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BelAhdan, Arab American Artists and the issue of representation!!

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This video is about BelAhdan with Taous Khazem , Mizna and Dreamland Arts present “In Algeria They Know My Name.” Written and performed by Taous Khazem; directed and dramaturgy by Zaraawar Mistry.
In Algeria, they say you don’t marry one finger, you marry all ten. In this heartfelt and humorous one woman play, Minnesota-raised Taous Khazem travels to her father’s homeland to work as a theater artist, and unexpectedly falls in love with an Algerian clown. Caught in between traditions, religions and misconceptions, Taous struggles to find a sense of belonging in a foreign land, but ultimately discovers a fresh meaning of home, family, art and bicycle rides.

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How Women and Poetry Saved Somalia, A conversation with Somali Poet Asma Farah,

Saved by faith and verses

 

“What makes poetry such a pervasive force in Somali society? To the Somalis the question is not so difficult to answer: poetry is the medium whereby an individual or a group can present a case most persuasively…For unlike Western poetry, which appears to be primarily the concern of a group of professionals dealing with, more often than not, an esoteric subject matter intended for the members of a secret society, Somali…verse is a living art affecting almost every aspect of life. Its functions are versatile, concerned not only with matters of art and aesthetics but also with questions of social significance. It illuminates culture, society and history.” -Said S. Samatar

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MN Art Cars… a conversation with Car Artist Toni Warner

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Nearly 50 colorful cars, bicycles and a “couch-mobile” descended on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis Saturday evening for the 18th Annual ArtCar + ArtBike Parade. [Slide show by Aaron Hays and more photos by Pamela Diedrich below.]
An event like none other, hundreds of people gathered near the Lyndale Park Rose Gardens to relax and enjoy the art. For some, it is an opportunity to freely express their individuality through creation. For others, it’s a chance to enjoy the sunshine and see something unique. One person who stopped to watch described it as something like a “Harley convention.” Tom Carlson, the parade emcee, said the ArtCar community is tight knit, and held together by a “connection of nice-minded artists.” The parade started near the rose garden at 6 p.m. and made a loop around the lake.

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Mohannad Ghonammah, Mizna Arab Film Festival, Twin Cities,

The 9th edition of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival will take place November 6–9, 2014. For the first time, the festival is partnering with The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and will hold all screenings at St….

he 9th edition of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival will take place November 6–9, 2014. For the first time, the festival is partnering with The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and will hold all screenings at St.Anthony Main

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