This week’s art & culture to-do list

An ideal itinerary – as selected by our editors every week

Our picks of the week

1 Beauty Queen of Leenane at Ductac
See Wed 12.

2 Lupus at Grey Noise
See Mon 17.

3 Inside Zenith at Lawrie Shabibi
See Fri 14.

4 Independence at Meem Gallery
See Sun 16.

5 Arabic Lettering course at Tashkeel
See Sat 15.

Wednesday 12

Beauty Queen of Leenane Described by many as the most influential play of the past 20 years, Maureen, a lonely spinster in her 40s, lives with her manipulative mother Mag in an isolated cottage in the west of Ireland. Mag whines and bullies to get her way, while Maureen resentfully fulfils her mother’s every command. When Maureen is offered a last chance at love, she sees an opportunity to escape. But Mag has other ideas, setting in motion a chain of deceptions, secrets, and betrayals that are both heart-breaking and hilarious. This multi-award-winning black comedy surprises audiences through to its horrifying conclusion. Dhs50-Dhs85. 7.30pm. Until November 15. The Kilachand Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha

Thursday 13

Hidden Consciousness Renowned Iranian artist Mohammad Ehsai’s latest exhibition presents a series of paintings that explore the abstract formation of words and the viewer’s role in their metaphorical and physical de-construction.
Until January 15, 2015. Salsali Private Museum, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).

Friday 14

Inside Zenith
Driss Ouadahi’s solo exhibition brings together a selection of new paintings and works on paper. The work that inspired the title of the exhibition is modelled on impressions Ouadahi has built up of Dubai during recent visits. His method of practise involves working from photographs taken during his travels and meshing them with images from his memory to create a collage of different buildings and spaces, constructing a new, fantastical urban structure.
Until November 27. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Saturday 15

Modular Arabic Lettering (Part 1)
Conducted by Lara Assouad Khoury, this five-day workshop focuses on learning the basic rules of Arabic lettering and type such as structure, proportions, shape and families. Participants will be taught how to create an experimental modular alphabet, based on a limited number of shapes and elements, eventually defining a complete typographic system. The alphabets are created using a manual means of reproduction such as paper cut-outs, rubber stamps, stencilling, woodblocks and linocuts, to allow participants to focus purely on elements of modularity and repetition. The final outcome of the workshop will be presented as manually produced alphabet posters. No prior knowledge of the Arabic is necessary.
Dhs2,350. Until November 24. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).

Sunday 16

Steve Sabella’s ‘Independence’ is a body of photographic works realised last year. Sabella was born in Palestine and in his work he often considers the plight and struggle of Palestinian people in their fight for independence. We see a departure from collage, a prolific method in his past works, and the introduction of figures for the first time in some years.
Until December 6. 9am-3pm. Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Monday 17

Working with images, objects and mark making, Michael John Whelan investigates poetic relationships within geometry, astronomy and nature. Whelan takes the death of the last known Irish wolf in 1786 as a departure point. Presenting a new body of work, he uses photography, video and sculpture to explore ideas around science, history, memory and ecological relationships. Until December 4. Grey Noise, Al Quoz (04 379 0764).

Tuesday 18

25 Squared: Group Exhibition
The Majlis Gallery, the first fine art gallery in the UAE, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with this installation, which will feature work from more than 40 artists whom they represent.
Until November 30. The Majlis Gallery, Al Musalla Roundabout, Al Fahidi Neighbourhood (04 353 6233).

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