DIY Painting Participants will learn oil painting skills with Zoe Notara in this adult workshop. Learn colour theory basics and a variety of application techniques as you perfect the ability to create textured and harmonious finished paintings. The workshop includes all materials except oil paints – participants will need to bring their own. Canvases cost extra. Dhs80. 6.30pm-9pm. thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 3417303).
Loom Ensemble: Residency New York-based dance, music and theatre group Loom Ensemble found a new artistic home last year when they began teaching, rehearsing and performing at thejamjar. Now they will collaborate with other Dubai-based performance artists, to teach public workshops in their Interdisciplinary Performance Training methods, and offer weekly performances of their new show Prime. 10am-8pm. thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 3417303).
Art In House Ruxandra Mocean, a Romanian artist based in Dubai, presents her exhibition featuring works including Byzantine and surrealistic paintings with inspirations spanning from Western to Oriental influences. Until March 14. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, 19th Street, Oud Metha (04 310 4202).
New Pictorialism The presentation of photographs by Ali Azarmi, Danielle Rizkallah and Vivian van Blerk pays homage to pictorialism and to the origins of photography, whereby the precise objective reality promised by the photograph has to co-exist with the subjective perceptions of the human holding the camera. Artist Vivian van Blerk exploits the intrinsic material qualities of photographs by printing on sheets of glass using traditional photographic chemistry such as silver emulsion. Until March 5. JAMM Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 328 5169).
Sunday March 1
Othello: The Remix Created by the Chicago Shakespeare Company, this classic tale of tortured soul Othello gets mixed with a modern hip-hop vibe using music and dance to give audiences a brand-new take on the classic story. MC Othello is on his way to making it big in the entertainment industry and is gaining fame and fans while also falling for a beautiful singer. However, he will soon come across a very difficult obstacle in his life, which he must overcome to succeed. Dhs125-175. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 304 2340).
Ode to Dreamers This solo show is by UK-based Pakistani artist Sarah Sheikh, who has dedicated her collection to Dubai and all those with a dream. Like many other visitors to the city, the artist became immediately captivated by the spirit of Dubai with its architectural wonders, uniqueness, charm and special flavour. What has impressed her even more is that the dream of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai, and his family, to build a city in the sand – the city of the future – came true. Until March 2. Baginskaya Gallery & Studio, Jumierah Bay 1, JLT (050 556 2210).
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature The Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word begins today with more than 120 authors, writers and speakers from 25 countries speaking on a wide range of subjects. It provides the chance to attend literary discussions and participate in workshops. All sessions will be translated into Arabic. Prices and times vary. Until March 7. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, www.emirateslitfest.com (04 353 4002).