[LOS ANGELES-May 29, 2014] From a design perspective, what do we really know about the Arab world, or Iraq's neighbor, Iran? A window into these cultures, which use the Arabic script for writing and design, will open here in Los Angeles on June 26, 2014, when LOCAL NOT LOCAL, a modern collection of contemporary expression, brings Arabic and Iranian typography and calligraphy to the Inside/Outside Gallery at the Levantine Cultural Center. These days it seems like everyone's got a favorite font and a philosophy of typography. But it's not just our Roman alphabet that gets translated into different shapes - all over the world, designers pick and choose scripts to suit the occasion. In LOCAL NOT LOCAL, co-curators Maece Seirafi and Pouya Jahanshahi present a collection of award-winning Arab and Iranian designers who demonstrate the creative possibilities and expressions that lurk in their native alphabets.
a mural project including life-size portraits of all the greats
The Levantine Cultural Center has unveiled The HEROES OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA mural initiative, which 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.
PALESTINIAN ARTS IN SOUTHLAND OFFER HOPE FOR PEACE
Report-Back on Syria and Syrian Refugees
Who: Reem Sahali and Faisal Attrache
What: A civil rights lawyer and filmmaker talk about their trips to the region
When: August 22, 2013 7:30-9:30 pm
Where: Levantine Cultural Center 5998 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035
Reservations: 323.413.2001, or online, levantinecenter.org
Attorney Reem Salahi and filmmaker Faisal Attrache join forces to talk about their recent trips to Syria, Jordan and Turkey where they visited with refugees from Syria's uprising. Reem Salahi will report back on her recent trip to northwestern Syria, where she visited camps for internally displaced Syrians, villages in "liberated" Syria including Kafranbel, Saraqeb and Ma'arat Numan (in Idlib province) and local organizations and activists. Faisal Attrache, who is shooting the documentary "Walk-Ins Welcome: Stories of Syrian Refugee Barbers," about Syrian refugees in the Zaatari camp in Jordan, will join the conversation with recent photos and video.
[Tuesday August 06, 2013, Los Angeles]—On Sat., August 31, 6:00 pm, a group of Muslim, Christian and Jewish citizen activists will welcome controversial scholar, Dr. Reza Aslan, to talk about his bestseller on the historical Jesus, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. In July, Aslan weathered a scathing interview on Fox News that caused Zealot to shoot to the top of the bestseller lists. Aslan is a Muslim American of Iranian heritage and author of previous bestsellers, including No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam; and Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East.
FORUM ON YEMEN, DRONES, GUANTÁNAMO ADDRESSES AMERICAN CONCERNS OVER NSA, OBAMA SECURITY OVER-REACH, WED., 7/31/13
[Monday July 29, 2013, Los Angeles]-On Wed., July 31, 6:30 pm the Levantine Cultural Center will present Citizen Diplomacy: A Forum on Yemen, Guantánamo, Drones & Spying. Speakers include CODEPINK co-founder and author Jodie Evans, who just returned from a peace mission to Yemen; and constitutional lawyer and head of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Steve Rohde.
[LOS ANGELES-JUNE 21, 2013] The Levantine Cultural Center (levantinecenter.org) with support from the South East European Film Festival (seefilmla.org) will present a rare evening of authentic Roma music with Orkestra Eklektika on Saturday, 20 July 2013, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 10425 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064. Orkestra Eklektika and percussionist-vocalist Rowan Storm present a range of music from Balkan Roma traditions, featuring the master Roma musician Milo Destanovski from eastern Macedonia. With an interactive dimension, both experienced and beginning dancers are encouraged to experience the exhilaration and community-bonding power of traditional line dances. The evening will feature a special appearance by folklorist researcher Donald Cohen, author of the new title Gypsy Voices, Songs From the Romani Soul (Wise Publications).
[JUNE 11, 2013--Los Angeles]—On Tuesday, June 18, 7 PM the Levantine Cultural Center will present a public forum and press conference on uprisings taking place in Turkey. Confirmed speakers to date include UCLA law professor Asli Bali, and Turkish graduate student Ceren Abi, with additional experts to be announced. All invited.
Seemingly overnight, Turkey is in the news as thousands of Turks take to the streets to protest Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government. Erdogan has accused anti-government protesters walking ‘arm-in-arm with terrorism,' remarks that could further inflame public anger after days of some of the most violent riots in decades. As Reuters reported, "Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Turkey's four biggest cities on Sunday and clashed with riot police firing tear gas on the third day of the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years."
[Los Angeles-MAY 1, 2013] On Friday, May 17, progressive comedienne/actor and activist Roseanne Barr presents "Mideast Masters of Jazz," a progressive be-bop quintet starring sax maniacs Gilad Atzmon and Zane Musa, performing together LIVE for the first time. The event will be hosted at The Mint in Los Angeles, accompanied by some of the best be-bop musicians in Los Angeles. To be sure, jazz as well as rock, heavy metal, hip hop and blues are all-American music originals, but they are genres that are constantly being challenged and reinvented by swingers in the Middle East-by composers, singer-songwriters and musicians who are both natively Middle Eastern but strongly western in their tastes and travels.