Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sat, May 18, 2013

Egyptian Food Lecture & Tasting!
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to encourage people across the country to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz’s 'The Thief and the Dogs' is this year’s highlighted book for Los Angeles.

Co-presented with The Big Read and Culinary Historians of Southern California

Program begins at 1:00 PM with a presentation by food author and scholar Charles Perry on Arabic food culture in general and Egyptian food in particular, noting how the Nile River’s seafood and irrigation has fostered a diet that is unique in the Arab world.

Lecture followed by a sampling of Egyptian refreshments.
Items to be sampled include:
kishri (koshari): rice and lentils cooked together
Kamakh al-tahina: sesame tahineh thinned with a little oil and water, flavored with lemon juice or vinegar plus cumin, possibly other flavors such as parsley, dill and red peppers, dip with pita
kobeiba aqras (a’ras): kibbeh (made of bulghur, minced onions and ground red meat, usually beef, lamb) rolled out thin, cut into disks and fried
Coffee and tea will also be served.

Film will begin at 3:00 PM:
1993, 105 min, Egypt, Dir: Sherif Arafa

Adel Imam (“the Egyptian Charlie Chaplin”) stars as Ahmed, who braves government bureaucracy to have his son transferred to a new school. His requests fall upon deaf ears, until a security guard’s gun winds up in his hand, and Ahmed suddenly becomes a terrorist with demands - which turn out to include some tasty kebab. This gut-busting satire of red tape and miscommunication is one of the most successful and acclaimed Egyptian comedies of all time. In Arabic with English subtitles.

Screening format: DVD
Egyptian Theatre • Sat, May 18, 2013 • 1:00pm