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The Map Is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths—Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 8 2014 6:00pm - Jun 6 2014 10:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public, contributions welcome
Where: 
Inside/Outside Gallery
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
an exhibition of 66 works, May 8-June 6, 2014

"The map is not the territory," a phrase coined by Alfred Korzybski, is the lesser-known counterpart to Magritte's charming "This is not a pipe." Unlike "This is not a pipe"—an image that has been rendered safe by multiple reproductions and parodies, by now of little relevance unless you are an Art History major—the phrase "the map is not the territory" is charged with political and cultural meaning of the most subversive sort. This meaning inspires the upcoming exhibit at the Inside/Outside Gallery, Levantine Cultural Center, conceived by Jennifer Heath and co-curated by Heath and Dagmar Painter.

One land, divided by walls and nomenclature like "annexed," "territory," "Manifest Destiny," until it is in bloody fragments. One people, divided by one thing, and then another, until they can barely recognize their own kin. Like blown dandelion seeds, people venturing out from their homeland, only to find themselves always looking backwards, and wondering how to retrace their steps. Such are the images and anxieties at the heart of The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths—Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish.

In 66 works by 39 artists, The Map Is Not the Territory looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonization—not as novelty or polemic, but as history and current events. Although many peoples worldwide have suffered long and often brutal intrusions, Palestinians, Native Americans and the Irish have intersected for centuries in specific and often unusual ways. What are some of these intersections and how do contemporary artists examine and process them through their own lives and visions? The Map Is Not the Territory opened in 2013 at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds in Washington, D.C.—the first stop for this five-year traveling art exhibition, 2013-2018. See a Washington Post review of the show.

To help sponsor this exhibition, contact 310.657.5511, or contribute here. 

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 12 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
$20 for two-hour workshop
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
play doumbek, daf, riqq live informally at the Levantine café

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by percussion expert Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, April 12, 2014 (and second Saturdays in May and June). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. 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 for two hours is $20.

The Uprising in Turkey, Documentary and Protest Concert

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Mar 21 2014 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Price: 
$18 advance/$20 at the door, include movie, concert, raki
Seating limited, advance, RSVPs strongly suggested
Click here to reserve
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
"Balangic" tells the story of Gezi Park, followed by a concert with Kutsal and Burak Besir

The Levantine Cultural Center presents an evening devoted to the exploration of contemporary Turkey, first with the documentary screening of Başlangıç (The Beginning), a new film that tells the story of the Gezi Park anti-government protests which gripped Istanbul, Turkey from May 2013. What began as an occupation of a central Istanbul park by environmental protesters angry at plans to develop it into a shopping center, quickly developed into nationwide protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his increasingly conservative Islamic policies. Directed by Serkan Koç, produced by Dominic Brown, the film is sure to spark conversation as the unrest in Turkey continues.

After the screening the audience is invited to enjoy a concert of Turkish music in English and Turkish (every ticket includes a complementary arak, or raki). The Istanbul singer known as Kutsal along with Burak Besir will perform a one-hour show. In addition to some of Kutsal's original material, Kutsal & Burak will also be singing some protest songs from the 70's & 80's period of Turkiye & US, songs that underscore the uprising soul of the documentary. The duo will also be covering pop/rock songs from the same era. Guest singer/violinist Elif Savas Felsen will be accompanying Kutsal & Burak on some of the songs.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Mar 15 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: 
play doumbek, daf, riqq live informally at the Levantine café

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, 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.

The New York Andalus Ensemble Concert

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Feb 23 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
$20 advance/$25 at the door
Seating limited, 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: 
Arab and Sephardic music in the spirit of Al-Andalus

The Levantine Cultural Center is pleased to welcome to Los Angeles for its debut concert the New York Andalus Ensemble, a group that performs the illustrious musical traditions of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. This diverse group of singers and instrumentalists presents a varied repertoire of songs in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Ladino, conjuring the cosmopolitanism of the Cordoba of al-Andalus. Performances weave together song with moments about the philosophical, linguistic, and theological intersections between faiths. Tickets are only $20 when reserving in advance ($25 at the door). Space is limited, RSVPs strongly advised. 323.413.2001.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 18 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 CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking.
Subtitle: 
get into Middle Eastern percussion at the Levantine!

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Jan. 18, 2013 (repeats on Feb. 8 and March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome.

Sultans of Satire, headliner Omar Elba!

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Dec 20 2013 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/Café Rumi
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking
Subtitle: 
Middle East Comic Relief!

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 OMAR ELBA, with Mona Shaikh, Eman Morgan, Zara Mizrahi and Feraz Orel.

Café Arabesque III with Bedouin-X & Amadou Fall

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Dec 14 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Price: 
$18 advance/$15 members/students/seniors or with postcard; $20 at the door; doors open 7:30 pm
RSVPs strongly advised, 323.413.2001
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center's Café Arabesque
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
Al-Fareed and his cohorts perform authentic North African/Arab music, dancers welcome!

"'Arabesque' was out of this world amazing. We enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the encore." —Laila El-Hajoui 

"Great event at the Levantine Cultural Center Saturday night...the music took my soul on a beautiful journey." —Nancy Tedder 

"Synergy! Amadou Fall mesmerizes playing the African Kora.." 

The Levantine Cultural Center presents the much-awaited third edition of Café Arabesque with Al-Fareed of Radio Al-Fareed and his band Bedouin X. The band members are Alfred Madain, David Markowitz, Timothy Maloof, David Martinelli and Ava Nahas. There will be a very special guest performance to open the evening by West African kora player Amadou Fall from Senegal. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for LCC members, students/seniors, $20 at the door. Reserve early, this program will sell out (standing room only in that case): 323.413.2001. 

Middle East Drumming Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Nov 16 2013 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 per circle
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
basic drumming at 1:30, rhythm circle at 2:30
The Levantine Cultural Center presents a new Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturdays from 1:30 -3:30 pm on 16 November 2013

New Middle East Drum Circle Launches Oct. 12

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 12 2013 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggestion donation $10
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
The Levantine Cultural Center presents a new Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm,  Saturdays from 1:30 -3:30 pm on the following dates: 12 October 2013, 16 November 2013, 14 December 2013. 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, CA 90035-2657, levantinecenter.org. Reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up!

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

Grab a drum and join the fun!