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There is so much to do this fall we had to send you September community announcements twice!
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Dear Community Member:

There are so many concerts, plays and performances going on this September and October in the Bay Area, we are sure to be very busy! In this email, you will find information about the next step in MECA's battle against censorship at MOCHA, details about a health fair in San Francisco, an author reading at ICCNC, performances at La Peña and the Mission Cultural Center, a speaking even featuring Ali Abunimah and Alice Walker, and much more. 

And don't forget, the ACCC's 17th Annual Arab Cultural Festival will be in Union Square on October 1st - that is only two weeks away!

MECA Call to Action

The board of directors of Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art cancelled “A Child’s View from Gaza,” a long-planned exhibit of Palestinian children’s drawings. The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay openly claim credit for forcing the MOCHA board to cancel the exhibit.

Protest MOCHA’s Cave-In:
Friday, 9/23 at 3 p.m.
Outside MOCHA, 538 Ninth St. near Clay, Oakland (a few blocks from the 12th St.-City Center BART)

The Bay Area and Oakland in particular are known for our diversity and commitment to free expression and social justice. We will not be censored. The show must go on!

Family-Friendly Grand Opening: “A Child’s View from Gaza”
Saturday, 9/24, 1 - 3 p.m.
Join us for art, music, poetry, and food to celebrate the the opening of the exhibit outside MOCHA at 538 Ninth St. near Clay, Oakland.

For more information, go to http://www.mecaforpeace.org or call (510) 548-0542.

Alsarah and the Nubatones at La Peña

Fresh off their performance at the ACCC's Arab Cultural Festival (see below!), neo-soul purveyors of Nubian music Alsarah and the Nubatones will appear at Berkeley's La Peña with special guest Naima Shalhoub

10/1 at 8 pm
La Peña,  3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 
Tickets: $15 adv. $17 door. For advance tickets click here.

Alsarah and the Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale, they blend a selection of Nubian 'songs of return' from the 1970s-today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan. Their set is a musical journey through diaspora and migration from an urban lens. More Information at: http://alsarah.com/ Naima is an Arab-American soul-singer/songwriter, musician, and activist. She hopes her music and performances will inspire more heart, love, change, risk and soul. More Information: www.naimashalhoub.com

Ana Hurra comes to the Bay Area

10/7 - 10/8 at Skyline College, San Bruno
3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA
8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $25 General Seating, $40 Premier Seating 

10/9 at La Pena
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adv., $18 door

Ana Hurra (I am free) is a play that depicts one of the interrogation sessions in Israeli jails. The play, written and directed by Palestinian artist Valantina Abu Oqsa, is based on testimonies and stories by political female prisoners who stood heroically in defiance against their interrogators. Abu Oqsa creates a theatre experience that is derived from the Palestinian reality through studies and in-depth research that lasted almost one year and culminated in interviews with several former Palestinian male and female political prisoners, documenting the experiences to the tiniest detail, delving into the unknown and revealing facts, constituting a precedent in the Palestinian theater and for the Palestinian prisoners in general. Sponsored by the US Palestinian Community Network. Buy tickets here.

Family Health Fair in Bayview

Come say hi to the ACCC at the Southeast Community Facility Commission's (SECFC) Annual Family Health Fair and get a first aid kit!
9/24, 10a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Southeast Community Facility (1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Franciso)

This American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter event will host a family health screening event along with an extensive safety and preparedness component. The preparedness prep rally will be in collaboration with the CalEMA and KQED. Both human and pet first aid kits will be distributed to families and children. Various community partners such as the Willie Mays Boys and Girls club, the SF Hospital Council, and SF Environment, along with local preparedness agencies will be in attendance providing resources and activities throughout the day.

Tarabiya at the Mission Cultural Center

After drumming his heart out at the Arab Cultural Festival (see below!), percussionist Faisal Zedan headlines Tarabiya at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.

10/1 Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.
Misison Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St. at 25th, San Francisco
General admission $15 adv., $20 door

Musicians Faisal Zedan, Husain Dixon Resan, Jalal Takesh, Younes el Maqboul, Amina Goodyear and Sandy Hollister sing and play the music and songs of Om Kalthoum. Dances performed by Ahava, Dannhae, Hana Ali, Nicole and Zahara. For info www.aswandancers.org/Tarabiya.htm Tarabiya is an invitation to experience a shared state of mystical ecstasy. A crew of talented Bay Area musicians and dancers take the stage for an evening inspired by a joyful state of consciousness that is Tarab!

Auditions for Arab American Actors in Palo Alto

Announcing Auditions for Palo Alto Players' Production of "Aftermath" by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen.

11/19, 10am - 4pm at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto

Actors should prepare Arabic/English monologue or read from script. Sides can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/lennonsmith2011/home/aftermath

Rehearsals begin: November 29, 2011 (breaks for holidays),  Performances: January 14 – 22, 2012

Based on first-hand interviews, the play tells the story of the US invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003, from an Iraqi perspective. 
Roles include: Shahid: A translator, (M) 20s-40s, Rafiq: A pharmacist, (M) 40s-50s, Fouad: A cook, (M) 30s, Naimah: A cook, (F) 30s, Basima: A wife and mother, (F) 20s/30s, Yassar: A dermatologist, (M) 30s/40s, Fadilah: An artist, (F) 30s, Asad: A theatre director, (M) 30s, Abdul-Aliyy: An imam, (M) 40s/60s.

For more information call/write Lennon Smith, (650)302-8458, lennonsmith2003@yahoo.com

Alia Malek at ICCNC

Check out an onstage conversation with Alia Malek, Editor of "Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice," followed by audience Q&A and book signing

9/25 at 4:00 p.m. at Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, 94612
Tickets : $10 general, $5 students
For more info, call (510) 832-7600 or email info@iccnc.org

Alia Malek is an author and civil rights lawyer. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, she began her legal career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. After working in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank, Malek, who has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities, earned her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her reportage has appeared in Salon, The Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York Times.

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.

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.

Youth Hip Hop Workshop

Youth Hip Hop Workshop at AROC, Friday, September 30th from 5 to 8 pm
518 Valencia St., San Francisco
The Arab Cultural and Community Center and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) have come together to produce a provocative series of workshops and cultural productions that address issues of social justice that are of concern to our communities. The first event is a hip hop workshop and performance for all youth to join, with Omar Offendum, world famous Syrian American hip hop artist. 

Arab Cultural Festival October 1st

Be sure to mark your calendars to join us on October 1st from 12 to 6 pm for the 17th Annual Arab Cultural Festival! This year's event will feature great food from local Arab restaurants, exciting arts and crafts, kids' activities and performances by Al-Juthoor, Alsarah and the Nubatones (unplugged), Faisal Zedan, Naser Musa, Omar Offendum and Salma Habib. 

All ACCC and community members should get involved - if you want to volunteer at the festival for a two-hour shift, give us a call at 415-664-2200 or emailinfo@arabculturalcenter.org. We need your help to make this our best festival yet.
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