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.)
GlobalGirl Media and the Levantine Cultural Center present "Morocco Unveiled: Women, Art and Activism in the New Morocco" with Majdouline Lyazidi. A 22-year-old feminist and human rights activist, Majdouline Lyazidi has been a member of Amnesty International Morocco since 2008, volunteered at the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) Youth Club and in 2011—inspired by the SlutWalk movement—and founded Woman Choufouch, the first movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault in Morocco.
This show is seriously funny. If you love to laugh, if you need to laugh, you'll dig the Sultans of Satire with its satirical insights and fresh perspectives on American and Middle Eastern life. The revolving cast features Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud, Omar Elba, Nöel Elgrably, Amir K., Sheno Khal and Mona Shaikh. The Sultans of Satire is the longest-running Middle Eastern stand-up comedy show in the U.S. Features some of the best young stand-up comedians today who just happen to be of Arab, Lebanese, Palestinian, Egyptian, Iranian and Moroccan heritage from diverse faiths. Tickets/info 323.413.2001. Watch video clips at sultansofsatire.com.
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.
By its title alone, Ammiel Alcalay's groundbreaking 1993 book, announced a new Middle East: After Jews and Arabs, it declared, confidently pointing towards a future when the (false) opposition between those two essentialized groups would no longer dominate our imaginations. Remaking Levantine Culture, the subtitle continued, suggesting that we might work together to create that future by drawing on the past, turning to the Levantine culture that flourished long before the deadly divide that has devastated our times.
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.