Kan Ya Ma Kan is three weekends featuring the culinary traditions, music and culture of the Arab-Jewish diaspora of Iraq, Syria, and North Africa. Each weekend will offer a Saturday night and Sunday afternoon program featuring chefs, writers and scholars.
Saturday’s dinner will prepared by a guest chef, followed by live music. Sunday afternoon will feature tea, sweets and conversation with an invited writer, scholar or artist.
Weekend 1: Iraq with Michael Rakowitz, Regine Basha, Ella Shohat, & Henry Azra
Saturday: Dar Al Sulh / Los Angeles, will feature artist Michael Rakowitz’s preparing the recipes of his Iraqi-Jewish grandmother, whose ingredients and combinations of flavors represent something of an endangered species in the region. Dinner will be followed by the music of Henry Azra on the Kanun accompanied by a doumbek player.
Sunday: Regine Basha, Michael Rakowitz and Ella Shohat discuss their collaborative project, Dar al Sulh and its multiple iterations. This discussion will touch on the projects evolution over time and in accordance with place, as well as the significance of holding onto the traditions of a diasporic community. Middle eastern tea and sweets will be served.
Weekend 2 Nov 8th & Nov 9th: Syria with Clifford Wright, Ara Dabandjian, Jason Hamacher, & Abraham Marcus
Weekend 3 Nov 15th & Nov 16th: North Africa with Orly Olivier, Chris Silver, Sarah Abrevaya Stein, & Aomar Boum
RSVP/Tickets available through clockshop.nationbuilder.com