Wednesday, April 14, 2010


The Indy Parks & Recreation Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC) this weekend offers Egyptian dance, an Egypt-inspired vintage film, a historic interpreter and a hands-on arts activity showcasing Middle Eastern inspiration and creativity.

The weekend's showcase event is the Egyptian Dance Celebration performance from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. Egyptian dance artists dressed in elaborate costumes will perform routines to the sound of energetic music. A $5 donation is suggested for this event. For an additional charge, visitors may try authentic Egyptian dishes from the Luxor Café beginning at 6 p.m.

Vintage Movie Night follows the Egyptian Dance Celebration at 9 p.m. The featured film will be "The Ghoul" (1933) featuring Boris Karloff. The suggested donation for Vintage Movie Night is $2.

Intermediate to advanced dancers are invited to attend Egyptian and Middle Eastern Dance workshops Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18. Led by Master Dancer Faten Ali-Munger, with support from the GPAC, the workshops feature Los Angeles-based instructor John Compton. Call Ali-Munger at (317) 250-2029 for workshop times, costs and to register.

Visitors to the GPAC this weekend may make scarabs from terra cotta clay in the GPAC's Arts for All studio. An actor portraying the ancient Egyptian character Mayet will share artifacts and speak about life in 31 B.C. This weekend the GPAC will be open 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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