Events in Amman, February 20 – 26


This week features great music events. Eka3 releases the debut album of Jordanian artist Salam, titled 1944, with two concerts. The American Embassy presents the Stanley Baird Jazz Group for an evening of jazz and blues, and the French Institute brings Casadesus & Co for three nights of classical music and jazz.

You also have a number of interesting exhibitions opening this week; Zawayed by Mohammad Hajji (one of the winners of last year’s Ideas Festival) at Cafes des Artistes, Iraqi artists at Foresight, and Urban Arts at the National Gallery.

Don’t miss Inkitab’s first meeting this week. The book we’re reading is Sonallah Ibrahim’s “The Committee” (available in both Arabic and English). The Committee, one of Sonalla’s major works, is often compared to Franz Kafka’s “the Trial” and explores some of the issues of contemporary Egypt.

Read on for details on these events and many more.

Sunday February 20, 2011

Exhibition Opening: Zawayed by Mohammed Al-Hajji, at Cafe des Artistes, 7:00 pm.

Book of the Week, presentation and discussion, Department of the National Library, 6:00 pm.

Concert: Salam’s “1944″ Album Launch, Books@ Cafe, 8:00 pm.

Monday February 21, 2011

Music: Famous Opera Arias – Casadesus&Co, at the Royal Cultural Center. 8PM. Tickets 10 JOD – 5 JOD (students). For more information 06 4612658

Cultural Night by Embassy of Bangladesh in Amman, Al Hussein Cultural Centre-Ras Al Ein, 6:00 pm. For more information: 06 5529192.

Lecture: What sort of Education in the 21st Century? by Dr. Hisham Nashabeh, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Arab Organization for Education, Science, and Culture in Beirut, at Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 6:30 pm.

Exhibition Opening: Iraqi Artists collection, Foresight Gallery, 6:00 pm.

Gráfika: Urban Arts, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, 6:00pm. Until 20th of March.

Tuesday February 22, 2011

The Stanley Baird Jazz Group in Concert, Al-Hussein Cultural Center/Ras al-Ain, 7:00 pm. Free entry.

Live Music: Yacoub Abu Ghosh and the Stage Heroes, post-modern funk fusion, Canvas-Jabal Al Weibdeh, 9:00pm. For more information: 06 4632211.

German Film: Wings of Desire, directed by Wim Winders, Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 7:00 pm.

Surrealism without Surrealists: Reviving the Unconscious in Arab Modern Art, a lecture by Anneka Lenssen at Darat al Funun on the 22nd February at 6 p.m. Tel:- 4643251

Wednesday February 23, 2011

Music: Bayt al-Ruwwad group led by Sakher Hattar, Al Hussein Cultural Centre-Ras Al Ein, 7:30 pm.

Jazz Club- Ehnco Brothers (organized by the French Institute), InterContinental-Jordan Hotel. 8PM / Free Entrance

Thursday February 24, 2011

Inkitab: Book Club Meeting, a discussion around Sonalla Ibrahim’s “the Committee”, at Makan Art Space/Jabal Luweibdeh, 7:00 pm.

Karaoke Night, Cafe Paris, Jabal al Waibdeh-Paris Circle, 8:00pm. For more information: 0779279095.

Music: From Classical to Jazz – Casadesus&Co, at the Royal Cultural Center. 8PM. Tickets 10 JOD – 5 JOD (students). For more information 06 4612658

Lecture: Ecological Effects on Astronomical Activity, Lecturer: Miss Basma Diab, JAS Cultural Forum-the Jordanian Writers Association/ Shmeisani, 6:30pm.

Saturday February 26, 2011

Concert: Salam’s “1944″ Album Launch, G Club/Sweifieh, 9:00 pm.