June 30, 2012

Geek Fest 5.0

Prepare your red carpet outfits and dancing shoes, it's going to be a blast! 

Geekfest 5.0 will bring out all that is geeky in fashion and blend it into the urban tunes of modern Lebanese Bands and Performers. Though geeks would not admit they are into fashion, we do know that there is a certain subcultural attire associated with them and we are about to expose it to the world! 

The Program 

7:30 PM | Registration
Early registration secures spots for special sponsor goodies and Geekfest branded swag. Come early before the good stuff runs out

8:00 PM | Let’s Talk the Talk
  • Maya Metni | Le Geek, C’est Chic! How to dress like a Geek? A practical guide | Maya is a visual communication consultant. She gathers her musings & inspirations in her blog www.mayametni.com & @mayametni 
  • Toni Yammine | Crowdsourcing Music Videos – Meen the Band | Toni is a Lebanese musician/director. He likes chocolate so much, and knows how to count very well in both Lebanese and English. He also has an RC plane and tweets on @toniyammine.
  • Hind Hobeika | Smart/tech clothing and where that’s all heading? | Hind is an engineer, swimmer and a self-tracking geek at its most!
  • Beshr Kayyali | Making Arabic Indie Music Popular Sawt.com | Beshr is a true Geek through and through. He has worked on many successful web projects for geeks apart from his day job as a developer.
  • Bassam Jalgha | Live Demo How to Build an Audio Synthesizer in 10 minutes Using Open Source Information | Bassam is a maker by heart. Always high on solder fumes, he works with electronics, build robots. He is into the DIY cult and tries to annoyingly spread it among his entourage. Check him out on www.depotbassam.com.
  • Loryne Atoui | Fashion for a cause | Loryne is a graphic designer impassioned by a crusade against breast cancer as well as travel and photography. 

9:30 | On the Catwalk!
Everybody knows that Geek is the new sexy! And we’re here to prove it! Our red carpet fashion show will feature: 
  • Fashion for fundraising – Bras for a Cause by One Wig Stand 
  • Up & Coming Lebanese and Middle Eastern Geeky/Urban fashion Designers stages by Fishy Nation
  • An Online Collaborative line designed by our own Joseph Maalouf
  • Geeky Tshirts by Maya Zankoul
  • Looks from top Lebanese Fashion Bloggers 
  • Geeky Tshirts by NOBRAND
  • DJing the show is DJ Beats

10:15 | Let the Music Play
This year Geekfest will blaze with music performances from up and coming Lebanese Brands hosted in the cool space of The Angry Monkey including: 
  • Alternative Rock Performance by Near Surface
  • Special Vocal Performance by Hiba Kadri
  • Acoustic Cover Performance by John Nurpetlian
  • A Stand Up Comedy Performance by our own Malek Teffaha
  • House Music by DJ G.
  • Real Party Time featuring a DJ set by Underrated
ONGOING - The Art Show 
The Union’s Space in Gemmayze will be turned into an art expo featuring an exhibition on how Music influences art by Sandra Issa.

ONGOING | Food & Drinks (Optional)
Entry to Geekfest and participation in all of its side events is FREE, however, you may choose to reserve a place for dinner or drinks & snacks at two of The Alleyway's locations or have anything on their menus. These deals are made solely for GeekFest Beirut attendees. Reservations are processed here.
  • Couqley Dinner Formula for LL 29,000 | [Starter + Main] or [Main + Dessert].
  • The Angry Monkey Formula for LL 30,000 | Open 961 Beer with premium snacks on the table (nachos, wings, etc...). Entrance to the venue is 18+

June 17, 2012

Sunset Sea Dinner at St.Elmo's

St. Elmo's Logo!
"I am the sea. In my depths all treasures dwell. Have they asked the divers about my pearls?" the Egyptian poet Muhammad Hafiz Ibrahim.
I have always had a special fond to the sea, its mystery, and its untold stories..All because my name is pearl.  I had built a myth inside my head since I was a little girl that I was indeed from the sea. Lunatic? Maybe. but such mystical illusions do make the best stories later.Yes, I believed the sea was my  home, and to it I will return someday. Everything that reminds me of the sea makes me live this myth again..

This time it was not the sea itself, nor a ship, nor Corrine's Bailey Rae " The Sea" song, neither the Little mermaid movie, neither the famous sea navigator Jacque Costeau nor a small shell I picked up from the shore. This time the sea experience was from a whole restaurant that embraced the concept of the SEA from the floor to the ceiling , from the plate to the cup!

Zaytouna Bay