Check out the latest happenings on the agenda this weekend around Beirut.
Summer fashion week
St. Georges Beach and Yacht Club, Ain al-Mreisseh
May 31, 4:30-10:30 p.m.
LIPS modeling and event management is hosting the second edition of its Summer Fashion Week on the outdoor terrace of St. Georges Yacht Club. The show features summer collections from local and regional designers on a 50-meter catwalk.
Teleferique May festivities
Teleferique Gardens, Harissa
Saturdays and Sundays, until June 10
Harissa, Jounieh’s iconic holy site, is offering free teleferique rides every weekend throughout the month of May, as well as live music and art displays.
La Dolce Vita
Venezia, Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace
May 30 until June7
The Hilton has teamed up with the Italian Embassy for a special weeklong celebration of Italian cuisine. Italian Executive Chef, Paolo Rocco, will concoct authentic Italian dishes for an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
May 31, 5-11 p.m.
In its 11th edition, the Garden Show and Spring Festival brings together leaders in the country’s landscaping and flower industry, as well as agriculturalists and top chefs. Read The Daily Star coverage.
Hamra Street festival
Hamra main street
June 1, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
The Ahla Fawda Hamra Festival offers a showcase of exceptional talent from all over Lebanon. Paint on walls or watch artists paint. Enjoy a large selection of art and book on display, or perhaps enjoy a story being read out loud.
Metropolis Cinema-Sofil, Ashrafieh
May 31, 8 p.m.
The Danish Feast continues with Kasper Holten’s screen adaptation of Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni.” Holten’s sophomore feature, it focuses on the balance between man’s sexual instinct and destructive drive.
‘Mara La Wa7da’
Theatre Monnot, Next to St. Joseph’s Church, Ashrafieh
May 31, 7 p.m.
Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s one-woman play about gender-based violence, “A Woman Alone,” features Kholoud Nasser as a married woman who unmasks the psychological, emotional, and sexual secrets of her private life.
Babel Theater, Cairo Street, Hamra
May 31, 9 p.m.
Directed by Bachir Achkar, this adaptation of Etel Adnan’s novel of the same name explores the story of Sitt Marie-Rose, who is persecuted by her own community for providing help to those from other camps, other nationalities and other religions. Read The Dailr Star review.
‘Dahes wa al-Ghabraa’
Dawar al-SHAMS, Tayyouneh Roundabout
Through June 1, 8:30 p.m.
Abdel Nasser Yassin’s black comedy takes its title from pre-Islamic history: the famous 40-year-long contest between the Zubbiyyani and Abs clans to decide who would protect the region’s pilgrimage caravans.
“EPIPHANY: Persephone in Beirut’
Beit Waraq, Ras al-Nabaa
Every Friday to Monday through June 9, 8:30 p.m.
Directed by Hussein Nakhal and starring Dana Mikhael as Persephone, daughter of Zeus, this immersive performance transports elements of Greek mythology to contemporary Beirut. Read The Daily Star review.
Theatre Monnot, next to St. Joseph’s Church, Ashrafieh
May 31-June 1, 8:30 p.m.
Directed by Chadi El Zein, Marwa Khalil and Wafa’a Halawi’s “A Lady’s Arms” tells the story of the multiple facets of Amal, a housewife whose life in the service of her husband falls to pieces after someone moves into the place across the street. Read The Daily Star review.
‘All Mother Tongues Are Difficult’
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Tannous Building, Karantina
Through July 19
In the videos, installations, embroideries, canvases and drawings in Mounira Al Solh’s second solo show, the artist’s wry, playful, performance-embracing practice confronts challenging questions of migration and civil war.
Ayyam Gallery, Beirut Tower, Zeitoune Street, BCD
Ginane Makki Bacho and Fathallah Zamroud’s works engage with the brutal reality of war and their individual response to its aftermath. Read The Daily Star review.
‘This is not a Painting’
Zico House, Spears Street, Sanayeh
Until June 7
Paintings by Italian artist Remo Ciucciomei show the artist’s take on Magritte’s “Treachery of Images.” Read The Daily Star review.
‘Art & Design In Times of Crisis’
SLAB A, off Monnot Street, near USJ
An exhibition of art and design featuring such local and international talents as Ara Azad, Cyrille Najjar, Jean Marc Nahas, Purrl Jewelry (sic) and Tom Young. Proceeds apparently will go to the Lebanese NGO Freedom Child Project.