6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this week
Around town this week we have a celebration of Scottish history with traditional fare for Burn’s Night, the start of the Umsiyat musical series, a relaxing offer for those still looking for "New Year, new me" boosters and a couple of great film screenings you won’t want to miss.
Burns’ Night at The Sportsman’s Arms
Enjoy a ‘Taste of Scotland’ menu in this annual homage to Robert Burns, the celebrated Scottish Poet. Sample traditional food including Cullen Skink, game terrine and Aberdeen Angus ribeye steak with each dish matched to perfection with a dram of Scotland’s finest premium beverages.
When: Monday, January 25, 6pm – 11pm
Where: The Sportsman’s Arms, 1st floor, International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, +9712 403 4235, www.zsc.ae
Price: AED 299 per person
7th Art Film Screening: Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
Curated by Peter Scarlet who has been described by Martin Scorsese as “one of the most passionate and knowledgeable people in his field”, the 7th Art film screening series this week presents ‘Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies’, a film by Martin Scorsese himself. Telling the story of how the early movies despite being considered trashy, went on to inspire Picasso and his peers, eventually leading to the transformation in fine art that we now know as Cubism.
When: Sunday, January 24, 7.30pm
Where: Manarat Al Saadiyat
Following an autopsy on former footballer Mike Webster, forensic pathologist Omalu detects a neurological deterioration that’s akin to Alzheimer’s disease. He makes his findings public, much to the chagrin of the corporate bods in the upper echelons of the NFL. Continuing to find connections between football and the fatal condition (then labelled chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a crusading Omalu joins forces with a former NFL doctor Julian Bailes (Alec Baldwin), a supporter of Omalu’s ethical cause. Together, they begin to raise awareness about the inherent, life-altering dangers the game’s players face. As an outsider destabilising one of America’s most cherished pastimes, the consequences of Omalu’s altruistic lobbying become frightening, and faced with the threat, the seemingly omnipotent NFL bites back with, shall we say, slightly less-than-honourable means.
In Cinemas Now
Mushrif Central Park opens its gates this week to a series celebrating the connections between music and poetry in the Umsiyat Series. Reflecting the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, each performance intends to discover commonalities and draw links in cross cultural understanding whilst highlighting the welcoming traditions of the Arab world. First to the stage on Sunday is Abeer Nehme and Band presenting over 20 musicians from the Meditteranean and Arab world, followed by the vocals of Faiz Ali Faiz and Chicuelo for Qawwali-Flamenco Sacred soufi songs and flamencos on Wednesday.
When: Sunday, January 24 and Wednesday, January 27
Where: Mushrif Central Park
Price: From AED 30 via www.ticketmaster.ae
Cinema at The Space
The much-loved Cinema at the Space programme continues with a restored classic featuring Paul Newman as ‘The Hustler’ this week. With a determination to be the best of the backstreet pool rooms, Newman’s character Eddie Felson seeks out the champ and won’t rest until he is victorious – but at what cost?
When: Wednesday, January 27, 7.30pm
Where: The Space Abu Dhabi, TwoFour54, Park Rotana Building, Ground Floor, www.cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Relax at Talise Spa
Most of us are still trying to let our wallets recover from the festive season, so if you’re in need of some ‘me time’ after all your visitors have departed then you’ll love the chance to perk yourself up with the offer of the month for January at Talise Spa – rejuvenate your party weary body with a 45 minute Turkish Hammam and receive a 30 minute head massage for free.
When: Until January 31, booking required
Where: Talise Spa, Jumeirah Etihad Towers, 02 811 5858, www.jumeirah.com/talise
Price: AED 450