Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Happy Birthday PCME!

pug sitting on a chair in front of a birthday cake Saudi Arabia blog
Well, it's been one year since I started this blog. It's grown and evolved and frankly, it saved my life. It gave me purpose when I was lost.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Artist Abbas Al Roquah paints colourful Saudi women

Unlock Art Abbas Al Roquah Le Meridient Khobar Saudi Arabia blog

I was invited by my friend Hussain to attend the opening night of an art exhibition at the Le Meridien hotel as part of their Unlock Art initiative. Swanky I know. The hotel's been featuring local artists for ten years, but this is the first time they held an event celebrating the opening of an art show.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Artists, don't be afraid to show us your rough draft

Sketchart group exhibition Desert Designs art gallery Khobar blog

All artists keep a sketchpad to illustrate ideas and to practice drawing. The "Sketchat" group art exhibition said it would give me a peek into this world.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dark Turns, YouTube, and Laughing at Old White People


Hisham Fageeh may not be a household name yet, but you've probably seen his face and heard his voice. The Saudi comedian, alongside a couple other members of Telfaz11, were behind 2013's viral hit "No Woman No Drive." Contrary to what the video says, Fageeh does not describe himself as a social activist, but as a comedian, a role he plays while working with the Saudi comedy group and when he performs stand up. That's not to say that he doesn't care about social issues, rather he is acutely aware of them and utilizes a "push and pull" strategy to get his followers thinking. Many times that ends up with mean comments on the Internet, but hey, every comedian has its hecklers.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

My beautiful work of art (view it now before it becomes famous)

Like I said in the post on my visit to Al Rashid Mall’s Ceramique A La Carte Cafe “paint your own pottery cafe,” I'd show you my artwork once it was done being fired in the kiln. Et voila!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Saudi Arabia's hip hop radio host: No booty shaking culture here

Big Hass hip hop radio show host photograph Saudi Arabia blog
Mel de Tin
I've never met Hassane Dennaoui, or Big Hass as he's known on the Internet and radio, but to hear him talk about his passion, Arab hip hop, is to meet the man himself. This enthusiasm and his drive to promote local talent is what got him his job as Saudi Arabia's first hip hop radio host. He started off blogging (and still does) on RE-VOLT and then moved on to hosting his own program, Laish Hip-Hop? (Why Hip-Hop?) and producing his own magazine on the genre.