27 new parties in Dubai this week

Ewan Pearson at N'Dulge and Optical at The Music Room

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Thursday 17

A Night of Love with Mr Music Man
Taking the award for the most misguidedly-named gig this week is 67-year-old Chinese-Filipino pop star Jose Mari Chan (‘The Music Man’), who promises ‘a night of love’ – he’ll no doubt be breaking out all the classics. Dhs125-195. Doors open 6pm; show starts 8pm. Indian High School, Oud Metha, www.timeouttickets.com

Anthony Collins and Adultnapper at Trilogy
Trilogy offers a double bill for its first international guests of the year: upcoming French house and techno DJ Collins goes back to back with frequent US collaborator Adultnapper. Expect R&B on the terrace.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

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Bull Funk Zoo at Blue Bar
Funk-rock covers band led by guitarist Asaad Lakkis and starring vocalist Hamdan Al Abri, known for lively reinterpretations of hits.
Free. 9pm-late. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre (04 310 8127).

Club Anthems at Zinc
A selection of commercial house classics.
Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).

Deep Crates at Casa Latina
Expect funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat and more at this top alternative hangout.
Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

iLL Communications with Ewan Pearson at N’Dulge
Hear respected Brit decksmith Pearson, who has worked with the likes of The Revenge and The Rapture – and claims to have turned down Shakira. Warm-up comes from Hoolz and JC.
Dhs120. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).

The Laughter Factory

Dhs140. 9pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM,www.timeouttickets.com


Friday 18

Audio Tonic sunset sessions with Audiojack at 360°
After last week’s Dubai debut from PBR Streetgang was cancelled due to poor weather, this week we get another notable Leeds house duo at 360° in Audiojack, known for work on 20:20 Vision, Leftroom and for founding their own Gruuv imprint.
Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Massive R&B at Club Sensation
This urban night promises R&B, hip-hop, old-school, UK garage, funk and more, hosted by DJ Stylez and MC Money.
Ladies drink for free before midnight. Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 10.30pm-3pm. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 911 0600).

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Optical and J:Kenzo at The Music Room
Promoters Something Big have bagged drum’n’bass producer Optical, who’s celebrating 15 years of Virus Records, the influential ‘neurofunk’ label he founded with partner Ed Rush. He’ll be hyped on the night by MC Ryme Tyme. Also on the bill is rising dubstep name J:Kenzo, who’s labelmates with Benga and Skream on the leading Tempa imprint.
Dhs125. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 453 9727).

Spanish Flavour at Blue Marlin Flamenco fusion guitarist
Paco Fernández guests at this one-off Spanish-themed day, alongside resident Jean B and more.
Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Step On January party
For indie cheese. 9pm-3am. Free. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7750).

The Good Life at Shimmers
Chilled sunset session with beanbags, a mobile bar and DJ.
Free. 4pm-midnight. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

XL Beach Club
Expect a glamorous crew at this part beach club, part nightclub venue.
Ladies free, men Dhs100 after 11pm. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort (056 640 6161).

XVA night at Movida

The glitzy club hosts the renowned XVA Gallery to display artists’ work, including a special showcase of Iraqi artist Sami Al Karim.
Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).


Saturday 19

411 Saturdays ‘UV Edition’ at People by Crystal
A UV version of the award-winning urban night.
Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am, People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

D Chill with Natalie Di Luccio at White X
Chilled beach vibes with Canadian singer Natalie Di Luccio – known for working with India’s AR Rahman and Sonu Nigam – plus DJs Shadow and Blaze on the decks.
Dhs125 (ladies free before 8pm). 5pm-3am. White X Lounge, Rixos The Palm (052 906 4603).

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Mo Amer at The Gramercy
The Gramercy’s stand-up comedy nights resume with a return from Texas-based Mo Amer, known as ‘the Eddie Murphy of Arab-American comedy’.
Dhs175 (one drink); Dhs300 (three-course meal and drink). 9pm. Until January 20. The Gramercy, DIFC (04 437 7511).

XO Saturdays’ ‘Red Velvet’ at Armani/Privé
A top urban night of commercial R&B and hip-hop tunes, served up by residents Mass Ramli and Brooklyn, plus dizzying visuals from VDJ Barbu.TV.
Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

Sunday 20

Amika Intimo
Fresh beats mixing Arabic flavours with contemporary house.
Free (guestlist and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).

Mo Amer at The Gramercy
For details, see Saturday 19.
Dhs175 (one drink); Dhs300 (three-course meal and drink). 9pm. Until January 20. The Gramercy, DIFC (04 437 7511).

Swagger Sundays at Kiza
African beats, hip-hop and R&B from DJs Tribe and Kulcha.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 334 4159).


Monday 21

Mahiki Mondays Beach Luau
A weekly indoor event with a tiki beach party theme and ‘beach chic’ dress code.
Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

Manic Monday at Zinc
Chart hits.
Dhs75, free for ladies 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).

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The Fridge Concert Series with Jazz Hatts
The Fridge launches the 12th edition of its Concert Series with duo Jazz Hatts, plus special guests.
Dhs50. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).

Tuesday 22

1Up Karaoke Night
There are more than 70,000 tracks to chose from, and five free drinks for every lady through the door.
Free. 8pm-late. Ongoing. 1Up, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM (04 448 7928).

Dubai International Comedy Carnival
The first day of Dubomedy’s five-day comedy fest, hosted as part of Dubai Shopping Festival. The line-up was yet to be confirmed as we went to press: check www.facebook.com/DubaiComedyCarnival for more. Prices and times vary (see website). Dubai Festival City (no number).

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