SHOW TIME

Friday - - THE WEEKEND GUIDE -

Con­certs, mu­si­cals or com­edy shows – there’s plenty to look for­ward to this week­end and the com­ing week. At the Dubai Opera, Nel­son Man­dela’s in­spir­ing story comes to life to­day and to­mor­row with the Man­dela Tril­ogy. The mu­si­cal trib­ute (right) to the for­mer South African pres­i­dent also cel­e­brates South African mu­sic’s va­ri­ety with tra­di­tional Xhosa choral mu­sic, 1950s jazz and jive, 1980s strug­gle songs and 1990s lib­er­a­tion mu­sic. Fea­tur­ing a cast of 30 per­form­ers, the show will re-en­act defin­ing mo­ments of Man­dela’s life, from his tribal ini­ti­a­tion rites on the banks of the Mbashe River to his in­car­cer­a­tion on Robben Is­land, and fi­nally free­dom. Show starts at 8pm; tick­ets from Dh250 at dubai­opera.com.

From Novem­ber 16-18, Dubai Opera presents Mas­ter­pieces of the Bal­let Russes (above right). See per­for­mances of the two fa­mous bal­lets – Chopini­ana and The Fire­bird – cre­ated by the Bal­let Russes, a trav­el­ling Parisian bal­let com­pany that shut down in 1929. Show starts at 8pm; tick­ets from Dh250 at dubai­opera.com.

Afrobeats takes cen­tre stage at the One Africa Mu­sic Fest on Novem­ber 16 at Souk Mad­i­nat Jumeirah. The mu­si­cal fes­ti­val will see mu­si­cians and singers from all over Africa per­form at the Dubai edi­tion of this global fes­ti­val that has al­ready made its way to Lon­don and New York. The line-up boasts big­gest acts from the con­ti­nent in­clud­ing Nige­rian singers Wiz Kida and Tiwa Sav­age (right, be­low), and Kenya’s Sauti Sol. From 9pm-3am; tick­ets from Dh250 at plat­inum­list.net.

For a flash­back Fri­day, at­tend the Uriah Heep con­cert hap­pen­ing to­day at The Se­cret Gar­den at Jumeirah Creek­side Ho­tel. The English rock band known for clas­sics such as Lady in Black and Gypsy will be per­form­ing their sig­na­ture hits at the show. Dubai-based band Carl and The Reda Mafia will open for them. From 7.30pm-3am; tick­ets from Dh250 at plat­inum­list.net.

Cana­dian elec­tronic mu­sic fes­ti­val MUTEK is mak­ing its Dubai de­but on Novem­ber 16 with a three-day mi­cro fes­ti­val at W Dubai, Al Habtoor City. It dif­fers from main­stream EDM fests as it fo­cuses on and cel­e­brates dig­i­tal cre­ativ­ity, too; you’ll see per­for­mances by Amer­i­can DJ Jeff Mills as well as Rus­sian au­dio-vis­ual artist Dasha Rush and lo­cal artists such as Abri and The Dream­fleet. The fes­ti­val will also host dis­cus­sions and work­shops. From 8pm-3am; tick­ets from Dh260 at plat­inum­list.net.

For laughs, head to Omid Djalili’s stand-up show at the Mu­sic Hall to­mor­row as part of his world tour. The Bri­tish comic and ac­tor (above left) known for his roles in films Not­ting Hill and Pi­rates of the Caribbean will be per­form­ing twice to­mor­row – once at 6pm and a sec­ond show at 9pm. Tick­ets from Dh195 at plat­inum­list.net.

In­dian co­me­dian Vipul Shah, of the In­dian web se­ries Hu­mor­ously Yours, per­forms at The Junc­tion from Novem­ber 16-17. The elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer-turned-co­me­dian takes the dri­est top­ics and turns them into a hoot. Tick­ets from Dh125 at plat­inum­list.net.

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