Here are a few things to keep you busy in Beirut this week!
Der Garten, BIEL, July 12, doors open 7 p.m., film at 8.30 p.m., 71-231-307
Screening as part of the ‘Troubled Symphonies’ cycle, Oliver Stone’s 1991 biopic looks back at the story of the influential rock band’s lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his film student days at UCLA to his death in Paris at age 27.
‘Beirut ... Tariq al-Jadideh’
Metro al-Madina, Hamra Street, July 14, doors open at 9 p.m., 76-309-363
Still going strong after a year, Yehia Jaber and Ziad Itani’s one-man comedy fictionalizes various celebrities from the Beirut neighborhood of Tariq al-Jadideh, via tales of Beirut customs, women, families, cooking and marital relations.
Metro al-Madina, Hamra Street, Thursdays and Saturdays, 9:30 p.m.
Now in its second year on stage, this immensely popular homage to the profane cabaret culture of early 20th-century Egypt celebrates Arab femininity, and features the dance of Randa Makhoul and the vocal work of Yasmina Fayed and Lina Sahab. Read The Daily Star review.
‘Life is Beautiful Mr Brainwash’
Gallery 69 and ex Maqam, Saifi Village, until July 19, 2-9 p.m.
Curated by Belairfineart, this show features work by Paris-born Patrick Rubinstein, whose oeuvre includes pop art-flavoured paintings and sculptures.
‘Work in the Field’
Jewelry Souq Galleries, until July 23, 04-418-870
This exhibition features the serigraphs and lithographs of Dutch-born, Mexican-based artist Jan Hendrix.
AltCity, Montreal Building, Hamra main street, until July 31, 01-742-582
This exhibition features limited edition prints by Beirut-based American artist Everitte Barbee, who uses the Diwani Jali script to create elaborate ink-on-paper works.
‘Cheap (and way more expensive) Prints’
Zawal/Plan Bey, Armenia Street, Mar Mikhael, until July 12, 01-444-110
‘Gres et Porcelaines’
Galerie Tanit, East Village Building, Armenia Street, Mar Mikhael, until Sept. 4, 76 557 662
This solo show features new stoneware and porcelain works by Simone Fattal. Read The Daily Star's review.
‘I Am the Two Moons’
Art Factum Gallery, Karantina, through July 26; open 12-5 p.m., 01-443-263
Claudia Scarsella’s language, she says, is collage -- blending illustrations and photographs, drawings and textures, repeated designs that naturally apply to wallpaper, textile, ceramics. Read The Daily Star review.
Beirut Art Center, Jisr al-Wati, until Aug. 22, 01-397-018
Kader Attia’s collage of installation, sculpture, video, slide projection, photography, newspaper clippings and found objects explores the mimesis of repairing objects and the bodies of sentient beings. Read The Daily Star review.
‘Syria’s Apex Generation’
Ayyam Gallery, Beirut Tower, Zeitoune Street, near Beirut Marina, until Aug. 2, 01-374-450
Curated by Maymanah Farhat, this exhibition -- featuring recent works by Nihad Al Turk, Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman -- spotlights a new school of Syrian painting still growing despite the disintegration of Damascus’ scene.
‘All Mother Tongues Are Difficult’
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Tannous Building, Karantina, until July 19, 961 1 566 550
In the videos, installations, embroideries, canvases and drawings in Mounira Al Solh’s second Beirut solo show, the artist’s wry, playful, performance-embracing practice confronts challenging questions of migration and civil war. Read The Daily Star review.
‘Art in Office’
AUB Art Gallery, Sidani Street, Ras Beirut, until Sept. 30, 01-350-000 ext. 4345
During its long history, AUB has accumulated many works of art that one encounters daily. “Art in Office” displays several works found in the university’s various academic and administrative buildings.
‘KA Modern & Contemporary Art Space’
Residence Marina Bay, Dbayyeh, open Saturdays, and by appointment, 76-924-431
This art space displays works by such artists as Paul Guiragossian, Shafik Aboud, Saliba Douaihy and other Lebanese modernists.