Lionel, Kelis, Easter meals and a Desert Triathlon
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 17 Sing along to the legendary Lionel Richie Promising ‘All The Hits, All Night Long’, Richie’s juggernaut tour is expected to leave no hit-shape stone unturned. Dhs350-1,500. Doors 7pm; show 9pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. www.timeouttickets.com
Thursday 17 See Horror film We Are What We Are Had your fingers burned by too many unimaginative American remakes of foreign horror films? (See Let Me In, Quarantine and Silent House.) Sceptical about this ‘reimagining’ of Jorge Michel Grau’s grisly 2010 cannibal indie Somos Lo Que Hay? Fear not. Against all the odds, Stake Land director Jim Mickle has cooked up a controlled, affecting ‘companion piece’ that honours the Mexican original while deepening its themes.
Transplanted from Mexico City to the fl ood-ravaged countryside of New York State, Mickle’s film offers a more female-centric family dynamic. Following the death of their mother and their father’s slide into depression, it falls to 17-year-old Iris and her younger sister Rose to prepare for a feast involving the flesh of a freshly slaughtered human. But as the day approaches, and reality bites, the dutiful daughters start to resist their dad and the demands of their traditions.
Meanwhile, fragments of bone exposed by the rain-swollen river make the locals suspicious. Captured by Ryan Samuel’s glistening cinematography, the rainsodden exteriors and softly glowing interiors are shot through with sadness, as the shy sisters struggle to throw off the bonds of zealotry. Flashbacks to the seventeenth century reveal the origins of their ritual. Although focused on the imploding family, Mickle’s simmering film confronts the visceral reality of their cannibalism. Yet even these flesh-tearing scenes generate a heartbreaking empathy for the daughters’ plight rather than disgust at their taboobreaking appetites. 4/5. Nigel Floyd
Thursday 17 See Kelis live at The Act Dubai The ‘Milkshake’ and ‘Bounce’ singer is performing at an event that will mark The Act Dubai’s first birthday. Tuck into Peruvian bites and enjoy live acts before the Grammy winner takes the stage. Reservations required. 8.30pm-3am. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).
Friday 18 Traiteur celebrates Easter Today’s edition of the award-winning Friday brunch takes on an Easter theme, with dishes such as roast lamb being served. Dhs465 (soft drinks). Dhs570 (sparkling grape). Dhs690 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
Friday 18 UAE’s strongest athlete Test your strength by pushing and pulling cars and trucks, flipping tyres and more extreme activities to become UAE’s strongest athlete. The competition is open to men and women aged 15-45. Dhs150 to enter, free for spectators. Fri 3.30pm-9.30pm, Sat noon-6pm. Until April 19. Ahdaaf Sports Club, Al Quoz, www.trainwithfast.com (04 880 0977).
Friday 18 Journeys of the Eastern Mind at The Music Room An ambitious conceptual bill which pits two of Dubai’s best known rock bands alongside German ‘freak-folk’ act Two Wooden Stones, who promise quirky ‘blues-inspired rock with Eastern overtones’. Elsewhere, Empty Yard Experiment perform their firstever unplugged set, with Jay Wud also on the bill. At the close of the evening, all three acts will take to the stage for a jam. Dhs80. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Friday 18 Peter Hook at Media One A real rarity – a musician actually deserving of the term ‘legend’ – Peter Hook lands back in Dubai to spin for Step On. If you don’t know who he is, Google Joy Division and New Order now. Hooky remains a somewhat controversial figure, what with falling out with Bernard Sumner and revisiting Ian Curtis tunes with his band The Light (heartfelt tribute or careerist exploitation? The fans are split). Here, however, we can expect a bagload of indie classics and perhaps some vintage house fare as the man behind The Hacienda, and much else, brings the party to town. Free before 11pm, Dhs100 after. 6pm-3am. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Saturday 19 Dubai Desert Triathlon A new triathlon in Dubai which combines endurance horse racing with a 25km cycling and a 5km run. Free to spectate. 5am. Dubai International Endurance City, near Bab Al Shams, www.dubaideserttriathlon.com (04 321 0008).
Saturday 19 Loco' Motion Community cinema screening Enjoy a thought-provoking film on the grass at Safa Park. Dreams is a magical realism movie based on the actual dreams of the film’s director, Akira Kurosawa. RSVP on Facebook if you’d like to attend. Dhs3 entrance fee. 7pm-9pm. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road. www.facebook.com/locomotionuae (04 349 4033).
Saturday 19 Shaggy at People by Crystal One for nostalgia heads, ‘Mr Bombastic’ himself guests on the mic at DJ Bliss’ trademark urban night 411 Saturdays. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).