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10 things to do today: See the Emirati Adornment: Tangible & Intangible exhibit, get tickets for Madam Butterfly, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for February 21, 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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Nationwide

New movie

The Remains tells the story of a family that moves into an old Victorian home, where they discover a chest in the attic containing antiques tainted by a spirit. As the items begin to possess each of the family members, the spirit grows stronger. Thriller, starring Todd Lowe, Hannah Nordberg and Lisa Brenner.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (15+)

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Dubai

Film screening

Catch a screening of the 2010 German documentary Dancing Dreams – In the Footsteps of Pina Bausch, directed by Anne Lisel and Rainer Hoffmann. The film follows the preparation of a show based on Bausch’s choreography, made with 50 teenagers who had no previous stage experience, some of whom had never danced. A discussion will follow, led by Morgane Gauvin, who studied Bausch. The film – in German with French subtitles – includes Bausch’s final interview before her death in 2009.

Tonight, 8pm, free entry, auditorium, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

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Abu Dhabi

Art exhibition

See Emirati Adornment: Tangible & Intangible, an exhibition that is part of the Emirati memory project, Lest We Forget, which explores identity through modes of adornment, from garments, jewellery and weapons to henna, kohl and fragrance, grooming and hairstyles.

Daily until August 27, 10am-8pm Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays), Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Performance

The NSO Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Berryman, presents Hansel & Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck’s fully-staged opera in the style of Wagner. It features the mezzo-soprano Louise Merrifield as Hansel and the soprano Julia Teal Kermott as Gretel along with a cast of 80 Abu Dhabi children in the gingerbread chorus, witch’s dance and angel ballet.

March 10 to 11, 7.30pm gala evening on March 10; 2.30pm matinee on March 11, from Dh75, National Theatre, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Street festival

Make plans to attend the Festival @ Ideas Forum, and explore innovations through a family-friendly programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, games, movies, art and food. The NYU Abu Dhabi campus, which hosts the Aspen Abu Dhabi Ideas Forum at the same time, will be transformed into a street festival with stalls and stages.

March 4, 11am to 10pm, free entry, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ideasforum.com

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Abu Dhabi

Fitness event

Sign up to take part in a free fitness morning with Guava Pass and #theADmovement. This mixed event starts with a run on the beach and ends with a short abs-and-stretch class at Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa. Guava Pass members can register their friends to participate.

Saturday, 9.30am, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa, Abu Dhabi, register at [email protected]

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Dubai

Concert

Get tickets for Bryan Adams. The Canadian singer brings his Get Up tour to Dubai. Hits include Summer of ‘69, Run To You, Somebody and Cuts Like a Knife.

March 9, gates open at 4pm, from Dh295, Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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Dubai

Musical

Dubai Opera presents Madam Butterfly, as performed by the Welsh National Opera. The opera, by Giacomo Puccini, is set in Nagasaki, Japan, where a Japanese woman named Butterfly and her United States naval officer husband experience cultural differences that result in devastating consequences.

March 2 to 4, 8pm on March 2 and 3; 3pm on March 4, from Dh300, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Catch the opening of the exhibition Avoca-Avocado by Georges Mohasseb, who experiments with materials and textures – frequently including wood – looking for the most sensible combinations for his designs, which reflect the natural and organic forms of an avocado. Pictured: Avocado

Opens today, then runs daily until March 16, 10am-7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Art Sawa, Gate Village Building 8, Podium Level, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, 04 386 2366, www.artsawa.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

See images of Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor captured by her friend, renowned photographer Firooz Zahedi, during the movie star’s visit to Iran in 1976. The collection is unique in that it portrays a worldwide celebrity through the lens of a trusted friend, and the images have seldom been displayed in public. Pictured: An image by Firooz Zahedi

Daily until March 1, 10am-8pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), The Farjam Foundation, Building 4, DIFC Gate Village, Dubai, 04 323 0303, www.farjamcollection.org

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