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Cabaret Turka with Dmitris Mahlis, Serpil Borazan, Kutsal & Guests

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Date/Time: 
Aug 9 2013 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Price: 
$25 red tickets in advance; $30 at the door
Limited seating, RSVPs 323.413.2001
includes Turkish mezze & raki (arak)
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Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center café
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
ample street parking or in underground CVS lot
across the street but only till 10 pm!
park on Stearns or side streets
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a happy night of great music, song, food and friends

The Levantine Cultural Center presents a happy night of great music, song, food and friends, all for the fair price of a red ticket. In Istanbul a night on the town could include stopping in at the traditional Turkish meyhane (tavern) for some mezze (Turkish appetizers) and raki (arak) accompanied by live music, song and dance. This is what is known as fasil. Experience some non-traditional fasil in L.A. with delicious mezze, rake, the bedeviling oud of Dmitris Mahlis and songs by Serpil Borazan and Kutsal, with musical guest artists including Emad Shakouri on kanun and TJ Troy on percussion. Fasil music, in its diversity, spans influences from Asian folk to modern pop. You'll get to see a live performance and experience for yourself the cultural mixtures of Istanbuli sounds.

Red tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door, includes mezze and a glass of raki. Doors open 8 pm, music begins 8:30, two sets, but who's counting the time? RSVPs 323.413.2001.

Jack G. Shaheen remembers 40 years of deconstrcting Arab sterotypes


Deconstructing stereotypes: Jack G. Shaheen remembers 40 years
of commitment to positive Arab and US
understanding in evening lecture

[Monday December 10, 2012] On Wednesday December 19th, The Levantine Cultural Center presents honored media critic and film scholar Dr. Jack G. Shaheen in an intimate discussion and forum on misleading stereotypes based on Hollywood's negative portrayal of Arabs. Shaheen will be discussing his life-long commitment to illuminate social justice, with insights into the highs and lows of his 40-year quest, including his mission to reveal and terminate these damaging Arab and Muslim stigmas.

Tony Khalifé, Sheila Vossough, Sholeh Wolpé in "Artists for Peace"

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Date/Time: 
Nov 3 2012 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Price: 
$40 preferred, $25 general
seating limited, call 323.413.2001 to reserve
click here to buy tickets
Free parking. Arriving, take the driveway down around behind
the Sanctuary as directed by the attendant and park.
Where: 
The 1909 Sanctuary
1909 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga Canyon CA
Subtitle: 
Tony Khalifé live, with Sholeh Wolpé, Rosa Rojas & Alex Spurkel, hosted by Sheila Vossough

POSTPONED This event has been pushed forward to January 2013. Artists for Peace features a very special performance by Tony Khalifé in an evening of mystical music and dance with influences from Lebanon, India, North Africa and beyond, with special poetry performances by Sholeh Wolpe and Sheila Vossough reciting the poetry of Ahmad Shamloo and Forough Farrokhzad in English and Farsi, also featuring The Forbidden poetry of Iran.

Senem Diyici/Mavi Yol 4tet Live in Concert

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Date/Time: 
Jun 8 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
$20 general admission, $15 members/students with ID
Buy Tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Subtitle: 
one night only concert of intimate traditional and jazz fusion world music
On Friday, June 8, 8 pm, the Levantine Cultural Center presents a rare concert of Turkish-Euro Jazz fusion with the Senem Diyici/Mavi Yol 4tet featuring vocalist Senem Diyici. This one night only cabaret (limited seating!) offers a musical treat of extraordinary instrumental colors and melodies, blending traditional and contemporary Eastern, Turkish and European musical cultures. Arak, tea, coffee, beer, wine and shisha available. Presented in association with the Izmir-Long Beach Sister Cities Association.

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

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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.

Frame Drum Survey Workshop with Rowan Storm

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Date/Time: 
May 23 2010 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Price: 
$40 in advance, $45 at the door ($36 members)
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Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035
one block west of Crescent Heights
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
The frame drum is used throughout West and Central Asia and in Iran is called a daf

Rowan Storm Daf/Frame Drum WorkshopRowan Storm Daf/Frame Drum WorkshopRowan Storm, master of Middle East percussion and vocalist who has performed with a wide range of world music stars, including Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Naser Musa and Souhail Kaspar, will offer a rare Los Angeles workshop on "Essential Frame Drum Method: an Introductory Survey of Middle Eastern Frame Drums."

This workshop is for new and experienced drummers, but note that no previous experience is necessary.

Levantine Center Gives First Humanitarian Award

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Draws Crowd to Middle East Arts Festival for Peace

Middle East Arts Festival for Peace, May 23, 2009: photo Joel MosesMiddle East Arts Festival for Peace, May 23, 2009: photo Joel MosesIn a paean to peace, Angelenos of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds came together Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 as Levantine Cultural Center celebrated its eighth anniversary. The “Middle East Arts Festival for Peace”—a benefit for the center—included such performing artists as Tony Khalife from Lebanon, Mamak Khadem and Hamid Saeidi from Iran, and the Silk Road Music & Dance Ensemble, representing Turkey, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, with Serpil Borazon on vocals, Nyofu Tyson on saz, Neil Siegel on tar, and Robyn Friend on daf. Friend also performed a traditional dance from Uzbekistan. Kutsal, the indie rock singer from Istanbul, sang songs in both English and Turkish. Armenia’s folk/rock star, Gor Mkhitarian, whose latest album is Spirit, poured his heart into several songs in Armenian, while film composer and keyboardist Richard Horowitz ("The Sheltering Sky", "Any Given Sunday") played the ney in both Moroccan and Persian modes. Actress Shiva Rose from the film “David & Layla” read one of her own poems, and performing poet Niloufar Talebi of The Translation Project read in Farsi and English. The world electronica fusion group, Naked Rhythm, whose compositions can be found on Tanta Lounge and Buddha Bar compilations, raised the tempo of the night with percussive electronica in both Arab and Indian modes.

A Vivid History of Islam for all to Uncover

Subtitle: 
The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
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.

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Radio Al-Fareed, Music of the Arab and Islamic World

posted October 28, 2008 - 4:42pm by Editor
Subtitle: 
the monthly podcast by the inimitable L.A. deejay
The eclectic Al-Fareed aka Alfred Madain is a deejay, musician and ethnomusicologist in Los Angeles.
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