Thursday, April 19, 2012

TEDxSummit in Doha with @dbirdy: Day 4

Museum of Islamic Art, Reggie Watts, Shisha!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Catch up with this series:
TEDxSummit day 1 - Boots on the ground in Doha!
TEDxSummit day 2 - Camels, horses and Sheik Faisal's private museum, oh my!
TEDxSummit day 3 - Finally met someone who knows where Charlotte is!

Yesterday I went to the Museum of Islamic Art! What a beautiful place.

  • jemasmith

Charlotte is on the right path with our Levine Avenue of the Arts, and if someone were to pick up and plop this place in the center of Charlotte, it would fit right in. The museum (commonly known as M.I.A. here) has a feel much like the Bechtler and Mint Uptown. The architecture is to die for, too:

Another thing worth mentioning and because CL readers love music, Reggie Watts performed for us briefly on Tuesday. What's even cooler than that is that we have had two very intimate, very long performances by him at the after hours events for the last two days! Holy hell, the man makes some amazing music that really sets the tone here for me.

To paint the picture for you, press play on the below video and imagine yourself in a nightclub the size of Apostrophe and with only about 100 people in it, all dancing their asses off, sweaty, and elated after long days of cross-cultural collaboration. Human unity is almost tangible sometimes, and it's heavy here. It's glorious. There's a sense of self here that comes from such beautiful surroundings that, at times, my heart just feels so full. It's difficult not to be so taken aback, so absolutely astounded at the synchronicity and culture of loving acceptance, getting choked up is common here.

I want this to happen in Charlotte. We need it ... badly.

If you don't know who Reggie Watts is, you better ask somebody (or just watch the video below over and over like I have):

Finally, can anyone share where to get some shisha? Since we've got our pot issue on stands now, I figured one of you 'heads might know where I can locally get some of this delicious flavored tobacco.

Tomorrow: Desert day fun!

  • Kris Krüg

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