See the first film in the Ciné Day La Nouveauté series, a new concept by Alliance Francaise Dubai, which features a relatively new French film each month. 9 mois ferme (9-Month Stretch) is an award-winning 2013 comedy by Albert Dupontel about Ariane Felder (Sandrine Kiberlain), amagistrate who discovers she is pregnant. French with English subtitles. At 8pm, auditorium, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org.
Celebrate National Popcorn Day at Reform Social & Grill by tucking into the favourite British flavours as determined by a Facebook poll – beetroot and goat cheese; English mustard; bacon and chives; or salt and vinegar. The winning flavour will be available tonight alongside special strawberry and blueberry popcorn in the colours of the British flag, for Reform’s Cinema Night featuring the Adam Sandler film The Waterboy. 8pm, Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, Dubai, 04 454 2638, www.facebook.com/reformdubai.
Meet the photographers Roland and Sabrina Michaud, who be at the Dubai International Writers’ Centre (DIWC) to speak about their life’s work and journey, and to sign their latest book, Enchanted Lands. This event is organised by Alliance Francaise Dubai in advance of the opening of the Michauds’ exhibition Mirror of the Orient, at The Empty Quarter gallery. From 5.30pm to 7pm, free entry, Dubai International Writers’ Centre, House No 290, Al Shindagha Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai, 04 355 9844, www.diwc.ae.
Attend the talk Circulating Baraka: Relics as Images Across Eras of Mechanical Reproduction. In many parts of the Islamic world, images of the relic of the Prophet Mohammad’s sandal circulate widely, which reinforces rather than diminishes its aura. This lecture by Finbarr Barry Flood will suggest that the advent of modern technologies such as lithography and photography enable its fulfillment. From 6.30pm to 8pm, conference centre, NYU Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island Campus, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad.nyu.edu.
Sit in on a talk with the Turkish artist Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, whose works are part of the group exhibition 1497. In Balcony Talk, she will depict stories, images and sounds assembled from her ongoing research on balconies as capable of thinking, speaking and of community. At 7pm, A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.alserkalaveue.ae/a4space.
Source: art & life