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Mosaic - Beautifully Different
Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM (PST)
Los Angeles, CA
Mosaic - Beautifully Different
(a fundraiser for our arts programming)
A Colorful Presentation By Progressive Muslim Performing Artists
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 @ 8pm
Los Angeles, CA – January 22, 2013 – Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) announces the staging of its first performance show titled “Mosaic: Beautifully Different”.
Mosaic is a thought provoking presentation of song, dance, poetry, spoken words and comedy performed by progressive Muslim artists. The performances by both male and female artists will highlight a collage of artistic expressions inspired by the life styles and personal beliefs of those artists.
Please come out and support our efforts - celebrating the arts, diversity while countering misconceptions about Muslims and Islam.
Here's a bit more info about the evening:
There will be carpets and pillows for you to sit on in addition to regular chairs. We encourage you to bring your own pillows. The environment will be more of a living room setting, cozy and warm with candles. It will be a cultural event of sorts where the old and the modern will be mixed in.
Sababa La Zeez Dance Group with Shaunti & Nar will be performing two stylized Middle Eastern dances. One is called "Veils of al Mutanabi" with Saleem and second dance is called the "Wing Dance".
Saleem will be performing one of his spoken words performing pieces from his play "Getting in to my Skin" the piece called "I am coming to America". He will also be performing two male middle eastern dances one is classical and the other one with Spanish and flamenco fusion .
Meymona Hussein-Cattan will be reciting poems reflecting her life and thoughts as a progressive Muslim woman from Eriteria. http://www.tiyya.org/
Hussein and Natalie will be performing dance movements and spoken words in English from Iranian poetry with a modern twist. http://www.hosseinmardani.com/
Ani Zonneveld will be singing her expression of Islam in a western musical context in English.www.a-n-i.net
Maurice Saba and his musicians and Saleem will be performing a collection of Lebanese /Palestinian / and Egyptian songs.
Mona Shaikh will talk about Ahmedinajad wanting to go to space...also a fake image of a stealth fighter that was taken and they claimed they have made. The story practically tells itself. Talk about how God is a man since women get menopause and are considered "old" (look at Demi Moore) while men are studs until Viagra stops working for them (Jack Nicholson), what's all the rave about 72 virgins...http://muslimsdoitbetter.com/
Proceeds from the show will go towards supporting Keep It Halal (www.keepithalal.tv) a Muslims for Progressive Values supported project.
When & Where
Muslims for Progressive Values
Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is 501 (c) (3) founded in 2007. We believe Islam is inherently progressive, inclusive and egalitarian, an understanding rooted in the traditional Qur’anic ideals which informs the ten principles of MPV. In the short years since our inception, we have expanded to include chapters in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Ottawa and Toronto, Canada, as well as Paris, France. www.mpvusa.org
We’ve seen the power of media. We've seen how a hate inspired video made in the U.S. can inflame the Muslim world waiting for an excuse to hate back. With "Keep It Halal" our goal is to defuse the level of distrust and misinformation with education, in simple digestible 2-5 minute segments on subjects such as Women’s rights, LGBT rights, the environment, governance and many other social and cultural issues that have corrupted the interpretation of Islam. We wish to inspire understanding and critical thinking in order for us to move peacefully forward for the good of humanity. Our topics will be thoroughly researched and in collaboration with artists and scholars.
Please watch the trailer at: www.keepithalal.tv
About the MPV Anthology
"Progressive Muslim Identites - Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada"
This book offers to answer the question often asked "where are the progressive Muslims?" Here progressive voices of gay, straight, black, white and brown Muslims from the United States and Canada narrate their personal stories. Their powerful voices highlight human dignity, freedom to choose how one lives out one’s faith and the inner strength it takes to live out those ideals.
The Literary Zikr Project
Lit - er - ar - y Zik - r: [lit-uh-rer-ee zi-k-ur]
1. (Verb) Actively remembering God by engaging and challenging the intellect.
2. (Noun) The belief that critical thinking is essential to spiritual development.
Literary Zikr is a website providing academic works of world-renowned scholars of Islam in simple and youth-friendly language. The goal of Literary Zikr is to bring together scholars of progressive Islamic thought and Muslim youth in search of answers in an effort to bridge the gap that often exists between theory and practice. By providing an alternative to the readily available fundamentalist interpretations that pervade the Internet, Literary Zikr demonstrates, among other things, that Islamic values are consonant with American values. The Literary Zikr project is accessible through our website: www.mpvusa.org or