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13th Anniversary Hafla Celebration

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jun 21 2014 8:00pm - Jun 22 2014 12:00am
Price: 
Minimum donation of $50/up per person includes dinner, one drink & performances.
Attend after 9 pm, no dinner, minimum donation of $25 per person
Donation of $100/up per person, evening includes performances, dinner, reserved seating, open bar and a special gift

Donate to Reserve Here
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
Celebrate with the Levantine Cultural Center

On Saturday, June 21st, the Levantine Cultural Center will officially celebrate the 13th anniversary of our founding (first public program presented at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on June 23, 2001) with a diverse evening of music, comedy, poetry and more. Performers include the popular group Bedouin X (Arabic and North African music) along with musicians Rowan Storm, Jim Grippo, Dann Torres, Kutsal and Yuval Ron. Comedians Omar Elba and Omid Singh will also perform. A delicious meal of Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine will be served. 

Minimum per person donation of $50/up includes dinner, one drink and performances, or attend after 9 pm, no dinner, with minimum $25 donation. With a donation of $100/up per person, the evening includes performances, dinner, reserved seating, open bar, and a special gift.

Seating is limited, reservations, info: 323.413.2001.

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Make a contribution toward our mural project 99 Heroes of the Middle East Mural or to create a new Fellowship or Internship on behalf of a needy undergrad or grad student. Contribute to keep the Levantine Cultural Center strong.

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The Levantine Cultural Center was founded in June 2001, with a simple mission: to unite the diverse Arab/Middle Eastern populations in Los Angeles - whether they be Moroccan, Iranian, Syrian, Yemeni, or anything in between. In our unity, we would have a place to raise our voices, share our culture (and food!) and come together as a single community. On September 11, 2001, that need became even starker and clearer. We have served the diverse people - Arab and non - of Los Angeles for almost thirteen years, promoting understanding and tolerance through art, music, political forums, and film. We have done a great deal to be proud of, and on an exceedingly modest budget.

While we are celebrating our 13th anniversary, the Levantine Cultural Center has so much more to accomplish, so much more good to do. We are only at the beginning of our work. That's why we ask for your ongoing support.

Give us a chance to continue the work. And enjoy some of our favorite performers and oldest supporters.

Other June events include the wrap-up of our critically-acclaimed exhibit, The Map is Not the Territory, and the opening of Local Not Local—a exhibition of Arabic and Persian typography, and a new Sultans of Satire show on June 27—because we're big believers in the power of laughter and stories. 

ADC Southern California Arab Empowerment Conference

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 31 2014 9:00am - 1:00pm
Price: 
Space is Limited. RSVP by May 28, 2014 to adcocounty@gmail.com OR call 714.641.5884.
Where: 
17521 Santiago Canyon
Silverado, CA 92676
The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Orange County Chapter presents the Southern California Regional Conference, "Protecting Civil Rights, Preserving Our Cultural Heritage, Promoting

Islamophobia, Analysis of the Muslim-Black Experience, Sohail Daulatzai & Asli Bali

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 25 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10/$5 students (no one turned away)
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking or at CVS underground lot
Subtitle: 
moderated by Asli Bali

Sohail Daulatzai, in a forum moderated by Asli U. Bâli, will discuss how the fears around "extremism" have impacted diverse Muslim communities (Black, Asian, Arab, etc.), and how this fear has reinvigorated the deeper criminalization of non-Muslim Black and Latino communities in the United States. He will explore the legacy of Malcolm X—the history of blackness and Islam together, the fear of what Malcolm X ushered in, and the politics he tried to put forward. He will ask what role Muslims should/could play in American politics, and the role does race plays in understanding government surveillance. 

This public forum on Islamophobia examines widespread racism and American policing and government spying. Racial and religious profiling remains a key concern in the Arab/Muslim community, while "stop and frisk" policing around the country still primary persecutes Black and Latino communities. Recent revelations of the massive surveillance apparatus of the NSA and other branches of the U.S. government have raised tremendous debate and concern around privacy and security, reinvigorating long-standing liberal notions about violations to civil liberties.

While mainstream America is concerned at the extent of government surveillance, there is very little alarm and in fact a great deal of public support for the continued surveillance of Muslim communities as a potential fifth column of "radicalization" and subversion in a post-9/11 climate. This forum is organized by LA Jews for Peace, hosted by the Levantine Cultural Center, and cosponsored by the United Methodist Holy Land Task Force and Council on American Islamic Relations-LA. Read a column by Sohail Daulatzai in The Nation.

Middle East Drum Class & Rhythm Circle with Rowan Storm

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 10 2014 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution for two hours is $20 (no one turned away)
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.

African World Music with Zimbabwe, Senegal Master Musicians

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 17 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Price: 
$20 general admission, seating limited
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Doors open 7 pm for dinner, show starts 8:00 pm
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
an evening of world music with Musekiwa Chingodza and Amadou Fall

We are pleased to present two amazing African maestros, each with their own ensembles, from Zimbabwe and Senegal respectively, mbira master Musekiwa Chingodza and kora master Amadou Fall, who performs with his band, Seneafrica, in a rare African world music concert at the Levantine Cultural Center. Enjoy powerful, intimate performances in a warm, atmosphere surrounded by art, books and colors of the Middle East and North Africa. Tickets for this exclusive presentation are $20. Seating is limited and advance reservations are strongly suggested. Moroccan and Syrian cuisine is available.

Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murewa, Zimbabwe. He says, "Our music is both medicine and food, as mbira has the power to heal and to provide for people." 

"Synergy! Amadou Fall mesmerizes playing the African Kora."  

"Arab Labor" Screening and Public Conversation

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 4 2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public butRSVPs required to rsvp@levantinecenter.org
(name of members in party, phone number)
Where: 
Harmony Gold Preview Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
A few blocks east of Fairfax, at Stanley
free parking beneath and behind building
Subtitle: 
a show that skewers the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

KCET-Link and the Levantine Cultural Center invite you to a special preview event to watch two episodes of the hit sitcom ARAB LABOR and participate in a public conversation featuring invited guests Clara Khoury (who costars in the show) and Dr. Yigal Arens, along with comedian/writer Aron Kader, moderated by Jordan Elgrably. A reception follows. You must RSVP to rsvp@levantinecenter.org or call 323.413.2001 (provide names of members in party, and a phone number).

Arab Labor is a hit Israeli sitcom series created by Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-born Palestinian columnist for Haaretz and a novelist, author of Dancing Arabs, Second Person Singular and ExposureArab Labor is translated from the Hebrew "Avoda Aravit", which colloquially implies "shoddy or second-rate work." 

The Map Is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths—Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 15 2014 6:00pm - Jun 22 2014 10:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public, contributions welcome
beautiful exhibition posters available with a donation of $10 or more
Where: 
Inside/Outside Gallery
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
an exhibition of 66 works, May 8-June 22, 2014

"The map is not the territory," a phrase coined by Alfred Korzybski, is the lesser-known counterpart to Magritte's charming "This is not a pipe." Unlike "This is not a pipe"—an image that has been rendered safe by multiple reproductions and parodies, by now of little relevance unless you are an Art History major—the phrase "the map is not the territory" is charged with political and cultural meaning of the most subversive sort. This meaning inspires the upcoming exhibit at the Inside/Outside Gallery, Levantine Cultural Center, conceived by Jennifer Heath and co-curated by Heath and Dagmar Painter.

One land, divided by walls and nomenclature like "annexed," "territory," "Manifest Destiny," until it is in bloody fragments. One people, divided by one thing, and then another, until they can barely recognize their own kin. Like blown dandelion seeds, people venturing out from their homeland, only to find themselves always looking backwards, and wondering how to retrace their steps. Such are the images and anxieties at the heart of The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths—Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish.

In 66 works by 37 artists, The Map Is Not the Territory looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonization—not as novelty or polemic, but as history and current events. Although many peoples worldwide have suffered long and often brutal intrusions, Palestinians, Native Americans and the Irish have intersected for centuries in specific and often unusual ways. What are some of these intersections and how do contemporary artists examine and process them through their own lives and visions? The Map Is Not the Territory opened in 2013 at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds in Washington, D.C.—the first stop for this five-year traveling art exhibition, 2013-2018. See a Washington Post review of the show.

To help sponsor this exhibition, contact 310.657.5511, or contribute here. 

Café Arabesque IV with Bedouin-X & Special Guests

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 26 2014 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Price: 
$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
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center's Café Arabesque
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
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.

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.

Women Filming Women in the Middle East

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 24 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
$15 general, $10 members/students
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve your seat
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a film arts forum with Judith Barry, Julia Meltzer and Sarah Gualtieri

Two American filmmakers/artists talk about the challenges and rewards of making films about women living their daily lives in Cairo and Damascus. Each of the films, made in very different styles, chronicle a period right before Egypt and Syria were gripped by revolutionary turmoil. Short clips from each film will be shown in advance of the discussion. The participants include artist Judith Barry on Cairo Stories (Egypt) (info-duration) and director Julia Meltzer on The Light in Her Eyes (Syria, Info-duration, co-directed with Laura Nix), with moderator Sarah Gualtieri, author of Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at USC. Seating is limited, tickets are $15, $10 students/members. Watch The Light in Her Eyes trailer here.