My mom and I needed to have a girls movie night yesterday, so I suggested Caramel, a Lebanese film made in 2008 which I had seen a long time ago, and I think it was even better the second time! Our eyes and ears were given a warm, rich dose of Lebanon and the intimate world of a group of women there, and so for a few hours, we were transported. In following the romantic lives of 5 women who work at a beauty parlor together, the film alludes to the pressures that Lebanese women face in a culture that sits on a major intersection of religion, language and ideas, and that has to continually define itself and its traditions in the face of change.
Here’s a favorite snippet of my spring: singing with three members of the Aegean Center Vocal Ensemble, Lilly, Christina and Jane, on our boat trip around Antiparos. We are performing The Cherubic Hymn by Mikis Theodorakis, a 20th century Greek composer, while anchored near a rock formation that magnified the sound beautifully. That’s me on soprano I. I’m so proud to have been a part of the ensemble- an honor to sing with so many beautiful people with beautiful voices.