Aron Kader headlines Comedy show for peace in Los Angeles April 10

Aron Kader headlines Comedy show for peace in Los Angeles April 10
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Aron Kader headlines Comedy show for peace in Los Angeles April 10

By Ray Hanania

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Aron Kader (Photo credit: Halal Bilal)

Prominent Palestinian standup comedian Aron Kader will headline an evening of Middle East comedy on Thursday April 10 at the Levantine Center in Los Angeles.

The show will be hosted by Sammy “KO” Obeid and will also feature performances by comedians Fahim Answar, Melissa Shoshahi, Josh Nasar and Omid Singh.

The Levantine Center features performances, speakers and conferences that promote tolerance and lectures

Levantine Cultural Center champions a greater understanding of the Middle East and North Africa by presenting artistic and educational programs that bridge political and religious divides. In a search for common ground, the Center fosters discussions among artists and thinkers and offers classes and workshops that serve diverse ethnic communities.

The Levantine Cultural Center includes majority and minority cultures, stretching from the historical Al-Andalus of southern Spain and Morocco to the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and across North Africa and the Middle East as far as Afghanistan and Pakistan. It includes the creative work of Arabs, Jews and other ethnic/religious groups with Mideast origins who are living in the West.

English: The LCC.

English: The LCC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They have a special interest in addressing Palestinian and Israeli peace, noting on their website, “Many Israelis and Palestinians have come to the conclusion that there is simply no violent solution to the conflict, and that only a peaceful and just negotiated settlement will bring about change in the region. With them, Levantine Cultural Center supports only non-violent approaches to cross-cultural understanding. All of our programs emphasize the need for coexistence and taking shared responsibility.”

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The Levantine Center seeks to “give voice to issues and experiences of underrepresented Middle Eastern communities in order to bring informative and alternative information on these communities to the American public and media.”

Laugh with six Middle Eastern American stand-up comedians at the Levantine Center enjoying humor and universal satire. Also, browse a silent art auction there of talented Arab/Middle Eastern artists and get great deals; and see your support go to the Levantine Cultural Center, the only nonprofit cultural arts center for the Middle East and North Africa in southern California that consistently presents voices of progress on the MENA.

Click here to get more information on each of the comedians: Aron M Kader. Sammy KO (Obeid), who recently became the first comedian ever to perform 1001 nights in a row. Fahim Anwar, Melissa Shoshahi and Omid Singh.

Kader is an American comedian of Palestinian and American descent. Kader was born into a Muslim and Mormon family. He spent his early years in Provo, Utah. His father, Omar Kader, was a professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University who went on to found a government contracting firm in Northern Virginia. His mother, Dr. Nancy Stowe Kader, a native of Ogden, Utah, is a bioethicist and management consultant with a nursing degree from BYU.

Tickets are available as follows: $50 VIP (includes a gift and best seats); $35 Preferred Seating; $25 General Admission. RSVPs are strongly advised as this show is expected to sell out. Silent art auction and cash bar.

Click here to purchase show tickets.

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Managing Writer at The Arab Daily News
RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, Middle East Monitor in London, the, and at He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper,, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website, Hanania's columns also appeare in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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