Events in Amman, February 25 – March 3


We’re back with the events round up in English and we sincerely apologize for its absence over the past few weeks. We’re posting it on Saturday this time because there’s a number of interesting events taking place today that we don’t want to miss.

We’re hosting an informal discussion at Makan Art Space with NPR’s social media strategist Andy Carvin, whom the Washington Post called “a one-man-twitter bureau”.

Also today, you have a debate organized by the Jordan Debate Club on the eligibility of the Islamist movement to rule. There’s also a talk on strategic planning of the Jordanian economy with Minister of Planning Jaafar Hassan and Dr. Omar Razzaz, organized by the Columbia University Middle East Research Center and the University of Jordan as part of their series on economic reform.

On Monday there’s a special event at Ras al Ain Gallery in memory of Jordanian writer Mo’ness Razzaz. It will include an exhibition, short film, readings of unpublished letters and memoirs, and a music performance by the group Juthour.

You also have winter films at Makan with a documentary from Chile, opening of the second Image Festival, a jazz festival at Al-Balad Theater with shows from Spain and Holland, a concert of Bossa, Jazz, and Swing at Rainbow theater, and more. Read on for details.

Saturday February 25, 2012

Infrastructure to Freedom, lecture by Bashar Humeid, PHD candidate at the the Center for Comparative and International Studies (University of Zurich). focusing on interaction between renewable energy and democratization processes. At Naqsh Design House, 6:00 pm.

Informal Discussion with NPR’s Andy Carvin, at Makan Art House/Jabal Luweibdeh, 7:00 pm.

Economic Reform Series: Talk with Ministry of Planning Jafaar Hassan and Dr. Omar Razzaz on Strategic Planning for Jordan’s Economy, at the Hussein Cultural Center/Ras al Ain, 6:00 pm.

Sunday February 26, 2012

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

Monday February 27, 2012

Cynthia Queenton Quartet – Bossa, Jazz & Swing Nights, at Rainbow Theater, 8:00 pm. Regular price (15 JD) Student price (5JD) / Selling at Rainbow Theatre, Virgin and Institut Français

Special Event in In Memory of Mo’ness Razzaz, at Ras al Ain Gallery, 7:00 pm.

Tuesday February 28, 2012

Darat Al Funun’s Monthly Cultural Meeting: The Realities and Horizons of Culture in Syria, at Darat Al Funun/Jabal Luweibdeh, 6:00 pm.

Jazz Festival:   Carlama Orkestar- Holland, at al-Balad Theater, 8:00 pm. Tickets JD5

Wednesday February 29, 2012

Jazz Festival:    Antonio Mesa “Flamenco Jazz”, at al-Balad Theater, 8:00 pm. Tickets JD5

Winter Films at Makan: Nostalgia for the Light (documentary, Chile, 2010), at Makan Art House/Jabal Luweibdeh, 7:00 pm.

Discussion on Comics and Graphic Novels, and Joe Sacco’s “Gaza, at the Arab Cultural Center/Jabal Luweibdeh, 7:00 pm.

Thursday March 1, 2012

Opening of Image Festival #2, with projections “Invasion” and “Chaos” by French photographer Joseph Koudelka, at the Electricity Hangar/Ras al Ain, 7:00 pm.

Friday March 2, 2012

The Hungry Elephant – Spoken Word Open Mic and Jam Session, at Black Orchid Cafe (near Safeway 7th circle), at 7:30 pm, tickets: 5JDs

Saturday March 3, 2012

Screening of Iranian Film: The Colors of Paradise, at Concord Theater, 3:00 pm.