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10 things to do today: Musical options include Guns 'N Roses or a free classical concert, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for February 25, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Ellen Fortini rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.

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Abu Dhabi

Concert

Emirati pianist Eman Al Hashimi (pictured), French pianists Angelina Natal and Natalia Stetsenko, and French violinist Clara Saïtkoulov will perform in a free classical music concert presented by Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, featuring works by Bach, Mozart and Schumann,as well as an original composition by Al Hashimi.

Today, 6pm, free, Le Royal Méridien, Abu Dhabi, www.afabudhabi.org

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Abu Dhabi

Performance

Attend I Am My Language, a theatrical show as part of an Emirati-French cultural programme with theatre training called Trance-Forms. UAE-based actors and comedians from various backgrounds and countries present a performance that encapsulates the evolution of Abu Dhabi as a city and the UAE as a country, exploring the concepts of youth, memory and love through an assembly of dances, music, poems, stories and recitals of Arabic and French literature.

Daily until Tuesday, 8pm, from Dh150, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.800tickets.com

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Abu Dhabi

Photography exhibition

Catch the final day of Grace: A Retrospective of Dance Portraiture and Performance 1986-2004. Joanne Savio, an arts professor at NYU Abu Dhabi, presents an exhibition of works taken over a 20-year period. Pictured: Dancer and choreographer Susan Marshall

Ends today, 3-10pm, Project Space, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 628 8000, www.nyuad-artgallery.org

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Nationwide

New movie

Manchester by the Sea stars Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler, who becomes the guardian to his teenage nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) after the boy’s father, Lee’s brother, dies. Returning to his hometown of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, brings back memories for Lee, including what led him to leave for Boston. The film is nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Kenneth Lonergan and Best Actor for Affleck. Drama, also starring Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Gretchen Mol.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (18+)

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Dubai

Theatre performances

Attend the semi-finals of the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, with the Wildcard Final at 3pm and the People’s Choice Final at 8pm. The 10-minute plays are presented by top local independent theatre companies. Winners will go on to the Gala Final on March 10.

Today, 3pm to 5pm and 8pm to 10pm, from Dh100, The Junction, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.tixbox.com

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Dubai

Kids’ fun

Visit Global Village for the final weekend of the Kids’ Fest festival with a programme of activities, games and entertainment, featuring costumed characters from Angry Birds and Chhota Bheem, face-painting, balloon modellers, shows from Shaabiyat Al Cartoon and Globo and the dance show City Jam, plus much more.

Ends today, 4pm to midnight, Global Village, Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai, www.globalvillage.ae

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Dubai

Comedy show

Back to the Improv Comedy Night by Dubomedy’s Improv Revolution Troupe features high-energy, on-the-spot comedy with long and short-form games with audience participation including performers Omar Ismail, Alex Liccione, Simeon Goodson and director Mina Liccione.

Tonight, 7pm, free with registration, Centre for Musical Arts, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, register at [email protected]

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Dubai

Food trucks

Visit the #TruckersDXB event at Emirates Golf Club for a relaxed outdoor dining experience featuring some of the top home-grown food trucks. Al Ghandi Auto presents their #ChevynChill area with comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi. Truckers Market features local craft vendors, and there will be kids’ activities and live music.

Today, 5pm to 11pm, free entry, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, www.facebook.com/truckersdxb

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Dubai

Craft market

Visit the Marina Souq and shop for trendy and exclusive items from local designers including fashion, accessories, home decor and delicacies. Baker & Spice pop-up restaurant will be on hand and there will be activities for children including colouring and a petting zoo.

Today, 10am-4pm, fishing harbour, Umm Suqeim 1, Dubai, www.facebook.com/marinasouq

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Dubai

Concert

Guns N’ Roses return to the UAE, this time with original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan as part of their Not In This Lifetime … world tour. Hit songs include Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine and Paradise City. Dubai rockers Point of View will open the show.

March 3, from Dh400, Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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