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.
Afghan American author Tamim Ansary will speak in a public forum on the themes of his two most recent books, Destiny Disrupted and Games Without Rules, on Afghanistan, giving a perspective on Middle East and foreign affairs from an Islamic perspective. There will be a book signing afterward and light refreshments will be served. Of his book Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, former Abu Dhabi Film Festival director Peter Scarlet says, "A magnificent, beautifully written work that helped change my way of looking at the world. I can't tell you how many people I've told about it or given copies as a gift."
Limited seating for this comedy cabaret that includes a healthy Lebanese dinner (vegetarians welcome, but let us know in advance). We invite you to enjoy a healthy dose of comic relief, come laugh about life and the Middle East with one of L.A's hottest comedy troupes, the Sultans of Satire, in a special performance featuring guest Aron Kader. The Sultans include Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud, Mike Batayeh, Nöel Elgrably, Sheno Khal, Mona Shaikh and Omid Singh.
Jodie Evans reports back from a peace mission to Yemen, along with attorney Steve Rohde speaking on "Drones Abroad & Spying at Home: What's Happening to Our Democracy?" Evans traveled to Yemen in June on a peace mission with CODEPINK: Women for Peace, with Medea Benjamin (author most recently of Drone Warfare, Killing By Remote Control), Ann Wright and others. These American activists went to discover Yemen for themselves; they wanted to meet the families of Yemeni detainees at Guantánamo, many of whom have already been cleared for release after more than 10 years under lock-down. They went to meet as well the families of drone victims. Jodie Evans will share eyewitness accounts and personal stories.
Can you believe it?!
We are just starting our 12th year serving greater Los Angeles. Don Heckman wrote the first LA Times article about us, positively reviewing our first public program, in a Calendar review published June 25, 2001. (We received another thumbs-up review in December 2001 by theatre critic Don Shirley and many more LA Times articles since.)
Award-winning historian and journalist William Dalrymple delivers a masterful account of the infamous First Anglo-Afghan War, drawing striking similarities between the West's first disastrous entanglement with Afghanistan and the situation today.
With access to newly discovered primary sources from archives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and India—including a series of previously untranslated Afghan epic poems and biographies—the author gives us the most immediate and comprehensive account yet of the spectacular first battle for Afghanistan. Read a Guardian review. LCC members should RSVP with the LCC at 323.413.2001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This special edition features headliner Aron Kader in his first Sultans appearance after touring with the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. If you love to laugh, you'll dig this show with its satirical insights on the Middle East and fresh perspectives on American and Middle Eastern life. The revolving cast features Aron Kader, Fahim Anwar, Maria Shehata, Nasry Malak, Ara Basil and Mike Batayeh. The Sultans of Satire is the longest-running Middle Eastern stand-up comedy show in the U.S. Features some of the best young stand-up comedians today who just happen to be of Arab, Lebanese, Palestinian, Egyptian, Iranian and Afghan heritage from diverse faiths. Tickets/info 323.413.2001. Watch video clips at sultansofsatire.com.
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GALLERY DEVOTED TO THE MIDDLE EAST HOSTS MULTI-MEDIA ART EXHIBIT HONORING THE MUSICAL HERITAGE OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH ASIA
[Los Angeles-January 24, 2013] From Feb. 2-March 15, the Levantine Cultural Center's Inside/Outside Gallery presents "The Art of Music" by Adnan Hussain. The multi-media exhibition, with an artist's reception on Feb. 2, 7-10 pm, and concert dates on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, both at 8 pm, will feature Hussain's paintings, along with music and film inspired by the cultural heritage of Central and South Asia.
The Levantine Cultural Center's Inside/Outside Gallery is pleased to present Adnan Hussain's one-person show, "The Art of Music," with deejayed music featuring Central Asian music on Feb. 2 (Kyrgyzstan, Uyghurs), live music on Feb. 8 (Uzbekistan and Mongolia) and a film/deejay/tables on Feb. 22 (Pakistan). Inspired by travels through Central and South Asia, "The Art of Music" features watercolor, gouache and ink pieces of music from Kyrgyzstan, Uyghurs from China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia. Enjoy art, live performances, screenings and connect to cultures across language and borders through the beauty of music.
On Saturday, February 2, the Levantine Cultural Center's Inside/Outside Gallery is pleased to offer an Artist's Reception for Adnan Hussain's one-person show, "The Art of Music," with deejayed music featuring Kyrgyzstan and the Uyghurs of China. There is no cover and the event is free to the public. Inspired by travels through Central and South Asia, "The Art of Music" features watercolor, gouache and ink pieces of music from Kyrgyzstan, Uyghurs from China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia. Enjoy art, live performances, screenings and connect to cultures across language and borders through the beauty of music. There will be additional evenings of live music on Feb. 8 (Uzbekistan and Mongolia) and Feb. 22 (Pakistan).