Adel Heine

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DNE Art & Culture, and Lifestyle Editor

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New in the movies this weekend

Resident Evil: Retribution It would not be our movie preview if we did not get to talk about a sequel. This week’s star is the fifth installment of the Resident Evil series, where viruses turn people into flesh-eating mutants, or something of that ilk. Loosely based on a videogame of yore, a black spandex clad …

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The walls will not be silent

In a sweeping effort to clean up Tahrir and the surrounding area, scores of little men with paint brushes covered the iconic revolutionary graffiti with a thick layer of creamy paint. Effectively creating a huge blank canvas for the spray-painting artists. It took only a few hours before the first new artwork appeared and all …

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Photography courses at CIC

CIC aims to encourage development of “artistic practice, engagement and discourse” as stated on their website. Part of this mission is the CIC PhotoSchool that will start its fall semester on 25 September. This week, open photography classes that offer a taste of the different subjects that will be taught this fall are available to anyone contemplating singing up for a class at the CIC premises.

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Pride and Prejudice

Certain things are deemed unforgivable here and hot-headed, self proclaimed defenders of national or religious pride can rally others to their cause with surprising speed, considering the normal, more sedate pace of the society. Before you know it, prejudices kick in and angry chants ring out, blame, based on rumours and suppositions, is placed and a little flag burning goes a long way.

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No more dancing with the devil

Nevertheless, the fearsome fighters found irrefutable proof that devil worshippers congregated for their spooky rituals during a brimstone-scented happening that was disguised as a concert. Those in the know were not fooled though, they saw right through the howling guitars and screaming singer. Heavy metal is a euphemism for the devil, we all know that.

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Heavy metal music in for some heavy weather

I was expecting that something like this could happen in the future, but I did not think it would be this soon. No matter how absurd the accusations are, the fact they are brought by a well known lawyer from the FJP will generate a big amount of bad publicity with possible serious repercussions.

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This is Egypt: Yehia El Alaily

Photography in Egypt is often seen as a means to a commercial end, disregarding the fact the people behind the camera are often artists. This is Egypt, as seen by talented photographers.

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Winter of Discontent premieres successfully in Venice

“The very warm reception we received during the premiere means the audience really connected with the film, and this has made us all very proud and happy,” El Batout shared exclusively with the Daily News Egypt. “It is a great honour for us to be here.”

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And an ostrich in a palm tree

Maybe El-Brince shares my appreciation of this strange looking, pea-brained, fast running mega bird. Our long-necked, feathered friend is revered for its ability to plunge its head in the sand to avoid seeing what should remain hidden from plain view. And given what purportedly went on is this villa the poor animal must have spent most of its time faced down.

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New movies this week: a lot more of the same

Ted Ted tells the story of a teddy bear who comes to life when his young owner, John Bennet, wishes on a star. The walking, talking bear becomes famous for a while, making TV appearances and the like. Mark Wahlberg plays the adult Bennet who is still loyal to his by now bitterly disappointed, pot-smoking, …

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Markaz: traditional handcrafts with a unique twist

Markaz works with artisans from all over Egypt and although it is a commercial business, they are committed to making a positive social impact by creating a platform in which local artisans can gain financial independence and pass on their skills to younger generations.

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Trains in the Cairo nights

The railroad that traverses Maadi seems a relic from a time long past; grass grows between the iron rails and the trees that grow on the sides of the track join high in the air to form a tunnel of leaves.

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The Vibe Zone – radio on the net

Shows like World Beat, playing only world music, Mosh Pit Maniacs completely dedicated to metal music and The Vibe Zone featuring funky jazz, acid jazz, old school R&B, soul and funk, Capital Club Radio attracts listeners that are interested in more than the Top 40.

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New arrivals

As summer comes to an end, it is time to pack away the entertaining beach-reads and browse through the new arrivals in Cairo’s bookstores. Brand new novels by Arab authors and new translations of treasured tales are vying for shelf space and the attention of the avid reader. Here is our pick for the coming month

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Kahk and groping: happy holidays

In a bitter, ironic contrast to the purity of thought and deed that are an integral part of Ramadan, scores of young Egyptian men took to the streets to chase, grope and violate women wherever they could find them.

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Cultural curfew

The concept of time in Egypt is stretchable in ways that defy logic to most recent arrivals, but after a few unfortunate mishaps we usually catch up and adjust accordingly.

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Cross Egypt Challenge 2012 is gearing up

Yes, we are facing big challenges but for the most part Egypt is a safe place to be. I wanted to show the world that it is possible to travel across the country on a scooter and arrive safely.

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The tradition of kahk

These days more and more people will buy their kahk from professional bakers, yet in many homes the women have been getting together to mix, knead, stuff and bake tray after tray of the delectable cookies.

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Bowling and More in Maadi

In 2009 El Sawy decided against closing the bowling alleys and decided to “rebrand, renovate and re-launch” and Bounce! Bowling and More surprised everyone by becoming highly popular.

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Jagger and a galabeya

Suddenly all those people were my friends, Keith Richards’ face told stories of a life I could not yet imagine and Mick Jagger danced and sang only to me.

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Jazzercise your way to a healthy body

Jazzercise is open to anyone and there is no judgement. You are welcome to wear sweatpants or spandex, our studios have no mirrors so nobody gets self conscious and it does not matter what level of fitness you have – all classes are accessible for all levels.

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Egyptian short film finalist in Youtube competition

Egyptian filmmaker Ramy El-Gabry, who was featured last month in The Daily News Egypt, has been picked as one of the 10 finalists in the short film festival ,Your Film, organised by Youtube and Scott Free, the production company of Ridley and Tony Scott. El-Gabry will attend the International Venice Film Festival where his film, …

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Brazilian TV show visits Egypt

Our shows are 30 minutes long and we use three to five minutes to introduce the cultural landmarks that Brazilians are familiar with, but we use that as a hook to show them what life is really like.

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Egyptian movie to premiere during Venice Film Festival

The movie tells the story of three people and how their relationships develop against the background of the revolution. Amr plays a computer programmer who does not take part in the protests, Farah portrays his girlfriend, a journalist, and Salah is a State Security officer.

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