As my best friend (and wicked gifter) claims, it is much nicer being gifted an experience than an object. And I agree with her 100%, especially after my recent theater experience at La Place des Arts.

(Photo from the official website of the musical)

I was gifted a pair of tickets to watch the currently touring musical Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, and since my last theater watching was in 2002 in London, I was really excited to go through the experience again. So, last Friday night, R. and I went to La Place des Arts where were lead to our seats on the balcony overlooking a huge audience and an intricately designed stage. I will not go into the details of the plot (you can read the synopsis here), but I can definitely and confidently say (and R. wholeheartedly agrees) that it is a must-see, a funny and witty play that engages you for the whole 2 and a half hours. I mention the stage design because I couldn’t take my eyes off of all the colors, lights and different backgrounds; it was captivating to have all that stimuli for my senses.

Here is a photo that I took with my phone before the start of the show (photos were forbidden during the show) so you can how overwhelming the view was from the mezzanine balcony.


Midnight in Paris

The new Woody Allen movie … worth watching, don’t you think!? I’m thinking Paris is worth watching at midnight!

Midnight in Paris

Photo via IMDB



“Capturing Culture” at Beirut Art Center

Photo via mishmaoul.com

Say ‘Ras El-abed’ or ‘Bonjus’ to any Lebanese and you’ll immediately get a smile.

I generally like art in all its form, and I particularly like to see artists using Lebanese pop culture symbolisms in their art. I think it’s one way of preserving pop culture, so to speak. I ran into the work of a Lebanese artist called Rana Salam when I was browsing art centers and expos in Lebanon. Enjoy!

Capturing Culture is an exhibition of graphic designer Rana Salam’s unique products inspired by personal treasures of hers. The exhibition is taking place at Beirut Art Center from November 25 until December 11, 2010.

And Rana Salam also has an e-store Mishmaoul here. Personally, the products are a little overpriced, especially that the prices are in British Pound!

Opening Hours
From Monday to Saturday 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Jisr El Wati – Off Corniche an Nahr. Building 13, Street 97, Zone 66 Adlieh. Beirut, Lebanon.

E: info@beirutartcenter.org
T: +961 (0) 1 397 018 / +961 70 26 21 12