Monday, 22 August 2022

We’re going back to obsessing over Westeros + It’s the last day of the Premier League’s Matchday 3. Plus: It’s chick flick night at CJC 610 and standup night at Tap West

📺 ON THE TUBE TONIGHT-
(all times CLT)

House of the Dragon, the long-awaited Game of Thrones prequel, is finally here. The epic series chronicles different members of House Targaryen vying for the coveted seat on the Iron Throne in a war of succession, known as the Dance of the Dragons, rather than competing houses battling for dominance. After Game of Thrones’ infamously unsatisfying series finale, House of the Dragon has some compensating to do, the New York Times says in a review. The series’ first season is made up of 10 episodes, and is available on OSN+, with a new episode out every week. You can also catch the trailer here (runtime: 2:49).

The standalone sequel is set 172 years before the birth of Daenerys (and the events of GoT), in the golden age of Westeros when the then-100-year-old Targaryen Dynasty was at the height of its power. House of the Dragon is also markedly Targaryen-skewed so expect more long white-blonde wigs this time around, and way more dragons — 10 to be exact. Unlike with the last couple of seasons of GOT that were based on an unfinished book series, House of Dragons is based on George Martin’s finished volume of fictional history Fire & Blood, so Google at your own risk — there will be spoilers abound.

Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool at 9pm tonight concludes the English Premier League’s Matchday 3.

Speaking of which, don’t forget to sign up for the Enterprise Fantasy League via this link, or by using this code: 8o4sut.

Locally: Pyramids FC tries to hold tight to any chance to earn the league title with a game against Future FC at 8pm. Theoretically speaking, chances are still there in case of a victory, but a tie or a defeat would pave the way officially for Zamalek to grab the title for a second consecutive season. Assuming Pyramids wins tonight’s game, Zamalek can be officially crowned title holder if it defeats Alexandria’s Al Ittihad tomorrow. Rival Al Ahly has already missed the chance to compete for the league after tying 0-0 yesterday against Ismaily FC.

Also at home: Ghazl El Mahalla v Misr Lel Makassa and Ceramica Cleopatra v Talae’ El Geish at 5:30pm.

🎤 OUT AND ABOUT-
(all times CLT)

Chick-flick fans rejoice: Cairo Jazz Club 610 is screening 10 Things I Hate About You at 8pm on their terrace, followed by How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days at 10:40pm.

If rom-coms aren’t your thing, Wong Kar Wai’s 2046 is screening at Zawya tonight at 7pm. This is the final screening of Zawya’s Wong Kar Wai Retrospective that saw four restored films directed by Wong Kar Wai screened throughout August.

You’re in for a night of laughter at the Tap West, with a lineup of Egyptian comedians taking the stage at 9pm, including: Youssef El Gallad, Mohamed Kamatcho, Kerolos Azer and Amgad Elshawshy.

💡 UNDER THE LAMPLIGHT-

A Woman of No Importance recounts the true story of Virginia Hall, an American spy who thrived in the espionage of World War II. Written by award winning author Sonia Purnell, the book details the overlooked story of a spy who was sent to occupied France and ultimately helped the Allied Forces to victory in the war. After being rejected from the foreign service for being a woman and having a prosthetic leg (she lost a leg in a hunting accident) she talked her way into the new British secret service, The Special Operations Executive, and became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines. There, she created a wide network that helped her gain intel on German troop movements and stir up French Resistance. Hall went on to become one of the most sought-after Allied spies, prompting the Gestapo to send out an urgent transmission in 1942: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.”

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