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Fans throng to Maher Zain's Album debut concert at AUC

CAIRO: Captivating over 1,300 fans with a stunning performance, Awakening Records artists Maher Zain, Hamza Namira, and Massoud Kurtis performed to a full house at the American University’s (AUC) Spring concert Thursday. Organized by AUC’s Help Club, the concert tickets were sold out ten days before the Swedish-Lebanese singer Zain’s arrival to Cairo on Wednesday …

Daily News Egypt

Asian art sales are eastern delight in NY

From a record-breaking classical Chinese painting to strong prices for edgy modern fare from India, Asia Week art auctions got off to a strong start Tuesday in New York. Shrugging off the crippling effects of the financial crisis on the international art market, the 1692 painting by Bada Shanren “Two Mynas on a Rock fetched …

AFP

Oxmo Puccino: Cactus de Sibérie

He sheds a large tear, his eyes blaming you for his unfounded misery. Yet this image that looks to you from a poster more suited to advertise cheesy R&B is thankfully far from the truth. With an established decade-long presence in French hip-hop, Oxmo Puccino is made of the stuff that survives. No wonder this …

Chitra Kalyani

'Pomegranates and Myrrh' premieres in Egypt

In his exposition of globalization, “The Lexus and the Olive Tree, journalist Tom Friedman describes two forces driving human activity; “the drive for sustenance, prosperity and modernity versus “everything that roots us, anchors us, identifies us. He symbolizes the first with the Lexus, based on his experience of a Lexus factory in Japan, and the …

Annelle Sheline

Ex-Disney animator brings Hollywood to Nepal

In a busy office in downtown Kathmandu, young Nepalese are using state-of-the-art technology to create special effects for a Hollywood remake of the cult movie classic Straw Dogs. Until recently, some of them had never even used a computer. Now, they are working for the likes of Walt Disney and Columbia Pictures at Nepal s …

Daily News Egypt

Soviet space dogs blast-off to animated immortality

In space, no one can hear you bark. Two mongrels named Belka and Strelka made history in 1960 when they went into orbit in a Soviet space ship and then returned to Earth – the first animals ever to survive the trip. Half a century on, the two dogs are the stars of a full-length …

Daily News Egypt

Sex in a new city: Carrie & pals go to Abu Dhabi

Sarah Jessica Parker and her Manhattan gal pals are taking their sexy ways to a new city. Sex and the City 2, due in theaters May 27, sends Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon on a trip to the Middle East as they visit Abu Dhabi. While the sequel allows Parker s Carrie …

AP

NYC prepares for return of King Tut's treasures

NEW YORK: New York City is getting ready to welcome Egypt s boy pharaoh back to the city he wowed in 1979. An exhibit of artifacts from King Tut s tomb will make its final stop in New York starting April 23. It is now at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The New …

AP

'Mother' named best picture at Asian Film Awards

A South Korean drama about a mother s quest to exonerate her mentally handicapped son from murder allegations shined at the fourth Asian Film Awards on Monday, clinching best picture and top acting honors for veteran performer Kim Hye-ja. Mother also bagged the best screenplay prize for director Bong Joon-ho and co-writer Park Eun-kyo. Lu …

AP

Remnants of the future

Who will write our stories when we are gone? Will we be chronicled in history books, or will we be forgotten footnotes? Swiss artist Uriel Orlow is drawn to the stories that aren’t told; the discarded footnotes of a time past, which are the remnants of the future. Speaking to Daily New Egypt, he says, …

Daily News Egypt

Jailhouse rocks for Philippine Internet dance sensations

From the moment teenager Egan Torrecampo and his fellow prisoners step out of their crowded cells, the maximum-security Philippine jailhouse rocks. Dressed in tangerine jump suits, the roughly 1,500 convicted murderers, rapists and other inmates perform a series of Michael Jackson-inspired dances that have helped boost their morale while also making them internet sensations. When …

AFP

It's not just about the money

Last year’s downturn in art prices flagged up more than ever the precarious nature of the market. Yet there’s much more to the Middle Eastern art scene than the business side. Given the vagaries of the sale rooms and the still uncertain future for galleries, will it be the non-profit sector that will save the …

Daily News Egypt

Final book in 'Fablehaven' series due out Tuesday

As he toiled away in the basement of his home, Brandon Mull quickly ditched the mundane for a world teeming with zombies, trolls, imps and centaurs. The result has been the popular “Fablehaven series, or what the author describes as “Jurassic Park meets Harry Potter. The fifth and final installment, “Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon …

AP

A turbulent landing for new Brit performance

This week, the British Council in Egypt hosted Oxford Playhouse’s performance “One Small Step at El-Sawy Culture Wheel. The play tour is part of Performance Platforms, a regional British Council project which explores performing arts to develop cultural understanding, trust and dialogue between artists and audiences in the region and the UK. Last year, the …

Dalia Basiouny

Life through a lens

The art of photography has produced some of history’s most iconic and outstanding artworks. Here are some of the photographic highlights at Art Dubai 2010. In German photographer Elgar Esser’s work, the ruins of Baalbek stand proud and lonely, supremely dignified in their stillness. As the eye wanders over the image, it suddenly notices two …

Daily News Egypt

New book by son of Bob Marley triggers family row

A son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, has written a new book claiming he was deprived of his father s fortune for years unlike his half-bothers and half-sisters, sparking a row that could trigger legal action. Ky-Mani Marley s Dear Dad hit booksellers stands February 6, when the late reggae icon would have …

AFP

Finding Neverland in Cairo

Currently showing at the Palace of Arts at the Cairo Opera House is a refreshing little show titled “Capturing Neverland. Orchestrated by Sara Khazem, a Lebanese-American photographer, the show exhibits the products of a workshop conducted by Khazem to teach street children and orphans in Egypt the basics of photography. The exhibition hosts the work …

Mariam Hamdy

The beautiful loneliness of writing

A giant squid might never in its lifetime encounter another of its species. Pondering upon this most solitary of creatures, Sai is taken by melancholy. Yet even in the early pages, this character in Kiran Desai’s Booker-prize-winning novel “The Inheritance of Loss finds redemption in lack. “Love must surely reside.in the lack, not the contentment. …

Chitra Kalyani

Gates of Glory and Facades of Fame

The road between Bab Zuweila and Bab El-Fotouh, two of the entrances to medieval Cairo, is considered by UNESCO to be among the richest caches of Muslim architecture in the world. Known as the qasaba, it stretches up to the citadel of Saladin and Mohamed Ali Mosque, but within the city walls, the horde of …

Annelle Sheline

Head of Actors' Union sues member for libel

CAIRO: Head of the Egyptian Actors’ Union Ashraf Zaki is suing union member Hisham Bahaa ElDin for libel for publishing an article on the social networking website Facebook criticizing the performance of the union board and the current union head, according to the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). “This is the first time …

Safaa Abdoun

Children's jury at film festival transcends boundaries

The Cairo International Children’s Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this spring, with over 359 films from 52 countries. The fest took a new step this year by choosing four Sudanese girls from a refugee education center to participate in the special children jury. In the streets of Cairo, these four girls – Bibiana Raphael, …

Daily News Egypt

A hymn to Muslim-Christian love

The Egyptian National Theater’s latest production for the ongoing season is an adaptation of Bahaa’ Taher’s novel “Khalti Safiyya wal Der (Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery). Incarnated in various forms in theater and TV, Taher’s award-winning novel has proven to be timeless with its incisive portrayal of the relationship between Copts and Muslims. Taher’s popular …

Dalia Basiouny

Colossal statue of ancient monkey god found in Luxor

CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a colossal ancient statue of the Pharaonic deity of wisdom, Thoth, in the shape of a baboon, the council of antiquities said in a statement on Tuesday. The four-meter (13-foot) tall statue was discovered in four pieces along with two statues while workers were lowering ground waters beneath Luxor to …

AFP

Sony, Jackson estate ink $250 mln deal

Sony and administrators for Michael Jackson s estate confirmed Tuesday they signed a $250 million deal that will include releasing new music the pop icon was working on before his death. The landmark deal would give the entertainment giant distribution rights for all of Jackson s material until 2017, a source close to the matter …

AFP

Wife of Panahi says unable to meet him in Iran jail

The wife of top Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi told AFP on Tuesday that she has been unable to see her husband in Tehran s notorious Evin prison since his arrest earlier this month. Fifty Iranian filmmakers and artists, in a signed letter released on Tuesday, urged the authorities to release Panahi, a news agency reported. …

AFP