Events in Amman, January 23 – 29


This week’s highlight is the theater performance “Lily White,” written and performed by three of the most exciting emerging talents in Jordan’s theater scene: Ban Majali, Ahmad Massad, and Haya AbdelRaheem, and directed by Haya AbdelRaheem, supervised by Lana Nasser.

The Jordanian Plastic Arts Association organizes a forum on Poetry and Painting, with different events throughout the week including a poetry night at Orfali Gallery and an exhibition that pays tribute to poets Arar and Mahmoud Darwish.

The agenda also includes a photography exhibition by Linda Al-Khoury at the French Cultural Center, and an exhibition of Graffiti in Gaza at the National Gallery of Fine Arts, part of the Festival of Alternative Arts. The festival, which continues through January and February, includes a debate on life in Gaza on Tuesday, a book signing on Wednesday, and a screening of the documentary “Still Alive in Gaza” tonight.

The Royal Film Commission hosts the second Ismailia Film Festival days in Amman, presented by renowned Egyptian film critic Kamal Ramzy, featuring a selection of short films over three nights. You also have Amman’s regular live music; from classical Arabic favorites by Bayt Al-Ruwwad on Wednesdays, to oldies and blues by the Amman Jazz Band on Sundays, and Jazz/Funk by Yacoub Abu Ghosh and the Stage Heroes on Tuesdays. This week’s music calendar includes a classical symphony orchestra and a classical duo recital.

Details below.

Sunday January 23, 2011

Black & Green, Photography Exhibition By Linda Al Khoury, at the French Cultural Center, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, until February 5th.

Poetry Night, featuring Ali Al-Amery, Hikmat Nawayseh, and Youssef Abdel Aziz, at Orfali Gallery/Um Uthaina, 7:00 pm.

Oldies Night, with Katya and the Amman Jazz Band, at Canvas/Jabal Luweibdeh, 9:00 pm. For reservations call 06 4632211

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

Film Screening “Still Alive in Gaza”, part of Festival of Alternative Arts, Hussein Cultural Center, 7:00 pm.

Monday January 24, 2011

Theater: Lily White, written by: Ahmad Massad, Ban Majali and Haya Abdulrahim and directed by: Haya Abdulrahim. Part of Caravan Theater, Al Balad Theater, 8:00pm.

Book signing: Gaza Graffiti by the photographer & author Mia Gröndahl, a part of Festival of Alternative Arts, Books@café, 6:30pm.

Ismailia Film Days in Amman, introduced by the Egyptian film critic Kamal Ramzy, at the Royal Film Commission, 7:00 pm.

Lecture: Shoman Cultural Forum, Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 6:30 pm.

Tuesday January 25, 2011

Theater: Lily White
, written by: Ahmad Massad, Ban Majali and Haya Abdulrahim and directed by: Haya Abdulrahim. Part of Caravan Theater, Al Balad Theater, 8:00pm.

Poetry and Painting, Tribute to poets Mustafa Wahbi Al-Tal and Mahmoud Darwish, at the Jordanian Plastic Arts Association/Jabal Luweibdeh, 5:00 pm.
Ismailia Film Days in Amman, introduced by the Egyptian film critic Kamal Ramzy, at the Royal Film Commission, 7:00 pm.

Classical Symphony Concert (USA), Al Hussein Cultural Centre-Ras Al Ein, 7:00 pm.

Jazz Night, Yacoub Abu Ghosh and the Stage Heroes
, Canfas-Jabal Al Webdieh, 9:00pm. For more information: 06 4632211.

Film: Amreeka (USA/Canada), director :Cherien Debis, Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 7:00 pm.

Debate on life in Gaza, organized by the Embassy of Sweden, a part of Festival of Alternative Arts, Al-Balad Theater, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Wednesday January 26, 2011

Ismailia Film Days in Amman, introduced by the Egyptian film critic Kamal Ramzy, at the Royal Film Commission, 7:00 pm.

Theater: Lily White, written by: Ahmad Massad, Ban Majali and Haya Abdulrahim and directed by: Haya Abdulrahim. Part of Caravan Theater, Al Balad Theater, 8:00pm.

Exhibition Opening: Gaza Graffiti, Messages of love and politics,
by the Swedish artist Mia Grondahl, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, 6:30 pm. Until 15th February.

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

Thursday January 27, 2011

Open Session, Jordan Astronomical Society Cultural Forum at the Jordanian Writers Association/ Shmeisani, 6:30pm.

Friday January 28, 2011

Classical Music Recital by Lauren Manning on violin and Rania Ejeilat on piano
, playing Schumann’s Sonata in A minor, Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, and other pieces, at the Union Bank Auditorium/Shmeisani, 7:30 pm. Free Admission.

Karaoke Night, Cafe Paris, Jabal al Waibdeh-Paris Circle, 9:00pm. For more information: 0779279095.

Saturday January 29, 2011

Comedy: 3al Wagef’s Monthly Bearded Trio Show, by Hamzeh Jabri, Yousef Ziad Shweihat and Mike V. Derderian, at Murphy’s Pub/Um Uthaina, 7:30 – 10:30 pm