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Save the Date, Dec. 6, for the East-West Awards

On Saturday, December 6th, 2014, the Levantine Cultural Center will hold its East-West Awards Gala, once again at the Beverly Hill's Women's Club. The East-West Awards recognize the sustained efforts of outstanding individuals working in the United States to bridge political and religious divides that may exist between Americans and the Middle East/North Africa, whether through media, peace activism or interfaith unity.

The full program includes a red-carpet reception and silent auction, live music, comedy, dinner and the awards ceremony. Distinguished honorees will be honored for significant contributions in cultural diplomacy, relationship-building, interfaith alliances, and peace activism. Previous honorees include Ms. Zainab Al-Suweij, Dr. Reza Aslan, Rabbi Leonard Beerman, Ms. Bana Hilal, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Ms. Jodie Evans and Ms. Roxana Saberi.

All proceeds will benefit the Levantine Cultural Center, a 501(c)3 founded 13 years ago as a grassroots nonprofit organization that champions a greater understanding of the Middle East/North Africa and our communities in diaspora.

Arab and Iranian Typography in Local / Not Local

Subtitle: 
June 26 - August 29 at the Inside/Outside Gallery
From a design perspective, what do we really know about the Arab world or Iran? A window into these cultures, which use the Arabic script for writing and design, has opened at the Levantine Cultural Center, which is hosting the exhibtion LOCAL/NOT LOCAL, a modern collection of contemporary Arabic and Iranian typography and calligraphy at the Inside/Outside Gallery. The show opened June 26 and will be on view through August 29, 2014, with a closing event on Thursday, August 28th. Listen to a new podcast on "Local/Not Local" hosted by Arielle Zionts for Radio Tabbouli.
 
These days it seems like everyone's got a favorite font and a philosophy of typography. But it's not just our Roman alphabet that gets translated into different shapes—all over the world, designers pick and choose scripts to suit the occasion. In LOCAL/NOT LOCAL, co-curators Maece Seirafi and Pouya Jahanshahi present a collection of award-winning Arab and Iranian designers who demonstrate the creative possibilities and expressions that lurk in their native alphabets.

"Local/Not Local" Reception for Arab/Iranian California Artists

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jun 26 2014 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public
Where: 
Inside/Outside Gallery, Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
Maece Seirafi and Pouya Jahanshahi co-curate Arab/Iranian typography & design
From a design perspective, what do we really know about the Arab world or Iran?

"Local Not Local" Exhibits Arab & Iranian California Designers-Artists

LOCAL NOT LOCAL PRESENTS NEW WORK OF ARAB & IRANIAN ARTISTS AND
GRAPHIC DESIGNERS AT THE INSIDE/OUTSIDE GALLERY, JUNE 26-AUGUST 29, 2014


[LOS ANGELES-May 29, 2014] From a design perspective, what do we really know about the Arab world, or Iraq's neighbor, Iran? A window into these cultures, which use the Arabic script for writing and design, will open here in Los Angeles on June 26, 2014, when LOCAL NOT LOCAL, a modern collection of contemporary expression, brings Arabic and Iranian typography and calligraphy to the Inside/Outside Gallery at the Levantine Cultural Center. These days it seems like everyone's got a favorite font and a philosophy of typography. But it's not just our Roman alphabet that gets translated into different shapes - all over the world, designers pick and choose scripts to suit the occasion. In LOCAL NOT LOCAL, co-curators Maece Seirafi and Pouya Jahanshahi present a collection of award-winning Arab and Iranian designers who demonstrate the creative possibilities and expressions that lurk in their native alphabets.

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.

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.

L.A.'s Middle East Cultural Arts Center Fêtes 12th Year!

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our new fiscal year starts July 1st, we seek your support

Can you believe it?!

We are just starting our 12th year serving greater Los Angeles. Don Heckman wrote the first LA Times article about us, positively reviewing our first public program, in a Calendar review published June 25, 2001. (We received another thumbs-up review in December 2001 by theatre critic Don Shirley and many more LA Times articles since.) 

New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series

The fourth season of the New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series will present as many as two dozen features, documentaries and short films in Los Angeles and Orange County, to foster a greater understanding of the Middle East and North Africa, and to afford provocative opportunities for meaningful dialogue, while working with major partners including the Arab Film Festival, UCLA, USC, Chapman University, the University of California at Irvine, and others.

Debut Saudi film by woman director, "Wadjda"

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jun 21 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
$13 for all regular screenings, conversations & talks
$11 for Film Independent members
$20 for Gala Screenings & Nights at the GRAMMY
$18 for Film Independent Members
$5 for all Future Filmmaker Showcase screenings (High School Programs)
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Regal Cinemas 13, Fri, Jun 21th 7:00 pm
1000 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90015
tel. 213.763.6070

LA Film Independent with support from the Levantine Cultural Center presents Haifaa Al Mansour's debut feature film and the first feature to be directed by a Saudi woman. Wadjda screens in the L.A. Film Fest's International Showcase, on June 21 (Germany, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, 2012, 97 mins, DCP). The film is in Arabic with English subtitles. (There is also a second screening on June 22, click here for info.)