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Launch Party for B'ta'arof, Iran: RPM & Omid Walizadeh

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Sep 17 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome)
Donate Here
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
fiercely independent and creative Iranian writers and artists

We invite you to participate in an evening of Iranian literary and artistic culture on behalf of B|ta'arof magazine and the London-based collective, 

Palestine 101 Workshop

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Sep 15 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution $10/$5 students/seniors
café open 6:00-9:30 pm for dinner/snacks
Donate Here
Where: 
Levantine Cultura Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
Decolonize the Mind

In this first installment in a regular workshop series (each self-contained), the Levantine Cultural Center presents Palestine 101, an audiovisual experience that surveys anti-colonial resistance and explores the history, culture and politics of Palestine, from the early 20th century forward. We will delve deeper beyond Hamas and the PLO as we explore how Palestinians have resisted both colonization and the erasure of their history and culture, including a look at poetry, hip hop and peaceful protest.

The workshop will include mention of bicultural coexistence organizations that envision a positive future for Israelis and Palestinians together, such as the village Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam (and its School for Peace), the Parents Circle Family ForumCombatants for PeaceJust Vision and others. 

Palestinians and Israelis are working together in a plethora of forward-thinking associationsPalestinians and Israelis are working together in a plethora of forward-thinking associations 
The workshop is open to anyone who would like a more in-depth survey of 20th century history of the Holy Land, up to the present day, with a sympathetic take on the region's pre-1948 inhabitants. A suggested donation of $10 or $5 students/seniors is welcome. RSVPs strongly advised as seating is limited.

An Evening With American Muslim Writers

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Sep 5 2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome)
café open 7:00-11:00 pm for dinner/snacks
Donate Here
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
Romance, dating, sex and - Muslims?

Join us in the Levantine café for vibrant, laugh-out-loud readings and frank talk when we present two groundbreaking anthologies, written by American Muslims on the intersection of their identitie

Fast Forward, Talk on Arab and Iranian Typography

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 28 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public, café open from 6:30
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking
Subtitle: 
an informative talk on the evolution and future of Arabic & Iranian design

Fast Forward, Arabic & Iranian Typography: A New Visual Vocabulary in the Making

The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 27 2014 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome)
café open 6:00-9:30 pm for dinner/snacks
Donate Here
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a weekly workshop and study group Wednesdays in August

Join guest speakers Mark LeVine, co-editor of the new book One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States; Asli Bali, international law professor at UCLA; Rabbi Aryeh Cohen of the American Jewish University; Estee Chandler from Jewish Voice for Peace-LA; Dr. Laila Al-Marayati with Kinder USA; and facilitators from Mediators Beyond Borders.

Americans are watching in dismay as Gaza comes under the bombs for the third time in the last few years and Israel as a nation finds itself in crisis, under attack by Hamas. More than 2,000 Palestinians and Israelis have been killed, over 10,000 thousand wounded. The Levantine Cultural Center and community partners present "The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine," a weekly workshop and study group that meets each Wednesday evening in August (6, 13, 20, 27), 7-9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center to examine the news out of Israel/Palestine, discuss the war, and explore solutions—how can we, as concerned Americans, contribute to peace and justice in the region, while holding our own government accountable to the highest standards of human rights?

the "Crisis" panel on the 27th of August...the "Crisis" panel on the 27th of August... 

Each evening will feature special guest speakers, conflict mediation specialists, film excerpts and study materials. The series is free-to-the-public and includes refreshments (tax-deductible contributions are welcome).

This series intends to bring together voices of reason, Americans against violence, hate and racism as we build bridges and community. All welcome.

RSVPs (optional) 323.413.2001, seating limited. Café open for dinner/snacks 6:00-9:30 pm.

Community partners include CODEPINK: Women for Peace, LA Jews for Peace, Mediators Beyond Borders. 

The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 20 2014 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome)
café open 6:00-9:30 pm for dinner/snacks
Donate Here
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a weekly workshop and study group Wednesdays in August

This evening features Monir Deeb from Gaza; Rabbi Judith HaLevy from Malibu Synagogue; Christian peacemaker Sarah Thompson; Dick Platkin from LA Jews for Peace; and moderator Nick Goldberg from the LA Times, with conflict mediation specialists from Mediators Beyond Borders including Dorit Cypis. The series is free-to-the-public (tax-deductible contributions are welcome).

Americans are watching in dismay as Gaza comes under the bombs for the third time in the last few years and Israel as a nation finds itself in crisis, under attack by Hamas. Nearly 2,000 Palestinians and Israelis have been killed. Many thousands have been injured. The Levantine Cultural Center and community partners present "The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine," a weekly workshop and study group that meets each Wednesday evening in August (6, 13, 20, 27), 7-9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center to examine the news out of Israel/Palestine, discuss the war, and explore solutions—how can we, as concerned Americans, contribute to peace and justice in the region, while holding our own government accountable to the highest standards of human rights?

This series intends to bring together voices of reason, Americans against violence, hate and racism as we build bridges and community. All welcome.

RSVPs strongly suggested, 323.413.2001, seating limited. Café open for dinner/snacks 6:00-9:30 pm.

Community partners include CODEPINK: Women for Peace, LA Jews for Peace, JVP-LA, Mediators Beyond Borders. 

"May in the Summer" with Cherien Dabis

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 14 2014 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
Free to the public, RSVPs required
Call 323.413.2001 or email to RSVP
Where: 
Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theatre
8687 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood CA 90069
Lot parking, enter from Melrose just east of San Vicente
Subtitle: 
film screening and conversation

The Levantine Cultural Center and Cohen Media Group invite you to an exclusive preview of Cherien Dabis' new film May in the Summer, which follows sophisticated New Yorker and Arab American May Brennan to her childhood home of Amman, Jordan for her wedding. To all appearances, May (Cherien Dabis) has it all — she's intelligent, gorgeous, the recipient of raves for her recently published book and set to marry her loving fiancé Ziad (Alexander Siddig), a distinguished New York scholar. But immediately upon returning to her familial hometown for the wedding, the cracks in her seemingly perfect life begin to show. Star and writer/director Cherien Dabis will attend in person. A Q & A follows the screening (99ms). Seating limited, RSVPs required to 323.413.2001 or email your first/last name, phone and number of guests (up to 4) to rsvp@levantinecenter.org. We recommend you plan to arrive early to park and get into the theatre. Enter lot from Melrose, just east of San Vicente.

More About the Film

May's headstrong, born-again Christian mother Nadine (Hiam Abbass) disapproves of Ziad's Muslim faith and is firm in her decision to not attend the ceremony. Her sisters Dalia (Alia Shawkat) and Yasmine (Nadine Malouf) revert to behaving like rebellious teenagers as their estranged father Edward (Bill Pullman) awkwardly attempts to make amends. Confronted with the wounds of her parent's long-broken relationship, coupled with the unavoidable clash of old-world and modern values, May is lead to question the direction her life is taking. Her once carefully structured world appears to unravel as she grapples with her own truths in this fresh, exotic look at a woman caught in the crossroads between tradition and choice.

May in the Summer, written and directed by Cherien Dabis (Amreeka), stars Dabis, Alia Shawkat, Nadine Malouf, Ritu Singh Pande, Hiam Abbass and Bill Pullman. The film was produced by Dabis, Alix Madigan-Yorkin and Christopher Tricarico.

The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 13 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome). RSVPs required: Call 323.413.2001 or email rsvp@levantinecenter.org
café open 6:00-9:30 pm for dinner/snacks
Donate Here
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a weekly workshop and study group Wednesdays in August

Americans are watching in dismay as Gaza comes under the bombs for the third time in the last few years and Israel as a nation finds itself in crisis, under attack by Hamas. Over 1,500 Palestinians and Israelis have been killed. Many thousands have been injured. The Levantine Cultural Center and community partners present "The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine," a weekly workshop and study group that meets each Wednesday evening in August (6, 13, 20, 27), 7-9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center to examine the news out of Israel/Palestine, discuss the war, and explore solutions—how can we, as concerned Americans, contribute to peace and justice in the region, while holding our own government accountable to the highest standards of human rights?

Each evening will feature special guest speakers, conflict mediation specialists, film excerpts and study materials. The series is free-to-the-public and includes refreshments (tax-deductible contributions are welcome). 

Scheduled for Aug. 13 are Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Shalom (Santa Monica), Gil Hochberg of UCLA and Nasim Khoury. Bios follow below.

This series intends to bring together voices of reason, Americans against violence, hate and racism as we build bridges and community. All welcome.

RSVPs MANDATORY. Call 323.413.2001 or e-mail rsvp@levantinecenter.org. Seating limited. Café open for dinner/snacks 6:00-9:30 pm.

Community partners include CODEPINK: Women for Peace, LA Jews for Peace, Mediators Beyond Borders, Jewish Voice for Peace-LA et al. 

The New Americans: Arabs in California

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 10 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public, donations welcome.
Refreshments served.
RSVPs 323.413.2001
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
with Nahla Kayali, Bassam Marjiya, Anthony Saidy, Nagwa Ibrahim, Cheryl Faris & Don Bustany

With Nahla Kayali, Anthony Saidy, Nagwa Ibrahim, Cheryl Faris and Bassam Marjya, moderator Don Bustany. A panel on refugees, exiles and immigrants from the Arab world discusses integration and assimilation.

This two-part program features a discussion with an early generation of Arab Americans, Anthony Saidy and Cheryl Faris, talking about their parents and grandparents arrival in the United States, and the history of social and cultural contributions that Arab Americans have made, particularly in California (Cousins Club, ADC, KPFK, etc). The second half of the discussion will be with a newer generation of Arab immigrants to California. Nahla Kayali, Nagwa Ibrahim and others will talk about how they reinvented their lives in Southern California. This exploration of history, culture and identity intends to demystify Arab and Arab American society, defuse Islamophobia, and build new bridges among all our communities. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

RSVPs welcome, 323.413.2001. "The New Americans: Arabs in California," Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90035. 

Medea Benjamin On Drones, Disrupting Business as Usual in DC

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 7 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution $10
Where: 
The New Peace Center
3916 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City CA 90230
free parking in rear lot, street parking
Subtitle: 
Did you know that a drone can be as small as a bumble bee?

Medea Benjamin, activist, author and cofounder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace will be introduced by Jodie Evans who will moderate a public conversation on the use of drones by federal and local governments. The LAPD is debating the drone issue, join Medea Benjamin and local community leaders to stop drones in LA.

Did you know that a drone can be as small as a bumble bee, that local law enforcement offices are eager to be the first to have their own fleet of drones here in the US and that Obama has granted the CIA the authority to kill people in Pakistan and Yemen using drone "signature strikes" based solely on suspicious behavior?

Medea Benjamin's new book Drone Warfare, Killing by Remote Control is a well-researched investigation of these deadly weapons and how we can build a movement to stop them. Come hear Medea speak. Read a review.

Presentation of 2014 Peace Prize, US Peace Memorial Foundation, by Michael D. Knox, Chair.

On display an award winning art piece inspired by CODEPINK's work to end Drone attacks in Pakistan.

Enjoy music by composer/performer Vivek Maddala.