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Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World

Film, Literature, & Spoken Word

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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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Heather Raffo & Amir El Saffar: In Concert: The Sounds of Desire

Award-winning author and actress Heather Raffo teams with accomplished jazz trumpeter and Iraqi santoor player Amir El Saffar for a dramatic evening of spoken word and melodic solos.

Fri., Mar. 6, 2009, 7:30 PM

Family Theater

$18.00

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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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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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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 Film Festival: A Summer in La Goulette

In this delightful comedy, three teenage girl friends--one Muslim, one Jewish, and one Christian--are determined to lose their virginity amidst the excitement of Claudia Cardinale coming to visit her hometown.

Wed., Mar. 11, 2009, 7:30 PM

Family Theater

$8.00

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Arab Film Festival: The One Man Village

This lyrical film is the director's homage to his elderly uncle, the only remaining inhabitant of a village from which everyone fled during Lebanon's 15-year civil war.

Thu., Mar. 12, 2009, 7:30 PM

Family Theater

$8.00

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Arab Film Festival: Pomegranates and Myrrh (Al Mor Wa Al Rumman)

When a dancer's husband is arrested, she finds herself drawn to the new dance choreographer.

Fri., Mar. 13, 2009, 7:30 PM

Family Theater

$8.00

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Arab Film Festival: Adhen (Dernier Maquis)

Set in a run-down repair yard, a group of Muslim workers are not entirely happy when their boss establishes an on-site mosque and appoints an Imam for them while denying them reasonable wages.

Sat., Mar. 14, 2009, 7:30 PM

Family Theater

$8.00

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Arab Film Festival: Le Grand Voyage

In this Arab road movie, a young French Moroccan, is reluctantly forced to drive from France in an old, battered car to take his elderly father on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Sun., Mar. 15, 2009, 4:00 PM

Family Theater

$8.00

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Arab Film Festival: Wedding in Galilee (Noce en Galilee)

A village elder receives permission for his son to have a traditional Arab wedding but only if the local Israeli commander attends.

Sun., Mar. 15, 2009, 7:30 PM

Family Theater

$8.00

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