This week brings an unusual dose of interesting talks and lectures; on politics, art, neuroscience, and more. You also have lots of great live music from Jordan’s local bands – with Sign of Thyme, Autostrad, Bayt Al-Ruwwad, Chapter 11, and Aziz Maraka’s jazz group all performing different gigs around town this week.
Then there’s a night of stand up comedy at the Palace of Culture for lebanese comedian Nemr Abu Nassar on Friday, and on Saturday the Amman International Theater Festival kicks off, bringing us ten days of theater, poetry and music from around the world. We’ll get you more details on the full schedule soon.
Sunday March 21, 2010
Book of the Week, presentation and discussion. Department of the National Library, 6:00 pm.
Lecture: Memory, How it Works, Why it Sometimes Doesn’t and What You Can Do to Improve Yours. By Mark Gluck, Rutgers University Professor of Neuroscience. At the Columbia University Middle East Research Center. 6:00 pm.
A talk about the Viva Palestina Convoy into Gaza. Nicholas Hall, convoy member from York, will be giving an illustrated talk in English about the journey, the obstacles the convoy faced, what it achieved, and will open up a discussion of what could happen next by way of international efforts to lift the siege of Gaza.6.30 pm for start at 7 sharp in the Rum Hall # 1/Landmark Hotel.
Monday March 22, 2010
Live Music: Autostrad at Cafe de Paris. 8:30 pm.
Lecture: “System of Scientific Research & Creativity in Arab World “, by Secretary General of the National Council for Scientific Research/Lebanon – Dr. Zaid Hamzah. At Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, 6:30 pm.
Artist’s lecture “Our Cosmos” by Shigeru Takato. Faculty of Fine Art/University of Jordan. 11:00 am.
Tuesday March 23, 2010
Portuguese Film “Casa de Lava”, Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, 6:30 pm.
Artist’s lecture “Our Cosmos” by Shigeru Takato. Darat Al-Funun. 6:00 pm.
Music: Sign of Thyme live at Canvas. 9:00 pm. For reservations call 064632211
Wednesday March 24, 2010
Presentation by Nicholas Dirk Columbia University Vice President of Arts and Sciences. At Columbia University Middle East Research Center. 6:30 pm.
Talk by ex-Prime Minister Fayez Al-Tarawnah. Department of the National Library, 6:00 pm.
Bayt Al-Ruwwad Group led by Sakher Hattar, Classical Arabic Music, Prince Hashem Park/Al-Hashmi Al-Shamali, 7:30 pm.
Exhibition Opening: What’s a cucumber?
Impression, proche orient 1 | car-parts and cucumbers
An exhibition by Tom Bogaert. Makan Art Space. 7:00 pm.
Thursday March 25, 2010
The Earthquake & Tsunami of ar-Ramla City in 1068 AD, Lecturer: Prof. Najib Abu-Karaki (Professor of Geophysics and Seismology, University of Jordan), Jordanian Astronomical Society/Haya Cultural Center, 6:30 pm. For more information 06 5534754.
Friday March 26, 2010
Stand up comedy show: Nimr Abu Nassar/Eye of the Tiger, Palace of Culture. 8:00 pm. Tickets JD 15. For more information 079 6300 996.
Chapter 11 – Live Jazz at Cafe de Paris, Jabal Luweibdeh. 8:30 pm.
Saturday March 27, 2010
Aziz Maraka’s Jazz Fusion Formation. Canvas/Jabal Luweibdeh. 9:00 pm. For info and reservations 06 4632211
Opening of Amman International Theater Festival. 7:30 pm. Location to be confirmed. Check this space for more details.