Levantine presents the Abbas Premjee Project, a concert of progressive Pakistani jazz in conjunction with the Inside/Outside Gallery exhibition "The Art of Music" by Adnan Hussain. The exhibition of 19 paintings is inspired by travels through Central and South Asia, featuring watercolor, gouache and ink pieces of music from Kyrgyzstan, Uyghurs from China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia. Enjoy art and live performance in a unique atmosphere.
Pakistan and the Girnari Jogi Groove is an evening of art, music & film devoted to Pakistani and Central Asian cultures with a live musical performance by Tablapusher, plus a special screening of music performances by the Girnari Jogi Group and a film screening of the inventive animated short film Gul by Adnan Hussain. The Girnari Jogi group is a small ensemble of 7th and 8th generation musicians based out of Sindh, Pakistan. Jogis (not to be confused with yogis) are traditionally snake charmers who use the enchanting sounds of the murli to entrance snakes, humans and jinns.
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).
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.
In 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.
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.
The Silk Road Music & Dance Ensemble and the iST-West Ensemble will perform live with special guest vocalist Serpil Borazan. Featuring Rowan Storm on percussions, with Nyofu Tyson on saz, Neil Seigel on Azeri tar, Ergun Tamer on kanun and Robyn Friend performing dances of Turkey and Central Asia, plus additional musicians.