I really miss reading. It’s been like forever since I’ve read a heavy book. I have recently (couple of months ago) started reading Orientalism by Edward Said, but I haven’t been able to get through the introduction yet. Not because it is hard, but some books, especially this one, need to be studied carefully. And to be honest, I don’t have the time. Although I love literature and Orientalism in English literature, but it seems so hard to find the time to sit and focus. However, since then, I read 4 Arabic books, from novels to poetry which I will be writing about soon. I haven’t read Arabic books for a long time, but I like the fact that they take less time to be done. I think I will be reading more Arabic books in the upcoming weeks, they reflect a different feeling inside of me, something familiar, which takes me deep inside, not far away. So, at the end of this long day, and the beginning of a new day, I would say that; you shouldn’t just read to take yourself away from reality, read to remind yourself your reality. This will make you see it clearer and from a different perspective, hence change it. Witty enough?
Last Wednesday I was lucky enough not to miss the Piano Carnival that was held at Al-Maidan Cultural Center. The pianists were Bartek Rybak and Ilgiz Royanov.
The program consisted of
- Fryderyk Chopin – Rondo in C Major Op. 73
- Camille Saint- Saens – The Carnival of Animals
- Darius Milhaud – Scaramouche Op. 165b.
You may think I`m so ignorant but it was my first time to know that there was something called ‘The Carnival of animals” it was so amazing I felt as if I`m in a jungle, and the two pianists played it perfectly with their hearts as u can see their facial expressions that chance with the change of the parts. The carnival of animals consist of 14 parts, my favorite was the Royal March of the lion, the elephant, and the aquarium.
You can enjoy the youtube video below like I did for the last several days. I was playing it since I got back from that piano concert.
Google is celebrating today the Birthday of Robert Noyce who was “nicknamed “the Mayor of Silicon Valley”, co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel in 1968. He is also credited (along with Jack Kilby) with the invention of the integrated circuit or microchip which fueled the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name.[ Noyce was also a mentor and father-figure to an entire generation of entrepreneurs. “
I posted about that earlier and I was dying to go there! I finally found sometime to go and check it out. In a nutshell, it’s magnificent! It was nearly empty so I enjoyed having a long detailed look in each one of the pieces, I love Arabic calligraphy so I was in heaven.
Our cow doesn’t milk but pisses plently, 2010. Embroidery (120 x162) By: Iman Raad
There are 3 pieces from this work in three different colors. I liked it since I like embroidery, but I didn’t like that there are 3 pieces of it. One would make it more unique and special.
Diego la Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter, and an active communist.Rivera began drawing when he was only three, just a year after his twin brother’s death. He had been caught drawing on the walls. His parents, rather than punishing him, installed chalkboards and canvas on the walls for the young painter to make use.
I just got this from a friend, there are 100 famous figures in this picture, if you are able to name 25 of them then you are considered intellectual. I know it’s not a scale, but it’s just for fun! Share your results. (via wtsapp)
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In my quest to try new things and go through experiences that I’ve never thought I will be involved in (you may want to read the original post) I got myself a humble painting kit to discover my abilities! I cannot even call it a kit, just acrylic color tubes, brushes with different sizes (you know for my creative little details to be perfect), and canvas!
I am so excited and I cannot wait to open those tubes and starting painting! I hope I can find some time soon! As for my first painting that I made using a cotton stick and black acrylic, I don’t know if I should keep it as it is or ad some colors to it, what do you think?
Don’t laugh! Ok laugh, whatever, I don’t care, it’s not like I have hopes! I know my abilities, but it’s just something I want to do for fun, is there anything wrong with that? And IF, IF you think of buying this painting, I`m telling you right away that it is not for sale. Unless I get a really good offer then, who knows?
Amazing music night at al-Maidan Cultural Center by Hamad al-Ammari, Mohammed al-Ghareeb and Hassan Juma.
I`m not a fan of Spanish music, but that night was absolutely different. The music, the body language, and the harmony between the three musicians is unbelievable. The spirit on that theater was very positive and energetic. The only thing I was sorry for that there was no dance floor!