Events

Sun 03
  • Stand Up Comedy Night at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Stand Up Comedy Night at El Sawy Culturewheel
    May 03 8:30 pm to May 03 10:30 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Tonight, El Sawy Culturewheel's WorldHall welcomes Mohammad Salem for a night of giggles. Tickets are 30LE. For more information, call...
  • Havana Jazz Club ft. Los Compadres at Cairo Jazz Club
    Havana Jazz Club ft. Los Compadres at Cairo Jazz Club
    May 03 10:00 pm to May 04 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Reviving the classic sound of the Buena Vista Social Club, Ashraf Habashi and Los Compadres bring Havana to Cairo with a session of Cuban covers...
  • Made in Bamboo at Bamboo
    Made in Bamboo at Bamboo
    May 03 10:00 pm to May 04 6:00 am - Bamboo
    Every Sunday, DJs 3bkarino, Kiko and Bob will be playing some of the hottest house tunes 'til the early hours at Bamboo - the club that never...
  • Karaoke Night at Amici Zamalek
    Karaoke Night at Amici Zamalek
    May 03 8:00 pm to May 04 2:00 am - Amici
    Now a staple of Cairo's eclectic nightlife, Amici invites all to enjoy a night of Japan's greatest export, karaoke. For more information...
  • Kolthoumiat at Arabic Music Institute
    Kolthoumiat at Arabic Music Institute
    May 03 8:00 pm to May 03 10:00 pm - Arab Music Institute
    Commemorating Om Kalthoum, Kolthoumiat will perform a classical Arabic music set in the Arabic Music Institute this evening. Tickets are available...
Mon 04
Tue 05
  • 'El Leila El Kebira' & 'Oriental Steps' Ballet at Cairo Opera House
    'El Leila El Kebira' & 'Oriental Steps' Ballet at Cairo Opera House
    May 04 11:00 pm to May 07 1:00 am - Cairo Opera House
    The Cairo Opera House Ballet Company and Cairo Opera House Ensemble combine forces to present three consecutive nights of 'El Leila El...
  • Bamboo Night at Bamboo
    Bamboo Night at Bamboo
    May 05 10:00 pm to May 06 6:00 am - Bamboo
    Every Tuesday and Thursday, DJs 3bkarino, Kiko and Bob will be playing some of the hottest house tunes 'til the early hours at Bamboo - the...
  • Karaoke Night at Johnny's West
    Karaoke Night at Johnny's West
    May 05 7:00 pm to May 06 2:00 am - Johnny
    It takes a little Dutch courage to go up and sing in front of an entire crowd and luckily, at Le Pacha 1901 West, Johnny's will provide all...
  • Karaoke Night at Gabriel
    Karaoke Night at Gabriel
    May 04 7:00 pm to May 05 11:00 pm - Gabriel
    Gaudy Mohandiseen restaurant, Gabriel, gets rowdy with another Monday night session of karaoke. For reservations, call 01027900004.
  • Karaoke Night at Cavallini
    Karaoke Night at Cavallini
    May 05 9:00 pm to May 06 3:00 am - Cavallini
    Heliopolis nightclub, Cavallini, welcomes one and all for a night of karaoke. For reservations, call 010 611 911 00.
Wed 06
  • 'El Leila El Kebira' & 'Oriental Steps' Ballet at Cairo Opera House
    'El Leila El Kebira' & 'Oriental Steps' Ballet at Cairo Opera House
    May 04 11:00 pm to May 07 1:00 am - Cairo Opera House
    The Cairo Opera House Ballet Company and Cairo Opera House Ensemble combine forces to present three consecutive nights of 'El Leila El...
  • Mosh Hategy Fee Bamboo at Bamboo
    Mosh Hategy Fee Bamboo at Bamboo
    May 06 10:00 pm to May 07 5:00 am - Bamboo
    Rhetorical questions aside, Bamboo hosts a dusk to dawn party featuring resident DJs 3abkarino, Kiko and Bob. For reservations, call 0237496162.
  • Ladies Night at Cavallini
    Ladies Night at Cavallini
    May 06 9:00 pm to May 07 3:00 am - Cavallini
    Every Wednesday, Heliopolis Nightclub, Cavallini, invites Cairo's femme fatales for a night dedicated to them. For reservations,...
  • Sahara Band at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Sahara Band at El Sawy Culturewheel
    May 06 8:00 pm to May 06 10:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Sahara Band will be performing at El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall. Tickets cost 20LE for members, and 25LE for non-members. For more...
  • The Cycle Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    The Cycle Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Apr 19 10:30 am to May 11 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Exploring the theme of man's journey through life, Kamal El Feky's latest exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery uses bronze sculptures to tell...
Thu 07
  • Bamboo Night at Bamboo
    Bamboo Night at Bamboo
    May 07 10:00 pm to May 08 6:00 am - Bamboo
    Every Tuesday and Thursday, DJs 3bkarino, Kiko and Bob will be playing some of the hottest house tunes 'til the early hours at Bamboo - the...
  • Live Commercial House Music at Cavallini
    Live Commercial House Music at Cavallini
    May 07 9:00 pm to May 08 3:00 am - Cavallini
    Thursdays mean one thing at Heliopolis nighclub, Cavallini - house music, house music, house music. For reservations, call 010 611 911 00.
  • 'Om Kolthoum Back on Stage' Puppet Show at El Sawy Culturewheel
    'Om Kolthoum Back on Stage' Puppet Show at El Sawy Culturewheel
    May 07 7:00 pm to May 07 9:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Celebrating Om Kolthoum's life and love, El Sawy Culturewheel are reliving the best of the legendary singer's work, through the...
  • Massar Egbari at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Massar Egbari at El Sawy Culturewheel
    May 07 8:00 pm to May 07 10:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Alexandrian band, Massar Egbari, return to El Sawy Culturewheel's River Hall with their socio-political satire and unique blend of Egyptian...
  • The Cycle Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    The Cycle Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Apr 19 10:30 am to May 11 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Exploring the theme of man's journey through life, Kamal El Feky's latest exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery uses bronze sculptures to tell...
Fri 08
  • Secret Friday at Bamboo
    Secret Friday at Bamboo
    May 08 1:00 am to May 09 6:00 am - Bamboo
    This Friday, resident DJs 3abkarino, Kiko and Bob are on the decks at after-hours bar, Bamboo, for a night of secretive fun. We won't say...
  • Karaoke Night at Vintage Bar & Lounge
    Karaoke Night at Vintage Bar & Lounge
    May 08 9:00 pm to May 09 3:00 am - Vintage Bar & Lounge
    Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel's nightlife hotspot, Vintage, welcomes karaoke lovers for a night of unabashed fun. For reservations,...
  • Lebanese Night at Cavallini
    Lebanese Night at Cavallini
    May 08 9:00 pm to May 09 3:00 am - Cavallini
    Every Friday night, Heliopolis nightclub, Cavallini, channels all things Levant for Lebanese Night. For reservations, call 010 611 911 00.
  • The Cycle Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    The Cycle Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Apr 19 10:30 am to May 11 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Exploring the theme of man's journey through life, Kamal El Feky's latest exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery uses bronze sculptures to tell...
  • Helwa Ya Baladi Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Helwa Ya Baladi Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Apr 19 10:30 am to May 11 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    The human dimension has always been the pivotal force driving the artistic vision of Rabab Nemr. Her exhibition 'Helwa Ya Baladi' explores...
Sat 09
  • Cairo Symphony Orchestra Concert at Cairo Opera House
    Cairo Symphony Orchestra Concert at Cairo Opera House
    May 09 8:00 pm to May 09 11:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    Under the conductorship of Nader Abbassi, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra performs a special Europe Day Concert featuring works by Bizet,...
  • Karaoke Night at Peking Lodge
    Karaoke Night at Peking Lodge
    May 09 10:00 pm to May 10 3:00 am - Peking Lodge
    Zamalek's Peking Lodge welcomes one and all for a night of karaoke, where prizes will be given out for the best three participants. For...
  • Oldies Night at Cavallini
    Oldies Night at Cavallini
    May 09 9:00 pm to May 10 3:00 am - Cavallini
    Heliopolis nightclub, Cavallini, takes a stroll down musical memory lane with Oldies Night. For reservations, call 0106 119 1100.
  • Black Theama at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Black Theama at El Sawy Culturewheel
    May 09 5:00 pm to May 09 9:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Alternative Egyptian band, Black Theama, perform in El Sawy Culturewheel's River Hall. Tickets are 40LE. For more information, call...
  • The Cycle Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    The Cycle Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Apr 19 10:30 am to May 11 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Exploring the theme of man's journey through life, Kamal El Feky's latest exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery uses bronze sculptures to tell...

Highlights

Restaurants

Subway: Original Sandwich Bar Seen Better Days

Subway: Original Sandwich Bar Seen Better Days

The healthy eating trend, make no mistake it is in fact a trend, has taken Cairo by storm. Every neighbourhood now has some sort of salad bar and/or diet-friendly restaurants catering almost exclusively to the people willing to sacrifice flavour for less calories. We say it's a trend because the last few trends before it were all sweets and confectionary items. Before the healthy eating trend hit the capital though, perhaps a decade before that, the original perpetrator of 'healthy sandwiches' and practically an icon of the 90's was Subway. Famed for their healthy options and tasty sandwiches, Subway were even known for their commercials about weight loss using models who had nothing to do with Subway. The Maadi branch has been around longer than we can personally remember. Quite modest in size it occupies a corner across from the Duty Free Store and Tabla Luna. Sporting the original sandwich bar layout, this particular branch hasn't been renovated in quite some time. You'll never find it particularly crowded either. Opting for a Steak and Cheese Foot Long (49LE) as well as a Chicken Parmesan Foot Long (47LE) we watched the pleasant servers put our sandwiches together in the types of bread of our choosing. We opted for Sesame and Parmesan Oregano accordingly. To top the meats off, we also requested tomatoes, lettuce and sweet onion dressing on the first sandwich, and pickles on the second. The Steak and Cheese, while sufficiently stuffed with meat, wasn't very filling. The flavours were decent but we do remember tasting better. The Chicken Parmesan was a complete miss. Made with frozen pre-cooked chicken breasts-the stuff that's called chicken but barely resembles it, that wasn't even fried properly. The rest of the toppings were quite scarce leaving much to be desired from this sandwich. Sorely disappointing without much of a dining experience to salvage it, were surprised what keeps Subway going here in Cairo. The standard is definitely not what it used to be, the sandwiches just aren't the same, and the competition is much stronger than what it used to be in their field.

Shopping

Online Grocery Shopping in Cairo: Who, What & How

Online Grocery Shopping in Cairo: Who, What & How

Sustaining a home and a job in a busy, relentless city like Cairo is no easy task. If you have children, matters are complicated ever further – because in Egypt's capital, the old adage that 'there aren't enough hours in the day' rings a little too true. But that wonderful thing called the World Wide Web is becoming more and more a part of daily life in Egypt – even when it comes to grocery shopping. With multiple online platforms ready and willing to deliver your goods straight to your door, it's a phenomenon that has gone some way to making life in Cairo that little bit easier. Gourmet Egypt Needing no introduction, Gourmet Egypt has been around since 2006 and has stores in Maadi, Zamalek, Sheikh Zayed and beyond. Through their website, you can browse all the high-end items they carry, including pastas, vegetables, seafood, chocolate, Australian meats, chicken and dairy. You can even order appliances and utensils, and they also offer recipes on their Facebook page. Check Gourmet Egypt's delivery schedule or call 19339 Beqala.com Beqala keeps things simple and breaks the process down into three easy steps; select the products you want to buy, put in your information and select your preferred method of payment. They also offer recipes and can deliver you the ingredients needed. If you prefer ordering over the phone, call 16237. Awfar Market This website works a little differently. Basically, it's a delivery service from supermarkets of your choice. These include El Mahmal, Seoudi, Ragab Sons, Spinneys, Carrefour and Dina Farms. After you've filled up your cart, you specify the location and time of delivery, and pay on arrival. The delivery is free of charge for a limited time. The website is still in beta phase but the official launch is soon. There is also an IOS app and Android app. Butcher House A specialist in prime meats and poultry, Butcher House caused quite a stir amongst Cairo's carnivorous communities when it launched. They have a store on Road 9 in Maadi, but also deliver throughout Cairo on a schedule you can find here. Their menu has all the prices, and they also sell condiments and toppings and their Facebook page is updated regularly with special offers. Food Works Food Works offers an array of frozen products ranging from appetisers like springs rolls and sambousak, to chicken pane, shawerma and even lasagna. They also have desserts like apple pies and muffins. You can order from their website or by phone on 01017050040. Olio Similar to Food Works, they sell frozen Lebanese and international foods. The difference is that they also have several branches throughout Egypt aside from the delivery service. You can browse their products through their Facebook page, or if you prefer by phone, call 16905. NGS Offering fresh produce from their organic farms, NGS also sell quirky items like lunch boxes, water bottles and juicers, alongside body butters, scrubs and shampoos. You can reach them through their Facebook page and they're also on Instagram. Spilanda Box Spilanda Box exclusively specialises in fruits and vegetables and promotes healthy eating and living. The name comes from the two boxes they offer; 10kg of mixed fruit or mixed vegetables. To learn more, visit their Facebook page or call on 01155539795. Dina Farms Having recently flooded the city with branded stores – find branches here – carrying their produce alongside other groceries, the Facebook page is regularly updated with special deals and offers. Happy shopping!

Cafés

Bubblicious: Zamalek's Laid Back Eatery Still Standing Strong

Bubblicious: Zamalek's Laid Back Eatery Still Standing Strong

Big fancy restaurants pop up around Cairo at an alarming rate, but some days all you need is some place cozy where you can enjoy good food in a quiet peaceful atmosphere. This is where Bubblicious steps in. This small venue in Zamalek has just a few tables with charming little white chairs and an open kitchen where you can witness your food being prepared before you. The breakfast menu holds an impressive selection of omelettes, fava beans, pancakes, and sweet and savoury waffles, while the lunch menu boasts several pasta, pizza and sandwich options. The signature item, the one that inspired the venue's name, is the bubble tea; which comes in different flavours including green tea, fruit-flavoured black tea or tea with milk, to which your choice of Tapioca Pearls or Popping Bobas can be added. We opted for Green Tea with Blueberry & Cherry Popping Bobas (27 LE). While the drink was cold and refreshing, we found the popping gummy balls to be unpleasantly weird. From the breakfast menu we opted for the Mexican Omelette (29LE) and the Tunisian Shakshuka (25LE). Shortly afterwards, our orders were laid before us. The Mexican Omelette featured one large tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, smoked beef, Mexican chilli sauce, chilli pepper, onions and cheddar cheese. Despite being flavoursome, the wrap wasn't held together and far too messy.  The Tunisian Shakshuka, however, had an interestingly unique amalgamation of flavours.  Served in a casserole with a side of perfectly toasted brown English Muffins as requested, the Shakshuka featured three sunny side-up eggs in a tomato-based sauce flavoured with paprika, chilli peppers, garlic, onions and parsley.  It was a tad too runny for our taste; nonetheless, the diverse infusion of flavours totally enticed our taste buds. We had to try their dessert options which looked absolutely divine, so we ordered the Cream Cheese French toast with Blueberry (31LE). This dish was undoubtedly one of the most tantalizing dishes we've ever seen and tasted even better than it looked. It was served as two pieces of French toast generously dipped in egg batter, rendering them thick and juicy. Stuffed with blueberry flavoured cream cheese and drenched in blueberry sauce; needless to say, they were ridiculously delicious. Although it felt like we were eating inside the kitchen at times, our experience was still rather enjoyable thanks to the generous food portions, excellent service and the laid back atmosphere. Bubblicous is still serving consistently great dishes prepared with high quality ingredients at reasonable prices.

Nightlife

Le Grillon: Enduring Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Cairo

Le Grillon: Enduring Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Cairo

It might have seen better days, but Downtown Cairo is steeped in history and character – things that extend, even if superficially, to its restaurants, cafes and bars, including Le Grillon on Kasr El Nil Street. Divided into two parts with two separate menus, Le Grillon offers a sheltered outdoor area that we were told was the 'drinks area' and then a more elegant indoor restaurant which is used mainly for food, though this opens from 9PM.  It is possible to order something from the food menu and eat outside however if desired.  We decided to explore the drinks menu and check out the outdoor part as the décor was rather alluring and exotic with fake green vines and jungle-like scenery.  However it was rather odd to see the waiters in this unlikely scene dressed in a black suit and bow-tie. The atmosphere is pleasantly relaxed, almost basic; think beer, shisha and meeting up a good old gossip.  During our visit we opted to try one lemon juice and one mango juice each costing 12LE each and finally one beer (Heineken) at 21LE from the alcohol menu. The lemon juice was deliciously sweet, zesty and light with a fluffy white foam on top but the mango was a little too thick in consistency and also arrived ten minutes after all the other drinks as the waiter told us it was still frozen.   Afterwards a gust of curiosity led us to try a Bloody Mary (35LE) from the cocktail menu; the classic mixture of vodka, tomato juice and various spices arrived in a tall glass. Unfortunately, the overall flavour lacked the kick taste of vodka; however, there was a spicy aftertaste that lingered long after. After a tequila shot (40LE) ridded us of even more inhibitions, we were excited to try others drink from the cocktail menu though most were unavailable as the waiter told us there was no longer a bar man. Le Grillon offer an interesting mix of apertisers which, though a little expensive and small in portion, were quite delicious and pleasantly served.  We opted to try the shrimp cocktail (40LE) which was small yet flavoursome with large succulent shrimps and a tangy sauce. The atmosphere at La Grillon is very quiet, relaxed and good for enjoying shisha and a drink; it's by no means a detestable place to enjoy an evening, though the service was somewhat sloppy during our visit, especially which made 10% tax and 12% service charge a little difficult to swallow.

Arts & Culture

Zamalek Art Gallery: The Cycle Exhibition

Zamalek Art Gallery: The Cycle Exhibition

Zamalek is one of the most beautiful and tranquil areas in Cairo, filled with luscious greenery and surrounded by calm water, yet it is also well-known for its splendid galleries displaying some of the richest and finest contemporary art works in the city. Currently on display at the Zamalek Art Gallery is a tremendous and glistening body of work by Kamal El Feky titled 'The Cycle.' A series of bronze sculptures in different sizes all entailing the existence of man and his journey through time.  One figure, almost identical in every piece is used to tell a story of life and the passing by of it through the different positions and moods.  Some appear full of life and full of an iridescent energy, especially those looking up to the sky and also the ones displayed alongside a bicycle, whereas others are portrayed in slouched positions with a sense of sadness and resignation.  At first sight these large and obscure figures appear quite comical with their bulky bodies and tiny heads on top and seem like they could fit into one of Tim Burtons animated movies yet there is something deeper lurking within them.  Each body has small pieces calved from it as though it is a piece of cheese half eaten by a tiny mouse; this could represent the idea of the body decaying or perhaps the mind even.  The Zamalek Art Gallery space used for Kamal El-Feky's work is just perfect as it is a maze of twists and turns, each one revealing a surprise for the viewer.  The lighting is adequate; the floor immaculately polished and the space itself is decently sized. To create this series of sculptures, Kamal El Feky has chosen Bronze which is an excellent choice for it has reflective qualities therefore when each person studies one of his sculptures they can see an essence of themselves within it.  To begin the process of making a bronze sculpture, most artists begin making the original from clay; the process is time consuming and requires both patience and stamina. The title of this exhibition, 'The Cycle,' conjures ambiguous meanings; this could be associated with the cycle of life through the more powerful and energetic positioned statues and then the aging process through the tired and slouched positions further emphasised by the decaying effect of the bodies.  It could also be the cycle of moods and the change between them.  Using the bicycle in the sculptures and naming the exhibition 'The Cycle' could be the artist adding some humour to his work. Kamal El-Feky was born in 1984 and received his bachelor of Fine Arts at Helwen University in Cairo in 2006, specialising in the sculpture department.  He has gained an excellent reputation within his field, earning him the Cairo Salon Prize in 2013, and has participated in countless exhibitions worldwide. Flowing with visitors all eager to get a good look at Kamal El-Feky's glistening ray of sculptures and to top it all there was some delicious delicacies along with sweet beverages available.  Another Egyptian Artist represents the country of Egypt through his marvellous, artistic talents and ideas. 

Health & Fitness

Mohamed Al Sagheer: Beauty Parlour Chain Continues to Impress in Arkan Plaza

Mohamed Al Sagheer: Beauty Parlour Chain Continues to Impress in Arkan Plaza

As the beauty empire that is "Al Sagheer" salons continues to grow and expand both nationally and internationally, one can always be sceptical about whether its famed level of premiere service would continue to impress. Wanting a quick pampering session to add a little R&R to an otherwise hectic week, we headed over to the Sheikh Zayed branch. Located in one of 6th of October's classiest hang out and dining spots, Arkan Plaza, the salon's ground floor entrance leads to a boutique of hair and beauty products boasting ever-loved brand names- the likes of Kérastase, Bed Head by TIGI and Keune. Climbing up a flight of stairs, we were greeted by the salon manager who asked which treatments we wanted. The salon's décor carries the chain's signature modern theme, with artistic pieces hanging on the wall and green and pink-rimmed mirrors. The white walls and floors, and abundance of windows give the place an optimistically warm feel. Leading us to the hair washing basins, our hair was skilfully washed and conditioned by one of the employees, who then continued to untangle our locks prior to its brushing and styling (100LE). The downside, however, was the fact that we had to wait about fifteen minutes before our hairdresser came by and started styling our hair. The end result of hair that was perfectly curled with just the right amount of volume, though, made the slightly bothersome wait worth it. Our hairdresser professionally held up a mirror to show us what our hair looked like from the back, and spritzed it gently with hair spray to make sure it retained its curls throughout the day. Whilst our hair was being styled, a friendly manicurist carefully filed our nails into the shape we requested and effortlessly applied French manicure on them (65LE). Upon finishing our nails, our manicurist then took care of our eyebrows, gently threading them to perfection within a few minutes (40LE). All in all, Mohamed Al Sagheer has continued to offer us exactly what we needed thanks to their skilled staff. From the salon manager, to the hairdresser to the manicurist, they all showed friendly demeanour, carefully listening to our requests and putting them into action. Perhaps, price-wise, it is more costly than many other salons, but the professional treatments and impressive end results are worth paying a little extra for.

City Life

Cairo Weekend Guide: International Jazz Day, Cairo Fashion Festival 4 & the Cairokee Album Tour

Cairo Weekend Guide: International Jazz Day, Cairo Fashion Festival 4 & the Cairokee Album Tour

Hello Cairo! The weather has been great this week, but we can't help but be a little hesitant to celebrate quite yet – we've been hurt too many times before by Cairo's unpredictable weather as summer teases us away of visions of spending weekends by the beach. But while many begin to take advantage of the sunshine and do exactly that, there's still plenty to see and do right here in Egypt's capital and this weekend is no different. On Thursday, Cairo Jazz Cub kicks off the weekend with a huge line up of music for International Jazz Day, including Rami Attallah and Arthur Satyan, while VENT returns with the Opal Tapes Showcase, featuring a host of unique music producers taking the stage. Cairokee begin their album tour tour at El Sawy Culturewheel following the release of their record, 'Nas We Nas', while AUC Downtown's Greek Campus welcomes a host of local performers, including Zap Tharwat and Asfalt, for the Happiness Festival. Minus T takes to the decks at Maadi watering hole, the Tap, for a night of diverse music, while DJ Nuff Said returns for another edition of We Funk at The Garden. Elsewhere, you can catch the soulful singer, Riham Mostafa, at Fairmont Nile City's Onyx Lounge or join Alchemy as they say farewell in one last Tequila Tale of Silver & Gold. On Friday, Back 2 Basics celebrate the spring at Uptown Cairo with a line up that includes A2, Gawdat, Deep Jack & Mr Nu, while Cairokee continue their tour at the Music Tent in New Cairo. Meanwhile, Cairo Fashion Festival returns for its fourth season at Cairo Festival City featuring lots of shopping, runway shows and live entertainment, while DJ Mohasseb takes to the decks at Eat & Barrel for some good old fun in the sun at this week's edition of Eat to the Beat. Later in the evening, Cairo Jazz Club welcomes DJ Miesh for a night of no-nonsense commercial deep house, while local funk band, Funk Off, perform at the Tap. Live music comes courtesy of sultry songstress, Ellie of London, as she takes to the stage at Rooftop Lounge, while veteran Egyptian singer, Hany Shaker, performs a special concert at the Cairo Opera House. On Saturday, CJC brings the weekend to a smooth close with the Oriental pop rock tunes of Salalem, while Tamer 'The Guvna' Emad takes the spotlight at the Tap for Acoustic Saturday. Elsewhere, Heliopolis nightclub, Cavallini, takes a stroll down musical memory lane with Oldies Night, while Peking Lodge in Zamalek welcomes one and all to Karaoke Night. At the other end of the musical scale, Al Ahlam Ensemble present a night of classical Egyptian music at El Gomhouria Theatre in Downtown Cairo, while the Cairo Symphony Orchestra perform a special jazz concert featuring works by G. Gershwin, A. Marquez and J. P. Moncayo at the Main Hall of Cairo Opera House. New art exhibitions this week include the 'Bulldozer' at Downtown's Mashrabia Gallery, which sees artist, Hany Rashed, utilising manipulated plastic sheets and warped images at, and the 'Pink & Lamentation' by Islam Zaher at Gallery Misr. All of this and more is waiting for you and yours this weekend; for more gigs, parties, exhibitions and event, check out the Cairo 360 events calendar. Happy weekend, y'all!

Film

Child 44: Slow Adaptation of Andrei Chikatilo Story

Child 44: Slow Adaptation of Andrei Chikatilo Story

Based on Tom Rob Smith's fictional novel of the same name, Child 44 – a story directly inspired by the case of one of Russia's most notorious killers, Andrei Chikatilo- has all of the right makings of a genuinely intriguing and enticing thriller. Sadly, though, its power and potential – strongly felt on paper - is nowhere to be found on the big-screen. The movie is centered on Leo Demidov (Hardy); a Ukrainian orphan of the 1930's and a man who has grown into an accidental war hero during WWII. He is now a dedicated and committed security officer working for Moscow's Ministry of State Security, whose primary job involves tracking down traitors. He is extremely good at his job and he leads a rather luxurious life which he shares with his beautiful schoolteacher wife, Raisa (Rapace). However, his life soon takes a drastic turn when - while trying to extract the names of possible traitors from a prisoner - he learns that Raisa's name is among the conspirators, eliciting a full-blown investigation into their lives. After refusing to renounce his innocent wife as a spy, he is quickly dishonored and shipped away to the industrial town of Volsk.  Almost immediately after his arrival, however, he hears of a discovery of a child's body near the main railway which just so happens to bear very strong resemblance to an incident that happened in Moscow not so long ago. Convinced that there is a serial-killer on the loose, Leo soon begins his own investigation, however, doing so in Stalin's Russia – where murder is labeled as 'capitalist disease' - is dangerous and not the easiest of tasks to accomplish. Sitting through Daniel Espinosa's Child 44 is definitely not the happiest of experiences. Gruesome, dark and exceptionally gloomy, anyone who is familiar with the novel and has heard or read something about Andrei Chikatilo will know that there is very little room for hopefulness and sanguinity in the movie's minutes.  However, no matter how dark or murky the source material may be – that is not really the problem here - there is no excuse for the lack of focus which is unfortunately, evident in Richard Price's overly-detailed script.  Trying to fit in every single detail from Smith's novel into its hundred-and-thirty running time is where Child 44 is the weakest; one too many subplots has left the movie vulnerable to a series of plot-holes and gaps in logic. Luckily, the performances – including Gary Oldman's terribly underused appearance - are solid and Hardy's Demidov is someone you can easily root for; his thick Russian accent is not terrible either.  However, everything else is.  Slow, complicated and downright boring, Child 44's initial qualities – gripping real-life story, A-list cast and a relatively reliable director – are quickly washed away by an uninspiring script and a tiring on-screen adaptation that never adds up to much.
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