Check out the latest happenings on the agenda this weekend around Beirut.
‘Sid and Nancy’
Der Gärten, BIEL, July 26, doors open 7 p.m., projection at 8.30 p.m., 71-231-307
Screening as part of the ‘Troubled Symphonies’ cycle, Alex Cox’s 1986 cult classic retails the story of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious - specifically Vicious’ furtive solo career, heroin addiction and sudden, mm, estrangement from his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
‘Habibi Yas3id Awqathihi’
Metro al-Madina, Hamra Street, July 28, Doors Open 9.30 p.m.
To mark Eid, vocalist Abdel Karim al-Shaar and the Metro al-Madina ensemble explore Mahmoud Bayram al-Tunsi and Zakariya Ahmad’s much-loved tune from the Umm Kulthoum songbook. Read The Daily Star interview with Al-Shaar here.
Assi El Hallani
Bacchus Temple, Baalbek, July 30 – Aug. 1, 8 p.m., 01-999-666
The Baalbeck International Festival will open its festivities with Lebanese singer Assi El Hallani who will sing his famous compositions as well as a new one dedicated to Baalbeck. Read The Daily Star's preview here.
Bryn Terfel & Monica Yunus
Amphitheater, Zouk Mikael, July 31, 8:30 p.m., 01-999-666
The Zouk Mikael International Festival starts with Welsh bass-baritone singer Bryn Terfel with American soprano Monica Yunus, accompanied by the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra. Read The Daily Star preview here.
Byblos waterfront, Jbeil, July 29, 9:30 p.m., 01-999-666
British band Massive Attack – said to have created trip hop – will sings such hits as “Teardrop,’ “Paradise Circus” and “Protection" in the latest offering from the Byblos International Festival.
AUB Assembly Hall, Aug. 4, 8pm
The Beirut Chamber Choir presents a varied programme, featuring baroque works by Buxtehude and Vivaldi as well as pieces by Poulenc, Whitacre, Gjeilo and Lauridsen.
Metro al-Madina, Hamra Street, Thursdays and Saturdays, 9:30 p.m.
Now in its second year on stage, this immensely popular homage to the profane cabaret culture of early 20th-century Egypt celebrates Arab femininity, and features the dance of Randa Makhoul and the vocal work of Yasmina Fayed and Lina Sahab. Read The Daily Star review.
‘Beirut … Tariq al-Jadideh’
Metro al-Madina, Hamra Street, July 27, Doors Open at 9 p.m., 76-309-363
Yehia Jaber and Ziad Itani’s one-man comedy fictionalizes various celebrities from the Beirut neighborhood of Tariq al-Jadideh, via tales of Beirut customs women, families, cooking, marital relations. Read The Daily Star review here.
Metro al-Madina, Hamra Street, July 25-26, doors open at 9:30 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m.
Noted for his flashy attire, wit and the 300-odd cosmetic surgeries he’s had performed on his jaw, cabaret master of ceremonies Roberto Kobrosli presents an evening of stand-up comedy, guaranteed to make you laugh at yourself as much as Beirut.
“HKEELEE (Talk to Me)”
Zoukak Studio, Thagouri Building, Azouri St. Achrafieh, Aug. 8, 8 p.m., 70-910-339, Tickets LL10,000
In Leila Buck’s one-woman show, a Lebanese-American woman attempts to (re)create a home for her Teta in a U.S. assisted-living facility. Pulling memory-unravelling objects from her suitcase, struggling to find what’s missing, Leila moves between her own voice and her grandmother’s. Presented by Zoukak Sidewalks.
‘Life is Beautiful” / “Kinetic Pop Art”
Gallery 69 and ex Maqam, Saifi Village, July 26, 2-9 p.m.
Curated by Geneva’s Bel-Air Fine Art, this show features work by France-born Thierry Guetta (aka Mr. Brainwash), whose oeuvre includes pop art-flavoured paintings and sculptures. Read The Daily Star review here.
AltCity, Montreal Building, Hamra main street, until July 31, 01-742-582
This exhibition features limited edition prints by Beirut-based American artist Everitte Barbee, who uses the Diwani Jali script to create elaborate ink-on-paper works.
‘Gres et Porcelaines’
Galerie Tanit, East Village Building, Armenia Street, Mar Mikhael, until Sept. 4, 76 557 662
This solo show features new stoneware and porcelain works by Simone Fattal. Read The Daily Star's review.
‘I Am the Two Moons’
Art Factum Gallery, Karantina, through July 26; open 12-5 p.m., 01-443-263
Claudia Scarsella’s language, she says, is collage -- blending illustrations and photographs, drawings and textures, repeated designs that naturally apply to wallpaper, textile, ceramics. Read The Daily Star review.
Beirut Art Center, Jisr al-Wati, until Aug. 22, 01-397-018
Kader Attia’s collage of installation, sculpture, video, slide projection, photography, newspaper clippings and found objects explores the mimesis of repairing objects and the bodies of sentient beings. Read The Daily Star review.
‘Syria’s Apex Generation’
Ayyam Gallery, Beirut Tower, Zeitoune Street, near Beirut Marina, until Aug. 2, 01-374-450
Curated by Maymanah Farhat, this exhibition -- featuring recent works by Nihad Al Turk, Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman -- spotlights a new school of Syrian painting still growing despite the disintegration of Damascus’ scene.
‘Art in Office’
AUB Art Gallery, Sidani Street, Ras Beirut, until Sept. 30, 01-350-000 ext. 4345
During its long history, AUB has accumulated many works of art that one encounters daily. “Art in Office” displays several works found in the university’s various academic and administrative buildings.
‘KA Modern & Contemporary Art Space’
Residence Marina Bay, Dbayyeh, open Saturdays, and by appointment, 76-924-431
This art space displays works by such artists as Paul Guiragossian, Shafik Aboud, Saliba Douaihy and other Lebanese modernists.