You had to be there. Our comedy gala happened on a cold Saturday in west L.A. A diverse audience laughed through the night. We screamed in remembrance of Nelson Mandela. Omid Djalili, the man from London, had his first major show in Los Angeles at The Wadsworth—this after co-starring on Whoopi Goldberg's show a decade earlier; after various and sundry roles in several international blockbusters like The Mummy and Gladiator, and the indie comedy The Infidel.
The man known as Dwight Schrute on The Office, Rainn Wilson, brought him out. Andy Daly opened with a brilliant avant-garde comedy set that was all form and no content. Then Omid Djalili "killed it," as comedians say.
They talked about nothing, they talked about everything—and Djalili, the British Iranian comedian, actor, humanitarian and all-around good human being, brought tears to our eyes. He performed to benefit the Levantine Cultural Center, talked about Muslims and Jews being friends, he made fun of everyone, but always in his unique middle-to-high-brow way.
We are thankful for the sponsors who made the show possible—Bana & Nabil Hilal, Diane & Jeanette Shammas, Downtown LA Motors, Applied Medical; and the volunteers—Karin Attia, Bouchra Azizy, Mehdi Davachi and Bassam Jazairi, without whom the show would not have been possible.
Most of all, we thank Omid Djalili for his fantastic performance.
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. Hosted by Sheno Khal, this show features several of the funniest young comedians on the circuit today. Headliner OMAR ELBA, with Mona Shaikh, Eman Morgan, Zara Mizrahi and Feraz Orel.
An evening of Turkish rock, folk and traditional fasil (tavern music) from Turkey spans the European and Asian continents and is a bridge culture between east and west. With Kutsal, co-starring Burak Besir. Kutsal is an Istanbul rocker with four recordings to her credit who also sings local folk/fasil songs; Band Twenty7 is a 3-piece world music/rock band based in Los Angeles that plays modern rock with a fusion of ethnic music influences. The band sings original songs in both English and Turkish and some traditional Turkish cover songs with an added funk rock beat. Kutsal and Twenty7 will rock the house with an acoustic concert. Tickets are $15 ($18 at the door) and include a complimentary glass of arak (raki). Enjoy mezzes and an eclectic menu of Middle Eastern food and drink items in Café Rumi.
"'Arabesque' was out of this world amazing. We enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the encore." —Laila El-Hajoui
"Great event at the Levantine Cultural Center Saturday night...the music took my soul on a beautiful journey." —Nancy Tedder
"Synergy! Amadou Fall mesmerizes playing the African Kora.."
The Levantine Cultural Center presents the much-awaited third edition of Café Arabesque with Al-Fareed of Radio Al-Fareed and his band Bedouin X. The band members are Alfred Madain, David Markowitz, Timothy Maloof, David Martinelli and Ava Nahas. There will be a very special guest performance to open the evening by West African kora player Amadou Fall from Senegal. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for LCC members, students/seniors, $20 at the door. Reserve early, this program will sell out (standing room only in that case): 323.413.2001.
Come participate in a new Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Dec. 14, 2013. Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. The Levantine Cultural Center is located at 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657. Reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum and join the fun!
Suggested contribution Part One ~ Basic Lesson: $10. Part Two ~ Rhythm Circle: $10. Suggested contribution for both parts: $15.
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.
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.)
ADVERTISE YOUR MESSAGE IN THE PROGRAM!
Make your voice heard in support of the Levantine Cultural Center's work on behalf of the Middle East/North Africa and our communities in diaspora. Run a full page ad ($350), 1/2 page ($200) or 1/4 page ($150) expressing your message of peace, tribute, or business promotion. Or publish a name listing ($50). We will create your ad for you. Publication full size page is 5.5 x 8.5 inches, half 5.5 x 4.25", quarter 2.25 x 4.25". Call 310.657.5511. Deadline for ad acceptance: Mon., Nov. 25, 3 pm.
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.
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.