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2015 APSA awards Iranian actress Motamed-Aria

- The 2015 edition of Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has awarded Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria during a ceremony held in Brisbane, Australia. Motamed-Aria received the event's Special Mention for the Best Performance by an Actress for her appearance in 'Avalanche,' directed by Iranian filmmaker Morteza Farshbaf. - 11/29/15

"Princess of Rome" avant-garde animation in Iran

- "Princess of Rome", young Iranian director Hadi Mohammadian's animation about a religious historical story about Imam Hassan Askari's marriage to Malika, the granddaughter of Roman Emperor Caesar, is on screen at Iranian theaters. - 11/25/15

Watch a Modern Dance Odyssey From Itinerant French-Iranian Artist Lafawndah

- This is "Tan," the debut video from Paris-based musician Lafawndah's forthcoming EP of the same name. Setting aside the video for a moment, there is not much else out there like her new music at present, whether in vocal tone or urgency or the beats' unwillingness to adhere to a particular pattern or preset. -The Muse - 11/20/15

Filmmaker Mina Keshavarz Explores Economic Status of Rural Women in Iran

- In her latest documentary, "Will She Win the War?," Iranian filmmaker Mina Keshavarz challenges the status quo placed on today's Iranian women. Through the of story Roghieh documentary filmmaker Keshavarz shows the struggle for a young woman in southern Iran who is trying to secure jobs for women through a local community bazaar, as threats by a local politician grow. -Elahe Amani, WNN - 11/6/15

Slaughterhouse review - an honest portrayal of Iran's drug problem

- A new Kurdish film showing a more transparent approach to the drugs epidemic in the Islamic Republic gets the green light from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance -Guardian - 10/31/15

Iranian actress 'branded immoral' for posting pictures without hijab

- Sadaf Taherian, an Iranian actress, has caused controversy in her home country by posting pictures of herself on social media not wearing a hijab. The Iranian government reportedly called her "immoral" and banned her from acting. Taherian published the photographs on Instagram in protest at strict Iranian laws that require women to cover their head in public. -Barney Henderson, Telegraph - 10/30/15

Iranian Pop Musicians Accuse Culture Ministry Of Prejudicial Tastes

- A group of Iranian pop music artists has written an open letter to President Hassan Rohani to protest their discriminatory treatment by the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. They write that their music is regarded by the ministry as "shallow" compared to traditional music and this view has resulted in rejections and refusals for concert and distribution permits. - 10/29/15

"Borderless" wins award at Heartland Film Festival

- "Borderless" directed by Iranian filmmaker Amir-Hossein Asgari won the best premiere for a narrative feature award at the Heartland Film Festival in the United States, organizers announced on Sunday. - 10/28/15

Is Israel's Oscar entry a 'Zionist plot' against Iran?

- Iranian media accuse Persian-speaking film 'Baba Joon' of being a Zionist propaganda movie aimed at disconnecting Jews of Iranian descent from their heritage and brainwashing them. -ynet - 10/28/15

Tehran's Cinema Verite to review docs on U.S. contemporary society

- The 9th edition of Cinema Verite, the Iranian international festival for documentary films, plans to review the contemporary society of the United States by screening a lineup of documentaries. The documentaries are scheduled to go on screen in a special section entitled "Reality or Dream", the Documentary and Experimental Film Center, which is the organizer of the festival, announced on Sunday. - 10/26/15

Iran's $40 million movie, is anyone watching it?

- It has now been just over a month since renowned Iranian film director Majid Majidi's "Muhammad: The Messenger of God" first showed in cinemas across Iran. Yet despite the support of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Principlist media, it appears that film critics and movie-goers alike aren't too happy with Majidi's latest production. -Al-Monitor - 10/20/15

New theater opens with "Crime and Punishment" in Tehran

- A new theater opened on Tuesday at the Masudieh House, a Qajar era monument in Tehran, with a performance of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" by an Iranian troupe directed by Iman Afsharian. - 10/16/15

Iranian filmmaker wins festival prize, high praise for Immortal

- Iranian director Hadi Mohaghegh and Kazakhstan's Yerlan Nurmukhambetov won the New Currents award for first- and second-time filmmakers at the 20th Busan International Film Festival for their respective films Immortal andWalnut Tree, each receiving $30,000. - 10/12/15

Photos: Parvaz Homay musical group finally performs in Tehran

- The Parvaz Homay group, including Iranian singer and composer Saeed Jafarzadeh, finally performed a concert in Iran after eight years. ISNA reports that the group performed on the night of Tuesday October 5 at the Vahdat Concert Hall. - 10/8/15

'Elegy' by Iranian director Yousef Kargar shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

- Yousef Kargar's 'Elegy' has received a nomination to the 2016 Academy Awards after winning the Jury Award for Best Foreign Short at the 3rd Summer Slam Film Festival (SSFF) 2015. Elegy, produced by the Orumieh office of Iranian Youth Cinema Society, narrates the story of an old man who has been waiting for the return of his missing son for 25 years. - 10/6/15

"Oblivion Season" by Iranian director Abbas Rafei crowned best at Universal Film Festival

- Iranian director Abbas Rafei's "Oblivion Season" won the best film award at the Universal Film Festival in Kansas City, Missouri, the organizers announced on Saturday. In addition, the film brought Sareh Bayat the award for best actress. - 10/5/15

Kayhan Kahlor and Erdal Erzincan to perform at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California

- Four-time Grammy Award nominee Kayhan Kalhor is a legendary musician in the classical Persian tradition, with devoted fans that span the globe. Together with Turkish baglama player Erdal Erzincan, he will explore traditions of improvisation at the nexus of Persian and North Indian music. - 10/1/15

Iranian actress, stage director Homa Rusta dies at 69

- Veteran Iranian actress and stage director Homa Rusta died at a hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. She was 69. She left the country months ago to receive further treatment in the United States, Persian Media reported on Sunday. - 9/28/15

Film on prophet's childhood chosen as Iran's Oscar entry

- Iran is sending Majid Majidi's latest film Mohammad, the Messenger of God to vie for the Oscar for best foreign language film for 2016. The Mehr News Agency reports that from the six films being considered in Iran, Mohammad, the Messenger of God was unanimously chosen. - 9/27/15

Jafar Panahi, Iranian Filmmaker, Persists Despite a Ban

- There's a memorable scene in "Taxi," the latest film by the Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi, in which his vivacious, now 11-year-old niece recites the rules for making a movie in Iran. They include: Respect Islamic headscarves, avoid contact between men and women, avoid violence, avoid discussing political or economic issues, avoid "sordid realism." -Rachel Donadio, NY Times - 9/25/15

"Baba Joon" the first Farsi-language Israeli film wins Best Picture at Israeli Oscars

- Baba Joon, the first Israeli film in Farsi, Yuval Delshad's debut feature, Baba Joon - beat all the competition in sight to be crowned Israel's Best Film of the year at the annual Israeli Film Academy Awards ceremony. The film also wins - Best Cinematography, Best Original Music, Best Production Designer and Best Casting at the Israel's Ophir Awards Yesterday night. As such, Baba Joon will represent Israel for next year's Foreign Language Oscars. - 9/23/15

Iran making film on 175 martyred military divers

- Iran is making a film to pay tribute to 175 military divers whose bodies were recently recovered some 30 years after the end of the Iraq-Iran war. Some of the retrieved bodies had their hands tied and bore no scars, indicating that they were buried alive by the forces of the former Iraqi Ba'ath regime during Operation Karbala-4. - 9/22/15

Golriz Hashemi's Piano Recital at Leighton House Museum in London

- All the way from Iran "Golriz Hashemi "will be visiting London this autumn to perform her piano recital at the most beautful and unique venue "The Leighton House Museum". - 9/18/15

Iran's Pallet band launches concert tour in US

- Iran's Pallet music band has launched its new international concert tour with a successful performance in the US city of Portland. The group went on stage in Portland, Oregan on September 11. The tour will continue with concerts in 11 other US cities and wrap up in Washington D.C on October 4. - 9/16/15

Shahrzaad's Tale From Iran's First Woman Filmmaker, Actress, Dancer And Poet To A Wandering Homeless

- Shahrzaad's Tale is a story of a lost era and a forgotten star of pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema; it is the story of an accomplished poet, filmmaker and cultural critic who was tragically silenced by the political storms of the period. - 9/3/15

Top Officials Visit Hospitalized Persian Music Maestro Mohammadreza Shahjarian

- Shajarian faced a performing ban in Iran following his criticism of the Iranian government for the events in the aftermath of the presidential election in 2009. In a presidential debate in 2013, Rouhani called Shahjarian "a cultural ambassador of Iran". In his campaign film, he also spoke about his deep interest in Shajarian's songs. However, Shahjarian has not yet been allowed to perform in his homeland under Rouhani. - 9/2/15

Prominent Iranian actor Ali Tabatabaei dies of heart attack at 32

- Ali Tabatabayi, a 32-year-old Iranian actor, died on Sunday August 30 from a heart attack. ISNA reports that the death of Tabatabayi, who began his film career at the age of 22, has shocked the Iranian film community. - 9/1/15

Penelope Cruz accepts role in next Farhadi film

- Penelope Cruz is reportedly acting in Asghar Farhadi's next film, which will be shot in Spain in October of 2016. The Shargh daily reports that veteran Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is one of the film's producers. - 8/31/15

Sunni Scholars Call For Ban On Iranian Prophet Muhammad Film

- Prominent Sunni Muslim scholars are demanding that Tehran ban a film on the life of the Prophet Muhammad that was released on August 27, though it is expected to break box-office records in Shi'ite Muslim Iran. - 8/29/15

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
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