Events

Wed 01
  • Boogie & Glow at Cairo Jazz Club
    Boogie & Glow at Cairo Jazz Club
    Oct 01 10:30 pm to Oct 02 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    The boogie monster himself, DJ Ramy, brings the groove back to CJC with another night of funky music and black-light malarkey. Reservations...
  • Scarlet's Vintage Brew at Alchemy
    Scarlet's Vintage Brew at Alchemy
    Oct 01 8:00 pm to Oct 02 2:30 am - Alchemy
    Alchemy brings back the tempting allure of sangria for a special Wednesday night, pre-Eid edition of Scarlet's Vintage Brew Call 01091110577 for...
  • 'Widow of the Desert' Performance at El Gomhouria Theatre
    'Widow of the Desert' Performance at El Gomhouria Theatre
    Oct 01 8:00 pm to Oct 02 11:00 pm - El Gomhouria Theatre
    Under the direction and choreography of Sally Ahmed, the Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre Company perform 'Widow of the Desert', based on the novel...
  • Amr Diab at Porto Cairo Mall
    Amr Diab at Porto Cairo Mall
    Oct 01 9:00 pm to Oct 01 11:00 pm - Porto Cairo Mall, mehwar naguib mahfouz axis , ring road first settlement,
    Unequivocally the biggest pop star in the Middle East, Egypt's own Amr Diab performs live at Porto Cairo Mall, celebrating release of the new...
  • 'Aida' at Cairo Opera House
    'Aida' at Cairo Opera House
    Sep 30 8:00 pm to Oct 03 11:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    'Aida' by Giuseppe Verdi is a four-act opera based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist, Auguste Mariette. Under the conductorship of...
Thu 02
  • 'Widow of the Desert' Performance at El Gomhouria Theatre
    'Widow of the Desert' Performance at El Gomhouria Theatre
    Oct 01 8:00 pm to Oct 02 11:00 pm - El Gomhouria Theatre
    Under the direction and choreography of Sally Ahmed, the Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre Company perform 'Widow of the Desert', based on the novel...
  • 'Aida' at Cairo Opera House
    'Aida' at Cairo Opera House
    Sep 30 8:00 pm to Oct 03 11:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    'Aida' by Giuseppe Verdi is a four-act opera based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist, Auguste Mariette. Under the conductorship of...
  • 'Om Kolthoum Back on Stage' Puppet Show at El Sawy Culturewheel
    'Om Kolthoum Back on Stage' Puppet Show at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Oct 02 8:00 pm to Oct 02 10:00 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 magic of ...
  • Bells & Cymbals at Almaz
    Bells & Cymbals at Almaz
    Oct 02 9:30 pm to Oct 04 2:30 am - Almaz
    DJ Nader Nelson and belly dancer Nesma bring their Oriental vibes to the Swiss Inn Hotel's Almaz for two consecutive nights. For reservations,...
  • Glamour Night at Phenomena
    Glamour Night at Phenomena
    Oct 02 10:00 pm to Oct 03 4:00 am - Phenomena
    This week at Phenomena's Glamour Night, the club's resident DJs will be accompanied by popular blues band, Beat, and  guest DJ Bassem...
Fri 03
  • Mohamed Adaweya at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Mohamed Adaweya at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Oct 03 8:00 pm to Oct 03 10:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Egyptian singer, Mohamed Adaweya, has had numerous national hits during a whirlwind career. This Monday, El Sawy Culturewheel hosts the pop star ...
  • 'Aida' at Cairo Opera House
    'Aida' at Cairo Opera House
    Sep 30 8:00 pm to Oct 03 11:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    'Aida' by Giuseppe Verdi is a four-act opera based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist, Auguste Mariette. Under the conductorship of...
  • Bells & Cymbals at Almaz
    Bells & Cymbals at Almaz
    Oct 02 9:30 pm to Oct 04 2:30 am - Almaz
    DJ Nader Nelson and belly dancer Nesma bring their Oriental vibes to the Swiss Inn Hotel's Almaz for two consecutive nights. For reservations,...
  • Lebanese Music  at Cavallini
    Lebanese Music at Cavallini
    Oct 03 9:00 pm to Oct 04 3:00 am - Cavallini
    Heliopolis nightclub, Cavallini, channels the sounds and sights of Lebanon, with resident DJ, Ahmed Raouf, and a special live Lebanese music...
  • 3al Raseef Band at El Sawy Culturewheel
    3al Raseef Band at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Oct 03 8:30 pm to Oct 03 10:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Catch 3al Raseef Band perform live at El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall this evening. Tickets are 15LE for members and 20LE for non-members.
Sat 04
  • Keep Moving: Student DJ 2014 Launch at Mangroovy Beach, El Gouna
    Keep Moving: Student DJ 2014 Launch at Mangroovy Beach, El Gouna
    Oct 04 3:00 pm to Oct 06 3:00 am - Mangroovy Beach, El Gouna, Hurghada
    Electrum Records' annual Student DJ program kicks off  with  launch event, 'Keep Moving', with a huge line-up that includes Dutchman,...
  • 'Extraordinary Generation' at Club 88, El Gouna
    'Extraordinary Generation' at Club 88, El Gouna
    Oct 04 11:00 pm to Oct 05 3:00 am - Club 88, El Gouna Hurghada
    Head over to Gouna's Club 88 this Eid for the Beyond Entertainment's 'Extraordinary Generation'  featuring raw-voiced hip-hop personality,...
  • The Terrace Party at Tabla Sokhna
    The Terrace Party at Tabla Sokhna
    Oct 04 10:00 pm to Oct 05 3:00 am - Tabl, El Ein Bay, Sokhna
    Ain Sokhna's iconic Tabla marks its return this coming Eid holiday with a special party featuring violinist, Hanine, dancers from Samakmak and a...
  • 'The Extraordinary Experience' at Moods, El Gouna
    'The Extraordinary Experience' at Moods, El Gouna
    Oct 04 12:00 pm to Oct 04 7:00 pm - Moods, El Gouna
    This Eid, Nineteen 84 Management 'The Extraordinary Experience' at Gouna's Moodsis set welcomehost Danish duo, Borneland, Greek DJ, Anjelo, and...
  • Colorscope Weekend at Sahl Hasheesh
    Colorscope Weekend at Sahl Hasheesh
    Oct 04 1:00 pm to Oct 05 7:00 pm - Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada
    A fixture on the nightlife calendar in Egypt for the past few years, Event Republic are taking over the shores of Red Sea destination, Sahl...
Sun 05
  • Keep Moving: Student DJ 2014 Launch at Mangroovy Beach, El Gouna
    Keep Moving: Student DJ 2014 Launch at Mangroovy Beach, El Gouna
    Oct 04 3:00 pm to Oct 06 3:00 am - Mangroovy Beach, El Gouna, Hurghada
    Electrum Records' annual Student DJ program kicks off  with  launch event, 'Keep Moving', with a huge line-up that includes Dutchman,...
  • 'All Black Everything' at Moods, El Gouna
    'All Black Everything' at Moods, El Gouna
    Oct 05 10:00 pm to Oct 06 3:00 am - Moods, El Gouna
    Ninteen 84are back at Gouna's Moods with 'All Black Everything'; a night of hip-hop and r&b courtesy of DJs Moneim and Islam as well as...
  • Colorscope Weekend at Sahl Hasheesh
    Colorscope Weekend at Sahl Hasheesh
    Oct 04 1:00 pm to Oct 05 7:00 pm - Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada
    A fixture on the nightlife calendar in Egypt for the past few years, Event Republic are taking over the shores of Red Sea destination, Sahl...
  • Lebanese Nights at El Mojito
    Lebanese Nights at El Mojito
    Oct 05 10:00 pm to Oct 08 3:00 am - El Mojito
    El Mojito are breaking into the Oriental spirit this Eid, with a set menu of Lebenese bites and the exotic belly-dancer, Farida, on the dance...
  • Black Theama at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Black Theama at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Oct 05 5:00 pm to Oct 05 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...
Mon 06
  • Lebanese Nights at El Mojito
    Lebanese Nights at El Mojito
    Oct 05 10:00 pm to Oct 08 3:00 am - El Mojito
    El Mojito are breaking into the Oriental spirit this Eid, with a set menu of Lebenese bites and the exotic belly-dancer, Farida, on the dance...
  • DJ Fuzzy & Ayman Nageeb at Cairo Jazz Club
    DJ Fuzzy & Ayman Nageeb at Cairo Jazz Club
    Oct 06 10:30 pm to Oct 07 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    DJ Fuzzy and Ayman Nageeb take over the decks at CJC with their nu-disco and tech house sets. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended;...
  • Star Night ft. Dina at Graffiti
    Star Night ft. Dina at Graffiti
    Oct 06 9:00 pm to Oct 07 3:00 am - Graffiti
    This Eid, the Four Seasons Nile Plaza's Graffiti welcomes celebrated belly-dancing star, Dina. For reservations, call 01066677762.
  • 'Street Tales' Exhibition at Art Corner
    'Street Tales' Exhibition at Art Corner
    Sep 18 11:00 am to Oct 10 11:00 pm - Art Corner
    Zamalek gallery, Art Corner hosts Fathy Ali and Reda Khalil's exhibition, Street Tales; a look at grass roots life in Cairo through a sometimes...
  • 'Next To Here' Exhibition at CIC
    'Next To Here' Exhibition at CIC
    Sep 29 12:00 pm to Nov 05 9:00 pm - Contemporary Image Collective (CIC)
    In collaboration with Goethe-Institut Kairo, Contemporary Image Collective presents 'Next To Here'; an exhibition, which features work by 18 young...
Tue 07
  • Lebanese Nights at El Mojito
    Lebanese Nights at El Mojito
    Oct 05 10:00 pm to Oct 08 3:00 am - El Mojito
    El Mojito are breaking into the Oriental spirit this Eid, with a set menu of Lebenese bites and the exotic belly-dancer, Farida, on the dance...
  • DJ Khaled Hussein at Cairo Jazz Club
    DJ Khaled Hussein at Cairo Jazz Club
    Oct 07 10:30 pm to Oct 08 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    CJC welcomes, Pitbull-lookalike, DJ Khaled Hussein, for a night of heavy house mixes. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended; call...
  • Stand Up Comedy with Maged Al Kalie at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Stand Up Comedy with Maged Al Kalie at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Oct 07 8:00 pm to Oct 07 10:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Head to El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall for a night of stand-up with Maged Al Kalie. Tickets are 30LE.
  • Transistor at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Transistor at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Oct 07 8:00 pm to Oct 07 10:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Nine-man alternative funk-rock band, Transistor, mark the release of their debut album. Tickets are 20LE. For more information, call 02-27366178...
  • 'Street Tales' Exhibition at Art Corner
    'Street Tales' Exhibition at Art Corner
    Sep 18 11:00 am to Oct 10 11:00 pm - Art Corner
    Zamalek gallery, Art Corner hosts Fathy Ali and Reda Khalil's exhibition, Street Tales; a look at grass roots life in Cairo through a sometimes...

Highlights

Restaurants

Ruby Tuesday: American Diner Chain Opens in New Cairo

Ruby Tuesday: American Diner Chain Opens in New Cairo

From time to time, everybody loves some wholesome American cuisine. Upon hearing that Ruby Tuesday opened its doors to New Cairo residents, we immediately made our way there to enjoy some of its hearty dishes. Located in the Dancing Fountain arena in Cairo Festival City Mall, Ruby Tuesday offers both outdoor and indoor seating; both of which are roomy. Seeing as how the outdoor seating area did not overlook the fountain, we opted for the indoor seating, with its American diner vibe, to at least enjoy our meal with the AC on. That might have not been the best choice we've made that afternoon as the place was filled with bustling customers and was a bit noisy.  Our waiter was efficient and immediately placed some menus on our table, and we did not hesitate to skim our way through them. The appetisers, named "shareables", are classically all-American with a hint of tex-mex flavours and ranged from spicy chicken wings to mozzarella sticks to quesadillas. The main courses are similarly plentiful; from burgers and pastas to ribs, steaks and seafood. Our drinks arrived a measly few minutes after we placed our order and our food followed, though taking quite a bit longer than it should have to arrive. Our Parmesan Chicken Pasta (65LE) was a deadly yet delicious combination of fried chicken chunks and penne pasta all drenched in a creamy, Parmesan sauce. The sauce was way too dense, makig the heavy dish difficult to finish. The Chicken Fresco (65LE), however, was quite the opposite; light and easy to wipe off the plate in a jiffy. The juicy grilled chicken breast, topped with chopped tomatoes, came with two sides; we opted for sautéed vegetables and red sauce pasta, both of which were flavoursome, as well as delightfully light. Thinking that we could definitely use a sweet treat to finish off our meal, we took a quick glance at the desserts offered and immediately knew what we wanted: the Double Chocolate Cake (39LE). Other options available included the Ruby Sundae - delicious-sounding 'New York Cheesecake' - as well as tiramisu, chocolate brownies and the seemingly sinful 'Blondie'. Arriving a few minutes later, we immediately knew we made the right decision; a chocolate fondant-like cake, filled with melted chocolate sauce accompanied by a scoop of Vanilla ice cream and some strawberry sauce. To sum up, we had quite an unforgettably heavy yet ultimately delicious meal at Ruby Tuesday. Our main courses were quite scrumptious, despite the Parmesan sauce being a little on the dense side, while dessert was probably the best chocolate treat we've had for a while. Next time, however, we'll probably be sticking to the outdoor seating area to avoid the overall clamour and noise. 

Health & Fitness

EL FIT Fitness Challenge: Egypt's Biggest, Baddest Fitness Event Returns for Season Two

EL FIT Fitness Challenge: Egypt's Biggest, Baddest Fitness Event Returns for Season Two

Now more than ever, Egypt has begun to embrace the idea of healthy living – something that, just fifteen years ago or so, seemed ridiculous. We can sit here all day and hypothesize as to why; greater accessibility to healthy foods and health-conscious restaurants rapidly increasing in numbers is an obvious one that Cairo 360 is all too familiar with. But a possibly bigger reason is the number of health groups and initiatives outside the usual confines of a gym – one of which is the EL FIT Fitness Challenge, powered by Reebok, which is set to return for its second season. Fuelled by a cocktail of greater awareness of health and a seemingly newfound yearning for competitiveness, the EL FIT Fitness Challenge is already a huge date on every fitness freak's calendar. People often talk about the average Cairene's love of sport, but for the majority of those, that love rarely breaks through the TV screen. What EL FIT has done is utilise the new wave of healthy-living and added a very heavy dose of fun. This edition of the challenge has expanded with a new qualification system across six categories, opening up the competition to even more athletes; male open ( 16-34 year olds), female open (16+ year olds), male masters 1 (35-45 year olds) and male masters 2 (45+ year olds), as well as male teams and mixed teams. The challenges range across everything from deadlifting, to med ball runs, to the dreaded '10 Motions' challenge, so this certainly isn't for the weak of heart.   After the qualification rounds in October, the entrees will be sieved down to the absolute best few, who will then go on to the finals in November. Said finals will stretch over two days, with a special fitness expo and a host of mini-challenges also awaiting attendees and athletes. With over 1000 athletes expected to register, and a further 4000 expected to attend the finals this is set to be one of the biggest fitness events Egypt has ever seen. Stay tuned for more details and coverage on Cairo 360 – in the meantime, check out the official EL FIT Facebook page and, if you're feeling brave, maybe even register.

Cafés

Eduscho Kaffee: Pleasant Cafe in Maadi Grand Mall

Eduscho Kaffee: Pleasant Cafe in Maadi Grand Mall

Cairo is over-flowing with pleasant places to indulge in a small robust espresso or a tall creamy latte. Located on the first floor of Maadi Grand Mall, Eduscho is a perfect location for a quick coffee before returning to a shopping spree. The café's decor is nothing special though it does take up a large area fully equipped with marble-affect tables and green cushioned wooden seating, plus there are fans above to provide a comfortable atmosphere.  However, Eduscho is an open-area cafe which means you will be surrounded by shops and people walking left, right and center, so if you're looking for somewhere quiet and secluded then this isn't the place.  Nonetheless, it does offer a pleasant and varied menu. After seating ourselves and browsing the generous selection of drinks, we ordered a medium Cappuccino (15LE), one Hot Chocolate (15LE), an Ice Latte (16LE) and a Lemon Juice (12LE). The Cappuccino was pleasant and decently sized, however both the hot chocolate and ice latte were significantly lacking in milk and tasted very watery.  Thankfully the lemon juice served no complaints, it was fresh, zesty and sweet all mixed into one tall glass. It is also possible to have cream or a flavour syrup, including toffee, caramel and vanilla, added to your drinks at an extra 5LE. Despite being a café where the focus is on the beverages, Eduscho offer a small range of sandwiches, salads and desserts at decent prices.  We opted for the Waffles with Nutella which were deliciously moist, sweet and generously smothered in the warm chocolate and hazelnut sauce. Although a fairly ordinary café, we did find something a little special that not all cafes provide. A little built-in shop selling a range of stylish tea and coffee appliances. The good news is there is currently an ongoing sale: one tall trendy water purifier was 100LE now costs 85LE and a coffee and espresso machine is for sale at 1450LE.

Arts & Culture

Toffaha Exhibition at Al Bab Selim Gallery

Toffaha Exhibition at Al Bab Selim Gallery

Currently on display at Cairo Opera House's Al Bab Selim Gallery is an innovative and diverse exhibition by Egyptian artist, Rasha Ragah, and German artist, Christoph Nicolaus, who together call themselves Toffaha (apple) which is also the name of this fascinating art performance.  For this special occasion the gallery has been divided into two different sections. First, visitors enter the red room which displays a series of figurative paintings and highly intriguing photography work. The second room is a slightly larger area which exhibits five fresh and exhilarating video performances. Both Ragah and Nicolaus have come together to explore the concept of culture between Africa and Europe; black and white, Christian and Muslim and finally man and woman. One of Ragah's paintings displayed in the red room features three black women who represent Africa and one white woman who represent Europe; in this painting, the three women appear to be colouring the woman even whiter than before. Ragah might be expressing an inferiority between cultures or a sense of progressing relationships between them.  This seeming simplicity leaves the paintings open to interpretation. Interestingly Resha Ragah's figurative paintings were created throughout Cairo, London Munich and Paris. Nicolaus' work, Drawings of the Sun, is also presented in the red room in the form of repetitive photography. This was a long-term project commencing in 2001 and created by holding his hand on a magnifying glass, trying to assemble the sun's rays in a single point to burn a straight horizontal line across the width of the paper.  The whole of the back wall is taken up by his display of over a hundred snapshots of the sun's rays each just a millimetre apart. Though upon first glance it is difficult to know the concept behind this, it is said the idea for this project arose whilst studying the purity of the sky and the positioning of the sun.  In fact, once you visit the next room it becomes apparent that this, the four elements, is another recurrent theme within their work. So upon entering the second section of the gallery you will see five large video pieces projected onto the walls which at first appear as ordinary still snapshots. Upon further inspection it is possible to see some subtle movement in the form of rippling water or a soft swaying of the tree. In fact, if you wait long enough you will witness a bird fly through one of the projections, and on another, one of the figures actually gets up and walks across the still landscape. The pieces are extremely serene and relaxing to watch; in fact, there are two cushioned seats provided for visitors to sit and enjoy within the gallery space. Four of these images were created in Aswan which the artist chose due to it being one of the most charming places influenced by cultural and spiritual history, at the same time they focus on the four elements: the sun, wind, earth and water.  The only one that was not created in Aswan was created in Sardinia, in a graveyard and sticking to the themes this piece features a black woman and a white man sat together in the graveyard dressed in white; it is said to portray respect for all those who lived and died in this place of energy. Al Bab Selim Gallery is just a small gallery beside the Museum of Egyptian Art at the Cairo Opera House, but it's completely free and offers a chance to gain a new insight on both contemporary art and culture between Europe and Africa.  This exhibition is open from 9:00am until 9:00pm excluding Fridays and Saturdays.

Shopping

Imtenan: Affordable Health Products in Cairo Festival City Mall

Imtenan: Affordable Health Products in Cairo Festival City Mall

Healthy living in Cairo has become quite the craze nowadays; we're not complaining, but the problem with most health products is that they're often pricey. What ends up happening is that you find yourself forced into a more exorbitant budget just to keep up with your healthier choices. Imtenan, however, offers customers the best of both worlds: healthy, all-natural products that won't break the bank. Located in New Cairo's Cairo Festival City Mall, Imtenan is a moderately-sized, white-tiled shop with attractive lighting and a simple design. The first thing we noticed as we entered the store was the fact that all sales personnel were, quite interestingly, dressed in white lab coats. Being actual nutritionists, they were all quite helpful and explained which products would best fit our needs. The shop's shelves showcased the products in a very clear and organised manner; each shelf carries products that fit under one category including Diet & Fitness, Energy, Beauty, Immunity & Detox, Women's Health and Men's Health amongst many others. The products themselves were plentiful and included foods, drinks and even condiments. Imetanan has always been known for their amazing honey that comes in virtually all flavours imaginable, but what many don't know is that they offer many other products. All the different types of herbal teas (9LE-10LE per packet) you could think of were on display. Our favourite was the Chai Green Tea, which is a blend of green tea and Indian spices that our vendor claimed to burn fat and promote better digestion. We also spotted some 'Sleep Aid' tea that might be the answer to the dilemmas of insomniacs. We love ourselves some healthy snacks and so spotting the Oat Ginger cookies (8LE) definitely put a smile on our faces. We also couldn't believe our eyes when we found gluten-free wheat sold for a measly 28LE - quite a miraculous discovery in Egypt. Other food products included brown rice (9.50LE), pumpkin seeds, oats (11LE) and protein bars (8.50LE). Imtenan doesn't just stop at food and drink, but also offers some beauty care products. A range of hair oils were available for damaged hair including Coconut Oil (20LE), Jojoba Oil (18.25LE) and Eruca Oil (12LE).  Moreover, some hand-made olive oil, honey and oat soap was also available. Facial oils were also on offfer, including Almond Oil (25LE). Imtenan is quite a joy to visit for it is perhaps one of a kind in Egypt in offering all-natural, yet incredibly reasonably-priced, products.  We ended up treating ourselves to all sorts of health supplements, natural beauty-enhancing products and guilt-free snacks and we can confidently say that we'll be going back for more.

City Life

Cairo Weekend Guide: Live Music, Club Nights, Exhibitions & More!

Cairo Weekend Guide: Live Music, Club Nights, Exhibitions & More!

Hello Cairo! School is back and the traffic is intense, but we've got some killer events and festivities lined up for you over the weekend. On Thursday, Cairo Jazz Club hosts The Reunion with returning favourites, Screwdriver, while Downtown bar/art-space, VENT, introduce their new resident 1127 – better known as Cellar Door. Over in Dokki, meanwhile, Alchemy does things the Mexican way with A Tequila Tale of Silver & Gold, while O Bar hosts DJ duo, Ayman Nageeb & Fuzzy, for a rare Cairo gig. Things are busy at El Sawy Culturewheel, with stand-up comedy night, Doos Meraba3 Gamed, and the last night of the Documentary Film Festival being a particular highlights. In Downtown Cairo, Viennoise Hotel hosts the Comics Manga & Co. Exhibition in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, while Al Mawlaweya Al Masreya perform traditional Sufi music at El Gomhouria Theatre. On Friday, O Bar hosts Nile FM's DJ Carlos and partner in crime, DJ Vega, while VENT resident, Ahmed Samy, lets loose at the Downtown bar. DJs Mayounah and Special K are scheduled for a night of tech hits at Cairo Jazz Club, while DJ Feedo spins the best hip hop and r&b at Zamalek's Venue Bar & Lounge . Maadi's Tipsy Teapot invites you to an all out Eating Contest, while Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel's new nightlife hotspot, Vintage hosts a Karaoke Night. Egyptian jazz pioneers, Boghdady Band, perform inthe Small Hall of Cairo Opera House, while Noha Taha takes centre-stage at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge at Fairmont Nile City. On Saturday, Sahra fuse Bedouin music and modern funk at Cairo Jazz Club, while Graffiti hosts another Retro Lounge with Hisham Tiba. Unique local band, Gazaga, perform in El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall, while singer and guitaris, Mohamed Magdy, performs at the River Hall. Egyptian cellist, Ibrahim El Mogy, delivers an intimate performance at the Cairo Opera House, while Maadi's Tipsy Teapot hosts its first Quiz Night. In terms of art across the city, Mashrabia Gallery host the R.G.B exhibition by Bassem Yousri, while Darb 1718 is hosting an educational museum, of sorts, titled Out to Sea? For a full list of what's happening this weekend, please check out the Cairo 360 events calendar - have fun!

Music

Maroon 5: V

Maroon 5: V

Perennial chart-toppers and masterminds behind hit singles like Moves like Jagger, Payphone and One More Night, Maroon 5, are back after a two year hiatus – and expectations are high. Maps, which was released earlier this years as a single, opens the bands fifth studio album, V, with an upbeat vibe and Levine's and quite clearly auto-tuned, yet amiable all the same, vocals. The song, just like most of the other songs on the album, is, in classic Maroon 5 fashion; it's extremely catchy and will almost inevitabely turn into a long-ter, guilty pleasure. The following track, 'Animals', is somewhat inconspicuous but for Levine's peculiur howling – literally like an animal – towards the end. Things taka a romantic turn with 'It Was Always You', though the mixture of fast and slow beats and the fact that it largely manages to stay away from clichéd sentiments and cheesy lyrics make it one of the album's standout tracks. V then momentarily calms down with the soulful 'Unkiss Me' and then speeds up again with 70's-inpired chorus of 'Sugar'. Hands-in-the-air, festival-appropriate  ballad, 'Leaving California',  follows and puts Levine's high-pitched vocals on full display. It wouldn't be a Maroon 5 album without a song about a cheating significant other and 'In Your Pocket' satisfies what has almost become the band's trademark subject of choice. From there on, the album takes a turn for the worse, down the boring bubble-gum-pop lane. With themes like demanding a lover's forgiveness if he ever does her wrong, crooning about getting back to a lover soon and urging a girl to leave other guys and find her way to him in 'Feelings'. The album, thankfully, ends on a more musically mature note with a touching duet with Gwen Stefani. Piano notes dominate the beat of 'My Heart is Open' as Levine and Stefani's vocals complement each other perfectly. Ultimately, V is quite indistinguishable from the band's fourth release, Overexposed. It's an album that pushes the band further away from the intangible essence that won them so many fans back in 2002 with the release of debut album, Songs About Jane, towards the oblivion of the teen-spirited music they have produce as of late.

Film

The Equalizer: Denzel Saves Action Flick From Implausible Plot

The Equalizer: Denzel Saves Action Flick From Implausible Plot

Taking on what's probably one of the most implausible premises known to man, the latest offering from Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua, goes a little too far on bending the laws of reason and logic in the exceptionally contrived, cheesy and the remarkably violent, The Equalizer. The story follows the life of one Robert McCall (Washington); a friendly, cautious and an unassuming middle-aged man who spends his days working the floors of a local Home-Mart, before returning home to a tidy one-bedroom apartment to eat his dinners alone.  Suffering from a serious case of insomnia – and what appears to be a generous touch of OCD – Robert spends most of his evenings at a local diner, rearranging cutlery, reading books and enjoying the unobtrusive company of other restless souls. On one such night, he befriends Teri (Moretz); a troubled young woman - and a frequent diner visitor – who earns her cash working as a high-end hooker for anunforgiving Russian pimp, Slavi (Munier). It's obvious to Robert, who takes an instant liking to the young girl, that she has lost her way and encourages her to change her world and pursue her dreams of becoming a singer. Unfortunately, things don't go so well for Teri, who - as Robert soon finds out - is landed in the hospital by her employers. Unable to sit back and ignore, Robert decides to take matters into his own hands and soon finds his way to Slavi – and the rest of his crew - to buy Teri's freedom from them.  However, when the Russians decline, Robert has no choice but to take extreme measures; a move which quickly puts him in the crosshairs of the Russian mob. The Equalizer is actually based, very loosely, on a little television show from the late eighties. However, the similarities stop at the character's name; everything else has been changed and tailored to fit Washington's trademark bad-ass passiveness, which just so happens to echo his character from the highly superior Man on Fire. Taking its time to develop, the first half of the film is dedicated to introducing us to the main character which is actually pretty engaging. However, the script loses its shape the minute the violence is unleashed. It's here that Fuqua, who also decides to channel in every single cliché from the book of revenge, crumbles and the idea of a man fighting – totally unaided - against the Russian mob seems like something that is probably better saved for the Die Hard franchise instead.  One thing is for certain, though, without Washington's captivating and grounded presence, The Equalizer wouldn't have amounted to very much.
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