Jonathan Demme, Les Filmes Du Nouveau Monde and the Levantine Cultural Center's New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series present a special screening of Nabil Ayouch's HORSES OF GOD in advance of the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Members and Levantine supporters are invited to attend at Raleigh Studios, Chaplin Theatre.
HORSES OF GOD, a film by Nabil Ayouch, is inspired by the novel The Stars of Sidi Moumen by Mahi Binebine. It is Morocco's official entry for the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Nabil Ayouch is among Morocco's top contemporary filmmakers. Read more in Variety.
Rainn Wilson ("The Office") introduces Omid Djalili, one of Britain's top comedians, to Los Angeles, and Andy Daly opens the show. Omid is a favorite throughout Europe and the Middle East. International superstar comedian, actor (PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN, GLADIATOR, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, THE MUMMY, CASANOVA, MODIGLIANI, THE INFIDEL) and promoter of peace Omid Djalili will be doing one show only in Southern California, to benefit the Levantine Cultural Center, on Saturday evening, December 7th, 8:30 pm. Cosponsored by Downtown LA Motors. Get tickets here.
This is a 90-minute after-dinner show at the historic Wadsworth Theatre, the prominent westside Los Angeles venue, just west of Westwood, featuring guest appearances by nationally-known American comedian/actors RAINN WILSON and Andy Daly! Dine before the show in nearby restaurants such as Shamshiri Grill, Sunnin or Tagine, then come to the Wadsworth to savor an evening of laughter. (VIP ticket holders enjoy a post-show reception with the artist.)
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If you are driving west on Wilshire Blvd., after you cross under the 405 Fwy., exit Wilshire Blvd to the right and travel down to the first stop sign. Turn right onto Bonsall Avenue and travel uphill to the next stop sign. Then turn left onto Eisenhower Avenue and park as directed by attendants.
If you are traveling east on Wilshire Blvd., you will exit Wilshire Blvd to the right at the Wadsworth Theatre/VA Hospital sign and travel down to the first stop sign. Turn left onto Bonsall Avenue, travel under Wilshire Blvd. At the second stop sign Turn left onto Eisenhower Avenue and as directed by attendants.
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, in a special performance featuring headliner Mike Batayeh. Hosted by Sheno Khal, this show features Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud, Noël Elgrably, Mona Shaikh and Omid Singh.
Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the Silence, the organization of former Israeli soldiers, speaks out on the truth of the Palestinian occupation, and present the recent book Our Harsh Logic—"one of the most important books on Israel/Palestine in this generation" (The New York Review of Books). This public forum is presented by the Levantine Cultural Center with support from Jewish Voice for Peace-LA.
The very name of the Israel Defense Forces—which many Israelis speak of as "the most moral army in the world"—suggests that its primary mission is the defense of the country's territory. Indeed, both internationally and within Israel, support for the occupation of Palestinian territory rests on the belief that the army's actions and presence in the West Bank and Gaza are essentially defensive and responsive, aimed at protecting the country from terror. Read reviews.
Israeli American activist and author Miko Peled has toured widely presenting his book The General's Son: the Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Dr. Laila Al-Marayati is a Palestinian American physician and activist with KinderUSA. They join in public conversation on the Israel-Palestine question at the Levantine Cultural Center on Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:00 pm. The program is cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace-LA. Everyone is invited to participate. Enjoy food/drink in our Café Rumi.
Writes Alice Walker in her foreword:
"There are few books on the Israel/Palestine issue that seem as hopeful as this one. First of all, we find ourselves in the hands of a formerly Zionist Iraeli who honors his people, loves his homeland, respects and cherishes his parents, other family members and friends, and is, to boot, the son of a famous general whose activities during Israel's wars against the Palestinian people helped cause much of their dislocation and suffering. Added to this, long after Miko Peled, the writer, has left the Special Forces of the Israeli army and moved to Southern California to teach karate, a beloved niece, Smadar, a young citizen of Jerusalem, is killed by Palestinians in a suicide bombing. Right away we think: Goodness. How is he ever going to get anywhere sane with this history? He does."
Café Rumi presents the Bolly-Bellydance Cabaret with three pleasure delights for the price of on—a mezze dinner (choice of delicious small plates) plus spectacular dance show and non-stop music, South Asian, Middle Eastern/Arabic, Latin and international hits. A night for friendship and celebration!
It's all happening Saturday evening, Nov. 16, at Café Rumi, a new lounge for music, dance, poetry, and artistic expressions with tantalizing mezze dinner menu, hookah bar and a fun, festive crowd.
The AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi and the Levantine Cultural Center offer two special screenings of Hany Abu-Abbad's latest feature, after The Courier and Paradise Now. (Sun., 4 pm, Nov. 10; Mon, 10 pm, Nov. 11 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.) Omar is not afraid to climb over the Israeli walls in Palestine using surreptitious rope ladders; having sniper fire whiz past his head is a part of daily life for Omar and his best friend, Tarek. Ironically, the most dangerous thing in Omar's life is the fact that he's in love with Nadia, Tarek's sister.
When military intelligence investigates the death of a checkpoint patrolman, they realize that Omar's relationship can be used to leverage information. From this tale of hidden love comes an intense portrait of life in the West Bank. Director Hany Abu-Assad throws these characters into a world of dangerous loyalties and betrayals where something as simple as young love can be exploited. OMAR is a drama that reveals Assad's compassionate view of life, empathizing deeply with human beings trapped in circumstances beyond their control.
On Wed., Nov. 6, investigative journalist Max Blumenthal and activist Hamid Khan will discuss "LAPD Spying: Civil Liberties, Homeland Security, and the Israel Connection" in a public forum in the Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and US Middle East Foreign Policy series. The program takes place at the Levantine Cultural Center.
As Dan Bluemel notes, "The federal government has been busy since the passing of the Patriot Act in 2001. Edward Snowden, an NSA whistle-blower, recently revealed that the NSA has been secretly storing vast amounts of digital information collected from millions of Americans' cell phone calls and Internet communications. Thanks to Snowden, citizens now have a much better idea of how busy their spy agencies have been, and who they have been targeting. However, one group, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, is trying to alert people in Los Angeles to the fact that domestic spying doesn't just happen at NSA headquarters in Maryland. Spying is local too, they say, and we can look no further than the Los Angeles Police Department."
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles' ALOUD series with support from the Levantine Cultural Center presents an evening of stories and conversation bridging Iran and America. In her new collection of selected stories, Goli Taraghi, who is one of Iran's best-known and most critically acclaimed authors, draws on her childhood experiences in Tehran, adult exile in Paris, and subsequent returns to post-revolution Tehran.
Taraghi's stories are, as Azar Nafisi writes, "filled with passion, curiosity, empathy, as well as mischief-definitely mischief." Listen in as Taraghi shares from The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons, made fully accessible to the English-speaking audience for the first time. A discussion ensues moderated by Reza Aslan, author most recently of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Reserve here.