4 Head to Art UAE at Armani Hotel Dubai See Fri 12.
5 Don’t miss ‘Swarming’ at Carbon 12 See Wed 10.
Swarming Carbon 12 presents Sara Rahbar’s third solo show in Dubai, ‘Swarming’. Memory and ideological symbols are remixed with a very direct, physical syntax while deconstructing personal history and the 21st century human condition. Until January 8. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
The Nutcracker Perfect for ballet-lovers, this family performance brings to life the classical yuletide fairytale by E.T.A Hoffmann. Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable ballet opens on a cosy Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house, with a decorated tree, stockings and twinkling lights galore. As the family party picks up festive pace, the mysterious Drosselmeyer arrives. He is a toymaker, and has a special gift for his young relative Clara – a beautiful, hand-carved nutcracker. Little does she know that it has magical powers. Performed by one of the world’s best-loved touring ballet companies – The Moscow City Ballet. Dhs200-Dhs350. 7.30pm. Until December 13. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha. www.timeouttickets.com
Art UAE This event will bring the art community of all the Emirates together, to build the art scene in the city. A community effort, the resulting show will promote local talent and also host a variety of workshops, lectures and presentations. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (055 252 0730).
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) A total of 118 features, film shorts and documentaries are set to be screened at this year’s edition including 55 world and international premieres from 48 countries in 34 languages. These cinematic works of art have been created by both established and up-and-coming directors and producers. An international premiere of the humorous and heartfelt musical Into the Woods will close the curtain on the 11th edition of the Festival. Featuring an all-star cast including Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, the film blends the classic stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. Into the Woods is directed by acclaimed director Rob Marshall. From Dhs80-550 (screening packages). Until December 17. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.dubaifilmfest.com.
Jaber Alwan Exhibition Iraqi painter Jaber Alwan expresses his life views on canvas. Alwan’s brilliant pieces have been displayed across the globe and have effortlessly narrated the arbitrary colour and emotion that goes into each stroke he fashions. Until January 8. Nakkash Gallery, Garhoud (04 2826767).
Palette knife painting workshop As part of this workshop, participants will learn the basics of palette knife painting with Zoe Notara. Those taking part will learn about mixing colours and their values and perfect the art of using the palette knife by applying the right amount of paint and the right amount of pressure to each stroke. Dhs250. 7pm-9pm. Thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).
Foam Talent 2014 Foam, the Amsterdam-based photography organisation, will present a selection from its annual Talent Call, one of the photographic industry’s most prestigious vehicles for scouting young photographers. An exclusive masterclass accompanies the exhibition and will provide a rare opportunity for 12 snappers to gain insight and experience from three successful professionals working within the field. Until January 25. East Wing, Limestone House 12, DIFC (050 55 33 879).