Janet Sternburg and Steven Lavine host the Levantine Cultural Center's second exclusive new dinner salon series, "Iconoclasts and Visionaries," a private dinner and book signing with author Tamim Ansary. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the most expensive in U.S. history, costing an estimated $4-6 trillion over time. Was it worth it? What should we know about our involvement in Afghanistan? How can we avoid repeating the mistakes of the past? RSVP today and meet Tamim Ansary on the evening of Wed., Sept. 25th in a beautiful Encino hills home, near the intersection of the 405 and Ventura Blvd.
Writes Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, "In Games Without Rules, Tamim Ansary has written the most engaging, accessible and insightful history of Afghanistan. With gifted prose and revealing details, Ansary gives us the oft-neglected Afghan perspective of the wars, foreign meddling and palace intrigue that has defined the past few centuries between the Indus and Oxus. This brilliant book should be required reading for anyone involved in the current war there—and anyone who wants to understand why Afghanistan will not be at peace anytime soon."
Join us to celebrate Tamim Ansary's Games Without Rules, The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan. You'll learn a great deal, enjoy a delicious dinner with a cosmopolitan crowd, and help support the Levantine Cultural Center—one of the most active and vital nonprofit organizations for Middle East arts and cultures in Southern California. Levantine Cultural Center is a non-profit organization and these fundraising dinners are an important part of underwriting public programs and services to the community. Read an NPR report on Tamim Ansary.
What country is bordered by Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Iran? Join the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles and the Levantine Cultural Center for a spirited evening of Azeri songs, cultural arts and exploration, with guest artists Shahla Sarokhani and Shahin Yousefzamani performing traditional songs of Azerbaijan live. The Honorable Nasimi Aghayev, Consul General of Azerbaijan will add to the evening, discussing Azerbaijan and the importance of citizen diplomacy, as well as US interests in the Southern Caucasus and the importance of Azerbaijan to the US. Nasimi Aghayev holds a BA and MA in International Relations from Baku State University, and an LLM from the Europa Institute of the Saarland University. He is author of the book Humanitarian Intervention and International Law: NATO Operations in Kosovo. Read about the musical artists below.
[LOS ANGELES-JUNE 21, 2013] The Levantine Cultural Center (levantinecenter.org) with support from the South East European Film Festival (seefilmla.org) will present a rare evening of authentic Roma music with Orkestra Eklektika on Saturday, 20 July 2013, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 10425 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064. Orkestra Eklektika and percussionist-vocalist Rowan Storm present a range of music from Balkan Roma traditions, featuring the master Roma musician Milo Destanovski from eastern Macedonia. With an interactive dimension, both experienced and beginning dancers are encouraged to experience the exhilaration and community-bonding power of traditional line dances. The evening will feature a special appearance by folklorist researcher Donald Cohen, author of the new title Gypsy Voices, Songs From the Romani Soul (Wise Publications).
Come and revel in a rare evening of authentic Roma music with Orkestra Eklektika on Saturday, 20 July 2013, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 10425 W.
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Please Contact Kameron Myles or Lulwa Bordcosh 310 657 5511
“SULTANS OF SATIRE” UNIVERSAL MIDDLE EASTERN COMEDY SUPPORTS INDIAN & MIDDLE EASTERN/NORTH AFRICAN CHARITIES
Who: Sultans of Satire, Muslim/Christian Arab comedians with special guest Samson Koletkar, Indian Jewish Stand-Up
What: Comedy Benefit Fundraiser
Price: $20 general admission by April 15; $25 thereafter/at the door
Where: Westwood Hills Congregational Church 1789 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025
Reservations: 323.413.2001, or online, levantinecenter.org, sultansofsatire.com
Do you agree that the greater Los Angeles region should have a Middle Eastern/North African cultural arts center? Are you supportive of our mission to bridge cultures and build peace?
The Levantine Cultural Center champions a greater understanding of the Middle East & North Africa, presenting arts and education programs that help bridge political and religious divides. We are an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serving the community since 2001. Our goal is to grow our active storefront into a multidisciplinary arts center that can better serve greater Los Angeles.
Levantine presents the Abbas Premjee Project, a concert of progressive Pakistani jazz in conjunction with the Inside/Outside Gallery exhibition "The Art of Music" by Adnan Hussain. The exhibition of 19 paintings is inspired by travels through Central and South Asia, featuring watercolor, gouache and ink pieces of music from Kyrgyzstan, Uyghurs from China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia. Enjoy art and live performance in a unique atmosphere.