This Sunday at 6 pm, join a community passionate about peace and human rights, interested in exploring viable solutions to the indefatigable Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
On Saturday, April 12th, we invite you to participate in an exclusive evening with Lebanese novelist Rabih Alameddine. The program features a delicious dinner and a book reading and conversation. From the author of the international bestseller The Hakawati (The Storyteller) comes an enchanting story of a book-loving, obsessive, seventy-two-year-old "unnecessary" woman with a past shaped by the Lebanese Civil War. Writes the New York Times, "An Unnecessary Woman is a meditation on, among other things, aging, politics, literature, loneliness, grief and resilience. If there are flaws to this beautiful and absorbing novel, they are not readily apparent." Michele Leber in Booklist notes, "Studded with quotations and succinct observations, this remarkable novel by Alameddine is a paean to fiction, poetry, and female friendship. Dip into it, make a reading list from it, or simply bask in its sharp, smart prose."
One of Arab literature's most celebrated voices, Rabih Alameddine follows his bestseller, The Hakawati, and his previous novels I, the Divine and Koolaids with a novel that celebrates the singular life of an obsessive introvert, revealing Beirut's beauties and horrors along the way. Notes National Public Radio, "I can't remember the last time I was so gripped simply by a novel's voice. Alameddine makes it clear that a sheltered life is not necessarily a shuttered one. Aaliya is thoughtful, she's complex, she's humorous and critical."
General seating for this dinner event is $25 ($20 LCC members), or $50 with a signed copy of An Unnecessary Woman. Dinner includes mezze, main course and soft drink/water, coffee or tea. Seating is limited and advance reservations are strongly advised. Call 323.413.2001 or book online.
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.
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.
Maya Wind and Eran Efrati from the dissident organization Anarchists Against the Wall will speak at the Levantine Cultural Center on their work challenging the dividing wall Israel built both along the Green Line and on Palestinian land in the Occupied West Bank. The group works in cooperation with Palestinians in a joint popular struggle against the occupation. Since Anarchists Against the Wall launched in 2003, the group has participated in hundreds of demonstrations and direct actions against the wall specifically, and the occupation generally, all over the West Bank. All of AATW's work in Palestine is coordinated through villages' local popular committees and is essentially Palestinian led. AATW activists argue that it is the duty of Israeli citizens to resist immoral policies and actions carried out in their name, and believe it is possible to do more than demonstrate inside Israel or participate in humanitarian relief actions. Read more about Anarchists Against the Wall here, and here. This program is presented by the Levantine Cultural Center, Jewish Voice for Peace-LA and LA Jews for Peace. Café Rumi open earlier for Middle Eastern mezze, dinner, coffees, teas and more.
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 email@example.com 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.
Are we addicted to war? Have you had it up to here with the war economy? Want to work for peace? Peace Anonymous will hold its first gathering at the center on April 1st (no fooling). Johnny F., author of Peace Anonymous, The 12 Steps to Peace (Xlibris 2013) will lead the workshop. This initiative models itself on the successful AA system, in which millions of alcoholics and addicts, regardless of religious or ethnic affiliation, have been able to join hands and work together to solve their common problem: The spiritual malady of addiction.
An addict defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Based on that definition Peace Anonymous asks: Are we addicted to war? If so, can the same 12 Steps utilized the world over to bring peace into the lives of those afflicted with the disease of addiction be adapted as a program to deal with our addiction to war?
Ava Nahas world percussion series for the doumbek (Arab tabla) at the Levantine Cultural Center is a two-day workshop to harness the power, style and artistry of the doumbek, a singular and essential drum in the panoply of Arabic music, from Morocco to Iraq. Sat., March 29, 11:30 am-1:30 pm and Sun., March 30, 1:30-3:30 pm. Ava Nahas is a world percussionist who performs with MESTO, Bedouin-X and her own world music ensemble. She teaches at Remo and other studios around the southland. Visit her Facebook page.
Register early by March 15th and save, just $65 for both workshops or $40 for one; regular price $85 for both; $50 for one. You can register by phone, call the LCC, 323.413.2001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Ava Nahas" in the subject and include your phone number. Still have questions? Contact Ava directly, 310.433.3531.
The Levantine Cultural Center presents an evening devoted to the exploration of contemporary Turkey, first with the documentary screening of Başlangıç (The Beginning), a new film that tells the story of the Gezi Park anti-government protests which gripped Istanbul, Turkey from May 2013. What began as an occupation of a central Istanbul park by environmental protesters angry at plans to develop it into a shopping center, quickly developed into nationwide protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his increasingly conservative Islamic policies. Directed by Serkan Koç, produced by Dominic Brown, the film is sure to spark conversation as the unrest in Turkey continues.
After the screening the audience is invited to enjoy a concert of Turkish music in English and Turkish (every ticket includes a complementary arak, or raki). The Istanbul singer known as Kutsal along with Burak Besir will perform a one-hour show. In addition to some of Kutsal's original material, Kutsal & Burak will also be singing some protest songs from the 70's & 80's period of Turkiye & US, songs that underscore the uprising soul of the documentary. The duo will also be covering pop/rock songs from the same era. Guest singer/violinist Elif Savas Felsen will be accompanying Kutsal & Burak on some of the songs.
Come watch Academy Award nominated 5 Broken Cameras followed by a conversation with co-director Guy Davidi about the film and filmmaking. Davidi will discuss the creation of this film, the directorial choices and complexities of directorial collaboration such as writing and editing and making decisions during shooting.
5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit.
$10 general, $8 members, $6 students. Presented by JVP-LA in its new monthly film night series. RSVPs to 323.413.2001.
Café Rumi open early for dinner or mezze.