Things to do in Doha: October

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Arabian influence

A hard-hitting exhibition has arrived in the city by Iraqi-Canadian contemporary artist Mahmoud Obaidi. His exhibition Fragments deals with difficult issues surrounding current political debates, approaching ideas of inequality and injustice in everyday life, and picking apart the stereotypes and judgements we place on others. One of the world’s most important contemporary Arab artists, Obaidi recently exhibited his own solo show at the 56th Veice Biennale, and his work is collected by institutions from The Museum of Modern Art Bay-Saint-Paul in Quebec, and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, right here in Doha.
Opens October 18. QM Gallery, Katara Cultural Village (4422 4444).

October 1-4

Eat this

A bespoke menu for jones the grocer, created by chef Peter Gordon, is still available until October 2. Dishes include miso-baked aubergine with dates, feta, crispy buckwheat and tahini yoghurt, and a pear and kiwi lassi.
Available at The Pearl-Qatar(4407 7175), and The Gate Mall (4029 6928) branches.

Buy this

Purchase from a variety of Pink pastries, desserts and drinks at Quick Bites and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the Qatar Cancer Society.
From QR25. October 1-31. Quick Bites, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha (4419 5000).

Try this

A rich menu of dishes from different provinces of the Philippines will be available at Hwang, curated and cooked by international celebrity chef Michelle Adrillana, who is flying in specially.
Prices à la carte. October 4-25. Hwang, InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

October 5-10

The legendary DJ live

Bob has been a music giant since the ’90s, when pioneers of the decade's clubbing scene first encountered his track Gym Tonic. Others will know him best from his two huge hits in the mid-noughties: Love Generation and World Hold On which both shot to number one around the world. His eclectic music ranges from disco house to reggae re-works of his biggest hits, and you can hear them all this month at Crystal.
QR250 (gents), QR150 (ladies). Friday Oct 7, 12am. Crystal, W Doha (5500 3898).

Milkshake madness at quick bites

Try the ‘freaky breakfast’ made with oatmeal, peanut butter, honey, soy milk garnished with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and Nutella, or the ‘Donuts go nuts’ topped with no less than two whole donuts and kronuts.
From QR35. Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha (4419 5000).

Win a designer handbag

That’s right. Going to ladies’ night at Strata means being in with the chance to win a designer bag from a raffle draw. Every week. Ladies also get one welcome beverage.
Free for ladies, QR75 (gents after 9pm). Wednesdays 9pm-2am. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

Learn to cook Levantine
Have you always wanted to know how to make amazing mezze? Where better than at Time Out Doha’s Best Middle Eastern, award-winning restaurant? Cook with Chef Julien who will teach you how to put a bit of a twist on Levantine mezze before you sit down to enjoy a three-course meal of your own creations.
QR295 per person. Mondays 11am-2.30pm. Pre-booking essential. Al Sufra, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, restaurants.marsamalaz@kempinski.com (4035 5011).

The backyard is back

After a summer hiatus, The Backyard is returning to a lawn near you. As always, expect beanbags, fairy lights, and a chilled-out picnic vibe with barbecue stations. And, of course, an excellent set of musicians performing live.
Free for ladies before 8.30pm; QR65 (ladies after 8.30pm, with a beverage), QR100 (gents, with a beverage). Fridays 6pm-2am. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Centre (4485 3000).

October 11-15

Incredible Middle Eastern art

One the region’s most formidable artists, Dia Al-Azzawi, will present an incredible 50-year retrospective in Doha, curated by Catherine David, Deputy Director at Centre Pompidou in Paris. Titled, I am the cry, who will give voice to me? Dia Al-Azzawi: A Retrospective (from 1963 until tomorrow) it will feature painting, sculpture, drawing, print and artist books, incorporating original and limited editions of artworks on view for the first time.
Free. Opens 16 October until April 2017. Showing at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (4402 8855) and QM Gallery Al Riwaq (4452 5555).

Try a Brazilian brunch

Delicious Brazilian meats, flambéd desserts and a lively Brazilian band are all reasons to book yourself a table at this lively Latin brunch.
QR260 (with soft drinks), QR335 (with selected beverages). Fridays 12.30-3.30pm. Ipanema, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel (4419 5000).

Stretch this

Do your bit to raise awareness at a pink full moon yoga session where a group of speakers will also be demonstrating, educating and sharing experiences of breast cancer.
Free, pre-registration required. Saturday Oct 15, 7pm. Four Seasons Hotel Doha, West Bay (4494 8801).

October 16-21

Hit a meaty ladies night
Load up on delicious barbecue meats cooked in a Churrasco grill on spitroasts and served from a sword-sized skewer at the fun, notable Latino Steakhouse.
QR199 (all you can eat, food only), free beverages for ladies all night. Wednesdays, 7pm-11.30pm. Latino Steakhouse, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Centre (4485 3000).

Indulge in black truffles
Il Teatro has re-opened following a brief summer closure, and it’s back with style, kicking things off with a special promotional menu of dishes made with one of the most expensive mushrooms in the world: black truffle.
Prices à la carte. Open Sun-Fri 6.30pm-10.30pm. Four Seasons Hotel Doha, West Bay (4494 8600).

The Laughter Factory

This month's roster includes a fast-talking Scott, an over-sharing Canadian and a neurotic Englishman. Outspoken Canadian Allyson June has been nominated for Best Female Stand-up at the Canadian Comedy Awards, while cheeky-chappy Larry Dean arrives fresh off the back of five-star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe. Last but not least, witty Brit Nick Dixon has appeared on Comedy Central at The Comedy Store.
QR140. Monday Oct 17 and Tuesday Oct 18, 8pm. The Grand Hyatt Doha, www.thelaughterfactory.com (00971 50 878 6728).

Eat dim sum

Shangri-La’s chic new restaurant-lounge Shanghai Club is now officially open, with a menu of delectable dim sum plus soup, noodles, stir fries (try the spicy tofu and lobster) and more.
Open for dinner daily 7.30pm-11.30pm. Saturdays 12.30pm-4pm. Shangri-La Hotel Doha, West Bay (4429 5295).

October 22-25

La Noche Doha
Hang out next to the private beach of The St Regis listening to live Latino rhythms and savouring Caribbean snacks along with beverages and shisha.
QR100 (with a beverage). Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday sunset-2am; Thursday and Friday 8pm-2am. The St Regis Doha (4446 0000).

Watch jazz
Jazz Club at Oryx Rotana has an all-new resident band all the way from South Africa, with a lively set list of original fusion tracks featuring jazz, soul and funk.
Open Sun-Fri 5pm-2am; band playing Sun-Wed 9pm-12.30pm and Thu-Fri 9pm-1.30am. Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwaylina (4402 3333).

Cook like a pro

Learn everything from Indonesian or Thai food, to Spanish cuisine, chocolate desserts or cupcakes, cooking and lollipops from the talented chefs at The St Regis. The fun, hands-on classes are running with a different theme every week until the end of December, and exclusive private classes for kids or adults can be arranged.
QR200 (one class), QR570 (three classes), QR900 (five classes). Saturdays 10am-noon. La Dolce Vita, The Ritz-Carlton Doha (4484 8000).

October 26-27

Golden oldies

Head to the Radisson Blu for an evening of music by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior from a rat pack tribute band – supported by Doha Jazz.
QR390 (with food and a buffet). Thursday Oct 27, 7.30pm. Over 21 only. Giwana Ballroom, Radisson Blu Doha, www.q-tickets.com (4428 1555).

See Bamboo live
The Philippines’ Prince of Rock, Bamboo, will be live on stage performing his classic hits and songs from his second solo album Bless This Mess.
From QR140. Sat Oct 29, doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm. Qube, Radisson Blu, C Ring Road and Salwa Road intersection, www.platinumlist.net (4428 1555).

Indian high tea

Head to the Westin for a celebratory afternoon tea for Diwali, including samosas, puri, cardamom pound cake, and mini falooda.
QR140 (for two). Thu Oct 27, 2pm-5pm. Luxe Lounge, The Westin Doha Resort & Spa (4492 1555).

October 28-31

Try this

Recently-opened Cactus Senshi has put a local spin on sushi and created an entire menu of Arabian-flavoured rolls. Flavours range from shrimp biryani to the daoud basha roll which is a medley of braised beef, spiced rice, smoked roasted cherry tomato jelly, pickled mooli, basil aioli and a zaatar sesame crumb. The menu is huge, though, so you can still have some plain old salmon nigiri or your usual beef teriyaki. There are also a few Thai, Malaysian and even Mexican dishes on there, too.
Open Mon-Sun noon-4pm, 6pm-11,30pm. Shoumoukh Towers, C Ring Road (4436 9711).

Diwali buffet
Tuck into a feast of sweet and savoury traditional Indian dishes to celebrate the festival of lights.
QR200 (food only), QR280 (house beverages), QR320 (premium beverages), QR425 (premium package). Friday Oct 28. Choices, Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwaylina (4402 3333).

Strange Wonders Volume II

Support local talent and head to VCUQatar's staff, student and alumni exhibition, inspired by the past, present and future of Qatar as a developing nation.
Free. Until January 2017. Company House Gallery, Downtown Msheireb of Al Rayyan Road (4485 7777).

By Time Out Doha staff
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