Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

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  Last updated April 25, 2017

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April 5-28, 2017  -  National Arab American Heritage Month

The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) Houston


  April 5, 7:30pm: Opening night of "What We Carried: Fragments & Memories from Iraq & Syria"

A Photographic Exhibition by Jim Lommasson.
A national touring exhibition of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan
Refreshments and appetizers will be served

Opening night will include the opening of "What We Carried: Fragments & Memories from Iraq & Syria" in the presence of renowned freelance photographer Jim Lommasson, whose images document what it means to leave everything behind. Jim Lommasson is a freelance photographer and author living in Portland, Oregon. He received several prizes and was recently awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant for "What We Carried" project. Jim will give a talk about this exhibition, the carried objects and the stories behind them.

April 7, 7:30 pm: Beethoven Piano recital by Pianist Chaden Yafi
Venue: Kawai Piano Gallery, 5800 Richmond Avenue Houston TX 77057
Dr.Chaden Yafi, pianist: Earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, College of Fine Arts where she was a recipient of the Dean’s Award Scholarship. Yafi holds also a Masters in Piano Performance and a Graduate Performance Diploma both from Longy School of Music in Boston, a Bachelor in Piano Performance from the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria, and a Bachelor in Pharmacy from Damascus University. She worked as piano faculty at Tufts University and Brookline Music School in Boston and also worked as Collaborative pianist at the University of Houston, and Artist in residence at the Opera House in Damascus.

April 19, 7:30 pm: Talk by Mona Hatoum about "Measures of Distance"

Mona Hatoum is a visual artist who was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut and now lives and works in London. She has worked in a diverse range of media including performance, video, photography, installation and sculpture.

Hatoum first became widely known in the mid 80s for a series of performance and video works that focused with great intensity on the body. In the '90s her work moved increasingly towards large-scale installations and sculpture. Hatoum has developed a language in which familiar, domestic everyday objects are often transformed into foreign, threatening and dangerous things.

She has participated over the years in numerous significant exhibitions from London to Venice, Sidney, Paris, and Stockholm, just to name a few. In 2013-2014 she was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Kunstmuseum St Gallen and the largest survey of her work to be shown in the Arab world was held in 2014 at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha.

April 21, 7:00 pm: International Cultural Ladies Night

This event is for ladies only. Members of our community from various countries from the Arab Wolrd and beyond are invited to decorate a table with artifacts and to bring sample staple food from their culture to share with other guests. All are encouraged to wear traditional clothes (even though not a must) and be ready to dance at the rythm of music from around the World.

To book a table, please contact ACC at 832-351-3366 or email

April 27, 7:30 pm: "A Thousand And One Journeys- The Arab Americans" followed by Skype Q&A with filmmaker Abe Kasbo
Abe Kasbo is the producer and director of “A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans”. He grew up in Aleppo, Syria before immigrating to the United States with his family at the age of ten.

In 2007, he founded Zeitoune FilmWorks, LLC to produce A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans, the first ever feature-length, broadcast quality documentary chronicling the rich yet silent history and contributions of Arab Americans to the American fabric.

A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans is the untold story of almost 200 years of the contributions of those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf have made to the American fabric. The film vividly paints a portrait of the Arab-American immigrant experience through the stories of people who, like all Americans, immigrated in pursuit of the American Dream, including Senator George Mitchell, Jamie Farr, General John Abizaid, Anthony Shadid, Helen Thomas and more. With historical immigration patterns as background, the film explores the personal stories of Arab-Americans and how they have contributed to the collective American experience.

April 28, 7:30 pm: Closing reception ~ Jazz performance by Raphael Gadot Trio, including Osama Raad on Drums

The Raphael Gadot Trio is a Houston-based jazz band that plays original music composed by the trio. They also play some standard pieces that are rearranged by the band members. They live in Houston, Texas but they are international. Raphael is from France. Alex is from Russia. Osama is from Lebanon:

Raphael Gadot -Piano
Alex Kostin - Contrabass
Osama Raad - Drums

They have two CD recordings: Square Flower and Hypnosis

All events, except the Piano Concert, are held at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston, Texas 77099

Events are free and open to the public, but registering (RSVP) is required so we can plan accordingly.

For more details or questions please contact the ACC at 832-351-3366 or email

Special thanks to our

- Sponsors: Mr. Bassam Barazi and Dr. Aziz Shaibani

- Community Partners: The Menil Collection~ Arab American National Museum~The Moody Center for The Arts at Rice University~ The Syrian American Club



April 15-May 27, 2017  -  Calligraphy Spring Classes
Workshop: Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy and Beginners Level Roq'a Script
Teacher: Mr. Munther Yousef
Date: Saturday, April 15 to Saturday, May 27
Time: from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join us at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center for Arabic Calligraphy Workshop and learn the beautiful art of Arabic Calligraphy. There is no requirement of knowing the Arabic language. This workshop is suitable for all ages (from 7 to 90 plus!). This Workshop will cover the basics of Arabic Calligraphy and Roq'a Script combined.
Classes consist of 6-week sessions, 2 hours each (total 12 hours). Note: there is no class on Saturday April 22nd.
Workshop Fees: $150 Plus cost of Kit (to be kept by students)
Supply Kit: $30
In this 2-hour session workshop, students will first learn about the basics of Arabic calligraphy in the first session. Students take home their names written in Arabic calligraphy!Over the remaining sessions, students will learn the Roq'a script. Roq'a is often the first font introduced to beginners as it is relatively easier than other sophisticated Arabic calligraphy scripts.
To enroll, please click here.
For more details please contact the instructor at or call the ACC at 832-351-3366.


April 28, 2017  -  "The Sultan and The Saint" - a Film on Muslim-Christian Unity
A Film about Muslim-Christian Peace Premieres in Houston
Risala Foundation is proud to partner with Unity Films Production and the St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Houston and invites you to a special interfaith screening.
Today, more than ever, we must look to the fast for inspiration to build bridges with other faith communities.
During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better.
Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this amazing story is brought to life. Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren (Sisters of St. Francis), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Homayra Ziad (Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies), Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan), and others.
Join us for this premiere in Houston to learn about the remarkable spiritual exchange between the Sultan and the Saint, and the great risks they took for peace.
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: Registration 6 p.m., Start time at 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, 7810 Cypresswood Dr., Spring TX
Free and open to everyone
Parents please note: The film contains some scenes of violence and may not be appropriate for children under 12. Please use your discretion.
For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


April 28, 2017  -  Letters Home to Syria

A group of students from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University will be holding a free concert of new music written by Syrian and Syrian-American composers.
Sunday, April 23 at 4 pm: Al-Sham Center
Friday, April 28 at 8 pm: Campbell Learning Center
Click here for more information.


April 29, 2017  -  ICNA Relief Houston's Annual Banquet

Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Communities!
This Year's Special Guests & Speakers: Sh. Mikaeel Smith, Sh. Abdul Hakim, Linda Sarsour
Saturday, April 29, 2017
6:00 pm Sharp
8800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy #107, Houston, TX 77099
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April 30, 2017  -  Syrian American Club Annual Spring Picnic
Sunday, April 30, 2017
12 pm - 6 pm
Bear Creek Park, Pavilion 3, Schultz Ln, Houston, TX 77084
Click here for more details/event flyer.


April 30, 2017  -  Egyptian American Society Sham El Nessim
The annual Sham El Nessim gathering will be hosted by the Egyptian American Society (EAS) at 2.00 PM on Sunday April 30th at the Raindrop House.
Sham el-Nessim, a holiday that is celebrated by Egyptians of all religions. This day marks the beginning of Spring. Sham el-Nessim is derived from the hieroglyphic word "Shamu," meaning "The Season of the Harvest." We welcome you on this day to enjoy the beauty and the prosperity that the Spring season has to offer, as well as the unity it brings upon family and friends. There will be lots of delicious food and great activities including: coloring eggs, a family egg hunt, beach volleyball and more.
Event admission: $10/person or $25/family. Admission includes a meal ticket.
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time: 2 PM - 6 PM
Location: Raindrop Turkish Center, 9301 W Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77031
Free parking will be available at the right side of the building by the basketball courts. Thank you, and see you soon :)
RSVP and invite friends and family for a day of fun, food and entertainment.
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May 5-7, 2017  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
11th Annual Houston Palestine Film Festival
Where: Museum of Fine Arts Houston & Rice University Media Center

  Friday, May 5

7 pm, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Gaza Surf Club by Philip Gnadt & Mickey Yamine

Tawfiq's Reef by Roger Hill


Saturday, May 6
4 pm, Rice University Media Center

Radiance of Resistance by Jesse Roberts

Return to Seifa Village by Anne Paq & Roger Hill

7 pm, Rice University Media Center

Gaza Surf Club by Philip Gnadt & Mickey Yamine

*with special guests in attendance

Gaza a Gaping Wound by Anne Paq & Ala Qandil

*accompanied by "Obliterated Families" photography exhibit

Sunday, May 7

5 pm, Rice University Media Center

Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo

We Cannot Go There Now, My Dear by Carol Mansour

For more information, visit


May 7, 2017  -  Tickling Giants

Please join Write for Your Rights on Sunday, May 7th for a special screening of Tickling Giants.
This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please RSVP here:
Watch the trailer:

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef creates the satirical show, "Al Bernameg," which quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. But, in a country where free speech is not settled law, his show becomes as controversial as it is popular. Despite increasing danger, Bassem employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. Tickling Giants follows the "Al Bernameg" team as they discover democracy is not easily won.

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location: Walter's Downtown, 1120 Naylor St, Houston, Texas 77002
For more information, click here.


May 12, 2017  -  Defining a Western Muslim Identity

Friday, May 12, 2017
7 PM - 10 PM
ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
Risala Foundation is pleased to host Dr Jonathan Brown and Laila El-Arian for a special event in Houston!

DR JONATHAN BROWN is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and he is the Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Iran. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007), Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009) and Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011), which was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. His most recent book, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent. He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr. Brown’s current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari.

LAILA EL-ARIAN is a Senior Producer for Al Jazeera. She received a BA in English literature from Georgetown University and an M.S. from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.

Her work has appeared in The Nation, Salon, The Independent, and other publications, and she is co-author of Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilians.
For more information, click here.


May 13, 2017  -  Free Family Health Fair
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) Houston is holding a FREE Family health fair for the community at large in Houston, on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in partnership with key organizations in town (NAAMA, HPD, UT Health, Harris County Public Health, Community Health Choice, the Autism center LoneStar Lend, and Gateway to Sobriety).
This health fair event is held in conjunction with NNAAC Annual National Arab American Service Day .
There will be free screening of vital health signs in addition to smoking cessation, mental health counseling, dental exams, and more.
We are planning fun activities for kids, free giveaways, mini Yoga sessions and more!
Light refreshment will be served!
click here for event flyer.


May 13, 2017  -  No Ban, No Wall: Women Writers Unite

Hosted by Tintero Projects: Readings & Workshop Series
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 1 PM - 8 PM
Location: Inprint, 1520 W Main St, Houston, Texas 77006
Three women writers/poets of color will read work on themes related to the social and political environment in our country and abroad. The poetry they will share seeks to dismantle and deconstruct the rising hate and fear towards Muslims, Arabs, Mexicans and Latino/as that exists in America today. During this event we hope to highlight the stories of these marginalized communities and show that our stories and our experiences are in fact more similar than different. The evening of readings and the afternoon workshop will focus on amplifying and honoring the female voice in these communities and will explore how poetry can be a vehicle for empowerment, community, dialogue, and resistance. (This event is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers)
FREE Writing Workshop: 1-3pm @ Inprint House
This poetry writing workshop will be lead by Lena. All levels welcome.

FREE Reading: 6-8pm @ Inprint House
The evening will open with work by Cristina Martinez. She will be followed by San Antonio visiting poet Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros and our evening will close with Seattle based poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha reading from her two recently published collections of poetry.
After the reading, we will have a short Q & A with the poets and a book signing and reception.
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha writes poetry, essays and translations. Her first book of poems, Water and Salt, is published by Red Hen Press. She is the winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Prize for her chapbook Arab in Newsland. Her essays have been published in the Seattle Times, Al-Ahram Weekly, and Kenyon Review Online. She translated the screenplay for the multi award-winning feature film When I Saw You, written and directed by Annemarie Jacir. When I Saw You premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012 and was Palestine's official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards. She translated I Am A Guest on This Earth by Iraqi poet Faiza Sultan, published by Dar Safi Press. Lena's poems have been published in print and online journals including Magnolia, Blackbird, Barrow Street, the Taos Journal for International Poetry and Art, Diode, Floating Bridge Review, Mizna, Borderlands: Texas Review and Sukoon. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, for her poems "Immigrant" (2014), "Middle Village" (2015), and "Maqaam" (2016). Her poems "Ruin" and "Dhaya'" have been nominated for ​Best of the Net 2016. Several of her poems have been anthologized; most recently, her poem "Running Orders," published in Letters to Palestine: American Writers Respond to War and Occupation, by Verso Press and "Seafaring Nocturne," published in Gaza Unsilenced by Just World Books. Lena spent ten years working with journalists and editors as a volunteer for Seattle's Arab American community organizations. She helped to tell the stories of people living between two homelands, people who speak in translation and navigate the realities of long wars. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington. She is an MFA candidate at Pacific Lutheran University's Rainier Writing Workshop.

San Antonio based poet Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros is a Christian writer who recognizes her Latinidad and misfitness in that realm. She is an advocate of religious freedom, marginalized people, and supports no ban, no wall. Her blog is Cisneros Café, a gathering place to find the soul grace to redefine our creative center by way of faith, social justice, and books. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Zouch Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Mudroom, Amity Coalition, Sagebrush Review and more. You can find her tweeting at @CisnerosCafe and blogging at

Cristina Martinez is a Mexican-American poet living in Houston, Texas who has been writing since grade school, and recently started writing and performing slam poetry at various venues in Houston. An article on one of her pieces was written and posted on HuffPost Latinos and We Are Mitú. She is always enthusiastic about engaging conversation centered around poetry, literature, art of all medians, and especially her 4 year Bull Terrier. Her first love is veterinary patient care, she works as a veterinary technician at a specialty hospital under an impressive team of neurologists and neurosurgeons. With the help of her beautiful family of poets at Write About Now she hopes to continue to stride forward with poetry and activism in the community."
For more info, visit  


May 25, 2017  -  Feminist Perspectives of the Divine in Islam

Feminist Perspectives of the Divine in Islam
A conversation with Asma Uddin
How does a Muslim woman's perspective of the Divine shape a person's faith and commitment to religious liberty and social equity? Asma Uddin is at the forefront of this conversation, creating the space for women to make their faith their own. Uddin is the Director of Strategy for the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Almuslimaath (, a highly praised web magazine dedicated to issues on gender and Islam. Uddin speaks and publishes widely on issues of national and international religious freedom, as well as gender and faith. Her work has been published by numerous law reviews and prominent university presses. She guest-edited a special issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs and is co-editing a forthcoming book of essays by women who have faced religious persecution. She also serves on the Advisory Council for The Institute for Global Engagement's Center for Women, Faith and Leadership. A reception follows the program.
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St, Houston, Texas 77006
Hosted by Rothko Chapel.
For more info, visit


May 28, 2017  -  Houston Annual Ramadan lftar 2017

Date: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Location: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045
For more information and/or to register, visit



June/July, 2017  -  Summer Arabic Courses for Kids & Adults

Arabic Summer Camp for Kids

Give your child an opportunity to immerse in the Arab culture through this Arabic language and cultural experience camp
Session 1:
June 12th to June 16th- Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Session 2: June 19th to June 23rd- Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston
For more information & Registration, Click Here.

Yalla Ndardesh! Arabic Conversational Summer Classes - For Adults
These classes are designed for adult students and meet every Saturday from June 3rd to July 22nd
We offer three types of Conversational classes:
Yalla Ndardesh: Level 1
This class offers students who completed basic introductory to Arabic (Levels beginner 1 and/or 2) a chance to practice basic conversations related to daily life topics along with an introduction to the Arab culture.
Timing: June 3rd - July 22nd
Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Yalla Ndardesh: Level 2
This class offers students who completed upper intermediate or advanced levels a chance to practice advanced and more structured conversations related to daily life and other related topics (such as; daily life situations, careers, cultural events and occasions, Tourism, etc., in an environment of team work and group discussions and field visits to Arab shops or cafes.
Timing; June 3rd - July 22nd
Saturdays: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Introductory to Business Arabic
This class offers students a basic introductory to business vocabulary, basic cultural, touristic, and business conversations, and an introductory to the Arabic culture and traditions. Students will learn how to introduce themselves, partners, and businesses, in addition to forming cultural ice-breaking statements in Arabic. This class is suitable for those working at an Arab Multinational in town or those expats ready for an overseas assigned to an Arab country.
Timing: June 3rd - July 22nd
Saturdays: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston
For more information & Registration, Click Here.

For any questions, please email or call 832-351-3366.


June 4, 2017  -  Rays of Change 2017

Amaanah's annual benefit dinner for resettled refugees in Houston.
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Location: Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St, Houston, Texas 77010
Hosted by Amaanah Refugee Services.

For more information, click here.


July 6-9, 2017  -  Annual Ramallah Convention

This year, the Ramallah Social Club of Houston will be hosting the Annual Ramallah Convention.
Date: July 6, 2017 to July 9, 2017
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive , Houston, TX 77042
We plan on having multiple events throughout the weekend for all ages, from kids/adult activities during the day, to banquets/parties at night!
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October 14, 2017  -  ACC Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
More info will be posted as it becomes available.


October 28, 2017  -  Houston Egyptian Festival
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Where: Discovery Green, Downtown Houston
For more information, visit


Hall of Ancient Egypt
Permanent Collection
Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house.”

The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and of course mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall.

When: Members Preview: May 24-30, 2013; Public Opening: May 31, 2013
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston 77030

Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, will be moved to his new surroundings in time for the opening on May 24, 2013.

For more information, click here.

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