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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).

Balkan Romani Music & Dance Concert!

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jul 20 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Price: 
$25 General Admission
$30 Preferred tix include early bird reserved seating
$40 VIP tix include book/cd & reserved table seating
RSVPs strongly advised, 323.413.2001
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
St. Timothy Catholic Church
10425 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90064
Just west of Beverly Glen Blvd.
free lot and street parking
Subtitle: 
a night to remember

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.

New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series

The fourth season of the New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series will present as many as two dozen features, documentaries and short films in Los Angeles and Orange County, to foster a greater understanding of the Middle East and North Africa, and to afford provocative opportunities for meaningful dialogue, while working with major partners including the Arab Film Festival, UCLA, USC, Chapman University, the University of California at Irvine, and others.

“SULTANS OF SATIRE” UNIVERSAL MIDDLE EASTERN COMEDY SUPPORTS INDIAN & MIDDLE EASTERN/NORTH AFRICAN CHARITIES

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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