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Deep Soul with Delil Dilanar, Yuval Ron and Jamie Papish

Event Details
Aug 2 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
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
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
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 New York Andalus Ensemble Concert

Event Details
Feb 23 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
$20 advance/$25 at the door
Seating limited, RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to buy tickets
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
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.

"A is For Arab" Displays ABCs of American Media & Pop Culture Stereotypes

For Immediate Release
Please Contact Kameron Myles
DEC. 1-31, 2012, RECEPTION DEC. 19, 7 PM

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,

[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.

From Al-Andalus to Los Angeles: a Personal Journey

a Levantine Review contributor traces her path to the center
By Jessica Proett

I literally stumbled across the Levantine Cultural Center one day while walking to an Ethiopian restaurant in West Hollywood. I saw it from the corner with the words "Bridging Cultures, Building Peace since 2001" written across the door, and I knew I had to go inside. I took information and offered to intern with them a few days later. This was just after having returned to America from two years abroad in southern Spain.

Mosque or Cathedral? Controversy in Cordoba Reignites Religious Rivalry

A shared history engenders conflict and dialogue after Muslims try to pray in Cordoba's cathedral.

By Jessica Proett

La Mezquita: Cordoba's CathedralLa Mezquita: Cordoba's CathedralDuring Easter Week in Spain, amid processions of Jesus swaying through cobblestone streets, a group of Muslim tourists knelt down on the marble floors of Cordoba's Mezquita. They began reciting verses from the Qur'an, their voices echoing off the multitude of red and white arches, until a security guard attempted to enforce the ban on Muslim prayer and was met with a punch in the face and a knife wound in his hand. The incident resulted in two arrests, two starkly different stories from the opposing sides in the scuffle, and a rapid-fire media frenzy and equally prolific blog-dialogue that is still snowballing.

"East/West Convergences" Exhibit Closes With Live Music and Artists

Event Details
Feb 26 2010 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Free to the public, donations requested. Doors open at 7 pm. Open Bar.
Inside/Outside Gallery-Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
corner of Stearns (one block east of Crescent Heights)
street parking and in the CVS underground lot across the street until 10 pm only.

Yuval Ron Ensemble Performs Mystical Mideast Fusion

Event Details
Jan 31 2010 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Suggested donation $20 (includes reception with the artists)
All Saints Episcopal Church
132 North Euclid Avenue
Pasadena 91101

Yuval Ron Ensemble: with guests Najwa Gibran, Norik Manoukian, Miriam Peretz, Maya KarassoYuval Ron Ensemble: with guests Najwa Gibran, Norik Manoukian, Miriam Peretz, Maya Karasso

The Yuval Ron Ensemble will perform mystical music and dance of the Middle East. Celebrating the ancient cultures of the three Abrahamic faiths, this concert features musical director Yuval Ron on oud and Norik Manoukian on duduk and woodwinds, with Palestinian vocalist Najwa Gibran, and folkloric dancers Maya Karasso and Miriam Peretz.

Tickets available at the Middle East Ministry Table on Sundays or call 626.583.2734 and speak to Norma Sigmund.

Listen to music sample.

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.

Hamed Nikpay, in Persian World Fusion Concert, Rocks L.A.

October 3, 2009 show featured Farzin Farhadi, Dimitris Mahlis, Daniel Fries & Greg Ellis

Hamed Nikpay: all photos by Mak NZHamed Nikpay: all photos by Mak NZ

Reviewed by Omid Arabian

Hamed Nikpay, the Iranian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, brought his unique brand of flamenco-infused Persian music to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on October 3rd. Mr. Nikpay is blessed with a powerful voice that—though it lacks the velvety richness of Nazeri’s or the theatricality of Namjoo’s—can bring the house down with its sheer force. For most of the evening, however, Mr. Nikpay stopped short of going full-blast, preferring instead to showcase his admittedly impressive control and impeccable musicality.  This made for a show that, though long on beauty and class, was also a bit short on passion—despite the flamenco flavor.

West Hollywood Book Fair Features Middle Eastern Panels and Levantine Booth

Authors Sign Recent Books, Joined by Musician/Composer Yuval Ron.

8th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair8th Annual West Hollywood Book FairSee event photos below.

Levantine Cultural Center participated in the 8th annual West Hollywood Book Fair, Sunday October 4th, 2009 with a booth featuring authors and musicians/peformers, and a panel discussion with Tamim Ansary and Reza Aslan.

For the past seven years, this event has attracted many avid readers and book enthusiasts alike. Over 400 authors and artists will be in attendance during the 2009 edition of the WeHo Book Fair, with some 100 discussion panels, book signings, writing workshops, poetry readings, storytelling and theatre. As ever, there will be a children’s area to entertain kids.

Come visit the Levantine Cultural Center’s booth (# E47-48, located in “The Field”), where we will have a comfortable lounge area to relax in, interesting books, CDs and DVDs available for purchase and some free goodies for those who come by. We will also be hosting a number of book/CD/DVD signings with authors and musicians: