Exhibit A: The impossibly thin, eternally cat-eyed ghost of Liz Taylor's 1963 Egyptian Queen laid with Bulgari jewels, courted by the glitterati in late May at the Cannes Film Festival for a 50th anniversary Cleopatra viewing at Cannes Film Festival.
Exhibit B: Next week, Arena di Verona fêtes its 100 anniversary season with a La Fura dels Baus Aida (the Egyptian-style Verdi opera inaugurated its 1913 season), Omer Meir Wellber on the podium. *pssst* Italy's Classica will relay a live stream and ZDF will transmit their own version two days later stamped by odd couple Nina Eichinger and Rolando Villazón.
Exhibit C: Coveted independent performing arts glossy, Auditorium Magazine, celebrates its newly-launched European edition with Hiam Abbass on its June cover, above, taken from David Krippendorff's Nothing Escapes My Eyes, a short film about cultural identity shifts via Aida/Cairo, filming this summer. (Although so not cool was the recent Cairo Opera House strike earlier this month that slashed a performance of Aida.)
May's cover, below, featured Finnish dancer and choreographer Tero Saarinen in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, the Italian-born designer of the French fashion house and BFF of Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye. With a whole classical elements /earth/wind/fire/ thing going on, we can't wait for the next cover.