Los Angeles-Beirut

Los Angeles, CA

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On January 17th, 7 PM, the Levantine Cultural Center will host a literary panel, “Los Angeles-Beirut,” featuring Aris Janigian reading from his new novel This Angelic Land, which tells the story of a Beiruti transplanted to Los Angeles. The story centers on Adam Derderian, a hip, 27-year old bar owner, during his six-day journey through the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Unflinchingly candid, This Angelic Land is also a timely review of the LA Riots after the death of Rodney King this past year. Critic D.J. Waldie of the Los Angeles Review of Books has called it “today’s necessary book.” Aris Janigian will enage in conversation with special guests, painter/playwright Vahé Berberian, and photographer/writer Ara Oshagan—both born and raised in Beirut during its civil war but transplanted to Los Angeles as young men, prior to the ’92 riots.
For “Los Angeles-Beirut” there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, or $20 with a signed copy of This Angelic Land. A light reception with refreshments is included. This event is presented by the Levantine Cultural Center at 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035, between La Cienega Blvd., and Fairfax Ave. Ample street parking. Seating is limited, call 323.413.2001 to RSVP.
Aris Janigian—From 1993 to 2005 he was senior professor of Humanities at Southern California Institute of Architecture. He was a contributing writer to West, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, a finalist for the William Saroyan Fiction Prize, and the recipient of the Anahid Literary Award from Columbia University. Visit thisangelicland.com
Ara Oshagan—Born in Beirut and raised in Beirut and Los Angeles, as a photographer and writer, Ara's work revolves around themes of identity, community and aftermath. Visit araoshagan.com.
Vahé Berberian—With his four one man shows Berberian has established himself as the leading Armenian monologuist (a cross between Eric Bogosian and Spalding Gray, if we say so ourselves). His material is hilariously funny, witty and insightful, rich with observations on the Armenian condition. A playwright, novelist, artist and actor, Berberian has been involved in theatre from a very young age and his plays have been translated to different languages and staged in various cities all over the world. He is also a painter of the first order. More at vaheberberian.com.