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Launch Party for B'ta'arof, Iran: RPM and Omid Walizadeh at Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles

Source: Levantine Cultural Center

Event Details
Sep 17 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome)
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Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking

We invite you to participate in an evening of Iranian literary and artistic culture on behalf of B|ta'arof magazine and the London-based collective, Magic of Persia. This is a night to celebrate fiercely independent and creative Iranian writers and artists with a launch party for Iran: RPM Vol. 2 from Magic of Persia and the latest issue of B|ta'arof, as well as Omid Walizadeh's LP, Modern Persian Speech Sounds. All this takes place at the Levantine Cultural Center in our gallery currently featuring an exhibition of beautiful Arabic and Iranian typography, "Local/Not Local." With complementary appetizers and open bar, the event is free and open to the public (donations graciously accepted).

Omid Walizadeh will perform a set from his LP [listen]; editors from B|ta'arof will be on hand, as will the staff of Magic of Persia.

The evening is presented by the Levantine Cultural Center with generous support from Mehnaz Afridi, Hossein & Nikoo Berenji, Joan Dendinger and Shari Rezai. We thank the Farhang Foundation for its kind outreach support of the program.

The joint launch event presents the third issue of B|ta'arof Magazine, which focuses on street culture in Iran and abroad, and the second installation of the recently published Iran: RPM book series. B|ta'arof is an Iranian cultural arts magazine, produced and published by an independent group of editors in New York and Los Angeles, a collective that recently published their third issue and released a vinyl LP by Los Angeles' own Omid Walizadeh, entitled Modern Persian Speech Sounds. The record re-imagines sound material from cassettes produced in Iran in the 1970s and early 1980s into original electronic and hip-hop compositions.

IRAN: RPM 1 & 2
IRAN: RPM 1 & 2

IRAN:RPM is an ongoing project focused on Iranian vinyl record discography, published in Dubai and London by Magic of Persia. The first edition, published in 2012, is a study on Iranian film soundtracks featuring a selection of vinyl covers from 1965-1974. Launched in March 2014, the second edition is a survey of the activities of the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA), also known as Kanoon. IIDCYA was founded in 1965 in response to the lack of leisure and recreational facilities available to the new generation in Iran. The institute offered a wide range of cultural and artistic activities focusing on the mental and cultural development of children and young adults. Through an archive compiled by Ali Bakhtiari, IRAN:RPM Vol. 2 presents the collaboration between Kanoon and some of Iran's most prominent cultural practitioners in the fields of storytelling, poetry, puppetry, film and animation, music, and visual arts." The collection is one-of-a-kind, printed in limited numbers, and yet to be available at any event in the United States.

a poem by Nima Yushij, trans. Arash Saedinia
a poem by Nima Yushij, trans. Arash Saedinia


B|ta'arof Magazine and Records is a cultural arts project dedicated to creative enterprises that engage the collective stories of Iran and Iranians across the globe. It offers a space of reflection for young writers, artists, students, designers, poets, filmmakers, musicians, archivists who are producing work about Iranian culture against the grain. The artifacts we create are meant to be lasting documents - tangible media that you can hold in your hands.

Established in 2004, Magic of Persia (MOP) promotes Iranian art and culture to a wider audience outside of Iran, and strives to make a notable contribution to its long-term advancement worldwide. This is accomplished by establishing programmes in modern and contemporary Iranian art, music, media and academia in partnership with world-class institutions.


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