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Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World

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Image for Exhibit: Photography: Youssef Nabil: <i>Cinema</i>

Exhibit: Photography: Youssef Nabil: Cinema

This exhibition of Egyptian photographer Youssef Nabil's work, created especially for the festival, celebrates the characters, celebrities, and themes of sex and death that run through the shifting scenes of his life's film.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

North Atrium Foyer

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Image for Exhibit: Jewelry: Azza Fahmy: <i>Inspirations</i>

Exhibit: Jewelry: Azza Fahmy: Inspirations

Created especially for ARABESQUE, this exhibition of Egyptian jeweler Azza Fahmy's work forges together Arab tradition and completely original aesthetic innovation.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

South Atrium Foyer

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Image for Exhibit: Calligraphy: Hassan Massoudy: <i>Desire to Take Wing</i>

Exhibit: Calligraphy: Hassan Massoudy: Desire to Take Wing

In this exclusive exhibition, world-renowned Iraqi artist Hassan Massoudy uses vibrant color and large stylized characters to show how the written language can be both light and weighty, ancient and new.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

Nations Gallery

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Exhibit: Multimedia "Exploratorium"

With a 3D film commissioned especially for ARABESQUE, this multimedia exhibition uses cutting-edge technology to explore the Arab contributions to society during the Golden Age of Enlightenment.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

Atrium

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Image for Exhibit: Visual Arts Installation: Lara Baladi: <i>Roba Vecchia</i>

Exhibit: Visual Arts Installation: Lara Baladi: Roba Vecchia

Lebanese artist Lara Baladi's installation, Roba Vecchia, presents image fragments of the artist's work recomposed with photographs into a shifting array of kaleidoscopic images

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

Terrace Gallery

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Image for Exhibit: Visual Arts Installation: <i>Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World</i>

Exhibit: Visual Arts Installation: Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World

From the Permanent Collection of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, this exclusive installation crosses mediums, nationalities, and cultural norms to show the growing voice of women artists in the Islamic world.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

States Gallery

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Image for Exhibit: Fashion: Brides of the Arab World

Exhibit: Fashion: Brides of the Arab World

With examples from all 22 countries in the League of Arab States, this collection of more than 40 elaborate and colorful wedding dresses puts the transition from traditional to contemporary style on display.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

Hall of Nations

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Image for Exhibit: SoundScape: <i>SOUK</i>

Exhibit: SoundScape: SOUK

Developed especially for the festival by Egyptian Grammy Award–winning sound engineer Alaa El Kashef, SOUK brings the sounds of the bustling streets of Cairo to visitors walking through the exhibitions and the Souk.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

States Gallery

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Image for Exhibit: <i>Souk</i> (Market)

Exhibit: Souk (Market)

This vibrant marketplace showcases an extraordinary representation of the arts and handicrafts from the Arab world.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

Level A Gift Shop

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Image for Oud Knights with Amina and Shayma: <i>When Oud Speaks</i>

Oud Knights with Amina and Shayma: When Oud Speaks

Traditional oud players from Bahrain, the female duo of Oud Knights with Amina and Shayma has played at music festivals around the world.

Mon., Feb. 23, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Al-Farah Choir: Damascene Jasmine

Based in the Lady of Damascus Church in Syria, more than 100 children of the choir perform Byzantine, Muslim, and Arab songs.

Tue., Feb. 24, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Eisenhower Theater

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Image for Chabab Al Andalous Rabat Orchestra with Mohammed Bajeddoub and Bahae Ronda

Chabab Al Andalous Rabat Orchestra with Mohammed Bajeddoub and Bahae Ronda

The orchestra from Rabat, Morocco seeks to preserve the traditions and artistic heritage of Andalusian music. The musicians perform traditional songs and chants using Arabic poems and traditional instruments.

Wed., Feb. 25, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Amine and Hamza

Award-winning Tunisian brothers, oud player Amine and qanun player Hamza M’Raihi play classical Middle Eastern music, as well as their own compositions.

Thu., Feb. 26, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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K'NAAN

Hailing from war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, hip hop artist K’NAAN grew up during the Somali civil war. Despite speaking no English, he taught himself hip hop and rap diction. Critics have said K’NAAN has “a sound that fuses Bob Marley, conscious American hip hop, and brilliant protest poetry.”

Fri., Feb. 27, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Nawal: Voice of Comoros

Nawal, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known as “The Voice of Comoros,” performs her acoustic roots-based fusion, which is rhythmically compelling and beautifully lyrical.

Sat., Feb. 28, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Coopérative Théâtrale Hammou Boutlélis: Married Man on Vacation

Algerian theater company Coopérative Théâtrale Hammou Boutlélis presents a humorous one-man show written by Mourad Senouci and performed by Samir Bouanani. It’s the hilarious account of the transformation of a man who doesn’t truly appreciate his wife until she goes on vacation. Performed in Arabic with English surtitles.

Sun., Mar. 1, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Tami Meekoo: Remedies for an Injured Iraqi Soul

Sixteen year old Iraqi classical pianist Tami Meekoo began to play the piano at the age of five. His talent has taken him to many venues around the world. His program includes works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Ravel, and others.

Mon., Mar. 2, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Image for Rami Khalifé and Francesco Tristano: <i>Pop Art – Duo Piano</i>

Rami Khalifé and Francesco Tristano: Pop Art – Duo Piano

Classically trained Lebanese pianist Rami Khalifé creates compositions and improvisations in a variety of styles and genres ranging from classical to contemporary, jazz, and world music. He performs his non-traditional program, an exciting and dynamic production, with his Juilliard colleague Francesco Tristano.

Tue., Mar. 3, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Bnet Houariyat: Voices of Marrakech

Hailing from the region of Marrakech, Morocco, the five women of Bnet Houariyat perform traditional Berber songs and dances that reflect the multiple facets of Islam and the female condition. Hauntingly beautiful, the harmonies, melodies, and rhythms in the songs transport you to another world. The themes explore the cultural traditions and the reality of these extraordinary women.

Wed., Mar. 4, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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"Women Writing Men, Men Writing Women"

Authors on this panel discuss the challenge of writing from the perspective of another gender and how they see literature as a way to create a dialogue between men and women in the region.

Thu., Mar. 5, 2009, 1:30 PM

Family Theater

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"Migration, Exile, and the Search for Identity"

Panelists discuss the physical and existential trauma of migration and exile that is exemplified by the Palestinian experience of diaspora, but also witnessed among other Arab populations.

Thu., Mar. 5, 2009, 4:00 PM

Family Theater

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Kinan Azmeh and Ensemble

“Engagingly flamboyant” (Los Angeles Times), prize-winning Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh combines solid classical training from the Juilliard school with deep understanding and appreciation of his roots and other cultures. He maneuvers between different genres—from classical and jazz to electronica and Arab music. He performs with his ensemble.

Thu., Mar. 5, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Salma El Assal and Ensemble: From Sudan

One of today’s leading Sudanese vocalists—her voice has been compared to that of Aretha Franklin—Salma El Assal performs with her ensemble contemporary arrangements of traditional Sudanese songs.

Fri., Mar. 6, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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"Literature and the 'Real' Arab World"

Some of the Arab world's boldest authors speak about the challenges and opportunities of addressing current political and social concerns.

Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 11:00 AM

Family Theater

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"Books and Readers in the Arab World"

Noted authors and cultural critics share their perspective on the situation of books and reading and publishing in the Arab world.

Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 1:30 PM

Family Theater

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"In Other Words: Expatriate Arab Literature"

Arab authors who have found a home in English and French discuss literature that manages to cover vast tracts of time and space and to address multiple audiences in various languages.

Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 4:00 PM

Family Theater

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Shakespeare in the Arab World

This discussion examines Arab-Islamic interpretations of Shakespeare and why the Bard's stories work so well within a cultural context so seemingly far removed.

Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 5:00 PM

Millennium Stage

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Suheir Hammad: An Evening of Breaking Poems

A Palestinian-American poet, author, and political activist, Suheir Hammad was born in Amman, Jordan to Palestinian refugee parents and immigrated with her family to Brooklyn when she was five. She was discovered by hip hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons when he read her reaction to the 9/11 attacks; he signed her to a deal with HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. She has since performed her poetry around the world.

Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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"Arab Literature and the World of the Spirit and the Imagination"

Novelists and poets address the role they assign to fantasy and the magical as a means of creating relevant art.

Sun., Mar. 8, 2009, 11:00 AM

Family Theater

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"Containing Multitudes: A Conversation with Arab American Writers"

Arab American writers of different generations and national backgrounds discuss their writing process, their relationship with their audiences, and their role as cultural bridge-builders.

Sun., Mar. 8, 2009, 1:30 PM

Family Theater

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"Poetry, the Diwan of the Arabs in its Fourth Millennium: A Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish"

A panel of Arab poets discusses the state of their society's most venerated art form and pay tribute to the legacy of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Sun., Mar. 8, 2009, 4:00 PM

Family Theater

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Hoba Hoba Spirit: Hayha Music

Making their U.S. debut, this reggae, rock, and gnawa (a mixture of African, Berber, and Arab religious songs and rhythms) band is based in Casablanca, Morocco. Hoba Hoba Spirit is one of the region’s hottest groups.

Sun., Mar. 8, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Eisenhower Theater

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A Literary Celebration: Ahdaf Soueif

Author Ahdaf Soueif provides insight into how to approach cultural differences and contemporary issues in our world today.

Mon., Mar. 9, 2009, 11:00 AM

Family Theater

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Image for Elmaz Abinader and the Country of Origin Band: <i>Country of Origin</i>

Elmaz Abinader and the Country of Origin Band: Country of Origin

In this one-woman show, three generations of Lebanese-American women tell stories of the challenges of living in two worlds and trying to fit in one without erasing the other. Musical director Tony Khalife leads the Country of Origin Band.

Mon., Mar. 9, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Tamim Al Barghouti

Tamim Al-Barghouti’s “In Jerusalem” became something of a street poem. The poem, which describes an aborted journey to the city, became the basis for number of performances around the world.

Tue., Mar. 10, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Nathalie Handal

This multimedia evening features Handal reading her poetry; a monologue about a woman storyteller, traditionally a male-only role; and a short film.

Wed., Mar. 11, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Arab Arts & Culture Forum: "Visions, Inspiration & Big Ideas"

In this public forum, some of the Arab World's leading cultural visionaries examine the forces that are inspiring and shaping contemporary Arab society.

Thu., Mar. 12, 2009, 2:00 PM

Family Theater

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Oriental Music Ensemble

Oriental Music Ensemble of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music-Palestine performs classical and contemporary Arab music for oud, nay, clarinet, qanun, and percussion.

Thu., Mar. 12, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Ahmed Fathi: Contemporary Musical Revelations

Renowned singer and oud player Ahmed Fathi is one of the symbols of Yemeni song.

Fri., Mar. 13, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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RUM – Tareq Al Nasser Musical Group: Eya

This ensemble from Jordan explores Oriental and Western traditions to form a new listening and imaginative experience.

Sat., Mar. 14, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Djamel Laroussi: 3Marabouts

Djamel Laroussi and his band combine both western and North African rhythms based on traditional desert music from the Sahara. Although the emphasis is Algerian there is a strong understanding of reggae, jazz, hard rock, pop, soul, and funk.

Sun., Mar. 15, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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