2014 Summer Cultural Workshops & Classes

Cook with CAC!

Join the CAC for its NEW Cooking Classes! Enjoy Home Style Authentic Cooking and My Grandma Recipes that you cannot find at any culinary school. Class taught by Mr. Majd Karkour.Arabic Appetizers

It is a Prepare and Learn session! During class all participants will taste the authentic food made by the cook and then taste their own!  


Class will not be stuffed like a “stuffed zucchini”!

Hurry! Limited seats!

Class Location for June 27th:


201 Somerville Ave.

Somerville, MA 02143



Come and enjoy while learning how to prepare your meal! It is a stress free environment where all participants will get the maximum attention to master their skills.  

Both Sessions will focus on Middle Eastern appetizers like Tabouleh, Baba Ghannouj, Mohamara, Foul mdammas, Mujaddara and much more!

Each class will contain a short power point presentation to talk about the cultural background of Middle Eastern cooking followed by Hands-on preparation for each recipe and finally eating and celebrating the sweet taste of success!


Session II is  Friday June 27 6:00-8:00 pm

Registration fee: $30/ person


Register Here



“Afternoon Summer Movie Club” at the CAC

Watch movie, serve tea/coffee & dessert, discussion to follow!

Join us for a compelling film featuring the Middle East.

Listings and dates below. Free and open to the public. $5 suggested donation.

All films will be screened at CAC, 191 Highland Avenue, 6B, Somerville, MA


Syrian BrideThe Syrian Bride

Saturday Jun 14, 2014 @ 5.30 pm

The film will be followed by a discussion lead by Dr. Wael Kamal, Egyptian film-making professor and Founding Director of the Digital Media Program at UMass Lowell.

In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home. Mona’s father Hammed is a political activist pro-Syria that is on probation by the Israeli government. His older son Hatten married a Russian woman eight years ago and was banished from Majdal Shams by the religious leaders and his father. His brother Marwan is a wolf trader that lives in Italy. His sister Amal has two teenager daughters and has the intention to join the university, but her marriage with Amin is in crisis. When the family gathers for Mona’s wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the ceremony.



Saturday Jun 28 @5.30 pm

 Saudi Arabian–German film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. The film was selected as the Saudi Arabian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards but it was not nominated. It was the first time Saudi Arabia submitted a film for the Best Foreign Language Oscar

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour (as Haifaa Al Mansour)

Writer: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Stars: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani


Oud ClassesOud Classes:

 Wednesdays at 7.00- 8.30 pm

Summer Session Starts on:

Wednesday May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25

Registration fee: 150/ student (5 Weeks)

To register please click HERE

This class is designed for both beginners and intermediate level students. Students will get introduced to Arabicmusic by learning the Arabic scales “Makamat” through playing musical compositions.  They will also have brief look at the history and the importance of the Oud in Mid-Eastern Music. In addition, students will learn how to hold the instrument and the pick, the positioning and understanding of the quarter tone, and how to tune the strings.

About the instructor: Nabil Ata was born in Lebanon and immigrated to Massachusetts in March, 1973. He has been focusing on singing the classics in the Arabic language, like “Mouwashahaat and Adwaar.” He established “Tarab Chrous” in 1997.

To purchase Oud:

Unique Strings
165 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478‎  (617) 489-1254


Arabic Percussions Classes:Tabla Lessons

Mondays at 6.00 -7.30 pm

Summer Session Starts: Mondays Jun 9, 16, 23, 30

Registration fee: 150/ student (4 weeks)

To register please click HERE

Rhythms of the East Take a journey through Eastern rhythms thought learning the Arabic and Middle Eastern percussions Tabla (drum) Daff / Riqq (Tambourine) and Mazhar.

This class will expose students to distinct Middle Eastern and Arabic Rhythms, instruments and musical stylings. During the lesson, student will have the chance to play along with other instruments in a band style. Students will also gain great insight to the history and cultural relevance of the songs, instruments and style of music and the relation between the percussion instrument and the Arabic and Eastern music.

To purchase Tabla:



Colloquial Arabic – Beginners LevantineArabic Language Classes

Saturdays at 10:00 am – 11:30 am Summer Session starts: Saturdays Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5   Registration fee $200/ session (5 weeks)

To register please click HERE

This level is best suited for beginners who have had little or no exposure to the Arabic language. We will be covering the Arabic alphabet and explaining the differences in pronunciation between the modern standard Arabic and the Levantine dialects. We will also cover some basic conversational skills.

Our colloquial language courses progressively move students from no knowledge of the Arabic language to being able to deal with a variety of real- life situations such as directing a taxi, answering the phone, dealing with groceries, speaking on the phone, etc. Students will also be exposed to very basic reading and writing skills such as road signs, Arabic numbers, restaurant menus, bills and signing your name and phone number in Arabic.


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