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Tunisia in May



Perhaps you best know Memphis in May's 2010 honored country Tunisia as the exit from the island on Lost. That's where Ben Linus pulls out his telescoping baton and kicks some ass. Go, Ben! And, go Memphis in May, for organizing these kick-ass events that celebrate this North African country:

Film. On Thursday, May 6th, at 7 p.m., the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Indie Memphis host a screening of the award-winning documentary Being Here, a portrait of Tunisians in a small town dealing with the push and pull between modernity and tradition. Tickets are free for Brooks and Indie Memphis members and $5 for others.

Food. Chez Philippe's Reinaldo Alfonso teams up with top Tunisian chef Rafik Tlatli for the five-course dinners "Taste of Tunisia" on Friday and Saturday, May 7th and 8th, from 6 to 10 p.m. On the menu: Sder aux Boulettes de Viande Mentholées (semolina consommé with minted meatballs) and Lamelle Agneau à la Vapeur de Romarin (rosemary-steamed leg of lamb, saffron-roasted fingerling potatoes, and vegetables in sauce). The dinner is $65, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 529-4188.

Music and Dance. Friday's "Tunisia: Rhythm of the Sands" features Walid Gharbi, a troupe performing traditional Berber and Bedouin music. Joining the troupe is Sybel Ballet Theatre, a contemporary dance company. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum. Tickets are $12.

This only scratches the surface of Tunisian events. There's Thursday's big gala at Memphis Botanic Garden, an olive-oil and wine tasting at the Madison Hotel's Grill 83 later in the month, lectures, and art exhibits all across the city. For a full schedule of events, go to memphisinmay.org.

Memphis in May International Festival Salute to Tunisia, various times and locations. Go to memphisinmay.org.

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