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Persian Gulf

The Shanbehzadeh Ensemble, Live

Event Details
Oct 24 2010 7:30pm
$35 in advance, or $40 at the door
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The Troubador in W. Hollywood
9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
The Shanbehzadeh Ensemble offers a unique aspect of hypnotic dances and traditional music from the Persian Gulf and more precisely from the unknown region of Boushehr.

Saeid Shanbehzadeh: Neyanbânn, Neydjofti, Traditional Dances
Naghib Shanbehzadeh: Tombak, Zarbetempo
Habib Meftah Boushehri: Dammâm, Zarbetempo, Flute.

The Shanbehzadeh trio, with its driving rhythms, trance-inducing songs, and hip-swinging dances, offers a rare opportunity to experience the fascinating music and dance of the southern Iranian province of Boushehr in the Persian Gulf. A cultural crossroads for centuries, Boushehr has been influenced by Sufi, Persian, Arab, African and Indian traditions. 
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Iraq in Pieces: Seven Years Later

Hadani Ditmars returns to find a broken Baghdad, still reeling from sectarian divisions and facing an uncertain future.
By Hadani Ditmars

I am back in Baghdad after seven years away.

Since 2003, a million people have died in Iraq in the wake of post-invasion violence. (1) Sectarian wars have torn the country apart, foreign troops have established huge military bases, and politicians who have sworn to crack down on militias have their own private armies. This once secular nation has been scarred by extremism, with terrible consequences for women, gay people and religious minorities. As government ministries remain feeding troughs for cronyism and sectarian patronage, national reconciliation remains elusive.

May 27 Public Forum on Cultural Diplomacy Addresses Americans, Arabs/Muslims


Contact: Jordan Elgrably, Nile El Wardani, Elie Karam
Levantine Cultural Center
310.657.5511 or 310.402.8866


[Los Angeles, May 20, 2010] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's top aide, Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith, will speak in a public forum on cultural diplomacy organized by the Levantine Cultural Center on Thursday, May 27, 2010, at 7 pm at the Mark Taper Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles.

The "clash of civilization" dialectic and the "war on terror" discourse require Americans to broaden our international outreach, to improve understanding of the Arab/Muslim world. In fact, the alchemy of change requires that we empathize with narratives that may differ from our own; and sometimes these narratives are strikingly similar. Cultural diplomacy efforts use the arts to address communities in conflict-or groups that appear to have opposing interests whether because of different religious traditions, political beliefs or ethnic identification.

Destiny Disrupted

A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

By Tamim Ansary

Review by Tara Marie Good

A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes: your purchase benefits in part Levantine Cultural CenterA History of the World Through Islamic Eyes: your purchase benefits in part Levantine Cultural CenterIn 1940 Walter Benjamin wrote, "To articulate what is past does not mean to recognize ‘how it really was.' It means to take control of a memory, as it flashes in a moment of danger." For the German-Jewish Marxist philosopher that moment of danger was the Nazi march on Europe. The moment of danger that inspired Afghani born Tamim Ansary to articulate Islamic history in Destiny Disrupted was September 11th.

Destiny Disrupted is a historical narrative of the Islamic world addressing the chasm seen to separate Western and Middle Eastern histories. The main thesis presented by Ansary is that the history of Islam and the West are two parallel histories, which overlap at points, but are fundamentally separate. Claiming to represent a general Muslim perception, Ansary charts Middle Eastern history from the ancient world to the western colonial and economic expansion in the modern era.

Amnesty Int'l Secretary General Irene Kahn on the Goldstone Report, Peace, Poverty, Human Rights

Event Details
Oct 28 2009 7:00am - 9:30pm
Free, reservations recommended
Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Central Public Library
Fifth and Flower Streets
Downtown Los Angeles
Underground garage $1 until 8:45 pm
with Los Angeles Public Library card validation

ALOUD and the Vesper Society present Irene Khan, on "The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights." She will in conversation with David Kaye. Executive Director, UCLA School of Law International Human Rights Program

"Severe Clear" Doc From Soldier's POV Shows Kuwait, Iraq

Event Details
Aug 7 2009 12:00pm - Aug 13 2009 9:30pm
$11-$14. Showtimes vary from Aug 7-13 during Docuweeks.
Arclight Cinemas
6360 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90028

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The International Documenary Association presents the Docuweeks festival during August 2009.


Director/Writer: Kristian Fraga
Producer: Kristian Fraga, Marc Perez
Executive Producers: Benjamin Charbit, John L. Sikes

U.S.A | 93 min.

Armed with the world's most lethal ordnance and his home video camera, First Lieutenant Michael T. Scotti takes us on an epic first-person journey with the Marine Corps as they fight their way 300 miles from Kuwait to Baghdad. No Reporters...No Politics...No Censors...This is what he saw.

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Shirin Neshat on her film “Women without Men” at LACMA

Event Details
Jun 15 2009 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Free but tickets are required.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Bing Theatre
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90036

Shirin NeshatShirin NeshatLACMA and the Farhang Foundation present internationally renowned artist Shirin Neshat at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater at 8:00 pm.  The program includes a screening of work-in-progress segments of her film “Women without Men,” followed by a discussion between Shirin Neshat and Nasrin Rahimieh, Professor of Comparative Literature and Film, University of California, Irvine.