The Middle East’s First All-Women Roller Derby Team

For the first time, roller derby has made its way to Lebanon, and Beirut’s first all-women team is smashing stereotypes across the country. As Huck magazine says, it’s a sport “which is physically grueling and dominated by women, has always embodied defiance” but the individuals on this team are just as impressive when not playing their roller derby roles. Almost all the team members are …

Beirut: Gibraltar

Set in a dreamscape-like, trash-filled version of Gibraltar, with its famed Rock nothing more than a purple landfill, Beirut’s brand new video (for the appropriately titled track “Gibraltar“) manages to be both charming and inventive. The track itself, off of the forthcoming album No No No, finds lead singer Zach Condon’s warm vocals resting atop keyboards and congo drums. It’s the second preview the band …

Plan BEY Kicks Off a Creative Empire in Beirut

One team builds a cluster of imaginative new establishments in a rising neighborhood

by Caroline Kinneberg Beirut is a city defined by its contrasts and constant evolution. One neighborhood where this becomes most apparent is Mar Mikhael. Previously a jumble of car repair shops, the area now overflows with trendy restaurants and bars. In December 2010 local entrepreneur Tony Sfeir opened something different. Plan BEY—referencing the three-letter code for Beirut’s international airport—sells paper goods produced in the store’s …