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  • Remembering Dr. Jack Shaheen

    • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    • Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 S. Vermont Ave., LA 90005
    • 3 people are going

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    The Markaz joins MPAC's Hollywood Bureau and other community organizations on August 23 in honoring the groundbreaking work and lifelong commitment of Dr. Jack Shaheen, an academic and media critic who deconstructed simplistic stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims in film, TV and news media. Shaheen died July 10th at age 81, and had been an advisor and lecturer to the Los Angeles community as well as an advisor of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. He last spoke at The Markaz in 2012 (pictured below with his daughter Michèle Tasoff, a television producer).

    jack shaheen and daughter Michèle TasoffGuest speakers at the memorial include MPAC's Salam Al-Marayati, actors Haaz Sleiman and Maz Jobrani, and The Markaz's new acting director, Alfred Madain.

    Celebrating the Life of Dr. Jack Shaheen takes place on Wed., Aug. 23, 6:30 pm at the Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 S. Vermont Ave. LA 90005 (just north of Wilshire Blvd.). Street and some free lot parking is available. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly advised. RSVP below or to

    Shaheen was the author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, one of the first scholarly works to document American media's negative portrayal of Arabs/Muslims over several decades. A documentary by the same name was produced in 2006.

    He was also the author of The TV Arab; Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture, and Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs After 9/11.

    The son of immigrants from Lebanon, Shaheen grew up in Pennsylvania. He won a Fulbright and taught at the American University of Beirut in 1975. Over time, studying the U.S. media vilification of people from the Middle East, he became a noted expert on anti-Arab and Muslim bias.

    Other community organizations cosponsoring this program include the Network of Arab-American Professionals, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the American Film & Media Institute.


  • Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief

    • Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 PM
    • Open Space Café Theatre, 457 N. Fairfax Ave., LA 90036
    • $20.00 USD
    • 7 people are going


    This Saturday, our comedians perform original material and remember comedy greats Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis! Join us for the 10 pm late show featuring a raft of highly talented comedians and show your solidarity with The Markaz and the Arab/Middle Eastern and Muslim communities. 

    The Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief is all about hilarious fun and political/religious humor. Hosted by Mona Shaikh, with Feraz Ozel, Paul Elie and Sherwin Arae, this show features special guest headliner Tehran.

    Tehran is the extremely funny and astute stand-up comedian, TV talk show host, actor and writer, who has been a celebrated comic at the world famous Laugh Factory.

    These days life in Trumpland demands frequent comedy outlets. Come out and spend time with the Sultans of Satire (the original Middle Eastern comedy show launched in 2005), and support The Markaz's new season of programming.

    Recommended minimum age 18+. This comedy benefit for The Markaz takes place at the centrally-located Open Space Café Theatre, 457 N. Fairfax Ave., LA 90036. General admission tickets $20, $25 at the door.

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