Music festival, live comedy and more of the best things to do
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 30-Saturday May 3 Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort Gardens' Mayfest The German spring festival boasts authentic beverages and food, as well as live music. Dhs195 (food only). Dhs395 (grape and hops). Wed-Sat 7pm-midnight. Until May 3. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort Gardens, Dubai Marina (04 399 5533).
Thursday May 1-Saturday 3 See Mirror for the Soul Innovative Russian drama group Theatre Alterum brings a unique brand of non-verbal, physical performance to Dubai. Expect to see a mysterious and challenging fictional world created before your very eyes. May 1-3. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6546).
Thursday 1 Get ringside for Fight Nights Boxing fans can rejoice as professional live boxing comes to Dubai. The monthly fights will take place on the last Thursday of every month. The main event sees former world champion Francois Botha touch gloves with Owen Beck. From Dhs150. 6pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills. www.timeouttickets.com
Thursday 1 Groove away at Blended music festival It’s day one of this ‘grown-up’ festival, which has an emphasis on folk, soul, blues and roots. Performing tonight are Aloe Blacc, Joss Stone and Australian folkster Xavier Rudd. Dhs350-1,000. Doors 6pm, show 7pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre www.timeouttickets.com
Thursday 1 onwards Watch The Grand Budapest Hotel There’s nothing like the glow of a truly great film – and this could be Wes Anderson’s keeper – to trigger some niggling reservations. Let it be said that somewhere along the way, after his mighty The Royal Tenenbaums and before Fantastic Mr. Fox, cosy became interchangeable with stifling, and the director’s perfectionism started to feel like a noose (at least to this neck). All Anderson had to do was fling open the doors: The Grand Budapest Hotel, set in a towering pink mansion situated somewhere in a dreamlike 1930s Alps, plays like a breakthrough.
Its main character is a beloved concierge, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes, cutting loose with his under utilised comic chops), who might as well be an elegant yet foulmouthed version of the filmmaker himself. His regime boasts military precision, but his code is one of love, as Gustave literally falls into bed with all his guests, by his own happy admission. Smartly, Anderson adds a foil, Zero, our narrator (voiced in older, decaying days by F. Murray Abraham), once upon a time a young lobby boy with a drawn-on moustache. Newcomer Tony Revolori plays him with the quaking excitement of an acolyte. A small shift, but a significant one: Anderson’s universe, as refined as ever, is under siege. Exterior forces of fascism, like a dead guest’s furious grandson (Adrien Brody) and his thug-like henchman (Willem Dafoe), gather, representing the end of happy days. Joshua Rothkop
Friday 2 Laugh away at Ardal O’Hanlon Better known to British audiences as Father Dougal McGuire from TV hit comedy series Father Ted, Ardal O’Hanlon hosts an evening of stand-up in Dubai. Expect observational belly laughs and Irish humour. Dhs125. From 8pm. Almas Tower, JLT, www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 2 Audio Tonic is eight with Lee Curtiss To celebrate eight years dominating the city’s house scene at one of Dubai’s most iconic nightspots, Audio Tonic brings in Visionquest big hitter Lee Curtiss for a guest DJ set. Free (guestlist recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).
Friday 2 Pindoll live at The Music Room One of Lebanon’s most promising upcoming bands, Pindoll mix post-rock, jazz and Middle Eastern influences into an indie-ish approach. If you’re serious about sounds, this one is well worth checking out. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2534).
All weekend (until Monday 5) Experience The Eye of the Woman Five female artists join forces for an exhibition celebrating women around the world. Freedom and honesty are the important themes explored. Until May 5. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (050 598 8206).
All weekend (Ongoing) Eat your way around Ibn Battuta Gate The new ‘dine around’ promotion takes guests on a three-hour tour of the hotel’s eateries, with one (of four) courses served in each. Dhs499 per person (including sparkling grape). Daily 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate (04 444 5421).