Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009
Feb. 14 Invites Angelenos to Bring Their Beloved or Meet Someone New
Feb 14 2009 9:00pm - Feb 15 2009 12:00am
$30 advance purchase, $35 at the door, includes wine/chocolate and more
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Levantine Cultural Center
at Mimoda Studio & Theatre 5774 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90019
enter from Ogden in the rear of bldg.
a romantic journey...: Rumi art by Lisa Dietrich, visit lisadietrich.com
My Rumi Valentine
A mystical romantic evening of world music and dance, poetry, flowers, aphrodisiacs...with guest artists Necar Zadegan and Shila Vosough, presented by Tony Khalife.
More than 800 years after his passing, Jalal ad-Din Rumi is perhaps the most beloved poet today, a perennial inspiration for millions and a Sufi master. My Rumi Valentine features Tony Khalifes fusion of Arab-Indian-Persian-Turkish and western sounds. "My Rumi Valentine" will be an utterly unique experience with its poetic invocations, wine, chocolate, tea, dance, aphrodisiacs, fragrance allure, journey of the senses and more
Come bring your Valentine or meet someone new...
Listen to the music online.
Tony Khalife: Master of Ceremonies, tabla, guitar, vocals. Necar Zadegan, poetry. Dani Marie, harmonium. Daniel Eshoo, saz. Aaron Van Alstein, bass. Matthew Hufshui, percussion. Joan Terry, belly dance. Dawn Cartwright, tantrika, plus special guests
Cosponsored by Casa Barranca Wines, Essential Living Foods, Mimoda Studio & Theatre and Zhenas Gypsy Tea
$30 advance purchase, $35 at the door. It is suggested to bring your own wine glass.
About Tony Khalife
Tony Khalife at home in Ojai
His musica soulful blend of Middle Eastern, flamenco and Indian folk/world stylesgrew out of his Lebanese upbringing, his travels and the new life he carved for himself in Southern California. Raised in Beirut during the civil war that raged there 1975-1991, Khalife is a musician, singer, songwriter, composer, yogi, artist, teacher, child-soldier, messenger of love and peace. His mission is to raise the worlds vibration through musicto be the rose growing among the ruins, the smile through the tears, and the melody of peace overpowering the guns of war.
He blends a lifelong search for musical truth into all forms of world music, striving to create a seamless flow in which the drone and ragas of Indian music meet the Western harmonies, the resonance of the devotional Sufi dances flows into the different pulses, melodies and accents of all the forms of music he has masteredIndian, Middle-Eastern, flamenco and rock n rollin a whirl of contrasting time signatures, from the needle-like 7/4 spiral and cyclical time of eastern music to the 4/4 of western rhythmic drive.
With his latest release, Transcendence, Khalife mixes languages, rhythms and styles, inventing new forms of musical expression to release the truth within him, a truly alternative world dance Arabesque masterpiece.
Necar Zadegan has been working professionally as an actress since she was 16 here in the States and abroad. She attended UCSB on a performance scholarship and graduated with degrees in literature and writing. She has since been traveling the world on a theatrical tour with Workshop 79 thru 3 continents performing the Farsi language show "Az Mahvareh Bah Eshgh" and spent the last two years doing work for television on shows like "Nip/Tuck," "The Unit," "NCIS," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Shield,"Big Shots," "General Hospital" and "Lost." Her most recent films hit theatres this year in the Adam Sandler flick "You Don't Mess With The Zohan" as well as the festival piece "The Touch" which was accepted in over 30 festivals worldwide. She was nominated this year for an LA Weekly Award for her work in the Boston Court production of Gilgamesh and recently closed her one-Amazon-woman show at the Powerhouse Theater in Santa Monica. She is an American of Iranian heritage.
Shila Vosough immigrated to the U.S. just before the Iranian diaspora caused by the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and began acting on stage at the age of 15. She is a six year member of the theatrical company, Workshop 79, and has appeared in the Farsi-spoken plays Az Mahvareh Ba Eshgh, and Farar-e Bozorg, both written and directed by the famed playwright and satirist Houshang Touzie. Her film credits include Starwatch, Charlie Wilsons War, Love Francesca, and Liberation, in which she plays Farah Diba Pahlavi. She is a voice over artist and has lent her voice to Rosetta Stone (Farsi), Johnson & Johnsons products and instructional videos, various medical and pharmaceutical training videos, and the cartoons Babak and Friends and Mixed Nuts. She was the Emcee and Stand-up comedienne for the Solh Festival (Festival of Peace) produced by Beyond Persia in San Francisco. She is a student and lover of Jalaludin Molana (Rumi), and is delighted to join Necar Zadegan for this very special Valentines Day celebration of Love.
Saturday, Jun 23, 2012
The Second "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival" launches at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 for a one-week celebration of Kazakh cinema and culture, including musicians.
The festival is a stellar opportunity for directors, producers, location scouts, and the general public to get an understanding and appreciation of this exotic locale without leaving home.
Sweeping from the Caspian Sea on its Russian border to the Altai Mountain range on the Chinese border, Kazakhstan has a rich nomadic history as well as a powerful current tapestry of cultures. Since gaining independence in 1991, the Central Asian Republic has embraced its remarkable filmmaking past that dates back to the 1930's, when Sergei Eisenstein made his classic Ivan the Terrible in this mystic land, and has even given rise to several "New Wave" movements.
Opening night on Aug. 3rd begins with a reception at 7 pm, and includes a program of live entertainment until 11 pm, at the DGA Theater.
Sponsored by Kazakh Geographic Society (KazGeo.kz ), helixfilmsinc.com , the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Honorary Consulate of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, the festival includes Advisory Board Members Steven-Charles Jaffe (GHOST, K19), David Marconi (Screenwriter, ENEMY OF THE STATE), and Ambassador Erlan Idrissov.
Tickets cost $10 (including free parking) can be purchased from the festivals website. "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival 2012" will be held Aug. 3 - 9 at the Directors Guild of America on 7920 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California
For more information, please see www.kazakhfestival.com - KazakhFilmFestLA@gmail.com
Source : HelixFilmsInc.com
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The 65th Festival de Cannes drew to a close tonight with the closing awards ceremony hosted by Academy Award nominated actress Berenice Bejo.
The top prize was captured yet again by Michael Haneke for his portrait of an elderly couple Amour. This is the second time he has bested Jacques Audiard who was also in competition with De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone). Haneke becomes one of the few two-time Palme d'Or winners alongside Alf Sjoberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, Shohei Imamura, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and only the second after August to win with consecutive films his previous Palme d'Or was for his 2009 film Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon).
Matteo Garrone picked up his second Grand Prix for his film Reality. Previously, he had won in 2008 for Gomorrah.
The surprise winner for the Jury Prize was Ken Loach with The Angels' Share. He previously won the Palme d'Or in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
Another previous Palme d'Or winner won Best Screenplay. Cristian Mungiu who made 4 luni, 3 săptămâni ?i 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) returned with După dealuri (Beyond the Hills), and it also shared the Best Actress for its stars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur.
In spite of the heavy American representation in the selection, the only American film to win a prize was Benh Zeitlin's Un Certain Regard entry Beasts of the Southern Wild which won the Camera d'Or for first film. Last night, it had won the FIPRESCI international critics' prize.
Complete list of winners for the 65th Festival de Cannes
Amour, Michael Haneke (France-Germany-Austria)
Reality, Matteo Garrone (Italy-France)
The Angels' Share, Ken Loach (U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy)
Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras lux (Light After Darkness) (Mexico-France-Germany-Netherlands)
Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Mads Mikkelsen, Jagten (The Hunt) (Denmark-Sweden)
Cristian Mungiu, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (U.S.)
PALME D'OR FOR BEST SHORT FILM
SESSYZ-BE DENG (SILENCE), REZAN YE?YLBA?
Source : www.ensonhaber.com