details for all programs can be found online at http://levantinecenter.org/pages/calendar.html
***June 6-7 (Fri-Sat)—Armenians and Progressive Politics***
Friday June 6: Plenary Lecture: 7:30 pm "Raising Social Consciousness Through Art and Music" with Lalo Alcarez, Vahé Berberian, Jerry Quickley. Moderator: Paul Krekorian.
***June 7 (Sat), 9 pm—Culture as Resistance, a Hip-Hop Fundraiser for Free Gaza***
A night of hip-hop, activism and spoken word for the Free Gaza movement. Featuring: Omar Chakaki: Architect/Hip-Hop artist born in the Middle East, founding member of N.O.M.A.D.S. Mark Gonzales: Poet, educator, organizer, traveled in refugee camps from Palestine to streets of Havana. Nizar Wattad: Screenwriter, hip-hop artist born in the Middle East, producer of Free the P, first Arab hip-hop project nationally distributed. See the Philistines.
***June 12-14 (Thurs-Sat)—1st Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival***
The Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival will be held at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles (369 East First Street), June 12-June 14, 2008, celebrating storytelling of the Mixed racial and cultural experience including that of transracial/cultural adoption and interracial/cultural relationships.
***June 21 (Sat), 8:00 pm—"A Land Twice Promised" written & performed by Noa Baum with Naser Musa***
A poignant and funny performance about Palestinian and Israeli women at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Tix on sale now.
***also at Levantine Cultural Center***
Saturdays: classes in conversational Arabic with Alfred Madain
Mondays: classical Egyptian belly dance classes with Jamila Al-Wahid
Tuesdays: doumbek class, beginning and advanced with Alex Spurkel
Wednesdays: daf & Persian vocal class with Mamak Khadem