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A Night in Persia Members' Salon

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 3 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
Free for members, who may bring two guests
non-member donation $15
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Subtitle: 
"A La Mode de Chez Nous" intimately explores Iranian culture

Bring your appetite, good cheer, candor and friendship to this Levantine Cultural Center (LCC) program as we celebrate the coming of spring, or Nowruz, new Persian year with special guests and activities, including artist-curator Marjan Vayghan on contemporary Iranian art and Persian poetry. The Members Exclusive Salon is a monthly networking event organized in appreciation of our members and supporters to allow them to learn about the different cultures of the MENA, connect with each other, and create a space for exchange and peace. Our last salon explored Morocco and this one is dedicated to Iran. RSVPs strongly advised to ensure sufficient bounties of food, 323.413.2001. or email rsvp@levantinecenter.org with the names of those attending and your phone number please. (Members and donors may attend with one or two guests.)

The salon is entitled "A la Mode de Chez Nous" because every month it is organized in the customs and traditions of the community represented. It is a unique chance to learn about other cultures, and we invite our members to meet these cultures with an open mind and an open heart. Every A la Mode de Chez Nous, we all gather under a particular theme to enjoy the individual stories, the creative melodies, the innovative works or the revolutionary words of one of our communities. Still, we first and foremost gather to meet each other by completely merging into each other's stories, and by experiencing each other's traditions.

Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief for Peace

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 10 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
$25 General, $35 Preferred Seating, $50 VIP (includes gift)
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve your seats.

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Where: 
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90046
A few blocks east of Fairfax at Stanley
underground and rear lot parking
Subtitle: 
Aron Kader headlines, Sammy Obeid hosts, with Fahim Anwar, Josh Nasar, Melissa Shoshahi and Omid Singh

On Thursday, April 10th, see this exciting, very funny show, laugh with six Middle Eastern American stand-up comedians to humor that is satirical and universal.

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.

America’s Great Game: The C.I.A. and U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy

Subtitle: 
a public forum and book signing on the shaping of the Middle East/North Africa

What shaped the C.I.A., and how does the agency play a role in our foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa? On Thursday, March 6, the Levantine Cultural Center presents a public forum and book signing with intelligence historian Hugh Wilford and former C.I.A. case officer Robert Baer, in conversation about the history of the agency's Arabists and the direction of U.S. Middle East foreign policy, particularly with respect to Israel, Iran and Syria. The discussion will be moderated by journalist and political commentator Robert Scheer. The program is made possible in part by Truthdig and LA Jews for PeaceKPFK 90.7 FM Pacifica Radio is a media sponsor.

America’s Great Game: The C.I.A. and U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Mar 6 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Suggested $15 donation ($12 members/students), $30 with signed book
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve your seat/book
Where: 
Westwood Hills Congregational Church
1989 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
At the corner of La Grange, south of Santa Monica Blvd.
Lot and street parking
Subtitle: 
a public forum and book signing on the shaping of the Middle East/North Africa

What shaped the C.I.A., and how does the agency play a role in our foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa? The Levantine Cultural Center presents a public forum and book signing with intelligence historian Hugh Wilford and former C.I.A. case officer Robert Baer, in conversation about the history of the agency's Arabists and the direction of U.S. Middle East foreign policy, particularly with respect to Israel, Iran and Syria. The discussion will be moderated by journalist and political commentator Robert Scheer. The program is made possible in part by Truthdig and LA Jews for PeaceKPFK Pacifica Radio 90.7 FM is a media sponsor.

Hugh Wilford's new book is America's Great Game, The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East. Robert Baer is a former CIA case officer who served everywhere from Iraq to the former Soviet Union. (The 2005 film Syriana, starring George Clooney, was an adaptation of several of his books about the intelligence world.) Baer is the author of See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on TerrorismSleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude; and The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian SuperpowerRobert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of the online news magazine Truthdig and a regular commentator on KCRW's Left, Right and Center.

Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief!

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Feb 21 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Price: 
$15 advance ($12 members), $18 at the door
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001

Doors open 6 pm for dinner, show starts 8:30 pm
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center/Café Rumi
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking
Subtitle: 
humor by young comedians from across the Middle East/North Africa

Limited seating for this long-running and inspired comedy show-come enjoy a healthy dose of comic relief, laugh about life and the Middle East with one of L.A's hottest comedy troupes, the Sultans

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Feb 8 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 for one circle, $15 for two
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
practice rhythm, learn new beats

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Feb. 8, 2014 (repeats on March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. The Levantine Cultural Center is located at 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035 between La Cienega and Fairfax. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.

Suggested contribution Part One ~ Basic Lesson: $10. Part Two ~ Rhythm Circle: $10. Suggested contribution for both parts: $15.

Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief!

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 24 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Price: 
$15 advance ($12 members), $18 at the door
RSVPs strongly 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
street parking
Subtitle: 
headliner Mike Batayeh

Limited seating for this long-running and inspired comedy show—come enjoy a healthy dose of comic relief, laugh about life and the Middle East with one of L.A's hottest comedy troupes, the Sultans of Satire. Hosted by Sheno Khal, this show features several of the funniest young comedians on the circuit today. Headliner MIKE BATAYEH, with K-Von, Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud, Omid Singh, Melissa Shoshahi and, joining the Sultans for the first time, DJ Sandhu! Come early, have dinner in the café, spend a warm evening with us...

The Sultans of Satire are seriously funny—if you need to laugh, you'll appreciate this show with its satirical insights and fresh perspectives on American and Middle Eastern life. The humor is universal; the comedans hail from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Founded in 2005, The Sultans of Satire is the longest-running Middle Eastern stand-up comedy show in the U.S. with some of the best young stand-up comedians from diverse faiths. This show cosponsored by Freedom Theatre West. Show $15 general admission, $12 members, $18 at the door. Middle Eastern and North African dishes, signature drinks and more served by Café Rumi. Tickets/info 323.413.2001. Watch video clips at sultansofsatire.com.

Bernard Radfar in Conversation on "Mecca Pimp" with Jordan Elgrably

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 16 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution $10 or $16 with autographed copy of "Mecca Pimp"
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking or in the CVS underground lot
(closes at 10 pm!)
Subtitle: 
a literary prankster and satirist discusses life and fiction at the Levantine

On Thurs., Jan. 16, Bernard Radfar, author of the satirical epistolary collection Insincerely Yours, Letters From a Prankster, and now the novel, Mecca Pimp, a Novel of Love and Human Trafficking, will be in conversation live at the Levantine Cultural Center with serial interviewer Jordan Elgrably (James Baldwin, Milan Kundera, Nadine Gordimer, Harold Brodkey, Gilbert Sorrentino, Amy Tan, Edward Said et al), discussing the characters and situations in Mecca Pimp, in which the fictional Mary and Mark Black run a human trafficking empire in Saudi Arabia until Mary jets off to New York City. Whether their love endures is the subject of the novel.

Shirzad Sharif Live in Concert

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 10 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Price: 
$20 ($17 members), café and cash bar open from 7 pm
RSVPs strongly 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
street parking
Subtitle: 
Persian classical and international fusion music

The San Francisco Bay-area based musician and composer Shirzad Sharif will present an exclusive concert of tanbur and percussion at the Levantine Cultural Center on Friday, January 10, 8 pm, in two