Al-Jisser, the Arab American Media Center,
& the Arab Women's Solidarity Association present:

Williamsburg Bridges Palestine

The Face of Palestinian Humanity through Art & Culture

November 2-24, 2002

Opening Gala Reception:
Saturday November 2nd 5:30-8:00 P.M.

Organized by Renda Dabit, a month-long exhibition of Palestinian art and culture from 1960 to the present featuring the work of approximately 50 artists — established as well as emerging talent — of Palestinian origin. Included will be paintings, drawings, photography, video/film, installation, calligraphy, henna, dance, music, poetry, and more. The purpose is to invite the greater New York community to share in the expression of Palestinian culture and heritage and to foster a bridge between our two communities, and to positively portray a people whose human experience and worldwide image have been wrenched by war, regional conflict and international terrorism. Al-Jisser ("The Bridge") is U.S. based organization dedicated to the promotion of Arab Art and Culture. Arab American Media Center (AAMC) works to bring to the general public a fair and accurate representation of political, economic and social issues about Arabs and American-Americans.


Dahna Abou Rahme, Dareen Fawzi Abu Dakka, Mohammed Abu Sill, Bassel Aklouk, Zuhdie Al Adawi, Tamam Al Akhal, Muhammad Al Amery, Mustafa Al Hallaj, Mohammed Al Hawajri, Muhammad Al Jalous, Abdul Rahman Al Mozayen, Adnan Al Sharif, Nabil Anani, Reem Bader, Tayseer Barakat, Rana Bishara, Rajie Cook, Aissa Deebi, Hanah Diab, Jumana El Husseini, Samar Ghattas, Samia A. Halaby, Alexandra S. Handal, Ziad Hammud, Zahed Izat Harash. Lena Hassan, Hala Hilmi, Nabila Hilmi, Hasan Hourani, Reem Hussein, Annemarie Jacir, Emily Jacir, Ahmad Kanaan, Sari Khoury, Sliman Mansour, Rima Mozayen, Abdel-Hay Musallam, Khallil Rayyan, Raeda Saadeh, Osama Said, Majed O. Shala, Ismail Shammout, Abdul Raouf Shamoun, Hani Shehada, Huda Siksek, Fayez Sirsawi, Vera Tamari, Adnan Yahya, Sami Zubi, Hani Zurob


Presented by Williamsburg Art & Cultural Center, Al Jisser, AAMC and co-sponsored by Al-Awda and NAAP

Saturday, November 2, 2002

5:30pm-8:00pm Reception
Arabic Music & Debke (Traditional Arabic Dance),
Nathalie Handal (Al Jisser, Introductions) Keynote Speaker

Sunday, November 3, 2002

Renda Dabit: Henna Presentation. An exclusive presentation and live show of Henna Art — slearn the history, significance and beauty of Henna. Admiss. $7

The well known artist Samia Halaby will speak on Contemporary Palestinian Painting of the last thirty years.

Artist Slide Lectures with: Rana Bishara, Rajie Cook and Hani Shehadi.

The New Generation of Art from Palestine: Panel Discussion
The panel will include emerging artists participating in the show: Rana Bishara, Hassan Hourani, Alexandra Handal, Emily Jacir and Dahna Abou Rahme.

Saturday, November 9, 2002

Palestinian Poetry: A Mosaic
American writers read the works of Palestinian poets-a stunning performance of Palestinian poetry through the eras, accompanied by music and photography slide show. Some poets will also read their poem to Palestine: Tina Chang, Ravi Shankar, Reverend Chuck, Jose Angel Figueroa, Melissa Eidson, among others.

American Association of New York Dance Group
Admiss. $5

Friday, November 15, 2002

Gamelan Son of Lion (10 composer colective) peforms new works for the Japanese gamelan percussion orchestra and also a post-Halloween shadow puppet play "Wayang Hantu Hancur (getting rid of ghosts)." Admission $10

Sunday, November 17, 2002

3- 6 P.M.
Al Awda Café and Spoken Word: Al Awda Cafe-presented by the Palestine Right to Return Coalition-is a monthly event dedicated to celebrating Palestinian art and culture. This series usually takes place at the Nuyorican Poets Café but this Sunday Al Jisser brings Awda Café to the WAH-Center, Come read and jam. Donation suggested

Saturday, November 23, 2002

White Night Gala, Closing Evening, Cocktail Reception, Musical Performance (Classical Arabic Music, Arab DJ) Morocco & Tarek Raks Sharki ( and Lubna presents The Resort 2002 Footwear Collection: A Debke Fashion Show. Do not miss this unforgettabl;e closing party!!


Sunday, November 3, 2002

NAAP-NY Arab-American Comedy Show

Sponsored by the Network of Arab American Alumni & Professionals of NY
@ The New York Comedy Club 241 E. 24th Street (between 2nd and 3rd)
For more information: email

$10 plus 2 item minimum

An evening of laugh-out-loud funny emcee'd by Omar Koury, line-up includes James Asher, Sherif Hedayat, Dean Obeidallah, Nasry Malak and headlining Ray Hanania. 100% Arab-American... never been done before!!

Thursday, November 21, 2002

The Ancient Root: Readings from The Poetry of Arab Women

Curated by WhyWomen/WhyWords, in conjunction with Al Jisser 14Y of the Educational Alliance 344 East 14th Street New York, NY 10003
For more information Call Veronica Golos @ 212-780-0800x255
$7 Admission

Poetry of Arab women poets read by Arab and American Women poets: Tina Chang, Dima Hilal, D.H. Melhem, Nathalie Handal, Diana Mehta and more.

Made possible in part by grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Independence Community Foundation and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

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