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دورود‎ Dorood: New Art from Iran

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 27 2014 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
Exhibition free and open to the public
Where: 
Inside/Outside Gallery
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking

The Inside/Outside Gallery at the Levantine Cultural Center presents دورود‎ Dorood: New Art from Iran, with an opening reception on March 28, 2014. Dorood will be on view daily through April 27, 2014. This exhibition includes dozens of new and recent works from younger/underground artists working in Tehran and other cities in Iran, curated by Azeri-Iranian American artist Marjan Vayghan, who travels back and forth between her two countries and very much experiences life "being between worlds." Many of the artists in Dorood are showing work in the United States for the first time. The term "Dorood" is a formal ancient Persian term for "Hello" or "greetings" and was inspired by one of the artists, Elaheh Mahdavi, showcased in the exhibition.

Link to Facebook Album containing images of artworks from Dorood.

Notes curator Marjan Vayghan, Dorood is not an exhibition about "saving Iran" or "giving Iran's youth a voice"; Iran and the youth of Iran are not apart of some entity that needs "saving." The artists in this exhibition, she points out, are not subalterns in need of exposure. Rather, the works showcased are extant of raw, pure talent and contain strength that can only be forged within the gears of adversity. Life in Iran's Islamic Republic presents many challenges to individual freedom of expression, yet Dorood recognizes the fact that these artists are in some sense already empowered and the exhibit therefore is a site for cultural exchange. Dorood is bringing the voices of young Iranians to the West so that we can benefit from the epic knowledge, perspective and audacious talent of Iran's youth. Gallery exhibitors are welcome to address comments and thank you letters directly to our artists.

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.

Passage to Dawn Concert of Persian & Azeri Music

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 24 2010 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
$48.00 (a portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible)
Where: 
Herbert Zipper Concert Hall (Colburn School)
200 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90012
directly across the street from Disney Concert Hall/REDCAT
For info call 310.294.8544
Passage to Dawn concertPassage to Dawn concertThe Society of Cinema and Arts presents "Passage to Dawn" at the Zipper in a night of live Persian and Azari music with master musicians Hamid Motebassem on setar, Pejman Hadadi on percussion and Imamyar Hasanov on kamancheh.


This is haunting, spirited music suitable for those with the soul of a Sufi wanderer.

Sample some Hamid Motebassem music now.

A portion of the ticket sales benefits Child International (C.H.I.L.D.), a major charitable organization that helps children in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East with educational and development needs—so you can feel good while feeling good.

Buy tickets online here (be sure to scroll down).

Dances of the Silk Road Workshop With Afghanistan Focus by Miriam Peretz

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 31 2010 11:30am - 2:30pm
Price: 
$40, $45 at the door
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Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center @
Pacific Dance Studios
10469 Santa Monica Blvd. (between Beverly Glen and Overland)
Los Angeles CA 90025
Reservations/information, 310.657.5511
Phone day of workshop, 310.481.9966
street parking

Miriam Peretz Silk Road-Afghan Dance WorkshopMiriam Peretz Silk Road-Afghan Dance WorkshopDon't miss this exclusive dance workshop taught by the much-lauded San Francisco-based dancer and choreographer, Miriam Peretz.

The Silk Road was a historic trading route stretching 7,000 miles across Central Asia from the China Sea in the east to the Mediterranean in the west. Some of the countries include- Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, and Turkey.


This workshop will give small samples of various Central Asian dance styles, with a main focus on Afghan dance. The workshop will give special attention to the art of spinning (central to all Central Asian dance forms,) and teach Afghan dance vocabulary culminating in a short dance. We will also learn the attan—the national folk dance of Afghanistan, danced at almost all celebrations and rites of passage.

Miriam Peretz is an internationally acclaimed performing artist and instructor specializing in dances from the Silk Road and the Middle East.

Jews of the Arab/Muslim World: Film, Music and Panel Discussion

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 5 2009 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
$10 general admission, $8 members of LCC, BCC and BL, includes refreshments.
Doors open at 7 pm to view the gallery exhibit, "inside/outside & other oxymorons,"
with nearly 30 works by hybrid Middle East artists.
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Beth Chayim Chadashim/Levantine Cultural Center
5998 and 6000 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
corner of Stearns, street parking


Using film, music and scholarship, on August 5th, speakers will explore the Mizrahim (Eastern Jews):

  • Are the Jews of the Middle East/North Africa as Arab or Iranian as their host nationalities?

  • How were they received in Israel?

  • Are the Mizrahim/Sephardim a missing link to Middle East peace?

The Sabina Rakcheyeva Ensemble Plays East-West Fusion in "From Bach to Baku"

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 29 2009 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public.
Where: 
Thayer Hall
Colburn School of Performing Arts
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
RSVP 310.444.9101
Park at Joe's Parking on 2nd St. or across the way at Disney Hall

 
Thayer Hall: at the Colburn SchoolThayer Hall: at the Colburn SchoolWhile you may have never heard of Azerbaijan or know where it is (just east of Armenia and north of Iran), this little country that could has produced one of the finest young violinists and cultural diplomats this side of, well, Baku (Azerbaijan's capital). A member of the European Cultural Parliament and a musician who active seeks to bridge eastern and western cultures, Sabina recently spoke at USC at a symposium on cultural diplomacy, though she actually lives in London. She appears in Los Angeles again on May 29th with her ensemble at Thayer Hall, Colburn School of Performing Arts, to mark Azerbaijan Republic Day, in a free concert sponsored by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan.

Violinist Sabina RakcheyevaViolinist Sabina Rakcheyeva

Sabina Rakcheyeva, Violin

Kathleen Tagg, Piano

Attab Haddad, Oud

Richard Baughman, Percussions

"From BACH to BAKU..."

A Vivid History of Islam for all to Uncover

Subtitle: 
The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

Michael T. Klare's latest book on the geopolitics of energy: your purchase benefits LCC programmingMichael T. Klare's latest book on the geopolitics of energy: your purchase benefits LCC programmingRising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, by Michael T. Klare

Reviewed By Dick Platkin

Richard Dreyfuss, Dick Cheney: The actor incarnates the veep in Oliver Stone's "W"Richard Dreyfuss, Dick Cheney: The actor incarnates the veep in Oliver Stone's "W"In his new movie "W," a biopic about outgoing President George W. Bush, director Oliver Stone has Dick Cheney (played by Richard Dreyfuss) narrate a series of large-screen slides that demonstrate how the countries adjacent to the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea contain most of the world’s proven oil and gas reserves. As the Cheney-Dreyfuss presentation unfolds, we see the locations where the U.S. government has constructed dozens upon dozens of Middle East military installations since the first Gulf War. We are also told that the country which controls these Middle Eastern oil and gas reserves will control the Eurasian continent. This, in turn, will become key for the U.S. to maintain its dominant position in the global economy.

"What's the West's Problem With Islam?" A Zócalo Event at the Hammer

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Nov 19 2008 7:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public
Where: 
UCLA-Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Info 310.443.7000

Christopher Caldwell on "What is the West's Problem with Islam?"

Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West: your purchase benefits LCC programmingReflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West: your purchase benefits LCC programming Europe has received a wave of immigration from the global south in recent decades, similar in scope to the US-but very different in its results. Many immigrant and second-generation communities have astronomical unemployment rates and a thin connection to European identity. Some have produced terrorists. The problems are particularly severe among newcomers from the Muslim world.

If Europe has an Islam problem, whose fault is it? Is Islamic belief and culture incompatible with Western institutions? Or is there such a thing as "Islamophobia," poisoning immigrants' efforts to integrate on European terms?

Christopher Caldwell, who writes for the Financial Times, The New York Times Magazine and The Weekly Standard, visits Zócalo to talk about themes from his upcoming book, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West.