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Save the Date, Dec. 13, for Our Year-End Benefit Comedy Show

On Saturday, December 13th, 2014, the Levantine Cultural Center will hold its year-end comedy benefit show with the New Sultans of Satire at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, in Long Beach. With a special tribute to Robin Williams, this evening brings together the top young Middle Eastern comedians at work together, including Aron Kader (Comedy Central's "Axis of Evil"), Tehran, Sammy Obeid, Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud, Sherwin Arae and Melissa Shoshahi. The Levantine Cultural will donate a portion of the proceeds to Kinder USA (Kids in Need of Development, Education, and Relief) to help deserving children in Gaza with medical needs following the summer war. The Levantine Cultural Center works to bridge political and religious divides that may exist between Americans and the Middle East/North Africa, by presenting arts and education programs in the spirit of exploration, discovery and unity.

Proceeds 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.

Café Arabesque IV with Bedouin-X & Special Guests

Event Details
Apr 26 2014 8:00pm - 11:00pm
$18 advance/$15 members/students; $20 at the door; doors open 7:00 pm
RSVPs strongly advised, 323.413.2001
Click here to buy tickets
Middle Eastern & Moroccan food served in café
Levantine Cultural Center's Café Arabesque
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Al-Fareed and his cohorts perform authentic North African/Arab music, dancers welcome!

A beautiful night of inspired music awaits you when the Levantine Cultural Center presents the fourth edition of Café Arabesque with Al-Fareed of Radio Al-Fareed and his band Bedouin-X.

Forum on Fighting Islamic Fundamentalism with Karima Bennoune

Event Details
Feb 27 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Suggested $10 donation/$5 students; $30 with signed book
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve
Westwood Hills United Congregational Church
1989 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
Free lot and street parking
a human rights law professor on her new book

Critics of Islam ask why Muslims themselves don't speak out often enough against extremism. The Levantine Cultural Center and Muslims for Progressive Values invite you to a public forum on Muslims like the young Malala Yousefzai and countless others around the world who oppose Islamic fundamentalism. Featured guest speaker is human rights lawyer and UC Davis law professor Karima Bennoune, whose book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, was named one of the top ten books of the year on religion and spirituality by Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association. Read an excerpt on how Muslim artists battle fundamentalism. Cosponsored by Muslims for Progressive Values. Moderated by MPV cofounder Ani Zonneveld (bio follows).

"Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here should be required reading, not only for those of us who are professionally involved with Muslim-majority societies, but also for anyone who mistakenly believes that Muslims are doing nothing to end fundamentalist violence." —Rachel Newcomb, The Washington Post 

"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.

DJ Cheb I Sabbah at Zanzibar with Rafe Pearlman & Chris Assaad

Event Details
Jul 24 2013 8:00pm - Jul 25 2013 2:00am
1301 5th St
Santa Monica, CA 8pm-2am
with DJs Fabian Alsultany and Derek Beres
Groove to the sounds of North Africa, the Middle East and India with the inimitable Cheb I Sabbah featuring DJ sets by Fabian Alsultany (Globesonic/Imperial Highness) and Derek Beres (Globesonic/EarthRise SoundSystem), featuring live acoustic sets by Rafe Pearlman and Chris Assaad. Six Degrees Records artist Cheb i Sabbah has created a collection of elegant and innovative albums with his treatment of classical Indian and indigenous North African sounds with modern electronica. Born in Algeria of Berber (Amazigh) descent, by the late 1980s Sabbah was residing in San Francisco while internationally pushing boundaries on the dance floor, seeking ways to infuse Asian, Arabic and African sounds into the mix. He has transformed a range of compositions into sonic landscapes, thus creating a new style of electronic music "composed" by a DJ. See the Facebook invite.

L.A.'s Middle East Cultural Arts Center Fêtes 12th Year!

our new fiscal year starts July 1st, we seek your support

Can you believe it?!

We are just starting our 12th year serving greater Los Angeles. Don Heckman wrote the first LA Times article about us, positively reviewing our first public program, in a Calendar review published June 25, 2001. (We received another thumbs-up review in December 2001 by theatre critic Don Shirley and many more LA Times articles since.) 

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.

"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.

25 Years of Arab Creativity at the IMA in Paris

the world's largest Arab arts center celebrates its 25th anniversary with a comprehensive exhibition
By Jessica Proett and Erin Salokas

The Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) or IMA in Paris has just fëted its 25th anniversary featuring a comprehensive exhibition entitled "25 Years of Arab Creativity." The grand opening was held in an undulatory post-modern structure in the adjacent courtyard of the imposing nine-story Arab cultural center that is a Parisian focal point directly adjacent to the Seine River. Through February 3, 2013, the gallery presents forty Arab artists to showcase the diversity of the modern Arab experience in various countries through art. ("25 Years of Arab Creativity" also includes work in architecture and film.)