The Levantine Cultural Center presents a rare live performance lecture on the aesthetics of Arabic music.
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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
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.
Few Americans realize it, but Morocco was indeed the first country in the world to officially recognize the new revolutionary American government, in 1777. In the spirit of friendship and the holiday spirit, Moroccans, Americans, North Africans and our friends invite everyone together for an evening of camaraderie, with mint tea and sweets provided by the Moroccan American Association of California and the Moroccan American Friendship Association. Seating limited, RSVPs strongly recommended, to 323.413.2001.
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.
The 16th Arab Film Festival with support from the Levantine Cultural Center (New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series) will present Faouzi Bensaidi's Death for Sale (117 ms) on Sat., Oct. 20 at the Writers Guild Theatre on Doheny Dr. This Los Angeles premiere is a 2011 Belgian-French-Moroccan and UAE coproduction, and features Fehd Benchemsi, Fouad Labiad, Mouhcine Malzi, Imane Elmechrafi and Faouzi Bensaïdi.
On Thursday, July 19, the Goethe-Institut and Levantine Cultural Center present an evening of readings with Tunisian novelist Hassouna Mosbahi. Selections from Mosbahi's most recent novels, The Orphan of Time and A Tunisian Tale (available in English from the American University of Cairo Press) will be read by Mosbahi along with actors Jihad Abdo and Patrick Faucette reading from his work in Arabic and English. A public discussion will ensue, moderated by Fareed Majari, director of the Goethe-Institut in Los Angeles following his posting in Beirut, Lebanon. The program is free to the public, and is cosponsored by the Villa Aurora, where Hassouna Mosbahi is a Feuchtwanger Fellow until the end of the year.