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My Interview with BABA Star Denmo Ibrahim

Interview with Denmo Ibrahim in April 2014 My interview with Denmo Ibrahim (listen below) who stars in the play BABA where she literally transforms herself into an immigrant Egyptian father who will make you laugh and cry.  Play runs April 4-27, 2014 at AlterTheater Ensemble in San Rafael, California.

Music of the Arab Spring: Interview with Dr. Ramzi Salti in Avicenna Journal (Winter 2014)

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Denmo Ibrahim's 'BABA' Premieres in San Rafael, CA (April 4-27, 2014)

An Egyptian immigrant’s search for American dream Premieres at AlterTheater For info see AlterTheater’s 10th season continues with the world premiere of BABA, written and performed by Denmo Ibrahim. BABA was developed within AlterLab, AlterTheater’s playwright residency program. In April of 2014, AlterTheater is producing BABA, written and performed by Denmo Ibrahim. The highly anticipated world premiere of this piece comes after workshops at AlterTheater and across the country, including at Noor’s Highlight Series in New York City. Developed as a solo show, BABA spans 30 years and two continents and tells the story of an Egyptian immigrant to New York, his American-born daughter, and their search for the American dream. “This is a classic, all-American story of the immigrant hoping for a better life,” says LitComm member Patricia Silver. “Denmo’s wit, her poetic language and her empathy for her characters make her stories both touching and funny.”

Mashrou' Leila on Cover of 'Rolling Stone'

Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila have become the first regional artists to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone . The issue will be on shelves this Sunday April 6, 2014. For more info see

Mike Massy Wows Stanford University

Mike Massy's two events at Stanford on March 11, 2014 were as fantastic as they were memorable--leaving the Stanford community and fans in awe of this Lebanese singer and his unparalleled talent. The events were made possible via a grant from the Stanford Arts Institute plus the Stanford Language Center, The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, DLCL, Dept. of Music, The Mediterranean Studies Forum, Dept. of Comparative Literature, and The Arab Studies Table. The first event took place at noon and featured Mike Massy live at Campbell Recital Hall at the Braun Music Center. Accompanied by a grand piano, Mike sang a selection of his hits including 'Ya Zaman' and 'Khalasna Baa' while also premiering a new song from his upcoming album. Perhaps the highlight of this performance, however, was when Mike Massy invited members of the audience--mostly Stanford students of Arabic--to join him on stage in singing 'Ghayer Lawn Ouyounak.' That mome