Events in Amman, October 23 – 29


This week’s agenda includes a number of concerts that cater to different tastes, from classical music celebrating Franz Liszt’s bicentennial, to jazz with Yacoub Abu Ghosh Quartet at Canvas, to an evening with Ala Shahin at Music House, and an evening with different Jordanian bands and musicians at the Culture Palace.

Tonight in the park across from the National Gallery of Fine Arts, VJ Um Amel joins DJ Ma’at for an evening of electronica and world beats against a remixed display of several musicals from Egyptian cinema including Lahn el-Wafa’ (1955) starring Abdel Halim Hafez and Chadia; ‘Afrita Hanem (1948) starring Samia Gamal and Farid El-Atrache; and Fatma (1947) by Ahmed Badrakhan with visualizations of social media, art, and design emerging from the revolutions of dignity spreading across the Middle East and North Africa.

You also have a number of book events this week, as well as talks, exhibitions, and film screenings. Read on for details.

Sunday October 23, 2011

Music, Freedom and a bit of Egyptian Cinema: Live Performance by Dj Ma’at and VJ Um Amel, At Duwwar Al Muntazah Jabal Al-Weibdeh – opposite the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, 7:00 pm.

Monday October 24, 2011

Premiere screening of the narrative film The Source by Radu MIHAILEANU (duration:2h04/French version with English subtitles), at InterContinental-Jordan, at 9:30 pm.

Lecture on The American economy and the international economic crisis, by Dr. Basel Bustani (economic expert from Iraq), at the Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 6:30 pm.

Tweet Law: On your rights in Jordan’s traffic law, at Have a Green Day cafe (Rainbow street), 7:30 pm.

Roundtable discussion by Palestinian American writer Susan Darraj with Jordanian writers on the Arab American Women Writing Experience, at the National Library, 6:30 pm.


Tuesday October 25, 2011

Screening of Bosnian Film “Jasmina”, at the Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 7:00 pm

Classical piano solos with French pianist Olivier Benoit, dedicated to composer Liszt to celebrate his bicentenary birth. At Cambridge Highschool, 7:30 pm. Tickets JD 10, and JD 5 for students. For details check www.ifjordan.com

Book launch and signing: “The Inheritance of Exile: Stories from South Philly”, by Susan Darraj, at Readers Book store at Cozmo center, at 6:30 p.m.

Concert by Alaa Shahin, at Music House – Deir Ghbar, 7:00 pm. Tickets JD5, for info call 079-5411172 ، 077-6311454

Play: the Stolen Shirt, monodrama based on texts from Ghassan Kanafani, at the professional unions building/Shmeisani, 5:00 pm. Tickets JD3.

Jazz Nights with Yacoub Abu Ghosh Quartet, at Canvas/Jabal Luweibdeh, 9:00 pm. Cover charge JD5, for reservations call 064632211

Wednesday October 26, 2011

Discussion of “Religious Freedoms in Jordan”, at the Library of the University of Jordan/Amman Hall, 6:00 pm.

Exhibition “Jordan in the Eyes of Ukrainian Artists”, at the Royal Cultural Center, 6:30 pm.

Play: the Stolen Shirt, monodrama based on texts from Ghassan Kanafani, at the professional unions building/Shmeisani, 5:00 pm. Tickets JD3.

Classical piano solos with French pianist Olivier Benoit, dedicated to composer Liszt to celebrate his bicentenary birth. At Cambridge Highschool, 7:30 pm. Tickets JD 10, and JD 5 for students. For details check www.ifjordan.com

Thursday October 27, 2011

Play: the Stolen Shirt, monodrama based on texts from Ghassan Kanafani, at the professional unions building/Shmeisani, 5:00 pm. Tickets JD3.

Friday October 28, 2011

Concert: Bands Across Borders, featuring Aziz Maraqa and Razz, Alaa Wardi, Yazan Haifawi, Farah Siraj, and Mohammad Lahham, at the Culture Palace, 7:00 pm. Tickets JD 15. For info call 079 76 76 771

Saturday October 29, 2011

Classical piano solos with French pianist Olivier Benoit, a miscellaneous selection of Schubert, Debussy, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. At the Intercontinental Hotel – Amman, at 7:30 pm. Tickets JD 10, and JD 5 for students. For details check www.ifjordan.com