Thursday 6 Go see a five star movie Killer Joe Killer Joe begins boot-deep in grime, as debt-ridden dope Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) hatches a plot with trailer-trash dad Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) to murder his mother for a lucrative insurance payout. They enlist the services of Killer Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), an assassin for hire who scoffs at the clueless duo’s several-instalments payment plan – until he decides that Chris’s endearingly nutty sister, Dottie (Juno Temple), will be reward enough.
Joe is a grade-A psychotic-cum-psychoanalyst who refuses to leave until he’s exposed every bit of this broken-down family’s moral rot.
Each of the performers clearly relishes writer and director Tracey Letts’ and William Friedkin’s unapologetic luridness, with special props to the fearless Gina Gershon as Ansel’s sleazily manipulative gal. But it’s McConaughey who is the real revelation: All Grim Reaper strut and cutthroat stare, he savours each of Letts’ vividly ghoulish lines as if they contained the wisdom of the ages.
The horrible, hilarious joke, of course, is that Joe is the void made flesh. And gazing into the abyss has rarely felt so good. Keith Uhlich
Thursday 6 Marvel at a British singing legend The former star of countless award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals in London’s West End, Sarah Brightman, is performing live today and tomorrow as part of her Dreamchaser world tour. Dhs350-Dhs1,390. 7pm. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 343 9139).
Thursday 6 See Steve Aoki at People by Crystal The famous DJ and founder of Dim Mak Records, who has Gossip, Bloc Party, The Kills on its esteemed list of signees, will be jetting in from Los Angeles for a special set. Dhs400. 10pm-3am, People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Friday 7 Play softball for a good cause Duplays and the Rotary Cosmopolitan Club of Dubai are organising a day of softball games and matches for the Dubai Autism Centre. Dhs250 registration fee. 10am-8pm, Dubai Softball Fields, Business Bay. www.duplaysdubai.playpass.com (04 447 2394).
Friday 7 Go to an arts and crafts market Head over to ARTE Market to browse cool hand-made arts, crafts, fashion and other items such as funky baby clothes and photography. Free. Noon-7pm. Until February 7. Dubai Festival City Mall. www.arte.ae.
Friday 7 See Timo Maas spin on the beach The DJ who cut his DJing teeth on the Hamburg club scene is rocking up for this special event. Dhs130 (free for ladies before 7pm). Dhs100 for men before 7pm. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (050 849 7332). www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 7 Go to a local record launch Local musician Craig Perry and his band debut their EP Small Steps, Big Shoes. The evening also includes five support acts. Dhs70. 8pm-2am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Saturday 8 Check out some skateboard art Artists including Her Highness Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum are using broken skateboard decks as canvases in this show. Free. Until February 28. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0490).
Saturday 8 Absorb Japanese art and culture The Archive at Safa Park is hosting a day of Japanese cultural events, offering guests a chance to learn the language, watch films, try Japanese flower arranging and kimono making. Free. 10am-10pm. The Archive, Safa Park (04 349 4033).
Saturday 8 See off The Year of The Horse If you thought you’d missed Chinese New Year, head to Hakkasan for the promotional menu. Dhs488 per couple. Noon-3pm, 7pm-1am. Until February 9. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 8484).