San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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
Established in 2007, Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is a faith-based, grassroots, human rights 501(c)(3) organization that embodies and advocates for the traditional Qur’anic values of social justice and equality for all, for the 21st Century.
We are the only American movement that advocates for egalitarian expressions of Islam, for women and for LGBTQI rights, and for freedom of religion and belief.
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.
Since its inception in 2007, MPV has expanded its reach to include chapters and affiliates in 12 countries and 19 cities, and to securing consultative status at the United Nations.
At the United Nations, MPV challenges human rights abuses in Muslim-majority countries in the name of Sharia law. We do so by hosting panels and forums and filing shadow reports at the U.N.
For us in America, it is just important that our own progressive voices are heard loud and clear, and especially now. MPV has always been an American organization that spoke for the rights of all Americans – a women’s agency and self-determination in every aspect of their lives including reproductive rights, supporting the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We support Fair Sentencing for Youth– a chance for parole for crimes committed under 18, Caring Across Generations – a coalition of American organizations advocating for home care workers’ rights to basic workplace protections. We are a member of the United Nations Committee on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and the national Planned Parenthood Clergy Advisory Board.