Arab-American Comedian, etc.
I went ot the Arab Festival at Seattle Center today. It was fun, but there was definitely a lot less food that I had hoped (there were lots of pastries, but few main dishes. (My Kingdome for some kibbe!) Lots of traditional arab music and dancing. Some discussions of MIddle Eastern issues and a film on arabs/muslims/south asians detailed immediately after 9/11. One of the discussions was quite good, being made up of ex-pat Iraqis giving their feelings about their home and there relatives who are still over there. The film, Brothers and others, which I sat through, but was a bit annoyed by... it made some valid points, but it was so manipulative and so tied into a broader agenda, that I had to make a conscious effort not to just dismiss it entirely. It even had 30-60 seconds worth of Noam Chomsky footage, always a warning sign.
The schedule also featured three Arab-American Comedians. I caught Ray Hanania... not very impressive soem mild ethnic humor, some jokes that clearly were targeted to a fairly specific group, mixed in with some generic airport security jokes. I didn't really think his material or delivery were all that good. Oh well.