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Cabaret Turka with Kutsal, Burat Bekir, Nyofu, Ava Nahas, Nura

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jun 14 2014 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Price: 
$20 general admission. Seating limited, RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Doors open 7 pm for dinner, show starts 8:00 pm
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Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Cabaret Turka is an evening of Turkish music in English and Turkish (every ticket includes a complementary arak, or raki) plus special guest artist, singer-songwriter Nura, with guests Nyofu Tyson on saz and vocals and Ava Nahas on percussion. The Istanbul singer known as Kutsal along with Burak Besir will perform a one-hour show. In addition to some of Kutsal's original material, Kutsal & Burak will also be singing some songs from the 70's & 80's period of Turkiye & US. The duo will also be covering pop/rock songs from the same era. Guest artists Nyofu and Ava will be accompanying Kutsal & Burak on some of the songs. Read all about the artists below.

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

Event Details
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
Subtitle: 
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.

Turkey Rocks, from East to West with Kutsal & Twenty7

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Feb 23 2013 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
$15 at the door
Where: 
The Mint
6010 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
next door to the Levantine gallery
Subtitle: 
first in a new series of rock/world/fusion concerts with bands from the Middle East, at The Mint

Rock, metal, heavy metal, hip hop, jazz and blues are all-American music originals, but they are genres that are constantly being challenged and reinvented by swingers in the Middle East—by singer-songwriters and musicians who are both natively Middle Eastern but strongly western in their tastes and travels. Turkey spans the European and Asian continents and is a bridge culture between east and west. Kutsal is an Istanbul, Turkey born-and-educated rocker with four recordings to her credit, and Band Twenty7 is a top indie band; both Kutsal and Twenty7 rock the house singing in both English and Turkish. This is one in a new series, "The Middle East Rocks," and is a collaboration between the Levantine Cultural Center and The Mint—LevantineMint. Tickets are $12 or $15 at the door, available now online.

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.

Senem Diyici/Mavi Yol 4tet Live in Concert

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jun 8 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
$20 general admission, $15 members/students with ID
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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.

Levantine recommends the SEE Fest, May 3-7

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 3 2012 6:00pm - May 7 2012 11:00pm
Price: 
General Admission $10, Students & Seniors, $5
Festival Pass $75, Student Festival Pass $50
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Where: 
Goethe-Institut Cinema
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100,
Los Angeles 90036
Underground parking free with validation after 6 pm, and free all day Sat & Sun
Closing night gala May 7 at the UCLA James Bridges Theatre in Melnitz Hall

Levantine Cultural Center recommends the South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles, now in its 7th year.

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.

Frame Drum Survey Workshop with Rowan Storm

Event Details
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.

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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