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:
For 12 years I've been like Don Quixote chasing windmills, arguing that Los Angeles must have a cultural arts center for the Middle East and North Africa. I envision a center for the arts in the spirit of peace and conflict resolution—a place where we can dream big as people who come from, or support, the Middle East and North Africa, stretching from Morocco in the west to Afghanistan in the east.
Come and revel in a rare evening of authentic Roma music with Orkestra Eklektika on Saturday, 20 July 2013, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 10425 W.
"A Grand Souk Festival" will feature activities for adults and children on Sunday, May 19th at El Rancho Cordillera del Norte in Northridge from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm. This open air bazaar of arts and culture is a culminating celebration of the Big Read Program through the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. This Valley celebration is sponsored by The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, a participant in this year's Big Read Program, along with the Levantine Cultural Center.
This month Southern California saw the opening of an exhibition organized by the Arab American National Museum (AANM) in Dearborn. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country opened on the campus of University of California, Irvine on Jan. 5 and there was a special reception for the Orange County community on Jan.13, organized by the Southern California Friends of the AANM. Also on Jan. 13, Gregory Orfalea, author of The Arab Americans: A History, presented the workshop "A Hundred Years Angeleno." A native of Los Angeles of Syrian and Lebanese ancestry, Orfalea's most recent book is Angeleno Days: an Arab American Writer on Family, Place and Politics. Following Orfalea, JPL scientist and musician Sami Asmar, founder of Turath.org, presented a musical demonstration of Arab music with several musician friends.
On Saturday, December 15th, 2012, the Levantine Cultural Center will hold its annual East-West Awards Gala at the Beverly Hill's Women's Club. The East-West Awards recognize the sustained efforts of outstanding individuals working in the United States to bridge political and religious divides that may exist between Americans and the Middle East/North Africa, whether through media, peace activism or interfaith unity.
The full program includes a red-carpet reception and silent auction, live music, comedy with Aron Kader, dinner and the awards ceremony. Distinguished honorees are Ms. Zainab Al-Suwaij, Dr. Reza Aslan, Rabbi Leonard Beerman, and mayoral candidate and Councilman Eric Garcetti, who are being honored for significant contributions in cultural diplomacy, relationship-buidling, interfaith alliances, and peace activism.
The week after Chicago congressman Joe Walsh claimed, "There is a radical strain of Islam in this country, trying to kill Americans every week," there were two attacks in the Chicago suburbs, one at a mosque, the other at an Islamic school. In previous weeks, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri was burned to the ground, and Sikh worshippers in Wisconsin were murdured "for looking Muslim." In the wake of 9/11, Islamophobia—in both neoconservative and liberal forms—has been an important ideological pillar of the "war on terror." From cultural, theological, and political perspectives, our speakers will deconstruct the most persistent myths about Islams and Muslims. and examine the role Islamophobia plays in justifying war abroad and political repression at home.
LOS ANGELES WILL BE HOME TO FIRST MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTS CENTER
FOR THE MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA, OPENING JAN 2013
After over a decade of presenting arts and education programs in Southern California, the Levantine Cultural Center (LCC)—a 501c3 nonprofit organization that champions diverse cultures from Morocco to Afghanistan—has embarked on a 6-month campaign to raise $2 million. The Center will re-open in a new 10,000 square foot multidisciplinary space in January 2013. The LCC presents arts that promote inter-cultural dialogue and friendship, including film, theatre, music, art exhibits, author talks, classes and workshops.
Levantine Cultural Center invites you to join our annual friends and family barbeque picnic on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from noon to 6 pm at the beautiful Kenneth Hahn State Park, located just south of La Cienega Blvd. and Rodeo Road. You may bring food for the barbeque and dishes to share if you wish. The LCC will provide drinks, some food, and all the other functional items (plates, napkins, cups etc) including charcoal for the barbeques.