The To-Do List

Ahlan!'s guide to the good times over the next seven days
BySurena ChandeThursday , 13 October 2016
The To-Do List
We've got your guide to some great events happening in town this week!

BARASTI’S 21ST BIRTHDAY

WED 19 OCT

The iconic beach bar is celebrating entertaining the regions revellers for 21 years! And joining the party are Nineties legends Coolio, who will be performing his track Gangsta’s Paradise, Robin S with dancefloor hit Show Me Love and Fatman Scoop who will all be providing brilliant beats all night. Drinks will be Dhs21 until 9pm and the we’ve got some seriously surprising facts about the joint:

1. Celebs who have partied there include Will Smith, Ronaldhino, Ed Sheeran, Vanilla Ice, Maradona and Rod Stewart, and it shares its birthday with Kim Kardashian

2. Over 23,000 flip flops have been left at Barasti over the past 21 years – 75 per cent of these were found solo

3. It takes roughly eight hours to clean-up after Barasti closes!

INFO: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai

CIRQUE LE SOIR’S LADIES’ NIGHT

EVERY WED

The quirky club’s renowned Cartel night, which features international and local DJs playing RnB and hip hop, is now offering complimentary drinks for ladies until 1am. Enjoy watching the performers, who don’t constitute as your average nightclub entertainers, at this underground haunt. INFO: 10.30pm-3am, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 050 995 5400, reservations@cirquelesoirdubai.com

LADIES’ NIGHT BRUNCH AT LES CUISINES

EVERY THU

Grab your dancing shoes and head downtown to Sofitel Dubai Downtown for an evening full of food, drinks and disco hits from the Sixties and Seventies! The brand new evening brunch offers free house drinks and a range of international dishes, including spicy curries and creamy pasta, from traditional French cuisine to Asian specialities and Arabic classics with a modern twist. The dessert station rounds off the evening offering up macaroons, cakes and other sweet treats. Don’t forget to visit the beauty bar for all of your make-up needs. INFO: 7pm-12.30am, Dhs149 with house drinks for ladies, Dhs229 with house drinks for men, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, 04 503 6666, sofitel-dubai-downtown.com

MARKETTE’S NEW BREAKFAST MENU

DAILY

This dining hot spot has unveiled an unusual new breakfast menu, which has drawn inspiration from a range of cuisines given the multicultural nature of the region. For example, the chicken tikka Benedict takes the breakfast classic and merges it with Indian spices, while the breakfast fiesta comprises Mexican-style eggs served in a tortilla bowl with salsa and guacamole. We’re intrigued! INFO: 9am-12pm, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 04 339 8173; Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, 04 3471847; facebook.com/markettedubai

LATINO NIGHT AT MÉRIDIEN VILLAGE TERRACE

EVERY FRI

With cooler weather comes the return of Méridien Village Terrace and its al fresco dining offerings. Delight in its Latino, Latino themed night serving up authentic dishes from the region, all prepared in the open kitchen pavilion and paired with a cold buffet, desserts and house drinks. The piazza-style venue has introduced an array of other themed nights, so you can also give them a try! INFO: 8pm-11pm, Dhs159 for children from six to 12, Dhs229 with house drinks, Dhs269 with bubbly and premium drinks, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud, 04 702 2455, meridienvillageterrace-dubai.com

BACKYARD BARBECUE AT PERRY & BLACKWELDER’S
EVERY FRI

Chomp on barbecue treats like chicken, beef burgers, jumbo hotdogs and Cajun-style shrimp, with sides, salads and desserts like churros or toasted marshmallows, as you have the perfect laidback Friday at this American-inspired joint. INFO: 12pm-4pm, Dhs65 for kids with a barbecue and chocolate brownie split, Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs295 house drinks, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 432 3232, restaurants@jumeirah.com

GÉRARD RANCINAN AT OPERA GALLERY

UNTIL THU 20 OCT

See the work of this award-winning French photographer with a retrospective of his life’s work at this gallery. Using popular culture and western art, he creates critical and sometimes satirical commentary on issues around the world, along with portraits. With his creations having been displayed at museums globally, you won’t want to miss out on this cultural experience. INFO: Various timings, open daily, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0909, operagallery.com

DISCO LADIES’ NIGHT AT PURE SKY LOUNGE

EVERY TUE

Pure Sky Lounge is one of our fave spots, given its incredible views of the sea and Palm, and its ladies’ night has been revamped. It has introduced a sweet dessert-inspired drinks menu where you’ll find meringue-, marshmallow- and salted caramel-infused drinks, and you can sample them for free from 9pm to 11pm. If you’re feeling peckish, feast on Pan-Asian and western dishes and you’ll get unlimited drinks from 6.30pm to 11pm. With the resident DJ spinning your fave tracks, gather your girls and head down to the bar for a great night out. INFO: Level 35, Hilton, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 04 374 7888, pureskylounge@hilton.com

ROBIN SCHULZ AT NASIMI BEACH

THU 13 OCT

Nasimi is bringing a string of world-class acts to the region this season and this week you can see the creator of smash-hit tracks Sugar, Waves and Prayer in C. The evening is complemented with Hollaphonic also playing on the night, along with views of The Atlantis, plus entry is free all night! INFO: 7pm-3am, Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 055 200 4321,

BRUNCH AT TOTORA CEBICHERIA PERUANA
EVERY FRI

Peruvian cuisine has proven to be a huge hit in Dubai, and the latest addition to the culinary scene Totora has now introduced a La Vida Es Un Carnaval brunch. You’ll find Cebiches, maki, empanadas, anticuchos, followed by main courses and free-flowing drinks at this à la carte brunch. Those looking to carry on the party can head downstairs and can revel in music played by the resident DJ at Lima Lounge. INFO: 12pm-4pm, Gate Village 7, DIFC, Dubai, 04 399 9666, reservations@totora.com

VESNA’S NEW LADIES’ NIGHT

EVERY TUE

Fall down the rabbit hole at Vesna’s Alice in Wonderland themed ladies’ night where the white rabbit and Alice will be gifting guests with treats throughout the evening. With a three-course set menu and unlimited drinks all for just Dhs150, this is an unmissable deal! INFO: Mezzanine level, Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 352 8169, reservations@vesna.ae

NEW IN CINEMAS

CAFÉ SOCIETY
THU 13 OCT

With an all-star cast including Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell and Blake Lively, the film explores the life of a young man, Phil Stern (Carell) who moves to Hollywood in the 1930’s who falls in love with his uncle’s down-to-earth secretary Vonnie (Stewart). With a number of obstacles thrown their way, the story will have you hooked. INFO: Thu 13 Oct, showing in cinemas across the UAE

READ

THE GILDED YEARS BY KAREN TANABE

Set in 1897, this novel tells the tale of Anita Hemmings, a woman who longed to attend college. The only thing stopping her was the fact that she would have been the only African-American to have ever attended the prestigious college. However, those around her were unaware and believed she was a wealthy white woman, rather than the daughter of a janitor, but she knows her secret could be revealed at any time. Written by ex-Ahlan! editor Karen Tanabe, this true story has received wide critical acclaim, so give it a read! INFO: Dhs40 on amazon.com

NOW SHOWING

SUPERNATURAL
This popular American show is back with its highly-anticipated twelfth season. Lucifer not only be getting a new face, but also a new talent as the character will be seeing his love of rock ‘n’ roll and a new body as his vessel. We won’t spoil it for you, but be sure to tune in! INFO: 11pm, Sat 15 Oct, OSN Play and OSN On Demand

COMING SOON

Dates for your diary

POPCON

27-29 OCT

Featuring everything from movies and comics, to beauty, fashion and fitness, there’s something for everyone at this three-day event. Expect to see stars, concerts and workshops at the extravaganza hosted by Giuliana Rancic, and beauty icons Chrisspy and Etienne Ortega. Plus, there’s free entry for everyone who registers online. INFO: Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai Al-Ain Road, register at popcon.ae

CITY OF GOLD BY SOLE DXB
18-19 NOV

Sole DXB, the super-cool site sharing news about lifestyle and alternative culture with a focus on sneakers, will be hosting the City of Gold culture festival, which will highlight Dubai’s unique style. Brands including Adidas Originals, Puma Select, Nike and Level Shoes will be showcasing at the event being held in the trendy Dubai Design District (d3), where you’ll find concept stores, never-before-seen designs, along with a basketball tournament. INFO: soledxb.com

ELECTRIC RUN
FRI 4 NOV

The Electric Run is back, recharged with dance and party zones playing EDM and a new Electric Avenue filled with crazy lights that participants run through. You’ll also get an LED wristband that’ll sync with the music and other runners. We can’t wait! INFO: Dhs185 per person, Zabeel Park, Dubai, 04 398 6888, electricrun.ae

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