22 1 / 2012
Algerian artist Driss Ouadahi reflects upon the isolation that comes with living in a concrete jungle, while his tell tale grid patterns speak of a disconnected world. His first solo exhibition in the Middle East, Breathing Space, opens in February.
Feb6 to Mar14, Breathing Space, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Unit 21, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3469906. lawrieshabibi.com
18 1 / 2012
For a taste of edgy young Emirati talent, strikingly original and bordering on the dark, the Gulf FilmFestival might be a good place to wile away some time. We hear that the Arab Film Industry looks rather favourably upon Mustafa Abbas who has both local and international screenings to his name; his claim to fame being The Alley, which was screened at Cannes a few years ago.
His most recent feature film, Criminal, is due to release at the festival this year.
17 1 / 2012
Dutch Multi-media artist Gaby Gaby’s debut exhibition to Dubai will feature MegaTulipMan; a superhero who travels the world in an effort to save it from mediocrity and status quo.
Feb15 to Mar10, Flower Power 2.0, Mojo Gallery, Al Quoz1, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Unit 33, Dubai. Tel: (04)347 7388. themojogallery.com
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Turkish snapper Nazif Topcuoglu’s Innerscapes exhibition opens tomorrow at Dubai’s Green Art Gallery
Jan 11 to Mar 3, Innerscapes, Green Art Gallery, Al Quoz 1, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Unit 28, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3469305. gagallery.wordpress.com
09 1 / 2012
Scissor Sisters touch down in the UAE this week. What’s On interviewed the flamboyant American popsters in our January issue (on shelves now), but we also grabbed an extra special word with the band’s lead guitarist Del Marquis (second left in the picture below)…
Abu Dhabi isn’t the first place you’d expect to find the Scissor Sisters…
No everyone’s shocked! It’s going to be hot and some people have said ‘Don’t leave your hotel’! I don’t really know much more. We’re anxious and excited. We’ve been playing a few cities that are firsts for us. We just finished playing Hong Kong, Bali and Singapore, then Abu Dhabi. They’re audiences that we’ve never played to before.
Will you be toning down your live show at all?
Unless someone briefs us with a dire warning that something might happen, we probably won’t. I don’t think we’re too risqué. I just think it’s a lot of energy.
The band are going to be hanging out at the Volvo Ocean Race on the day of the show – have any of you splashed the cash on a boat of your own?
I don’t think any of us have actually that much money to be into yachting. But we’ll go on someone’s yacht, you know. I might get seasick, but…
Ms Dynamite is supporting at the UAE show. Are you fans?
Ms Dynamite? Oh yeah. I remember her albums coming out. Honestly, I haven’t seen much from her since but we’ve always been fans, so that’s exciting.
What’s your favourite and least favourite parts of touring?
The travelling is the best and the worst part. It’s just highs and lows, with very little in between. Sometimes I roll my eyes if we’re going to some place we’ve been to before and there’s something about it that rubs me the wrong way. And then sometimes there’s great cities where you’ve made friends and it’s an opportunity to catch up. But everything on this trip is pretty fresh and new, so we’re wide-eyed and eager.
U2’s divisive frontman Bono once famously called you ‘the best pop group in the world’. What do you think about Bono/U2?
Fault them for what you want – anybody with a profile that big is going to get detractors – but I would never turn a song of theirs off. We’re fans. They do it better than 99 percent of everybody else. In the band we all love Zooropa the most out of all their albums. Ana [Matronic, SS vocalist] is giving me a stink face! Ana doesn’t like Zooropa at all. [Ana shouts ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ in the background] That would be my second.
What’s the story with your new album?
It’s nearly done and should be out end of the spring. I don’t think it’s going to be what you’re expecting. There’ll be some threads for people to grab onto but it’s going to require some of our audience to move with us in areas they may be afraid. [Jokingly] Every song is featuring Nicki Minaj. Ha ha. No, we worked with some other people but she was sadly not available. Does the record have a title yet? It does not. It’s not even that I can’t say it yet, it just does not.
Jan 12, Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 9pm, from Dhs295, over 18s. Tel: (02) 5098000. scissorsisters.com
05 1 / 2012
One thousand Emirati rowers will take part in the Abu Dhabi Traditional Rowing Race tomorrow (Jan 6). We wouldn’t miss it for the world.
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