Live jazz, Chinese New Year, stand-up comedy and more things to do
Time Out Bahrain staff
Turning Japanese Thu 5 to Wed 11 Head out to the Gulf Hotel’s award-winning Japanese restaurant Sato where they’re celebrating Japan National Week. Chef Naotaka Tokuhisa has created a special set menu full of complex yet authentic flavours to be enjoyed for BD22++ per couple. Call 1771 3000.
The gents’ cook off
Tue 3 and Wed 4 Gentlemen, join the Royal Golf Club’s executive chef Paul Gindra on these two days as he teaches you how to cook a three-course Valentine’s dinner to impress your loved one. Day one focuses on the starter and main course, while day two covers the dessert and garnishes. Classes take place from 6pm to 7.30pm on both nights and it costs BD30 for the two-day course. Call 1775 0777.
Take the grape
Wed 4 The monthly grape beverage tasting at Repartee Lounge in The Royal Golf Club is being held tonight from 7pm. Guests must be over 18 and it’s BD8 for members or BD10 for non-members for the night. Call 1775 0777.
Au pays des Mollahs Until Thu 5 Catch the end of Albareh Art Gallery’s exhibition ‘Au Pays des Mollahs’ or ‘Mollah’s Land’ which introduces you to paintings by Iranian-Canadian artist Sayeh Sarfaraz. Follow as she translates the movements of social uprising into aesthetic forms, her drawings taking root from the Persian miniatures culture but expressed in a contemporary way with modern references. Call 1771 3535.
The perfect catch Mon 2, 9, 16 and 23 Dive into fresh aquatic delicacies at the Movenpick Bahrain Hotel. They’ve set up a live cooking station offering delicious seafood selections for you to enjoy, followed by a relaxing 60-minute massage of your choice with the addition of a private steam room. This offer is only valid through February and costs BD48 per person. Call 1746 0000.
Mark Chinese New Year
Tue 10 to Sat 21 China Garden at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain is celebrating Chinese New Year. Chef Wang has created a special menu with items such as the kung hei fat choy prawns tofu soup and wok-fried lobster with hot and sweet sauce. Call 1771 3000.
Giggle with the Chuckle Club
Wed 11 to Fri 13 Comedians Dana Alexander, Tom Allen and Mark Normand are flying in for three nights on the trot with gigs at the Rugby Club, The British Club and the InterContinental Regency hotel. Gigs start from 8.30pm and tickets are BD15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3666 3509.
Sat 14 Those of you who celebrate this day of love will be glad to know there’s plenty going on around the island to mark the occasion. Just flip to page 25 to find out what’s going on and where.
All the single ladies (and fellas)
Sat 14 Sick of all that soppy Valentine’s Day stuff? Then head out to the Gulf Hotel’s Sherlock Holmes where they’re hosting an Anti-Valentine’s party with a special promotion for singles to double up your drink throughout the night. Call 1771 3000.
Behind the potter’s wheel Mon 2, 9, 16 and 23 Get acquainted with the potter’s wheel at EZ Art Pottery Studio where they’re hosting an open studio which welcomes all levels. New methods will be demonstrated and technical support is given from 10am to 3pm each Monday. It’s BD30 for four sessions. Call 1759 1585.
The art of mosaics for kids Thu 5, 12, 19 and 26 Kids get crafty at EZ Art Pottery Studio where they’ll learn how to create objects from clay, as well as make a mosaic project from a huge range of pre-cut coloured tiles. From 3.30pm to 5pm kids aged four to eight can join in for BD30 (four sessions), then from 5pm to 7pm children from nine to 13 can get involved for BD35 (four sessions). Call 1759 1585.
Junior desert survival adventures Sun 15 and Mon 16, Tue 17 and Wed 18 Kids aged seven to eight can join Tribal Fitness for a two-day adventure in the desert to learn safe fire lighting, shelter building and trapping skills for BD75. Advanced levels one, two and three, ages nine to 15 can do the same for BD95 including an overnight stay. Visit www.tribalfitness.com/jnrds
Tai Chi for Chinese New Year Thu 19 The Royal Sporting Club at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain is hosting a complimentary Tai Chi session at Seabreeze to fight stress, improve flexibility and balance, and to mark Chinese New Year. Join instructor Joselito to learn more about the ancient martial art from 6pm to 7pm. Call 1758 6499.
Get your aquathlon on Fri 20 If you like swimming and running, then pair up or individually compete in the 7th Aquathlon race at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa. Register at the Royal Sporting Club by 7.30am on the day for BD10 (members) or BD15 (non-members) and get stuck in to the one kilometre swim and six kilometre run around the resort. It’s on from 8am to 10am. Call 1758 6612.
Green fingers unite Thu 26 to March 1 Agricultural empowerment is the theme of this year’s Bahrain International Garden Show which kicks off on February 25th with a grand opening. This event will showcase capacity building programmes aimed at experts, enthusiasts, school students and graduates. Visit www.bigs.com.bh
Fri 27 The Italians are known for their fresh and simple flavours. This month, the Movenpick Bahrain Hotel has decided to celebrate this love of food at their La Bella Vita + Eatlian brunch where you’ll enjoy fresh flavours alongside rich grapes for BD35 net from 12.30pm to 4pm. Call 1746 0017.
Food festival and farmers’ market
Fri 27 Introducing the best of Bahrain’s culinary scene is The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain with their farmers’ market from 8am, followed by a food festival from noon to 4.30pm. Starting on the croquet lawn, the market will also offer a traditional Bahraini breakfast and saffron juice, followed by a seafood barbecue and live cooking stations at Overlook. Call 1758 6499.
Get out in your bedtime get up Fri 27 Head out for a night on the town as Dublin Club host a pajama and beachwear party from 5pm to 2am. Resident band The Volume and DJ Andy Gates are bringing you all the biggest summer hits from 9pm, while you enjoy a three-course dinner for BD10. Call 1781 1688.
Colourama at Bushido Fri 27 DJ JustKott, resident at Paris-based Barrio Latino, is heating up Bushido with a Latino flavour for their Colourama extravaganza. This DJ has performed with the likes of Ricky Martin, Los Del Rio and Bananarama, and is now mixing it up with Bahrain’s DJ Albert-L. The party starts from 9pm and it’s free entry for ladies, while gents pay BD10 in advance or BD20 on the door. Call 1758 3555.