Culture Events: Picks for the Weekend

Ahram Online, Thursday 21 Jun 2012

Ahram Online's Arts & Culture team bring you their recommendations for events in the capital and beyond: Thursday through Sunday (21-24 June)

'Sit down, I'll tell you a story' Photography exhibition at Mashrabia Gallery

Thursday 21 June


Ofouky Music Forum in El-Cabina starting 5.30pm

The forum hosted by Gudran Association in Alexandria mixes film screenings, live music performances and workshops. Tonight at 5.30pm there will be a film screening of La Vie en Rose, the cinematic tribute to the French singing legend Edith Piaf, and at 8pm the Wasla Band from Alexandria will perform alternative pop, followed by the Meshwar Band from Cairo performing Reggea. More info here

11 Saint Saba Street, Downtown, Alexandria


Film Screening of Salvador Puig Antich at the Artistic Creativity Centre at 6pm


This 2004 production by Manuel Huerga was part of the Un Certain Regard programme at Cannes in 2006. It tells the story of the last execution under Franco, following the family, colleagues and lawyers of a young militant of the Iberian Liberation Movement, Puig Antich, and their attempts to prevent his execution.

 Cairo Opera House Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo


Uss W Laz’ concert in Sufi Bookstore at 8pm

Uss w Laz’ (Cut and Paste) are named after the original children’s game: they mix genres. The band, which focuses on social issues, has been performing since 2006 and has played in several music festivals

12 Sayed El Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Ali Talibab and El Deeb concert in El-Geneina Theater at 8.30pm

A hip hop-filled night on El Geneina's open-air stage

Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo


Friday 22 June


Ofouky Music Forum in El-Cabina starting 5.30pm

After a screening of Bird, the film about the jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker at 5.30pm, Simplexity Band from Aleandria will perform at 8pm, followed by Darwasha Band from Cairo; both playing progressive rock music. More info here

11 Saint Saba Street, Downtown, Alexandria


Film Screening of The Secret of Santa Vittoria in Sufi Bookstore at 7pm

This 1969 comedy directed by Stanely Kramer is set during World War II in Italy, where a wine producers’ village hides bottles of wine from the German soldiers

12 Sayed El Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Ahmed Nazmi Trio in El-Geneina Theater at 8.30pm

The trio bring to El-Geneina their unique blend of contemporary bass techniques with Egyptian and Afro tunes

Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo 


Saturday 23 June 


Ofouky Music Forum in El-Cabina starting 5.30pm

ImmortalBeloved, on the life of Beethoven, followed by Storm and Like Jelly from Alexandria and Cairo, respectively, playing contemporary music and putting on a standup comedy show. More info here

11 Saint Saba Street, Downtown Alexandria


Paintbeat in 10 Mahmoud Bassiouny at 7pm

10 Mahmoud Bassiouny space, in cooperation with the drum circle-host Bongoz, produce this fusion of visual art and music: people painting to the beats of the drum. The organisers suggest people should come in clothes they don't mind having covered in paint and bring along a good dose of energy

10 Mahmoud Bassiouny, Downtown, Cairo


Sit down, I'll Tell You a Story Photography exhibition at Mashrabiya Gallery

The exhibition is a collection of photographs of chairs with text telling their stories. “A chair can tell you wishes, hopes and doubts. They are witnesses of human troubles or achievements. You can often find scars on them,” says the gallery. The photography is by Mauro L'Abate and the text by Consuelo Costa. More info here

8 Champillion Street, Downtown, Cairo


Sunday 24 June


Ofouky Music Forum in El-Cabina starting 5.30pm

A screening of Oliver Stone’s The Doors on the eponymous band will be followed by electronic performances by Puzzzle and Teleopetic from Cairo and Alexandria, respectively. More info here

11 Saint Saba Street, Downtown, Alexandria


Film Screening of Bird in Darb 1718 at 7.30pm

The film follows the life story of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker - with tunes including Lester Leaps In, Ornithology, Why Do I Love You, April in Paris and All of Me. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Forest Whitaker and Diane Venora. The event kick starts Darb 1718's Jazz Bio Film Week

Kasr El Shame'e Street, Al Fakhareen, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque


The Holy Family in Egypt exhibition at the Picasso Gallery

The Holy Family in Egypt, to open on Sunday at the Picasso Gallery in Zamalek, includes work by contemporary artists Helmy Eltony, Mohamed Thabet, Mohamed Haji, Mostafa El-Razzaz, Mostafa Rahmy, Nathan Doss, Omar El-Fayoumy, Ramadan Ibrahim, Reda Abdel Rahman, Ragheb Ayad, Farid Fadel, Georges Bahgoury and Effat Hosny, among others

30 Hassan Assem Street, from Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Gallery Collection exhibition at Al-Masar Gallery

The exhibition showcases a fine selection from the last four years’ exhibitions at the gallery including work by the stars of 20th-century Egyptian art, pioneers of the third, fourth and fifth generations, and the young artists of today: Adel El-Siwi, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Essam Marouf, Georges Bahgory, Hamdi Attia, Ibrahim El-Dessouki, Mahmoud Abdullah, Sami Aboul Azm, Sami Abdul Azm, Kareem El-Qurity, Leila Ezzet, Omar El-Nagdy, and others. Open from 11am to 9pm

Al-Masar Gallery, Baehler’s Mansion, 157b 26 July Street, side entrance on Isaac Jacob Street (ground floor), Zamalek, Cairo


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