A beautiful night of inspired music awaits you when the Levantine Cultural Center presents the fourth edition of Café Arabesque with Al-Fareed of Radio Al-Fareed and his band Bedouin-X.
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.
Bring your appetite, good cheer, candor and friendship to this Levantine Cultural Center (LCC) program as we celebrate the coming of spring, or Nowruz, new Persian year with special guests and activities, including artist-curator Marjan Vayghan on contemporary Iranian art and Persian poetry. The Members Exclusive Salon is a monthly networking event organized in appreciation of our members and supporters to allow them to learn about the different cultures of the MENA, connect with each other, and create a space for exchange and peace. Our last salon explored Morocco and this one is dedicated to Iran. RSVPs strongly advised to ensure sufficient bounties of food, 323.413.2001. or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of those attending and your phone number please. (Members and donors may attend with one or two guests.)
The salon is entitled "A la Mode de Chez Nous" because every month it is organized in the customs and traditions of the community represented. It is a unique chance to learn about other cultures, and we invite our members to meet these cultures with an open mind and an open heart. Every A la Mode de Chez Nous, we all gather under a particular theme to enjoy the individual stories, the creative melodies, the innovative works or the revolutionary words of one of our communities. Still, we first and foremost gather to meet each other by completely merging into each other's stories, and by experiencing each other's traditions.
On Thursday, April 10th, see this exciting, very funny show, laugh with six Middle Eastern American stand-up comedians to humor that is satirical and universal.
"Atzmon is...a larger than life figure with an almost overpowering musical personality." —Phil Jonson
Limited seating for this long-running and inspired comedy show—come enjoy a healthy dose of comic relief, laugh about life and the Middle East with one of L.A's hottest comedy troupes, the Sultans of Satire. Hosted by Sheno Khal, this show features several of the funniest young comedians on the circuit today. Headliner MIKE BATAYEH, with K-Von, Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud, Omid Singh, Melissa Shoshahi and, joining the Sultans for the first time, DJ Sandhu! Come early, have dinner in the café, spend a warm evening with us...
The Sultans of Satire are seriously funny—if you need to laugh, you'll appreciate this show with its satirical insights and fresh perspectives on American and Middle Eastern life. The humor is universal; the comedans hail from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Founded in 2005, The Sultans of Satire is the longest-running Middle Eastern stand-up comedy show in the U.S. with some of the best young stand-up comedians from diverse faiths. This show cosponsored by Freedom Theatre West. Show $15 general admission, $12 members, $18 at the door. Middle Eastern and North African dishes, signature drinks and more served by Café Rumi. Tickets/info 323.413.2001. Watch video clips at sultansofsatire.com.
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.
The San Francisco Bay-area based musician and composer Shirzad Sharif will present an exclusive concert of tanbur and percussion at the Levantine Cultural Center on Friday, January 10, 8 pm, in two
You had to be there. Our comedy gala happened on a cold Saturday in west L.A. A diverse audience laughed through the night. We screamed in remembrance of Nelson Mandela. Omid Djalili, the man from London, had his first major show in Los Angeles at The Wadsworth—this after co-starring on Whoopi Goldberg's show a decade earlier; after various and sundry roles in several international blockbusters like The Mummy and Gladiator, and the indie comedy The Infidel.
The man known as Dwight Schrute on The Office, Rainn Wilson, brought him out. Andy Daly opened with a brilliant avant-garde comedy set that was all form and no content. Then Omid Djalili "killed it," as comedians say.
They talked about nothing, they talked about everything—and Djalili, the British Iranian comedian, actor, humanitarian and all-around good human being, brought tears to our eyes. He performed to benefit the Levantine Cultural Center, talked about Muslims and Jews being friends, he made fun of everyone, but always in his unique middle-to-high-brow way.
We are thankful for the sponsors who made the show possible—Bana & Nabil Hilal, Diane & Jeanette Shammas, Downtown LA Motors, Applied Medical; and the volunteers—Karin Attia, Bouchra Azizy, Mehdi Davachi and Bassam Jazairi, without whom the show would not have been possible.
Most of all, we thank Omid Djalili for his fantastic performance.
Limited seating for this long-running and inspired comedy show—come enjoy a healthy dose of comic relief, laugh about life and the Middle East with one of L.A's hottest comedy troupes, the Sultans of Satire. Hosted by Sheno Khal, this show features several of the funniest young comedians on the circuit today. Headliner OMAR ELBA, with Mona Shaikh, Eman Morgan, Zara Mizrahi and Feraz Orel.