1. Funny from down under
Australian comic duo The Umbilical Brothers are performing at the Madinat Theatre on October 30 – David Collins and Shane Dundas break all rules of comedy by mixing theatre, slapstick and stand-up.
After performing in more than 37 countries, and on shows such as The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Emmy winners (of The Upside Down Show fame) will be performing in Dubai for the first time. Show starts at 8pm; tickets from Dh189 at platinumlist.net.
2. Japan via France
Japanophiles should head to the Big in Japan weekend at Louvre Abu Dhabi. The museum will be hosting performances, film screenings, workshops and more, all inspired by its international exhibition Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Décor that looks at artistic and cultural exchanges between Japan and France, and the influence of ukiyo-e aesthetics on French modern decor.
Enjoy performances by Japanese Turntable Symphonograph Orchestra; performances by award-winning Emirati spoken-word artist Afra Atiq; screening of Anime films such as Emara, a web video series featuring a titular superheroine fighting crime in the UAE; and a three-hour masterclass by Maryam Al Atouly on how to write Manga.
All spoken-word performances, film screenings and the ARTogether projects are free with the museum’s admission ticket of Dh60. Visit louvreabudhabi.ae.
3. East fest
And the Far East fever continues in the capital with the Vietnamese street food festival at Sontaya, the award-winning Asian restaurant at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. All through October, the restaurant will serve a special menu including staples like pho, sambal, wok-fried seafood, curries and vermicelli salads. From Dh55, 6.30pm-11pm. Call 02 498 8888.
4. 30 x 30 = Fitness
Time to get your sweat on! Shaikh Hamdan’s Dubai Fitness Challenge is back for a sequel, which means exercise is on our minds for the next 30 days. The opening carnival kicks off at Dubai Festival City – the Festival City Mall will be hosting yoga, an obstacle course, climbing wall, foot table tennis, Fifa World Cup activation, Tread Wall, Target Football, Cross Bar Challenge, dance, Zumba classes and more.
There will also be fitness classes of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muai Thai, boxing and MMA sessions. Kids can enjoy a trampoline, snookball and boot camp sessions. You can also witness a stunning firework display and a special show at Festival Bay.
Other fitness-based events around the city include the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge build-up ride today at Al Qudra Cycle Track at 6pm; entry fees Dh70 per person. The main challenge is in December.
Kite Beach is hosting the City Swim tomorrow from 8am-10am. Give it your best stroke and cover 250m to 2500m under the supervision and support of expert kayakers. Dh150 per person. Visit dubaifitnesschallenge.com.