Weekend Radar (June 27-29)
Films, Music and Performing Arts
Sit back and chill out beneath the weekend sky at La Cigale’s Sky View rooftop bar with music videos playing on a giant LED screen followed by live tunes by DJ Tony Schwery. It’s open all through the week between 7pm and 2am with a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from. For more information, call 4428 8204 or 4428 8888.
You know it’s a truly globalized world when a comedian who is of Korean-Vietnamese origin entertains an Arabic-speaking audience entirely in Arabic. Wonho Chung is this comedian. Chung, born to Korean and Vietnamese parents, was raised in Jordan and is fluent in five languages including English and Arabic. He has previously toured with the Axis of Evil comedy tour and has performed in over 27 shows in the MENA region. Watch him perform a stand-up comedy show in Arabic on Saturday at the Qatar National Convention Center, doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm show. Tickets are priced between QR250 and QR550 and are available at the Virgin Megastore website.
St. Regis Doha is presenting the third concert in their Encore! series on Friday evening at 7pm. This concert will feature Latin American and Spanish music with Mexican guitarist Mauricio Diaz Alvarez, tenor Neil Latchman and pianist Amira Fouad. The musicians will perform music by renowned Latin American artistes, Ernesto Lecuona and composers Maria Grever and Hector Villa-Lobos, among many others. The performance will take place on Friday at 7pm. Regular seats will be priced at QR190 including a grape beverage or a mocktail; VIP and VVIP seating is available for QR395 and QR795 respectively. Children under 12 can enjoy a 50% discount. For more information, visit the St. Regis Doha website.
Catch a film and light snacks (paninis, wraps, chocolate fondue, desserts) and mocktails prepared live at your table along with films, or national and international news and sports on a large screen that is 1.8 x 4.8 meters on Thursday and Friday at The Torch Café. It is open from 6pm until midnight. Visit the Torch Doha website for more information.
Experience Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony that the maestro described as “more the expression of feeling than painting” conducted by renowned American conductor James Gaffigan. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major will also be part of the evening’s performance. Gaffigan has previously worked with leading orchestra and opera houses throughout Europe and made his Vienna State Opera last season with La Bohème. Don’t miss this enchanting performance, which is the final concert of the season. Tickets are priced between QR75 and QR300 for the Saturday evening show at 7.30pm and can be purchased at the Virgin Megastore website. Doors open at 7.10pm at the Opera House at Katara. For more information, visit the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra website.
The Richard Johnson Quartet featuring Brianna Thomas is performing its final weekend at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha. Richard Thomas was instructed by some of the world’s finest jazz musicians and has studied at some of the world’s most esteemed institutions of music. The Quartet will perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center at the St. Regis Doha every night including Thursday and Friday at 9pm, 10.30pm and midnight and on Saturday at 9pm and 10.30pm.
Dinner and snacks are available between 7pm and 11.30pm. Although there’s no entrance fee, there is a minimum cover charge from QR250 that applies on Thursday and Friday except for VVIP seating. Call 4446 0105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Alternately, request a table online at the St. Regis Doha website.
As part of the DFI UK Cinema Showcase, the Doha Film Institute is screening The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Thursday at 7pm and on Friday at 4pm and 7pm at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium. Learn more about the film as well purchase tickets are priced at QR35 and are available for purchase at the Doha Film Institute website. Students enjoy a discount on tickets, theirs will be priced at QR25.
For an electric evening of commercial, R&B and hip-hop music, go to Round 5 with UK’s finest DJ Adam J on Thursday from 9pm to 2.45am at the Doha Marriott Hotel’s Pearl Lounge. Entrance for females is free while for males it is priced at QR125 with one free beverage. Arrive before midnight to get two free drinks and between midnight and 1am for one free drink. This is strictly a 21+ event with a smart casual dress code. For reservations or more information, call 4419 8444 or 6668 2688. Visit the event’s Facebook page to learn more.
Workshops, Exhibitions and Fairs
The Doha Trade Fair is coming to town once again. Opening on Wednesday at the Doha Exhibition Center, the fair will be open until July 6. Find everything you might ever need or just simply indulge your sight in things that you may have never heard about or seen before. From little curios to household items, everything will be under the giant roof of the Exhibition Center. In addition, there will also be an Entertainment Tent where live shows, music, two restaurants, cultural activities and competitions will provide a glimpse into traditional Qatari festivities. Kids will be able to enjoy face painting, entertainment by mascots and inflatables as well as a parade that will begin at 2pm everyday. The exhibition will run from until 10pm on all days. Entrance is free for all age groups. The exhibition will open at 11am on Wednesday, July 26. For more information, visit the Doha Trade Fair 2013 website.
Take a short course in the Fundamentals of Digital Photography on Friday (4-7pm), Saturday (6-8.30pm) and Sunday (6-8.30pm) organized by My Absolute Shot. During the course, students can learn about the technical details of using cameras and camera accessories. There will also be a workshop to apply all the concepts and techniques learnt as well as site visits. The course fee is QR650, enroll by calling 7769 9955 or email email@example.com for more information.
LAS Fashion, the fashion label founded by Qatar-based Bangladeshi-Canadian fashion designer, Layla Asjar Siyabi is organizing a Fashion Show titled ‘Raising Hope for Bangladesh’. The fashion show aims to raise funds for victims of one of the Savar building collapse in April 2013, one of the deadliest structural failures in Bangladesh. On April 24, 2013, a building collapsed in the Greater Dhaka area in Bangladesh. More than 1000 people died and around 2500 people were injured.
Along with the Spring/Summer 2013 collection by LAS Fashion, this exhibition will also feature a POP Art exhibition by Assil Diab and special guest performances by Ahmad AbaZaid and Austin Mourina. A minimum of QR50 must be donated at the door, however additional amounts can be offered too. The exhibition will take place on Thursday at Grand Regal Hotel from 7pm to 10pm. Doors open at 6.45pm. RSVP to the event by visiting the show’s Eventbrite page.
Every Friday from 11am to 4pm, enjoy a sumptuous family brunch at Concorde Hotel Doha’s Olives restaurant, prepared by experienced French-Lebanese chef, Chef Noel Abdallah. In addition to a rich spread of dishes, there will also be live cooking stations along with kids’ food items, a selection of juices as well as entertainment options for kids such as face painting, clowns etc. The brunch is priced at QR125 per person. For reservations, call 4407 3333.
Is the unusual what you seek? Here’s something for you. Visit Al Dana at Sharq Village & Spa, deposit your mobile devices upon arrival and receive a 20% discount on your a la carte total bill. This offer is valid throughout the month of June on any day except Sunday. Call 4425 6666 for reservations or for more information.
Enjoy a delectable Friday Family Brunch at the Diplomatic Club’s Al Sayyad Restaurant. Select from any one of four set menus priced at QR235, QR270, QR375 and QR420 featuring hot and cold mezze, seafood, desserts, water and juices. Call 4484 7470 for more information or visit Al Sayyad Restaurant’s page on the Diplomatic Club website for more details.
Are you up early even on the weekends and are looking for a delicious Parisian breakfast to kickstart your day? You can now indulge in a decadent selection of pastries, mini viennoiseries, croissants, muffins, schnecken, or even organic bread, butter, jam and honey for breakfast from 8am to 11am at Chac’late in Katara. Visit Chac’late’s Facebook page for more information. Or call 4480 0733.
Enjoy traditional light Arabic food, beverages and flavourful shisha alfresco at Oryx Rotana’s Al Nafourah Gardens. Al Nafourah is open daily from 5pm to 2am. Call 4402 3333 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you experienced Theme Nights at Flying Carpet restaurant at The Torch Doha? These begin on Wednesdays with Tex-Mex nights; Thursdays are all about seafood here with Seafood Delight as the theme; on Fridays, it’s Arabian Nights featuring a delectable spread of Arabic cuisine; and on Saturdays, enjoy a selection of dishes from various places from Mediterranean countries such as Italy, Lebanon, Greece, Spain and more. On Thursday, the dinner buffet is priced at QR250 per person and on Friday and Saturday, it is priced at QR190 per person on each night. Call 4446 5600 for reservations or more information. [This weekend until Thursday, enjoy yummy Italian cuisine at Flying Carpet’s Mamma Mia Week, All About Italy.]
For a light breakfast, try the coddled eggs at the Kempinski Doha’s Gourmet House with a choice of spinach, bresaola or salmon, a choice of bread from their wide selection. This is accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee along with a scone with clotted cream and jam. All of this is just for QR50 per person between 7am and 11.30am every morning. Call 4405 3326 or email email@example.com for reservations.
Health, Fitness and Sports
Visit the Kulluna kiosk on the second floor at City Center throughout the week to get tested for obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease beginning at 4pm. The last day for these is Saturday. Visit the Kulluna Facebook page for more information.
Push your body as far as it can go by participating in the 3/15 Workout, a combination of three different components of cardiovascular exercise – choreography, cardio basic step choreography as well as shaping and toning of the body. Each of these three exercises lasts 15 minutes each and will take place on Thursday from 4pm to 5pm at the Intercontinental Doha. The class is priced at QR30 for members and QR50 for non-members. For more information, call 4484 4852.
The Qatar Handball Association is organizing the annual Qatar International Handball Tournament for men at Al Gharaffa Sports Club between Monday and Friday (June 24 and 28). Call the Qatar Olympic Committee at 4494 4100 to learn more.