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.
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.
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.
Levantine Cultural Center recommends the South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles, now in its 7th year.
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.
Rowan 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.
Christopher Caldwell on "What is the West's Problem with Islam?"
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.