Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

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  Last updated March 12, 2020

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March 12, 2020  -  Women in Early Arab America  CANCELLED
Lecture at Rice University: Women in Early Arab America
by Dr. Sarah Gualtieri, University of Southern California
Drawing on her recent book, Arab Routes: Pathways to Syrian California (Stanford University Press, 2019) Sarah Gualtieri explores the richly-textured lives of migrant women in early Arab America. While often portrayed as mere appendages of their husbands, Syrian women were essential to the economic and cultural life of communities from New York to California. Gualtieri uses census records, naturalization documents, memoirs, and oral histories, to re-inscribe Arabic-speaking women into the narrative of immigrant America. Special focus is placed on the U.S. – Mexico borderlands as a site of inter-cultural exchange and Latino/a- Arab solidarities.
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Rice University, Sewall Hall, 305
Presented as part of the Women’s History Month Lecture Series and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Free admission.
For more information, click here.



March 13, 2020  -  CAIR-Houston Know Your Rights  POSTPONED
If you don't know your rights, you don't have them. Join CAIR-Houston, the local chapter of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, at MCC for a FREE Know Your Rights presentation and learn what to do if approached by law enforcement, TSA, CPB or the FBI for questioning.
Date: Friday, March 13, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Mercy Community Center Masjid Al-Qur'an, 5922 Hillcroft St, Ste C, Houston, Texas 77036
RSVP by visiting https://forms.gle/oLA118VQVbZWSRrMA.



March 14, 2020  -  NAAP-Houston Bike Ride

If you don’t have a bike NO PROBLEM please comment so we can count how many people need bike, so we can get a group rate.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
10 AM – 11:30 AM
105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007-8322
NAAP-Houston: Network of Arab-Americans Professionals of Houston
For more information, click here.


March 14, 2020  -  Islamic Art Class CANCELLED
There is an artist in everyone. No, really. There is!
Art is fun, but art with dhikr is even more fun! Join me for a crash course on acrylic painting. I will walk you through a complete Islamic acrylic painting, step by step, from start to finish. You will learn best practices, have lots of fun and perform dhikr simultaneously. This class is for all experience levels. You just need a positive attitude and an open mind. There is an artist in everyone and you will end the class with your own finished masterpiece!

Classes have been filling very fast.. book your seat today so you don't miss out!

World renowned award winning artist Hina Chaudhry will be teaching this class. Check out Hina Chaudhry - Art for pictures of previous classes.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Time: 2 PM – 5 PM
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, 77098

Who: ages 10 and up

Cost: $35 (plus applicable fees) All materials will be provided. You do not need to bring anything!
Original hand made artwork will also be on display and for sale.
For more information, click here.



March 21-22, 2020  -  10th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival  POSTPONED
Join us as we celebrate 10 YEARS of bringing Palestinian culture to Houston. A weekend of Palestinian heritage, middle eastern food, a grand bazaar of authentic Palestinian goods, dance and musical performances and a cultural experience you won’t forget. Bring the family and enjoy a wonderful weekend right here in Downtown Houston at the largest Palestinian Festival in North America.

The Festival will include:

- Various Palestinian cuisine from local food vendors
- Cultural music and dance performances from all around Palestine
- Palestinian cultural museum
- Showcase of a traditional Palestinian wedding
- A large kids entertainment section with extended hours
- A large Bazaar to give you the ultimate shopping experience with a variety of vendors, such as Henna tattoos, embroidery, arts, clothing and much more
- Live performances by Haitham Khalaily, Maher Al Atilli, Jabour Bakla, Salem Omran, Al Arkitekt, Waheeb Nasan, Houston Arab Kids Choir, several Dabke troupes, and many others
- And much more
Enjoy performances by Haitham Khalaily, Maher Al Atilli, Jabour, and many more!
Two nights of performances by Palestinian Superstar and Arab Idol finalist, HAITHAM KHALAILY! هيثم خلايلي
Date: March 21-22, 2020
   Saturday: 1 PM-10 PM
   Sunday: 1 PM-9 PM
Location: The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou (105 Sabine street, Houston, TX 77007)
Adults: $10 online pre-sale, Children 5-11: $5 and Children 4 and under are Free.
Adults: $15 at the door, Children 5-11: $5 and Children 4 and under are Free.
The Houston Palestinian Festival is presented by The Palestinian American Cultural Center.
Visit www.pacchouston.org for more information.




March 21, 2020  -  Amy Goodman in Houston  POSTPONED
Come hear Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! Speak on independent media, breaking news and what it’s like reporting about people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues.
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Location: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Tickets are available during KPFT's Winter Membership Drive at $90 for a pair of tickets, or $500 for attendance for 2 at the Meet and Greet.
Call Pledge Central at 713-526-5738 or use our on-line Donation Form to get tickets for this 50th Anniversary event. Please choose Arab Voices on that form.




March 22, 2020  -  The Norias of Hama Presentation  POSTPONED
The Syrian American Club invites you to attend a presentation by Dr. Mahmod Samman on Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 4 to 5:30 pm at Al-Sham Center.

Dr. Mahmod Samman will present an overview of the history of waterwheels and the significance of the Norias of Hama - famous tourist attractions known for their beauty and grace. The uniqueness of their design, their origin, and the critical role they played in changing the trajectory of human history will be discussed.

In 2006, the Noria al-Muhammadiyya, which dates to 1361 CE, was designated as an historic mechanical engineering landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In 2015, ASME published a book titled "Machines that Made History" that featured this Noria on its cover. An overview of the history of waterwheels and the significance of the Norias of Hama can be accessed via Dr. Samman's waterwheel Landmark brochure, which can be downloaded here.

Dr. Mahmod Samman is the president of Houston Engineering Solutions and a former adjunct professor at the University of Houston. He has a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Duke University and four US patents. A Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of ASME, he is a recipient of the Young Engineer of the Year Award from the City of Houston.

This event is open to all. Light refreshments will be served. If you wish to attend, please send email to syrianamericanclub@yahoo.com.




March 27, 2020  -  Ladies Night Gathering at Bait Al-Arab (ACC) CANCELLED
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center Ladies' Night Out Group At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)
Happy Mother's Day!
The ladies at Bait Al Arab welcomes all community ladies to our monthly ladies night gathering celebrating the Arab Mother's day. Bring a gift to exchange around $10 -15 and let's celebrate Mother's day with interaction games and conversation.
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
• Let's party and dance
• Snacks and refreshments will be served
• Games, raffle Door prize Bazaar and much more
• Spread the word to all your friends and neighbors
Don't miss a night full of fun, and entertainment.
Kids between age of 3 and 12 will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please! Babysitting will be charged $5.00/child.
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.




March 28, 2020  -  "Gaza Fights For Freedom" Film
Social Justice Event Collective and co-hosted by Canadian Boat to Gaza, Independent Jewish Voices-London, Ontario and People for Peace- London, Ontario are showing the film "Gaza Fights For Freedom".
This is the acclaimed Abby Martin film with footage about the Great March of Return and life in Gaza.
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Time: 12 noon central
Location: online
After the film showing, Abby Martin will answer questions. We Are Not Numbers will also be present for a discussion on the situation on the ground today.
To register for the movie: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aDRz0IgCRbyi7txVMOS75A




March 29, 2020  -  American Lebanese Cultural Center Spring Picnic CANCELLED
Join us for the Spring Picnic on March 29th for an afternoon of food, fun, and games! Lunch will be served by Fadi's Mediterranean Grill.
Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020
Time: 11 am - 5 pm
Sugar Land Memorial Park, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Intersection of University Blvd & Commonwealth Blvd
Picnic Ticket (Adults & Children) – $20.00
Price is for Adults and Children 5 years and above
To register, click here.




March 30, 2020 - Israel, Palestine and the Peace Process  POSTPONED
A Dialogue on Israel and Palestine Featuring
Galia Golan and Nizar Farsakh
Date: Monday, March 30, 2020
Registration Check-in: 6:30 p.m., Program: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Amegy Bank Tower, 1717 West Loop South, Houston, 77027

About the Speakers:
Galia Golan is Darwin Professor emerita of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she was chair of the Political Science Department. More recently, she was Head of the Program in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. She has published 10 single-authored books, most recently "Israeli Peacemaking Since 1967: Factors for the Breakthroughs and Failures," (Routledge) and, with Walid Salem, "Non-state Actors in the Middle East: Factors for Peace and Democracy."

Dr. Golan has co-edited with Gilead Sher a forthcoming volum, "Spoilers and Coping with Spoilers in the Israeli-Arab Conflict" (Indiana University Press). She was awarded the 2019 Scholar/Activist Award at the International Studies Association Conference in March 2019, and she is the recipient of the Israel Political Science Association 2007 Award for "Lifetime Contribution," the International Studies Association "Distinguished Scholar" Award 2016, and the 1995 New Israel Fund "Alice Shalvi Women in Leadership" Award.

Nizar Farsakh is a principal at Farsakh Training Consulting LLC and Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Palestinian People in Washington D.C. He is a trainer focusing on leadership, advocacy and negotiations. He worked for two years at the Project On Middle East Democracy in DC building the advocacy capacity of Arab CSOs and before that he was the General Director of the PLO Delegation in Washington DC for two years. Between 2003-2008 he was advising senior Palestinian leaders including the President, the Prime Minister and various ministries. Nizar holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Masters in International Boundary Studies from King's College London. He is currently involved in several non-violence initiatives in
Organized by the World A
ffairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, click here.




April 2020  -  Seventh Annual Arab Heritage Month   

  Movie Night/Documentary: "Free Trip To Egypt" CANCELLED

Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
When: Friday, April 3rd, 7:30pm

In partnership with the Egyptian American Society (EAS)

~ Free Admission, but registering (RSVP) is required so we can plan accordingly.
For more information and to register, click here

Short Synopsis:
Seeking to build a bridge of mutual understanding and friendship, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur of Muslim faith decides to reach out to the very people who fear him. Traveling across the U.S. to find Americans concerned about an Islamic threat, Tarek Mounib makes them an intriguing offer ... a Free Trip to Egypt!

To watch the trailer, click here.


Arab Restaurant Weeks
~ During the whole month of April  CANCELLED
Join us for a Taste of Arab Food at Participating Arab Restaurants.
For a list of participating restaurants and special menus, click here.

Along the Euphrates: The Music of Iraq and Syria

Iraqi Maqam and Aleppo Qudud

The ACC & the NAO in collaboration with Dr. Hussain Alobaidi

Where: Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002
When: Friday April 10th, 2020

Doors Open 6:30pm; Dinner 7:00pm; Concert 8:30pm

Full NAO Concert's Announcement, click HERE.

This is a Ticketed Event.
For more information and to register, click here.


Ladies International Night

Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
When: Friday, April 17th, 6:00 pm

This is a ticketed event. For more information and to register, click here.
This is an event for ladies ONLY. 
*** This is a NO kid event and there will not be Baby Sitting. Please keep your children at home.
Gather your full energy for a night full of fun.
To book a table, please contact ACC at 832-351-3366 or email nervin@acchouston.org.


Ladies Picnic Day

Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
When: Saturday, April 18th, 12:00 pm

This is a Free event.
For more information and to register, click here.

This is and event for ladies ONLY
It's a potluck event. Please bring your dish to share it with the ladies.

To book a table, please contact ACC at 832-351-3366 or email nervin@acchouston.org. The Cost is $20/booth.


Poetry Event
The ACC invites you to a special Poetry Event with Dr. Samir Tuma, Issa Konsoul, & Tarif Youssef-Agha. They will recite some of their latest poems.
Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, TX 77099
When: Sunday, April 19th, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Light refreshments will be served
For more information and to register, click here.



April 4-5, 2020  -  Houston Turkish Festival POSTPONED
27th Houston Turkish Festival will be held downtown Houston to celebrate Turkish heritage and culture, including authentic Turkish cuisine, Turkish coffee, live music, traditional folk dancing and kids’ activities, arts & crafts, and a Grand Bazaar.

The 2-day festival will feature a live concert on Saturday night by New York Gypsy All Stars followed by winning performances by Folk Dance Group from Turkey as well as a collage of other live Turkish Folk Music performed by Ismail Lumanovski and Hoppa Project, Turkish Folk Drum Show and ATA Houston Children’s Choir. We hope our guests will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savor Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine during the Turkish Festival 2020.
Fantastic music, fantastic food and fantastic folk dance shows... and more waiting for you! We hope you can join us!
Date: April 4-5, 2020

Location: Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St, Houston, Texas 77002




April 5, 2020  -  Syrian American Club Annual Spring Picnic  POSTPONED
Our Annual Spring Picnic is approaching! Come celebrate our community in the wonderful spring weather on Sunday, April 5 from 12 to 6 pm at Mary Jo Peckham Park.
Date: April 5, 2020
12 to 6 pm
Location: Mary Jo Peckham Park
To RSVP for the picnic, click here Thursday, April 2.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us at syrianamericanclub@yahoo.com or call us at (713) 266-5577.

Click here for event flyer.


April 10, 2020  -   Along the Euphrates: The Music of Iraq and Syria POSTPONED
Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month
Dinner and Concert
The National Arab Orchestra in collaboration with Dr. Hussain Alobaidi cordially invites you to a feature presentation of the Aleppo Qudud (القدود الحلبية) and Iraqi Maqam (المقام العراقي) with the legend Hamid Al Saadi.

We are excited to bring another cultural performance to the City of Houston by the NAO Takht ensemble and Safaafir band. This concert is unique in nature as it will bring the storied musical classics of both countries to the Hobby Center for the first time.
Date: Friday, April 10, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St, Houston, Texas 77002

Tickets can be purchased at the Hobby Center Box Office by calling 713-315-2400, or online by following this link Hobby Center Tickets. Please refer to the attached flier for more details. Please note that your ticket price will include the Ticketing Fees from the Hobby Center, the dinner will be served on the second floor, Grand Lobby, and the performance in Zilkha Hall.
For more information, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here.
Click here for event flyer.




April 17-19, 2020  -  Bassem Youssef in Houston POSTPONED

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of popular political satire TV show AlBernameg, which was the first of it’s kind in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show on YouTube, AlBernameg became the first online to TV conversion in the Middle East and the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week.
AlBernameg received wide acclaim around the world with coverage in some of the biggest media outlets, topping it off with Youssef’s appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart twice in June 2012 and April 2013. In June 2013, Youssef hosted Jon Stewart on AlBernameg in Cairo marking the second season’s peak. Al Bernameg was chosen by South by Southwest, one of the largest international interactive festivals, as the first and most successful internet to TV conversion story in the Middle East. Al Bernameg’s YouTube channel was the first channel in the MENA region to reach one million subscribers and was awarded the gold button trophy.

Throughout its three seasons AlBernameg remained controversial through its humorous yet bold criticism of the ruling powers, which led to tens of lawsuits being filed against the show and its host. Youssef was even issued an arrest warrant in March 2013 and turned himself in the next day where he was questioned for five hours and released on bail. In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among the Time Magazine most influential list for 2013 – under the “Pioneers” category, was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the CPJ, and was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the global thinkers during the same year.

During its third season, the show achieved unprecedented weekly viewership ratings for 11 consecutive weeks. In June 2014, and after a six-week break, AlBernameg team held a press conference where Youssef announced the termination of the show due to overwhelming pressures on both the show and the airing channel.

In the spring of 2015 Youssef served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F Kennedy School of Government for one semester. During his stay in the US he appeared twice as a Senior Middle East Correspondent on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, commenting on the recent political situation in the region. In 2015 he hosted the International Emmy Awards gala of 2015, as well as the 49th Carthage Film Festival in Tunis. Youssef is also currently hosting a digital series titled “The Democracy Handbook” for Fusion Network, namely on its new digital platform F-Comedy. He is also the star of an internationally renowned documentary by Sara Taksler titled “Tickling Giants” featuring Youssef’s story with AlBernameg. Youssef has recently released a book about his experience “Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring” where he gives different perspectives and insights on the Egyptian political scene through the Arab spring and after.

It was announced in October 2017 that Bassem Youssef would be doing the voice over for for disney’s Duck Tales as “Sabaf” the evil guard of an all mummified pharaoh. In that same month, ABC network announced that Bassem Youssef would be teaming up with Larry Wilmore, for a super hero Middle Eastern American family comedy. The show centers on the Sharif family, an ordinary Middle Eastern American family with two superhero parents at a time when it’s illegal to be a superhero, so they are forced to save the world in secret.

Youssef majored in cardiothoracic surgery, passed the United States Medical License Exam (USMLE) and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS). Having practiced cardiothoracic surgery in Egypt for a period of 13 years, before moving into comedy and political satirism.

Date: April 17-19, 2020

Location: Improv Houston, 7620 Katy Fwy, Houston, Texas 77024




April 26, 2020  -  Virtual Rays of Change: Building Bridges
This year a pandemic has upended every industry imagined and disrupted life as we know it globally. Learn how Amaanah is tackling the pandemic to serve the local Houston community. This year due to COVID-19 Amaanah is hosting its gala online for everyone's safety.

Covered in the program will be an update from 2019, strategy, and the way forward for Amaanah. We plan to have guest speakers in the program.

Join us in celebrating Amaanah’s mission to empower vulnerable populations by providing access to social and economic equity. We pay tribute to all of our partners who helped make a meaningful impact in 2019.
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020
Time: 2 pm central
Location: ZOOM Online
For tickets and more information, click here.


May 3, 2020  -  Annual Houston Iftar

Annual Ramadan Dinner with address by Mayor of Houston.
To register or for more information, visit


May 14-17, 2020  -  Houston Greek Fest CANCELLED

OPA! Houston Greek Fest is back for its 25th year.
From May 14th to 17th, come on out to eat incredible cuisine, dance the night away, and celebrate Greek culture with us in West Houston.
Enjoy authentic, mouth-watering Greek cuisine. Then dance off the food to toe-tapping live music and watch traditional Greek dance performances. They'll have you grooving right along. Artisans will also have beautiful crafts, clothing and jewelry for you to browse and shop.
Date: Thursday, May 14-17, 2020
Time: 4 PM – 9 PM
Location: Houston Greek Fest, 1100 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston 77077

FAQs: http://www.houstongreekfest.com/faqs.php



July 1-5, 2020  -  Birzeit Society 15th National Convention

Date: July 1-5, 2020
Location: Houston, Texas


August 29, 2020  -  The Ben Qurrah Award Gala
The event honors Arab-Americans who have made remarkable contributions in the field of medicine and who have succeeded in the worldwide advancement of science.
Date: August 29, 2020
Location: Houston, Texas



October 2-4, 2020- 6th Annual Houston Lebanese Festival
Date: October 2-4, 2020
Location: Houston, Texas
More info coming soon.



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.

For more information, click here.

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