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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.

The Art of Morocco with El Habib Louai & Youssef Iferd

Event Details
Aug 29 2013 7:30pm - 9:30pm
cover $12/$6 students include organic Moroccan mint tea and cookies
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
ample street parking
café-bar open 7-10 pm
a transcendent evening of poetry and music

Live in Los Angeles from Taroudant, Morocco is poet-translator El Habib Louai, accompanied by authentic gnawa musician/singer Youssef Iferd, presenting a fresh evening of spoken word and music in English and Arabic. El Habib Louai is a poet and translator from Taroudant currently traveling across the U.S. who recently translated some of the 15 Moroccan poets included in the Big Bridge anthology. Youssef Iferd has been performing a fusion of Moroccan and western music with the bands Radio Essaouira, Kif Samba and Moor Rockin' Time. Enjoy organic Moroccan mint tea and cookies with this evening devoted to the spirit of poetry.

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.

Café Arabesque 2 features North African, Arab Music

Event Details
May 24 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
$18 advance/$15 members/students/seniors or with postcard; $20 at the door; doors open 7:30 pm
RSVPs strongly advised, 323.413.2001
Click here to buy tickets
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!

"'Arabesque' was out of this world amazing. We enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the encore." —Laila El-Hajoui 

"Great event at the Levantine Cultural Center Saturday night...the music took my soul on a beautiful journey." —Nancy Tedder 

The Levantine Cultural Center presents an encore performance of "Arabesque" with Al-Fareed of Radio Al-Fareed, AKA Alfred Madain and a group of musicians, the band calling itself Bedouin X. The band members are David Markowitz, Timothy Maloof and David Martinielli. Special guest artist visiting from Tunisia, Jamel Eddine Boukraa.

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.

Tony Khalifé, Sheila Vossough, Sholeh Wolpé in "Artists for Peace"

Event Details
Nov 3 2012 8:00pm - 10:30pm
$40 preferred, $25 general
seating limited, call 323.413.2001 to reserve
click here to buy tickets
Free parking. Arriving, take the driveway down around behind
the Sanctuary as directed by the attendant and park.
The 1909 Sanctuary
1909 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga Canyon CA
Tony Khalifé live, with Sholeh Wolpé, Rosa Rojas & Alex Spurkel, hosted by Sheila Vossough

POSTPONED This event has been pushed forward to January 2013. Artists for Peace features a very special performance by Tony Khalifé in an evening of mystical music and dance with influences from Lebanon, India, North Africa and beyond, with special poetry performances by Sholeh Wolpe and Sheila Vossough reciting the poetry of Ahmad Shamloo and Forough Farrokhzad in English and Farsi, also featuring The Forbidden poetry of Iran.

Academy Contender "Monsieur Lahzar" Stars Mohamed Fellag

film opens on 50th anniversary of Algeria's independence; Fellag, best known for his comedic performances, brings sober drama to life
Reviewed by Omid Arabian

From our neighbors up north comes Monsieur Lazhar, a French-Canadian film starring Algerian actor Mohamed Fellag. The film is set in a Montreal public school, where the sixth-grade class has just lost their teacher to suicide. As the story begins, two of the kids discover the teacher's body hanging from the ceiling of their classroom. The motives behind her grizzly act and her deliberate choice of venue never become quite clear; this lack of clarity is in essence what drives and complicates the kids' emotional journey in the weeks and months that follow.