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The events listed below are not necessarily endorsed or sponsored by Arab Voices. Listing them on this site is a service to the community to be aware of activities and events in the Greater Houston Area. To include an event on this calendar, send e-mail to info@arabvoices.net.
 
 
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  Last updated February 15, 2018

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February 16, 2018  -  Raising American Muslim Kids in the Trump Years
  
Speaker: Wajahat Ali
 
Date: Friday, February 16, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: ILM Academy, 1209 Conrad Sauer Dr, Houston, Texas 77043
 
Risala Foundation is pleased to welcome back Wajahat Ali!
 
Wajahat Ali is a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV host, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department. As Creative Director of Affinis Labs, he works to create social entrepreneurship initiatives that have a positive impact for marginalized communities, and to empower social entrepreneurs, young leaders, creatives, and communities to come up with innovative solutions to tackle world problems.
 
Previously, Ali helped launch the Al Jazeera America network as co-host of Al Jazeera America's The Stream, a daily news show that extended the conversation to social media and beyond. He was also a National Correspondent, Political Reporter, and Social Media Expert for Al Jazeera America. He focused on stories of communities and individuals often marginalized or under-reported in mainstream media. Ali is also the author of The Domestic Crusaders—the first major play about Muslim Americans, post-9/11—which was published by McSweeney's and performed off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center. Currently, with Dave Eggers, Ali is writing a television show about a Muslim American cop in the Bay Area. He was also the lead author and researcher of “Fear Inc., Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” the seminal report from the Center for American Progress.
 
In addition, he was honored as a “Generation Change Leader” by Sec. of State Clinton and as an “Emerging Muslim American Artist” by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Ali has given many presentations, from Google to the United Nations to Princeton to The Abu Dhabi Book Festival. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Washington Post, the Guardian, and Salon.
  
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February 17, 2018  -  Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer Gala
 
Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer is having their 17th Annual Fundraising Gala.

FECC’s Vision is to provide a cure for the Children of Egypt afflicted with Cancer.

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Location: Double Tree by Hilton – Greenway Plaza, 6 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046
 
Guest Speaker: Miral Kotb - CEO & Founder of iLuminate
Hear a great story of courage from one of our own young Egyptian Americans who is winning her fight against cancer....
 
Entertainment by: iLuminate
 
Silent & Live Auctions
 
Ticket Price: Adult: $150/person or $1500/table of 10, Children: $100 (6 - 11 years)
All reservations must be received no later than February 14th, 2018
  
How to Purchase Gala Tickets
  1. Mail-in reservations (by check written to FECC)
  Fill out the enclosed Gala Reservation Form and mail it with your check to:
  FECC, P.O. Box 155, Bellaire, TX 77402-0155
 
  2. On-line reservations (by credit/debit card)
  Visit the FECC website at www.fecchouston.org/events/fecc-gala-reservation.
 
To ensure seating of guests at your table, please list their first and last names on the mail-in or on-line reservation form and if a vegetarian meal is required.
 
If you cannot attend, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to FECC.

If you would like to sponsor the Gala, Sponsorships ($2,500 or more) will be greatly appreciated.
 
FECC is a Non-profit 501 (c) (3) Organization. For more information call Dr. Samia Khalil 713-822-7073
 
For more information, visit www.fecchouston.org.

 


 

February 17, 2018  -  Islamic Roots in the Latino Culture
 
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February 18, 2018  -  Tour of The al-Sabah Collection in Arabic

Please join us for an Arabic-language tour of Art in Islamic Lands: Selections from the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait Given by Mutlaq al-Juraid, Assistant Curator, The al-Sabah Collection.

Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Law Building Lobby, MFAH
 
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February 18, 2018  -  Space City Performing Arts presents: From New York to Cairo
 
Space City Performing Arts presents 'From New York to Cairo.' This percussion-focused concert is an exploration of new works from composers with roots in Middle-Eastern classical music. With expert craftsmanship, these composers weave together traditions of the East and West, creating something entirely new. By the end of the evening, we hope everyone will have discovered the vast artistic possibilities that arise when cultures collide.

Works by Kareem Roustom, Halim El-Dabh, and Erberk Eryilmaz

Performers:
  Soprano - Ofelia Williams
  Violin - Michael Ferri
  Viola - Hannah Martineau
  Saxophone - Ellie Parker
  Percussion - Jamey Kollar
 
*Program directed by Hannah Martinueau
 
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018
Time: 4 PM - 6 PM (Doors open at 3:30pm. Music starts at 4:00pm)
Location: Rec Room, 100 Jackson St., Houston, Texas 77002
 
About Space City Performing Arts:
 
Space City Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) not for profit music organization based in Houston, Texas. The organization was founded in 2002, known as Space City Percussion. The Inaugural project of Space City Percussion, Space City Gamelan, has been recognized by cultural organizations such as the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, The Asia Society Texas, The Dallas Museum of Art and has given community performances at TEDx Houston, Discovery Green, International Festival in Downtown Houston, Bayou City Arts Festival, and numerous other performances around Houston.
 
Under Space City Performing Arts, the mission of the organization is to become a creative force and educational resource for the community of Houston by providing opportunities to preserve, discover, and advance efforts in the performing arts.
 
Our vision at Space City Performing Arts is to present traditional music from around the world, present new and imaginative works that integrate other performing art forms, provide educational and performance opportunities to aspiring musicians and professional musicians.
 
www.spacecityperformingarts.org

 
 
 


 

February 24, 2018  -  Amer Zahr in Houston with the Hilarious Mona
   
Palestinian Arab American comedian Amer Zahr is coming to Houston with special guest Mona!
  
Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center
, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
   
Presented by Hani Kashou and Maestro Productions.
 
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.amerzahr.com/.
     
 
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February 25, 2018  -  "The Chronicles of the Syrian Revolution: The Orphan Uprising the Entire World Betrayed" Book Signing Event
    
New book signing event 'The Chronicles of the Syrian Revolution: The Orphan Uprising the Entire World Betrayed' by Syrian American Author and Poet Tarif Youssef-Agha.
 
Date: February 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Barnes & Noble Book Store, 7626 Westheimer Rd @ Voss, Houston, TX 77063
 
This book is simply the memoir of the Syrian Revolution in its six-year journey, all through the eyes of a Syrian poet who lived his youth in the capital city of Damascus. Beginning on the first Friday after the revolution started and every Friday thereafter, the Syrians made it a habit, taking to the streets to demonstrate against the regime. They also gave names to those Fridays to reflect the current events. The first one was the Friday of Dignity (3/18/11), then Friday of Glory (3/25/11), Friday of Martyrs (4/1/11), Friday of Withstanding (4/8/11), Friday of Insistence (4/15/11), and so on until today, which sums up to more than three hundred Fridays.
 
The author started firing poems in support of the revolution and also to document its events week after week for the next six years. He managed to translate almost half of them to put in this book. Listing the poems in order takes the reader on a journey throughout the ups and downs of the revolution and helps him to understand what happened, when, and why. His writings are not only full of fury and power, confidence, and hope, but also satire and wit, which characterize the people of that historic city.
  
 
  


 

February 26, 2018 (deadline to enter)  -  PACC Talent Show
   
The Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC) is excited to announce that it will host a TALENT SHOWCASE at its 8th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival.
 
We are looking for talented youth who LOVE PALESTINE and LOVE TO PERFORM!
 
All Friends of Palestine and PACC are welcome so invite friends and family to put together a unique act! (Singing, Dancing, Performance Art, Instruments, etc. are welcome)
 
Come share your talents with thousands of audience members that attend the Houston Palestinian Festival each year!
         
 
For more details and/or to submit an entry, visit http://pacchouston.org/talentshow/.

  


 

March 16, 2018  -  Threads of Giving Gala Honoring Mr. Farouk Shami
 
The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP)’s inaugural Threads of Giving Gala will honor businessman and innovator Farouk Shami with the first ever Outstanding Arab American Philanthropist Award, recognizing his charitable efforts both at home and internationally.
 
The evening will include a VIP reception followed by a seated dinner and classical Arabic musical program from Le Trio Joubran. Dress code is business formal attire.
  
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: The Houstonian Hotel, 111 N Post Oak Ln, Houston, TX 77024
  
The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), an ACCESS institution, is a national community foundation with the objective to unite and empower the Arab American community by demonstrating the impact of giving together. CAAP improves communities through grantmaking, serves donors by providing smart charitable giving tools, and shapes perceptions about Arab Americans by highlighting their exceptional contributions to society.
 

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March 23, 2018  -  Muslims in the Age of Activism

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 8 PM - 10 PM
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
 
Muslims in the Age of Activism with Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt and Hassan Shibly
 
CHRIS BLAUVELT is the founder of LaunchGood. He is a passionate Muslim American entrepreneur committed to building up the global Muslim community to reach its full potential. In just over a year LaunchGood has already helped raise over $1 million for more than 100 campaigns across 13 countries. Chris currently lives in Dearborn, Michigan with his wife Amani and new daughter Maryam Yusra, and is an active community volunteer for University Muslim life and new Muslim work.
 
HASSAN SHIBLY is Executive Director of CAIR Florida. He has appeared numerous times in both local and national media outlets including CNN, NPR, Voice of America, the New York Times, the Toronto Star and the Buffalo News for his work protecting civil liberties and promoting understanding of the Muslim faith. He runs a successful academic publishing company focusing on the traditional Islamic sciences, and is the founder of the Center for American Muslim Understanding. Hassan’s work has earned him the attention of various Islamophobic publications, which criticize Hassan for "deceiving the American People" by "promoting a peaceful and tolerant image of Islam.".

     
Hosted by ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center and Risala Foundation.
 

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March 24, 2018  -  Super Muslim Comedy Tour

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 6 PM - 9 PM
Location: Sugarland Ballroom party hall, 869 Dulles Ave, Stafford, Texas 77477

After the success of our 2017 Comedy tour, We’ve decided it's time to reassemble the league of super funny Muslims from across the country to bring you all a night of hilarity this upcoming spring. Join us in one of five cities around the country, as we spend an evening with Aman Ali, Feraz Ozel, Travina Springer, Ismael Loutfi, Azeem Muhammad, Moses the Comic, and Daina Ali.

This laughter-inducing line-up is coming to New York, Houston, Tampa, and Fremont California from March 10th to April 1st– make sure you book early to get tickets for just $20! Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.

If you have any questions about this event, please email events@pennyappealusa.org or give us a call at (202) 851-2112.

The Super Heroes of the Night:
Moses the Comic, Aman Ali, Daina Ali & Yasmin Elhady

Tickets: Online $20, LATE/at-Door $25, Family+Friends Discount (4-8 tickets) $15
 
A presentation showcasing Penny Appeal's work supporting orphans in Pakistan, will be included in the event program. We are raising money to build a sustainable OrphanKind Village in Pakistan. Our villages are designed to help transform the lives of disadvantaged orphan children, offering them a better future in a secure family setting. For more information visit www.pennyappealusa.org/orphankind

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Other Tour Dates:
March 10 – New York City, NY
March 24 – Houston, Texas
March 25 – Tampa, Florida
April 1 – Fremont, California

For ages 12+ | Complimentary snacks will be provided
          
  


 
March 24-25
, 2018  -  8th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
 
Experience Palestinian culture in downtown Houston!

The 8th annual Houston Palestinian Festival is a vibrant two day festival highlighting the rich Palestinian heritage and will take place on March 24th and 25th, 2018.
 
When: Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25, 2018
Location: Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St., Houston 77002

This year's festival will focus on the beautiful history and significance of Jerusalem in Palestinian history. Join us as we say,

We are Jerusalem, We are Palestine!

At the Houston Palestinian Festival, bring your friends and experience:
- A taste of delectable Palestinian cuisine,
- The rhythm of live Palestinian folkloric music and songs,
- Shopping in a bazaar filled with Palestinian arts, crafts, and beautiful merchandise,
- The art of Palestinian embroidery as you watch a traditional fashion show,
- A wedding that will take you back to the streets of a Palestinian village,
- The wonderful history of the Holy Land.

The Houston Palestinian Festival is presented by The Palestinian American Cultural Center. Visit www.pacchouston.org for more.

      
   
 


 

April 13, 2018  -  Who Speaks for America's Muslims?


Risala Foundation is pleased to welcome Todd Green and Jonathan AC Brown to Houston!
 
Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098


TODD GREEN is Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College. A nationally recognized expert on Islamophobia. As a public scholar, Green writes regularly for The Huffington Post and has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets on Islamophobia, including CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, France 24, and Reuters. His views on Islamophobia have also been cited by organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for American Progress, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Green is the author of The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortress Press, 2015). The book surveys the history of anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe and the United States and addresses the political and cultural factors contributing to the rise of Islamophobia in the post-9/11 era. His forthcoming book is Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism (Fortress Press, 2018). This book will challenge the presumption of guilt made about Muslims after terrorist attacks and will address healthier ways for majority populations in the United States and Europe to engage Muslim communities other than through the prism of counterterrorism.

JONATHAN AC BROWN is Associate Professor of Islam and Muslim Christian Relations in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006.
 
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pg/risalafoundation/events/.  

  

    
  


 

May 5-12, 2018  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
    
Save the date! 
 
More info at www.hpff.org.
 

    
  


 

May 12-13, 2018  -  4th Annual Houston Lebanese Festival
  
4th Annual Houston Lebanese Festival
 
Delicious Food and Great Festivities
 
May 12, 2018 (Saturday): 12 PM - 11 PM
May 13, 2018 (Sunday): 12 PM - 9 PM
   
Location: Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, Texas 77498
 
Purchase your tickets TODAY! Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 5-12: kid’s games are included in admission tickets). Children 4 years and under are FREE.
   

For more information, visit www.HoustonLebaneseFestival.com.

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August 31-September 3, 2018  -  55th Annual ISNA Convention

Hosted by Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
 
Date: August 31, 2018 – September 3, 2018
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston 77010

Discounted Early Bird Registration Fee until February 28, 2018:
Adult $ 89; Husband & Wife $ 170; University Student/ MSA $ 79; School Student/ MYNA $ 55; Children's Program $ 45; Babysitting $ 70; Group of 5 or more $ 75 per person, CSRL Banquet $ 200 per ticket
 
ISNA can provide a limited number of need based complimentary registrations for the convention. Please email us at convention@isna.net or call 317-838-8129

Hotel Rooms:
ISNA has arranged discounted hotel rooms at the Hilton Americas Hotel which is connected to George R. Brown Convention center. You will receive hotel room reservation information via email in September 2017.
 
Convention Bazaar:
A Bazaar (Trade Show) with more than 500 booths will be organized at this convention. At this trade show, a variety of merchandise will be available including clothing, books, audio-visual, etc. Contact akhan@isna.net for more information.

 

  


 

Hall of Ancient Egypt
Permanent Collection
 
Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house.”

The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and of course mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall.

When: Members Preview: May 24-30, 2013; Public Opening: May 31, 2013
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston 77030

Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, will be moved to his new surroundings in time for the opening on May 24, 2013.

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