Posts filed under ‘Morrocan’
Come Celebrate the Cultural Beauty, Appreciation, and Unity that is Mimouna: Spend A Special Evening with the Morrocan-Jewish Community of Boston – Saturday, April 10th @ 8:15 p.m.
Mimouna is a grand Jewish tradition in Morocco as it signifies the end of Passover. The best part of this ritual, in my opinion, is that it is celebrated in a manner which ties together the cultures of Morocco, Northern Africa in general, and the Middle East in honor of cultural unity, respect, and appreciation. Moroccan Jews originally recognized this holiday by giving parties in their own homes to which they invited their Muslim and Christian neighbors. The idea was to share the many beautiful aspects of their Jewish heritage with the non-Jewish members of the community in a spirit of goodwill. Guests would roam freely from house to house while being lavishly entertained in a cultural manner of one sort or another. Party festivities included, music, dancing, dining, drinking, literary readings, and such. As a climax, a series of larger public gatherings would then take place to officially mark the end of the celebration.
Although Mimouna is still widely celebrated in Morocco today, the festivities tend to be held more in the form of large public events only. But … the good folks of the New Center for Arts & Culture, Prism, and the American Islamic Congress, have come together to revive this ancient ritual more in its original form, where it can be enjoyed and shared in the same spirit of cultural goodwill here, within the entire Boston community at large, just as it always was and still is in Morocco. Instead of meandering from home to home though, guests at this particular party will get to stay in one building, visiting various rooms at their leisure. At each stop they will be treated to a different type of cultural experience. Entertainment will include film, fashion, photography, spoken word, music, body art , dance, and more. And of course, what ethnic party would be complete without ample native food and drink. As far as world music and dance entertainment for the evening is concerned, here is the line-up as of now: The Ilan Bar-Lavi Quintet (fusion of jazz, rock/pop, Mexican Bolero, and Middle Eastern music), the Collage Dance Troupe (global fusion), Club D’Elf (fusion of Moroccan Gnawa and Berber, as well as other genres of North Africa, jazz, electronica, hip-hop, and more), Amoud (traditional Moroccan Berber songs), and Boujmala Rizgui and Elias Cohen (well-known Moroccan devotional songs, sung in Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew). This looks to be one great night of world fusion music and dance, in true spirit of the cultural harmony that this special holiday represents.
If you’d like to further support the promotion of Jewish culture in Boston, then why not do so by joining the New Center For Arts & Culture’s mailing list, making a donation to further their cause, or by becoming an event series ticket subscriber.
When: Saturday, April 10th @ 8:15 p.m.
Where: Arts At The Armory (Somerville)
Tickets: $10.00 (advance) / $15.00 (at the door)
More Info: 617-531-4610 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Treat Yourself to an Exotic Evening of Belly Dancing Entertainment and Fine Moroccan Cuisine @ the Kasbah Restaurant – Weekly Friday and Saturday Evenings
Watch a belly dance performance.
If you’re in the mood for some live Arabic music accompanied by a belly dance show and fine authentic Moroccan cuisine, then head on over to the Kasbah Restaurant in Winthrop and satisfy all of those cravings. This Moroccan eatery and lounge hosts belly dance shows regularly on weekends, featuring either live Moroccan or Middle Eastern music. (see web site for details) And on occasion, its Greek Night at Kasbah which sounds interesting, but you’ll have to contact them for the details on this event.
One of the best features of enjoying an evening of fine world music and dance entertainment at the Kasbah Restaurant, is the opportunity to try some of the many tasty Moroccan dishes they have to offer. Tantalize your taste buds with an appetizer plate of roasted eggplant, homous, chakchouka, stuffed grape leaves, rice salad, carrots charmoula, and olives. For a main course you can feast upon their bestseller, Chicken Tangiers, consisting of sauteed chicken breast with dried apricots, figs, carrots, caramelized onions, and mushrooms in a semi-sweet sauce. And finally perhaps, top it all off with Moroccan crepes served with chocolate and honey. Hungary yet??? Well don’t stop here, go ahead and peruse the rest of their extensive,well-organized menu, complete with photos. Oh, and just in case you are inclined to go “beyond Moraccan” to satisfy your “food mood”, you can take note of the many tapas, open-faced omelets, sandwiches and other multi-cultural delights offered here in addition.
If you want a better idea of what a fabulous evening at the Kasbah Restaurant is really like then take a look at their photo gallery. This looks like an evening that is sure to please.
Restaurant hours: Daily – 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Featuring Weekly Belly Dance shows – Friday and Saturday evenings
Directions: In the “Contacts” section on the web site
More Info: 617-539-4484
Why Not Try Something A Little Different this Year and Experience a New Years Celebration Morrocan Style @ Tangierino/Koullshi Restaurant & Lounge
If you haven’t already seen my previous post (4/19/2009) on this rather unique establishment with plenty of atmosphere, you can check it out now. Go and have a look at the web sites for both Tangierino and Koullshi and then picture yourself ringing in the new year at this fine restaurant/night club location with all of its fabulous ambience! Experience an evening of gourmet ethnic cuisine, tarot readings, belly dance shows, VIP cigar giveaways and more, all to the sounds of Arabic music. And, of course, the New Year will officially be ushered in with what else but a champagne toast. There are many options to choose from when planning your evening celebration at Tangierino/Koullshi. You can get all of the details here including dinner menus and pricing for all their various entertainment packages.
Further Event Details:
When: Thursday, December 31st (5:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.)
Where: Tangierino Restaurant/Koullshi Lounge (directions)
More Info: 617-242-6009 OR email@example.com
Experience a complete night out on the town Moroccan style, and all from one location. Twice a winner of Boston’s Best Award in the restaurant category, Charlestown’s Tangierino and its adjoining nightclub Koullshi have it all! This trendy, yet unique establishment is the brilliant creation of chef/owner Samad Naamad. I could go on to describe it in greater detail myself, however, at this point I will direct your attention to their fabulous web site where the picture is indeed worth a thousand words.
Once you have accessed the site, you definitely want to click on the media link to get a basic description of all that this special restaurant/nightclub establishment has to offer. Then click through the extensive photo galleries and experience the lavish authentically Moroccan interior decor, gorgeous food presentation of the gourmet dishes the menu has to offer, and entertaining nightlife. Samad Naamad’s bio also makes for a fascinating read. This multi-talented entreprenuer is not only one of Boston’s premier chefs, but also a well-known interior designer, film producer/director, and actor who has recently starred in one of his own productions.
If you do happen to make it out to Charlestown for dinner, what ever you do, don’t forget to finish your evening with a fun filled and entertaining visit to Koullshi. While you’re there, treat yourself to a belly dance show and of course some great Middle Eastern music as well.
If you want to know how to get there- click here.