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LEVANTINE-MINT TO HOLD TURKISH ROCK CONCERT FEATURING INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SENSATIONS TWENTY7 AND KUSTAL AS PART OF MUSICAL SERIES, “THE MIDDLE EAST ROCKS”
[Los Angeles—February 7, 2013] Turkish rock band Twenty7 and singer/songwriter Kustal will perform Feb 23, 8 pm at The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles. The performance is part of a new series, “The Middle East Rocks,” organized by the Levantine Cultural Center and hosted by venerable L.A. club, The Mint.
Join us for a special interactive installation by digital artist VJ Um Amel followed by an evening of world music synchronized to a remix of Egyptian cinema and media emerging from across the Middle East. VJ Um Amel is an Egyptian-American digital artist, USC Ph.D. candidate, and the creator of R-Shief.org. R-Shief is an Arab media system that has one of the most rare archives of social media content from Arab revolutions. This event provides the audience with an interactive installation followed by an for an evening of world music synchronized to a remix of Egyptian cinema and media emerging from the revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa. Drawn from the databases of the R-Shief initiative, this installation pays tribute to the vision of the people. http://vjumamel.com. VJ Um Amel will be joined by writer/editor/researcher Maytha Alhassen with readings from the new anthology Demanding Dignity, Young Voices from the Arab Revolutions.
CENTER AWARDS RABBI, ISLAM SCHOLARS,
L.A. MAYORAL CANDIDATE WITH 2012 EAST-WEST AWARDS
BRIDGING US & MIDDLE EAST, DEC. 15, 2012
“Data doesn't change how people think. Relationships do.”
-Reza Aslan, East-West Media Award Winner
The Levantine Cultural Center’s 2012 East-West Awards Gala was hosted on Saturday, December 15th at the Beverly Hills Women’s Club. The evening of celebration, entertainment and honored guests included the distinguished Ms. Zainab Al-Suwaij, cofounder of the American Islamic Congress; author and Islam scholar Dr. Reza Aslan; Rabbi Leonard Beerman; and Los Angeles mayoral candidate and Councilmember Eric Garcetti.
Deconstructing stereotypes: Jack G. Shaheen remembers 40 years
of commitment to positive Arab and US
understanding in evening lecture
[Monday December 10, 2012] On Wednesday December 19th, The Levantine Cultural Center presents honored media critic and film scholar Dr. Jack G. Shaheen in an intimate discussion and forum on misleading stereotypes based on Hollywood's negative portrayal of Arabs. Shaheen will be discussing his life-long commitment to illuminate social justice, with insights into the highs and lows of his 40-year quest, including his mission to reveal and terminate these damaging Arab and Muslim stigmas.
By its title alone, Ammiel Alcalay's groundbreaking 1993 book, announced a new Middle East: After Jews and Arabs, it declared, confidently pointing towards a future when the (false) opposition between those two essentialized groups would no longer dominate our imaginations. Remaking Levantine Culture, the subtitle continued, suggesting that we might work together to create that future by drawing on the past, turning to the Levantine culture that flourished long before the deadly divide that has devastated our times.
WHO: Jack G. Shaheen, media activist
WHERE: Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90035, street parking.
PRICE: Free to general public
INFO/RSVPs: Levantine Cultural Center, 323.413.2001, levantinecenter.org.
[Los Angeles-Monday November 27, 2012] Beginning Saturday, December 1st, the Levantine Cultural Center presents a fascinating new exhibit based on the work of film and media scholar Dr. Jack G. Shaheen's work: A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture.
LOS ANGELES WILL BE HOME TO FIRST MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTS CENTER
FOR THE MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA, OPENING JAN 2013
After over a decade of presenting arts and education programs in Southern California, the Levantine Cultural Center (LCC)—a 501c3 nonprofit organization that champions diverse cultures from Morocco to Afghanistan—has embarked on a 6-month campaign to raise $2 million. The Center will re-open in a new 10,000 square foot multidisciplinary space in January 2013. The LCC presents arts that promote inter-cultural dialogue and friendship, including film, theatre, music, art exhibits, author talks, classes and workshops.