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Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco: September 26-27, 2015

- Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran, which showcases independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, will present 33 films from ten countries at its 8th annual event. The films range from fiction, documentary, animation, short, music... - 8/23/15

Banning of Films Continues under Rouhani Administration, 14 Movies Now Forbidden

- Despite repeated statements made by President Rouhani regarding the need to allow more cultural freedoms in Iran, the banning of films in the Islamic Republic has continued unabated during his two-year administration. - 8/22/15

An Iranian rapper speaks about hip-hop and its future in Iran

- "Our group was the first group that used what they call explicit language in Iranian music." So says Alireza Jazayeri, a rapper whose stage name is Alireza JJ, who originally gained fame as a member of a hip-hop group called Zedbazi, "Even before the revolution there was no explicit language or curse words in art. We were the first who actually brought it to mainstream, like they did in American hip-hop in the late 80s." -Moira Lavelle, PRI - 8/5/15

Living Trans, From Iran to New York City

- Up-and-coming actress Pooya Mohseni tells The Advocate what it took to come out as trans at 37, offering a riveting tale of survival that took her from Iran to New York City. -Advocate - 8/3/15

Iranian singer's pro-nuclear song no guarantee of government approval

- Iran's Ministry of Culture says it has not given any guarantees to underground singer Amir Tataloo that singing a song in support of the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy policies would help him shed his underground status and earn him a chance to give public concerts. - 7/29/15

Duluth orchestra, Iranian composer make music history

- For perhaps the first time since the Iranian revolution in 1979, an Iranian composer living in Iran is collaborating with an American orchestra. It's the world premiere of "Kalileh," a classic Persian fable set to music by composer Hooshyar Khayam. - 7/27/15

Hardline Iranian Clerics Stop Screening of Film on Shia Religious Figure

- A highly anticipated award-winning film about the revered 7th century Shia religious figure, Imam Hossein, has been pulled from cinemas across Iran on the first day of its screening following criticism by conservative religious leaders. The film's director, Ahmad Reza Darvish, maintains that he has had the support of senior religious leaders throughout the production process. - 7/24/15

Uncut version of controversial Iranian film "Resurrection" to open Baghdad festival

- An uncensored version of the Iranian film Resurrection, which has generated serious controversy in Iran, will open the International Baghdad Film Festival. The film currently has two versions: one is complete and the other had 40 minutes of footage cut out, eliminating images of religious figures of Ashura. - 7/18/15

US filmfest awards Iran's 'Story of a Rainy Night'

- Iran's 'Story of a Rainy Night' has won two awards at the 2015 edition of the Fear No Film Festival in the US. Directed by Mehdi Fard-Qaderi, the short film received the event's Grand Jury Best of Show and the Audience Award Applauding awards. - 7/11/15

Baba Joon: The first Persian-language Israeli film starring Hollywood Actor Navid Negahban

- The film stars Iranian actor Navid Negahban, staring Emmy-award-winning show Homeland, as Abu Nazir. Whose recent work includes Clint Eastwood's new film American Sniper; Cyrus Nowrasteh's film The Stoning of Soraya M. and more. Navid has also had guest-starring roles on The Mentalist, 24, Lost, Law and Order, CSIand more. - 7/6/15

Iranian actor apologizes for pro gay marriage tweet

- Bahram Radan, a famous Iranian actor, has apologized to Iranians for posting a tweet in support of a ruling by the US Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage across the entirety of the United States. - 7/5/15

Shiraz Arts Academy 3rd Anniversary Concert in Sunnyvale, California

- An evening of music performances by Shiraz Arts Academys' talented students and prominent instructors. Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Sunnyvale Theatre - 7/3/15

Three Concerts Cancelled by Iranian Police and Judiciary despite Protests by Rouhani

- In his latest reaction to consecutive cancellations by the Iranian Police and the Judiciary of music concerts, President Hassan Rouhani condemned the cancellations and said such actions violate the people's rights. - 6/17/15

Street Fighting Man

- Ali Ettehad on performance art in Iran and his struggle to bring it to the public --- When it comes to contemporary art in Iran, one often hears about the country's bustling gallery scene, its innumerable painters, photographers, and sculptors, and the prices set by local artists in auctions both at home and abroad. What one rarely hears about, however, is performance art, a medium with a relatively shorter history in Iran, and one that has been given far less attention by artists and audiences alike. -Joobin Bekhrad, Reorient - 6/12/15

Acclaimed Iranian Musician Denied Tehran Concert In Brewing Culture Row

- An iconic U.S.-based Iranian musician was set to delight music lovers in Tehran this week in what reportedly would have been his first concert in the country of his birth for several years. For fans of Kayhan Kalhor, it sounded too good to be true. And unfortunately for them, it was. - 6/11/15

Iran's National Orchestra resumes activities after 3-year hiatus

- Iran's National Orchestra has resumed its activities after a 3-year hiatus in the capital, Tehran. Conducted by maestro Farhad Fakhreddini, the orchestra celebrated its return with a concert held at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Wednesday. - 6/11/15

Iranian film 'Cechanok' to screen at Open City Documentary Festival in London

- This observational, almost wordless documentary takes us into the strange & fascinating world of Arabic falconry, from the catching of a field mouse in Iran through to the competitive falcon shows of Abu Dhabi. - 6/11/15

Al Pacino's Producer on Iran Nuclear Deal's Possible Effect on Film Industry

- Hollywood producer Barry Navidi has returned to his native Tehran after more than 15 years, just as Iran and the U.S. finesse final details of a possible nuclear accord that he and others hope may also help forge closer cinematic ties between the two countries. Navidi spoke with to Variety in Tehran during the International Urban Cities Film Festival. -Variety - 6/2/15

Bayonne's Pavarotti: County park a stage for opera singer practicing his craft Read more: Hudson Reporter - Bayonne s Pavarotti County park a stage for opera singer practicing his craft

- He can be seen five nights a week on the wooden pedestrian walkway by Newark Bay in Stephen R. Gregg Park, arms spread apart and singing, like a bird ready to take flight. In his dramatic tenor voice, Hossein Aghabeikzadeh, 72, may seem like a character out of a Broadway play, but he is more the common man's performer in a blue-collar town, practicing his craft and communing with nature. -Joseph Passantino, Hudson Reporter - 6/2/15

Iran hardliners crack down on freedom of speech

- When Iranian pop star Mehdi Ahmadvand announced he would be playing two nights in the small south-western town of Mahshahr in May there was palpable excitement. Tickets for the 1,000-seat concert venue were snapped up fast. -Rana Rahimpour, BBC - 5/29/15

'Desert Dancer' Chronicles Iranian Underground Dance Troupe

- Iranian Afshin Ghaffarian dreams of becoming a dancer from a young age. He hacks into YouTube and watches dancers like Michael Jackson and Rudolf Nureyef. But dancing is illegal in the Islamic Republic. Desert Dancer by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based on the true story of Ghaffarian and his friends, who form an underground dance troupe in an abandoned building. -Penelope Poulou, VOA - 5/25/15

NEGIN: A Play in Farsi at Stanford University

- Published in 2005, Negin potrays the predicament of women in contemporary Iran. It is the saga of a young woman put on trial by those who love her dearly. It is the tale of a society that, with good intentions, pushes its victims to the verge of destruction and then blames them for their suffering. - 5/20/15

"Nahid" director denies connection with "A Separation"

- "Nahid" director Ida Panahandeh has denied the existence of any connection between the leading character in her movies with that in Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning drama "A Separation". Nahid is competing with 18 other movies in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes film festival. - 5/19/15

MTV viewers get a dose of Iranian politics

- Documentary highlights plight of musicians, including one who fled Iran after being labelled a 'devil worshipper' and flogged -Peyvand Khorsandi, Guardian - 5/15/15

IRGC criticizes screening of award-winning film, Tales

- The screening of Tales, the latest film by Rakhshan Bani Etemad, has drawn fire from Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) who called it "celebrations of seditionists". Iranian hardliners refer to the challengers of the 2009 election results and the election protesters as "seditionists". - 5/8/15

Iran's Censors Struggle to Keep Bieber's Abs Off Instagram

- Iran's censors are struggling to keep Justin Bieber's abs off Instagram. The tattooed pop star's pouty, shirtless poses have recently reappeared on Iranian smartphones, along with lingerie shots of Kim Kardashian and red carpet photos of Jennifer Lopez. -AP - 5/8/15

Retracing a Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77)

- Lecture in London: Vali Mahlouji will talk about the exhibition he has curated for the Festival of Arts at the Whitechapel Gallery opening on 28th April. The subject is the decade-long controversial Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77) and the project refers to documents and records of the Festival in order to reconstruct the complex networks of ideas that informed its original curatorial direction. - 5/4/15

World Premiere of Isfahan Blues in San Francisco

- The two admired and beloved theater companies come together for a world premiere play inspired by Duke Ellington's 1963 tour of Iran. Isfahan Blues imagines the relationship between a famous American jazz musician and a beautiful and charismatic Iranian film star, if they disappeared on a road trip to the city of Isfahan. - 4/29/15

Story of Esther inspires new philharmonic piece

- Composer Behzad Ranjbaran drew from the biblical story and the Persian mythology of his native Iran for the piece premiering Saturday at the Binghamton Philharmonic. - 4/18/15

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema: April 25 to May 16, 2015

- UCLA Film & Television Archive presents the "UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema," which will screen Saturday, April 25 - Saturday, May 16 at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village. This year's program will include works from well-known Iranian filmmakers as well as up-and-coming directors. Filmmakers Rakhshan Banietemad, Sharam Mokri, Kamran Heidari and Sepideh Farsi will attend in-person to discuss their work. - 4/1/15

Premiere of Mark Grey and Niloufar Talebi's "The Plentiful Peach" at Stanford

- Commissioned by the LACC, the work is adapted from a story by the great Iranian writer, Samad Behrangi (1939-1968). The Plentiful Peach is the coming of age story of a peach and the brave children who secretly grow her-against the master's odds. - 3/31/15

Iranian Screenwriter, TV Producer Jailed In Tehran

- A former screenwriter and producer with Iran's state-controlled television has been in jail in Tehran for the past two months. Mostafa Azizi, who moved to Canada in 2010, had returned to Tehran to visit his relatives when he was arrested in February and transferred to the notorious Evin prison. - 3/29/15

2015 Farhang Short Film Festival Winners Announced

- Maryam Farahzadi's The Role of Each Fret (Iran) was this year's winning short film and awarded the top prize of $10,000. Commotion (Osyan) (Canada) by KAJART was the runner up and recipient of the $5,000 award. Rounding out the top three was Ali Azimi's & Arash Ashtiani's Prelude (Pishdaramad) (UK), which nabbed the $3,000 award. - 3/28/15

Iranian Film "13" to screen at Tiburon International Film Festival

- Struggling to deal with his parent's divorce and constant abuse at school, thirteen-year-old Behmani lashes out. He finds solace in a group of older street kids. They treat him as an adult and as one of their own. He soon gets in over his head when he becomes entangled in their own complex lives. - 3/27/15

When singing is a revolutionary act: the women challenging Iran's fear of female creativity

- "How can we sing without the colour of the female voice?" This is the question at the heart of No Land's Song, a new documentary by the Iranian director Ayat Najafi. The film follows the director's sister, Sara Najafi, a singer and composer who is attempting to host a concert of female singers in Tehran. -Anna Leszkiewicz, New Statesman - 3/26/15

Event in New York: "A Spring Voyage to Celebrate Iranian and American Fusion"

- Persian Arts Festival is proud to announce its 9th annual Nowruz celebration, Night of Melodic Wanderlust, a spring voyage to celebrate Iranian and American fusion, MC'ed by comedienne Susan Peret, featuring Persian-Americana rock from three of the city's hottest bands. The highly-anticipated event will take place at NYC's premier global music venue Drom on Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm ET. - 3/25/15

Persian Music Reverberates in New York at Spring Vernal Equinox

- Exhilaratingly transfixed by the Persian music, the audience ascended into introspective trance and awe, thereby transcending borders, cultures, histories, minds and bodies at the ArtsWestchester in White Plains New York Saturday night. -Davood Rahni - 3/24/15

Tehran Symphony Orchestra back from hiatus

- Tehran Symphony Orchestra is officially shaken out of a long hiatus under the management of Iranian maestro Ali Rahbari. The orchestra returned to life after a 25-month break on Monday night with live performances conducted by Rahbari in the presence of various political figures and prominent artists in Tehran's Vahdat Hall. - 3/17/15

"Virtuoso Virtual" wins top prize at Tehran Animation Festival

- German animation "Virtuoso Virtual" directed by Thomas Stellmach and Maja Oschmann has won the top prize in the International section of the 9th Tehran International Animation Festival, the organizers announced on Thursday. - 3/14/15

Iranian artists call for return of music concerts to Mashhad

- A group of artists and musicians has written to the Governor of Khorasan Razavi, calling on him to cancel the ban placed on all music concerts in Mashhad, the provincial capital. Qods online reports that the signatories maintain that such a ban will lead to the "separation and alienation of the young generation from their local artistic and cultural values." - 3/13/15

Iranian women directors make most popular movies of the year

- "The City of Mice 2", "Ceasefire 2", and "Track 143", three movies produced by Iranian women directors, were on top of the list of Iran's most popular films of the year. The list was announced during a ceremony held by the Cinema Organization of Iran at Tehran's Eivan-e Shams Hall on Monday to honor the directors of the movies. - 3/12/15

Iranian musicians band together against concert meddling

- The Iranian music community has launched a campaign, calling on all musicians and music lovers to stand up against the cancellation of concerts and recent restrictions imposed on all forms of music activities. - 3/10/15

Ali Rahbari returns to restore Tehran Symphony Orchestra

- Vienna-based Iranian maestro Ali Rahbari has returned to his homeland to restore the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (TSO), a mission that he once left unfinished in 2005. The director of the Music Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance attended a press conference on Wednesday to announced Rahbari's appointment as the conductor and the artistic director of the orchestra. - 3/6/15

Iran's Culture Minister asserts authority over allowing concerts

- Jannati said Muslim clergy have differences of opinion about music, with some who deem it haram (forbidden) and others who don't. He said, however, that his ministry's guide on this issue is the direction of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, whom he described as an "art connoisseur". - 3/4/15

Iran: Prosecutor cancels concert despite Culture Minister's stance

- A few days after the minister of culture stressed that his ministry will not surrender to pressure from extremist groups regarding concerts, Alireza Ghorbani's Eshtiag music group was prevented from holding a concert that had been scheduled for Wednesday February 25. - 2/27/15

Rebirth of the Cool: American Music Makes a Return to Iran

- The audience members in Tehran's Vahdat concert hall rose from their seats, clapping wildly as the frontman Bob Belden, a fun-loving New Yorker with a predilection for loud shirts, rested his soprano saxophone on a nearby stand. -Thomas Erdbring, NY Times - 2/27/15

2015 Farhang Short Film Festival Finalists Announced

- Farhang Foundation's panel of judges has selected six short films as finalists for the 7th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival. The top six submissions represent a variety of genres and styles, including drama, romance, animation, stop motion, and more. - 2/25/15

Maz Jobrani: I'm Not a Terrorist but I Played One on TV

- World-renowned comedian and actor, Maz Jobrani, explains what it's like to be an Iranian American in Hollywood in his new book, "I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV." Following the book release earlier this week, Jobrani set out on a comedy tour explaining how he overcame Hollywood stereotypes and forged a path to stardom in an industry that only saw him as the perfect TV terrorist. - 2/23/15

Award-winning Taxi filmmaker on art and politics in Iran

- Jafar Panahi, the winner of this year's Berlinale Golden Bear prize, responded to statements from the head of Iran's Cinema Organization about the "political" nature of Panahi's recognition by the film festival, saying that "for many years the art scene [in Iran] has been haunted by the footsteps of politics". - 2/21/15

American saxophonist Bob Belden impressed by Iran visit

- American saxophonist Bob Belden, who gave performances with his band Animation in Tehran, says he will never forget Iran.James Robert Belden known as Bob Belden attended the 30th Fajr International Music Festival with 'Animation' band members, and gave performances on the last day of the gala on Thursday, Persian media reported on Friday. - 2/21/15

Cars, drugs and virginity tests dominate Iranian film festival

- Divorce, abortion and infidelity - set amid villas with blue pools and lavish gardens - were the themes dominating this year's Fajr film festival, which ran 1-12 February in Tehran. But it was one of the weakest line-ups in recent years. -Guardian - 2/19/15

Rohani's administration seems to back down on women's right to sing

- The Ministry of Culture appears to have caved in to pressure from Islamic Republic hardliners regarding women singing in public, as a recent report indicates that the female singer scheduled to perform in the opening of Fajr Music Festival did not perform. - 2/17/15

Iran's Panahi scores another triumph at Berlin Film Festival

- Jafar Panahi's Taxi has won the Golden Bear at the 65th Berlin Film Festival. Panahi's niece, Hannah Saiidi, who portrays one of the film's protagonists, accepted the prize on the filmmaker's behalf, as Panahi is banned from traveling abroad and could not attend. - 2/15/15

Iran's 33rd Fajr Film Festival wraps up: "Crazy" wins Best Director and Best Film awards

- The 33rd edition of Iran's Fajr International Film Festival has come to an end with "Crazy" by the renowned Abolhasan Davoodi winning the Best Director and the Best Film awards. Produced by Bita Mansuri, Crazy received 11 nominations, including best film, best director for Abolhassan Davudi, best actress for Tannaz Tabatabaii, best cinematographer, best screenplay and best music. - 2/13/15

Female Singing At Center Of New Attacks Against Iran's Rohani

- A recently released album of traditional Iranian music is turning into a new headache for the administration of President Hassan Rohani, who's accused by his hard-line opponents of being too liberal in his cultural and social policies. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/9/15

Banned Iranian Film Premiers At Berlin Festival

- A new movie by dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi has premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. The annual festival, running February 5-15, featured the first screening of Panahi's film Taxi on February 6. - 2/7/15

Iranian ministry dismisses concerns over male-female duets

- Iran's Ministry of Culture and Guidance has responded to recent concerns expressed by two members of the clergy regarding male and female performing artists singing duets, saying: "There is no legal prohibition against issuing permits for works containing men and women singing together". - 2/7/15

Film: "Desert Dancer" to go on screen in April

- Desert Dancer is a 2014 biographical film directed by Richard Raymond. It tells a true story of a young, self-taught dancer in Iran, Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban. - 2/7/15

Pop music star Benyamin Bahadori to celebrate "Iranian week of love"

- Benyamin Bahadori told reporters on Monday that his concert in London on February 14 will coincide with Saint Valentine's Day (globally celebrated by lovers). Bahadori added that the day also coincided with the Iranian ancient day of love, Sepandarmazgan, which is the celebration day of love and earth in the ancient Persian culture. - 2/3/15

Iranian film on prophet Muhammad set for premiere

- As controversy swirls on how the prophet Muhammad is depicted, a multimillion-dollar biopic about his youth - Iran's most expensive and lavish film to date - is set to premiere on Sunday. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 1/31/15

ABC Picks up BoomGen's "Of Kings and Prophets"

- The secret is finally out. We're thrilled to announce that our TV franchise based on one of the most significant stories of the ancient world, Of Kings and Prophets, has been picked up by ABC Network! -Mahyad Tousi and Reza Aslan, Founders, BoomGen Studios - 1/29/15

Iranian-Swiss Woman Nominated For Oscar For Her Short Film "Parvaneh"

- Iranian-Swiss film director and screenwriter Talkhon Hamzavi has been nominated for an Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards in the Short Film (Live Action) category for her work "Parvaneh" along with the producer Stefan Eichenberger. - 1/20/15

"Timeloss" by Iranian theater group Mehr to go on stage in New York and Los Angeles

- The Mehr Theater Group led by Iranian director and writer Amir-Reza Kuhestani will perform "Timeloss" in the American cities of New York and Los Angeles. "Timeloss", a fiery story about the passage of time, is another version of "Dance on Glass", which Kuhestani staged in 2001. - 1/16/15

Filmmaker asks Iranian officials to watch "A Few Cubic Meters of Love"

- Filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh has asked Iranian officials to watch "", a drama on migration and love directed and produced by Afghan brothers Jamshid Mahmudi and Navid Mahmudi who have lived in Iran for the past 30 years. - 1/14/15

Sussan Deyhim Performance at UCLA: The House is Black

- Sussan Deyhim, performance artist/vocalist and composer presents her latest work, inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad, one of Iran's most influential feminist poets and filmmakers of the 20th Century. - 1/14/15

With Iran's Ban On Hip-Hop, This Rapper's Dream Of Performing In His Family's Homeland Is In Jeopardy

- For hip-hop artists of Iranian descent, like Azad Right, this is a devastating blow. Azad grew up in Los Angeles, after his parents fled from Iran in the 1980s - first landing in Turkey, then France and eventually Venice Beach - but he still has dreams of being able to perform in his native country one day. -Nadeska Alexis, MTV - 1/10/15

A rebel for Iranian cinema

- Kaveh Daneshmand, the artist director of the Festival of Iranian Films (FIF), started the festival in Prague when he was in his 20s and has seen it grow to a full-fledged event that since last year has a competition section and since this year's fourth edition also has screenings in Brno. -Prague Post - 1/9/15

Prominent Iranian Musician Banned From Traveling Abroad

- A prominent Iranian musician and composer says authorities are preventing him from traveling abroad. Majid Derakhshani told the Iranian daily Etemad on January 5 that security officials confiscated his passport at Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport over the weekend while he was on his way to Dubai. Derakhshani quoted the officials as saying he was banned from leaving the country. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 1/6/15

Iranian film "the paternal house" deemed too violent for screening

- KIanoosh Ayari's film Khaneh Pedari (The Paternal House), which recently was cleared for public screening after four years, has once again been pulled from cinemas through the intervention of Parliament's Cultural Commission, which says the film contains "one of most violent sequences in the history of Iranian cinema". - 12/28/14

Scheherazade to appear in musical at Tehran hall

- An Iranian troupe will stage a musical entitled "A Scheherazade Should Be" based on the story of Scheherazade, the legendary Persian queen and the storyteller of "One Thousand and One Nights". Only women are allowed to attend the performances, which will be staged by a cast of over 40 female performers. - 12/26/14

Film Director Abbas Kiarostami visits Tehran Peace Museum

- Celebrated filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has visited the Tehran Peace Museum at the invitation of Hassan Hassani-Sadi, a war veteran who is a curator of the museum, some Persian news agencies reported on Saturday. - 12/17/14

"Tales" director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad wins APSA jury grand prize

- Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad has won one of the two jury grand prizes at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Award for her acclaimed social drama "Tales". Iranian actress Merila Zarei received a special mention for her performance in "Track 143". Iranian writer/producer/director Reza Dormishian received the APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize for his second feature film "I'm Not Angry!". - 12/16/14

Vocalist Hengameh Akhavan To Give Concert In Tehran: Men Keep Out!

- Iranian vocalist Hengameh Akhavan will give a concert at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on December 26. Only women will be allowed to attend the concert, during which she is scheduled to perform classical Iranian songs. - 12/11/14

"Fest of Duty" wins justice award at IDFA

- Fest of Duty a documentary by Iranian filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani was in the line up of documentaries at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in the Panorama section and won the Oxfam Global Justice Award. - 12/8/14

Iranian musician Hossein Alizadeh turns down France's Chevalier of Legion of Honor

- The Iranian tar virtuoso and composer Hossein Alizadeh, who has worked with many Iranian and foreign musicians, has refused to accept the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Chevalier (Order of Arts and Letters), the highest decoration awarded by the French government. - 11/30/14
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