Community Events

Events

Diana Abu Jaber Reading

Event date:
Monday, 26 September 2011

American Book Award-winning Diana Abu-Jaber discusses her latest book, Birds of Paradise, a multilayered novel about family and self, self-indulgence, and generosity, against the vivid backdrop of contemporary Miami. Abu-Jaber is the author of Origin, Crescent, Arabian Jazz, and The Language of Baklava

Alsarah and the Nubatones with Naima

Event date:
Saturday, 01 October 2011
Event End Date:
Saturday, 01 October 2011
Individual Price:
17.00

After rocking the Arab Cultural Festival in Union Square, Alsarah and the Nubatones will bring their unique take on Sudanese soul music to Berkeley's La Peña.

Alia Malek at ICCNC

Event date:
Sunday, 25 September 2011

Check out an onstage conversation with Alia Malek, Editor of "Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice," followed by audience Q&A and book signing.

9/25 at 4:00 p.m. at Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, 94612
Tickets : $10 general, $5 students
For more info, call (510) 832-7600 or email info@iccnc.org

Alia Malek is an author and civil rights lawyer. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, she began her legal career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. After working in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank, Malek, who has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities, earned her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her reportage has appeared in Salon, The Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York Times.

Tarabiya in the Mission

Event date:
Saturday, 01 October 2011
Individual Price:
20.00

After drumming his heart out at the Arab Cultural Festival (see below!), percussionist Faisal Zedan headlines Tarabiya at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.

10/1 Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.
Misison Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St. at 25th, San Francisco
General admission $15 adv., $20 door

Musicians Faisal Zedan, Husain Dixon Resan, Jalal Takesh, Younes el Maqboul, Amina Goodyear and Sandy Hollister sing and play the music and songs of Om Kalthoum. Dances performed by Ahava, Dannhae, Hana Ali, Nicole and Zahara. For info www.aswandancers.org/Tarabiya.htm Tarabiya is an invitation to experience a shared state of mystical ecstasy. A crew of talented Bay Area musicians and dancers take the stage for an evening inspired by a joyful state of consciousness that is Tarab!

MECA call to action at MOCHA

Event date:
Friday, 23 September 2011
Event End Date:
Saturday, 24 September 2011

MECA Call to Action

The board of directors of Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art cancelled “A Child’s View from Gaza,” a long-planned exhibit of Palestinian children’s drawings. The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay openly claim credit for forcing the MOCHA board to cancel the exhibit.

Protest MOCHA’s Cave-In:
Friday, 9/23 at 3 p.m.
Outside MOCHA, 538 Ninth St. near Clay, Oakland (a few blocks from the 12th St.-City Center BART)

The Bay Area and Oakland in particular are known for our diversity and commitment to free expression and social justice. We will not be censored. The show must go on!

Family-Friendly Grand Opening: “A Child’s View from Gaza”
Saturday, 9/24, 1 - 3 p.m.
Join us for art, music, poetry, and food to celebrate the the opening of the exhibit outside MOCHA at 538 Ninth St. near Clay, Oakland.

For more information, go to http://www.mecaforpeace.org or call (510) 548-0542.

Ali Abunimah with Special Guest Alice Walker

Event date:
Wednesday, 05 October 2011
Individual Price:
15.00

Ali Abunimah and Alice Walker Speak in Oakland

The Middle East Children's Alliance is pleased to present: An Evening with Ali Abunimah with Special Guest Alice Walker. The ACCC is a co-sponsor of this event.


At the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway, Oakland
Tickets $15, $10 students/low-income, available at through Brown Paper Tickets, or at local bookstores: (East Bay) Books, Inc.; Diesel; Moe's Books; Walden Pond; (SF) Modern Times. Tickets available at all bookstores on 9/16, and at Modern Times on 9/19. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Ali Abunimah is co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian ImpasseAlice Walker Alice Walker is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer, including her book, Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo and Palestine/Israel. She participated in the US Boat to Gaza, part of the Freedom flotilla.

This event is a benefit for MECA's Maia Project: Clean Water for the Children of Palestine and is co-sponsored by the ACCC. Wheelchair accessible & ASL interpreted.

Ana Hurra comes to the Bay Area

Event date:
Friday, 07 October 2011
Event End Date:
Saturday, 08 October 2011
Individual Price:
25.00

10/7 - 10/8 at Skyline College, San Bruno
3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA
8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $25 General Seating, $40 Premier Seating

Ana Hurra (I am free) is a play that depicts one of the interrogation sessions in Israeli jails. The play, written and directed by Palestinian artist Valantina Abu Oqsa, is based on testimonies and stories by political female prisoners who stood heroically in defiance against their interrogators. Abu Oqsa creates a theatre experience that is derived from the Palestinian reality through studies and in-depth research that lasted almost one year and culminated in interviews with several former Palestinian male and female political prisoners, documenting the experiences to the tiniest detail, delving into the unknown and revealing facts, constituting a precedent in the Palestinian theater and for the Palestinian prisoners in general. Sponsored by the US Palestinian Community Network. Buy tickets here.

Ana Hurra in Berkeley

Event date:
Sunday, 09 October 2011
Individual Price:
18.00

Ana Hurra (I am free) is a play that depicts one of the interrogation sessions in Israeli jails. The play, written and directed by Palestinian artist Valantina Abu Oqsa, is based on testimonies and stories by political female prisoners who stood heroically in defiance against their interrogators. Abu Oqsa creates a theatre experience that is derived from the Palestinian reality through studies and in-depth research that lasted almost one year and culminated in interviews with several former Palestinian male and female political prisoners, documenting the experiences to the tiniest detail, delving into the unknown and revealing facts, constituting a precedent in the Palestinian theater and for the Palestinian prisoners in general. Sponsored by the US Palestinian Community Network. Buy tickets here.

Arab Film Festival - Opening Night Reception

Event date:
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Event End Date:
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Individual Price:
12.00

The mission of the Arab Film Festival (AFF) is to enhance public understanding of Arab culture and to provide alternative representations of Arabs that contradict the stereotypical images frequently encountered in the American mass media. The Arab Film Festival screens films from and about the Arab World that provide realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics.

6:00pm
Opening Night Reception
7:30pm

Awards Ceremony and Opening Film: Egyptian Maidens

Arab Film Festival: SF, LA, Berkeley and San Jose

Event date:
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Event End Date:
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Individual Price:
12.00

See the schedule here.

Tickets may be purchased online now through brownpapertickets.com or at the event. Tickets purchased online may be picked up at the theater 6 hours prior to showtime.

Single-show tickets: $12
Seniors/Students: $10
10 Flix Pack: $100
Festival All Access Pass: $120
Los Angeles All Access Pass: $80
Opening Night Event: $25
Centerpiece Event: $20

For online ticket purchases, you will be redirected to BrownPaperTickets.com. Please follow the site's instructions to complete payment.

Please note that for all shows, online sales will halt at noon the day before the screening. After that, tickets are available only through the box office.

Mayor's Arab Heritage Month Celebration

Event date:
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Event End Date:
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Office of Mayor Ed Lee is hosting the annual celebration of Arab Heritage Month in the City and County of San Francisco for October 2011. The event is to provide an opportunity for the Arab-American community and others to come to City Hall and celebrate heritage and culture.

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services works very closely in supporting local community organizations throughout the City. The Arab-American community has been a benchmark of two cultures fused together by embracing American customs yet still recognizing and maintaining rich Arab traditions.

The Arab-American community has been a shining example of San Francisco's cultural diversity for years and the Mayor's Office is proud to be highlighting those achievements and the community’s contributions throughout the month.

The Mayor's Arab Heritage Month Celebration will take place on Wednesday, October 26th 5:00-7:30pm at San Francisco City Hall.

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3rd Anniversary of the Palestinian Cultural Mural

Event date:
Thursday, 03 November 2011
Event End Date:
Thursday, 03 November 2011

The 3rd anniversary celebration of the Palestinian Cultural Mural honoring the late Professor Edward Said.


Celebrate Community Resilience and Steadfastness with AMED and GUPS at SF State!
Community Vendors Fair 9 am - 5 pm
Speakers 6 pm - 9 pm
*Angela Davis, Rabab Abdulhadi, Waziyatawin, Gerald Lenoir, Gina Dent, Melissa Garcia*
For more info contact AMED: amedstaff@sfsu.edu or GUPS: sfguppies@yahoogroups.com

Arab Voices Unplugged: An Open Mic Featuring Mohja Kahf

Event date:
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Event End Date:
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Arab Voices Unplugged: Open Mic Featuring Mohja Kahf

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5 to 8 pm at Philz Coffee in the Mission, 3101 24th St, SF

A poetry night feautring stories of migration and immigrant rights. This is the second event in the Zeitو Za’atar series, which uses art performances and workshops to build understanding, cultural appreciation, and artistic skills in our communities.

Mohja Kahf is a Syrian poet, novelist, professor of comparative literature, and activist for the Syrian Revolution. In 2010, Kahf won a Pushcart Prize for an essay in Riverteeth Magazine. She is currently tweeting for the Syrian Revolution @ProfKahf. Her books include Emails from Scheherezade, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, and Western Representations of the Muslim Woman: From Termagant to Odalisque

Fragrance Free: Please make events accessible to people with chemical intolerance by refraining from wearing scented products.

ZEIT & ZAATAR [go together like arts and social justice] Zeit and Zaatar is a delicious combination of thyme and olive oil in Arab cuisine, and an art performance & workshop series which centers on social justice issues and aims to build awareness, cultural appreciation, and artistic skills in our communities.

EVENT WILL INCLUDE READINGS IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC.

Co-sponsored by ACCC and Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC).

For more information: info@araborganizing.org or (415) 664-2200

Tariq Ali speaks in Oakland

Event date:
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Event End Date:
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Individual Price:
10.00

Tariq Ali, writer and filmmaker, has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London. He will sign his latest book, "On History," after the event.

Presented by Al-Awda San Francisco: The Palestine Right of Return Coalition, and Middle East Children's Alliance.
Purchase tickets here.

Arab Film Festival in San Francisco

Event date:
Friday, 14 October 2011
Event End Date:
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Individual Price:
12.00

Saturday
October 15th
Sunday
October 16th

Arab Film Festival in San Jose

Event date:
Friday, 14 October 2011
Event End Date:
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Individual Price:
12.00

Friday
October 14th
Camera 12 Cinemas
5:15pm
9:30pm
Sunday
October 16th
Camera 12 Cinemas
2:15pm
4:30pm
6:45pm
8:45pm

 

Arab Film Festival in Berkeley

Event date:
Friday, 21 October 2011
Event End Date:
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Individual Price:
12.00

Tunisian Election Polling at the ACCC

Event date:
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Event End Date:
Saturday, 22 October 2011

The ACCC is a polling station for Tunisians living abroad who want to participate in the Tunisian elections.

Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22 from 8 am to 6 pm we will be open for people to drop in and cast their votes.
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Winter Wonderland Party

Event date:
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Event End Date:
Saturday, 17 December 2011

Join the ACCC for an afternoon of holiday delights
and fun for children of all ages Suggested Donation: $10

Featuring:
  • Arts & crafts activities for kids, including gingerbread cookie and house decorating
  • Story time
  • Games
  • A Live Elf doing face painting and balloons for the kids
  • Yummy holiday desserts, snacks & beverages
  • More to be announced!

Please RSVP at 415-664-2200 ext.16 or email events@arabculturalcenter.org by Wednesday, December 14th to guarantee there are enough arts & crafts for all the children.
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Poetry reading: Robert Anbian and Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis

Event date:
Thursday, 20 October 2011

Readers Café & Bookstore

Building C, Room 165 
Fort Mason Center 
San Francisco, CA, 94123
415-771-1076
Open 10am - 6pm Everyday (except holidays)
ReadersFM@friendssfpl.org