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Middle East Drum & Rhythm Circle Led by Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jul 5 2014 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution for two hours is $20 (no one turned away)
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
play doumbek, daf, riqq live informally at the Levantine café

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by percussion expert Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -4:00 pm, July 5, 2014. Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. 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 for two hours is $20.

13th Anniversary Hafla Celebration

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jun 21 2014 8:00pm - Jun 22 2014 12:00am
Price: 
Minimum donation of $50/up per person includes dinner, one drink & performances.
Attend after 9 pm, no dinner, minimum donation of $25 per person
Donation of $100/up per person, evening includes performances, dinner, reserved seating, open bar and a special gift

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Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
Celebrate with the Levantine Cultural Center

On Saturday, June 21st, the Levantine Cultural Center will officially celebrate the 13th anniversary of our founding (first public program presented at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on June 23, 2001) with a diverse evening of music, comedy, poetry and more. Performers include the popular group Bedouin X (Arabic and North African music) along with musicians Rowan Storm, Jim Grippo, Dann Torres, Kutsal and Yuval Ron. Comedians Omar Elba and Omid Singh will also perform. A delicious meal of Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine will be served. 

Minimum per person donation of $50/up includes dinner, one drink and performances, or attend after 9 pm, no dinner, with minimum $25 donation. With a donation of $100/up per person, the evening includes performances, dinner, reserved seating, open bar, and a special gift.

Seating is limited, reservations, info: 323.413.2001.

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Make a contribution toward our mural project 99 Heroes of the Middle East Mural or to create a new Fellowship or Internship on behalf of a needy undergrad or grad student. Contribute to keep the Levantine Cultural Center strong.

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The Levantine Cultural Center was founded in June 2001, with a simple mission: to unite the diverse Arab/Middle Eastern populations in Los Angeles - whether they be Moroccan, Iranian, Syrian, Yemeni, or anything in between. In our unity, we would have a place to raise our voices, share our culture (and food!) and come together as a single community. On September 11, 2001, that need became even starker and clearer. We have served the diverse people - Arab and non - of Los Angeles for almost thirteen years, promoting understanding and tolerance through art, music, political forums, and film. We have done a great deal to be proud of, and on an exceedingly modest budget.

While we are celebrating our 13th anniversary, the Levantine Cultural Center has so much more to accomplish, so much more good to do. We are only at the beginning of our work. That's why we ask for your ongoing support.

Give us a chance to continue the work. And enjoy some of our favorite performers and oldest supporters.

Other June events include the wrap-up of our critically-acclaimed exhibit, The Map is Not the Territory, and the opening of Local Not Local—a exhibition of Arabic and Persian typography, and a new Sultans of Satire show on June 27—because we're big believers in the power of laughter and stories. 

Middle East Drum Class & Rhythm Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 10 2014 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution for two hours is $20 (no one turned away)
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
play doumbek, daf, riqq live informally at the Levantine café

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by percussion expert Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, April 12, 2014 (and second Saturdays in May and June). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. 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 for two hours is $20.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 12 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
$20 for two-hour workshop
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
play doumbek, daf, riqq live informally at the Levantine café

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by percussion expert Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, April 12, 2014 (and second Saturdays in May and June). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. 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 for two hours is $20.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 18 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 CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking.
Subtitle: 
get into Middle Eastern percussion at the Levantine!

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Jan. 18, 2013 (repeats on Feb. 8 and March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome.

INSIDE/OUTSIDE GALLERY PRESENTS "MENA/VICEROY", GROUP EXHIBIT COMMENTS ON AMERICA'S POST-COLONIAL MIDDLE EAST RELATIONSHIP, DEC.

[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, NOV. 12, 2013--Los Angeles]ENA: Middle East/North Africa (Levant) VICEROY: Colonial Authority.

The Curatorial Practices class under the aegis of artist/professor Micol Hebron at Chapman University's Department of Art, in conjunction with the Levantine Cultural Center, is pleased to announce MENA VICEROY. Opening December 12, 6-10 pm with a reception for the artists, the exhibition aims to highlight dialogue from cultural producers of our time, addressing political and social issues pertinent to the Middle East today.

Middle East Drumming Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Nov 16 2013 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 per circle
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
basic drumming at 1:30, rhythm circle at 2:30
The Levantine Cultural Center presents a new Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturdays from 1:30 -3:30 pm on 16 November 2013

Iconoclasts and Visionaries Dinner with Tamim Ansary

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Sep 25 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Dinner $75 per person, includes autographed book
please indicate "Destiny Disrupted" or "Games Without Rules"
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Private home, Encino Hills, near the 405 and Ventura Blvd. exit
Subtitle: 
the second in the series, following dinner with Reza Aslan

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.

Azerbaijan: an Evening of Arts, Culture & Citizen Diplomacy

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jul 25 2013 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
$20 per person/$17 members (includes hors d'oeuvres)
no host bar
RSVPs advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
a concert of Azeri music and song with a deeper look into Azerbaijan itself

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.

Balkan Romani Music & Dance Concert July 20

LEVANTINE TO PRESENT ORKESTRA EKLEKTIKA 
BALKAN ROMANI MUSIC & DANCE CONCERT
WITH MACEDONIAN MAESTRO
JULY 20, 2013, 8 PM, ST. TIMOTHY'S

[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).