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A Night in Persia Members' Salon

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 3 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
Free for members, who may bring two guests
non-member donation $15
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Subtitle: 
"A La Mode de Chez Nous" intimately explores Iranian culture

Bring your appetite, good cheer, candor and friendship to this Levantine Cultural Center (LCC) program as we celebrate the coming of spring, or Nowruz, new Persian year with special guests and activities, including artist-curator Marjan Vayghan on contemporary Iranian art and Persian poetry. The Members Exclusive Salon is a monthly networking event organized in appreciation of our members and supporters to allow them to learn about the different cultures of the MENA, connect with each other, and create a space for exchange and peace. Our last salon explored Morocco and this one is dedicated to Iran. RSVPs strongly advised to ensure sufficient bounties of food, 323.413.2001. or email rsvp@levantinecenter.org with the names of those attending and your phone number please. (Members and donors may attend with one or two guests.)

The salon is entitled "A la Mode de Chez Nous" because every month it is organized in the customs and traditions of the community represented. It is a unique chance to learn about other cultures, and we invite our members to meet these cultures with an open mind and an open heart. Every A la Mode de Chez Nous, we all gather under a particular theme to enjoy the individual stories, the creative melodies, the innovative works or the revolutionary words of one of our communities. Still, we first and foremost gather to meet each other by completely merging into each other's stories, and by experiencing each other's traditions.

"It's Better to Jump" Directors' Screening, Palestinian stories of Akka

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 1 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
include reception
$25 Patron of the Arts (early and priority seating)
$12 General Admission
$6 Students
Celebrate Palestine All-Events Pass (L.A. OR O.C.), $100
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
Underground, rear lot & street parking (read signs).
Subtitle: 
with Patrick Stewart, Gina Angelone, Mouna Stewart

A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents a directors' screening of It's Better to Jump, a new documentary about the ancient walled city of Akka (aka Acre) in northern Israel, inhabited by Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha'i. Akka's history goes all the way back to rule of the Egyptian Pharaohs. As Akka undergoes harsh economic pressures and vast social change, the present-day situation is causing Arab families to leave the places where they have grown roots for dozens of generations and shaped a rich culture for over a thousand years.

This film focuses on the aspirations and concerns of the Palestinian inhabitants who call the Old City home. Following the screening, co-directors Patrick Stewart, Gina M. Angelone and Mouna Stewart appear live in conversation at the Harmony Gold TheatreAbout the directors.

Levantine Booth at the West Hollywood Book Fair

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Sep 29 2013 10:00am - 7:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public, books available for purchase and signing
Where: 

Join us when we present our Middle East book booth and welcome authors Shohreh Aghdashloo, Hussein Banai, Kitty Pilgrim and others at the West Hollywood Book Fair, celebrating its 12th edition on Sunday, September 29th. We will also feature a MIddle East drum circle with frame drums, led by Rowan Storm, along with artist Adnan Hussein. This year's festival will feature literature, art, music, performance and community in an eclectic presentation. The program will welcome treasured Southern California literary luminary, T.C. Boyle, who will present his brand-new collected stories. The ever-entertaining Boyle is sure to be a Book Fair highlight. Many other terrific writers will perform and discuss new and recently published works, including Debbie Reynolds, William Friedkin, Lynda Obst, Victoria Chang, Aaron Hartzler, D.H. Pelligro, Veronica Reyes, and many more to be announced.

A Spiritual Journey in Yilmaz Alimoglu's "Deserts and Mountains"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Los Angeles, Feb. 28] Turkish author Yilmaz Alimoglu will present his book, Deserts and Mountains, at the Levantine Cultural Center, March 10, 7:00 pm, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035.

Annual Holiday Bazaar Party!

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Dec 17 2010 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
street parking
between Fairfax and La Cienega
Subtitle: 
Great gift items, sale on art, books, jewelry, music, DVDs, clothing, cash bar

Gift items! Art! Party! Join the community of American Arabs, Jews, Iranians, Greeks, Armenians, Turks, Kurds, Berbers and all the other insubordinate tribes of the Middle East, North Africa and the United States for our annual HOLIDAY BAZAAR and party.

Awesome sale prices on all art, books, music, movies, jewelry clothing, you name it! Revolutionary Me tees, Turkish jewelry, comedy DVDs...

Last-minute gift-shopping for the holidays, great stuff, and your purchases benefit the Levantine Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization that celebrates arts, culture and building stronger bridges between Americans and the Middle East.

See art from the Peace Project! Free hors d'oeuvres at the bar (cash bar).

Info 310.657.5511.

Women Design New Istanbul Mosque, a First in the Muslim World

Subtitle: 
A Contemporary Spin On Classical Islamic Architecture

Zeynep Fadillioglu, architect, at the Sakirin MosqueWomen and Islam is always a hot topic, whether in the Arab/Muslim world or in the West, where we tend to believe that women enjoy far more freedoms, and naturally are not obliged to disguise themselves in burkas nor hijabs. The debate remains lively even in Turkey—a largely Muslim country with a secular constitution. Now the world's first mosque designed by a woman has opened in Istanbul.

The new Sakirin Mosque's design relies on Turkey's Islamic architectural mainstays and was overseen by Zeynep Fadillioglu, who together with her team of interior designers and architects have created a beautiful if relatively orthodox structure. It is Fadillioglu's first mosque.

Web Television Bridges East and West

Subtitle: 
"Beauty and the East" Goes Beneath the Surface

By Catherine Batruni

When Identities Clash

Subtitle: 
Reflections of a Lebanese-American Between Two Worlds and Feeling Comfortable In Neither
By Catherine Batruni

"For those who have left it," Nobel Prize-winning author Elias Canetti once wrote, "the city of childhood and adolescence becomes a mythical place." I whole-heartedly agree with his statement, as melancholy as it may seem, for Beirut, my Beirut, sometimes feels shrouded in myth; and Lebanon, my Lebanon, has become the subject of my desire, though I've returned on many occasions.

Nadine Labaki

Subtitle: 
Lebanese Filmmaker

Nadine LabakiNadine LabakiNadine Labaki is best known for her film Caramel which she co-wrote, directed, and starred in.

"Cosmic War" Party and Concert Featured Reza Aslan, Kutsal and Omar Offendum


Book Party and Concert May 2Book Party and Concert May 2Reza Aslan presented his new book How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror May 2, at Café-Club Fais Do-Do, at 5257 W. Adams Blvd., LA 90016. Also appearing were Turkish indie rocker Kutsal and Arab hip hop artist Omar Offendum.

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