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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Cha Cha Real Smooth: A warm blanket of a movie + When It Clicked podcast explores the moment where fate hangs in the balance

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Amid a slew of unsettlingly dark new movies, the heartening Cha Cha Real Smooth feels like a warm blanket. This is the second feature film by 25-year-old writer-director-actor Cooper Raiff, who plays Andrew, a Bat Mitzvah party host who befriends Domino (stellarly played by Dakota Johnson), a young mom of an autistic 14-year-old. Domino had resigned herself to a lifetime of watching her daughter Lola sit in corners by herself, while other kids her age socialize and party. Enter Andrew, who somehow manages to get Lola dancing, and forms a heartwarming connection with both mother and daughter. The coming-of-age narrative examines how cold the world can be, then reminds us of how warm it could be when filled with the right people. The American dramedy premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, and landed the coveted Audience Award. It is available to stream on Apple+ (watch, runtime, 3:00).

There’s no football over the weekend, but local games will resume on Sunday.


Craving fresh sushi and noodle bowls? Head to Garnell for a refreshing dining experience. With seven branches spread across Greater Cairo, chances are you won’t have to drive too far to grab a bite at one of their spacious diners in Heliopolis, New Cairo, Maadi, Zamalek, or Sheikh Zayed. The vibes are instantly energizing at their different locations, and the service is impeccable. Their menu has something for everyone: Soups, salads, teppanyaki, sushi, vegetarian options, main dishes, and desserts. We were fans of the creamy lava rolls and chicken noodle bowls, and their sashimi pleased our taste buds.

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Khoyout Troupe will play back your life story in a unique improv performance at Dawar Arts tomorrow at 8pm: The talented group of performers are bringing an improvisational form of theater that relies on real stories from the audience. You bring your life story and emotions to the theater, and they play them back to you through improvised performances and music. While attendance is without charge, registration is required.

Cairo Jazz Club 610 is hosting the last Brunch Bunch of the season on Saturday. ZKordy, Moenes & Momo will spin their eclectic beats starting 2pm through midnight.

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