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The 18th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

Event date:
Saturday, 06 October 2012
Event End Date:
Saturday, 06 October 2012

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San Francisco's Union Square transforms into an Arab bazaar for one Saturday every year, offering food, games and entertainment to the whole family.

The Arab Cultural Festival is the largest celebration of Arab arts and culture in Northern California. Since 1995, this day-long event has showcased the arts, entertainment, cuisine, traditions, and, most importantly, the spirit of Arab Americans and of the Arab world. On the stage at the center of the booth bazaar, performers will present Arab music and dance from across America and the Arab world.  

We need volunteers more than ever to help make our Festival a success!

Click here to sign up to volunteer!

 

 

19th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

Event date:
Saturday, 05 October 2013
Event End Date:
Saturday, 05 October 2013

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San Francisco's Union Square transforms into an Arab bazaar for one Saturday every year, offering food, games and entertainment to the whole family. This year's theme is a celebration of the Golden Era of Arab Music!

The Arab Cultural Festival is the largest celebration of Arab arts and culture in Northern California. Since 1995, this day-long event has showcased the arts, entertainment, cuisine, traditions, and, most importantly, the spirit of Arab Americans and of the Arab world. On the stage at the center of the booth bazaar, performers will present Arab music and dance from across America and the Arab world.  

 

 

The Dunes at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Event date:
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Event End Date:
Thursday, 11 August 2011

The Dunes perform a free concert at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

DATE: August 11, 2011

TIME: 12:30 - 1:30 pm

LOCATION: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 

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The Dunes is a Bay Area band whose members hail from North Africa adn Northern California. Singing in Arabic, Amazigh, French and English, The Dunes mix original compositions with Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian favorites and augment their rock ensemble with the Algerian mandol, the Moroccan Gnawa guinbri and various North African percussion instruments.

This is a FREE outdoor program, no tickets or reservations needed!

Saadoun Al-Bayati Performing at Yerba Buena Garden Festival

Event date:
Saturday, 03 September 2011
Event End Date:
Saturday, 03 September 2011

Saadoun Al-Bayati's inspired performances as singer, oudist, and percussionist derive from his experience of Sufi rhythms and meditative states in the Baghdad of his childhood and youth. He will be joined by Samar Al-Bayati Dadah, a gifted percussionist and vocalist, and Nadim Al-Bayati, who is among the most authentic and articulate of the younger generation of Arab drummers.

The ACCC is proud to co-present this concert with the Yerba Buena Garden Festival.

This is a FREE outdoor program: no tickets or reservations needed!

No pets other than certified service or companion animals.

Omar Offendum Youth Hip Hop Workshop

Event date:
Friday, 30 September 2011
Event End Date:
Friday, 30 September 2011

Part of the Zait wa Zatar Arts and Social Justice Project

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.

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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"Arab and Arab American Feminisms" Panel Event

Event date:
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Event End Date:
Thursday, 10 November 2011

arab-190In this collection, Arab and Arab American feminists enlist their intimate experiences to challenge simplistic and long-held assumptions about gender, sexuality, and commitments to feminism and justice-centered struggles. Contributors hail from multiple geographical sites, spiritualities, occupations, sexualities, class backgrounds, and generations. Poets, creative writers, artists, scholars, and activists employ a mix of genres to express feminist issues and highlight how Arab and Arab American feminist perspectives simultaneously inhabit multiple, overlapping, and intersecting spaces: within families and communities; in anticolonial and antiracist struggles; in debates over spirituality and the divine; within radical, feminist, and queer spaces; in academia and on the street; and between each other.

Contributors explore themes as diverse as the intersections between gender, sexuality, Orientalism, racism, Islamophobia, and Zionism, and the restoration of Arab Jews to Arab American histories. This book asks how members of diasporic communities navigate their sense of belonging when the country in which they live wages wars in the lands of their ancestors. Arab and Arab American Feminisms opens up new possibilities for placing grounded Arab and Arab American feminist perspectives at the center of gender studies, Middle East studies, American studies, and ethnic studies.

Speakers
Rabab Abdulhadi is associate professor of ethnic studies and senior scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University. She is the coauthor of Mobilizing Democracy: Changing U.S. Policy in the Middle East.

Mohja Kahf is an associate professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Arkansas. Kahf is a poet, novelist, and activist for the Syrian Revolution, which she tweets for @ProfKahf. Her books include Emails from Scheherezade, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, and Western Representations of the Muslim Woman: From Termagant to Odalisque.

Happy/L.A. Hyder is a visual artist, writer and performer. Born to Lebanese parents in Massachusetts, she's lived in San Francisco since 1969. Hyder made her first foray to Lebanon a year ago, returning with images of exquisite beauty and with the desire to return for a deeper exploration of home through images and writing. A few examples of her long-time activism include speaking about anti-Arab racism at the Dynamics of Color conference on racism in the lesbian community (1989), founding/directing LVA : Lesbians in the Visual Arts (1990-2003), and sharing thoughts on the iconography of family images and the impact of making art at the Arab American Museum's DIWAN conference (2009).


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

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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The Egyptian Revolution Will Be Televised

Event date:
Tuesday, 01 November 2011
Event End Date:
Tuesday, 01 November 2011

A panel event featuring local filmmakers working on documentaries about the Egyptian revolution. We will see their work and hear about their journeys, their perspectives and the revolution.

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Featuring:

KHALED SAYED, director of “Egypt - The Story Behind the Revolution”  Khaled_Sayed

Khaled Sayed is a director with more than eight years of experience working with digital video and new media. After working as a lawyer in Cairo, he moved to the United States where he studied Multimedia production at San Francisco State University, and has directed and produced commercials, documentaries, online campaigns, promos, and short films for a wide range of industries. His current project brings him back to his roots as he explores the story behind the revolution taking place in Egypt, where he was born.
Get more information at http://www.facebook.com/behindtherevolution or @jan25revolution on Twitter.

ANJULI BEDIi, co-producer of “Hope and Fear: Egypt on the Tipping Point"
Anjuli Bedi is a documentary producer and freelance writer. She has reported on the use of military courts, water justice issues, and economic law in Israel and the West Bank for the Global Press Institute. Her documentary, which is currently in production, "HOPE & FEAR: Egypt on the Tipping Point," highlights the unfolding aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of Egyptian activists. She holds a degree in International Relations-Political Science from University of California San Diego.

Ongoing: Tatreez Classes at the ACCC

Event date:
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Event End Date:
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Cut off date:
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Individual Price:
70.00

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Tatreez: A 7-week course in the art of Palestinian embroidery
Where: Arab Cultural and Community Center
2 Plaza Street, San Francisco
When: Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, November 8 to December 27
Cost: $70 for 7 sessions, plus $12 to $15 for a supply kit
In Arabic with English translation
Instructor Shamaa Ayyad has been practicing cross-stitch since she was a child in Palestine and carried the skill with her across the Arab world and to the US.
Registration is still open though we've had our first class! We are capping this class at 10 students (with a waiting list) so register now! Contact Weyam at 415-664-2200 or email wghadbian@arabculturalcenter.org.
Download the registration form here

ASWAT Bay Area Arabic Music Ensemble Benefit Concert

Event date:
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Event End Date:
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Individual Price:
20.00

EVENT TITLE: ASWAT Bay Area Arabic Music Ensemble Benefit Concert

DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 20, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

DESCRIPTION:

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ASWAT performs "Soul Tradition Love," including songs celebrating Arab Spring!

Also songs from Palestine, featuring ASWAT Youth, plus dynamic singer/songwriter David Rovics.

The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
1433 Madison Street, downtown Oakland
(near 12th St. BART)
Families Welcome!

Please contact us if you are in a wheelchair so we can assist you

Cosponsored by the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California

Benefit for MECA's Maia Project: Bringing Clean Water to the Children of Palestine.

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door, $10 low-income/students/children under 12. $50 priority reserved seating also support Maia Project.

Buy tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets or call 1-800-838-3006 to place your order

$15 tickets available at bookstores November 4: (East Bay) Books Inc./Berkeley; Books Inc./Alameda; Diesel; Moe's Books; Walden Pond; (SF) Modern Times.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Cosponsored by: KPFA, Al-Awda, Arab Film Festival, Arab Cultural & Community Center, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, US Palestinian Community Network, Jewish Voice for Peace, Bay Area Women in Black, Global Exchange, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

EVENT WEBSITE: http://www.mecaforpeace.org/events/oakland-ca-aswat-bay-area-arabic-music-ensemble-benefit-concert

Irvine 11 Speak For Themselves

Event date:
Friday, 18 November 2011
Event End Date:
Friday, 18 November 2011

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Hear the Stories of the students arrested and convicted for practicing their basic right to freedom of speech when they took a verbal stand against Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine.

Sponsored by the Arab Cultural and Community Center (ACCC), the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

ACCC Holiday Reception and Open House

Event date:
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Event End Date:
Thursday, 15 December 2011

Music, food and conversation at the Arab Cultural and Community Center


The staff and board of the ACCC invite all community members, their friends and families to our Holiday Reception and Open House on Thursday, December 15th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.

The evening will feature a performance by the beloved, local Georges Lammam ensemble:

Georges_Lammam_2From Beirut to the San Francisco Bay, Georges Lammam has transported a pure expression of Arab culture through his soulful violin. As artistic director of the Georges Lammam Ensemble, noted for its awe-inspiring presentations of a panoramic range of the Arab musical repertoire, Georges is devoted to bringing the rich diversity and passions of Arabic music to listeners everywhere. For more information, visit his website at http://www.georgeslammam.com.

Come learn what the ACCC has been up to this year and find out how you can get involved in our events, programming and outreach.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Marcel Khalife in Concert

Event date:
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Event End Date:
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Individual Price:
20.00

The Arab Cultural and Community Center and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (UCB) Present:

Marcel Khalife:

Fall of The Moon-Hommage to The Poet Mahmoud
Darwish and a Salute to the Arab Spring

Purchase your tickets today from Brown Paper Tickets!

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Contact:

Leena Barakat (415) 664-2200 ext. 10
or Nadine Ghammache (510) 394-2417

Buy tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/202616

Ticket prices range from $20 to $80 depending on seating.
(Please disregard base ticket price below!)


Iftar at the ACCC

Event date:
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Event End Date:
Wednesday, 10 August 2011

The Board of the Arab Cultural Center invites the entire community to join in a free dinner at the ACCC, with food provided by community members and restaurants Oasis (Oakland) and lamb cooked by board member Kamel Karajah. 

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