From India with laughter
Catch Indian comedian Vir Das live at Bollywood Parks’ Rajmahal Theatre on Friday. The stand-up comic, who has his own Netflix special, Losing It, and has acted in Bollywood movies, is bringing his global stand-up comedy tour, The Loved, to Dubai. Tickets from Dh125 at bollywoodparksdubai.com.
CEO-turned-comic Atul Khatri will perform at the Emirates International School Auditorium on Friday night. Known for his jokes that touch on everything from the inevitability of old age to topical news, Khatri keeps the audiences laughing. Tickets from Dh60 at platinumlist.net. Show starts at 7pm.
Movies in the park
Yas Movies in the Park is back again at the du Arena from April 18-20. The al fresco cinema event will open doors at 4pm each day to screen family flicks The Incredibles, Mamma Mia!, Happy Feet, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire and more. Concession stands will be swapped for food trucks serving nachos, hotdogs and popcorn and a trampoline park for kids and opportunities for sing-alongs as live bands play hits from the movies. Watch the films for free when you register at yasmovies.ae or but your VIP tickets for Dh65 that includes access to a bean bag, two soft drinks and free popcorn.
Dose of creativity
Annual creative festival ING Creatives is back this year at the Dubai Design District. The three-day festival that’s on until Saturday (April 13), will host interactive workshops by graphic and product designers to art directors and comic artists, live entertainment and a creative market. This year’s edition will see talks by the likes of Lego’s senior concept lead Siddharth Muthyala, former art curator at the Guggenheim Sara Raza, Marvel character art director Josh Herman and more. From 9am-10pm; three-day passes from Dh951 at ingcreatives.com.
Slice of life
What happens when the lives of an Emirati waiter, a British businessman, a European entrepreneur, a Lebanese air hostess, a South Indian security guard, and an ethnically ambiguous investment banker intersect on a shared floor of an apartment building in Jumeirah Lakes Towers? The original play Just Like That taps into Dubai’s diverse makeup to tell a playful tale of tolerance and togetherness. After it’s successful run last year the play starring local talents like Asad Raza Khan and Layla Kardan is back at The Junction, Alserkal Avenue from April 18-20 in celebration of the Year of Tolerance. Tickets from Dh100 at platinumlist.net.
Spring in your step
Spring has sprung at Al Barari — the scenic residential neighbourhood’s private grounds will host a spring festival carnival full of games, entertainment and an egg hunt, from Friday until April 20. You can also check out craft workshops, a circus school, and performances and enjoy live music while kids enjoy the petting zoo and pony rides or venture through vegetable patches. Tickets cost Dh60; from 9am-2pm.
Reform Social and Grill has a barking good weekend planned for April 19 — the Brit eatery has joined forces with Howl & Growl Pet Boutique and non-profit organisations Umm Al Quwain Stray Dogs Centre, PARA UAE, Ahmed’s Rescues and 38 Smiles to conduct an adoption day. You can find your four-legged friends at the event that will be rife with pups and pooches of all shapes and sizes. The event will also educate pet-parents about core vaccines, have questions on nutrition answered by Furchild and more. From 3pm-7pm.
Sun, sand and sound
Rather Be hitmakers Clean Bandit will be headlining Zero Gravity’s One Big Beach Festival on Friday. The multiplatinum-selling band will be joined by drum-and-bass team Sigma, Ibiza’s sax and DJ duo Lovely Laura and Ben Santiago, as well as South Africa’s multi-genre group Goldfish. The beach festival will feature glitter make-up artists, entertainers and pop-up food stalls. Tickets from Dh145 at 0-gravity.ae. From 10am until late.
Re-write their stars
The roaring twenties take to the high seas with QE2’s Gatsby: The Immersive Experience. The legendary floating hotel’s decks will transform into scenes reminiscent of Fitzgerald’s classic American novel for an immersive, four-hour show that lets you decided how the play ends. Come dressed in your decadent best — bowler hats, flapper dresses and hobnob with the book’s protagonists. Will eccentric billionaire Jay Gatsby get his happily ever after with fickle Daisy? You get to rewrite fate for these iconic characters. From April 18-27; tickets from Dh350 at experiencegastby.com.