Events in Amman, Jan 10 – 16


If you’re interested in architecture and urban planning, you’re in for a treat this week; there are two very interesting lectures taking place – the first by renowned architect and writer Michael Sorkin titled Eutopia Now, and the second by Columbia University Professors Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, on their past experiences directing the SLUM Lab project in parts of Latin America.

There’s music to satisfy every taste this week – from western classical, to Jazz, classical Arabic music (tarab), and hip hop. There are a number of exhibition openings, film screenings, stand up comedy Open Mic Night from Talasim, and more.

If there’s any event you know of that we’ve missed, drop us a line or add it directly to 7iber’s google calendar. And if you go to any of these events and feel like sharing your thoughts on it, you can always send us a review, photos, or video.

So here we go:

Sunday January 10, 2010

Screening of Indian Film “Taare Zameen Par” (Like Stars on Earth), at the Royal Film Commission, 7:00 pm

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Opening of exhibition “Photos from Andalusia“, by artist Salman Madanat. 5:30 pm, followed by Book of the Week: presentation and discussion of “Zaman Al-Wasl” – by Dr. Salah Jarrar, at 6:00 pm, at the Department of the National Library.


Eutopia Now
– lecture by renowned architect Michael Sorkin, at Al-Hussein Cultural Center/Ras Al-Ain. 7:00 pm. For more information 06 47 85 358

Monday January 11, 2010

Concert by Elisabet Vilaplana (Soprano), Jordi Mas (Tenor), Miguel Rosales (Baryton), and Joseph Buforn (Pianist), on the occasion of the Spanish presidency of the EU, at the Royal Cultural Center, 7:00 pm.

Lecture
“Factuality of Arab World between Development & Democracy,” given by Dr. Sameer Maqdisi – the former Lebanese Minister of Economy, at Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 6:00 pm.

Tuesday January 12, 2010

SLUM labOpen presentation, given by Columbia University Professors Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, on their past experiences directing the SLUM Lab project in parts of Latin America. 6:30 pm at the Columbia University Middle East Research Center (5 Moh’d Al Sa’ad Al Batayneh Street, King Hussein Park).

Comedy
“Laugh me Loud” – Open Night Mic from Talasim Comedy Productions, at Atelier Cafe/Sweifieh. 7:30 pm. For more information call 0797526670


Mexican Film “Sleep Dealer”
, Abdul Hameed Shoman Library, 6:30 pm

Exhibitions
Opening of exhibition by Jordanian artist Iyad Kanaan, Foresight Art Gallery, at 6:00 pm.

Opening of exhibitions by: Doa’a Ali, Photography, Ahlam Shibli: Video Art and Paintings, and an installation by Raed Ibrahim. At Darat Al-Funun. 6:00 pm. Exhibitions run until March 31st.

Chapter 11 – Live Jazz at Canvas. 9:00 pm.
With Yacoub Abu Ghosh on Bass, Tareq Abu Kwaik on Drums, Shadi Khashram on Guitar, Aram Hairabiddian on Soprano Sax, and David Tadevossian on Trumpet. For reservations call 079 – 5328301.

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Wednesday January 13, 2010

Music
Bayt Al-Ruwwad Group led by Sakher Hattar, Classical Arabic Music, 7:30 pm, at the new location: Prince Hashem Park in Al-Hashmi Al-Shamali.


Thursday January 14, 2010

Lecture
Internet Search Engines in the Service of Amateur Astronomers, lecturer: Dr. Ghaith A. Abanda, Jordanian Astronomical Society/Haya Cultural Center, 6:30 pm. For more information 06 5534754.

Friday January 15, 2010


omar-offendum-s150Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets : the redux comes to Amman
. Live Hip Hop featuring The Human Writes Project: Omar Offendum (The N.O.M.A.D.S.), Ragtop ( The Philistines), Mark Gonzales (HBO Def Jam Poet Supreme). Plus DJ/Turntablist: DJ Lethal Skillz (Lebanon), and from Los Angeles – MOCHILLA. 9:30 pm, at Flow. For tickets call 0799787777.

Saturday January 16, 2010

Ongoing Exhibitions

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Contemporary Calligraphic Art in the Arab World, Nabad Gallery. Until February 10.

The Ultimate Journey, a collective exhibition by 19 Arab and Islamic artists, National Gallery of Fine Arts. Until January 21st.

Doa’a Ali, Photography, Ahlam Shibli: Video Art and Paintings, and an installation by Raed Ibrahim. At Darat Al-Funun. Until March 31st.

Eyad Kanaan, Foresight Art Gallery. Until January 31st.

“Sculpting Water” by Bader Mahasneh. At Jacaranda Images. Until January 31st.




  • Maha

    Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010
    Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    Location: The Royal Film Commission
    Street: 5 Omar bin Al-khattab St.
    Amman, Jordan

    The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is pleased to announce ‘Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets’ – A Spoken Word Play and Discussion. This Play is an energetic, informative and often startling presentation in spoken-word and rhyme – story telling at its best. ‘Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets’ traces the artists’ development alongside the birth and growth of hip hop, then invites audience members to participate in a discussion about this art form as it relates to story-telling and the intersections of art and culture.

    Sparked by the attacks of 9/11/2001 and the subsequent worldwide demonization of Arabs and Muslims, Chakaki and Wattad began performing hip-hop and spoken word across the USA in an attempt to tell their stories and counter widespread media bias. They met Mr. Gonzales at an awareness-raising benefit concert, and the three realized that despite vast differences in their upbringings, they were united by a particular world-view, informed by emerging and rapidly evolving art forms.

    Poet and educator Mark Gonzales (an Alaskan-born Mexican-American), filmmaker and hip-hop artist Nizar Wattad, and hip-hop artist Omar Chakaki (hailing from Palestine and Syria, respectively), offer a unique examination of identity, pop culture, and growing up an ‘other’ in the United States.

    YOU MUST RSVP TO PROGRAMS@FILM.JO IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT AS SEATS ARE LIMITED.

  • Maha

    Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010
    Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    Location: The Royal Film Commission
    Street: 5 Omar bin Al-khattab St.
    Amman, Jordan

    The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is pleased to announce ‘Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets’ – A Spoken Word Play and Discussion. This Play is an energetic, informative and often startling presentation in spoken-word and rhyme – story telling at its best. ‘Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets’ traces the artists’ development alongside the birth and growth of hip hop, then invites audience members to participate in a discussion about this art form as it relates to story-telling and the intersections of art and culture.

    Sparked by the attacks of 9/11/2001 and the subsequent worldwide demonization of Arabs and Muslims, Chakaki and Wattad began performing hip-hop and spoken word across the USA in an attempt to tell their stories and counter widespread media bias. They met Mr. Gonzales at an awareness-raising benefit concert, and the three realized that despite vast differences in their upbringings, they were united by a particular world-view, informed by emerging and rapidly evolving art forms.

    Poet and educator Mark Gonzales (an Alaskan-born Mexican-American), filmmaker and hip-hop artist Nizar Wattad, and hip-hop artist Omar Chakaki (hailing from Palestine and Syria, respectively), offer a unique examination of identity, pop culture, and growing up an ‘other’ in the United States.

    YOU MUST RSVP TO PROGRAMS@FILM.JO IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT AS SEATS ARE LIMITED.

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