Festival: Target Passport Fridays 2010: Middle East

Fri, August 6, 2010 6:30 pm at Queens Museum of Art

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Alwan for the Arts Co-presents Middle Eastern night at the 2010 Target Passport Fridays Outdor Dance, Music, & Film Festival

Free & Open to the Public!

Leave your baggage at home and bring a picnic blanket out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park next to the fountains of the Unisphere for Target Passport Fridays 2010, the 6th season of the Queens Museum of Art’s annual outdoor summer festival of international music, dance and film. This year’s journey around the globe begins in South Africa, and includes stops in Colombia, Ecuador, South Korea, Taiwan, the Middle East, India, and Mexico. Each evening begins with live dance and music performances followed by the feature film screening after sunset. IN CASE OF RAIN, PROGRAM MOVES INSIDE THE MUSEUM. Click here for detailed directions:

August 6th SCHEDULE

630pm - Dance: Ramzi El-Edlibi Dance Group. Ramzi’s dance career began in Lebanon as he studied with the renowned choreographer Wadia Garrar and was a principal dancer with the Caracalla Dance Co. Ramzi is also an accomplished percussion player and teacher, mastering the tabla, riq (Arab tambourine) and frame drum. The program will include whirling dervish dances of Egypt, the Sword dance of Lebanon, and the Debkeh dance of greater Syria (Lebanon. Syria, Iraq.), a popular folkdance often performed in a line at joyous celebrations.

Salaam Middle Eastern Music Ensembla

7:15pm - Music: In their New York debut, Salaam Middle Eastern Music Ensemble performs traditional and modern songs of Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey with a highly-personalized, contemporary twist. Featuring: Dena El Saffar (jowza, viola). Amir ElSaffar (trumpet, santour, vocal), Tim Moore (percussion)and Carlo DeRosa (bass).



8:15pm Film:

Amreeka (Cherien Debis, Palestine/USA, English & Arabic with English ST)
Muna, a single mother leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois. In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, the indomitable Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle. Told with heartfelt humor by writer-director Cherien Dabis in her feature film debut, Amreeka is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home. Click here to view Trailer.

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Last updated: 2010-08-04 09:21:08

Target Passport Fridays: Middle East
Target Passport Fridays: Middle East

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