Well, well, well, if you are looking for something artsy and creative to do during the weekend, then look no further. Riyadh has one of its finest rotating painting night social gatherings held at various upscale coffee shops for women. For 100 riyals you get the supplies, a drink, and a chance to socialize with other women. This is a weekly event that happens on Friday nights and you must book in advance. Join their FB and Instagram page for the next paint night.
FaceBook - tinyurl.com/Ladies-Paint-Night-FaceBook
Instagram - tinyurl.com/Ladies-Paint-Night-Instagram
I went to a Japanese festival which was held at a very fancy place few months back. It was a fusion and grand introduction of the influence of Japanese couture and art embedded in Saudi culture. From kimonos to calligraphy, there were many commonalities that unites KSA and Japan. Here is what I saw in a flash: Live orchestra, art gallery, hands on calligraphy class, Japanese tea and such.
Some recent events have happened and it adds to the spice which is already in the city. I went to a recent comedy show which was, ‘Fluffy Breaks Even’ by Gabriel Iglesias. For those who don’t know him, perhaps you may want to YouTube him. I am a big fan so I was super thrilled that he was doing a show nearby. I didn’t think Martin was coming but surprisingly, he brought Martin! You can imagine the jokes as this point and yea, he did say the 3 letter word which he wasn’t supposed to talk about. But hey, that’s Martin! Also, in the show was Alfred Robles, who was super funny when he started out with the joke about his first bathroom experience in the Muslim world. The tickets were sold out. There was laughter all night long, fancy red carpets and yes, my favorite, the royal family was there. I knew they were there because he thanked them during his intro pointing them out. Then, the most unbelievable thing happened. I got to meet him and his crew back stage. Meeting them in real life was one heck of an experience. They were so nice and down to earth that it kind of felt like I was in Jersey City, or NY. Though it was very brief, when I walked out, I couldn’t believe that I met a guy and snapped a pic who was an internet sensation and probably going to be the next King of stand-up comedy. Big-up to that!
The Russell peters event was over the top! I tried going to his event back in America but I wasn't able to then. I am so glad that I was able to go this time. I saw so many faces that night perhaps youthful princesses and princes. I heard Prince Khalid coming in and whole entourages of the fanciest cars roll in to the VIP section. Perhaps, they were princesses and with fancy pink sports cars with a gorgeous clean looking driver. I saw hummers that the common eye would not have seen before. There were thousands of people there far away from the city on what is probably royal grounds. DJ Spinbad did his thing playing all the old time jams that were so popular back in the days from hip hop to rock, to Punjabi MC. My colleagues and I had a blast. Most of the people there were actually Saudis. They were there to have a great time.
All men and women looked gorgeous and clean and very well dressed. The fanciest abayahs- yea – abayahs latest in fashion worth around 2000-3000 rials or even more were worn for this occasion. Then started the show itself - Russell made us laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh….We could not stop laughing because he was always on point and it was a night we will never forget. We managed to sneak some videos and pics but the security was so tight in restricting photography that our pics and videos came blurry. Luxury Events is really luxury. Should an event like that happen in your town, it is really worth the ticket!