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  • Arab, Gypsy Jazz & Balkan Fusion

    • Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 07:30 PM
    • The Markaz at The Salon on 7th, 429 W. 7th St. LA 90014
    • $15.00 USD

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    The Markaz presents Miles Jay and his musicians Lucas Pino, Mathias Kunzli & Steve Gibons, featuring an eclectic repertoire of Gypsy and Balkan jazz and Arab melodies, with flavors of diverse Mediterranean, North African and Middle Eastern traditions. Treat yourself to a warm evening of musical exploration and melody. Tickets are just $15 and can be ordered online or purchased at the door. The concert takes place Sunday, February 25, 7:30 pm, at The Salon in downtown Los Angeles, 427 W. 7th St., LA 90014. Get tickets below!

    Miles Jay | Miles Jay is a widely-traveled musician who plays contrabass, buzuk, and lyra. A composer and instrument maker, he's performed with many prominent artists around the world in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, TED 2013 Long Beach, and the United Nations. Raised in Los Angeles, Miles is a graduate of the UC Santa Barbara, where he studied jazz and classical music, composition and orchestration, and earned his BA in Ethnomusicology under Dr. Scott Marcus.

    From 2005 to 2012, Miles lived in Egypt and Lebanon, performing and collaborating with many beloved artists of the region, including Youssou N’Dour, Ziad Rahbani, Naseer Shamma, Ross Daly, and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. During this time he co-founded and co-produced several ensembles and albums, as well as traveled extensively around the region for concerts in Dubai, Turkey, Greece, Tunisia, Oman, Algeria, Senegal, Syria, and Western Europe. Active in studios as well, Miles worked with composer Khaled Mouzannar as music consultant and instrumentalist on the score to Nadine Labaki’s latest film Where do we go Now, an official selection of both Sundance and Cannes. Throughout all of this valuable experience, Miles focused on re-imagining the bass’s role both as an accompanying instrumental and as a melodic lead, adapting a wide range of Arabic, Greek, and Turkish ornamentation to develop his own extended technique when playing with a bow.

    Mathias Kunzli | Hailing from Switzerland, multi-disciplined drummer/percussionist Mathias Kunzli currently splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City. He can be found around the globe performing in a variety of styles, with artists and bands of many genres. Mathias is has been Regina Spektor’s touring drummer since April 2012. His first shows with her were during an arena tour, opening for the late Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

    Steve Gibons | Violinist Steve Gibons takes a fresh approach to traditional Romanian and Bulgarian music with his Gypsy Rhythm Project, thriving on the lilting melodies and rough hewn performance aspects of the Roma genre while taking it for a lively improvisational jazz spin. Gibons takes his music in an unmistakably eastern direction—to the Mediterranean and even the Arab Gulf region.

    Lucas Pino | New York City based Tenor Saxophonist Lucas Pino has traveled to perform around the world in Japan, Australia, Poland, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Costa Rica, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. He has appeared at venues such as the Blue Note (Tokyo and New York), Dizzy's, The Jazz Standard, Yoshi's, Bimhaus, The Jazz Kitchen, The Rex, and Chicago Symphony Hall, as well as the North Sea Jazz Festival. Lucas was a featured guest artist at the 2016 Northern Arizona University Jazz Festival, as well as a featured artist at the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival. Pino is the leader of The No Net Nonet, a nine piece ensemble that has maintained a monthly residency at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC since March 2013.

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  • Beginning Persian Conversation Classes

    • Saturday, March 03, 2018 at 01:30 PM
    • Spring Arts Tower, 453 S Spring Street No. 801, Los Angeles 90013
    • $300.00 USD
    • 1 person is going
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    The Markaz is pleased to offer a new beginning Persian class for 10 weeks beginning Saturday, March 3rd, 1:30-4:30 pm, with native instructor Shahrzad Sabbagh. Persian is one of the top 30 languages, spoken by more than 100 million people around the world including in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the United States. Indeed, Los Angeles has one of the largest populations of Persian speakers anywhere and is affectionately known by Iranian Americans as Tehrangeles. Come learn the essentials of this beautiful language with other enthusiastic students and our excellent instructor. Classes are $300 per quarter when you pre-register before March 3. Sign up below. 
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    About Shahrzad Sabbagh
    As an instructor in contemporary Persian (Farsi), Shahrzad Sabbagh is an enthusiastic teacher and native speaker who brings a plethora of resources to support her students. She is a linguist who specializes in teaching, translation and interpreting. Her training is in storytelling and academic research. She holds an M.A. from San Francisco State University in Cinema Studies (thesis research on the new wave in Iranian cinema) and a B.A. in Dramatic Literature (English and Farsi) from Tehran University of Art. She has been a translator and/or instructor for the Farhang Foundation, Berlitz, Golestan Kids School (Berkeley), and an editor/writer for Farabi Quarterly, the Iranian cinema journal; Kanoon; Iran Novin; and BaniFilm, newspaper on Iranian cinema. She was also a reporter and columnist for the Tehran Cinema Museum Bulletin. Shahrzad believes in the power of personal development through language and storytelling.
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  • Dr. Norman Finkelstein on Gaza, with Sandy Tolan

    • Monday, March 26, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    • USC Wallis Annenberg Hall, 3630 Watt Way, Los Angeles CA 90089
    • 13 people are going

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    The Markaz and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism present an open forum on Gaza with Dr. Norman Finkelstein and USC journalism professor Sandy Tolan in conversation at The Forum at Wallis Annenberg Hall, Monday, March 26, 6 pm. Free admission. Copies of Gaza, An Inquest into Its Martyrdom, will be available for sale, along other Finkelstein titles and books by Sandy Tolan. See USC campus map. RSVP below.

    About Gaza

    gaza-finkelstein.jpgGaza is among the most densely populated places in the world. Two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half the population is under eighteen years of age. Since Israel occupied Gaza in 1967, it has systematically de-developed the economy. After Hamas won democratic elections in 2006, Israel intensified its blockade of Gaza, and after Hamas consolidated its control of the territory in 2007, Israel tightened its illegal siege another notch. In the meantime, Israel has launched no less than eight military operations against Gaza—culminating in Operation Cast Lead in 2008–9 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014—that left behind over three million tons of rubble. Recent UN reports predict that Gaza will be unlivable by 2020. 

    Norman G. Finkelstein presents a meticulously researched and devastating inquest into Israel’s actions of the last decade. He argues that although Israel justified its blockade and violent assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact these actions were cynical exercises of brutal power against an essentially defenseless civilian population. Based on hundreds of human rights reports, the book scrutinizes multifarious violations of international law Israel committed both during its operations and in the course of its decade-long siege of Gaza. It is a monument to Gaza’s martyrs and a scorching accusation against their tormenters. 

    This program cosponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, and presented with the generous support of Ibrahim Alhusseini, Nader Barakat, Jamil Barhoum, Jodie Evans, Bana & Nabil Hilal, Dr. Raymond Jallow, Marie Kennedy and Paul Alan Smith. Support this program.

    norman finkelsteinAbout Norman G. Finkelstein

    Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate from the Princeton University Department of Politics. His many books have been translated into more than fifty foreign editions. He is a frequent lecturer and commentator on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

    About Sandy Tolan

    Sandytolan1(3).jpgSandy Tolan is a best-selling author, and an award-winning radio and print journalist. He is a Professor of Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He is a co-founder of Homelands Productions, which for 25 years has produced international documentary and features for public radio. 

    Sandy reports on and comments frequently about Palestine and Israel. His latest book is Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land (2015, Bloomsbury), about one Palestinian's dream to build a music school in the midst of Israel’s military occupation. He is also the author of the international best-seller, The Lemon Tree, an acclaimed history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    About Gaza, An Inquest into Its Martyrdom and Finkelstein

    "This is the voice I listen for, when I want to learn the deepest reality about Jews, Zionists, Israelis, and Palestinians. Norman Finkelstein is surely one of the forty honest humans the Scripture alludes to who can save 'Sodom' (our Earth) by pointing out, again and again, the sometimes soul-shriveling but unavoidable Truth. There is no one like him today, but in my bones I know this incredible warrior for Humanity and Justice is an archetype that has always been. And will always be. Small comfort in these dark times, perhaps, but a comfort I am deeply grateful for."

    —Alice Walker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Color Purple

    "As a modern-day Sisyphus, rolling the heavy boulder up the hill of disinformation, Norman Finkelstein does not waver in his determination to take it to the crest. Although a non-lawyer, he masters the legal issues, the Geneva Conventions, ICJ advisory opinions, UN resolutions, and commission reports, weaving them into a compelling narrative, an articulate appeal for justice, a protest against the moral cop-out of the international community. Finkelstein refutes the Big Lie and many arcane little lies about Gaza and Palestine. A scholarly manual for every politician and every person concerned with human rights."

    —Alfred de Zayas, Professor of Law, Geneva School of Diplomacy, and UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order

    "Norman Finkelstein, probably the most serious scholar on the conflict in the Middle East, has written an excellent book on Israel’s invasions of Gaza. Its comprehensive examination of both the facts and the law of these assaults provides the most authoritative account of this brutal history."

    —John Dugard, Emeritus Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University, and former Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 2001-2008

    "No scholar has done more to shed light on Israel’s ruthless treatment of the Palestinians than Norman Finkelstein. In Gaza, he meticulously details Israel’s massacres of the Palestinians in that tiny enclave during Operations Cast Lead and Protective Edge, while demolishing the myths Israel and its supporters have invented to disguise these shocking events.”

    —John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

    “This is an exceptional, singular work that will stand as a vital contribution to the literature on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Middle East politics, while also securing an essential place in the fields of international and human rights law. Gaza is an indispensable resource for scholars, jurists, policy makers, and diplomats alike. A landmark.”

    —Sara Roy, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

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  • Dr. Norman Finkelstein on Gaza, with Nubar Hovsepian

    • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    • Chapman University, Argyros Forum, 209A/B, Student Union, 1 University Dr, Orange, CA 92866
    • 4 people are going

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    The Markaz and the Chapman University Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of Political Science present an open forum on Gaza with Dr. Norman Finkelstein and Dr. Nubar Hovsepian, Tuesday, March 27, 7 pm. The event takes place in the Argyros Forum Student Union, 209A & B. Free admission. Copies of Gaza, An Inquest into Its Martyrdom, will be available for sale. See Chapman campus map. RSVP below. 

    About Gaza

    gaza-finkelstein.jpgGaza is among the most densely populated places in the world. Two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half the population is under eighteen years of age. Since Israel occupied Gaza in 1967, it has systematically de-developed the economy. After Hamas won democratic elections in 2006, Israel intensified its blockade of Gaza, and after Hamas consolidated its control of the territory in 2007, Israel tightened its illegal siege another notch. In the meantime, Israel has launched no less than eight military operations against Gaza—culminating in Operation Cast Lead in 2008–9 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014—that left behind over three million tons of rubble. Recent UN reports predict that Gaza will be unlivable by 2020. 

    Norman G. Finkelstein presents a meticulously researched and devastating inquest into Israel’s actions of the last decade. He argues that although Israel justified its blockade and violent assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact these actions were cynical exercises of brutal power against an essentially defenseless civilian population. Based on hundreds of human rights reports, the book scrutinizes multifarious violations of international law Israel committed both during its operations and in the course of its decade-long siege of Gaza. It is a monument to Gaza’s martyrs and a scorching accusation against their tormenters. 

    This program cosponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, and presented with the generous support of Ibrahim Alhusseini, Nader Barakat, Jamil Barhoum, Dr. Talal & Maysoon Beydoun, Jodie Evans, Bana & Nabil Hilal, Dr. Raymond Jallow, Marie Kennedy and Paul Alan Smith. Support this program.

    norman finkelsteinAbout Norman G. Finkelstein

    Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate from the Princeton University Department of Politics. His many books have been translated into more than fifty foreign editions. He is a frequent lecturer and commentator on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

    About Nubar Hovsepian

    Nubar Hovsepian is Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Chapman University in Orange, California. He received his Ph.D. from The Graduate Center—City University of New York. He is the author of Hovsepian_N.jpgPalestinian State Formation: Education and the Construction of National Identity, and edited and contributed to The War on Lebanon. Forthcoming is a book Edward W. Said: The Politics of an Oppositional Intellectual. With several colleagues he has developed an oral history project on the beginnings of the modern Palestinian resistance movement. He has also written and edited four books in Arabic, most notably on the Iranian revolution of 1979, and has published articles in professional journals, newspapers, and magazines in various parts of the world. Hovsepian has devoted enormous time to the Israel/Palestine conflict, and served, from 1982 to 1984, as Political Affairs Officer for the United Nations Conference on the Question of Palestine. 

    About Gaza, An Inquest into Its Martyrdom and Finkelstein

    "This is the voice I listen for, when I want to learn the deepest reality about Jews, Zionists, Israelis, and Palestinians. Norman Finkelstein is surely one of the forty honest humans the Scripture alludes to who can save 'Sodom' (our Earth) by pointing out, again and again, the sometimes soul-shriveling but unavoidable Truth. There is no one like him today, but in my bones I know this incredible warrior for Humanity and Justice is an archetype that has always been. And will always be. Small comfort in these dark times, perhaps, but a comfort I am deeply grateful for."

    —Alice Walker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Color Purple

    "As a modern-day Sisyphus, rolling the heavy boulder up the hill of disinformation, Norman Finkelstein does not waver in his determination to take it to the crest. Although a non-lawyer, he masters the legal issues, the Geneva Conventions, ICJ advisory opinions, UN resolutions, and commission reports, weaving them into a compelling narrative, an articulate appeal for justice, a protest against the moral cop-out of the international community. Finkelstein refutes the Big Lie and many arcane little lies about Gaza and Palestine. A scholarly manual for every politician and every person concerned with human rights."

    —Alfred de Zayas, Professor of Law, Geneva School of Diplomacy, and UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order

    "Norman Finkelstein, probably the most serious scholar on the conflict in the Middle East, has written an excellent book on Israel’s invasions of Gaza. Its comprehensive examination of both the facts and the law of these assaults provides the most authoritative account of this brutal history."

    —John Dugard, Emeritus Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University, and former Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 2001-2008

    "No scholar has done more to shed light on Israel’s ruthless treatment of the Palestinians than Norman Finkelstein. In Gaza, he meticulously details Israel’s massacres of the Palestinians in that tiny enclave during Operations Cast Lead and Protective Edge, while demolishing the myths Israel and its supporters have invented to disguise these shocking events.”

    —John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

    “This is an exceptional, singular work that will stand as a vital contribution to the literature on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Middle East politics, while also securing an essential place in the fields of international and human rights law. Gaza is an indispensable resource for scholars, jurists, policy makers, and diplomats alike. A landmark.”

    —Sara Roy, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

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