Events in Amman, December 11 – 17

الأحد 11 كانون الأول 2011

This week’s arts and culture features an exciting number of concerts by local, regional and international artists that cater to different tastes; you have Iraqi Oud player Khyam Allami, German musician Roger Reckless and his band, live Jazz by Yacoub Abu Ghosh Quartet, an evening of poetry and music by Zahi Wehbe and Macadi Nahhas, Arabic Rock with Jordanian band Jadal, a tribute to oriental violin by Yarub Smeirat, a Christmas concert by Dozan wa Awtar, and a festival of sacred music organized by the French Cultural Center in Amman, Madaba, and the Dead Sea.

The Goethe Institute is celebrating its 50th anniversary with five days of German films from five different decades.

Nabad Gallery is hosting an exhibition on art and design featuring works by some of Jordan’s top artists including Sina Ata, Omar Bilbeisi, Yazan Hijazin, Sahel al-Hiyari, Ammar Khammash, Fuad Mimi, and Nabil Shehadeh. It opens Monday and continues until January 4th.

We have a special edition of the Hashtag Debates this week where Dr. Omar Razzaz will talk about the difficult road towards a new Arab social contract: from rentier economies to productive economies. Don’t miss this enriching and important discussion. The venue has changed and will be at the Ras Al Ain Gallery just across from the Hussein Cultural Center.

Read on for details on these events and more.

Sunday December 11, 2011

Concert: Iraqi our player and composer Khyam Allami live in Amman, at Al-Balad Theater, 8:00 pm.

50 years of German film: Five movies from five decades
The Redhead, by Helmut Käutner, b/w, 90 min, Drama, German with Arabic subtitles, 1962, at the Royal Film Commission, 7:00 pm.

Monday December 12, 2011

Concert for Flute and Marimba, at Al-Hussein Cultural Center/Ras al Ain, 7:30 pm

Exhibition Opening: Trendsetting: Art and Design II – works by Sina Ata, Omar Bilbeisi, Yazan Hijazin, Sahel al-Hiyari, Ammar Khammash, Fuad Mimi, Nabil Shehadeh, at Nabad Art Gallery (next to Wild Jordan), 6:00 pm.

Roger Reckless (from Munich) and the Band in Al-Balad Theater, at Al Balad Theater, 7:30 pm (free entry)

50 years of German film: Five movies from five decades
Martha, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, (116 min, Drama, German with Arabic subtitles, 1973), at the Royal Film Commission, 7:00 pm.

Tuesday December 13, 2011

Zahi Wehbe and Macadi Nahhas in an evening of Poetry, Music, and Singing, at the Hussein Cultural Center/Ras al Ain, 8:00 pm. Tickets JD 15 (details here).

Live Jazz with Yacoub Abu Ghosh Quartet, at Canvas/Jabal Luweibdeh, 9:00 pm. Cover charge JD5, for reservations call 06 4632211

German Film screening: Marianne and Juliane (1981), at Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 6:30 pm.

50 years of German film: Five movies from five decades
The Grass is Greener Everywhere Else (by Michael Klier, b/w, 74 min, Drama, German with English Subtitles, 1989), at the Royal Film Commission, 7:00 pm.

Wednesday December 14, 2011

50 years of German film: Five movies from five decades
Run Lola Run, (Tom Tykwer, 81 min, thriller, German with English Subtitles, 1998), at the Royal Film Commission, 7:00 pm.

Animae Musica: Festival of Sacred Music
Baroque Music, at the Movenpick Hotel – Dead Sea, 6:30 pm.

Concert: Tribute to “Oriental Violin” by Yarub Smeirat, at Music House/Deir Ghbar, 7:30 pm. Tickets JD7

Winter Wonderland – Dozan wa Awtar’s Christmas Concert, at the Greek Catholic Cathedral of Saint George, Umm Summaq, 7:30 pm. Tickets JD 15 available at the Good Bookshop (Rainbow street).

Hashtag Debate on the New Arab Social Contract: from Rentier Economies to Productive Economies, with Dr. Omar Razzaz, at Ras al Ain Gallery (across from Hussein Cultural Center), 7:00 pm.

Lecture by H.E. Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, at the Columbia University Middle East Research Center (next to Hussein Park), 6:30 pm.
50 years of German film: Five movies from five decades

Thursday December 15, 2011

JadaL LIVE concert, at the Royal Cultural Center, 8:00 pm. Tickets JD10, sold at [email protected] cafe and the Royal Cultural Center.

Winter Wonderland – Dozan wa Awtar’s Christmas Concert, at the Greek Catholic Cathedral of Saint George, Umm Summaq, 7:30 pm. Tickets JD 15 available at the Good Bookshop (Rainbow street).

Animae Musica: Festival of Sacred Music
Baroque Music, at John the Baptist Church – Madaba, 7:30 pm.

50 years of German film: Five movies from five decades

“Lights” (by Hans-Christian Schmid, colour, 105 min, Drama, German with Arabic Subtitles 2003), at the Royal Film Commission, 7:00 pm

Friday December 16, 2011

Animae Musica: Festival of Sacred Music in Jordan
A concert of Gregorian, Persian and Byzantine vocal music by Ensemble Beatus, at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Amman at 7:30 pm.

Saturday December 17, 2011

Animae Musica: Festival of Sacred Music in Jordan
A concert of Gregorian, Persian and Byzantine vocal music by Ensemble Beatus, at the Church of St John the Baptist, Madaba at 7:30 pm.

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