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Nov 21 / Syed Ali

1001 Laughs Arab American Dearborn Comedy Festival

Dearborn Comedy Festival

Join us this weekend’s “1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival,” taking place at the AANM on Friday, Nov 21st and Nov 22nd.  There will be two shows per night; one at 7pm and the other at 9pm.  This year’s comedy show features hilarious Arab American comedians like Tamer Kattan, Eileen Danial, and Mo Amer, famously known from “Allah Made Me Funny.”

In edition to our hilarious comedians, the AANM is pleased to have Grill Billies Food Truck, Hashems, and Alegria Pops Detroit, who will be serving you delicious Halal BBQ (see menu attached), coffee, and treats, respectively!  Prices are very reasonable and thanks to Hashems, all proceeds from coffee sales are generously donated to the Domestic Violence program at ACCESS.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please click here:


Sep 22 / Syed Ali

i-96 is open for business

Last Sunday was a fun filled day at the I-96 as they let residents, neighbors and visitors walk, bike and try out the brand new freeway.

It has been a long wait for the daily commuters and now the wait is over. I-96 was closed for construction since April of this year when the residents of Livonia and Redford chose to close down the freeway during the massive overhaul. As a result, the work was completed on time and within the budget, thanks to MDOT.


Madonna U Mascot

Madonna U Mascot

Newburgh Exit

Newburgh Exit

Walking on I-96

Walking on I-96

walk, bike on the freeway.

Sep 5 / Syed Ali

Dancing in Jaffa September 24th at Arab American National Museum

The AANM is screening the film, “Dancing in Jaffa” on Wednesday, Sept 24th at 7 pm.  Immediately following the film is a live Q&A with the director followed by a brief reception.  The film focuses on Pierre Dulaine, famous ballroom dancer, who brings together Palestinian and Israeli youth through dance and music.  His belief is that dance has the ability to unify and overcome the must complex political and cultural differences.

Dancing in Jaffa

Dancing in Jaffa

May 22 / Syed Ali

Detroit Public Library presents Syrian-American spoken word artist Omar Offendum


Omar Offendum is a poet/rapper and he will be performing right next to Wayne State University at the Detroit Public Library thanks to the support of Arab American National Museum.

“Omar Offendum brings a contemporary poetic voice to the Muslim world and beyond. Omar was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington, DC and now lives in Los Angeles. He has toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organizations and lectured at various academic institutions. Sponsored by the Detroit Public Library, The Poets House, City Lore, National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Offendum will be introduced by Dr. Matthew Jaber Stiffler.”

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking available in DPL staff parking lot, entrance on Putnam Street, and one way from Cass Avenue.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World includes an exhibition at Main Library.


May 30, 2014
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Detroit Public Library – Clara Stanton Jones – Friends Auditorium
5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit,MI 48202 
May 16 / Syed Ali

Cinetopia films – Arab American National Museum

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) hosting the  2014 Cinetopia International Film Festival. Created for the people of southeastern Michigan, the Cinetopia International Film Festival features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals.  The AANM, partnering with Michigan Theater and other cultural institutions, are apart of Cinetopia.

The AANM will be screening two films for Cinetopia:

On Friday, June 6th at 7:30 pm, they will be screening the film, “My Neighbourhood.” (2012, Palestine; winner of the 2012 Peabody Award) – From the creators of the acclaimed documentary Budrus, My Neighbourhood recounts a remarkable nonviolent campaign in the heart of Jerusalem. It’s the true story of a Palestinian teenager whose family is forced to share a section of their East Jerusalem home with Israeli settlers. When Israeli activists arrive in his neighborhood to join residents in protests against the settlements, the teen comes of age in the midst of unrelenting tension with his neighbors and unexpected cooperation with Israeli allies.

On Saturday, June 7th at 7pm,  they will be screening the film, “The Muslims are Coming!” (2013, USA; Winner, Audience Award, 2012 Austin Film Festival) – The Muslims Are Coming! follows a band of Muslim-American comedians (Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad) as they visit big cities, small towns and rural villages to combat Islamophobia. They not only perform standup at each stop but create ridiculous interventions in unsuspecting town squares, like the “Ask a Muslim Booth.” Comedy icons like Jon Stewart, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Colin Quinn, Lewis Black, Aasif Mandvi and media heavy weights like Rachel Maddow, Russell Simmons, Soledad O’Brien, Ali Velshi and The Young Turk’s Cenk Uygur comment throughout on the power of comedy and the political scope of bigotry.

Tickets will be available at the AANM the days of the screenings.  To purchase tickets in advance, please click here:


May 13 / Syed Ali

Midtown Residents and WSU Students remove 350 garbage bags around campus

The cleanup event this last Saturday around Wayne State campus was a total success. There were volunteers from Flint to Ann Arbor. Many of them were local residents, faculty, staff members and students. The rain could not stop the determination of the volunteers as they picked up cans, bottles, plastic bags and other garbage material. The volunteers gathered at the Welcome center and they were provided with the necessary tools to do their job. Items provided were trash bags, gloves, ponchos and shovels. A chartered bus dropped off volunteers at different section of midtown. The volunteers were very pleased and felt very safe as Wayne State police was around to keep an eye on their safety. The event ended with lunch at the welcome center that was provided by Midtown Detroit Inc.

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WSU Volunteer students from different colleges

WSU Volunteer students from different colleges

WSU Volunteer students from different colleges

WSU Volunteer students from different colleges


Midtown Cleanup

WSU students picking up trash