What’s going on at Alserkal Avenue

From art shows to independent cinema

What’s going on at Alserkal Avenue
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Fancy getting a taste of culture? There’s all sorts going on at Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz, so dig out your best paint-splashed dungarees and dive in.

Carbon 12 – The Gloomiest Sunset in the World
Love a good sunset? How about a gloomy one? Get down to Carbon 12 for a neo-expressionist trip along the blurred lines of fantasy and reality at Amir Khojaesteh’s solo exhibition. The Gloomiest Sunset in the World is a satirical homage to classical portraiture by the Iranian artist, with peculiar works evoking an almost dream-like quality. The deceptive illusions and political messages evident in the body of work reveal a twisted sense of humour that will leave you captivated.
Free. Wed May 15-Sun Sep 1, daily 11.30am-7pm. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue (04 340 6016).

Cinema Akil
Cinema Akil has a programme of independent cinema to keep you scratching your head and asking those big questions this summer. The next couple of weeks sees the likes of The Journey, directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji and Ext. Night, directed by Ahmad Abdalla coming to the venue, and it’s thought-provoking stuff.
Dhs52.50. The Journey: Fri May 17-Wed May 29; Ext. Night: Fri May 24-Sat Jun 1, times vary. Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, www.cinemaakil.com.

Negus at The Third Line
Listen up – there’s a sound installation amping up at The Third Line and you can work those ear drums until Thursday June 4. The installation was created by Yasiin Bey in a collaboration with a group of artists in London in 2015. Negus unfolds through a series of varied installations around the world, with the Dubai iteration featuring Dream Study, a single five-minute long composition produced by Lord Tusk. The exhibition also features Nima Nabavi’s new work inspired by and made in response to the composition.
Dhs22. Until Thu Jun 4, daily 10am-7pm. The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue (04 341 1367).

Spring Break exhibition at Custot Gallery
When you think of “Spring Break” you’re probably not flooded with visions of cultural artefacts – but that’s exactly what you’ll get at Custot Gallery’s exhibition. The space is celebrating its third anniversary with a multi-artist exhibition with a collection of paintings and sculptures from modern and contemporary artists from around the world including Ethel Adnan, Ron Arad, Fernando Botero and Ian Davenport. Count us in.
Free. Until Sun July 30, daily 10am-7pm. Custot Gallery, Alserkal Avenue (04 346 8148).

TIBE NOW by Phillip Mueller
Get down to Salsali Private Museum for a selection of works from Austrian painter Philip Mueller. The exhibition, titled TIBE NOW: Free Drinks, Boots and Tickets to the Apocalypse, traces the evolution of Mueller’s practice in a response to a society doused in excess and corruption. Mueller’s style mixes classical painting techniques with an expressive painterliness rich in symbolism, yet full of chaos, and you can make your own mind up about it until Friday May 31.
Free. Until Fri May 31, open Sun-Thu 11am-6pm, Sat 1pm-5pm (by appointment). Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, www.salsalipm.com.

The summer schedule at Alserkal Avenue

To get some culture (and enjoy the air-con)

Al Serkal Coffee stops
Line the stomach with a mouthful of free chocs made before your eyes – and then sit down for a coffee and cake.
Open Sun-Tu 9am-8pm, Wed-Sat 9am-10pm. Warehouse 70, (04 333 5888).

Nightjar Coffee
As the name suggests, coffee is king. And, so are the roti rolls, small plates and sarnies at this trendy spot.
Open Sun-Mon 8am-6pm, Tue-Sat 8am-9pm. Unit G62 (04 330 6635).

Wild & The Moon
The home of detoxing, organic snacks, juices and grub that’s good for you and good for the planet.
Open Sun-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 8am-10pm. Unit H77 (800 9453).

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