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Ziad Rahbani & co. at the Blu Note Cafe Hamra

Ziad Rahbani

Here’s some good news for Ziad El Rahbani lovers. He started performing earlier this week at the Blue Note Cafe in Hamra with a band of 11 musicians and will continue until January 29th.

The program called “Orthoizoks und Rahbani Ziach” is comprised mainly of jazz music with lyrics in Arabic, French and English. Make sure to reserve early if you’re planning to attend one of the evening as I believe places must be running out fast (The Blue Note Cafe’s number is 01 743 857).

On Monday night the Blue Note Café hosted “Orthoizoks und Rahbani Ziach,” an evening of original compositions by Ziad Rahbani – Assi and Fairouz’s son. From his piano, Rahbani the younger led an 11-person ensemble of musicians and vocalists before a capacity audience.

“Orthoizoks und Rahbani Ziach” is comprised of such Rahbani tunes as “Spiral,” “Smooth Talk” and “Viva de Funk.” Those familiar with Rahbani’s oeuvres may have found the evening’s playlist echoed the one he staged for his UNESCO Palace performance in December 2012.

This multilingual program – with lyrics in Arabic, French and English – transported the Blue Note through several distinct moods. From romantic ballads to cool jazz, Rahbani and Co. worked to sate the eager audience’s thirst for soulful groove. Source

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Video of Dubai new year’s eve fireworks

Meanwhile, douchebags in Lebanon were shooting their guns in the air at midnight. Happy new year everyone!

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TEDx Beirut Talks 2012

If you missed TEDx Beirut’s event last November you can still watch the recorded talks as the organizers are currently gradually uploading them to the TEDx Talks channel on Youtube. Just make sure to follow this playlist that includes all the talks from Beirut. There are currently 7 videos by Suzanne Talhouk, Christopher Littlefield, Farid Chehab, Zeina Saab, Walkabout Drum Circle, Sareen Akarjalian, and Hani Asfour.

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Ziad Rahbani in concert next week

I was so glad to read that Ziad Rahbani will be performing in a concert next week as I’m a big fan of him. The concert will be held at a place called Event Hill near Le Royal Hotel on December 20th and 21st at 9PM.

Ziad El Rahbani in concert

Tickets will be available as of Monday at Boueiry Press Kasklik, Maarouf Saad Center, and possibly at Al-Akhbar as mentioned in Elie’s post, and will be priced at $40, $50, and $60 including an open buffet and regular drinks.

I trust the tickets will run out so fast but I hope I’ll get one for myself!

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A directory for 2013 new year’s eve parties in Lebanon

Make sure to check this directory if you’re currently searching for a place to celebrate the new year’s eve.

NewYearInLebanon.tel allows you to search for parties either by location or budget which makes it much easier for you to pick the place to go to.

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First Blood at Movenpick Hotel Beirut

For those of you who are interested in mixed martial arts, an event called “First Blood” will be held at Mocenpick Hotel on December 15th, in which fighters from Russia, Canada, and Lebanon will be competing.

Tickets can be purchased from Virgin Ticketing, and you may check this facebook page for more information about the event.

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The 19th European Film Festival

The 19th European Film Festival will be held from 29 November to 9 December at Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil, and below is the festival’s program.

  • Shadow Dancer
    Directed by James Marsh On Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 pm & On Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm
  • Montevideo, bog te video | Montevideo, Taste of a Dream
    Directed by Dragan Bjelogrlić On Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 pm & On Tuesday, December 4 at 5:00 pm
  • Small Crime
    Directed by Christos Georgiou On Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 pm & On Saturday, December 1st at 10:30 pm
  • Flickan | The Girl
    Directed by Fredrik Edfeldt On Friday, November 30 at 3:00 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 10:30 pm
  • Μπιλόμπα | Biloba
    Directed by Sofia Papachristou On Friday, November 30 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 10:30 pm
  • Prinsessa | Princess
    Directed by Arto Halonen On Friday, November 30 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 4 at 10:30 pm
  • Cesare deve morire | Caesar Must Die
    Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani On Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm & On Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 pm
  • Rundskop | Bullhead
    Directed by Michaël R. Roskam On Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 pm
  • Gnade | Mercy
    Directed by Matthias Glasner On Friday, November 30 at 10:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 pm
  • A halálba táncoltatott leány | The Maiden Danced to Death
    Directed by Endre Hules On Friday, November 30 at 10:30 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 pm
  • Love.net
    Directed by Ilian Djevelekov On Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 10:30 pm
  • Le mulot menteur | The Mouse With a Mouth
    Directed by Marina Rosset, Sophie Roze, Andrea Kiss On Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 am
  • Jutro będzie lepiej | Tomorrow Will Be Better
    Directed by Dorota Kędzierzawska On Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm
  • Lóve | Love
    Directed by Jakub Kroner On Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 5:30 pm
  • Camille redouble | Camille Rewinds
    Directed by Noémie Lvovsky On Saturday, December 1 at 5:30 pm & On Tuesday, December 4 at 10:30 pm
  • Hævnen In a Better World
    Directed by Susanne Bier On Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 5:30 pm
  • Atmen | Breathing
    Directed by Karl Markovics On Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 pm
  • L’Enfant d’en Haut | Sister
    Directed by Ursula Meier On Sunday, December 2 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 5:30 pm
  • Uwikłanie | Entanglement
    Directed by Jacek Bromski On Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 pm
  • 18 comidas | 18 Meals
    Directed by Jorge Coira On Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm
  • Cykelmyggen og dansemyggen | A Tale of Two Mozzies
    Directed by Jannik Hastrup & Flemming Quist Møller On Friday, December 2 at 11:30 am
  • Na půdě aneb Kdo má dneska narozeniny? | In The Attic: Who Has a Birthday Today?
    Directed by Jiří Barta On Sunday, December 2 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 3:00 pm
  • Medalia de onoare | Medal of Honour
    Directed by Calin Peter Netzer On Sunday, December 2 at 8:00 pm & On Tuesday, December 4 at 5:30 pm
  • Üvegtigris 3 | Glass Tiger 3
    Directed by Péter Rudolf On Monday, December 3 at 5:30 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 3:00 pm
  • Glück | Bliss
    Directed by Doris Dörrie On Monday, December 3 at 10:00 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 10:00 pm
  • Wuthering Heights
    Directed by Andrea Arnold On Monday, December 3 at 10:30 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 8:00 pm
  • En Familie | A Family
    Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen On Monday, December 3 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 10:30 pm
  • Операция „Шменти Капели“ | Operation “Shmenti Kapeli”
    Directed by Ivan Mitov On Monday, December 3 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 pm
  • Omar m’a tuer | Omar Killed Me
    Directed by Roschdy Zem On Monday, December 3 at 10:30 pm
  • Pa negre | Black Bread
    Directed by Agustí Villaronga On Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 pm
  • The Angels’ Share
    Directed by Ken Loach On Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm
  • Bröllopsfotografen | The Wedding Photographer
    Directed by Ulf Malmros On Wednesday, December 5 at 8:00 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 3:00 pm
  • De rouille et d’os | Rust and Bone
    Directed by Jacques Audiard On Wednesay, December 5 at 8:00 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 22:30 pm
  • Reality
    Directed by Matteo Garrone On Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 10:30 pm
  • Le mur | The Wall
    Directed by Odette Makhlouf On Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 pm
  • Der ganz große traum | Lessons of a Dream
    Directed by Sebastian Grobler On Friday, December 7 at 5:30 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm
  • A perdre la raison | Our Children
    Directed by Joachim Lafosse On Friday, December 7 at 8:00 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 pm
  • Les saveurs du palais | Haute Cuisine
    Directed by Christian Vincent On Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 pm
  • La chute de la maison Usher | The Fall of The House of Usher
    Directed by Jean Epstein On Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 pm

Tickets will be on sale for 4,000 L.L. For more information about the festival and the program you can check Metropolis Cinema’s website.

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Watch TEDxBeirut live

TEDxBeirut is happening today at UNESCO, and it has an interesting line-up of speakers this year.

If you didn’t manage to buy ticket to attend but still want to watch the talks, the organizer will be livestraming everything on this link. For more about the speakers you can check here.

Photo via brofessional review

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Discover Rmeil/Geitawi

Rmeil will be a car-free area this Sunday November 4th and “Achrafieh 2020” is inviting everyone to discover it on foot, bicycle or roller/skateboard.

There will be several activities throughout that day including the following:

  • 8.30 Running race
  • 9.15 cycling race
  • 10.30 Awards distribution
  • 11.30 Open air zumba class
  • 12.30 Open air yoga class – Bring your mat!
  • From 11am to 4.30pm Children activities in the Jesuits public garden
  • From 8:30am to 5pm: Artisans display
  • From 8:30am to 5pm: Garage sale
  • From 10am to 5pm: Souk el Tayeb eatery and artisans displays
  • From 1:00pm to 5:00pm: Bands playing live music on the stage next to Souk el Tayeb
  • From 9am to 5pm: Human space
  • From 8:30am to 5pm: Green zone in William Hawi’s public garden
  • From 8:30am to 4:00pm: Bicycles and Segway Rental
  • 3:00pm Skateboard, Rollers
  • 4:15 Hip Hop, Breakdance

And below a map showing the perimeter of the car-free area.

 

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Pope mass in Beirut

You can find more images of the mass here at the BBC News.

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