If your cal­en­dar is look­ing cold this win­ter, we’ve got a whole bunch of sug­ges­tions to fill it with warmth. From tango lessons and a night at a cabaret to the best ski slopes in the countr y, LT have put to­gether a list of the ul­ti­mate things to do and p

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Time travel

This win­ter, Hamra the­ater, Metro Al Mad­ina will trans­por t you back to the golden age of Egypt – to the wed­dings and cabarets of the early 1900s. Their Hishik Bishik cabaret show is still go­ing strong af ter al­most three years. With 10 ar tists, mu­si­cians, singers, ac­tors and dancers in ever y per­for­mance, Metro Al Mad­ina has sin­gle-hand­edly brought back the Arab cabaret. Their cozy venue, fea­tures all of the quirks of the old­school cabarets – from red vel­vet cur tains to gold padded wall fur­nish­ings. Take a cock­tail in the fu­tur is­tic “Metro Sta­tion” bar, straight out of a Stan­ley Kubrick film, and then head to the hall and set­tle in for the show. Reser va­tion is a must. Metro Al Mad­ina, 01 753021, metro­mad­,

Metroal­mad­ina, Hamra Main Street; tick­ets LL45,000, avail­able at Metro 76 309363 and An­toine On­line, an­toi­net­ick­et­

The big screen

Achrafieh’s art-house cinema, Me­trop­o­lis con­tin­ues to de­liver an ex­cep­tional pro­gram of ev­ery­thing from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional in­de­pen­dent films, to ret­ro­spec­tives of mas­ter di­rec­tors. In De­cem­ber, don’t miss their Garage Sale (19-20 Dec), when the cinema opens its doors to sell film posters, DVDS and cinema books. Held si­mul­ta­ne­ously on the first night is the launch of Arab film poster col­lec­tor Ab­boudi Abou Jaoudeh’s book “Tonight” – a guide to films made in Le­banon from 1929-1979. Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary sees the re­turn of the Euro­pean Film Fes­ti­val (26 Jan-7 Feb,) or­ga­nized by the Euro­pean Del­e­ga­tion and re­turn­ing for its 22nd edi­tion in Le­banon. The rest of the month is ded­i­cated to screen­ings from the most ac­claimed films of the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val 2015, in the Cannes Coup de Coeur fes­ti­val. Me­trop­o­lis, 01 204080, metropoliscin­, Me­trop­o­lis Cinema. Me­trop­o­lis Em­pire Sofil, Sofil Cen­ter, Achrafieh

Mu­si­cal in­sti­tu­tion

The shows of Down­town live mu­sic venue, Mu­sic Hall, have be­come the very def­i­ni­tion of how to party the Le­banese way. Re­flect­ing the char­ac­ter of its owner Michel Elef teri­ades – ec­cen­tric en­tre­pre­neur and the self-ti­tled “His Im­pe­rial High­ness of Nowheris­tan,” a new na­tion he cre­ated – Mu­sic Hall is a plat­form for the un­con­ven­tional. Each night a cabaret of short live mu­sic sets will get your heart rac­ing, with Le­banese and in­ter­na­tional acts play­ing ev­ery­thing from Ori­en­tal and gypsy, to reg­gae, fu­sion and jazz. Acts aren’t an­nounced, but they are all mas­ter­fully pro­duced by Elef teri­ades him­self, you might catch lo­cal singing leg­end Tony Hanna, backed by a Balkan brass band or a fla­menco act brought in from Spain. Mu­sic Hall has spe­cial events over the fes­tive sea­son, in­clud­ing their lux­u­ri­ous New Year’s Eve party and Mi­nuses and Pluses – the pre and post New Year’s Party from 25 De­cem­ber to 3 Jan­uary. Mu­sic Hall. the­mu­, Starco Cen­ter, Down­town. Thur-sun, 10pm-4am

Photo: Haig Me­likian

Photo: Char­bel Bouez

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