CONTACT JORDAN ELGRABLY, 310.402.8866
or DHIA RABIAI, 310.593.3961
FREE TUNISIA ORGANIZATION PRESENTS NEW TUNISIAN FILM FESTIVAL
IN HOLLYWOOD ON ANNIVERSARY OF REVOLUTION, JAN. 10-12, 2012
WHEN: Tues-Thurs, Jan. 10, 11, 12, 2012, 5-10 pm
WHERE: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90027
WHY: To celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Tunisian democracy revolution
WHO: Tunisian filmmakers, artists, musicians and diplomats
HOW : Tickets are a suggested $10 donation. For tickets/reservations, call 310.657.5511 or 424.242.3856 or go online:
The Levantine Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that champions a greater understanding of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), seeks to build a new library and resource center that will provide access to valuable research materials. The library will be open to the public beginning Monday, November 7, and will be available during regular center hours, Monday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm.
By any measure, Niyaz has come very far, very fast. In 2005, along with vocalist Azam Ali and programmer/producer Carmen Rizzo, Loga Ramin Torkian founded the best-selling world music group Niyaz. Drawing on medieval Persian poetry and 300-year old Persian folk songs, Niyaz created a 21st century global trance tradition and quickly became a standout ensemble in a very crowded world music field.
The first Armo-Greco Music and Comedy Festival promises to be a high energy, memorable evening of song, dance and humor.
Heavyweight of hilarity Angelo Tsarouchas hosts the festival. Local favorite Element Band headlines a star-studded musical line-up that includes world-renowned guitarist Pavlo and Italian singing sensation Giovanna Gattuso.
Completing the line-up are comedy favorites Lory Tatoulian and Ara Basil.
Tickets available at Ticketweb.
By Mark LeVine
It's not often that heavy metal bands from the Middle East make it to the States, but in July the Sunset Strip witnessed what was surely the first meeting of three powerhouses of Middle Eastern metal on its hallowed ground—Egypt, Iraq and Iran.
For well over a millennium they have been rival centers of Islamic culture, and more recently have been political rivals. Much more recently they have been home to three of the most intense metal scenes not merely in the Middle East, but in the world.
Nothing makes for a good metal scene like war and oppression, and Iran and Iraq have had about as much of both as any country could take. Egypt has been safe from war the last three and a half decades, but the mercifully ended rein of Hosni Mubarak was among the region's most effectively repressive for most of that period.