Not to be missed: From Rigoletto to Daheeh, topped with a few exhibitions and films

Ahram Online , Tuesday 10 Jan 2023

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (11 - 17 January) in Cairo and Alexandria.

Not to miss


Khairy Beshara Retrospective
Daily throughout the whole month
Zawya cinema, 15 Emad Edin Street, downtown Cairo

Khairy Beshara is one of the best known Egyptian directors of his generation and one the first Egyptian and Arab directors to venture into digital filmmaking in the late 1990s. He established the neo-realism genre with many significant films like The Collar and the Bracelet (1986), Bitter Day, Sweet Day (1988), Ice Cream in Gleam (1992), Abracadabra America (1993), Traffic Light (1995), Crab (1990), Wild Desire (1991), Strawberry War (1993) and Nutshell (1995) followed by many other titles. A selection of his films will be screened during the retrospective.  

Rigoletto Opera
11, 12, 13 January, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, main hall, Zamalek

The opera is directed by the Cairo Opera Company, Cairo Opera Orchestra, Cairo Opera Ballet Company and Cairo Opera Choir.

The cast includes Rigoletto performed by Florin Estefan (11&13) and Moustafa Mohamed (12), Gilda by Rasha Talaat (11&13) and Salma El Gebaly (12), Duke by Diego Godoy (11&13) and Amr Medhat (12), Maddalena by Nouresta El Marghany (11), Amina Khairat (12) and Laila Ibrahim (13), Sparafucile by Ezzat Ghanem (11&13) and  Ahmed El Shimy (12), Borsa by Ibrahim Nagui (11&13) and Tamer Tawfik (12), among others. 

The evening will also showcase renowned singers performing on all three nights: Ossama Ali as Marullo, Ramez Labad as Count Ceprano, Reda El Wakil as Monterone, Iman Zakaria as Paggio.

Egypt premiere: Leave (2022)
Thursday 12 January
Vox Cinemas

The film follows a young woman who tries to find her origins after having been abandoned as an infant at a cemetery wrapped in a cloth with satanic symbols, but as she gets closer to answers, a malevolent spirit tells her to leave.

Directed by Alex Herron, the film stars Alicia von Rittberg, Herman Tømmeraas and Stig R. Amdam

Esseily on Stage stand up comedy
Thursday 12 January, 8pm
Rawabet Art Space, 5 Hussein Basha Al Meamari, Marouf, Cairo

Esseily on Stage presents another improvised stand up performance. Free-form unstructured narratives set the stage for a product of the moment.

Break Point (series)
Friday 13 January
Netflix premiere

This tennis docuseries dives deep into the world of professional tennis while some of its biggest legends begin to consider retirement and a new generation of tennis stars is rising.

The series features Maria Sharapova, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Félix Auger-Aliassime, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Stefanos Tsitsipas among many others.

The series has a total of 10 episodes with the first five to be released on 13 January, followed by episodes 6-10 in June 2023. 

Al Da7ee7 live show
Friday 13 January, 7pm
Zed Park, El Sheikh Zayed

Part of the Zed Winter Festival, Ahmed Ee-Ghandour, the host and producer of the popular educational YouTube show Al-Da7ee7 (Al-Daheeh) prepares an evening of laughter and wisdom.

Son of Al-Fostat & Ahl Cairo 2 exhibitions
Friday 13 January, 6pm
Picasso Art Gallery, 30 Hassan Assem St, Zamalek, Cairo

Two exhibitions will be launched: Son of Al-Fostat featuring works by Mohamed Mandour in Hall 1, as well as Ahl Cairo 2 presenting works by Amr Fahmy in hall two.

Both exhibitions will continue until 4 February, 2023.

Tree of Love exhibition
Saturday 14 January, 7pm
Mashrabia Gallery, 80 Mohi El Din Aboul Ezz st. Dokki, Cairo

Tree of love is a solo exhibition presenting painting byAbdel wahab Hawam.

Opening on 14 January, the exhibition continues for three weeks. 

My Favorite Things exhibition
Sunday 15 January, 7pm
Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, 15 Mahmoud Bassiouny Street, Downtown Cairo.

In its seventh edition, My Favorite Things will showcase a selection of works by 20 female artists, most of them participating for the first time, presenting to the viewers a plethora of works testifying to the contemporary art in Egypt.

The exhibition will continue for two weeks.

Read more about My Favorite Things here 

Cinematic Debuts
Sunday 15 January, 7pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

The Cinematic Debuts is a series of screenings held on each Sunday. This day will feature three films by Ahmed Dahroug. Following the screenings, the director will also hold a discussion with the audience.

The Devil to Pay
Tuesday 17 January
Netflix premiere

Written and Directed by Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye (Becky), this 2019 thriller toured across a few festivals winning Best Thriller Feature at the Nightmares Film Festival.

The film’s synopsis reads as follows: “After the disappearance of her husband, a struggling farmer in an isolated Appalachian community fights to save her son when the cold-hearted matriarch of the oldest family on the mountain demands payment of a debt that could destroy a decade's old truce.”

The Devil to Pay stars Danielle Deadwyler, Catherine Dyer, Jayson Warner Smith.

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