The Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief is the longest-running Arab/Middle Eastern comedy show in the US, now entering its 7th year. The Sultans of Satire includes some of the best stand-up comedians today who happen to be of Arab, Iranian, Turkish, Greek, Armenian and Middle Eastern Jewish heritage. In this show Ronnie Khalil, Elham Jazab and Noel Elgrably return behind the Orange Curtain for an encore performance after their last show together at the Irvine Barclay Theater. They will be joined by special guest comedian, Mike Batayeh.
Get a fresh satirical perspective on American and Middle Eastern life when Ronnie Khalil (Egypt), Elham Jazab (Iran) and Noel Elgrably (Morocco/US) bring their Arab, Persian and Sephardic sensibilities to the Muckenthaler Cultural Center for the first time. Mike Batayeh (Jordan/U.S.) also makes a special guest appearance. The popular and long-running Sultans of Satire show has been a monthly feature at the world-famous Laugh Factory and Improv comedy clubs in L.A. Many of the most celebrated Arab and Iranian comedians in the world have been members of the Sultans cast.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Los Angeles, January 24, 2011]—The Levantine Cultural Center, in participation with Women's Voices Now, will present the Women's Voices Now Benefit Party on February 4, 2011 8pm-midnight at the Bradford Stewart Studio, 5872 Smiley Dr., Culver City, 90232. This important night will introduce Women's Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival—giving voice to women of all faiths living in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim women living as minorities around the globe—taking place March 17-19 at the LA Film School.
[For Immediate Release-Los Angeles, 1/19/11] What's Next for Israel/Palestine: War, Peace or More Occupation? UN Special Rapporteur Richard A. Falk and anthropologist and author Jeff Halper will hold a public forum on February 5, 2011 at the Iman Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave. in Los Angeles. Falk and Halper will address issues on the relations between Israel, Palestine, Turkey and the U.S. (A special donor dinner with Falk and Halper benefiting ICAHD will follow afterward from 6:30-8:30 pm. More info.)
[Los Angeles 1/19/11] The Levantine Cultural Center will host Palestinian peacemaker Itaf Awad as she shares the gift of the Way of Council on January 26, 2011 from 7:30-9:30pm. The presentation will take place at the Levantine Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, 90035. An $18 donation is requested to support the Salaam-Shalom Educational Foundation, which is raising funds to build a play area for Palestinian children in Jenin.
Despite internal political turmoil and outward appearances, Iran continues to cultivate a thriving contemporary art scene, and work by artists from Iran has been gaining a strong international profile over the last decade. Los Angeles is home to a robust diasporic Iranian community, but the city has been slow to highlight contemporary art from the country in its gallery and museum exhibitions.
That has begun to change over the last few years and the opening of Postcards from Tehran at the 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica this January is a valuable example of the increased local attention to the subject.
"Jennifer Jajeh has an interesting story to tell. Sometimes-humorous, sometimes-disturbing... her discoveries of what life in Ramallah is like for Palestinians may be revelatory for most Americans." —Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
Jennifer Jajeh's tragicomic solo show has already been a hit in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it ran for 12 weeks in the fall of '09, and in Minneapolis and Chicago for six weeks in the spring of last year. Audiences are overwhelmingly receptive to Jennifer's performance, and critics have been enthusiastic. Read reviews.
The Levantine Cultural Center is pleased to cosponsor the play's Los Angeles debut, February 11-March 5 at the Theater Asylum in Hollywood. Advance tickets here.
(Los Angeles, January 12, 2011) HYBRIDS is a dynamic new exhibition featuring two younger multimedia artists—Khalid Hussein and Noah Haytin—whose work explores power, identity and American and Middle Eastern ideologies. Both Hussein and Haytin express their creativity in strong colors and layered textures. What if Francis Bacon were an Arab? Or Chagall a Moroccan? HYBRIDS will open at the Inside/Outside Gallery (Levantine Cultural Center), 6-10 pm, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035, on January 28th, 2011. The two-man show runs through February 28, 2011.