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 the only American movement that advocates for egalitarian expressions of Islam, for women, and for LGBTQI rights. MPV does this by creating inclusive spaces for religious discourse, the arts and social activism.
MPV envisions Islam and an Islamic community that embodies the ten principles of MPV. Further, MPV envisions a future where Islam is understood as a source of dignity, justice, compassion and love for all humanity and the world.
WHAT WE DO:
MPV establishes and nurtures vibrant progressive Muslim communities. We do this by creating opportunities for religious discourse, volunteer and community activities, and cultural events bringing together the arts, spirituality and social activism.
MPV is a progressive Muslim voice on contemporary issues. We voice our perspectives by participating in civil discourse, engaging with the media and government entities, and by partnering with both Muslim and non-Muslim progressive organizations.
MPV promotes theologically-sound frameworks for Islamic liberalism. We seek to reinvigorate the Islamic tradition of ijtihad (critical engagement and interpretation of sacred texts) and intellectual discourse. We do this by collaborating with religious scholars and developing position papers on theological issues that are accessible to a wide audience.