Events in Amman, January 15 – 21

الأحد 15 كانون الثاني 2012

This week Darat Al-Funun presents the first solo exhibition of artist Basma Al-Sharif, whose work explores how geo-political issues affect people physically and emotionally. The exhibition includes video installations and photographs spanning the past six years of the artist’s career.

The Arab Theater Festival concludes today with a play from Lebanon titled “Makateeb” (Letters), but theater activities continue, with Jordanian play “the Incident” by Sawsan Darwazeh and Saba Mubarak showing on Wednesday at the Royal Cultural Center.

In memory of the first Czech president Vaclav Havel, who passed away last December, the Czech Embassy in collaboration with the Royal Film Commission is organizing a screening of the documentary “Citizen Havel”, on Monday at the RFC’s Film House.

There’s a lot more; an exhibition by Mohammad Shammary at Jacaranda, a hip hop and spoken word event, book signings and discussions, Jazz, and more. Read on for details.

Sunday January 15, 2012

Arab Theater Festival
“Makateeb”, from Lebanon, at the Royal Cultural Center, 6:30 pm.

Monday January 16, 2012

Screening of the documentary “Citizen Havel”, at the Royal Film Commission, 7:00 pm

Book Launch “Harvest of the Century” (Hassad al-Qarn – AR) (Pure Science and Technology) by Dr. Humam Ghassib, at Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 6:30 pm.

Ilham Al-Madfai Live at Khuttar, 9:30 pm. For reservations 0777 111 818

Tuesday January 17, 2012

Exhibition Opening: “Farther Than The Eye Can See” by Basma Alsharif, at Darat Al-Funun, 6:00 pm.

Exhibition Opening: Wast Al-Balad – Downtown, by Mohammed Al Shammarey, at Jacaranda Gallery (#18 Omar Bin Khattab St.), 6:00 pm.

Inkitab discusses George Orwell’s 1984 (in Arabic), at the Arab Cultural Center (Jabal Luweibdeh), 7:00 pm.

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

Wednesday January 18, 2012

Guitar and Cajun performance by Maher Hanhan and Khaled Tawfiq, at Las Tapas Latinas (across from Arab Bank, 3rd circle), 8:30 pm. For more info call 0777396575

Concert: Bayt Al Ruwwad, at the Hussein Cultural Center – Ras al Ain, 7:30 pm.

Play: The Incident, by Sawsan Darwazeh and Saba Mubarak, at the Royal Cultural Center, 8:30 pm. Moved to Friday.

Friday January 20, 2012

Play: The Incident, by Sawsan Darwazeh and Saba Mubarak, at the Royal Cultural Center, 8:30 pm.


Beats and Breath; Hip Hop and Spoken Word Night, by DJ Sotusura, MC Amer Al-Taher, and spoken word artist and poet Aysha, at [email protected] Cafe, 8:00 pm, ticket JD 5 (includes snacks)

Saturday January 21, 2012

Book Signing ‘Aroos Amman (Bride of Amman) by Fadi Zaghmoot, at [email protected] Cafe, 6:00 pm.

Winter Films at Makan: The Critique of Power:

Hands over the City, director: Francesco Rosi (Italy, 1963), at Makan Art Space, 6:00 pm.