Global Thursdays

Global Thursdays at the Arab American National Museum is a multicultural performance series showcasing the finest in world music, performance art and film. A wide variety of local. national and international acts and international cinema truly allows you to "see and hear the world, here" at the AANM. All concerts and films are presented in Museum's intimate 156-seat auditorium.

The Winter/Spring 2010 season of Global Thursdays presents concerts and films relating to the controversial issue of immigration and the AANM exhibition Connecting Communities (through March 28, 2010). This multimedia exhibition explores the experiences of Detroit-area immigrants of diverse backgrounds, dispels stereotypes and misconceptions, and allows audiences the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions on immigration right inside the gallery.


Global Thursdays concerts and films now begin at 6:30 p.m.  

Global Thursdays CONCERT tickets are now $10 in advance and at the door; $9 for AANM Members. 

Global Thursdays FILM tickets are $6 both in advance and at the door, $5 for AANM Members. 


Global Thursdays Winter/Spring 2010 Season

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Bassam SabaJanuary 28  6:30 p.m.
Concert: Bassam Saba
Nay Virtuoso

Passionate performer and dedicated educator Bassam Saba (right) is one of the most sought-after Arabic musicians in the United States today. The world-renowned multi-instrumentalist (nay, oud, violin, buzuq, saz and western classical flute) studied at the Lebanon National Conservatory. He has held many Arabic music workshops and lectures around the U.S., and has conducted numerous orchestras and ensembles at educational institutions such as Harvard University and the Arabic Music Retreat held at Mt. Holyoke College, the most prestigious Arabic music camp in North America. Come celebrate the release of Saba’s debut CD, The Wonderful Land.  

Event includes complimentary coffee and sweets at 5:30 p.m. opening reception for the new exhibition From Mocha to Latte: Coffee, the Arab World and the $4 Cup.

All About Dad

February 11   6:30 p.m.
Film: All About Dad (Michigan premiere)
Dir: Mark Tran
90 min.

Mr.  Do is the patriach of a Vietnamese American family. He believes that to succeed in life one must be Catholic and pursue higher education with the goal of having a stable job. Much to his disappointment, he quickly realizes that every one of his children may not subscribe to his philosophy. As each of his children try to forge their own path in life, we see a poignant and unforgettable tale of a loving father with good intentions - learning what it means to let “nature” takes its course. Vietnamese and English.

- George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award, 2009 San Diego Asian Film Festival
- Special Jury Prize “Best First Feature” Award, 2009 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Chicago Afrobeat ProjectFebruary 25   6:30 p.m.
Concert: Chicago Afrobeat Project
Rhythm-centric rock & jazz

CAbP slips a reverent nod to the tradition while delivering an energized originality different from any other band on the Afrobeat scene today. At each of its 100+ live performances a year, the group’s frenzied songs hit audiences with a big enough one-two punch to tirelessly knock them onto the dance floor time and again. Afrobeat’s range of influences — funk, rock, jazz, Afro-Cuban, high life and juju music – settle into a hypnotic, dance-compelling pulse at the core of CAbP. The group layers a fiery originality around this core through high-energy rock and experimental jazz.

El NorteMarch 11   6:30 p.m.
Film: El Norte
Dir: Gregory Nava
139 min.

Mayan Indian peasants, tired of being thought of as nothing more than brazos fuertes (manual laborers), are discovered by the Guatemalan army as they were organizing an effort to improve their working conditions and lot in life. After the army destroys their village and family and thousands of others during the longest and most brutal civil war in Latin American history, a brother and sister, teenagers who just barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to "El Norte.” Spanish and K’iche with English subtitles.

- Winner, Grand Prix des Amériques, 1984 Montréal World Film Festival
- Nomination, Best Original Screenplay, 1985 Academy Awards
- Selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry, 1995


March 25   6:30 p.m.
Concert: La Chispa & Company

Flamenco is more than an art form for La Chispa & Company, it is a way of life. Valeria Montes - “La Chispa” (The Spark) - has emerged as the most talked-about flamenco performer in metro Detroit. The Detroit Free Press called her "mesmerizing" and Metro Times declared her "beauty in motion." At this engagement, La Chispa will debut a new show featuring some of the greatest flamenco artists from around the country: Luis Linares “el Tiburón” (guitar), Alfonso Cid (vocals), Vicente Griego “El cartucho” (vocals) and Rómulo Bernal “El Calamar” (percussion).




Children of InventionApril 8   6:30 p.m.
Film: Children of Invention (Michigan premiere)
Dir: Tze Chun
86 min.

After being evicted, hardworking single mom Elaine (Cindy Cheung, Lady in the Water) tries to maintain a normal life for her children, Raymond and Tina. Elaine juggles a number of jobs, including working for a questionable pyramid scheme. When Elaine doesn’t return home one night, the kids are left to fend for themselves. As the days pass, Raymond, a budding inventor, realizes he needs to take care of his little sister. English. Preceded by a brief musical performance by a special surprise guest.

- Official Selection, 2009 Sundance Film Festival
- Winner of 15 awards on the festival circuit including 2009 honors from the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival; Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; San Diego Asian Film Festival; and Hawaii International Film Festival.


Xiao Dong WeiApril 22  6:30 p.m.
Concert: Xiao Dong Wei with Yang Wei and Yuki Mack
Chinese Classical & Western Fusion

Global Thursdays’ and Concert of Colors’ favorite master erhu player Xiao Dong Wei and Steinway Artist Roster pianist Yuki Mack team up to perform with world-renowned pipa player Yang Wei, who has appeared with various orchestras and ensembles throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S., including touring and playing alongside cellist Yo Yo Ma in his acclaimed Silk Road Project. The talented trio will play an extremely varied set with eastern and western musical perspectives and influences.        




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