Tarab NYC hosts THREE contemporary queer films at the 2nd annual Arab Cinema Week!

Tarab NYC is excited to be hosting THREE contemporary queer films at the 2nd annual Arab Cinema Week presented by MoviePigs, from November 17th to 23rd, at Cinema Village. Tarab NYC members – check your email for a special discount code for $5 off all films! (Opening Night Excluded)

This Little Father Obsession on Saturday Nov 18 @ 1pm (Lebanon)
Director: Selim Mourad

Selim Mourad is a young man who still lives with his parents in a traditional family house in Beirut. He has no siblings and he likes men, which is no good news to his family which will therefore end with him. As the new wave of reconstruction finally reaches them, Selim and his parents find themselves obliged to move houses to allow the demolition of the building in which both Selim and his father Antoine were born. It’s an occasion for the son to face his family with his truth and take his father on a quest inside their mysterious family tree hoping to find a lost relative who could maybe continue the lineage.

Upon the Shadow on Tuesday Nov 21 @ 8:30pm (Tunisia)
Director: Nada Mezni Hafaiedh

We discover the mysterious side of Amina boui (former Femen) and her daily life. Her friends of the LGBT community, who live at her home, have been rejected by their families and the society. Through out Amina, we dive into their stories: Sandra (transvestite), Ramy (gay) , Ayoub (gay) , Atef (gay and transvestite). Many unexpected events keep coming and caught live… Tarab NYC Board Member Hilal Khalil hosts a discussion following the screening.

Only Men Go to the Grave on Wednesday Nov 22 @ 8:30pm (UAE)
Director: Abdulla Al Kaabi

After the Iraq-Iran war ended in 1988, a blind mother welcomes her estranged daughters to tell them a secret. Unfortunately, she accidentally dies while sharing it. During the funeral, the daughters try to deal with their mother’s sudden death and also work together to unveil her secret by looking for clues from visitors. Throughout the funeral, their own lives continue to unravel, giving room for buried family tensions to gradually surface, while struggling to deal with their own secrets and deep-rooted guilt. The daughters start to question everything about their mother’s life after a peculiar encounter…

Upcoming Tarab NYC Community Support Group

Join us for the upcoming peer support group events:

LGBTQ persons from the MENA region can process experiences in a safe space. Group discussion can foster support and develop ways of coping with struggles afflicting our community. This group will be facilitated by Wardeh Hattab, LCSW and will take place at the LGBT Center in Manhattan.

The group is designed to discuss any subject or experience the group participants share. Every discussion in the group will require confidentiality to ensure the privacy of those attending the group and the material shared.

To maintain confidentiality of all group members in attendance, RSVP on our website. The session has a maximum of 10 participants to keep the group small. Participants must be Queer and Middle Eastern / North African. In order to ensure minimal interruptions in the group, we also ask that everyone arrive no later than 7:15 PM. You must register in order to attend this session. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at tarab@tarabnyc.org – updates will be shared on our Facebook page, our website, and via email to registrants.

We look forward to seeing you there!

-The Tarab NYC Board

Last Chance for Discount Advance Tickets!

Ahhh Ya Mama – Last chance to get discount tix!

Join Tarab NYC as we host our first ever Halloween party, Queer Haflaween – Ahhh Ya Mama!. Discount tickets end at midnight tonight! All are welcome!

Who: YOU, and your friends in your best costumes*!
Where: Henrietta Hudson 438 Hudson St, New York, New York 10014
When: Monday, October 30th @ 8pm – ?
Why: Music by Tarab NYC’s resident DJ – Bashar Makhay, performances by Mark Balahadia Official, cash prize and giveaways for best costume. Arab, Middle Eastern and North African Music, Videos, Mingle, Network, Dance, Drinks and Fun!

Advance Tickets (must be purchased by 11:59pm October 29th):
$10 for members (Community and Allies Members – Just Login)
$15 for non-members
$20 at the door.

Note: Costumes depicting ethnic/racial groups or cultures worn by individuals not of that culture are not allowed.

Performances by Sultana

We are excited to share that Sultana will be performing at Queer Haflaween – Ahh Ya Mama!  Sultana is our very own NYC based Middle Eastern Queen. She is known as the Queen of the Middle East Village and the Queen of Denial (Get it – the nile – 😉 She was born and raised in Cairo and is Palestinian and Jordanian. She has performed for over 20 years throughout NYC, including the world famous Lips!

We cant wait to see Sultana take the stage! Check out this WNYC interview with her! 

Performances by Mark Balahadia

Mark Balahadia is an unique performer of Middle Eastern dances, based in the New York City Area. He has trained, taught and performed in the USA, Europe and the Middle East for over 14 years. His varied experience, along with his deep knowledge of Arabic dance, in particular, has given him the ability to perform these styles in a way that is authentic in feeling and technique.

On Arabic social media, he is known in Arabic as “Mark the American” (مارك الامريكي), where he has gone viral for his interpretation of Arabic dances, especially Iraqi and Khaliji styles. On Youtube, he has over 12 million views on his channel and counting.

To follow Mark, check him out on Instagram,  YoutubeSnapchat & Facebook

Music by Bashar Makhay

Bashar Makhay is the founder, board member and resident DJ for Tarab NYC, NYC’s Queer Middle Eastern, North African and fabulous community organization! Bashar has been spinning for over a decade, spinning a mix of dabke, chobi, redh, chaabi, bandari, and other MENA beats mixed with pop, dance and booty beats. You may have heard Bashar mixing at one of the Tarab NYC mixers, banquets, Color Me Queer or at your cousins wedding. 😉 You can follow Bashar on twitter via @makhay and feel out his style on Soundcloud.

This Monday: Queer Haflaween – Ahhh Ya Mama

Ahhh Ya Mama – Where will you be next Monday?

Join Tarab NYC as we host our first ever Halloween party, Queer Haflaween – Ahhh Ya Mama! Tickets on sale now – get them before they sell out.

Who: YOU, and your friends in your best costumes*!
Where: Henrietta Hudson 438 Hudson St, New York, New York 10014
When: Monday, October 30th @ 8pm – ?
Why: Music by Tarab NYC’s resident DJ – Bashar Makhay, performances by Mark Balahadia Official, cash prize and giveaways for best costume. Arab, Middle Eastern and North African Music, Videos, Mingle, Network, Dance, Drinks and Fun!

Advance Tickets (must be purchased by October 29th):
$10 for members (Just Login)
$15 for non-members
$20 at the door.

Performances by Mark Balahadia

Mark Balahadia is an unique performer of Middle Eastern dances, based in the New York City Area. He has trained, taught and performed in the USA, Europe and the Middle East for over 14 years. His varied experience, along with his deep knowledge of Arabic dance, in particular, has given him the ability to perform these styles in a way that is authentic in feeling and technique.

On Arabic social media, he is known in Arabic as “Mark the American” (مارك الامريكي), where he has gone viral for his interpretation of Arabic dances, especially Iraqi and Khaliji styles. On Youtube, he has over 12 million views on his channel and counting.

To follow Mark, check him out on Instagram,  YoutubeSnapchat & Facebook

Music by Bashar Makhay

Bashar Makhay is the founder, board member and resident DJ for Tarab NYC, NYC’s Queer Middle Eastern, North African and fabulous community organization! Bashar has been spinning for over a decade, spinning a mix of dabke, chobi, redh, chaabi, bandari, and other MENA beats mixed with pop, dance and booty beats. You may have heard Bashar mixing at one of the Tarab NYC mixers, banquets, Color Me Queer or at your cousins wedding. 😉 You can follow Bashar on twitter via @makhay and feel out his style on Soundcloud.

Make A Difference – Join The Tarab NYC Board

Tarab NYC is seeking new board members. If you feel that you can help Tarab NYC build community, develop relationships, fundraise, manage operations, create programs, and spread our mission of fostering an inclusive and safe community for Queer MENA people, then please consider joining our board. In order to attain a more diverse group of applicants, we have decided to accept applications until October 31st.  We plan on following up with all applicants in mid November. While everyone is encouraged to apply, in order to maintain the diverse nature of our organization, women, Trans*, & GNC individuals are heavily encouraged to apply as well as people with non-Arab ethnicities, such as Berbers, Assyrians, Persians, Kurds, etc. We can’t wait to learn more about you, and grow the Tarab NYC family!

While not everyone will be accepted, we encourage everyone to apply below! If you want to nominate someone or have questions, just contact us.

Click Here To Apply!