Our editor’s weekly run down of essential happenings
Time Out Bahrain staff
Tonight there’s a book launch at Bizarre Lounge at Kempinsky for ‘The Awakening of Shamal, No Time to Waste’ a graphic novel by AL Thackray. It’s a supernatural quest set in Bahrain and revolves around old legends and the Tree of Life.
Tonight sees the start of a big weekend of rugby at the Rugby Club with the Midnight Vets Tens playing well into the small hours with teams from all over the Gulf competing. It resumes tomorrow for finals and presentations. There’s also a charity dinner tomorrow night and this weekend the club’s also hosting the HSBC Youth Rugby Series featuring the best young teams from around the region over Friday and Saturday.
Tomorrow (Friday) there’s Saikoro Wars, a big gaming convention at the BIC which will feature the region’s first alternate reality game, in which players interact directly with the fame, and a board game for 40-plus people.
Tomorrow (Friday) Bahrain Band Festival at Amwaj Marina featuring local rockers Motor Militia, Machine Gun and The Must as well as Filipino bands raising cash for Tacloban in the Philippines which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan late last year. Entrance is BD5 on the gate and there’ll be a barbie by the beach.
Saturday, February 8, there’s a boutique sale raising funds for Tony the Dogfather at the Dilmun Club from 10am-2pm. There’ll be designer and high-street clothing, household stuff, lots of bric-a-brac and last time they had some fab cupcakes.
Sunday, February 9, is the scheduled launch, winds permitting, of Sailing Arabia the Tour with teams of sailors from across the Gulf and beyond setting out from Amwaj Marina for some off-shore racing with Doha as the next stop. I’m sure if the public can actually get into the marina for the launch, as there’s usually a VIP sending them on their way, but if you happen to be around Amwaj on Sunday morning, look out for the fleet heading off, it makes for a pretty impressive sight.
Sunday, February 9, is the monthly meeting of Bahrain Writers’ Circle at Coral Bay with speaker Julie Lomas, who recently released a self help book ‘Comfy Slippers and a Cup of Tea’. They have a couple of other meetings during the month too including a creative writing workshop on February 17.
Sunday, February 9, is the launch of ‘The Randomist’ a new book from celebrated Bahraini author Ali Al Saeed at Albareh Gallery. The event starts at 7.30pm and Ali will be on hand reading excerpts from the book which contains essays, columns and blog posts chronicling his life.
Wednesday, February 12, is the first of two performances of Macbeth at The Cultural Hall on The Corniche. It’s being put on by UK touring company Shakespeare4Kidz but, if you know the Scottish play, you’ll know this is one that will also keep adults on the edge of their seats.
Friday, February 14, is the Rotary Club of Manama’s annual six-a-side tournament with around 40 men’s and women’s teams battling it out at the Rugby Club raising cash for local charities.