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Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief for Peace

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 10 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
$25 General, $35 Preferred Seating, $50 VIP (includes gift)
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve your seats.

Unable to attend? Click to make a charitable contribution.
Where: 
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90046
A few blocks east of Fairfax at Stanley
underground and rear lot parking
Subtitle: 
Aron Kader headlines, Sammy Obeid hosts, with Fahim Anwar, Josh Nasar, Melissa Shoshahi and Omid Singh

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.

دورود‎ Dorood: New Art from Iran

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 27 2014 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
Exhibition free and open to the public
Where: 
Inside/Outside Gallery
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking

The Inside/Outside Gallery at the Levantine Cultural Center presents دورود‎ Dorood: New Art from Iran, with an opening reception on March 28, 2014. Dorood will be on view daily through April 27, 2014. This exhibition includes dozens of new and recent works from younger/underground artists working in Tehran and other cities in Iran, curated by Azeri-Iranian American artist Marjan Vayghan, who travels back and forth between her two countries and very much experiences life "being between worlds." Many of the artists in Dorood are showing work in the United States for the first time. The term "Dorood" is a formal ancient Persian term for "Hello" or "greetings" and was inspired by one of the artists, Elaheh Mahdavi, showcased in the exhibition.

Link to Facebook Album containing images of artworks from Dorood.

Notes curator Marjan Vayghan, Dorood is not an exhibition about "saving Iran" or "giving Iran's youth a voice"; Iran and the youth of Iran are not apart of some entity that needs "saving." The artists in this exhibition, she points out, are not subalterns in need of exposure. Rather, the works showcased are extant of raw, pure talent and contain strength that can only be forged within the gears of adversity. Life in Iran's Islamic Republic presents many challenges to individual freedom of expression, yet Dorood recognizes the fact that these artists are in some sense already empowered and the exhibit therefore is a site for cultural exchange. Dorood is bringing the voices of young Iranians to the West so that we can benefit from the epic knowledge, perspective and audacious talent of Iran's youth. Gallery exhibitors are welcome to address comments and thank you letters directly to our artists.

An Evening on Pakistan: Shahan Mufti with Mona Shaikh & Adnan Hussain

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Mar 15 2014 7:30pm
Price: 
Donations graciously accepted or $25 with signed book
art available for purchase
Seating limited, to guarantee your seats, RSVP to 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve
Café Rumi open for dinner
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center's Café Rumi
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking and at CVS (till 10 pm only)
Subtitle: 
three young Pakistani Americans engage in a public conversation on their home countries

An evening at the Levantine Cultural Center explores Pakistan and Pakistani-American identity, with special guest Shahan Mufti, author of the new book The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War. Joining Shahan Mufti in conversation are two other American artists born in Pakistan, actor/writer and comedienne Mona Shaikh and painter/animator and writer Adnan Hussain. After Shahan Mufti presents his book on Pakistan, the three young Pakistani Americans will engage in a free-ranging conversation on politics, immigration, identity and the arts. Everyone is welcome and a Q & A with the audience will ensue.

About The Faithful Scribe former US Ambassador to Pakistan Ryan Crocker has written, "If you want to understand Pakistan and the Pakistani-American relationship, read this book." Lesley Hazleton, author of The First Muslim and After The Prophet, writes, "After reading Shahan Mufti, a political junkie like me feels as though she's begun to understand Pakistan for the first time. Movingly and compellingly written, The Faithful Scribe is invaluable reading for anyone who's ever asked 'What's really happening there?'" The New Yorker notes that Mufti's "talent for explaining the political through the personal—particularly the 'tormented embrace' between his home countries—benefits from the uncanny convergence of his family's milestones with Pakistan's."

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Feb 8 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 for one circle, $15 for two
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
practice rhythm, learn new beats

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Feb. 8, 2014 (repeats on March 15, 2014). 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 90035 between La Cienega and Fairfax. 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 Part One ~ Basic Lesson: $10. Part Two ~ Rhythm Circle: $10. Suggested contribution for both parts: $15.

Ramsey Chahine: The Poison is the Cure

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Feb 1 2014 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public
light Middle Eastern refreshments served
Where: 
Inside/Outside Gallery, Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking
Subtitle: 
reception for the artist

His aficionados in New York, Los Angeles and Dubai have alternatively compared him with Jean-Michel Basquiat and even Marc Chagall. But while Ramsey Chahine is young and prolific, he proclaims neither allegiance nor debt to a single inspiration. Playful yet often profound, Chahine's paintings express a love of life, as well as a passionate curiosity about the meaning of things. The Levantine Cultural Center's Inside/Outside Gallery is pleased to present THE POISON IS THE CURE, the first major California exhibition of the work of Ramsey Chahine, featuring more than 25 mixed media paintings and sculptures. A reception for the artist takes place on Saturday, February 1, 7-11 pm, and the show will be available daily for viewing, Feb. 1-March 15, 2014.

Ramsey Chahine, a Palestinian American, was born in Redondo Beach, California. He currently works in New York City.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Dec 14 2013 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 for one circle, $15 for two
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a drum circle for everyone, from beginner to advanced

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.

Arab Film Festival in Los Angeles, Oct. 18-20

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 18 2013 11:30pm - Oct 20 2013 9:30pm
Price: 
$12 general admission
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
northwest corner of Sunset & Stanley
free underground and rear lot parking
Subtitle: 
films broaden conversation on Arab culture, identity

The 17th Annual Arab Film Festival (AFF) opens in Los Angeles on October 18, 2013 at the Harmony Gold Theatre with When Monaliza Smiled as the spotlight film. The festival also features Detroit Unleaded, Casablana Mon Amour, Mars at Sunrise and They Were Promised the Sea, among ten additional titles.

The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. The festival has an international standing and is considered one of the most important Arab film festivals outside the Arab world. It strives to present the best contemporary films that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics.

The Arab Uprisings: Egypt & Syria, a public forum with Ziad Abu-Rish

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Sep 19 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10/$5 students (no one turned away)
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking or in CVS underground lot
(till 10 pm only!)
Subtitle: 
a "Progressive Conversations" forum

Join a coalition of concerned Americans on the Middle East when Ziad Abu-Rish presents a talk on revolution in Egypt and Syria in the series "Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East," Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 - 9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center.

Abu-Rish's presentation will explore the different trajectories of the "uprising" in two countries, Egypt and Syria. How was it that Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 18 days of largely non-violent protests, while Bashar al-Asad continues to hold on to power despite over two years of protests turned armed insurgency? How do we make sense of the recent popularly-backed toppling of Egypt's first democratically elected president, and the confrontations that have ensured since? Is "international intervention" a solution to the dire crisis in Syria? These are some of the questions that will be explored in the hopes of better understanding the nature of authoritarian regimes in Egypt and Syria, the bottom-up movements that sought to dislodge them, and the complexities and transformations these movements have since encountered.

The Art of Morocco with El Habib Louai & Youssef Iferd

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 29 2013 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
cover $12/$6 students include organic Moroccan mint tea and cookies
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
ample street parking
café-bar open 7-10 pm
Subtitle: 
a transcendent evening of poetry and music

Live in Los Angeles from Taroudant, Morocco is poet-translator El Habib Louai, accompanied by authentic gnawa musician/singer Youssef Iferd, presenting a fresh evening of spoken word and music in English and Arabic. El Habib Louai is a poet and translator from Taroudant currently traveling across the U.S. who recently translated some of the 15 Moroccan poets included in the Big Bridge anthology. Youssef Iferd has been performing a fusion of Moroccan and western music with the bands Radio Essaouira, Kif Samba and Moor Rockin' Time. Enjoy organic Moroccan mint tea and cookies with this evening devoted to the spirit of poetry.

Report Back on Syria and Syrian Refugees

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 22 2013 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
Free to the public, donations welcome (suggested $10/$5 students)
RSVPs 323.413.2001 or rsvp@levantinecenter.org
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
a civil rights lawyer and a filmmaker talk about their recent trips to the region

Attorney Reem Salahi and filmmaker Faisal Attrache join forces to talk about their recent trips to Syria, Jordan and Turkey where they visited with refugees from Syria's uprising. Reem Salahi will report back on her recent trip to northwestern Syria, where she visited camps for internally displaced Syrians, villages in "liberated" Syria including Kafranbel, Saraqeb and Ma'arat Numan (in Idlib province) and local organizations and activists. Faisal Attrache, who is shooting the documentary "Walk-Ins Welcome: Stories of Syrian Refugee Barbers," about Syrian refugees in the Zaatari camp in Jordan, will join the conversation with recent photos and video.