See The Nutcracker or 'Throw Your Symbols on the Wall'
Art Emirati Showcasing established Emirati artists Farid Mohammed Al Rais, Mattar Bin Lahej and Khalid Ali Al Jallaf, each of which has a varying style. Until January 15. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
E7SASI An exhibition featuring the works of Gallery of Light’s latest artists in residence: Emirati painter and sculptor Khawla Darwish and German-Egyptian artist Mona Fares. The show gets its name from the Arabic word ‘ehsasi’, which means ‘my feelings’. Until December 20. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Sharjah Biennial 10: Film and Audio Commissions This exhibition features seven films and three audio works by filmmakers including Karim Aïnouz, Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia and Rania Stephan. Some of these filmmakers were invited to make a new short film based on the Sharjah Biennial 2010’s title, ‘Plot for a Biennial’, using conceptual keywords such as treason, affiliation, corruption, devotion and translation. Until January 14. Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, Sharjah, www.sharjahart.org (06 568 5050).
The Nutcracker Vienna Festival Ballet will perform Tchaikovsky’s famous classical ballet The Nutcracker over three days. Watch as Clara’s beloved nutcracker doll magically transforms into a handsome soldier. From Dhs165. Thu 15 4.30pm and 8pm; Fri 16 11am and 4pm; Sat 17 11am, 2pm and 7pm. Until December 17. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Trespassing This solo show features the captivating works of emerging Iranian surrealist artist Arezu. In this exhibition, she uses black-and-white photography to depict portraits of the female form as well as the concept of flight and space. Until January 12. XVA Gallery, DIFC (04 358 5117).
What Art Thou Wearing? by STAR TOO Theatre Project A theatrical fashion show loosely based on Shakespeare’s Tempest will take place at The Fridge on December 15 and 16, in which spectators will watch the show through a mirror. Dhs50 per person. Open 8.30pm-9.30pm, The Fridge, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).
Twinge DXB: Reels of Dubai This urban arts festival aims to bring together like-minded individuals with an interest in culture in Dubai. Tonight, Shahid Azam will be screening his short film A Little Nostalgia. Free. Show starts at 7.30pm. Wild Peeta open space, Dubai World Trade Centre (050 451 7323).
Obscure Stream of Life, But I’m Still Having My Afternoon Cuppa Tehran-based sculptor Bita Fayyazi presents a nine-piece exhibition of mannequin-like pieces that show deformities, desecrations and physical exaggerations as an analogy for a fragmented and dysfunctional society. Until December 25. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).
Self Portraits and Portraits Featuring the artworks and self portraits of four Tehran-based women including Soodeh Bagheri, Shideh Tami, Ahoo Hamedi and Shahla Hosseini Barzi. The artists use distinct brush strokes and light effects to reveal their vulnerabilities. Until January 10. Total Arts at the Courtyard, Street 4, Al Quoz (04 347 5050).
Throw Your Symbols on the Wall Palestinian artist Jeffar Khaldi presents a symbolic collection of works that hint at current events in the media, film and YouTube clips. Khaldi uses paint and spray paint on paper: in one piece he fuses images of Libyan rebels with stills from the movie Mad Max. Until January 12. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Unit 17, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).
Warriors NYC-based Italian photographer Francesca Galliani’s first solo show uses painting and photography to create a collage-like effect. The fine arts photographer has also just been commissioned to shoot the new campaign for denim brand Levi’s in Italy. Until December 31. Showcase Gallery, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 348 8797).
Hadutta Masriya Three Egyptian artists feature in this group exhibition, which tells the intriguing story of Egypt before and after the Arab Spring. Until December 30. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).
Ziad Dalloul This Syrian painter’s works feature domestic objects such as chairs and tables placed in sparse but virile landscapes. He uses materials such as ink, sepia and hand-made paper. Until January 5. Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Dirty Laundry Syrian artist Tammam Azzam presents a solo exhibition of canvases featuring rope, clothes pegs and other found objects, which feature in silhouettes on dark backgrounds to appear almost like a photo negative. Until January 26. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Geopolitics of Roots: No Man’s Land In this exhibition, celebrated Iranian video and performance artist Ghazel comments on identity and the metaphoric concept of space. Until January 8. Carbon 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392). Hamza Bounoua The contemporary Algerian artist presents a solo exhibition at the Grand Millennium that has been inspired by Arabic calligraphy and nature. Until December 21. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).
Sadegh Tirafkan The Iranian artist presents a solo exhibition featuring four series of works, including digital collages and installations, that document his life during the time period between 2004 and 2010. Until December 19. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
Still Nature Lebanese artist Zena Assi presents an exhibition celebrating the ancient Greek art form of still life. She uses bouquets and sculptures to comment on the physical ‘sitting’ nature of the subject and how it can be used as a subtext to symbolise the way in which society lets go of its will to act, and therefore becomes a lifeless form. Working directly on canvas (without sketching first), Assi creates her base layer using mixed media, before adding a layering effect using materials such as tissue paper, cloth and broken brushes. Until January 10. Art Sawa, Gate Village 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Disconnected Artist Izdeyar Setna presents this moving photography exhibition in which he captures the raw emotion of those living in the war-torn streets of Karachi in Pakistan. Until January 12. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Marie Marie, The Devil in Me has Taken You for a Ride This solo exhibition by Lebanese painter Marwan Sahmarani is a complex personal insight into the artist’s own journey into fatherhood. It covers the conflict he feels as an artist to be more detached, when as a father he desires more involvement. Until February 16. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Peter Pan This classic production about the magical Neverland adventures of Wendy, Captain Hook and Tinker Bell, based on JM Barrie’s book, will run at the First Group Theatre just in time for Christmas. Dhs150. 7pm. Until December 30. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6546).
EDITOR’S PICK NEW The Dreamer and The Poet Featuring the artworks of a selection of Arabic and Iranian artists, this group exhibition illustrates how those involved have applied local themes and culture to their own interpretive visual language. Until January 20. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, F 21, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).
Inspirationalists: Khalid Shafar This solo exhibition features furniture pieces, predominantly timber and woodwork, inspired by the artist’s Emirati heritage and Dubai’s past and present. Until February 24. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard (04 447 7025).
Muqtanayati To coincide with the UAE’s National Day celebrations on December 2, thejamjar presents a 100-piece exhibition in which Dubai residents have been invited to submit objects and artworks they feel describe their journey within the UAE in the following categories: art, artifacts and domesticity. Until January 1. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).
Parergon Iranian Canadian artist Babak Golkar’s first solo exhibition in the region is a series of sculptures and inanimate objects that, when viewed from a different angle, appear as well-known architectural designs, such as the Taj Mahal and Hagia Sophia. Worth a look. Until January 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).