As Shakespeare once said, “all the world’s a stage.” Well, it’s time to raise the curtain on Amman’s great wealth of performances, productions, and shows. Musicians, filmmakers, and artists of all kinds are being thrust into the limelight this week, for a diverse array of events that will have you begging for an encore!
So, without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!
Massar Egbari @Maestro Restaurant & Bar
Monday, December 5th at 8:30 p.m.
Egyptian band Massar Egbari will be here in Amman on Monday for a performance you won’t soon forget! Make your way over to Maestro to listen to this Alexandria-based group rock out with their unique blend of rock, jazz, blues and oriental music. This ‘alternative Egyptian’ musical style is all their own, and it’s something you have to check out!
Price: 10 JD
Nomads @O Six Gastro Lounge
Wednesday, December 7th at 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday nights at O Six are a real treat! Each week, you can check out the awesome musical styling of Nomads. This Jordanian/Palestinian/Libyan band plays fusion rock with a global twist like you’ve never heard before.
Price: 10 JD (includes one free drink)
Omni-Monk @MIST Restaurant and Pub
Friday, December 9th at 9:00 p.m.
As one of the newest faces to hit Amman’s music scene, Omni-Monk spins a truly memorable blend of deep house, tech house, psychedelic rock, indie, and even old-school R&B and hip-hop throwbacks, fusing these diverse influences into a totally distinctive style. Make plans to spend your Thursday night at MIST and you can see (and hear) for yourself!
Matilda the Musical @IAA Theatre
Tuesday, December 6th – Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m.
The theatre department at The International Academy – Amman is putting on a two-night production of Matilda the Musical. Come watch IAA’s talented students sing, dance, and act their hearts out in this magical, mischievous, miraculous performance!
Price: 5 JD
Open Bethlehem @Royal Cultural Center
Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m.
Follow Palestinian director Leila Sansour as she explores the historic town of Bethlehem, the city where she grew up, in “Open Bethlehem.” Gathering more than 700 hours of intimate video footage, the end result of Sansour’s 10-year endeavor is an emotional journey through Bethlehem that paints the city in an entirely new light.
A Movie Night Under the Stars: The Conjuring @Subshop
Thursday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m.
It’s time for yet another Movie Night Under the Stars at Subshop, and this time, it’s going to have you leaping out of your seat! Enjoy a showing of The Conjuring, a supernatural horror film that will both terrify and delight you. If it gets too frightening, you can always hide under one of the blankets that Subshop provides to attendees! To book your spot, call 079 941 0146.
Price: 5 JD (including free popcorn and drink)
Urban Canvas Exhibition @Zara Centre
Monday, December 5th – Thursday, December 8th at 10:00 a.m.
Enjoy the beautiful paintings of artists Hiba Shahzada and Dana Shahzada Kayyali at this stunning week-long exhibition. Held under the patronage of HRH Princess Wijdan Al-Hashemi, the exhibition runs daily from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Picks for the Winter Holidays Exhibition @Nabad Art Gallery
Monday, December 5th at 6:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for a mix of art, music, and more, head down to the opening of the “Picks for the Winter Holiday” exhibition at Nabad Art Gallery. Featuring 15 diverse artists – with showcases from jewelry designer Hania Kuzbari and artist Shereen Audi, as well as new works from artists Basel Uraiqat, Boutros Al Maari, Farouk Lambaz, Ghada Dahdaleh, Hind Al Jirmi, Jeanne Al Mufti, Mahmoud Gahalla, Nour Al Taher, Rafik Majzoub, Samah Samaha, Samer Kurdi, Shayma Aziz, and Zainab Mahdi – this exhibition brings together an incredible array of high-profile talents. The opening event will also feature music from qanun player and composer Halim Al Khatib!
This exhibition runs until January 31st.
The Conscience of Art Exhibition @Royal Cultural Center
Tuesday, December 6th – Saturday, December 10th
As part of this year’s Karama Human Rights Film Festival, the Conscience of Art exhibition is a real, harrowing, and often heartbreaking look at social justice issues around the world. The exhibit features photography by French photojournalist Rafael Yaghobzadeh, chronicling the refugee crisis in Europe. This is one exhibition you can’t afford to miss.
Optic Vibes by Mohammad Awwad @Jacaranda Images
Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m.
For his second solo exhibition at Jacaranda Images, local artist Mohammad Awwad explores artistic themes that delve into politics, economics, and culture. Make your way down to Jacaranda on Wednesday to attend the opening of the exhibition, which runs through December 31st.
Wine Night @Le Meridien Amman
Sunday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Wine lovers, clear your schedules! It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means it’s time for Le Meridien’s Wine Night. Head down to 282 Lounge to sample some of the hotel’s finest wines, while enjoying delicious cheeses, finger foods, and a carving station.
To learn more and make your reservation, call (06) 569 6511.
Wine Tasting Class by Mario Appiani Jr. @Off The Record
Sunday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy a delectable wine tasting while learning more about the ins and outs of the vino world! Mario Appiani Jr. will be hosting a delightful wine tasting class at Off The Record, where you’ll sample four top-notch wines, all perfectly paired with scrumptious canapes. To reserve, call 077 840 5888.
Price: 30 JD
Cooking Class with Chefs Lara Abdulhadi and Inaam Masri @Cozmo TAJ Lifestyle
Monday, December 5th at 12:00 p.m.
It’s time for another one of Cozmo’s fun, engaging cooking classes! Head down to the hypermarket’s TAJ Lifestyle branch to learn how to prepare amazing dishes and improve your culinary technique from local chefs Lara Abdulhadi and Inaam Masri.
Space is limited, so call (06) 592 7820 to reserve your spot.
Christmas Sale @Baraka Sports
Sunday, December 4th – Sunday, December 25th
If you can feel the winter weight creeping up on you, now’s the time to get proactive! Baraka Sports is holding a major holiday sale on all of its home exercise equipment and other fun sports and sports-related gear, with 50% off everything in the store and 0% interest! This is a great place to shop for Christmas presents for the active friends or family in your life.
Ayla Red Sea Half-Marathon @Ayla Oasis, Aqaba
Friday, December 9th at 7:00 a.m.
It’s that time of year: the Ayla Red Sea Half-Marathon is here! If you need some exciting competition in your life, or if you’re looking for a warm-weather escape, head down to Aqaba this weekend and run your heart out! Visit www.runjordan.com to register.
The show must go on, Tipsters!
The Tip n’ Tag Team