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Middle East Drum & Rhythm Circle Led by Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jun 14 2014 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution for two hours is $20 (no one turned away)
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
play doumbek, daf, riqq live informally at the Levantine café

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by percussion expert Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, June 14, 2014. Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.

Suggested contribution for two hours is $20.

Middle East Drum Class & Rhythm Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 10 2014 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution for two hours is $20 (no one turned away)
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
play doumbek, daf, riqq live informally at the Levantine café

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by percussion expert Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, April 12, 2014 (and second Saturdays in May and June). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.

Suggested contribution for two hours is $20.

African World Music with Zimbabwe, Senegal Master Musicians

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 17 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Price: 
$20 general admission, seating limited
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Doors open 7 pm for dinner, show starts 8:00 pm
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
an evening of world music with Musekiwa Chingodza and Amadou Fall

We are pleased to present two amazing African maestros, each with their own ensembles, from Zimbabwe and Senegal respectively, mbira master Musekiwa Chingodza and kora master Amadou Fall, who performs with his band, Seneafrica, in a rare African world music concert at the Levantine Cultural Center. Enjoy powerful, intimate performances in a warm, atmosphere surrounded by art, books and colors of the Middle East and North Africa. Tickets for this exclusive presentation are $20. Seating is limited and advance reservations are strongly suggested. Moroccan and Syrian cuisine is available.

Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murewa, Zimbabwe. He says, "Our music is both medicine and food, as mbira has the power to heal and to provide for people." 

"Synergy! Amadou Fall mesmerizes playing the African Kora."  

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Feb 8 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 for one circle, $15 for two
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
practice rhythm, learn new beats

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Feb. 8, 2014 (repeats on March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. The Levantine Cultural Center is located at 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035 between La Cienega and Fairfax. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.

Suggested contribution Part One ~ Basic Lesson: $10. Part Two ~ Rhythm Circle: $10. Suggested contribution for both parts: $15.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 18 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 for one circle, $15 for two
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking.
Subtitle: 
get into Middle Eastern percussion at the Levantine!

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Jan. 18, 2013 (repeats on Feb. 8 and March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome.

Band Twenty7 & Kutsal with Burat Besir, Night of Turkish Rock/Folk

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Dec 21 2013 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Price: 
$15 advance, $18 at the door, includes complimentary raki (araq)
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
an evening of acoustic rock, folk and traditional fasil (tavern music)

An evening of Turkish rock, folk and traditional fasil (tavern music) from Turkey spans the European and Asian continents and is a bridge culture between east and west. With Kutsal, co-starring Burak Besir. Kutsal is an Istanbul rocker with four recordings to her credit who also sings local folk/fasil songs; Band Twenty7 is a 3-piece world music/rock band based in Los Angeles that plays modern rock with a fusion of ethnic music influences. The band sings original songs in both English and Turkish and some traditional Turkish cover songs with an added funk rock beat. Kutsal and Twenty7 will rock the house with an acoustic concert. Tickets are $15 ($18 at the door) and include a complimentary glass of arak (raki). Enjoy mezzes and an eclectic menu of Middle Eastern food and drink items in Café Rumi.

Café Arabesque III with Bedouin-X & Amadou Fall

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Dec 14 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Price: 
$18 advance/$15 members/students/seniors or with postcard; $20 at the door; doors open 7:30 pm
RSVPs strongly advised, 323.413.2001
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center's Café Arabesque
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
Al-Fareed and his cohorts perform authentic North African/Arab music, dancers welcome!

"'Arabesque' was out of this world amazing. We enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the encore." —Laila El-Hajoui 

"Great event at the Levantine Cultural Center Saturday night...the music took my soul on a beautiful journey." —Nancy Tedder 

"Synergy! Amadou Fall mesmerizes playing the African Kora.." 

The Levantine Cultural Center presents the much-awaited third edition of Café Arabesque with Al-Fareed of Radio Al-Fareed and his band Bedouin X. The band members are Alfred Madain, David Markowitz, Timothy Maloof, David Martinelli and Ava Nahas. There will be a very special guest performance to open the evening by West African kora player Amadou Fall from Senegal. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for LCC members, students/seniors, $20 at the door. Reserve early, this program will sell out (standing room only in that case): 323.413.2001. 

New Middle East Drum Circle Launches Oct. 12

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 12 2013 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggestion donation $10
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
The Levantine Cultural Center presents a new Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm,  Saturdays from 1:30 -3:30 pm on the following dates: 12 October 2013, 16 November 2013, 14 December 2013. Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own!

The Levantine Cultural Center is located at 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657, levantinecenter.org. Reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up!

Suggested contribution: Part One ~ Basic Lesson: $10. Part Two ~ Rhythm Circle: $10. Suggested contribution for both Parts: $15

Grab a drum and join the fun!

Diyar Dance Theatre & DAM Hip Hop Celebrate Palestinian Culture

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 5 2013 2:30pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
Tickets $35 Patron of the Arts (early priority seating); $25 General Admission; $18 Students with I.D. The Celebrate Palestine Pass, an all-events pass, is $100
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
Underground, rear lot & street parking (read signs).

A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents matinee (2:30-5:30 pm) and evening (6:30-10:30 pm) performances by the Bethlehem-based dance company, Diyar Dance Theatre, in its Southern California debut, offering a colorful fusion of traditional debke, ballet and theatrical dance moves. And the Lyd/Lod-based hip hop trio DAM, now the hottest group of rappers in the Middle East, makes a special return engagement (9:30 pm), with film screenings and conversation (3:30-5:30 pm). A reception for the evening, 6:30, all taking place at the Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046. The Diyar Dance Theatre includes up to 40 talented, enthusiastic and committed dancers, both male and female of different age groups and backgrounds; DAM is a household name in the Middle East.

Film Schedule: 3:30 pm, The Stones Cry Out, dir. Yasmine Perni ('55). 4:39 pm, It's Better to Jump (80'), dir. Patrick Stewart, Mouna Stewart, Gina M. Angelone. (More below.)

Matinee tickets $25 Patron of the Arts (early priority seating), $12 and $6 students, Schedule 2:30-6:00 pm (Diyar matinee plus movies). Evening tickets $35 Patron of the Arts (early priority seating); $25 General Admission; $18 Students with I.D. Schedule for evening: 6:30 reception, 8:00 pm Diyar evening show and DAM 9:30-11:00 pm. The Celebrate Palestine Pass, an all-events pass, is $100, and includes a seat at each event in Los Angeles, or in Irvine. Available online or by phone from the Levantine Cultural Center, 323.413.2001. Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046. Free underground, rear lot parking and street parking (read posted signs).
 
Listen to DAM on Soundcloud. Watch/listen to this stunning track, "If I Could Go Back in Time," featuring Amal Murkus Click below to watch a Diyar video. 

Palestinian Arts in the Southland Offer Hope for Peace


By Jordan Elgrably


It's time for a new vision of what it means to be Palestinian—one that celebrates the nation's creativity, imagination and resourcefulness.

In 2013, Palestinians in Gaza live under siege, with their airport destroyed, no access to international sea lanes, and land entrances controlled by Israel and Egypt. Palestinians in the West Bank hardly fare much better, as they must negotiate hundreds of checkpoints daily to get to work and school. West Bank water resources are controlled by the military government under whose occupation Palestinians live, and they pay double the cost for restricted quantities, to say nothing of the many Jewish settlement blocs interspersed throughout the West Bank provided with military protection, superior roads, and cheap access to water—facts on the ground that make peace improbable.