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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.

The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 27 2014 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome)
café open 6:00-9:30 pm for dinner/snacks
Donate Here
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a weekly workshop and study group Wednesdays in August

Join guest speakers Mark LeVine, co-editor of the new book One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States; Asli Bali, international law professor at UCLA; Rabbi Aryeh Cohen of the American Jewish University; Estee Chandler from Jewish Voice for Peace-LA; Dr. Laila Al-Marayati with Kinder USA; and facilitators from Mediators Beyond Borders.

Americans are watching in dismay as Gaza comes under the bombs for the third time in the last few years and Israel as a nation finds itself in crisis, under attack by Hamas. More than 2,000 Palestinians and Israelis have been killed, over 10,000 thousand wounded. The Levantine Cultural Center and community partners present "The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine," a weekly workshop and study group that meets each Wednesday evening in August (6, 13, 20, 27), 7-9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center to examine the news out of Israel/Palestine, discuss the war, and explore solutions—how can we, as concerned Americans, contribute to peace and justice in the region, while holding our own government accountable to the highest standards of human rights?

the "Crisis" panel on the 27th of August...the "Crisis" panel on the 27th of August... 

Each evening will feature special guest speakers, conflict mediation specialists, film excerpts and study materials. The series is free-to-the-public and includes refreshments (tax-deductible contributions are welcome).

This series intends to bring together voices of reason, Americans against violence, hate and racism as we build bridges and community. All welcome.

RSVPs (optional) 323.413.2001, seating limited. Café open for dinner/snacks 6:00-9:30 pm.

Community partners include CODEPINK: Women for Peace, LA Jews for Peace, Mediators Beyond Borders. 

The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 20 2014 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome)
café open 6:00-9:30 pm for dinner/snacks
Donate Here
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a weekly workshop and study group Wednesdays in August

This evening features Monir Deeb from Gaza; Rabbi Judith HaLevy from Malibu Synagogue; Christian peacemaker Sarah Thompson; Dick Platkin from LA Jews for Peace; and moderator Nick Goldberg from the LA Times, with conflict mediation specialists from Mediators Beyond Borders including Dorit Cypis. The series is free-to-the-public (tax-deductible contributions are welcome).

Americans are watching in dismay as Gaza comes under the bombs for the third time in the last few years and Israel as a nation finds itself in crisis, under attack by Hamas. Nearly 2,000 Palestinians and Israelis have been killed. Many thousands have been injured. The Levantine Cultural Center and community partners present "The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine," a weekly workshop and study group that meets each Wednesday evening in August (6, 13, 20, 27), 7-9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center to examine the news out of Israel/Palestine, discuss the war, and explore solutions—how can we, as concerned Americans, contribute to peace and justice in the region, while holding our own government accountable to the highest standards of human rights?

This series intends to bring together voices of reason, Americans against violence, hate and racism as we build bridges and community. All welcome.

RSVPs strongly suggested, 323.413.2001, seating limited. Café open for dinner/snacks 6:00-9:30 pm.

Community partners include CODEPINK: Women for Peace, LA Jews for Peace, JVP-LA, Mediators Beyond Borders. 

The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 13 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome). RSVPs required: Call 323.413.2001 or email rsvp@levantinecenter.org
café open 6:00-9:30 pm for dinner/snacks
Donate Here
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a weekly workshop and study group Wednesdays in August

Americans are watching in dismay as Gaza comes under the bombs for the third time in the last few years and Israel as a nation finds itself in crisis, under attack by Hamas. Over 1,500 Palestinians and Israelis have been killed. Many thousands have been injured. The Levantine Cultural Center and community partners present "The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine," a weekly workshop and study group that meets each Wednesday evening in August (6, 13, 20, 27), 7-9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center to examine the news out of Israel/Palestine, discuss the war, and explore solutions—how can we, as concerned Americans, contribute to peace and justice in the region, while holding our own government accountable to the highest standards of human rights?

Each evening will feature special guest speakers, conflict mediation specialists, film excerpts and study materials. The series is free-to-the-public and includes refreshments (tax-deductible contributions are welcome). 

Scheduled for Aug. 13 are Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Shalom (Santa Monica), Gil Hochberg of UCLA and Nasim Khoury. Bios follow below.

This series intends to bring together voices of reason, Americans against violence, hate and racism as we build bridges and community. All welcome.

RSVPs MANDATORY. Call 323.413.2001 or e-mail rsvp@levantinecenter.org. Seating limited. Café open for dinner/snacks 6:00-9:30 pm.

Community partners include CODEPINK: Women for Peace, LA Jews for Peace, Mediators Beyond Borders, Jewish Voice for Peace-LA et al. 

The Crisis This Time, Conversations on Israel/Palestine

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 6 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome)
café open 6:00-9:30 pm for dinner/snacks
Donate Here
RSVPs/info 323.413.2001
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a weekly workshop and study group Wednesdays in August

Americans are watching in dismay as Gaza comes under the bombs for the third time in the last few years and Israel as a nation finds itself in crisis, under attack by Hamas. Over 1,000 Palestinians and Israelis have been killed. Many thousands have been injured. The Levantine Cultural Center and community partners present The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine, a weekly workshop and study group that meets each Wednesday evening in August (6, 13, 20, 27), 7-9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center to examine the news out of Israel/Palestine, discuss the war, and explore solutions—how can we, as concerned Americans, contribute to peace and justice in the region, while holding our own government accountable to the highest standards of human rights?

Speakers in the first workshop are Palestinian American physician Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, cofounder of the children's relief agency Kinder USA, and Israeli American peace activist Miko Peled, author of The General Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Peled has just returned from six weeks in Israel and the West Bank and will report back his findings. The moderator for this evening is Robin D.G. Kelley, the Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of U.S. History at UCLA. 

The evening features a panel, break-out sessions with conflict mediation specialists, a report-back, and study materials. The series is free-to-the-public and includes refreshments (tax-deductible contributions are welcome).

This series intends to bring together voices of reason, Americans against violence, hate and racism as we build bridges and community. All welcome.

RSVPs suggested 323.413.2001, seating limited. Café open for dinner/snacks 6:00-9:30 pm.

Community partners include CODEPINK: Women for Peace, LA Jews for Peace, Mediators Beyond Borders, with new partners being added daily. 

Deep Soul with Delil Dilanar, Yuval Ron and Jamie Papish

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 2 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Price: 
Tickets $20 General Admission
$30 Preferred Reserved seating (limited front rows)
$25 day-of/at the door
Seating limited, RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve seats
Where: 
Levantine Center at the Westwood Hills Church
1989 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90025
At La Grange between Olympic & Santa Monica Blvds.
Free lot and street parking
Subtitle: 
an intimate, soulful concert of Kurdish and Mizrahi music

Deep Soul is an intimate evening of soulful Kurdish and Mizrahi music with Kurdish master musician Delil Dilanar (Voice, Duduk, Tambour) in a rare Los Angeles appearance with Yuval Ron (Oud, Saz and vocals) and Jamie Papish on percussion. This concert in a poetic spirit includes lyrics in Kurdish, Hebrew and Arabic and is dedicated to a more pacific Middle East.

Presented by the Levantine Cultural Center, with media support from KPFK Pacifica radio, 90.7 FM, and Niroj Levantine Cuisine, Deep Soul takes place at the Westwood Hills Congregational Church, 1989 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90025. Free lot and street parking. Tickets $20 General Admission, $30 Preferred Reserved seating, $25 day-of/at the door.

Seating is limited, advance purchase advised, call 323.413.2001.

The Talat Ensemble, Guest Zane Musa, Middle East Jazz Groove

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jul 10 2014 8:00pm
Price: 
$15 general admission, $12 members/students/seniors, $18 after July 9
Seating limited, RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve seats
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a cross-cultural concert fusing east and west under the mane of jazz

The Levantine Cultural Center is jazzed to present an evening of lively jazz groove with visiting New York ensemble TALAT, and guest star Zane Musa, a brilliant saxophone artist. One night only, not to be missed, seating is limited, we suggest reserving early.

A quartet of accomplished musicians led by Alon Nechushtan, TALAT plays original interpretations of klezmer, Middle Eastern grooves and African themes and spirituals, roaming between the borders of jazz, groove and improvisation. With piano, trumpet, saxophone, bass and percussion, TALAT offers improvised interludes, riveting solos and spontaneous team play. Combined with familiar riffs and lively rhythms, they create music that is as challenging as it is appealing. Bandleader and pianist Alon Nechushtan is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and the recipient of numerous awards and grants. The band's debut recording on the prestigious Tzadik label earned accolades from music critics around the world. TALAT has toured in the US, Europe and the Middle East, and this is their L.A. debut. 

Sultans of Satire with K-Von, Feraz Ozel, Aron Kader, Noel Elgrably, Mona Shaikh, Sherwin Arae

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 23 2014 8:00am - 10:30pm
Price: 
$15 early bird (if purchased by 5/21); $18 thereafter
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Doors open 7 pm for dinner, show starts 8:00 pm
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center & Café
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 Feraz Ozel (Afghanistan/Iran), this show features several of the funniest young comedians on the circuit today. Headliner K-Von, with Mona Shaikh, Noël Elgrably, Sherwin Arae and Aron Kader (Comedy Central's Axis ofEvil)! Come early, have dinner in the café, spend a warm evening with us...

"Arab Labor" Screening and Public Conversation

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 4 2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public butRSVPs required to rsvp@levantinecenter.org
(name of members in party, phone number)
Where: 
Harmony Gold Preview Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
A few blocks east of Fairfax, at Stanley
free parking beneath and behind building
Subtitle: 
a show that skewers the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

KCET-Link and the Levantine Cultural Center invite you to a special preview event to watch two episodes of the hit sitcom ARAB LABOR and participate in a public conversation featuring invited guests Clara Khoury (who costars in the show) and Dr. Yigal Arens, along with comedian/writer Aron Kader, moderated by Jordan Elgrably. A reception follows. You must RSVP to rsvp@levantinecenter.org or call 323.413.2001 (provide names of members in party, and a phone number).

Arab Labor is a hit Israeli sitcom series created by Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-born Palestinian columnist for Haaretz and a novelist, author of Dancing Arabs, Second Person Singular and ExposureArab Labor is translated from the Hebrew "Avoda Aravit", which colloquially implies "shoddy or second-rate work." 

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

Subtitle: 
66 works by 39 artists

"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, curated by Jennifer Heath and Dagmar Painter. Go to exhibition page.