In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef creates the satirical show, “Al Bernameg,” which quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. But, in a country where free speech is not settled law, his show becomes as controversial as it is popular. Despite increasing danger, Bassem employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. “Tickling Giants” follows the “Al Bernameg” team as they discover democracy is not easily won.
This fascinating film about the “Egyptian Jon Stewart” will be shown by Amnesty International of Northern Virginia, in conjunction with the Arlington Library, on Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 pm at the Arlington County Main Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington (between Ballston & Virginia Square metro stations). The event is free. Light refreshments will be served.
The Arlington Philharmonic will host “Magnificent Movie Music,” a three-part multimedia lecture series presented by concert pianist and film music fanatic and expert Rachel Franklin, on Thursdays, May 4, 11, and 18 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre in Arlington. Tickets are $25 per lecture or $60 for the series.
Using fascinating film clips, witty commentary, and stunning piano demonstrations, Dr. Rachel Franklin will delve into the hidden magic of some of the greatest film music ever composed and discuss the relationships between films and their scores. As she explains, “We frequently fall in love with a movie through its music. Film music can inspire and romance us. It can make emotional statements that a script simply cannot.”
Doors will open at 6:00 pm each evening for a Happy Hour where wine, beer, and snacks will be sold. The lectures are sponsored in part by the Crystal City Wine Shop and Deschutes Brewery and proceeds from this event will benefit the Arlington Philharmonic.