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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.

Souren Baronian's Magic Carpet Ride

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jul 26 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Price: 
$25 General Admission/$20 members & students with id
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 and Fairfax
Street parking
Subtitle: 
a carpet concert

"Like two chemicals that flare upon touching, the music is a remarkable hybrid of two cul

Middle East Drum & Rhythm Circle Led by Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jun 14 2014 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution for two hours is $20 (no one turned away)
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, June 14, 2014. 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.

"Heroes" Mural to Feature Middle East Cultural Icons

Heroes of the Middle East & North Africa Mural, 99 Cultural Icons

a mural project including life-size portraits of all the greats

The Levantine Cultural Center has unveiled The HEROES OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA mural initiative, which proposes to create a large mural depicting cultural icons such as Rumi, Khalil Gibran, Fairuz, Naguib Mahfouz and other poets, writers, filmmakers, musicians and artists who are symbols of peace through the arts.

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!

New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series

The fourth season of the New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series will present as many as two dozen features, documentaries and short films in Los Angeles and Orange County, to foster a greater understanding of the Middle East and North Africa, and to afford provocative opportunities for meaningful dialogue, while working with major partners including the Arab Film Festival, UCLA, USC, Chapman University, the University of California at Irvine, and others.

Jack G. Shaheen remembers 40 years of deconstrcting Arab sterotypes


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.

Los Angeles-Beirut, a Literary Salon

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 17 2013 7:00pm
Price: 
Suggested donation, $10/$20 with a signed copy of "This Angelic Land"
complementary snacks provided
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega Blvd & Fairfax Ave
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
With novelist Aris Janigian, painter/playwright Vahé Berberian, and photographer Ara Oshagan

Levantine Cultural Center presents "Los Angeles-Beirut," a literary exploration of the two cities through the eyes of two Beirutis transplanted to Los Angeles and an American-born novelist whose recent book tells the story of a Beiruti transplanted to Los Angeles. Novelist Aris Janigian will read from and discuss his new novel This Angelic Land, the story of Adam Derderian, a hip, 27-year old bar owner, during his six-day journey through the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Seeming to carry scant memory of Lebanon's civil war, from which Derderian had fled while still a boy, the landscape of the riots now finds him revisiting the world he thought he had escaped. Derderian engages with Armenian gangsters, members of the Nation of Islam, a Hancock Park playboy and a Kurdish scenic artist as he watches his adopted city ransacked and set ablaze. Unflinchingly candid, This Angelic Land is also a timely tour de force. Critic D.J. Waldie of the Los Angeles Review of Books has called it "today's necessary book." Read Levantine Review's take on This Angelic Land

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

For Immediate Release
Please Contact Kameron Myles
951.990.4043
 NEW "A IS FOR ARAB" EXHIBIT AT THE LEVANTINE CULTURAL CENTER
DISPLAYS ABCs OF AMERICAN MEDIA & POP CULTURE STEREOTYPES
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, 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.

A New Novel Captures Life in Los Angeles and Beirut

Reviewed By Jordan Elgrably

[This Angelic Land, a novel by Aris Janigian, West of West Books, 2012]

Do you remember the early ‘90s in Los Angeles? Between the riots, the Northridge earthquake, OJ Simpson and the Malibu mudslides, it became an apocalyptic landscape, at once horrific, beautiful, and unforgettable.

Not unlike Beirut during its civil war, 1975-1990.

This Angelic Land: a novel by Aris JanigianThis Angelic Land: a novel by Aris Janigian

This Angelic Land is a novel set in Los Angeles during the 1992 Rodney King riots—the largest, most destructive civil uprising in American history. Adam Derderian, the central protagonist, is a 27-year-old Lebanese Armenian bar owner. The narrative shifts back and forth from his perspective to that of his brother, a New York-based artist five years his senior. The backdrop is their youth during the Lebanese civil war in Beirut—one of the longest civil wars in modern history.