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.
"'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.
We are raising funds for our project "Heroes of the Middle East & North Africa." This initiative proposes to create a large mural depicting cultural icons such as Rumi, Khalil Gibran, Fairuz, Naguib Mahfouz and other poets, writers, filmmakers, musicians and artists who are symbols of peace through the arts.
The "Heroes" mural is an educational experience and an anti-war statement that intends to humanize the Middle East and North Africa, following on the heels of the Arab Spring. The mural will be completed early in 2014 and will grace the wall of the Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Musical artist Sahba Motallebi and poet Sholeh Wolpé, masters of their craft, create a collaborative program highlighting the beauty of Persian music and international poetry in English, including Wolpé's work, Tahirih, Forugh Farrokhzad and a performance of Walt Whitman's poetry in English and Persian. They will perform together Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 (date reset from 10/10/13) in an intimate evening with limited seating. If you love poetry and classical-traditional Persian music, you'll want to attend this performance.
Tickets $20, $15 students and members of the Levantine Cultural Center, $25 at the door. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Coffees, teas and small plates available in Café Rumi. Open bar. This performance generously cosponsored by Anonymous donors. (To learn how you can underwrite Middle Eastern arts, contact us at 310.657.5511.)
A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents the Lyd/Lod-based hip hop trio DAM, now the hottest group of rappers in the Middle East, in a special Southern California return engagement (6:00 pm), with film screenings and conversation taking place prior in the theatre, (3:00-5:30 pm). All happening at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine 92614. DAM is a household name in the Middle East. The group did the soundtrack for the hit TV series "Arab Labor" and have been featured in Jackie Salloum's film, Slingshot Hiphop.
A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents matinee (11:30 am VIP brunch and 1:30 pm dance performance) by the Bethlehem-based dance company, Keywords:
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.)
The Levantine Cultural Center presents WE ARE IRAQIS, a literary and music tribute for Iraqis and their friends devoted to the beauty of Iraq's culture, in memory of Sufi music maestro Saadoun Al-Bayati, who left earth on July 25, 2013. Authors/editors/contributors of three new or recent books will perform readings. Deborah Al-Najjar and a designated actor (TBA) will introduce us to the anthology We Are Iraqis, while poets Dima Hilal and Sholeh Wolpé will read from the anthology Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here; and novelist Leslie Cockburn will present her exciting new novel, Baghdad Solitaire. Refreshments will be provided and a live musical tribute to Saadoun Al-Bayati will follow the readings. All welcome, but space limited and reservations are strongly suggested, 323.413.2001. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
The Levantine Cultural Center would like to thank and acknowledge the support of Dr. Yasin Al-Khalesi, Barbara Al-Bayati, and Poets & Writers, without whom WE ARE IRAQIS would not be possible.
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.