As all the back-to-school fever kicks in this week, catch some old school lovin’ at a screening of the Hindi play Chuhal (mirth) today at The Junction. Directed by actor-director Manav Kaul (last seen in the Bollywood films Tumhari Sulu and Badla), the romantic-comedy play recreates the nostalgia of love and romance in a small town of India in the early nineties through the unusual story of Sudhir and Aarti, who might be in love, through a series of playful banter and light-hearted insightful conversations. The play blends realism and will have two versions with different set of actors playing the lead couple. Tickets from Dh50 at thejunctiondubai.com; show starts at 7.30pm.
Leading life coach and business strategist Tony Robbins’s motivational seminar Achieving The Unimaginable will happen at the Coca Cola Arena, Dubai on September 3. The celeb-endorsed self-help guru (Serena Williams, Hugh Jackman and Oprah Winfrey are clients) is known for his galvanising rock concert-style event and will be visiting the UAE to motivate and inspire young entrepreneurs – perfect to energise you out of the summer inertia and unlock your inner potential. He’ll be joined on stage by Girl is On Fire-hitmaker Alicia Keys and New York Times best-selling author and person of determination, Nick Vujicic. From 12pm-8pm; tickets from Dh1,499 at platinumlist.net.
Run to the mall
There’s no sale you need to rush to, it’s just the The Cigna Park run back for its September edition. The untimed, free community race is swapping the humid outdoors for the air-conditioned halls of Ibn Battuta Mall on September 7. The race, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month, aims to promote fitness and well-being and is open to runners of all levels from rank beginners to seasoned sprinters, so you can round up family and friends and make it fun day out (followed by some retail therapy). The September edition kicks off at the China Court on September 7. Race start at 8.30am; register at cignaparkrun.com.
Riddle me this
Dubai Opera and the Shanghai Opera House have teamed up to showcase Puccini’s final creation, Turandot from September 5-7. Set in ancient Peking, the final composition of the legendary Italian composer revolves around the story of the hard-to-please Princess Turandot who has invited probable suitors to solve three riddle to win her hand in marriage. A clever prince does manage to solve all of Princess Turandot’s riddles but gives her a run for her money with a riddle of his own – the mystery of his name. The critically-acclaimed masterpiece has been directed by Roberto Ando and stars over 200 artists. Show starts at 8pm on all three days; tickets from Dh300 at dubaiopera.com.
Movie night for kids
Before homework occupies all their time, take the kids for a screening of the adventure-comedy German film The Pasta Detectives, which showing at Cinema Akil this month. Based on Andreas Steinhofel’s eponymous best-selling novel, the film is about the incredible friendship between 10-year-old Rico, an optimist with learning difficulties, and the incredibly gifted Oskar who is unexpectedly kidnapped. What ensues is an adventure Niko sets off on to rescue friend. The film explores sensitive themes through quick-witted dialogue. Shows today and tomorrow at 4.45pm; tickets from Dh52.50 at cinemaakil.com.
Indian comic Karunesh Talwar will be performing at Bollywood Parks, Dubai on September 6. Considered one of India’s most widely-viewed stand-up comics (he has nearly 26.6 million views across just seven YouTube videos) Karunesh’s witty performances rely on razor-sharp writing and has seen packed houses from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, London’s Soho Theatre laugh out loud. Show starts at 8pm; tickets from Dh75 at platinumlist.net.
Laugh the write way
VDesi Laughs, the homegrown comedy collective, is hosting a battle of wits – the Comedy World Cup on September 4 at The Clavichord, Signature 1 Hotel at Barsha Heights. The comedy competition will see eight comics from eight different countries take to the stage for 10 minutes each – the wittiest of the lot, with the best comic timing will take home the title of the funniest person. Hosted by Maher Bharwany, the event will have comics participating from the UAE, USA, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Egypt. Show starts at 9pm and there’s a cover charge of Dh55 per person. Call 050 8241 453 for reservations.