Reading at Alwan for the Arts 19 May 7 p.m.

02 May

Alwan for the Arts, the always percolating crossroads of middle-east cultures, has scheduled a multimedia performance around Edward Said: The Charisma of Criticism. Digital wizard Matthew Mead pumps in the creative juice, and H. Aram Veeser supplies the gravitas. The downtown vibe of Alwan matches the Mead and Veeser brand of cultural craziness. Images, theater, and sound clips all serve to illustrate Said’s charisma, which is, unexpectedly, not an entirely positive word. The real drama follows the talk: questions, answers, and debate. Alwan’s space is limited, so come early and ready to rumble.