.
1.30pm and 7pm, from Dh100 for show only, The Rotunda, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, www.rotundadubai.com
Tony Robbins Live in Dubai Tuesday, September 3
Personal and business development coach Tony Robbins is heading to Dubai this year to share his message of motivation and empowerment to help you reach your life goals. The author of the bestseller Money: Master the Game will present Achieving the Unimaginable , which focuses on discovering your greatness, living your passion, attracting wealth and abundance, achieving your goals and mastering success. Register now for tickets and VIP meet-and-greet information, as well as venue details when they become available.
10am to 4.30pm, location to be announced in Dubai, www.tonyrobbinsdxb.com
VR Theme Park Super 7 Pass special offer Daily, limited time
For a limited time, book a VR Theme Park Super 7 Pass online and get a 50 per cent discount. The Super 7 pass lets you experience any seven of the top 10 experiences, games, rides and educational journeys, including Dubai Drone, Dune Bash and VR Maze.
From Dh90 with discount; regularly Dh180, 10am to 11pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 10am to 1am on Fridays, VR Theme Park, Level 2, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.vrparkdubai.com
We Love Our Beach clean-up First Sunday of every month
Courtesy Zero Gravity Zero Gravity hosts We Love Our Beach, a monthly environmental event in which staff members and volunteers, including divers, join for up to 90 minutes to clean the beach of plastic and rubbish. The initiative is part of the venue’s ongoing efforts to make a difference to the environment by cutting down on plastic. The event is followed by a breakfast by Zero Gravity’s chef. T-shirts will be provided and guests are asked to bring a refillable water bottle.
7.30am, free, Zero Gravity, JBR, Dubai, 04 399 0009, email@example.com
Dubai Ice Rink weekday skate offer Sundays to Thursdays, ongoing
Visit the Dubai Ice Rink from Sunday to Thursday and take advantage of the weekday skate offer of a 90-minute skating session for Dh49. Skating enthusiasts can perfect their jumps, spins and footwork and enjoy a whirl around the rink at sessions beginning at 10am, 11.45am, 1.45pm, 3.15pm and 5pm.
10am to 6.30pm, from Dh49; regular prices from Dh75, Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 800 38224 6255, www.dubaiicerink.com
FOOD Riva Ristorante beachfront breakfast menu Daily, ongoing
Courtesy Riva Ristorante Riva Ristorante has teamed up with Ripe Organic to create a beachside breakfast menu using fresh, local ingredients. Dishes include the super berry granola, Riva Benedict, vegan coco-mango chia pudding, wholegrain French toast, banana pancakes, and the Riva English breakfast. There is also a breakfast on Saturdays from Dh149. Guests can also enjoy a beach club pass from Dh100, for the chance to soak up the sunshine and lounge beside the pool, overlooking Palm views.
7.30am to 11am, from Dh45; 11am to 1pm on Saturdays, from Dh149, Riva Ristorante, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 430 9466, www.riva-beach.com
The Italian Way Supper Club Until Saturday, March 23
Courtesy The Supper Club Book your spot at the pop-up communal dining experience The Supper Club curated by The Italian Way and enjoy an exclusive menu of 39 ingredients served in a secret 39th-floor location. The five-course Italian meal will be served at one table and features dishes created by chef Stefano Ratti, who will serve the dishes and explain the selection and curation of the ingredients.
From Dh350, 21+ only, book through InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai, 055 992 9102
A Cut of Freedom Until Saturday, April 6
Courtesy A Cut of Freedom Taste creative dishes made from Westholme Australian wagyu at five select restaurants in Dubai. A Cut of Freedom lets chefs create their own dishes and present a signature menu of Westholme meats, including a starter and a main course. Share a photo of your favourite Westholme dish on Instagram with the #ACutofFreedomDubai hashtag for the chance to win an exclusive dinner for two.
Roda Grill, Roda Al Bustan, 04 282 0000; BB Social Dining, DIFC, 04 407 4444; Ruya Dubai, Grosvenor House, 04 399 9123; Billionaire’s Mansion, Taj Dubai, 04 510 3100; Akira Back, W Dubai – The Palm, 04 245 5555, @True_Westholme on Instagram
Vegan Roast ‘Vrunch’ Saturday, April 6
Courtesy Dubai Vegan Days Try a roast dinner, vegan style, at the Dubai Vegan Days’ Vrunch event at Rove Healthcare City. Chef Zendy Marsam has designed a plant-based spin on the traditional meal, complete with a Wellington nut roast, rosemary Hasselback potatoes, roasted root vegetables, mushroom gravy and the choice of two desserts: blackberry apple tart or orange and almond cake.
11.30am to 3pm, from Dh99 for adults; from Dh49 for children, Rove Hotel, Dubai Healthcare City, book at 04 561 9200, www.facebook.com/DXBvegandays
The Pandora Afternoon Tea at Fairmont The Palm Until Tuesday, April 30
Courtesy Fairmont The Palm Experience the “Celebrating You…” afternoon tea at Mashrabiya Lounge, where, in honour of International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, guests can enjoy a Pandora-themed event. Along with Instagrammable decor, homemade finger sandwiches, delicate scones with clotted cream and a selection of decorated treats and truffles, the first 200 to attend will also receive a Pandora crown design charm and the first 20 group bookings for bridal or baby shower events will receive an extra gift for the main guest. There is also a weekly prize giveaway.
Noon to 6pm, from Dh155, Mashrabiya Lounge, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. 04 457 3457, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Smoothie Bowls at Baker & Spice Daily, ongoing
Courtesy Baker & Spice Baker & Spice has launched a line of smoothie bowls that make a great breakfast or healthy dessert. Choose among blueberry, acai, choco-almond and tropical. Each bowl is made from fresh organic ingredients that have never been frozen, and are layered with different flavours and textures, including fruits, vegetables, seeds and superfoods.
From Dh45 each, Baker & Spice, Souk Al Bahar, Al Manzil and Jumeirah Town Centre, Dubai, bakerandspice.me
WELLNESS Well-Mum and Baby clinic Sundays and Thursdays, until June 30
New mothers and pregnant women can take part in the Well Mum and Baby Clinic offered at the Dubai Hills branch of King’s College Hospital London. The programme is free and offers three sessions of one-hour holistic antenatal and postnatal care that focuses on feeding, weaning, sleeping patterns, breastfeeding and more. Specialist consultations are also available, as is baby-weight monitoring.
2pm to 5pm, King’s College Hospital London, Dubai Hills, kingscollegehospitaldubai.com
CLASSES & TALKS Full Moon Yoga with Melanie Swan Saturday, March 23
Courtesy Fairmont The Palm Celebrate the third year of Full Moon Yoga with a special edition of the community event. Led by Melanie Swan, the evening under the stars features a 90-minute yoga and meditation session on the resort’s white-sand beach. Bring two friends and the third attends for free. The session is mixed and caters to all ability levels. Mats and towels are available and there will be healthy refreshments.
8pm for one hour of yoga and 30 minutes of meditation, from Dh85 for one person; from Dh150 for two people, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 457 3517, booking required at email@example.com
Dubomedy Comedy School Saturday, March 30 to Saturday, May 4
Register to take part in comedy classes with Dubomedy Arts School, including Stand-Up Comedy 101, Improv Comedy, a class for intermediate to advanced stand-up and an Arabic-language comedy class. The weekly lessons teach fundamental performance skills and are led by comedians Mina Liccione and Ali Al Sayed. The courses will conclude with a final performance, the Comedy Mixtape Show.
Various timings on Saturdays, from Dh1,500, ages 17+, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, 800 266339, firstname.lastname@example.org
Swimming Wonders at Hilton Dubai The Walk Sundays and Thursdays, from April 7
Courtesy Hilton Dubai The Walk Children up to age three can take part in the Swimming Wonders programme at Hilton Dubai The Walk, where they can learn the basics of swimming to encourage water confidence at a young age. The 30-minute class is good exercise for parents, too, and allows for bonding time with their little ones. Then enjoy the rest of the day at the Wavebreaker Beach Club from Dh180 per adult for family time in the sun.
9am to 11am, depending on age group, from Dh525 for five weeks; from Dh180 for a daily pass for Wavebreaker Beach Club, Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 055 503 4757, email@example.com
FITNESS Run and Flo Saturday, March 23
Run and Flo is a free fitness event that encourages a healthy and active lifestyle through simple workouts, running, yoga and meditation. Take part in the 2.6-kilometre Warm Up and Run and the stress-busting Yoga Flow sessions, both featuring a live DJ. Bring a yoga mat, beach towel and water bottle. Children can enjoy a safe activity zone with colouring, face-painting, kids’ yoga, Zumba and building blocks. Free healthy refreshments and snacks will be available.
4pm for Warm Up and Run; 5.30pm for Yoga Flow, free, Golden Mile Galleria, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.goldenmilegalleria.com
Salt Kite Beach cycling classes Tuesday, March 26 to Monday, April 1
Sign up to attend free Motion cycling classes at Salt Kite Beach. As Salt is supporting the Gov Games, the initiative extends to public. You can register for a free cycling class and receive a training kit. The full-body workouts aim to build mental and physical strength. They will take place by the beach and will include energising music and fun photo opportunities.
6.45pm on March 26 and March 31; 4.45pm on March 27, March 30 and April 1; 5.45pm on March 28 and March 29, free, Salt, Kite Beach, Dubai, community.motion-cycling.ae/kite-beach
Fuel Weekend at W Dubai – The Palm Thursday, April 11 to Sunday, April 14
Courtesy Fuel Weekend at W Dubai – The Palm Book your spot at the Fuel weekend at W Dubai – The Palm and enjoy a four-day fitness-focused holiday featuring bootcamp, celebrity trainers, SUP yoga and HIIT workouts. There’s also healthy cuisine, a Dubai-style brunch, a poolside party, world-class DJs, additional local excursions and more.
From Dh4,725, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, whotels.com/fuelweekends
Fit Hub Weekdays, ongoing
Take part in the free trial classes from March 3-7 at the new Fit Hub at Laguna Waterpark. The outdoor facility offers workouts led by instructors from Fitness In Dubai, including bootcamp, yoga, boxing and dance classes, as well as functional workouts. Guests will have access to the shower and changing facilities. After March 10, you will also get access to Laguna Waterpark, which is open from 10am to 6pm, and can invite up to three friends and family members along at a 40 per cent discount.
Classes at 6am, 7am, 8am, 6pm and 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh99 per class; packages available, Fit Hub, Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Dubai, www.lagunawaterpark.com
RealRyder indoor cycling class at Surge Body Fitness Ongoing
Courtesy Surge Body Fitness Surge Body Fitness offers indoor cycling classes with the RealRyder tilt bikes, which move from side to side, simulating an outdoor bike ride. The full-body workout tones your upper body, tightens abs and shapes your legs. Classes are available from 7am, and there is a 50 per cent discount on all packages purchased before the end of January.
From Dh2,000 for a three-month package; from Dh6,000 for one year, with free spin shoes, Surge Body Fitness, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, www.besurge.com
Speedo Swim Squads at The Burj Club Ongoing
Courtesy The Burj Club The Burj Club hosts Speedo Swim Squads academy and club, with classes for all ages and abilities led by highly qualified teachers and coaches and using state-of-the-art equipment, including a semi-Olympic-sized indoor pool. Classes include Baby Swim for babies aged 3 months to 3 years; Learn to Swim from 3 years to adult; Competition Training; Tri-Programmes; and Masters and Adult Fitness Programmes.
From Dh90 per session, various prices per programme, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, 04 888 3900, www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/the-burj-club
The Burj Club Daily, ongoing
Courtesy The Burj Club The Burj Club hosts fun and rigorous group workout sessions in a variety of disciplines designed to motivate and inspire you to go further. Try classes in Super SUP Fitness, doing a mix of Pilates and yoga while balancing on a paddle board; outdoor yoga with views of Downtown Dubai; HIIT for high-intensity sessions for all abilities that target and strengthen your core; Rhythm Ride cycling class for cardiovascular exercise up hills and with challenging drills; and Body Pump, the workout that challenges all major muscle groups with squats, presses, lifts and curls.
Various timings, from Dh95 per session; free for The Burj Club members, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/the-burj-club
HOLIDAY CAMPS British Orchard Nursery spring camp Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11
Courtesy British Orchard Nursery Children aged one to four can explore the world of numbers at the British Orchard Nursery Spring Camp. Through activities based on stories by author Julia Donaldson – A Squash and Squeeze and What the Ladybird Heard – children will learn the concepts of size and space as well as planning and critical thinking.
9am to 5pm, from Dh650, all branches of British Orchard Nursery in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, 800 773 724665, www.britishorchardnursery.com
Dig It Spring Camp Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11
Courtesy Dig It Children aged four to 10 can take part in the Dig It spring camp, where they can learn, play and stay active during the school break. There will be sports and games, puppet shows, storytelling, dancing and workshops to make photo frames, summer accessories and painting.
9am to 1pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh170 per day; from Dh700 per week, Dig It, Dubai, 04 438 4479, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kartdrome Spring Camp Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11
Gulf Star Sports offers children aged seven to 15 an adrenalin-fuelled spring break of go-karting, laser tag in the medieval maze, race-room simulators, billiards tournaments, video games, team games and competitions at the Kartdrome Summer Camp. Use the code FIFTY50 when you register and the first 50 will receive Dh50 cent off the early-bird pricing.
9am to 1pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh995 per week when booked two weeks in advance; regularly Dh1,150, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, email@example.com, 050 429 4860
SAE Institute Creative Spring Camps Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11
Courtesy SAE Institute Register your children aged 12 to 16 for the SAE Institute Creative Spring Camp, where they can take part in practical, interactive sessions in the fields of film, animation or graphic design. Each five-day course is designed to help them develop their knowledge and skills in comic illustration, photography, audio, games development and more as they explore creative thinking, improve team-building skills and make friends with students of similar interests.
9am to 2pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh1,500 per week, SAE Institute, Block 16, Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai, 04 360 6456, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gulf Star Spring Camp Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11
Children aged three to 13 can take part in activities as part of the Gulf Star Spring Camp, including sports, arts and crafts, drama, dance, adventure games, martial arts and more. There will also be fun games to go along with a special weekly theme such as superheroes and space. Use the code FIFTY50 when you register and the first 50 will receive Dh50 off the early-bird pricing.
9am to 2.30pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh735 per week for early-bird booking, March 15; then from Dh840 per week, Foremarke School, Dovecote Green Primary School, Jebel Ali School and Clarion School, Dubai, 050 429 4860, email@example.com
Junior Improvisors Theatre Spring Camp Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11
Children aged eight to 11 can take part in the Junior Improvisors Theatre Spring Camp at the Courtyard Playhouse. The intensive experience lets campers explore different styles of improv, characterisation, stagecraft and storytelling. The finale at the end of the week will be a showcase performed for friends and family.
9am to noon, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh1,155, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, 050 781 2269, firstname.lastname@example.org
Storytelling Theatre Spring Camp Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11
Children aged four to seven can explore five creative books in the Storytelling Theatre Spring Camp at the Courtyard Playhouse. Giles Andreae’s books will inspire a series of games, role-playing and arts and crafts: Be Brave Little Penguin , Giraffes Can’t Dance , The Great Heffalump Hunt , Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs and Charlie and the Lion Who Wanted Love .
9am to noon, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh1,155, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, 050 781 2269, email@example.com
The Kidz Club Spring Camp Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11
The Kidz Club spring camp is for children aged five to 12, and features hands-on activities such as arts and craft sessions, outdoor excursions, cooking activities, swimming and more as they make new friends in a safe and professional environment. Lunch will be provided.
9.30am to 4pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh350 per day; from Dh1,100 per week, The Kidz Club, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Dubai, 04 317 2449, firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter holiday camp at Alliance Francaise Dubai Sunday, April 7 to Thursday, April 11
Children aged five to seven can attend the Easter holiday camp at Alliance Francaise Dubai, where they can enjoy fun, French-language activities that feature all things festive for the spring, including bunnies, eggs, chocolates and more.
9am to 3pm, from Dh250 per day; from Dh850 per week with a snack and lunch included, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, email@example.com
Tashkeel Spring Camp Sunday, April 7 to Thursday, April 11
The annual Tashkeel Spring Camp features challenging and creative workshops for children aged eight to 16, which encourage them to use their imaginations to produce beautiful works of art. Children will learn new skills each day as they experiment with a range of disciplines that explore the facilities at Tashkeel.
10am to 1pm, from 1,300 for the week, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, www.tashkeel.org
Amazing Oceans Spring Camp Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 4
Courtesy OliOli Children in age groups four to five and six to nine can explore creatures of the sea in the Amazing Oceans Spring Camp at OliOli. The engaging, Steam-based projects include making scuba gear, building boats and creating 3-D cardboard figures.
9.30am to 1.30pm, from Dh250 per day; from Dh990 per week, OliOli, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, 04 702 7300, www.olioli.ae
Dubai Sports City Spring Camp Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11
Courtesy Dubai Sports City The Dubai Sport City spring camp lets children enjoy sports over the school break under the guidance of qualified coaches. Kids can choose among Spanish Soccer School, Claude Harmon III Performance Golf Academy, Dubai Eagles rugby, ICC Academy cricket and the Clarke Francis Tennis Academy.
8am to 4pm, from Dh150 per day; from Dh695 per week; from Dh795 per week when extended to 5pm, Sports Village, Dubai Sports City, Dubai, 04 448 1355, www.dsc.ae/sscamp.html
FAMILY EVENTS / PLACES TO VISIT Garden Souq at Dubai Garden Centre Saturdays until March 30
Courtesy Dubai Garden Centre Visit the weekly Garden Souq at Dubai Garden Centre and enjoy an outdoor market with fresh produce, organic and artisanal products, gluten-free and vegan foods, handicrafts, clothes, live music, food stalls and more.
10am to 2.30pm, Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 590 4333, firstname.lastname@example.org
KidZ Detective at KidZania Until Sunday, March 31
Courtesy KidZania KidZ Detective at KidZania lets kids learn and practice the skills needed to become a super sleuth in a fun and educational way. There are four zones where kids can find clues, navigate a maze, collect fingerprints and analyse evidence to crack the case and save the day. Along the way, they will pick up skills including attention to detail, patience and problem solving.
From Dh35 with economy ticket purchase of Dh180; free with premium ticket purchase of Dh250, KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 800 38224 6255, www.kidzania.ae
Mommy & Me Mornings at XPark Jr Mondays and Wednesdays
Courtesy XPark Jr XPark Jr is where mothers and their children can escape the rush of the city and relax in the serene landscape for some quality time. Bring a blanket to spread out under the trees and let the little ones explore and discover. Entrance includes access to the mini petting farm, water play, natural climbing structures, mud kitchen and art and crafts. Mothers can enjoy tea or coffee and a pastry from Dh15.
8am to noon, from Dh25 for one child, XPark Jr, Kite Beach, Dubai, www.facebook.com/XParkJr
Farmer’s Market by Baker & Spice Fridays and Saturdays, ongoing
Courtesy Baker & Spice Visit the Farmer’s Market on Bay Avenue, Business Bay, where you can find a variety of fresh produce as well as organic baked sweet and savoury treats and a cooking station by Baker & Spice. Home-grown vendors sell fruits, vegetables, dates, honey, dairy products, flours and more. Plus, try organic ice cream, fruits and nuts, bone broth and other natural products. Children can enjoy the face-painting, arts and crafts, play area and skate park.
7am to 3pm, Bay Avenue, Business Bay, Dubai, 04 427 9856, www.facebook.com/TheFarmersMarketOnTheTerrace
Wavehouse at Atlantis The Palm Ongoing
Leslie Pableo / The National Wavehouse is a new venue that combines live music, gaming, bowling, food and drinks and it all overlooks a state-of-the-art wave machine, the Wave Rider, which offers body-boarding and knee-boarding. Families can enjoy the rustic beach bar-style terrace that features a variety of seating areas, while other guests head inside to the adults-only bar, where there’s a more industrial vibe. There is ten-pin bowling, a soft-play area for kids, plus arcade zone for all ages, complete with Xbox consoles, virtual reality experiences and the world’s largest Pac-Man. Wavehouse Bar has live bands and DJs and Wavehouse Restaurant has healthy choices as well as comfort food with signature dishes such as deep-fried Babybels and rainbow sliders.
Noon to 1am, Wavehouse, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, email@example.com
Global Village Until Saturday, April 13
Reem Mohammed / The National The 23rd season of Global Village, the annual multicultural shopping and entertainment festival, features new additions including a larger Emirates pavilion; eight new bridges that replicate famous architecture; a floating market; a fiery musical fountain; an interactive children’s theatre; more than 100 video games in the Carnaval funfair; and a 50-metre screen on the Wheel of the World Ferris wheel showing live images of Dubai. Plus, all the street performances, concerts, international cuisine and world-class shopping that Global Village is known for.
4pm to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays (Mondays for women and families only); 4pm to 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays, from Dh15; free for children younger than 3, Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, E311, Dubai, 04 362 4114, www.globalvillage.ae
Festival Bay at Dubai Festival City Mall Until Tuesday, April 30
Courtesy Dubai Festival City Mall Festival Bay at Dubai Festival City Mall has been transformed into Pirates of the Bay children’s fun park, a fun-filled park experience with games and activities for children. Families are invited to experience pirate-themed play areas, an inflatable slide, sand play, a bungee trampoline, a waterpark, arts and crafts, pizza-making, carnival games, popcorn, candy floss and more.
From 3pm to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 3pm to 11pm on Thursdays; from 10am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai, www.dubaifestivalcitymall.com
Wavebreaker Beach Club Book by Tuesday, April 30
Courtesy Wavebreaker Beach Club Get a membership to Wavebreaker Beach Club at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah and enjoy access to the spa, gym and beach from Dh16 per day. The membership offers a great daycation option for the family, as there is a 25 per cent discount on food and beverage, as well as spa treatments. There is an additional fee for children aged six to 12, while children younger than six can enter on the membership for free.
From Dh1,500 for three months, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai, 056 188 2766
The Market at The Beach Until Tuesday, April 30
Courtesy The Beach Waterfront destination The Beach hosts the outdoor attraction, The Market, which offers an artisanal shopping experience in a picturesque, al fresco setting. There are 42 stalls featuring a range of items, including traditional arts and crafts, jewellery, scarves, handbags, designer abayas, graphic T-shirts, Arabic sweets, aromatic oils, perfumes, handmade soaps and collectibles from around the world.
10am to midnight, free entry, The Beach, JBR, Dubai, www.thebeach.ae
The MOE Club House Ongoing
Visit The MOE Club House at Mall of the Emirates, a trendy new food and leisure destination featuring homegrown food concepts and a game room with pool, minigolf and foosball. The New England-style community space offers light bites, coffee and sweet treats. When you spend Dh150 at Mall of the Emirates, children can enjoy The Little Club House, where they can unleash their imagination with arts and crafts, bird-house and cupcake decorating and more, plus a mini-market where they can sell their creations.
10am to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.malloftheemirates.com
VR Park Super 7 Pass Ongoing
Courtesy VR Park VR Park, the virtual and augmented reality theme park, offers the new Super 7 pass, which lets visitors pick any seven of the top 10 games, rides and journeys to experience. This includes Dubai Drone, Dune Bash and VR Maze, among others. The pass costs Dh180, which is a discount of 26 per cent on the original price of Dh245.
10am to 11pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 1am, Thursday to Saturday, VR Park, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.vrparkdubai.com
Dubai Garden Glow Daily, ongoing
Leslie Pableo for The National Visit Dubai Garden Glow and enjoy a recreational park featuring creative light installations, live musical shows and performances and an educational zone for children. There is also a food pavilion offering delicacies from around the world. In addition to the colourful light exhibitions, visit the Dinosaur Park with animatronic elements and the Ice Park featuring icy sculptures.
4pm to 11pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4pm to midnight on Fridays, from Dh65, Gates 6 and 7, Zabeel Park, Dubai, www.dubaigardenglow.com
Air Maniax indoor adventure park Daily, ongoing
Courtesy Air Maniax Visit Air Maniax, a new indoor adventure park with activities for all ages, spread across five main zones: an inflatable arena, an interactive obstacle course, a gravity-based zip line, an arcade-style laser tag and dedicated toddler zones. There is a restaurant serving coffee, soft drinks and hot and cold food.
10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from Dh80, Air Maniax, 16 Street 1, opposite Dynatrade, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.airmaniax.com
Dubai Miracle Garden Daily, ongoing
Courtesy Dubai Miracle Garden Dubai Miracle Garden returns for a seventh season with new floral masterpieces including a reimagined Disney Avenue, floral castle, floating beds and more. There is an amphitheatre with live music, dance and Zumba sessions; an interactive kids’ play zone with a trampoline; two lakes in the form of a tree with seven-metre-high fountains; life-size elephant sculpture fountains; 12-metre 3D sculptures of animal characters and a flower display in 3D mapping.
9am to 9pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 9am to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays, from Dh50, Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand, Dubai, 04 422 8902, www.dubaimiraclegarden.com
3-D Blacklight Minigolf Daily, ongoing
Courtesy 3-D Blacklight Minigolf Visit the 3D Blacklight Minigolf, which features a brightly coloured glow-in-the-dark, 18-hole course. The venue is hand painted by top 3D artists, transporting players of all ages to different worlds. The indoor location is fun for families, sports fans and friends.
2pm to 11.30pm, from Dh90, all ages, 3-D Blacklight Minigolf, Plaza Level, Bahar 1, JBR, Dubai, 04 565 7621, glowingrooms.ae
Countdown Challenge Daily, ongoing
Courtesy Countdown Challenge Countdown Challenge is an escape room for puzzle lovers, where teams of two to 10 people have a time limit of one hour to escape. Each room presents its own intriguing storyline, challenging players’ wit, creativity and patience.
3pm to midnight, from Dh110, all ages, but children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult, Plaza Level, Bahar 1, JBR, Dubai, 04 427 4027, www.countdowndxb.com
Pizza-making workshop at 800 Degrees Pizzeria Daily, ongoing
Courtesy 800 Degrees Pizzeria 800 Degrees Pizzeria lets children become junior master chefs as they get creative, work in teams and learn the joy of cooking and baking. Kids will learn how to make Neapolitan pizzas from scratch including kneading the dough and topping the pies with fresh ingredients such as tomato sauce, mozzarella, chicken, mushrooms, green peppers and fresh basil leaves. They will get a chef cap and apron to wear and will receive a junior pizzaiolo certificate, their pizza and a scoop of gelato.
From Dh69, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, City Centre Me’asiem; Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 800 3347337, www.800degreesme.com
Dubai Parks and Resorts annual pass Daily, ongoing
Purchase an annual pass to Dubai Parks and Resorts and enjoy one year of unlimited access to all four parks, deals in retail stores, discounts at cafes and restaurants, plus free parking and discounts at Lapita Hotel. There is also 10 per cent off single-day tickets, a bonus for friends and family who visit. Experience more than 100 rides and attractions at Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park Dubai.
From Dh345 for one park; from Dh475 for two parks; from Dh595 for all four parks, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai, www.dubaiparksandresorts.com
Dig It Daily, ongoing
Courtesy Dig It Children ages 3 to 10 can enjoy an educational and interactive experience at Dig It, a play environment based on a working building site where they work together to dig, move, build and create. Kids can climb aboard a digger, operate remote-controlled cars, take driving lessons and enjoy workshops and sand play.
10am to 10pm, from Dh100 for the Drop & Play ticket, which includes two hours of play with trained staff, The Springs Souk, Dubai, digitdubai.com
TEPfactor adventure experience Daily, ongoing
Courtesy TEPfactor Visit JBR to experience the new TEPfactor, an adventure experience that takes place in a cave, where teams of two to six people take on 21 challenges that put their physical, mental, teamwork and co-operation skills to the test. Racing against the clock, the groups take part in puzzles, balancing acts, tests of patience, heroic feats and team challenges to progress to the next task. Up to 15 teams can participate at a time, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, activewear and trainers. There are also group sessions available for corporate organisations.
10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays, from Dh80 per hour; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh100 per hour, ages 8+, TEPfactor, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 04 398 8438, www.tepfactor.ae
Dubai Bowling Center Daily, ongoing
Courtesy Dubai Bowling Center Dubai Bowling Center offers a fun atmosphere with 16 professional-series lanes, black-and-white movies on projectors above the lanes, an arcade with classic old-school games, and The Zone area with e-gaming options. There is also trampoline playground, a private party hall and toddler play area. The in-house restaurant Yamu offers quirky burgers and freak shakes inspired by gaming culture.
10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, Dubai Bowling Center, Al Quoz, 28th Street and Al Meydan Road, Dubai, 04 339 1010, bowlingdubai.com
La Perle Tuesdays to Saturdays, ongoing
Courtesy La Perle by Dragone Get tickets to see La Perle , a live theatrical performance influenced by Dubai’s rich culture and history and produced by renowned creative director Franco Dragone. The permanent resident show is a fusion of artistic performances, imagery and technology featuring aquatic and aerial feats as well as special effects.
Tuesdays to Saturdays, shows at 7pm and 9.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays; 4pm and 7pm on Saturdays, from Dh252 for the summer offer, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, 800 517373, www.laperle.com
Wild Wadi Waterpark Residents Offer Offer valid throughout the winter
Wild Wadi Wild Wadi Waterpark is offering UAE residents a special discount on tickets this winter. Enjoy all the excitement of a wide selection from more than 30 rides and attractions, including 13 that are interconnected for a seamless experience. Highlights include the lazy river, wave pool; an aquatic roller-coaster ride, and the famous Jumeirah Sceirah slide.
Open 10am to 6pm, from Dh149 for general admission for 1.1 metres and taller; from Dh69 for below 1.1m, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com
KidZania annual pass Daily, ongoing
KidZania has launched an annual pass, giving unlimited access to the mini-city, where children can explore and role-play various professions in a fun learning environment. Plus, the passes come with a KidZania “Pazzport”, fast-track tickets, invitations to special events, discounts on skating sessions at Dubai Ice Rink and more including the chance to try the new virtual reality fire-awareness activity.
Valid for 12 months from purchase date, from Dh550 for a silver pass; from Dh950 for a gold pass, KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, www.kidzania.ae
Ripe Market Saturdays, ongoing
Visit a Ripe Market to stock up on produce, shop for gifts and enjoy the community spirit at any of its several venues. Find seasonal organic produce grown locally, as well as a variety of superfoods, juices, honey, eggs and essential pantry items. There are vendors selling gift items such as jewellery and clothing, live music and entertainment, fitness classes, yoga, children’s activities, workshops and more.
9am to 5pm, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.ripeme.com
SHARJAH Rain Room Daily, ongoing
Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation Visit the Rain Room at Sharjah Art Foundation, an immersive installation by Random International that lets you walk through a downpour of rain without getting wet. Combining art, technology and nature, the exhibition is 2,500 litres of self-cleaning, recycled water, which is controlled through a system of cameras and sensors that signal nozzles on the ceiling to stop within a two-metre radius, when it senses someone walking.
9am to 9pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4pm to 11pm on Fridays, from Dh25, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, 06 561 0095, firstname.lastname@example.org
ART EXHIBITIONS Fabric(ated) Fractures Until Saturday, March 23
Haven Is Elsewhere by Kamruzzaman Shadhin. Courtesy Concrete Fabric(ated) Fractures is an exhibition of works by artists from Bangladesh and South and Southeast Asia, and explores sensitive spaces: those that challenge ideas of nation, state and territory. The community-based artworks break down national and regional narratives and reformulate them from a more local and human perspective through drawings, photographs, mixed-media with textiles and more. Pictured: Haven Is Elsewhere by Kamruzzaman Shadhin
10am to 7pm, Concrete, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.alserkalavenue.ae
An exhibition of works by Bernardo Rosendo Ponce Until Monday, March 25
Boxes made with heart of Linaloe wood by Bernardo Rosendo Ponce. Courtesy Mexican Embassy See an exhibition of works by Mexican artist Bernardo Rosendo Ponce, whose craftsmanship of decorative gourds and wooden objects promotes the traditional art of Olinala, in southwestern Mexico. The Mexican embassy is highlighting the artist’s efforts in restoring the heritage crafts of his region.
8am to 8pm daily, Atrium 6, Building 6, Dubai Design District, Dubai, www.dubaidesigndistrict.com
Korean Art – A Contemporary Take on Texture Until Thursday, March 28
An Aggregation by Bahk Seonghi. Courtesy Opera Gallery See a curated exhibition of works in Korean Art – A Contemporary Take on Texture at Opera Gallery, in which 19 Korean artists present works that highlight texture and each artist’s relationship with their medium. The exhibition covers trends from traditional Korean art, the Dansaekhwa Movement of the 1970s and the Minjung Misol from the 1980s. Materials used include oil paint, ink, Hanji paper from the Korean mulberry tree and industrial items such as cycle chains, steel nails and copper piping. Pictured: An Aggregation by Bahk Seonghi
From 8pm on March 13, then 10am to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 2pm to 9pm (Fridays); 11am to 9pm (Saturdays) at Opera Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0909, www.operagallery.com
International Women Photographers Association exhibition Until Saturday, March 30
An image by Liliana Velazquez as part of the IWPA 2019. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai See photographs by the 11 finalists of the 2019 International Women Photographers Association competition, including the laureate Wan Chee Chan of Hong Kong and finalists from Iran, France, UK, Ukraine, Mexico, Spain and Romania. The images were selected under the theme of fraternity as well as a free category. More than 600 amateur and professional female photographers from 82 countries submitted images for the award, which aims to redress gender imbalance in photography and promote women’s voices in the industry. The inaugural exhibition will be held in Dubai and will then travel to cities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Opens 7.30pm on March 6, then runs until March 30, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm, Thursdays and Saturdays (closed on Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Play Until Wednesday, April 24
The Game Must Go On by Sonu Sultania. Courtesy Tashkeel See the exhibition Play at Tashkeel. More than 30 artists from the UAE explore various facets of play – impulsiveness, irrationality, joy and nostalgia – through a variety of media including painting, textiles, installations, video and photography. Pictured: The Game Must Go On by Sonu Sultania
10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org
Between Macro and Micro Wednesday, April 3 to Wednesday, April 24
A detail of Globule V by Benedicte Gimonnet. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai See the exhibition Between Macro and Micro by French artist Benedicte Gimonnet, whose abstract paintings of organic shapes and geometric forms explore the power and fragility of light. Through her works, she aims to understand what shapes the matrix of the universe and to imagine the structure of creative energy. Pictured: A detail of Globule V
9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm, Thursdays and Saturdays (closed on Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Strange Fruit Until Wednesday, May 1
A detail of an image from The Tree Within series by Tagreed Darghouth as part of Strange Fruit. Courtesy Tabari Artspace Strange Fruit is an exhibition by Lebanese artist Tagreed Darghouth, who is concerned with socio-political issues prevalent in Lebanon and beyond, such as cosmetic surgery, domestic workers, death, war, identity and displacement. She produces paintings that are uncomfortable, confronting and challenging, but also technically brilliant.
10am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), Tabari Artspace, The Gate Village Building 3, Level 2, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0820, www.tabariartspace.com
Wings of Mexico Until Wednesday, May 8
Wings of Mexico by Jorge Marin. Courtesy Mexican Embassy The outdoor sculpture Wings of Mexico, created by Mexican artist Jorge Marin, arrives in Dubai after travelling to Kuwait, Egypt, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Abu Dhabi. Created in 2010, the artwork has become a symbol of the hopes and dreams of Mexico’s citizens, and also promotes the country’s creative spirit.
Open all day, Emaar Sales Centre, Downtown Dubai, www.jorgemarin.com.mx
Visual Dialogues: The Book of Kings Until Thursday, May 30
The Book of Kings is the latest exhibition in the Total Arts series Visual Dialogues, which features juxtaposed works by contemporary artists Shirin Neshat and Fereydoun Ave that focus on the Book of Kings, the epic poems of the 10th century. See images in a variety of genres, including mixed media, sketches and collage.
10am to 6pm Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Total Arts, The Courtyard, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, 04 347 5050, www.facebook.com/totalartsuae
SHARJAH The Inner Landscape Until Thursday, March 28
Lyrical Soul Ballerina. Courtesy Ria Sharma The Inner Landscape is an exhibition of works by Ria Sharma whose monochromatic Cubist images feature vibrantly coloured subjects performing dance, music and meditation. Sharma has an engineering background and her art expresses the analysis, break-down and reassembly of objects in an abstracted form. Pictured: Lyrical Soul Ballerina
7pm to 9pm on March 15; then 9am to 10pm daily, International Radiology Centre Gallery, Egyptian Trade Centre, Sharjah, 600 588887, www.irc.ae
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What’s behind Door No. 7? You can now find out
Pinterest By Kara Baskin Globe correspondent March 21, 2019
Openings: If you’re a fan of the Cottage in Wellesley, good news: sister restaurant Door No. 7 has opened across the street (165 Linden St. at Everett Street), and starts serving brunch this weekend. Door No. 7 has small plates (duck confit nachos, chickpea pancakes) and larger dishes such as roast chicken and butternut squash ravioli. Stop in for brunch beginning March 24, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. In April, it will add live jazz to the mix.
Vaanga replaces Curry House downtown (102 Water St. at Hawes Street). “Let’s taste the craziness of Indian food!” it declares on Facebook. What that means for you: a “Popeye’s” spinach paneer bowl topped with masala fries, samosa burgers, and tacos with Indian fillings.
Frittatas and empanadas come to Cambridge: Waltham favorite Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Café has opened a location in Porter Square (2067 Massachusetts Ave. at Hadley Street), replacing the Elephant Walk. It will serve dinner for now but will soon expand to lunch and brunch.
Advertisement Popover King (74 Canal St. at Valenti Way) has also softly opened in the West End (it will officially open next month), serving sweet and savory popovers as well as rum tum ditty — a cheesy skillet concoction topped with everything from poached eggs to lobster.
Get The Weekender in your inbox: The Globe’s top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond. Sign Up Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Coming Soon: Six String Grill and Stage replaces Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill at Patriot Place in Foxborough (275 Patriot Place). It’s the latest from the Briar Group, which also runs Boston-area nightspots such as the Harp, Green Briar, and MJ O’Connor’s. Six String will be a full-service restaurant and music venue, with a spotlight on Southern food and country music.
A restaurant is coming, a restaurant is coming: The team behind Cambridge’s Loyal Nine will open Northern Spy , inside the copper rolling mill at the Paul Revere Heritage Site in Canton along the Neponset River (96 Revere St. at Washington Street). Owner Daniel Myers promises “the soul of New England comfort food” — clam dip, crab on Parker House rolls, chowder, and burgers grilled on a wood-fired hearth. He and chef Marc Sheehan also plan to take French fries “very seriously,” according to an e-mail from Myers. It will serve brunch, lunch, and dinner, hopefully by September.
The mill’s second floor will be used for private events and an exhibit space. Loyal Nine also specializes in classic New England dishes and East Coast revival cuisine.
Additions: Downtown Crossing’s Yvonne’s — once the iconic Locke-Ober — adds the Gallery at Yvonne’s (2 Winter Place at Winter Street), a rotating art gallery accessed through a subtle door disguised as a bookshelf. The space has seven tables; order from Yvonne’s food and drink menu while gazing at pieces from tattoo artist and sculptor Charles Soto and animator David Krakov.
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An American Burnout in Europe: Fear & Loafing on Dead Meadow’s 20th Anniversary Tour.
An American Burnout in Europe: Fear & Loafing on Dead Meadow’s 20th Anniversary Tour. Based on a True Story.
By: Mark Matos
The Lisbon Airport is a shit show and Sonny was running on no sleep. Day two of benzo withdrawals. Sonny can’t see straight and what he can make out only adds to his confusion. The airport gives a first impression of Third World. Designed with minimum functionality in a maze like fashion that brings to mind IKEA and Minority Report simultaneously. A harrowing hybrid of socialism and corporate capitalism in the crumbling infrastructure of a post-apocalyptic future. Almost high art by accident. An installation piece conjured by the ghost of Philip K. Dick.
Last night in Lisbon Sonny played the role of middle aged American Burnout to a mixed bag audience of curious onlookers, a few diehard fans, the chronically disinterested and recent acolytes. He forgot lyrics, he sparred with audience members showing each other youtube videos on their cellphones, he cut off songs to launch into half legible rants on the perils of social media, corporate capitalism, young professionals and our technocratic overlords. He got some laughs and battled a cell phone strapped heckler. He signed some records and converted a few of the curious. The chronically disinterested remained so. The sound was awful.
Now he was at the gate and boarding priority. His vision was badly impaired after almost forty sleepless hours, the floaters he had been seeing for weeks, the benzo withdrawals and the after effects of a long and chemical filled night in Aveiro two nights prior. A night where Sonny had already indulged in a small amount of ecstasy before being introduced to “Calvin Klein”: a cocktail of (bad) cocaine and (questionable) ketamine that served as prologue to the worst hangover he could remember. Death lurked around every corner. His vision was so impaired that as he approached the gate he put on his sunglasses, moved gingerly toward the flight attendants and informed them that his vision was impaired, that he could see very little and that he would need assistance. They promptly moved him from group D into priority boarding.
As it turned out, priority boarding on the low cost Veuling Airlines consisted of being the first to board a bus that would eventually taxi it’s cargo of passengers and luggage onto the tarmac where a rickety looking plane awaited Blind Sonny Santos and the aforementioned, increasingly restless, passengers, forced now to wait on the bus while medical personnel removed a man on a stretcher from the plane, presumably a passenger on the plane’s previous flight, after which the boarding would commence, up those runway stairs and into the belly of the aircraft. Sonny eyed the stretcher dreamily and tried again to let go, to accept death with something approaching grace or wisdom or, even better, humor. Next stop Amsterdam and another airport. His fifth airport in the last eight days. He knew it couldn’t be worse than Lisbon.
The Amsterdam airport is a model of First World precision. Easy navigation and helpful hands abound. Sonny breezes through customs and finds the airport bar. He checks his email for instructions. After a week of solo concerts in Portugal he is scheduled to join American stoner rock giants Dead Meadow in Amsterdam as the support act for their 20th anniversary tour through Europe. The first European tour for a middle aged American folk singer at the End of the World. He doubted his body would carry him through to the final week in Italy. The latest email communication informs him that he is to meet CP at the international gate within the hour. He has arrived first in Amsterdam, CP would arrive shortly. Dead Meadow would arrive two hours later. CP is Dead Meadow’s sound man and road manager and a veteran of the California psychedelic rock scene. He lives in Santa Cruz, California when he isn’t traversing the globe in search of good sound and good weed with Dead Meadow, Black Mountain or Mazzy Star. He arrives loaded down with a cache of mics, delay units, cables and preamps. He joins Sonny at the bar and orders a beer.
CP runs down the plan to Sonny. They were to be picked up shortly by a runner from Smoove, Dead Meadow’s backline rental company of choice, who would taxi CP and Sonny to Smoove headquarters where they would load the equipment into a rented Mercedes Sprinter and then return to the airport where Dead Meadow would be awaiting them. They would then move south to Utrecht where they were to be housed for the night and where five grams of cannabis had been delivered earlier that day, courtesy of the Dutch promoter, at CP’s urging. They finish the beers and make their way outside. The cars and vans weave in and out of lanes, slowing and accelerating, looking for their respective passengers. CP spots the runner from Smoove and flags him. “Welcome back, CP…” They head south.
After loading the equipment and signing the paperwork, CP and Sonny head back to the airport with the rental van’s GPS as guide. CP misses a turn. The GPS isn’t working right, he ventures. He reroutes, misses an exit, curses the GPS and re-reroutes. When they finally find their way back into the inner workings of the Amsterdam airport, the men of Dead Meadow are waiting with guitars and pedal boards and suitcases. They look flight worn but relieved to be out of Los Angeles. CP and Sonny help them load their gear into the van. Greetings and salutations all around. Everyone seems happy to see each other and to be leaving the recent past behind them. They head to Utrecht for a night of sleep and stoned conversations before the following evenings tour kick off at DB’s just up the road.
DB’s is a huge compound that houses rehearsal spaces for bands, a kitchen and beer hall, an enormous wrap around bar, and a sizable rock & roll club. Dead Meadow has played DB’s many times over the years and the promoter and bartenders are happy to see them. As European countries go, Holland has always been a little rough for Dead Meadow, especially when compared to its neighbors. The pre-sales for the show suggest they were correct to do just one night in Holland and to skip the madness of Amsterdam’s inner circles for the cozier environs of Utrecht. By the time Sonny hits the stage, though, the room is at capacity and any concerns over pre-sales are lost in the crowd. Sonny feels fragile in death’s shadow, thanking the crowd for their open hearts and ears, and waxing poetic on mortality between fingerpicked ballads and neon ragas. He closes the set with “Only Dying” for the first and last time on the tour. The audience is polite and the applause come easy. After the set, at the merch table, a longtime fan laments that a vinyl copy of Moon Mirage is nowhere to be had. Sonny explains that the label who had released the album stopped returning his calls over a year ago. So it goes.
Dead Meadow take the stage. The audience cheers. This is what they are here for. From the opening line (“Open the door…”) to the crowd pleasing closer “Sleepy Silver Door” and onto the three song encore, the band has the audience hooked. The new projections look great and the narrative arc of the show hits all the right notes. The band itself is less well oiled and more warming up for things to come. It’s night one of a 6 week tour, after all, and Mark Laughlin, their original drummer, has only just rejoined the band some weeks prior. This is his first live show with Dead Meadow in a couple of years and the rust still needs to be shaken free. Steve Kille, the bands rock solid bassist, seems to be working out some kinks himself and the rhythm section plays like two old lovers getting back in the sack after a long spell apart and other lovers in between. Within a week they will be firing on all cylinders. In Utrecht they were good but by Paris they would be living up to their lofty status as stoner rock gods.
Germany to Desert Fest?…
Germany has more rural country than Sonny would have imagined. From his view in the van’s back seat he thought it looked like North Carolina but less mountainous. He could see why they loved cowboy movies and Townes Van Zandt songs. The rest stops and roadside gas stations are much cleaner and well stocked than in the U.S. but they charged you money to use the restroom, which irked Sonny. All three nights in the land of Can were sold out and the smokey haze of Moroccan hashish purchased in the coffee shops of Utrecht filled the van’s roomy interior. In Berlin the Dead Meadow crew went off in search of pho while Sonny stayed back at the club and went over his set, taking advantage of the well stocked dressing room for sustenance, courtesy of the bands hospitality rider, which included an assortment of meats and cheeses, fruits, hummus, dark chocolate, whiskey, tequila, wine, three cases of beer, cilantro, potato chips and baby wipes. Sonny’s biggest fan, a towering and jovial German named Thor, would be coming to the show with his new girlfriend and Sonny felt a responsibility to shake off the fear and give it hell on stage.
Thor had lost his mother and his newborn child in recent months and had written emails to Sonny explaining that Sonny’s music had helped him deal with the loss and mental anguish of watching his loved ones die, the pain of the left behind. He had written Sonny to tell him that his mother had been listening to Sonny’s albums from her hospital bed and a few weeks later had written to say that she had passed away and that Sonny’s album, California , had scored her final moments, had been the soundtrack to her transition into the Mystery. Thor had heard rumors of Sonny’s deteriorating health and had arrived at the show prepared for the worst. He was pleased when Sonny took the stage without the assistance of a cane, with fingers nimble as ever and with a mouthful of bad jokes. After the show he presented Sonny to his new girlfriend, telling her, “I told you, he sings like Leonard Cohen and plays like Nick Drake…” then, turning to Sonny, added, “You are a much better guitar player than Nick Drake though…” When he asked Sonny about his health, commenting that he looked healthy, Sonny mumbled something that vaguely resembled a couplet from the Tao Te Ching . He didn’t have the heart to tell him that these things come in threes.
“Desert Fest… in Belgium?” The van was headed toward Antwerp and everyone was cracking jokes, having a good time, with the idea of a desert in Belgium. As it turned out, Desert Fest was a popular European Stoner Rock and Heavy Metal festival, taking its name and inspiration from the, so called, “Desert Sound” that came out of the Rancho De La Luna studio in Palm Desert, California. The home of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, and Fatso Jetsum, among other mediocrities. Sonny was amazed that this music had any legs at all. The fact that the brand had given rise to a European festival, that the festival sold out year after year, that Brant Bjork not only had a career but was a legit headliner in these parts, that the name Orange Goblin still sold tickets… all this served to remind Sonny that he knew nothing about the music business and that there was no accounting for other people’s tastes. It seemed like a cosmic joke. Orange Goblin?
What made things even funnier was that Desert Fest was taking place on the same weekend as Desert Daze, the Joshua Tree music festival where many of his and Dead Meadow’s friends and musical cohorts would be performing, in an actual desert no less. When Sonny thought of Desert Rock, a label that he had been saddled with on more than one occasion over the years, he thought of Giant Sand and Calexico, he thought of the Golden Boots and Pork Torta, of Naim Amor and the Meat Puppets and Sir Richard Bishop and Sun City Girls. He didn’t think of Queens of the Stone Age and Rancho De La Luna. He thought of Wavelab and the Friends of Dean Martinez. He imagined the Lady Sarah, a clown he had once loved, spinning and smiling under the Joshua Tree stars to the sounds of Spiritualized while he tuned up backstage in Antwerp, Belgium to the sounds of Orange Goblin. Life was still running on weird and for that he was grateful. Death be damned, he was making a “guest appearance” at Desert Fest tonight.
Looking back, the performance at Desert Fest was the pivot point for the band, where the rhythm section locked into the hypnotic and familiar Dead Meadow groove, laying the foundation from which Jason Simon, the band’s singer and guitarist, would launch his slow moving, emotional guitar solos. When Mark Laughlin and Steve Kille are in sync there are few rhythm sections in rock & roll that compare. Mark is a methodical and hard hitting drummer who plays in Mitch Mitchell time. Every hit, every note, is handled with import and gravity. He drags behind the beat at just the right moment, perfectly aligned with bassist Steve Kille, and pushes forward into Jason’s soaring exclamation points, the three moving in a kind of watery synchronization, a sonic conversation between three master cosmonauts. The sold out crowd at Desert Fest were treated to Dead Meadow at their sludgy best and reacted accordingly, cheering wildly as the band peaked and crescendoed, catching their breath in the valleys, and pounding at the stage at sets end for the encore. Desert or no, this was good stuff, and everyone, from Sonny to CP to the guys in the band to the stunned audience, knew that they had been part of something special in Antwerp.
Nantes, France. Pronounced as if the last two letters weren’t there. Like, “Nahnt.” Lille too, say “lil”, like, “lil Rabbit!” Sonny was working on his French as the van pulled into a parking spot right in front of the venue in Nantes, a vibey, two level club with a bar and big outdoor patio on the first floor, with requisite picnic tables ala any number of Brooklyn or Mission District hip spots, while the second floor housed the rock & roll club; a black box with a low stage and a familiar DIY aesthetic. As the band filed out of the van and onto the sidewalk, Jason passed a perfectly blended hash spliff to Sonny, who inhaled deeply and, while exhaling, tried it again: “Nahnt.”
After soundcheck, Sonny made his way to a picnic table on the outdoor patio where he could roll a cigarette and write out his setlist for the evening. He surveyed the patio, now brimming with French hipsters, stoner rock aficionados, would be groupies, photographers, curious teenagers, aging scenesters, and out of work drummers. He took another sip from a glass of wine he had poured himself in the makeshift dressing room and re-surveyed the room: was that the Golden Boots’ touring drummer, circa 2009, sitting at the table next to him?
The band’s drummer on that final West Coast tour had been a Frenchman if Sonny remembered correctly. The Boots had often crashed at Sonny’s pad on their San Francisco tour stops in those heady days before their diminutive frontman, Dimitri Manos, had joined Dr. Dog, effectively relegating the Golden Boots to side project status. It was a damn shame, too, as Sonny saw it. The Golden Boots were one of his favorite all-time American Rock & Roll outfits and he ranked them higher than the similarly inclined, though much more pop-polished, Dr. Dog. It reminded him of the way big market sports teams cherry picked the talent from small market teams, a move that not only served to improve the big market team but also to do away with any future competition from the upstart in the small market. Rock & Roll had been perverted by America, turned into an Industry like any other, held captive to capitalist concerns and running on the foul fumes of it’s sky high IPO some sixty plus years prior (Rock & Roll’s initial value having been built on the backs and cemented by the sweat of urban Blacks and poor White teenagers in the post war Blues of the newly minted American Empire.)
Sonny lamented the loss of innocence, purity and poetry that Rock & Roll had endured in it’s sixty plus years trip through the dark cosmos of the, so-called, Open Market. Glancing again at the table next to him (he was sure of it now) the man in the thick rimmed glasses and “Tucson” trucker hat was most certainly Eric; the Golden Boots’ French stickman. Sonny called out to the neighboring table, “Golden Boots?” Eric the French Stickman looked up and, smiling wide with recognition, rose from the table and pulled up a chair next to Sonny, “Wow, it’s been a long time, what are you doing in Nantes?” Sonny informed him that he was on tour with Dead Meadow and that he would be performing a solo set later in the evening. Sonny was touring and performing under one of his numerous heteronyms, or alter-egos, and although Eric the French Stickman had been anticipating the Dead Meadow show for weeks, he had not put it together that Dead Meadow’s tour support, Trans Van Santos, was in fact Sonny Santos; the imagination behind Tucson, Arizona’s on-again, off-again, annoyingly plodding, “slow-core” revisionists: Campo Bravo.
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The show in Nantes had sold out weeks in advance and Sonny had the undivided attention of a full house when he took to the cramped stage for what would be one of his more memorable sets of the tour. He had the audience of two hundred or more firmly in his corner by the time he launched into a verbal sparring match with a disrespectful French teenager who had decided to stand front and center and criticize the American folk singer for his lack of French language credentials; for speaking in english to the French audience. Sonny did not speak French but he was aware enough to make out that the young hipster was drunkenly deriding him for not speaking in French. Sonny took up the challenge, using the microphone to his advantage, and reminded the youthful Frenchman that he had voluntarily attended the concert of a visiting American Rock & Roll band. Furthermore, the band was on a tour of no less than eight countries, where no less than six languages were spoken, that the American Rock & Roll band in question, Dead Meadow, had hand picked the aging Sonny Santos as support act, so some respect was in order, and anyway, Sonny chimed in, he at least spoke three languages with relative fluidity, which he was sure trumped the linguistic capabilities of this French malcontent. The audience applauded Sonny and scolded the chastised teen. Sonny winked at the kid, whose confidence had waned and transformed into a sheepish grin, telling the teen that he could have a complimentary copy of the new album, TVS2 , for being such an integral part of the show.
The Dead Meadow set had been just as memorable, if less combative. The band had found it’s legs in Antwerp and were now riding waves of technicolor, dealing nothing but aces and taking the songs into adventurous sonic landscapes. After the show Sonny and the band had taken advantage of the good spirits to milk the bar for an additional allotment of complimentary alcohol, which was effecting CP’s ability to coerce the band members into loading their gear off the stage and into the van, thereby putting them one step closer to getting out of the club and on the road to the evening’s accommodations, which the promoters had informed CP was twenty minutes out of town but, anyway, would be worth the drive as they would be staying in a five hundred year old home in the French countryside. The home in question was being loaned out to the band, by way of the local promoters, by the home’s middle aged matron, who would be awake and awaiting the band to show them to their sleeping quarters. CP would have preferred the ease of a nearby hotel.
The key to a Dead Meadow load out is bassist Steve Kille, whose Orange full stack accounts for the band’s most physically burdensome equipment, and whose onstage intake of Irish whiskey is only upstaged by his post set liquid indulgence. Once the show ends, if the load out is to take place within two hours time, it is important to immediately convince Steve to tackle the Orange stack, before refilling his whiskey, and to prioritize the loading of equipment. This rarely happens as Steve Kille is the band’s primary ambassador to the Dead Meadow enthusiasts circling the merch table like stoned cult members in the show’s post ceremony glow. Steve always has time for the fans and another bottle of whiskey. He never passes out at a show and never stays awake in the van. He wears the same pair of red corduroys, seemingly, for the entire tour.
On first appearance one would be forgiven for assuming the only responsibility he is capable of handling is playing bass and socializing, but Steve Kille is a walking contradiction. He is the technician and studio mastermind behind the band’s recordings as well as handling the money and the brunt of the management duties. He runs a record label, owns his own recording studio and recently purchased a home in the uber expensive Los Angeles area. He is hired, at handsome rates, by Disney and other Hollywood mega studios and production companies. He has his shit together when it matters, as long as what matters to you isn’t getting out of a Rock & Roll club and into bed before 4am.
As Sonny assists CP in loading the bands gear into the van amidst the last of the show stragglers milling about on the early morning sidewalk outside the club, he notices a young and enthusiastic French woman in leopard skin tights talking up the band near the van’s sliding door. She surveys the van’s interior in that familiar way of the Rock & Roll groupie: is there room? Should I get into this van? The last of the equipment locks into place and CP shutters and secures the van’s back door. CP makes his way into the driver seat and Sonny takes shotgun, “Let’s get this train on the road guys, the house is a little bit out of town and, hopefully, we can get in because we don’t have keys. The owner is supposed to be waiting for us…” The last of the fans and promoters say their thank you’s to the band, who are taking up their seats and cracking open road beers. The leopard skinned beauty is still outside the van’s doors and announces, “I am coming with you, my name is Simone, I am not a groupie.”
It’s nearing 3:30am by the time the band arrives at their countryside accommodations with the leopard skin clad Simone in tow. Sonny and CP meet the matron of the manor at the door. She is a small woman in her mid-fifties wearing loose fitting pajamas and an oversized sweatshirt. Her hair is lesbian short and frames a round face accented by the most basic of wire rimmed glasses, themselves framing a set of tired and suspicious eyes. The Dead Meadow trio are at the van fishing toiletries out of their suitcases and Simone is utilizing her long, leopard skin legs to stride around the front of the property, taking in the lay of the land. The matron gives CP and Sonny the basic situational layout: sleeping quarters are upstairs, the kitchen and bathroom are located here on the first floor, just inside the door where they now stood. They were to be quiet, especially on the first floor, where her son’s room was located next to the bathroom, and where he was presently sound asleep and, anyway, it was awfully late already. Her eyes darted across the yard and fixed lady leopard skin with a steely stare, a raised eyebrow arched above the wire rimmed frames of her forgettable eye glasses.
After reiterating the necessity for quiet, on account of her sleeping child, to the group as a whole, and turning to the leopard skinned Simone to re-reiterate in their native French, the sleepy eyed matron led the contingent upstairs to the band’s sleeping quarters and then retired to her bedroom. The sleeping quarters was more a sleeping quarter; an open attic room that resembled most the loft space of an aging Lake Tahoe vacation cabin. There was an uninviting couch and four small mattresses spread out on the floor, each nearly touching the other in proximity. Jason bolted for the mattress tucked into the far corner of the small room and set down his backpack. Sonny and CP, both ready to sleep and too tired to lodge any complaints about the accommodations, took up real estate on the two mattresses closest to where they were standing and promptly passed out. Mark gave an exasperated sigh and threw his backpack and toiletries down on the mattress next to Sonny. Steve took the uninviting couch. The leopard skinned Simone went downstairs to look for a drink.
The last thought Sonny remembered having before falling fast asleep was, “little miss leopard skin sure picked the wrong van and wrong band if she was looking to have fun tonight…” Five exhausted men in their forties, most of whom had long ago abandoned chasing women for the consistent comforts of a woman who accepted their considerable faults or, like Sonny, had given up on women all together, having come to the conclusion that modernity had perverted the feminine spirit to the point where they were no longer any better than their male counterparts and, in many cases, far worse. Sonny knew this was a gross exaggeration and an unhealthy generalization, but he was not taking any chances. He had been let down by modernity on so many fronts; art, culture, community, music, city planning, family, public radio, politics… but none more so than by the modern male/female relationship. It had been distorted, possibly beyond repair, made ugly by modernity’s professional lies.
Mark Laughlin, the band’s anxious and combustible drummer, was the exception; he was single, available and willing. This was the longest of long shots, though. Mark was a charming guy when the mood struck him, but the idea of his closing in on the leopard skinned Simone at nearly 4am seemed highly unlikely. All this played in the background as Sonny awoke from dreamland, with a full bladder, at just past 5am. He made his way in the half dark down the stairs and onto the first floor where the kitchen and bathroom were located, along with the bedroom of the matron’s sleeping son. Sonny bumped his way through the kitchen and toward the bathroom, his hand outstretched in search of a door handle or light switch. As he reached the bathroom he could hear the familiar noises of coitus coming from the other side of the bathroom door. “Ahhh, oui, oui, oooo ….” Sonny decided against the bathroom and pissed outside in the fire pit, thinking to himself, “did CP get a second wind?”
When Sonny returned to the attic and his self-assigned mattress, he surveyed the room and saw that CP was fast asleep, that Jason was tucked away in the corner, and that Steve was curled into the fetal position on the couch. Glancing over at the empty mattress next to his, he nearly laughed himself back to sleep. Mark Laughlin and the leopard skinned Simone against all odds. Later in the day, when the band woke and made their way into the kitchen in search of coffee and something to eat before making their way toward Paris, the matron would appear and launch into a heated conversation (in French) with the leopard skinned Simone. As the hungover and motley crew loaded into the van, Mark asked Simone what the woman had been saying to her in such hot tones. Simone responded that she had been scolding her for being irresponsible, noisy, promiscuous, a hussy, and, especially, for waking up her son. Steve remarked that he had woken at 7am and encountered the visibly upset son in the kitchen, “the way she talked about him, I thought he was a child, but the dude was a six foot tall, 35 year old man!” Everyone had a good laugh with that as they taxied Simone to the nearest train station. As they dropped Simone at the station, Mark half-heartedly asked if they should exchange phone numbers or contact information. Simone, grabbing her things and straightening her leopard skin tights, nonchalantly replied, “Nah…”
When Sonny had asked Jason what the venue in Paris was like, Jason had replied that the venue was located in the hull of a boat on the river Seine. Sonny had never played a boat, not exactly anyway. Some years back, with his noise-folk outfit Os Beaches, he had performed on what was once a boat but had been converted for the Burning Man festival into a “Spaceship”, riding atop the chassis of a Ford F350 and decorated with faux-jet engines. The “Spaceship” in question had been the designated DMT smoking area at a Burning Man fundraiser party in West Oakland’s “Lower Bottoms” neighborhood and Os Beaches had been assigned the task of providing the sound design for the beanbag riding cosmonauts on board the street legal sailboat. Sonny had fond memories of the pre-professional San Francisco Bay Area. He had little idea at the time that he was living in the closing scenes of the Old Bay, that The City of Beats and the Grateful Dead and the Scam Punks was on life support, that the cultural situation was in such grave condition. Maybe Sonny and his “modern day Merry Pranksters”, as the SF Weekly had coined Santos and his Mission District entourage, had been too stoned to notice, to stoked on the high quality LSD to accurately diagnose The City’s illness.
Now he was here, in Paris, another city with a rich Bohemian history and the setting of tonight’s concert. The boat was bigger than Sonny had been imagining. They loaded the gear into the ship’s inner workings and when Sonny rounded the corner into the concert hall in the hull, rolling Jason’s rented Twin Reverb, he was blown away by what was, essentially, a 400 person capacity professional Rock & Roll club inside of a permanently anchored ship. Sonny had imagined a small yacht with a makeshift P.A. tucked into the corner, not CBGB’s on the sea. The dressing room was stocked with the now familiar bounty of Dead Meadow’s hospitality rider and, next to the dressing room, a shower facility was available for the hard traveling musicians. Sonny was impressed and, as an afterthought, out of tobacco.
While CP was setting up his sound station and re-routing the board, Sonny decided to take the free time to exit the boat and head out into the Paris early evening in search of tobacco. As he hit the street in front of Petit Bain he heard the rough howl of a familiar voice, “Yo, Sonny!” Looking across the street to where the sound seemed to be coming from, Sonny saw what first appeared to be a homeless man playing a beat up guitar. He took a second look at the laughing tramp picking on the park bench, a classic double take like the ones you see in the old Hollywood films, and realized that the homeless man was not a homeless man at all but, in fact, the boisterous and polarizing Maximum Johnson: former driver and head roadie for the now defunct Os Beaches. The Neil Cassidy to Sonny’s Ken Kesey.
Max looked rough but that was par for the course for the hard living San Francisco mainstay. He had lived in the same rent controlled Mission District flat for more than thirteen years now but had the look of someone who spent most of his time on the streets and amongst the lower rungs of San Francisco’s drug fueled underbelly, which is exactly where the once well-heeled Maximum Johnson spent the vast majority of his time. He had a strong dislike for his flatmate and nosy landlord and had developed a dangerous taste for the hard drugs easily available on the streets of San Francisco. Six months prior Sonny had received word that Max had suffered a stroke and that the doctor had strongly recommended that he abstain from powder cocaine, heroine, crack, alcohol, and cigarettes. Max was realistic and was working on three out of five. Sonny had called Max a month before boarding a plane to Portugal and suggested Max take some time away from The City and meet up with the Dead Meadow tour in Paris, where Max had lived for a few years in the 1990’s, and join the band for a week of relative rest and relaxation. Sonny had all but forgotten his friendly gesture when Max appeared, visibly high, on the streets of Paris.
CP and the Dead Meadow guys were happy to see Max, who had become a regular at Dead Meadow’s San Francisco concerts in the preceding three years, and who had consistently supplied the band with high quality LSD in the dressing rooms of the sold out San Francisco venues where the band held court. The show at Petit Bain in Paris was a sweat filled boat burner and ranked with the best Max had seen from the band. Sonny was good too, opening with a tongue in cheek rendition of “Cancion Mixteca” from Ry Cooder’s The Paris, Texas score. There were many in the Paris crowd, fans of the Sam Shepherd penned 1986 Palme D’or winner, who understood the reference and applauded Sonny’s sly tribute to both Paris and his native American West. After the show the band and crew made their way to a nearby absinthe bar with a small entourage of their Parisian fans and friends and partook in the wormwood infused liquor, served in the traditional mode: poured over an ice cube by a snotty French bartender. As Max, CP and the band chased the evening into a late night restaurant serving pan fried snails, Sonny passed out in the van and dreamed of an empty hotel room. In the morning they made their way to Rotterdam with Max, half a sheet of LSD, and a doggy bag of snails in tow.
Reno on the Water…
The next stop on the band’s whirlwind tour of Europe would be the United Kingdom. CP had crunched the numbers and decided to book space for the van and it’s passengers on a midnight ferry out of Rotterdam. The ferry would take approximately seven hours to traverse the waters between Holland and the UK, where they would be deposited in the English port city of Hull in the early morning, and make their way towards Newcastle and the next concert on the band’s itinerary. They dropped Max off in Amsterdam with plans to reunite in Manchester within the week as Max didn’t have a work visa and UK customs were a notoriously tricky business. At midnight the van was loaded onto the ferry and CP led Sonny and the band to their cabin in the boats sleeping quarters, where they dropped their bags and claimed their beds before making their way into the ships vast interior to explore the bars, restaurants and low rent scenarios contained within. It reminded Sonny of an aging Reno casino hotel without the slot machines and poker tables. It was an aesthetic that suited Sonny’s working class tastes.
Sonny made his way to the piano bar on the ferry’s fourth floor where a middle aged hack was dishing Eagles covers on a deplorable Ovation guitar and partook in a weakly poured cocktail as he lamented the fact that the hack in question wasn’t taking advantage of the baby grand piano on the small stage where he croaked through the overwrought lyrics of “Desperado.” Sonny had half a mind to approach the stage and ask the overweight plucker for ten minutes at the piano during the next intermission but decided against it. He had not sat at a piano in many weeks and was feeling deeply nostalgic for the ebony and ivory of his favorite instrument. Sonny was not a good pianist by any measure but he loved to sit at the piano, bang out chords, composing simple tunes and rearranging his vast catalog for what he had always considered music’s root melodic instrument. The piano was technically a percussion instrument, a kind of drum with notes, and it was this relationship between melody and rhythm that Sonny found so appealing. Sonny was a guitarist by default; the small six string music box being the perfect instrument for a nomadic troubadour.
At the first notes of “Take it Easy”, Sonny quickly downed the rest of his Gin & Tonic and made his way upstairs to the ferry’s main stage. The stage and setting reminded Sonny of a 1970’s comedy club, with round tables, ample seating and a balcony level to enjoy a pigeon eye view of the ship’s resident house band. Sonny purchased another weak cocktail and made his way into the sparsely populated seating area where he found Jason Simon and CP enjoying a pair of similarly watered down drinks to the sounds of an offensively poor rendition of Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova.” Jason turned to Sonny as he took a seat and said, “this is dark, man, really dark…” Most of the sounds emanating from the stage were canned backing tracks. The bass player, clearly the “musical director” of the band, was bobbing and smiling to the foul sounds coming from his instrument and Jason commented, “the dude loves the smell of his own farts..” Sonny nearly fell out of his seat in a fit of laughter and recognition: he had known a bass player with a similar affinity for his own farts. He had been the bass player of Os Beaches and his “difficult” relationship with Sonny had been one of many factors in the band’s downfall.
Sonny slept well on the boat. His family had survived for five hundred years on a group of nine volcanic islands roughly a thousand miles from the nearest continent. Fishing, sailing, whaling and the ways of the ocean were deeply embedded in his genetic make up. The rocking of the sea underneath suited him, he was at home on the water. His dreams had been peaceful, a rare occurrence for Sonny when landlocked within a continent’s claustrophobic interior, the exception being the vast deserts of the American Southwest, where Sonny had always felt at home, the endless sands somehow reminiscent of the forever oceans contained in his DNA. He awoke with the ship’s horn, a signal to passengers that the boat would dock in approximately one hour and that breakfast was now being served, buffet style, in the restaurant contained on the ninth floor. Sonny quickly dressed and made his way to the bangers and coffee, finding CP at a booth in the back corner of the eatery. CP complained to Sonny about the food, especially critical of the coffee, and Sonny agreed that the food was particularly bad and that the coffee was not fit to drink. CP informed Sonny that the food would not be getting any better for a while, they were headed to England after all, known worldwide for it’s uninspired cuisine, save for the Indian food, one of the few positives to come from Great Britain’s colonial past.
In Hull, the band had breezed through customs and Sonny got the feeling that the recent influx of immigrants from the Middle East and Africa, and the nativist animosity toward that largely Muslim population, had eased the pressure at the border for pot smoking white boys in American Rock & Roll bands. Sonny had mixed feelings about this, being an immigrant himself, but was happy to get into the UK without a strip search or interrogation. Borders made Sonny anxious and any show of solidarity with the immigrants from the south side of the Mediterranean would have to wait. For now he was just happy to be on the way to Newcastle without hassle.
CP had received an email early that morning from an associate of their friends in Whales, the Super Furry Animals. The message had informed them to be on the lookout for a package that had been mailed to the venue in Newcastle and addressed to Dead Meadow. As they had dropped the last of their hash and marijuana on the other side of the channel in anticipation of the customs agents at the UK border, CP was hopeful that the package in question contained cannabis, a necessity for the production of a proper stoner rock concert. Shortly after loading into the club in Newcastle, the venue’s house engineer informed CP that a package had arrived by mail, addressed to the band, and had been placed in the band’s dressing room. CP, Jason and Sonny quickly made their way to the dressing room to locate and open the mystery gift. The scene brought to mind a thousand Christmas’ past and as Jason tore at the well sealed box, Sonny and CP moved closer in anticipation. Jason pulled a large mason jar filled to the brim with high quality marijuana from the cardboard box and read the note taped to the jar, “the best buds in the UK… enjoy!” CP and Sonny applauded as Jason raised the jar victoriously. Christmas had come early this year.
Sonny was digging Glasgow. Newcastle and Leeds had held only minor pleasures, but the rolling pastures of the English countryside on the northern road to Scotland had inspired Sonny’s attention, and the city of Glasgow itself had the kind of ‘rough around the edges’ aesthetic that Sonny craved in urban environments. Glasgow had not been cleaned up and made pretty for the professionals and tourists that littered the streets of places like San Francisco and London and New York and Amsterdam; cities that had been ripped of their grit by the neoliberal agenda of the globalized economy, or more accurately, their grit had been swept under the rug and hidden away in their least accommodating quarters. Cities where the elites were catered to, the immigrants and drug addicts existed in parallel shadows, and the poor artists had been pushed out completely. The art and music had been left to the privileged progeny of the wealthy; a class of artist who dare not push too hard against a status quo that had filled the coffers of their trust funds. Not so in Glasgow, a city that had the same wide open feel of a half painted open sourced canvas that had made Tucson, Arizona one of America’s last vestiges of living art and idiosyncratic culture. When curious Europeans asked Sonny about America at the end, he would tell them that New York was a theme park, San Francisco a museum piece, and Los Angeles was barely holding on. He would tell them, “go to Tucson, take a room at the Hotel Congress. You can still find the Old, Weird America there… if you can stand the heat…”
Liverpool vs. Manchester
It was a cold Friday night and Liverpool was teeming with mini-skirt clad young women wearing high heels and moving like chickens in packs along the city’s downtown blocks. Their male counterparts were amongst the drunkest humans Sonny had ever observed. There was the unmistakable feeling of animal violence in the air. A fist fight was taking place on the street outside the club where Dead Meadow had just finished their set. Cars cut a path around the street fighters and moved along toward their destinations. The packs of shivering young women kept chicken stepping along the sidewalk, clicking and clacking in heels that seemed too high for the slippery circumstances. It was all par for the course here, nothing to write home about. The men fought and cursed, the women shivered and shimmied, and the night got colder and less inviting. Sonny had seen enough and was halfway to Manchester in his mind.
Manchester was not very far away from Liverpool geographically but was a world away culturally. Sonny was enjoying a cup of third wave coffee served up by a kind barista. At the table next to his sat a hip young man decked out in ‘Mod’ attire. It was Halloween weekend and at first Sonny had wondered if the young mod was dressed for the occasion but then he remembered where he was and it brought a smile to his face. He laughed to himself, understanding that he appeared mad to the people walking by on the sidewalk in front of the coffee shop. The mod turned and caught Sonny’s eyes. Sonny winked and turned away, looking across the street to Piccadilly Records. He finished his coffee and walked across the street to browse the record store’s vinyl collection. He found Bert Jansch’s first two albums and longed for a stereo system and a home to place it in. It had been so long since Sonny had had a home to speak of. He had spent nearly three years surfing couches, sleeping in shelters and low rent hotels, working short term jobs with undocumented farm laborers, taking midnight trains and Chinatown busses from one inhospitable city to another, the gigs drying up along the way as his health deteriorated and his mind slipped into dark universes of thought. He longed for a room with a bed to sleep in and a decent turntable. A home where he could listen to Bert Jansch records.
David Cambridge was impressed with Sonny’s set and said as much as Jason Simon introduced the two after the concert in Manchester. He was brimming with the kind of enthusiasm for music unique to record collectors, DJ’s, music journalists and proprietors of boutique record labels. He talked to Sonny about John Fahey and Nick Drake and complimented him on TVS2 , the new album that Sonny had recorded in Joshua Tree, California and that Jason Simon had been kind enough to release on his Los Angeles imprint, Tekeli-Li Records. David, for his part, had agreed to handle the European distribution through his own Cardinal Fuzz Records in the UK. Cardinal Fuzz was one of Europe’s most respected boutique labels operating in the “Psych Rock” genre and had released albums from Jason Simon’s Old Testament project as well as Sonny’s longtime friends and collaborators, The Myrrors, amongst many other luminaries within the vast world of psychedelic music. In January Cardinal Fuzz was scheduled to release the debut album from Old Mexico, a new project that Sonny had formed with Jason Simon; a project that brought together members of both of their respective bands and featured compositions written by both Sonny and Jason, as well as Dave Mihaly, known as The Sensei to his collaborators in San Francisco’s free jazz community. Meeting the enthusiastic David Cambridge in person for the first time, Sonny felt lucky to be the newest member of the Cardinal Fuzz family.
Brighton to Bristol
The show in Brighton is a “Supershow”, Dead Meadow’s tongue in cheek nickname for a show that the promoter has loaded with as many as four or five bands in an anxious attempt to make sure that they get enough people through the door to pay Dead Meadow’s guarantee. As far as Sonny is concerned it’s a shit show. The local bands on these gigs tend to range from awful to almost listenable and this show is no exception. There is never enough room for all the equipment. The local bands, likely not being paid, dive into the backstage beer and alcohol like teenagers at their first house party. Between acts it’s the Keystone Cops onstage. The drummers are the worst, as Mark Laughlin points out, and seem to have no idea that you can remove the drums from the stage first and break down hardware and remove cymbals offstage, thereby opening up the drum riser for the next drummer to begin the laborious process of setting up his kit for the next set. Worse still is the promoters insistence that Sonny, the lone solo act, shorten his support set to make room for these sonic jokers. Sonny is almost 45 years old and his patience for suffering through musical mediocrity dished by bands that play too loud is running thin. The Benzo withdrawals have taken their toll on Sonny’s serenity and nerves. He sits uncomfortably in a corner of the too small dressing room and tries to clear his mind. He has been off of Benzos for almost two weeks and knows the worst of it is over.
Sonny’s mood brightens in Bristol. The venue is an art collective of sorts, with a cafe and club on the bottom floor and a record store and dressing rooms on the upper floor. The dressing room is fully loaded and roomy enough for a large entourage. The promoters have dreadlocks and come loaded with high end ganja. The guys from the opening band own a club in Cardiff, just across the water. They are the kind of over the top, acid touched personalities that Sonny is accustomed to in his hometown of San Francisco, California and Sonny feels at home amongst their loud voices and stoned bravado backstage. Max had met back up with the tour in Manchester and now he was blending right in with the Cardiff crowd. Mark Laughlin watched wide eyed as the lot of them circled the well stocked dressing room and unabashedly scavenged the food and alcohol. He turned to Sonny and said, “these guys are savages… I mean, I like them, but they’re fucking savages.” Sonny could only laugh and think to himself, “how many times did people say that about Os Beaches?” He had thought it himself, many times, about Os Beaches and, in theory, it had been his band. In reality it had been a group of, not really friends, but more like family members, held together for a brief time by a deadbeat dad running a hot streak at the horses. When the hot streak dried up there wasn’t much left but a down on his luck drunk of an old man trying to corral a stable of forgivably ungrateful drug addled sons and one contemptuous and unforgiving daughter. Then Sonny had said, “goodnight, John Boy…” for the last time and walked out on the family. It was just one more predictable, low rent story from the wrong side of the Rock & Roll tracks. Uncle Max helped himself to another free beer in the dressing room and poured himself a shot of Steve Kille’s whiskey. From his spot on the couch Sonny was thinking, “fucking savage.”
Witches & Ravens
Sonny had left the United States a month prior to the tour with a pack of wolves at his back and no plans of returning. Nearly three years on the streets had taken their toll on Sonny’s health, both physically and mentally — while the decade prior, the San Francisco years, had featured drug abuse, broken relationships, house fires, arrest warrants, vision quests, jailhouse nights, IRS audits, evictions, an impounded tour van, the death of a soundman, a hundred burned bridges and the losing end of one too many fist fights. Sonny was burned out. He had awoken from the American Dream in a cold sweat, whimpering where a scream should have been, wasted from the inside out. His last six months in America had been marked by a steep decline in Sonny’s ability to think or communicate coherently and he had become convinced that a transgender Witch operating out of a small corner lot somewhere in the vast Sonoran Desert had cast a dark spell on his person by way of an obsidian arrowhead talisman. His performances had become erratic, wearing thin with the audiences and show promoters and sound technicians, until finally the calls had dried up. He had become persona non grata in the California rock & roll scene and now he found himself isolated, on an island surrounded by the dark waters of change, the fire of those hundred burning bridges lighting up the sky in this bizarro Independence Day dream he had dreamt and kept dreaming until that final cold sweat awakening and that cargo plane as savior had whisked him up and away, toward the rising sun, out of the blackness of nothing and squinting into the light of something new.
The Dome in London was a huge venue staffed by the kind of out of touch personnel that you find in the big Rock & Roll clubs of New York and Los Angeles; impersonal, haughty, elitist, semi-competent and forever impermanent. It was Halloween night and Sonny was outfitted as a Raven. Dead Meadow were on stage attempting to soundcheck amidst squeals of feedback from the stage monitors. CP was furiously rerouting and troubleshooting amidst miscommunications with the house sound technicians, “did someone wipe my scene? What the fuck’s going on around here?” Upstairs in the too small dressing room sat a highly respected journalist and author just back from adventures in the Middle East and, on the couch opposite, two witches from Poland all decked in black and wide brimmed hats. The witches weren’t dressed for Halloween. They didn’t have to, Halloween was the night when the non believers dressed up like the witches, when the two Wiccans could walk in disguise for an evening simply by dressing the way they always did. In the dressing room mirror Sonny was applying the last of his makeup and reciting a silent prayer of thanks to the Lady in White for finding him here; in the strange Autumn of London, surrounded by this magic menagerie on Halloween night, adorned with a black cape and with spells yet to cast.
To Be Continued…
Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in April 2019
Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in April 2019 by Paige Petrovsky on March 20, 2019 in Tweet
Good news, it’s almost April which means Old Man Winter will soon be officially gone for another year (queue the sigh of relief). And while the weather is bound to get nicer, April, as we know, tends to be fairly rainy – April showers bring May flowers after all!
And nothing is better than curling up on the couch on a rainy day and watching movies (or binging TV shows).
Luckily, Netflix Canada announced everything that is coming to the streaming platform next month just in time for you to prepare for the movie marathon days coming up.
Here’s everything coming to Netflix Canada in April 2019.
ULTRAMAN — NETFLIX ANIME
With aliens once again threatening Earth, young Shinjiro must now don the metallic ultra-suit to become Ultraman — like his father before him.
Monty Python Best Bits (mostly): Season 1
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live
Resident Evil: Extinction
Kevin Hart: Irresponsible — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kevin Hart brings his sold-out comedy tour, Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, to a global audience for his first original Netflix standup special. The one-hour special was filmed in front of a sold-out live audience of over 15,000 people at the O2 Arena in London, England. Hart touches upon his friends, family, travel, … and a year filled with Irresponsible behavior.
Suzzanna: Buried Alive — NETFLIX FILM
After a pregnant woman is murdered, her spirit seeks revenge against her increasingly terrified killers, who are determined to finish her off for good.
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
Star : Season 3
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In part 2 finds Sabrina exploring her darker side, curious to learn more about her heritage, while struggling to maintain her friendships in the mortal world. Romantically, Sabrina is caught in an unholy love triangle with between sexy warlock Nicholas Scratch and salt-of-the-Earth mortal Harvey Kinkle. Meanwhile, The Dark Lord, Madame Satan, and Father Blackwood continue to conjure chaos in the Spellman household and the town of Greendale. And they aren’t the only ones trying to raise hell. Everything is in question…relationships, identity, true intentions…when the devil’s work is at hand.
Our Planet — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Exhilarating visuals and stunning footage of rarely-seen animals mix with somber truths about humanity’s impact on the planet’s habitats and species.
Persona: Collection — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
An eclectic exploration of different personas in a collection of four short films directed by critically acclaimed Korean directors.
Roman Empire: Caligula: The Mad Emperor — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Once beloved by the troops and people alike, Caligula shocks Rome by ruling with the cruel depravity and debauchery that make him infamous.
Spirit Riding Free: Season 8— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Big changes lie ahead for Lucky and her friends in an eventful final season — from new babies at home to a faraway boarding school.
Tijuana — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
When a prominent politician is murdered in cold blood, intrepid local journalists risk their lives to uncover the truth.
Unicorn Store — NETFLIX FILM
Kit (Brie Larson), a twenty-something dreamer, receives an invitation that would fulfill her childhood dreams.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 6 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The trolls face a day without a holiday, Biggie accidentally starts a fun-tastic new dance craze, and Guy turns a camping trip into a “glamping” trip.
You vs. Wild — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this interactive adventure series, you’ll make key decisions to help Bear Grylls survive, thrive and complete missions in the harshest environments on Earth.
Black Summer — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.
A Land Imagined — NETFLIX FILM
A cop in Singapore investigates the disappearance of a Chinese migrant construction worker who spent sleepless nights playing a mysterious video game.
Huge in Franc e — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
After moving to LA to reconnect with his son, comedian Gad Elmaleh must learn to live without the celebrity perks he’s accustomed to in France.
Mighty Little Bheem — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
An innocent toddler’s boundless curiosity — and extraordinary might — lead to mischief and adventure in his small Indian town.
The Perfect Date — NETFLIX FILM
To save up for college, Brooks Rattigan creates an app where anyone can pay him to play the perfect stand-in boyfriend for any occasion.
The Silence — NETFLIX FILM
When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven. But they discover a sinister cult who are eager to exploit Ally’s heightened senses. The Silence is directed by John R. Leonetti (Annabelle) and stars Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Kate Trotter and Kyle Breitkopf.
Special — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.
What They Had
Who Would You Take to a Deserted Island? — NETFLIX FILM
On their last night together, four long-time flatmates’ lives are suddenly upended when a secret is revealed during the course of an evening celebration.
Luis Miguel – The Series: Season 1
No Good Nick — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A family finds their lives turned upside down when a young, street-smart grifter appears on their doorstep, claiming she’s a distant relative.
Super Monsters Furever Friends — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
On the first night of spring, the Super Monsters and their families gather for food, fun and games in the park — and meet their adorable monster pets!
My First First Love — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Due to various personal reasons, a group of Yun Tae-o’s friends move into his house, where they experience love, friendship, and everything in between.
A Fortunate Man — NETFLIX FILM
A gifted engineer flees his austere roots to pursue wealth and success among Copenhagen’s elite, but the pride propelling him threatens to be his ruin.
Brene Brown: The Call to Courage — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Best-selling author Brene Brown discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty.
Cuckoo: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ken thinks he’s hit the big time when he discovers a wealthy half-sister he never knew he had, but her fortunes and his hopes are soon reversed.
Music Teacher — NETFLIX FILM
Burned by his past, an emotionally troubled, small-town music teacher risks everything he has to reconnect with a now-famous former student.
Rilakkuma and Kaoru — NETFLIX ANIME
Karoru leads a mundane life, but she gets to go home and find comfort in Rilakkuma, her endearingly lazy roommate who happens to be a fuzzy toy bear.
Samantha!: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The series follows the story of a former child star from the 80s, Samantha! (Emanuelle Araujo) who desperately clings to the fringes of celebrity. Together with her husband Wound (Douglas Silva) and their children Cindy (Sabrina Nonato), and Brandon (Caua Goncalves), she delights with hare-brained schemes to launch herself back into the spotlight.
Someone Great — NETFLIX FILM
Aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has just landed her dream job at an iconic magazine and is about to move to San Francisco. Rather than do long distance, her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, Jenny gathers up her two best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) for one outrageous last adventure in New York City. From writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator of MTV ‘s Sweet/Vicious) Someone Great is a hilarious and heartfelt story of friendship, love, and what it means to let go of your twenties and enter adulthood.
Grass is Greener — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
It lit up jazz and hip-hop — and ignited a war on drugs steeped in racial injustice. Experts explore America’s complicated relationship with weed.
Weed the People
Pinky Malinky: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Pinky Malinky is on a roll! Catch up on this joyful hot dog boy’s continuing adventures as he spreads fun and positivity with best friends Babs and JJ .
Selection Day – New Episodes — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Manjunath Kumar, fourteen, knows he is good at cricket – if not as good as his elder brother Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling and is fascinated by the world of CSI and by curious and interesting scientific facts. But there are many things about himself and about the world that he doesn’t know. When Manju begins to get to know Radha’s great rival, a boy as privileged and confident as Manju is not, everything in Manju’s world begins to change and he is faced with decisions that will change both his sense of self and of the world around him.
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this new sketch show, Tim Robinson and guests spend each segment driving someone to the point of needing — or desperately wanting — to leave.
Bonding — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A New York City grad student moonlighting as a dominatrix enlists her gay BFF from high school to be her assistant.
The Protector: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Facing formidable odds against the resurgent Immortals, Hakan and the Loyal Ones must forestall sinister plans to destroy the city — and all humans.
ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Robert Johnson was one of the most influential blues guitarists ever. Even before his early death, fans wondered if he’d made a pact with the Devil.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Adora and the Princess Alliance train to get stronger, but Catra and the Horde are on the move. As Hordak pushes for victory, She-Ra faces a new test.
Street Food — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
From the creators of Chef’s Table, Street Food takes viewers to some of the world’s most vibrant cities to explore the rich culture of street food all over the globe. The first season explores nine countries in Asia, from the hawker stalls of Singapore to the food carts of India, the stories of perseverance and culture bring life to the cuisine of each city.
Yankee — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A young man from Texas crosses the border into Mexico and becomes an infamous drug lord.
POSB/DBS cardholders enjoy 1-for-1 Buffet Deal at The Line in Shangri-La Hotel from now till May 27
March 22, 2019 8:01 am You are here: Home Others Credit Cards POSB/DBS cardholders enjoy 1-for-1 Buffet Deal at The Line in Shangri-La Hotel from now till May 27 POSB/DBS cardholders enjoy 1-for-1 Buffet Deal at The Line in Shangri-La Hotel from now till May 27 Totally worth it Email Got POSB or DBS cards? The Line is now offering 1-for-1 buffet
POSB and DBS cardholders are in for an awesome treat at one of the best buffet restaurants in Singapore – The Line at Shangri-La Hotel .
Enjoy 1-for-1 lunch and dinner buffet promotion at The Line when you make a booking by 12pm on 26 March (Tuesday) from Shangri-La Hotel’s website.
With the promotion, you pay only $32.50++ per person for lunch (U.P. $65++) and $37.5++ per person for dinner (U.P. $75++).
Totally worth it. You bet.
Do note, however, the buffet deal is only valid for the first 150 adults during lunch and dinner every Monday . Reservation of up to 6 pax is allowed per DBS/POSB card. Choose the Correct Promotion
When making a table reservation at the website, make sure you select “ DBS/POSB one-for-one buffet at The Line ” option.
Here’s how it should look like.
After you have completed the reservation, all that’s left to do show up on the date and time to enjoy the 1-for-1 buffet deal at The Line.
Including these below. Just don’t forget to bring your POSB or DBS cards. About The Line @ Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
Featuring 16 live kitchens, The Line offers a sumptuous international buffet that is feted as one of the best in Singapore. Dishes are freshly prepared a la minute, enabling diners to watch the chefs in action. Highlights include the Crustacean Bar, with its appetizing display of fresh seafood such as oysters, prawns and crabs that changes based on what is available. There are also the Tandoori Ovens, from which spiced meats and breads unique to the North and South Indian cuisines are prepared. Not to be missed is the Dim Sum Kitchen, where steaming baskets of freshly made Dim Sum await guests who enjoy this traditional Cantonese food. Round off the meal by stopping at the Dessert Counter with its delectable spread of cakes, crepes and other sweet treats.
Designed by internationally acclaimed interior designer, Adam D Tihany, and spanning 1,350 square metres, The Line features indoor and al fresco dining options. The latter offers views of the hotel’s lush gardens and free-form swimming pool. True to the restaurant’s name, its concept symbolizes the thread of continuity in nature, family, culture and life. A bright orange light box traversing the ceiling and floor anchors the interiors, accented with Schonwald chinaware designed by Tihany himself.
Enjoying The Best Asian Food Denver CO
By Susan Anderson
Asia is the biggest continent in the world. It is closely followed by Africa. Asia also has the largest population. It has billions of people. As a matter of fact, most people in the world usually reside in Asia. China alone has close to two billion people. India has slightly over than one billion people. That is the reason why Asian cuisine is diverse. There is a wide variety of Asian food Denver CO . In Asia just like in other parts of the world, people love to eat. Actually, eating should not be merely done to satiate hunger. Eating should be a pleasure.
Visiting Asia is not a luxury. It is a basic need. Visiting Asia should be in the bucket list of everyone who loves the fine things of the present day world. As a matter of fact, life has not been lived to the full unless one has had the opportunity to visit Asia. While in Asia, one will enjoy the most sumptuous meals.
If there is one reason to visit Asia then it is the culinary reason. Asia is a culinary wonderland. It has a lot to offer to the seasoned food fanatic. The good news is that the Asian food experience can be enjoyed right in the heart of Denver, Colorado. That is because there are a number of Oriental and Indian restaurants.
To enjoy an oriental food, one needs to visit the right restaurant. Not every restaurant is created the same. There are the best restaurants in Denver. On other hand, there are mediocre restaurants. A mediocre restaurant will be of little or no use. That is due to the fact that it will not deliver much to a patron.
A top oriental restaurant in Denver, Colorado, has a number of characteristics. If a restaurant claims to serve Chinese dishes, some of the chefs should be Chinese. The location of a restaurant is another important matter. A strategic location in an up market area of the city is the best location. The restaurant should also have state of the art interior design.
When talking of the various Oriental foods that can be enjoyed in the United States of America, the first delicacy that will come to mind is rice. As a matter of fact, rice is Asian in every sense and respect. That is due to the fact that rice was first grown in Asia. Countries in Asia are some of the biggest exporters of rice.
In some parts of Asia, people usually eat rice for breakfast. Actually, a breakfast meal should be rich in calories. The breakfast meal should provide sufficient energy for carrying out the various activities of the day. Most people in Asia usually eat rice for lunch or dinner. The last meal of the day is dinner. Therefore, it should be light.
The oldest continent on earth is Asia. As a matter of fact, civilization started in Asia. That is the plain truth. It is the ultimate reality that many historians readily accept. People of Asia have contributed in almost every major field including sciences, technology, engineering, math, and also cuisine. Oriental foods are ranked the best in the world. They are in a class of their own.
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New Indian Gastropub Opens At Grand Millennium Hotel Barsha
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Hitchki, meaning ‘hiccup’ in Hindi serves modern Indian cuisine with a twist. Already a favourite on the streets of Mumbai, this franchise is an ode to nostalgia with a menu that reads like a gastropub.
Located in the heart of Dubai, the restaurant sets up shop in The Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights.
Offering up a new spin on many childhood favourites, the dishes are a take on modern Indian dishes. Regional and traditional flavours from across the country are brought together with a medley of alternative cuisines from around the world, including bountiful options for vegetarians and vegans too. Think Charlie chapli kebab, crispy chicken Kkurana , PP’s spinach risotto which features cottage cheese and crispy okra and kewada lasoon biryani.
Those with a sweet tooth are encouraged to eat carefully, filling up before dessert at their own risk. The signature Baratiyon Ka Swagat, as an example, features a chocolate filled fondant with paan pasand jelly and perfectly pink candy floss. The banofee bomb is comprised of a caramelised banana, pecan nuts, banana cake, and chocolate topped with salted caramel.
For those looking to spice things up Bhat Saab Ki Chai mixes vodka, kahula, and masala chai with a swirl of candy floss on the top while the Genda Phool Marigold is gin based with a sweet-sour mix. Guests can also bring back childhood memories with a round of Tipsy Colas.
“It’s a very chic Indian concept for the global audience, adapted to the Middle Eastern palette,” explains Arjun Raj Kher, brand head, Hitchki .
“It’s casual and energetic ambiance along with nostalgic food and drink elements make the perfect space for themed evenings. A signature will be the Bollywood Nights.” Tagged under: Barsha , Grand Millennium Hotel , hitchki Related Stories
Here’s everything that is going to be coming to Netflix this April | HerFamily.ie
Here’s everything that is going to be coming to Netflix this April 7 Shares Keeley Ryan Another month, another batch of new Netflix arrivals.
April is just around the corner, so it is officially that time again: Netflix have unveiled the list of what’s going to be arriving next month.
And there is a lot of great options, including season two of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; the hilarious rom com Someone Great; The Perfect Date, starring Noah Centineo.
Even some great new additions for your little ones.
Have a look at a whole host of new TV shows, movies, comedy and more coming to Netflix in April. NETFLIX KIDS & FAMILY Spirit Riding Free: Season 8
April 5, 2019
Big changes lie ahead for Lucky and her friends in an eventful final season — from new babies at home to a faraway boarding school. Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 6
April 9, 2019
The trolls face a day without a holiday, Biggie accidentally starts a fun-tastic new dance craze, and Guy turns a camping trip into a “glamping” trip. Mighty Little Bheem
April 12, 2019
An innocent toddler’s boundless curiosity — and extraordinary might — lead to mischief and adventure in his small Indian town. Pinky Malinky No Good Nick
April 15, 2019
A family finds their lives turned upside down when a young, street-smart grifter appears on their doorstep, claiming she’s a distant relative. Super Monsters Furever Friends
April 16, 2019
On the first night of spring, the Super Monsters and their families gather for food, fun and games in the park — and meet their adorable monster pets! Pinky Malinky: Part 2
April 22, 2019
Pinky Malinky is on a roll! Catch up on this joyful hot dog boy’s continuing adventures as he spreads fun and positivity with best friends Babs and JJ. She-Ra and The Princesses of Power Season 2 She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 2
April 26, 2019
A reimagining of the ‘80s hit series, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphaned princess named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the legendary warrior She-Ra.
Along the way, she finds a new surrogate family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil. NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2
April 5, 2019
Part 2 finds Sabrina exploring her darker side, curious to learn more about her heritage, while struggling to maintain her friendships in the mortal world.
Romantically, Sabrina is caught in an unholy love triangle with between sexy warlock Nicholas Scratch and salt-of-the-Earth mortal Harvey Kinkle.
Meanwhile, The Dark Lord, Madame Satan, and Father Blackwood continue to conjure chaos in the Spellman household and the town of Greendale. And they aren’t the only ones trying to raise hell.
Everything is in question…relationships, identity, true intentions…when the devil’s work is at hand. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2 Quicksand
April 5, 2019
After a tragedy at a school sends shock waves through a wealthy Stockholm suburb, a seemingly well-adjusted teen finds herself on trial for murder. You vs. Wild
April 10, 2019
In this interactive adventure series, you’ll make key decisions to help Bear Grylls survive, thrive and complete missions in the harshest environments on Earth. Quicksand Black Summer
April 11, 2019
A prequel set in the Z Nation universe, BLACK SUMMER is a new series introducing all new characters from every walk of life.
As what’s left of the old world order collapses around them, a group of survivors encounter the best and worst of humanity in the darkest hours of the Zombie Apocalypse. Special
April 12, 2019
A gay man with mild cerebral palsy decides to rewrite his identity as an accident victim and finally go after the life he wants. Special A Land Imagined
April 12, 2019
A cop in Singapore investigates the disappearance of a Chinese migrant construction worker who spent sleepless nights playing a mysterious video game. Unicorn Store
Kit, a twenty-something dreamer, receives an invitation that would fulfill her childhood dreams. Unicorn Store The Perfect Date
April 12, 2019
To save up for college, Brooks Rattigan creates an app where anyone can pay him to play the perfect stand-in boyfriend for any occasion. The Silence
April 12, 2019
When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews, who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven.
But they discover a sinister cult who are eager to exploit Ally’s heightened senses. The Perfect Date Music Teacher
April 19, 2019
Burned by his past, an emotionally troubled, small-town music teacher risks everything he has to reconnect with a now-famous former student. Someone Great
April 19, 2019
Aspiring music journalist Jenny has just landed her dream job at an iconic magazine and is about to move to San Francisco.
Rather than do long distance, her boyfriend of nine years decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, Jenny gathers up her two best friends Erin and Blair for one outrageous last adventure in New York City. Someone Great Our Planet
April 5, 2019
Exhilarating visuals and stunning footage of rarely-seen animals mix with somber truths about humanity’s impact on the planet’s habitats and species. Brené Brown: The Call to Courage
April 19, 2019
Best-selling author Brené Brown discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty. Our Planet Grass is Greener
April 20, 2019
It lit up jazz and hip-hop — and ignited a war on drugs steeped in racial injustice. Experts explore America’s complicated relationship with weed. Street Food
April 26, 2019
From the creators of Chef’s Table, Street Food takes viewers to some of the world’s most vibrant cities to explore the rich culture of street food all over the globe.
Season one explores nine countries across Asia, from the hawker stalls of Singapore to the food carts of India. Each episode highlights the stories of perseverance and culture that bring life to each country’s cuisine. Grass is Greener ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads
April 26, 2019
Robert Johnson was one of the most influential blues guitarists ever. Even before his early death, fans wondered if he’d made a pact with the Devil.
Win: AED 500 to spend at one of the five amazing Wafi Restaurants
Home » Competitions » Win: AED 500 to spend at one of the five amazing Wafi Restaurants Win: AED 500 to spend at one of the five amazing Wafi Restaurants Miles Buckeridge Seville’s outside dining area Today’s prize is a AED 500 voucher to spend at Wafi restaurants, five fine dining concepts that offer authentic flavours from across the culinary world.
We’re all about giving away memorable experiences, and this competition screams ‘date night.’ Whatever your food-based fancy, whether you’ve been married for 50 years or have only just started your journey as a couple, there’s always room for a sprinkle of romance . Especially when it’s ‘on the house.’
Experience modern Indian cuisine at Dubai’s famous Asha’s restaurant. Carter’s is the English gastropub offering premium char-grilled cuts and their own interpretations of international classics . For a true taste of the Mediterranean, there are the tapas plates of Seville’s, the rooftop Spanish restaurant with breezy al fresco dining options. Thai Chi’s Asian food mixer
Asian cravings are taken care of by Thai Chi, with a menu that combines the c omplex fragrance profiles of real Thai food, with time-honed masterpieces from Chinese cuisine. For those with a refined palate, Vintage brings – well, vintage tastes – continental charcuterie, luxury cheese platters, freshly baked bread and a polished grape list.
Wafi Restaurants are conveniently located next to Healthcare City, next to Wafi Mall. To book your table and for further enquiries about the outlets call 04 324 4555. The opening hours are, Asha’s 12.30pm-3pm, then 7pm-12am; Carter’s 12pm-1am; Seville’s 12pm to 1am; Thai Chi 12pm-3pm, then 7pm-12am; Vintage 5pm-1am.
For a chance of winning AED 500 to spend at the Wafi restaurant of your choice , answer the following question correctly before 28th March. Loading Tapas traditionally comes from which country? * Algeria