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This Week at Alwan:
Book Launch "Looking for Palestine" and Alwan Poetics "Abul 'Ala Al-Ma'arI"

Book Launch: "Looking for Palestine"  
Tuesday, September 10, 7 pm  
 
Najla Said

LOOKING FOR PALESTINE is a candid, funny and deeply moving memoir that chronicles Najla's journey into adulthood and solidifies her as an important voice for second-generation Arab Americans across the country.

Looking for Palestine
A frank and entertaining memoir, from the daughter of Edward Said, about struggling with ethnic, racial, and cultural identity, LOOKING FOR PALESTINE: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family is the warm and engaging memoir born out of Najla's hugely popular one-woman show, Palestine, which had a nine-week sold-out run Off Broadway and earned features in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others. 

 

LOOKING FOR PALESTINE is not only an enlightening testament about negotiating Arab identity in America, but also a universal coming-of-age story resonant with children of immigrants and anyone who has experienced ambivalence toward their parents or background.

 

"Najla Said's Looking for Palestine is a compassionate and candid book on her courageous coming-of-age in contemporary America. Said is a brilliant, talented and sensitive artist with a larger-than-life, loving father."

-Professor Cornel West

 


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Book Launch: Looking For Palestine

Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor

NY, NY 10004 

Tuesday, September, 10,  7pm

(Doors open at 6:30)

Free and Open to the Public

    

Alwan Poetics: A Series of Music and Verse - Abul 'Ala Al-Ma'ari   
Salon Discussion with Mohamed Alwan & Performance by the Alwan Ensemble

Friday, September 13, 8 pm  
 
 

Salon discussion led by Mohamed Alwan on Abul 'Ala Al-Ma'ari with music by the Alwan Ensemble, celebrating the classical poetry of Al-Ma'ari, Al-Hallaj, Abu Nawas and the Maqam

 

In these dire times, where the world that is heir to Al-Ma'ari is in cinders,  we seek respite in his philosophical stance of coming to grips with being from nothingness, and the dark night that has befallen the people of the Arab world.

 

This salon promises to be an enlightening evening of poetry and discussion with Iraqi-born Mohamed Alwan, who received his PhD in Arabic literature from the University of Indiana and taught at Georgetown, Harvard, and Tufts. The Alwan Ensemble accompanies this evening of poetics, delivering a transporting feast of well-loved songs, evoking the ambiances of Cairo, Baghdad, al-Quds and Aleppo, built around mesmerizing textures of rhythmic and improvisational intensity.

Alwan Ensemble: 

George Ziadeh: 'oud, vocals
Johnny Farraj: riqq, vocals
Zafer Tawil: qanun, violin, vocals
Amir ElSaffar: santur, vocals  

 

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Alwan Poetics: Abul 'Ala Al-Ma'ari

with Mohamed Alwan and the Alwan Ensemble

Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor

NY, NY 10004 

Friday, September, 13,  8pm

(Doors open at 7:30)

 

Tickets: $20 general admission  | $15 for members, students and seniors

Tickets Available at the Door (online ticket links coming soon) 

      

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Coming Soon:
Concert: Nawal: the Voice of Comoros 
Presents "Embrace the Spirit" 
Friday, September 27, 8 pm  
 
Nawal Comoros
"To listen to Nawal is an invitation to dream, dance, meditate 
and soar over the Indian Ocean..." 
Between traditional and contemporary, Nawal's compositions are an acoustic roots-based fusion, a reflection of the diverse character of the Comoros and beyond. Indo-Arabian-Persian music meets Bantu polyphonies and rhythms mixed with Sufi trance. Nawal sings mostly in Comorian (Shikomor) a language in the Swahili family, also with French, English and Arabic. Nawal sings in favor of all humans, for education and for union. She also conserves the philosophy of her great grandfather Al Maarouf, a grand Sufi master, who was inspired by the light of Islam founded on love, respect and peace.

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Concert: Nawal: the Voice of Comoros

Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor

NY, NY 10004 

Friday, September 27,  8pm

(Doors open at 7:30)

Tickets: $20 general admission (Buy Now*)  | $15 for members, students and seniors  (Buy Now*

(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)

     
 
about alwan for the arts
Alwan for the Arts is a 501(c)3, not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion and production of Arab and Middle Eastern arts and culture.  Alwan features concerts, film screenings, book talks, poetry readings, lectures, theater and dance performances, art exhibits, and music and language classes.  Alwan is proud to be supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Caliban Foundation, the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust and Royal Air Maroc and the Embassy of Egypt to the United States in Washington D.C.  

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