Musicians participating include the UCSB Middle East Ensemble led by Scott Marcus ~ mizmar, ney; Jim Grippo ~ qanun; Matt Wright ~ oud; Susan Rudnicki ~ tabla baladi, darbuka. More info here.
The Levantine Cultural Center supports the "Walk-Ins Welcome" documentary from young director Faisal Attrache, and we invite you to join us in supporting the project with your tax-deductible contributions and word-of-mouth assistance. Over the course of the last two years, the crisis in Syria has killed over 100,000 people. More than two million people have fled their native land and seek refuge in neighboring countries. As these figures continue to multiply daily, we lose sight of individual suffering, instead absorbed by the sheer, and increasingly abstract, multitude of the crisis.
"Walk-Ins Welcome" is a new documentary project from Faisal Attrache that aims to personalize the struggles of these refugees through a narrative focused on the barbers of the Zaatari camp—the second largest refugee camp in the world, in northern Jordan. Shadowing them throughout their day, Attrache will create portraits not just of nameless refugees, but of individuals. A barber serves customers from all walks of life each day and has his pulse on the community. No matter how difficult the situation gets, a person will always be in need of a haircut. When his customers come for a shave or a haircut, they are engaging in an act of maintaining normality, when life is anything but normal. Visit the web site.
For 12 years I've been like Don Quixote chasing windmills, arguing that Los Angeles must have a cultural arts center for the Middle East and North Africa. I envision a center for the arts in the spirit of peace and conflict resolution—a place where we can dream big as people who come from, or support, the Middle East and North Africa, stretching from Morocco in the west to Afghanistan in the east.
[LOS ANGELES-JUNE 21, 2013] The Levantine Cultural Center (levantinecenter.org) with support from the South East European Film Festival (seefilmla.org) will present a rare evening of authentic Roma music with Orkestra Eklektika on Saturday, 20 July 2013, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 10425 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064. Orkestra Eklektika and percussionist-vocalist Rowan Storm present a range of music from Balkan Roma traditions, featuring the master Roma musician Milo Destanovski from eastern Macedonia. With an interactive dimension, both experienced and beginning dancers are encouraged to experience the exhilaration and community-bonding power of traditional line dances. The evening will feature a special appearance by folklorist researcher Donald Cohen, author of the new title Gypsy Voices, Songs From the Romani Soul (Wise Publications).
Come and revel in a rare evening of authentic Roma music with Orkestra Eklektika on Saturday, 20 July 2013, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 10425 W.
Egyptian American multimedia artist Olfet Agrama will show her unique collection of handmade boxes, "Out of the Box," at the Ojai Art Center, from May 3-May 30, 2013, with an artist's reception on Sunday, May 12 from 1:00-3:00 pm. The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai CA 93023. Ph. 805.646.0117.
The work of Olfet Agrama spans four decades depicting people, landscapes and still life in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Her recent show at the LCC's Inside/Outside Gallery was "Swimming Up the Nile" with 25 works from her paintings on cultures of Africa and North Africa. Visit her web site.
"A Grand Souk Festival" will feature activities for adults and children on Sunday, May 19th at El Rancho Cordillera del Norte in Northridge from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm. This open air bazaar of arts and culture is a culminating celebration of the Big Read Program through the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. This Valley celebration is sponsored by The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, a participant in this year's Big Read Program, along with the Levantine Cultural Center.
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Please Contact Kameron Myles or Lulwa Bordcosh 310 657 5511
“SULTANS OF SATIRE” UNIVERSAL MIDDLE EASTERN COMEDY SUPPORTS INDIAN & MIDDLE EASTERN/NORTH AFRICAN CHARITIES
Who: Sultans of Satire, Muslim/Christian Arab comedians with special guest Samson Koletkar, Indian Jewish Stand-Up
What: Comedy Benefit Fundraiser
Price: $20 general admission by April 15; $25 thereafter/at the door
Where: Westwood Hills Congregational Church 1789 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025
Reservations: 323.413.2001, or online, levantinecenter.org, sultansofsatire.com
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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.
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.