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"The Immigrant Experience" Creative Writing Workshop with Elana Golden

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jun 17 2012 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Price: 
Single workshop: $40
Series of four: $125
$40 individual workshop or $125 for series of 4
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June 17, July 22, Aug 19, 2012
To register, contact 310.657.5511 or email Elana at elanaji-at-earthlink.net
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90035
between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
Stories of War and Peace, Occupation, Revolution and Freedom, Personal and Collective.
Writing instructor Elana Golden, a favorite with the Levantine Center, is teaching a series of four monthly workshops in creative writing for new and experienced writers, immigrants and non-immigrants, to be taken as a series or individually at the Levantine Cultural Center. The dates are:

Sun June 17
Sun July 22
Sun August 19
Sun Sept 16

Create a body of work, memoir or fiction, short stories or one longer piece in the workshop.

Writing with compassion toward yourself and your life's story, writer's block and limiting beliefs will diminish—resulting in authentic literature, self-knowledge, new insights into your family, community and culture, and in cathartic healing.  You will learn and explore the skills of creative writing as you write and read your work in the group, receive effective feedback and partake in insightful discussions.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 12 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
$20 for two-hour workshop
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
play doumbek, daf, riqq live informally at the Levantine café

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by percussion expert Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, April 12, 2014 (and second Saturdays in May and June). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.

Suggested contribution for two hours is $20.

Ava Nahas World Percussion Doumbek Workshop

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Mar 29 2014 11:30am - Mar 30 2014 3:30pm
Price: 
Early registrants $65 for both, $40 for one; $85 for both, $50 for one
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Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
study the intensity of the doumbek, percussion at the core of Arabic music

Ava Nahas world percussion series for the doumbek (Arab tabla) at the Levantine Cultural Center is a two-day workshop to harness the power, style and artistry of the doumbek, a singular and essential drum in the panoply of Arabic music, from Morocco to Iraq. Sat., March 29, 11:30 am-1:30 pm and Sun., March 30, 1:30-3:30 pm. Ava Nahas is a world percussionist who performs with MESTO, Bedouin-X and her own world music ensemble. She teaches at Remo and other studios around the southland. Visit her Facebook page.Ava Nahas teaches doumbek at the Levantine Cultural Center, March 29/30Ava Nahas teaches doumbek at the Levantine Cultural Center, March 29/30

Register early by March 15th and save, just $65 for both workshops or $40 for one; regular price $85 for both; $50 for one. You can register by phone, call the LCC, 323.413.2001 or email rsvp@levantinecenter.org with "Ava Nahas" in the subject and include your phone number. Still have questions? Contact Ava directly, 310.433.3531.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Feb 8 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 for one circle, $15 for two
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
practice rhythm, learn new beats

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Feb. 8, 2014 (repeats on March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. The Levantine Cultural Center is located at 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035 between La Cienega and Fairfax. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.

Suggested contribution Part One ~ Basic Lesson: $10. Part Two ~ Rhythm Circle: $10. Suggested contribution for both parts: $15.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 18 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 for one circle, $15 for two
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
Street parking.
Subtitle: 
get into Middle Eastern percussion at the Levantine!

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Jan. 18, 2013 (repeats on Feb. 8 and March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome.

Middle East Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Dec 14 2013 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 for one circle, $15 for two
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a drum circle for everyone, from beginner to advanced

Come participate in a new Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Dec. 14, 2013. Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. The Levantine Cultural Center is located at 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657. Reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum and join the fun!

Suggested contribution Part One ~ Basic Lesson: $10. Part Two ~ Rhythm Circle: $10. Suggested contribution for both parts: $15.

Middle East Drumming Drum Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Nov 16 2013 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10 per circle
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
basic drumming at 1:30, rhythm circle at 2:30
The Levantine Cultural Center presents a new Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturdays from 1:30 -3:30 pm on 16 November 2013

Arabic and Islamic Music Workshop

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 29 2012 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Price: 
Workshop fee $25, members $20
seating limited, reservations strongly advised
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Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega Blvd and Fairfax Ave
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
a tour of the history and contemporary exponents of Arab and Islamic music with live demonstration and a complementary CD
Ethnomusicologist, deejay and musician Alfred Madain aka Al-Fareed will give a complete tour of Arab and Islamic music with a live demonstration and complementary CD. A native of Jordan who has traveled widely through the Arab and Islamic world, he has performed with the Kan Zaman orchestra and many other groups locally in addition to serving as a music director or composer for numerous theatre productions.

Group Meditation Session With Mojdeh Zavosh

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 14 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10
Doors 10:45 a.m.
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
peace in the world begins within each of us

"Peace in the world cannot be achieved unless there is peace within individuals."

Levantine Cultural Center and Energy Spa offer a special New Year meditation session, led by Mojdeh Zavosh, with a special introductory rate, suggested $10 donation. Please join us for an hour of group meditation to welcome the new year and help manifest an energy of peace in the world.

Opening the Mountain: Creative Writing Workshop

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 21 2012 10:00am - 2:00pm
Price: 
$40 general public, $20 students; sliding scale available.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd

Los Angeles CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking or in the underground CVS lot
Subtitle: 
Armenians, Turks and their friends writing together...

Levantine Cultural Center's best-loved creative writing teacher, Elana Golden, leads a special one-of-a-kind  creative writing workshop for Armenians and Turks, and their friends. In an atmosphere of respect for our common humanity, this workshop will offer a safe space and guidance for Armenians and Turks to write their stories and those of their families and ancestors, and listen to each other's work from the heart. Says Elana, "It is my greatest honor and life purpose to help people heal and grow from war and trauma, and to turn atrocities into works of art so we remember them and not repeat them."