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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Levantine Cultural Center presents a happy night of great music, song, food and friends, all for the fair price of a red ticket. In Istanbul a night on the town could include stopping in at the traditional Turkish meyhane (tavern) for some mezze (Turkish appetizers) and raki (arak) accompanied by live music, song and dance. This is what is known as fasil. Experience some non-traditional fasil in L.A. with delicious mezze, rake, the bedeviling oud of Dmitris Mahlis and songs by Serpil Borazan and Kutsal, with musical guest artists including Emad Shakouri on kanun and TJ Troy on percussion. Fasil music, in its diversity, spans influences from Asian folk to modern pop. You'll get to see a live performance and experience for yourself the cultural mixtures of Istanbuli sounds.
Red tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door, includes mezze and a glass of raki. Doors open 8 pm, music begins 8:30, two sets, but who's counting the time? RSVPs 323.413.2001.
LA Film Independent with support from the Levantine Cultural Center presents Haifaa Al Mansour's debut feature film and the first feature to be directed by a Saudi woman. Wadjda screens in the L.A. Film Fest's International Showcase, on June 21 (Germany, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, 2012, 97 mins, DCP). The film is in Arabic with English subtitles. (There is also a second screening on June 22, click here for info.)
The Levantine Cultural Center has canceled the Charming Hostess concert this evening and will reschedule for a future date. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please watch our website for future dates.
Charming Hostess is a music ensemble exploring the intersection of text, space, and diaspora consciousness. Recent immersive installation work includes The Bowls Project, on Babylonian amulets (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts); HEAVENSHOW, on letters and breath (Contemporary Jewish Museum); and Teraphim, on the joys of idolatry (Meridian Gallery). Their music has been curated into the Prague Bienalle and the Museum of Peace in Uzbekistan. Visit the web site.
"It's time to be herd"! Toluca Lake Church and Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) present "Sacred Cow," an interfaith open mic for alrtists of all breeds. See Facebook invite.
Enjoy and share music, comedy, poetry, plate-spinning and then some—expressing the Divine while being respectful of others.
"A Grand Souk Festival" will feature activities for adults and children on Sunday, May 19th at El Rancho Cordillera del Norte in Northridge from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm. This open air bazaar of arts and culture is a culminating celebration of the Big Read Program through the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. This Valley celebration is sponsored by The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, a participant in this year's Big Read Program, along with the Levantine Cultural Center.