Check out the latest happenings on the agenda this weekend around Beirut.
American University of Beirut, Ras Beirut
May 24 & 25, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tickets sold for LL5,000 at the door
Under the theme of "Take me to New York," the annual student-organized festival at AUB offers a jam-packed weekend of activities. From comedy acts to music performances, there are activities for all ages - and mouth-watering food. All proceeds go to student organizations at the university.
Arab Short Film Festival
Masrah al-Madina, Saroulla Building, Hamra Street
Until May 27, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. daily
For this edition of its yearly festival, Nadi l'Kul al-Nas will screen 46 shorts from Lebanon and around the Arab world, with each session beginning with a work by one of the jury's Lebanese filmmakers. The festival winds up with a concert by Mohammad Mouhsen and his band.
Dawar al-SHAMS, Sami al-Solh Avenue, Tayyouneh Roundabout
May 24, 8:30 p.m.
This Canadian-born, South Africa-based singer-songwriter will perform a unique selection of work, mingling such cultural influences as R’n’B, jazz and soul.
'EPIPHANY: Persephone in Beirut'
Beit Waraq, Ras al-Nabaa
Every Fri to Mon through June 9, 8:30 p.m.
Directed by Hussein Nakhal and starring Dana Mikhael as Persephone, daughter of Zeus and queen of the underworld, this immersive performance transports elements of Greek mythology to contemporary Beirut.
Theatre Monnot, next to St. Joseph Church
Until May 25, 29-31 and 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 gradually falls to pieces after someone moves into the place across the street. Read The Daily Star review.
Babel Theater, Cairo Street, Hamra
Until May 25, 29-31, 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 Daily Star review.
‘Art & Design In Times of Crisis’
SLAB A, off Monnot Street, near USJ
Through 31 May
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.
‘The Recounted Ceramics’
SV Gallery, Saifi Village
Through May 24
Ceramic works by Hana Kaaki, Ibtissam Rifai and Joseph Honein are gathered in one exhibition. Read The Daily Star review.
392Rmeil393, Gouraud Street, Gemmayzeh
Through May 25
Omar Ibrahim’s artworks ponder what the Syrian crisis can say about the human condition.
‘World (Ex) Change’
ArtLab Gallery, Gouraud Street, Gemmayzeh
Through May 24
The art works of Severine Deslions dwell upon themes of change and evolution. Read The Daily Star review.