This past Friday evening, the Center was buzzing as it was transformed into an Egyptian-inspired coffee house. Traditional freshly-made pastries baklava and basbousa were served, along with fresh fruit, hibiscus iced tea, spiced hot black tea with mint (shai), strong Arabic coffee spiced with cardamom (ahwa), and water infused with cucumber and mint. We are grateful for the efforts of local event planner Bebe Johnson who brought in fabrics, candles, and more to make the setting festive and beautiful. Thank you as well to Egyptian-born guest actors Omar Elba and Ayman Samman for acting the character parts of the novel, and to Mrs. Donna Richardson – WGSAC’s The Big Read Book Club facilitator – for narrating. A discussion of the novel’s themes brought the room together at the end in a conversation that touched on social justice, friendship, and personal motivation. The discussion was inspired by questions in lesson plans created for the event by the education staff of The William Grant Still Arts Center. If you’re an educator who’d like a copy, be sure to give us a call!
On Saturday, the fun continued with art classes for all ages. The Big Read art workshops continue this weekend, so be sure to drop by from 1:30-3:30pm on this Saturday 3/23 too!
More information on other City of Los Angeles events for The Big Read across the city: HERE.
Check out some photos of the weekend below:
Ahwa House 3/15/13
Art Workshops 3/16/13