UB40, an arty market, food festival and African beats
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 3 - 5 Saturday Head to Comic Con There’s loads more than comics on offer at this huge sprawling annual event – so it’s not just the geeks who must apply. Meet celebs including Seth Green (Family Guy, Buffy), Tony Jaa (the Thai martial arts whizz from Ong Bak) and Michael Jai White (who has six karate black belts and played Tyson in HBO biopic), and hear live music from local bands Nikotin, The Boxtones, Physical Graffiti and more. There’s also an original Damien Hirst art piece for auction, a focus on Japanese culture, and if you do like comic books, there’s a $1 million worth of rare early Spidermans, Batmans and the like. Dubai World Trade Centre, Thu 4pm-8pm; Fri 12pm-10pm; Sat 12pm-9pm. Tickets from Dhs85 a day from Time Out Tickets click here.
Thurdays 3 See Downtown Dubai in bloom Dubai’s best landscape gardeners will be putting down roots in Downtown this week for the first Dubai International Garden Competition. The display will spread across the Boulevard. Free. 10am-10pm. Until Sunday April 6. The Venue, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.digc.ae (04 421 5959).
Thursday 3 onwards Watch the Wizard of Oz The family favourite opens a 15-day run at Madinat Theatre tonight. Expect to hear classics ‘Over The Rainbow’ and ‘Follow The Yellow Brick Road’ made famous from the 1939 movie classic. It’s from Popular Productions, the team who brought us Oliver! and The Sound of Music – so if you liked them.... Dhs200. 7.30pm. Daily until April 19, plus weekend matinees.
Thurdays 3 See UB40 at The Irish Village Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue play a gig at the popular watering hole. See www.timeoutdubai.com for our interview with them. Dhs175. Doors 7pm; show 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud www.timeouttickets.com.
Thurdays 3 Check out Grassroots Revue Head to this weekend of music, performance poetry, drama and comedy from a smattering of locally based performance artists. Dhs60. 8pm. The Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4b, Al Quoz, www.courtyardplayhouse.com.
Thursday 3 onwards Laughter Factory Ahead of their upcoming 18birthday celebrations, Laughter Factory gift us with a particularly tasty looking bill of touring comics, including ‘Comic’s comic’ Dave Fulton, and Andrew Ryan, who our colleagues over at Time Out London say is ‘utterly brilliant’. Catch them throughout the city over the next week. Dhs140. Movenpick JBR tonight and Friday, 9pm. Then touring. See www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 4 Snap up gifts at Arte market Head to Dubai Festival Centre this morning to browse hand-made products such as baby clothes, art and photography. Free entry. Noon-7pm. Until April 4. Dubai Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, www.arte.ae (no number).
Saturday 5 Attempt the Wadi Adventure race For an endurance challenge with a difference, why not check out this 10km event, with obstacles that will have racers jumping, climbing and swimming through the course. Dhs225. 9am. Wadi Adventure, Al Ain, www.premieronline.com (03 781 8422).
Saturday 5 Head over to a food festival Every Saturday until late June, Wafi is hosting its very own mini food festival. Taste of Wafi promises a family-friendly vibe, with kids’ entertainment, locally produced food and more. Free entry. 10am-7pm. Until June 21. Wafi Mall, Oud Metha (no number).
Saturday 5 Check out a hard-hitting art show Head to ‘The Replacement’ to immerse yourself in Mahmoud Obaidi’s first show here, which seeks to explore political propaganda. Until May 1. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).