Showing posts with label San Francisco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label San Francisco. Show all posts

Monday, April 8, 2019

Arabology Interviews Michael Malek Najjar, Director of "Scenes from 71* Years"

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/maleknajjar
Stanford Lecturer/Arabology Radio Host Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews Michael Malek Najjar, Director of Hannah Khalil's play "Scenes from 71* Years"--playing in San Francisco from April 5-May 5, 2018.  Interview was recorded by Skype on April 6, 2019.



For info, tickets, go to www.goldenthread.org

MICHAEL MALEK NAJJAR (Ph.D., UCLA; M.F.A., York University; B.A., University of New Mexico) is an associate professor of Theatre Arts with the University of Oregon. He is the author of Arab American Drama, Film and Performance, 1908 to the Present: A Critical Study and the editor of Four Arab American Plays: Works by Leila Buck, Jamil Khoury, Yussef El Guindi, and Lameece Issaq & Jacob Kader (McFarland) and The Selected Works of Yussef El Guindi (Bloomsbury). He founded Riverside Repertory Theatre (now Tricklock Company) in Albuquerque, NM and is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Directors Lab West, The Rawi Screenwriters Lab (Jordan), and British/American Drama Academy. He directed the world premiere of Precious Stones by Jamil Khoury, and has also directed many other Middle Eastern American plays including Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, 9 Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo, Ecstasy: A Water Fable by Denmo Ibrahim, and When Farah Cries with Golden Thread Productions. He is currently serving on the editorial board of Arab Stages. He co-curated, and was lead director for, Semitic Commonwealth: A Staged Reading Series Comprised of Six Plays by Arab and Jewish Playwrights Exploring the Human Toll of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at Silk Road Rising, and he is currently co-editing a volume of the plays from that series for McFarland. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and has been recognized for meritorious achievement for directing by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

47Soul in Concert in San Francisco on March 13 (Promo ft El Far3i)


Don't miss 47Soul live in concert at Slim's in San Francisco on March 13, 2019 at 8 pm PST.  For info and tickets, please go to THIS LINK.

Here is an excerpt from my forthcoming Arabology interview with 47Soul band member Tareq Abu Kwaik (El Far3i) in which he discusses the group and promotes the upcoming concert at Slim's in San Francisco (listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/47soulsfpromo)



47SOUL is an Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) band formed in Amman Jordan in 2013.


The current lineup includes: Z the People (vocals & synths) El Far3i (darbouka, Mc/Vocals) Walaa Sbeit (percussion, Mc/vocals) El Jehaz (guitar & vocals).

For tickets to the San Francisco concert on March 13, 2019 please go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/47soul-slims-tickets-55540759908

Saturday, January 5, 2019

ِA Day in San Francisco with Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzanar


Dr. Ramzi Salti (middle) with Khaled Mouzanar (left) and Nadine Labaki (right)

December 2018 was a month to remember because I finally got to meet and interview two amazing Lebanese artists whom I have long admired:  Lebanese Director Naine Labaki and her husband Composer/Producer Khaled Mouzanar.  The couple was in San Francisco to promote Labaki's new film Capernaum.

Here are some pictures and short video clips from that day--including some that were taken at an exclusive screening of Capernaum by the AFMI which overseas the Arab Film Festival.  Here I must thank Serge Bakalian and Sony Picture Classics for making this interview possible.  Shukran also to Ahmad Anka for taking the pics + videos.

Pics from my interview with Nadine Labaki in San Francisco:
Listen to the interview at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/nadinelabaki



Pics from my interview with Khaled Mouzanar in San Francisco:



Short video message by Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzannar (in Arabic) for my Stanford students + Arabology radio show listeners 
Watch below or at https://youtu.be/dttkISpBjWM


Pics from AFMI private screening of Capernaum in San Francisco featuring the film's star, child actor Zain Al Rafeea:





Pics from Q&A session following film screening:
AFMI's Serge Bakalian (right) with the Lebanese trio


Video clip from Discussion following film screening:
Watch below or at https://youtu.be/jX5c3eHS9Ds


Film trailer for Capernaum, currently playing in US theaters: https://youtu.be/ULUo0048xZE



Two scenes from Capernaum




For more info about the Oscar nominated film Capernaum see https://sonyclassics.com/capernaum/





Thursday, May 18, 2017

Emel Mathlouthi Wows San Francisco (2017)

Emel Mathlouthi at Cafe du Nord, SF on May 16, 2017
Legendary Tunisian singer/songwriter/producer Emel Mathlouthi, whose early songs served as the soundtrack to the Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring, performed to a full crowd at San Francisco's Cafe du Nord on May 16, 2017.  The evening was one to remember for a long time to come.

Although this one-night only bay area performance mainly served to promote Emel's latest CD, titled Ensen, the performer did not shy away from singing some of her older hits, including her legendary song "Kelmti Horra"--a performance that brought the house down.


But perhaps the highlight of the evening was the impromptu songs that Emel sang with the audience which seemed quite content to sing along--even in Arabic--while demandeing encore after encore.  One of those priceless moments was captured in the video below where the Tunisian songstress, deluged by requests for more songs, was happy to oblige.

Video Highlights from Emel Mathlouthi's SF Concert: https://youtu.be/5k6mOxc1_kQ



The day following her SF concert, Emel performed in LA--the last stop on her US tour.




Sunday, April 30, 2017

Emel Mathlouthi to Perform in San Francisco on May 16, 2017

Emel Mathlouthi will perform in San Francisco on May 16, 2017

If there is one concert that San Franciscans cannot afford to miss this year, it is Emel Mathlouthi's performance at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco on Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm). Make sure you get your tickets at this link.

This one-night only San Francisco concert is part of Mathlouthi's world tour as she promotes her critically acclaimed new album Ensen (for other places click here).  It also marks her first return to the bay area since her unforgettable concert at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall in October 2016.

Tunisian prominent Singer/Songwriter Emel second album Ensen was produced by her own record label “Little Human Records” and released on Partisan Records on 24 February 2017.  This much anticipated album wowed critics and audiences worldwide--not an easy feat considering the fact that Emel’s first album, Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) is considered as "The Voice of the Tunisian Revolution." On Ensen, she’s merged to a style that’s even more uniquely her own, combining organic and electronic sounds to produce a record that will appeal to any lover of innovative and heartfelt music.



Below are some of Emel Mathlouthi's most memorable performances, including short clips from her Stanford concert in October 2016:


Emel Mathlouthi at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.  Click CC for English subtitles):

Highlights from Emel Mathouthi's 2 Performances at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall in October 2016 (Unlisted Video):

Emel Mathlouthi's Lunch talk with Dr. Ramzi Salti at Stanford's Markaz Recource Center (Oct 2016):

Emel Mathlouthi's Video Clip for her song "Ensen Dhaif (Human, Helpless Human)"


Remember to purchase your tickets for Emel Mathlouthi's May 16, 2017 San Francisco Concert at THIS LINK.  See you there!

Ramzi Salti's Arabology Radio Show Counts Down Top 20 Indie Arabic Songs of 2018

Listen to this episode at  https://soundcloud.com/arabology/top2018 The latest episode of the popular radio show Arabology , which air...