For those living in the San Francisco Bay Area—or even just visiting—and looking for some Arab or Middle Eastern influenced activities, the week ahead offers some opportunities to do just that.
Ever wanted to learn how to dance the Debka, or Arab traditional folk dance form? You can check out a Debka dance class offered at the Arab Cultural Community Center (ACCC), starting on Tuesday, January 31st 2012. This is an 11-week class that will run until April 10th 2012. You can sign up and get additional details by visiting their website.
If concerts are more your thing, on Thursday, February 2nd 2012 at 8:00pm, the Herbst Theater in San Francisco will be hosting the concert A Night of Rumi and Classical Persian Music with Kayhan Kalhor. For fans of Rumi’s poetry and/or Sufism, the classical melodies playing to Rumi’s verses may just be the key to starting off on a relaxing week-end. Tickets can be purchased from the site or by calling the City Box Office.
For a social justice-based event, be sure to check out Embodying Community Safety through Dance – Performance and Workshop on Saturday, February 4th at 4:30pm. It will feature Leyya Tawil, a dance artist, educator and artistic director who will be addressing how safety and violence can be dealt with through dance. This is a FREE event, held at the Dance Mission Theater across the street from 24th Street BART station.
For other Middle Eastern-themed Bay Area events in the near future, including Arabic language classes starting February 13th 2012—which are much cheaper than what you’d be paying for a college course!!—be sure to check out the Arab Cultural Community Center.