Culture links

* A new-ish art space in Cairo adds an open air theater. I've been to Darb 1718 and it's a quite special location--nice to see they are making such good use of it. 

* Masr International Films (the late Youssef Chahine's production company) teams up with the BBC to produce TV serials "that experiment with themes like religion, gender equality, challenging societal norms.." Not sure how I feel about the social message part of this project, but if they can make an Egyptian equivalent of that Pride and Prejudice mini-series...

* The great and terribly ill Tony Judt is writing a series of autobiographical essays for the NYRB. The last one is on his youthful "all-embracing engagement with left-wing Zionism."