Theatre, ballet, fine art and more cultural events this week
Contemporary Art Visions In this exhibition, talented international artists Gerald Huber, Rahat Qavi and Brett Mendonca display their contemporary artworks. Each artist has a diverse style. Until April 28. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).Timur Akhmadov Alif Gallery is displaying works by this Uzbek artist in the public areas of Gate Village. His landscape paintings reveal the artist’s skill with texture and depth. Until April 30. Gate Village, DIFC (050 702 1064).Youssef Nabil The internationally acclaimed NYC-based Egyptian artist presents his latest work, featuring hand-painted silver gelatin photographs, which reflect on the clash of archetypes that define the state of his home country. Until June 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Affordable Art Night All artworks currently on display at DIFC’s Art Sawa gallery are priced at Dhs5,000or less. Until April 27. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Happening Now Viyé Diba (Senegal), Mohamed Abouelnaga (Egypt) and Sonya Rademeyer (South Africa) present a selection of works that explore the diversity and strength of African culture. Until May 1. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).
An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar/Contraband This solo exhibition by American artist Taryn Simon features two bodies of work, and examines the hidden elements that contribute to modern American culture. Until May 6. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7026).
Meet the authors at Book Munch
The literary café is hosting three Arabic-language children’s authors – Qais Sedki (UAE), Fatima Sharafeddine (Lebanon) and Taghreed Najjar (Jordan) – for a reading and book-signing session. Free. 10.30am-12.30pm. BookMunch, Al Wasl Square (04 388 4006).
Sharjah Biennial 11: Re:emerge Towards a New Cultural Cartography Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, this year’s must-see art biennial is inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture, where elements of both public and private life intertwine. Sharjah Biennial 11 also includes an extensive programme of music, performances and film screenings. Until May 13. Arts and Heritage Areas, Sharjah (06 544 4113).
Dubai Marina Fine Art Show Geneva’s Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery is running a pop-up exhibition of impressive artwork from 23 acclaimed artists, including Salvador Dali, Patrick Hughes, Richard Orlinski, Julien Marinetti and Chayan Khoi. The show offers a unique perspective on the neo pop art and post-surrealism movements. Until May 14. Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 434 1577).
The Dara Chronicles
Emirati artist Maisoon Al Saleh’s solo show explores stories told to her as a child about the Dubai-based MV Dara passenger liner explosion on April 8 1961 in the Persian Gulf, in which 238 people died. Until May 31. The Ara Gallery, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Campus Art Dubai A public talk by leading international curators and artists. The participants are visiting Dubai as part of a six-month programme of courses for upcoming UAE-based artists and curators, run by Art Dubai in partnership with the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. Free. 6.30pm. The Pavilion, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Iranian artist Dr Mohsen Keiany and Pakistani artist Mashkoor Raza feature together in an exhibition that portrays their shared sense of energy and dynamism in their paintings. Opening 7pm-9.30pm tonight. Until May 15. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street opposite Al Shirawi Equipment, Unit 2, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).
Chromatic Landscape This exhibition demonstrates how French oil painter Karine Roche goes inside her personal landscape, pivoting between mental and sensitive, emotional and evocative. Coloured fabrics on some paintings represent memories of places and people, either given, found or purchased on markets here and abroad. Until May 28. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Pierre qui Roule
Photographers including Algerian Fayçal Baghriche, French-Algerian Katia Kameli and Moroccan Yman Fakhir display their images for the first time in the UAE. The photographs challenge the cultural expectations related to the Maghreb region in north-west Africa. Until May 30. Etemad Gallery, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Exit 43, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
Bozart Private View An exhibition that unveils the works of Dubai’s talented and little-known emerging talents. Until June 1. Bo House Café, The Walk at JBR (04 429 8655).
Young Collectors’ Auction
Buy art at entry-level prices during this unique auction, which caters for both aspiring and clued-up collectors. There are more than 80 works to choose from, covering a wide range of mediums, including paintings, sculptures, photography, video and installation works. To preview the works, visit the gallery before Monday April 29. Auction starts at 7pm. Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, 3rd Interchange, Al Quoz 1, Street 8 (04 323 6242).
This week’s theatre
Don Quixote Based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, dance company Sofia Ballet performs the story of Alonso Quijano, who sets out to revive chivalry under a new name. Dhs375 front; Dhs280 regular. 7.30pm, April 17-20; April 23-26. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
God of Carnage
Dubai Drama Group presents Yasmina Reza’s dark comedy about a meeting between two sets of parents to discuss their children’s behaviour. Entry by donation, seating free. 8pm, April 25-27. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).
Sharmila Dance Extravaganza
This local dance school’s show features more than 200 amateur and professional performers, dancing hip-hop, street jazz, contemporary, ballet and Bollywood. Dhs165 stalls, Dhs100 balcony. 2.30pm and 7.30pm, April 26-27. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.virginmegastore.ae (04 341 4777).
V: The Ultimate Variety Show in Dubai The long-standing Las Vegas show is making its first trip to Dubai. The family spectacle is hosted by world-famous juggler Wally Eastwood and features seven acts of jaw-dropping acrobatics. Dhs180-Dhs450. 7pm and 10pm, April 24-27. Sheikh Saeed Hall 1, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.ticketingco.com (no number).