Food, music, parties and more things to do this month
Time Out Bahrain staff
Ballet at the theatre
Two amazing ballet shows are being performed at the stunning Bahrain National Theatre. On November 12 and 13 witness the stars of the Bolshoi Theatre – some of today’s best ballet performers in the world – put on a world-class show. Then, on November 19, the Suzhou Ballet Theatre are bringing to life the story of The Nutcracker with Far Eastern flavour. From BD20. November 12-13 and 19, from 8pm. Ages eight and up. Bahrain National Theatre, Muharraq. Tickets available from Virgin Megastore, City Centre Bahrain (17 172 300).Foreign film screenings
Film buffs are sorted, as Alliance Française screens two newly released French flicks, followed by Bahraini shorts. Mingle with like-minded folk, then watch Marianne Tardieu’s drama Qui Vive and Hussain Al Riffai’s Aswat. Free (members), BD2 (non-members). Tuesday November 8, from 7pm. Alliance Française, Isa Town (17 683 295).
The American Festival is back at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. Join Professor Cunningham & His Old School for a jazz weekend from November 2 to 4, followed by a Wild West themed fiesta from November 10 to 11. The grand finale, from November 17 to 18, is all about Rocky Balboa. Expect raucous Thursday Nights Out and Friday brunches galore. Plus, get the chance to win tickets on Qatar Airways to the US of A. Prices and timings vary. November 2-18. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, Muharraq (17 460 017).
Do your bit for the environment and join in Gulf International Bank’s “Beauty and the Beach” clean-up on Nurana Island. A full morning of family fun is planned, with art demonstrations and games going on, plus refreshments being served. Free. Saturday November 12, 9am-noon. Nurana Island, near Karranah (17 522 590).
Festive Fayre Whip out your wallets and save the date for the annual Festive Fayre, which is hosted by animal welfare charity the BSPCA at their thrift shop in Budaiya. Bag some serious bargains on ladies’ and gents’ clothes and accessories from a range of luxury brands, including Coach, Karen Millen and Ted Baker. All funds go towards caring for the country’s stray cats and dogs. Free. Saturday November 26, 1pm-5pm. 6 Busheiri Gardens, Budaiya (17 593 479).
Love a bit of bling? Then make a note in your diary to attend the sparkliest exhibition this side of the Arabian Gulf – Jewellery Arabia. It showcases stunning jewellery and watches by renowned, high-end boutiques and is open to all of the island’s magpies. Free. November 22-25, 4pm-10pm; November 26 noon-10pm. Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, www.jewelleryarabia.com.
Tuck into a huge selection of curries and grills from across southern Asia during Choices Restaurant’s brand-new Desi Dish Night, taking place every Monday at Art Rotana. Sample delicacies from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and more, and enjoy it all with free-flowing beverages. Get chance to win vouchers on page 81. BD15 (food and soft drinks), BD25 (with house beverages). Mondays 7pm-10.30pm. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).
Spanish Food Festival
Usually, the stunning, award-winning Tapas Bar & Restaurant at Sofitel Bahrain serves an eclectic medley of international flavours, but this month it’s celebrating all things Spanish. From small tapas plates to a hearty winter paella and plenty of calamari, guest chef Jordi is whipping up a whole host of dishes for punters to feast on, while you kick back and listen to the live flamenco tunes in the evenings. Prices vary. November 16-26, 11.30am-1am. Sofitel Bahrain Thalassa Sea & Spa, Zallaq (17 636 412).
DJ on the roof
Captain Tea, co-founder of Boho Baha, can now be seen entertaining the crowds twice a month on the lovely rooftop terrace at Nicole’s Restaurant. He’s joined by Sandra Knight on decks, amid quirky décor and funky vibes. BD5. Friday November 4 and 18, 3pm-10pm. Nicole’s Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge, Adliya (17 280 700).
Akcent and Jackson
EDM star DJ Jackson began by spinning decks in Bahrain and has since travelled all over the world, playing on stages with the likes of David Guetta, Akon, Ferry Corsten and Tiësto. Now he’s back on the island, in Bushido, for the worldwide launch of his latest tune Tonight, alongside TWO Akcent and Dollarman. It’s going to be wild. Free. Friday November 25, from 9pm. Bushido Lounge, Seef (17 583 555).
Since the tender age of seven, Franky Flowerz has been busting out smooth tunes on the saxophone, combining influences from contemporary music styles. Tonight he’s performing at La Fontaine, where a dinner is also served. BD20. Thursday November 3, doors open 6.30pm. La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art & Spa, Hoora (17 230 123).