Azar 16 1400 - December 07 2021
Guerilla Opera to perform works by Iranian women composers at the Museum of Science

For one night only, the Guerillas of Boston present "FRACTURED" at the Museum of Science, a collection of two exhibition performances composed by Iranian women that focus on fractured experiences. "Distorted Attitudes III/ Scattered," written and composed by Anahita Abassi, is performed by baritone Brian Church and percussionist Mike Williams. The world premiere of "SALT: A woman at the edge" is composed by Bahar Royai with libretto, or text, by Deniz Khateri. -Boston Globe 11/17/21

‎2nd International Biennial of the Society of Iranian Archaeology due

The 2nd Biennial International Conference of the Society of Iranian Archaeology ‎titled "Archaeology, Public and Cultural Heritage Management in Iran and Aniran" will ‎be held as a webinar on Wednesday.‎ The opening ceremony of this online event will be attended by archeologists and experts of Iranian cultural heritage from Afghanistan, Iraq, England, France, the United States and Poland. -IBNA 11/1/21

Arlington Film Festival to Host Iranian Program

A review of movies from Iran's modern cinema will be held in a special program at the Arlington International Film Festival, which will be held online from November 4 to 14 due to the pandemic. The American festival is an annual nonprofit film event dedicated to promoting and increasing multicultural awareness through showcasing world cinema and independent films. 10/29/21

Submissions For Art Iran Curatorial Competition

Farhang Foundation and the Craft Contemporary announce a call for submissions for the Art Iran Curatorial Competition. The call is for curators and other arts professionals with experience in developing highly focused group exhibitions preferably centered on Middle Eastern art and culture. 10/21/21

SAMAK THE AYYAR: A Tale of Ancient Persia

The adventures of Samak, a trickster-warrior hero of Persia's thousand-year-old oral storytelling tradition, are beloved in Iran. Samak is an ayyar, a warrior who comes from the common people and embodies the ideals of loyalty, selflessness, and honor-a figure that recalls samurai, ronin, and knights yet is distinctive to Persian legend. -Farhang Foundation 9/29/21

Indo-Persian Musical Confluence: a program of online events, 2020-21

The Indo-Persian Musical Confluence Symposium presents a series of performances, workshops, and presentations by academics, independent scholars, musicians and artists whose work relates to Indo-Persian musical cultures, including the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Iran. -UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music 9/24/21

Art of Iran: Exhibit brings a taste of Persian culture to Lewiston

The head of a bald eagle emerges from a paisley pattern and forms the background in a self-portrait of Tirazheh Eslami. The digital work is among those by more than 50 artists in an exhibit that starts Friday at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History titled "The Land of Persepolis: Introducing Persian Culture to the West." 9/23/21

Exhibition by Collective for Black Iranians -- Hasteem: We Are Here

Hasteem is an exhibition produced by the Collective for Black Iranians to raise awareness on the intersection of being Black, African/of African descent and Iranian. The Collective invites the global community to embark on a journey of understanding the different segments that make up who we are. The Collective affirms the interconnectedness between Blackness and the Iranian identity. 8/23/21

Summer Group Exhibition by Iranian-American Artists: Once Upon a Time

Myth, fantasy, and memory collide in Once Upon a Time, a group exhibition exploring the dialogue between contemporary artists of Iranian origin whose work is inspired by or acts as a reimagined form of memory or fairytale. The Persian equivalent of "Once upon a time" is "Yeki bood, yeki nabood," literally translating to "There was one and there was not one. 8/23/21

"Between Sea & Sky": Persian Blue and White Ceramics in Texas

The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston has organised a unique exhibition of Persian ceramics. The objects, however, are not from the museum's own treasure but on loan from one of the largest private collections of Persian art. - Pejman Akbarzadeh 8/4/21

Continuity and Creativity in Persian Poetry

Poetry plays a significant part in Iranian culture, from centuries ago up to today, and the continuity of Persian poetry, as well as the language, is one of the threads that is picked up in the Epic Iran exhibition. In this webinar, Prof. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak will delve into some of the detail of Persian poetry and how it has evolved, before then discussing it with Narguess Farzad. -Iran Heritage Foundation 7/6/21

The Persian Revival, a talk on Iranian Architecture by Dr. Talinn Grigor

Dr. Grigor will be joined for a Q&A session with Dr. Shazad Ghanbari, Chair of Farhang Foundation's Fine Arts Council and member of the Board of Trustees. Talinn Grigor is professor and chair of the Art History Program in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of California, Davis. -Farhang Foundation 7/6/21

Webinar: The Nonviolent Revolution of Iranian Women Writers: A Conversation with Farzaneh Milani

Professor Farzaneh Milani discusses Iranian women writers and the Iranian women's movement with Professor Abbas Milani. The conversation is a part of the on-going series on the Iranian women's movement. Farzaneh Milani is Raymond J. Nelson Professor of Iranian and Gender Studies and Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia. -Stanford University 6/7/21

New Stories From A Rising Generation Of Iranian-Americans Debuts At The Braid

Yashar and Akhondzadeh are part of a plethora of Persian talent - writers, actors, musicians, and in Ora's case, a producer - of the brand-new salon show from The Braid (formerly Jewish Women's Theatre), Persian Sunrise, American Sunset. The autobiographical narratives of these Iranian-Americans will be given dramatic life in four live-on-Zoom performances between June 19 and June 28. -Broadway World 6/3/21

Sofreh: Iranian Cuisine Through the Seasons

Join the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and Diaspora Arts Connection for ُSofreh: Iranian Cuisine through the four Seasons with Chefs Hanif Sadr and Hoss Zare. This four-part foodways series with celebrated Bay Area Iranian-American chefs explores the food habits and culinary practices of Iran and the diaspora. 5/31/21

Webinar: Iran's Presidential Elections and its Future Foreign and Domestic Policies

With only weeks left until Iran's June 18 Presidential elections, campaigning will begin in earnest the last week of May. Elections in the Islamic Republic are neither free nor fair, but they are consequential. The Rouhani government put all of its eggs in the idea that reaching a nuclear deal with the West would pave the way for the country's political and economic reintegration with the broader global community. -Quincy Institute 5/25/21

Webinar: An Allegory of Belief, Truth, Power and Resistance in Art

Taking a self-reflective approach, Azam Ali examines how music serves different aspirations for a second-generation Iranian, often playing a central role in political movements: strengthening and unifying the voice of the people seeking social justice against a common adversary. She believes an artist's greatest act of resistance is to extract every drop of truth from their lived experience and express it to its fullest. -Zoom call on May 21st, 2021, UCLA 5/17/21

Maryland Film Festival to feature "The Badger" by Iranian director Kazem Mollai

"The Badger" by Iranian director Kazem Mollai will be featured at the Maryland Film Festival, which will be held in the U.S. city of Baltimore from May 19 to 27. Iranian films has been considered one of the brightest phenomena in world cinema in recent years. Frequently applauded for their depth, complexity of character and realism The Badger fits well in this category. It has already played multiple renown international festivals. 4/27/21

Fourth national festival of Maryam Mirzakhani to be held in June 2021

The 4th National Festival on Women and Science will be held in the fourth Iranian calendar month Tir (starting June 22), commemorating the late Iranian mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani. The event is to be held to honor exemplary women who are active in scientific and social sections. 4/22/21

The Premiere of OF KINGS AND PAINTINGS

OF KINGS AND PAINTINGS is a history of the extraordinary art of Iran from 1785 to 1925. The documentary is the first film to explore the work of Iran's most significant artists of this remarkable era that straddled the transition between tradition and modernity. While offering an overview of painters and paintings of the Qajar era and its influence on Iranian artists and photographers today, the film weaves together art history and Iranian history. -Farhang Foundation 4/22/21

Webinar: Epic Iran Curators' Talk

Join the curatorial team behind the upcoming exhibition Epic Iran as they give an overview of the show ahead of its opening date in late May. Epic Iran is the first major UK exhibition on Iran since 1931, and covers ancient, medieval and contemporary Iranian art, history and culture. It has been organised by the V&A with the Iran Heritage Foundation, in association with the Sarikhani Collection. -Iran Heritage Foundation 4/16/21

A TOUR OF IRAN - Symphony Concert and Cultural Festival

Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and Iranian instrumentalists Pejman Hadadi and Masoud Rezaei join the New West Symphony on this musical voyage (April 8-11). GRAMMY-winning Artistic and Music Director Michael Christie leads the orchestra in western classical masterworks by Handel, Rameau, Gounod, and the timeless overture to Mozart's Magic Flute. -Farhang Foundation 4/9/21

Concert: Pacific Symphony and Farhang Foundation's Virtual Nowruz Celebration

Celebrate Nowruz with the prestigious Pacific Symphony partnership with the Farhang Foundation. A traditional festival that marks the beginning of spring, Nowruz is a time to celebrate the "rebirth of nature" and wash away the past. Guest artists include pianist and composer Shardad Rohani, guitarist Lily Afshar, vocalist Sara Hamidi, and Sohrab Pournazeri improvising on the tanbour from Tehran, Iran. 4/1/21

Webinar: The Iran Nuclear Deal or No Deal

Grassroots organizations from across the country are joining together to present the most recent developments surrounding the JCPOA and what they may mean for the future of Iran and the rest of the Middle East. For those who care about preventing a future war as well as addressing the humanitarian role the U.S. has in Iran, Yemen, and elsewhere, this is the event to join. -Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET 3/31/21

Performance: Lost In The Desert Sky by Kayhan Kalhor

In Memory of Mohammad Reza Shajarian: HD Video Stream of Kayhan Kalhor and his ensemble live from Kashan, Iran in celebration of Iran's renowned vocalist. -March 20 - April 3, 2021 3/19/21

Celebrate the delight of the coming Persian New Year Norooz!

Celebrate the delight of the coming Persian New Year - Norooz! Learn about Persian history from OI scholars, play ancient board games, and attend storytime. Downloadable activities to celebrate from home will also be available, including making your own stamp seal, OI collection scavenger hunts, and more! Live on Zoom Friday, March 19, 2021!-Oriental Institute 3/18/21

Norooz Spring Dance

The Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents Norooz Spring Dance to celebrate the arrival of the Persian New Year, Norooz. Norooz is a celebration of nature, music, and movement. No matter where you are in the world, we want to bring Norooz to your home. -March 19 at 6:00 pm (PST) 3/16/21

A TOUR OF IRAN: Symphony Concert and Cultural Festival

New West Symphony's Global Sounds. Local Cultures season continues with A Tour of Iran, exploring centuries old traditions of Iranian poetic and musical cultural influences on the western world. Award-winning mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke and Iranian instrumentalists Pejman Hadadi and Masoud Rezaei join the New West Symphony on this musical voyage. -Thousand Oaks, California 3/15/21

Iranzamin Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

Iranzamin (Land of the Persians) is the first survey exhibition of Persian arts and crafts acquired by the Powerhouse Museum since its founding in 1880. It explores the stories behind rarely seen artefacts from the middle of the 19th century to now, shedding light on the diverse social and cultural history of Persia - today's Iran - and its people. 3/12/21

At the Table: Nowruz, a Persian New Year Celebration

Celebrate Nowruz, or Persian New Year, with Aisan Hoss and Mehdi Parnia of Oyna Natural Foods. A festival of spring, Nowruz has been celebrated for thousands of years by Iranians and people throughout Central Asia. -Asian Art Museum, San Francisco 3/12/21

Farhang Foundation's 12th Annual Celebration of Nowruz

Farhang Foundation is proud to present our 12th Annual Celebration of Nowruz. This year's celebrations will be conducted virtually online. We've invited artists from around the world to join us for a virtual celebration, with live performances from the United States, Europe and Iran. 3/10/21

Iran Heritage Foundation Celebrating Norouz 1400

Join us for an online celebration of Norouz, to mark the eve of a new year and a new century. Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis will give a brief introduction to the history of Norouz, a festival celebrated not only by Iranians but by many communities around the world. 3/10/21

Webinar: Cultural Connections with Iran

This webinar will focus on why it is so important to develop and maintain cultural contacts with Iran, a country often seen through a political lens. The discussion panel consists of four people with extensive experience in this area: Neil MacGregor, former Director of the British Museum; Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, Curator of Middle Eastern Coins at the British Museum​; Jon Snow of Channel 4 News; and Mahrukh Tarapor, former Associate Director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 3/9/21

Persian New Year Festival to unveil 'Haftseen'art

In honor of the Celebration of Life Nowruz - Persian New Year - the third annual Arizona Persian New Year Festival will unveil interactive art installations for public viewing instead of hosting an in-person festival. -Scottsdale Independent 2/4/21

City Lights: The 25th DC Festival of Films from Iran Goes On, Virtually

The Smithsonian museums may be closed due to the pandemic, but that isn't stopping the Museum of Asian Art from hosting its 25th annual Festival of Films from Iran. The festival is now online with a slate of eight films which explore how people cope with subjects including environmental destruction, terminal cancer, the 1953 coup in Iran, and the death penalty. -Washington City Paper 2/3/21

Zoom Webinar: Beholding Beauty: Sa'di of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry

Professor Domenico Ingenito discusses his new book Beholding Beauty: Sa'di of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry (Brill, December 2020). The book explores the relationship between sexuality, politics, and spirituality in the lyrics of Sa'di Shirazi (d. 1282 CE), one of the most revered masters of classical Persian literature. -Stanford University 2/2/21

Houston Festival of Films from Iran 2021

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's 28th annual Festival of Films from Iran features award-winning films, from social documentaries to dark comedies, plus conversations with two of Iran's most prominent filmmakers. Come celebrate with us online from January 22 to February 7. This online festival is co-curated by Tom Vick of the Freer and Sackler; Marian Luntz and Tracy Stephenson of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and independent film programmers Kristen Hoskins and Carter Long. 1/27/21

Yale Program in Iranian Studies - Spring 2021 Iran Colloquium

The Iran Colloquium is a forum of the Yale Program in Iranian Studies, directed by Professor Abbas Amanat. Currently in its 13th year, the Iran Colloquium provides a platform for scholars (and some practitioners) in fields related to Iran, Persian and Persianate studies to share their scholarship and other work with the Yale community. 1/26/21

Webinar: American Connections with Iran / Iranian Connections with America

On January 4, 2021, Professor Shannon will discuss the connections between the United States and Iran during the twentieth century. The lecture pays special attention to American educational influence in Iran and Iranian students in the United States. 12/31/20

Exhibition: Epic Iran

Opening in February 2021, Epic Iran will explore 5,000 years of Iranian art, design and culture, bringing together more than 300 objects from ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran. It will be the UK's first major exhibition in 90 years to present an overarching narrative of Iran from 3000 BC to the present day. Epic Iran is organised by the V&A with the Iran Heritage Foundation in association with The Sarikhani Collection. -IHF 12/18/20

Farhang Foundation's 8th Annual Celebration of Shab-e Yalda-Shab-e Yalda

Farhang Foundation is proud to present the 8th Annual "Virtual" Celebration of SHAB-E YALDA. Join us as we welcome the arrival of the winter solstice, an ancient Persian tradition dating back thousands of years. The evening program will feature Ferdowsi's Shahnameh storytelling by the world's first female Iranian epic storyteller GORDAFARID, as well as HAFEZ readings and storytelling by Haleh Mahboubi Gabbay, and a very special musical performance by renowned musician Shahin Shahida 12/17/20

5,000 years in 350 objects: Victoria and Albert Museum reveals details about its epic 'immersive' Iran show

Just as London museums are closing down again due to heightened Covid-19 restrictions, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has optimistically announced further details about its forthcoming 2021 blockbuster survey on Iran. Epic by name and epic by nature, this exhibition will cover an ambitious 5,000 years of Iranian history through 350 objects. -Art Newspaper 12/15/20

Online Talk: Discussing Contemporary Iranian Art

Venetia Porter is in conversation with Tarlan Rafiee and Yashar Samimi Mofakham, talking about their work as artists, curators and collectors and the current Iranian art scene. Parviz Tanavoli is one of the artists they work with and Yashar will discuss with him his recent book The Virus of Collecting. 11/5/20

The 13th Iranian Folk Music Festival to be held online

The 13th edition of Iran's Regional Music Festival will be held online in the southern Iranian city of Kerman from October 31 to November 2, the director of the Kerman branch of Iran Music Association Suraj Yasai said on Monday. The participating artists will be giving their performances every night mainly at the Ganjali Khan Caravanserai, a 17th-century monument in Kerman, and the performances will stream online on the Instagram page of the association, he added. 10/27/20

Conference: The Life and Work of Shahrokh Meskoob

Scholars discuss the life and work of Shahrokh Meskoob, one of modern Iran's most respected and acclaimed public intellectuals, literary critics, and memoirists. His papers were recently donated to Stanford's Green Library and include hundreds of letters from some of Iran's most prominent intellectuals, thousands of pages of notes, and first drafts of many of his manuscripts. This conference celebrates the launch of the archive. -Stanford Program In Iranian Studies 10/20/20

Memories, Tales and Folk Songs: Group exhibition in New York by seven female Iranian artists

Roya Khadjavi Projects is pleased to present "Memories, Tales and Folk Songs", a group exhibition by seven female Iranian artists in diaspora including Afsoon, Arghavan Khosravi, Atieh Sohrabi, Farnaz Zabetian, Leila Seyedzadeh, Parastoo Ahovan, and Roxana Manouchehri. 10/2/20

13th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco: September 19-25, 2020

This year Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, presents a record-breaking 52 films, in two days, from Iran, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden...ranging from fiction, documentary, short, animation...to music video. We are happy and proud to continue our mission to discover and support the next generation of Iranian filmmakers living and working around the world, while we honor the veteran filmmakers for their distinguished careers. 9/15/20

The Persian Invasions of Greece Reconsidered: Online talk by Professor Nicholas Sekunda

The 2500th anniversary of the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis in 2021 and that of Plataea in 2022 provides a good opportunity to reconsider the Persian invasion of Greece in the light of modern scholarship and a critical analysis of the Greek texts. This lecture seeks to demonstrate that the number of Achaemenid forces sent against Greece is unknown, and that the figures given by Herodotus are falsely constructed. The defeats of Salamis and Plataea are undeniable, but they have to be put into their context of an already overstretched Empire fighting on the absolute periphery of its possibilities.​ -Iran Heritage Foundation 9/10/20

Photos: Group artworks Exhibition Opens at Shirin Gallery

The Shirin gallery in Tehran is playing host to an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by a group of artists including Dorsa Hashemi, Arash Nazari, Elaheh Keshavarz, and Vahid Arian. The show will be running until 16 September -Honar Online 8/28/20

SGS Summer Film Festival: Chicken with Plums; Discussion with Marjane Satrapi

The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies invite you to watch Chicken with Plums from home at a time that works for your schedule, then join us on Zoom for a discussion with the writer and co-director, Marjane Satrapi. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom information. 8/28/20

Photos: Rahman Ahmadimaleki Artwork Exhibit Underway at Farmanfarma Art Gallery

An art exhibition by Rahman Ahmadimaleki titled "Unread Inscriptions" is underway at Farmanfarma Gallery in Tehran. The exhibit will run until 5 September. The artwork are also available online for viewing. 8/25/20

World Artists Welcoming Iran's First International Online Student Puppet Festival

The first 'virtual International puppet theatre festival' started its work on 9th May 2020 by enrolling participants' works on Instagram page of the festival: "We have corresponded with most Iranian students and universities around the world, and fortunately, we have received a great response. So far, more than 30 plays have been submitted to the festival from about 12 countries." 7/22/20

THE BROAD STAGE AT HOME Presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour

On Thursday July 16 at 6 pm PT, a program entitled Finding Truths and Creating Art in Exile features Award-winning playwrights Iranian-American Sholeh Wolpe and Iranian Nassim Soleimanpour. Soleimanpour's most recent play Nassim will be performed in The Broad Stage 2020/21 season in April 2021. -Broadway World 7/9/20

Webinar: Iranian-Americans Conversation on Racial Justice

A conversation on racial justice with panelists Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of the ACLUNC, Mitra Jalali, St. Paul City Councilwoman, Tehran Von Ghasri, comedian and activist, and Cyrus Mehri, civil rights attorney. The conversation will be moderated by media anchor, reporter, and producer, Shirley Jahad. -PAAIA 6/26/20

A Maximum Pressure Exit Strategy: Can the U.S. Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Before it's Too Late?

Webinar on Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Since President Trump withdrew from and violated the Iran nuclear deal, tensions with Iran have risen dramatically. The U.S. and Iran have moved to the edge of war twice in the past year, including in January following the airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Iran has halted compliance with limits under the nuclear accord, and hardliners have increasingly exerted control over Iranian policy. Still, the framework of the nuclear accord remains intact, and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has pledged to return the U.S. to compliance if Iran does the same. -NIAC 6/22/20

The Iranian Women's Movement: A Conversation with Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani

Webinar on June 23, 2020: Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, a member of a family long considered a pillar of the Islamic Republic of Iran, became a prisoner of conscience in that regime and is now a defender of equal rights for women-one of the many fascinating transformations in Iran in recent years. She discusses the evolution and future of the women's rights movement in Iran. The conversation will be live-translated from Persian/Farsi to English. 6/22/20

Iranians mark milestone in diaspora with LBGTQIA Pride event

'Out in the Diaspora' (Zoom event on June 20th) builds representation for future generations. The reading hosted by San Francisco State University's Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and Diaspora Arts Connection will be followed by a dance-focused component on June 25. The Center's chair, Persis Karim, will moderate a conversation with designer Hushidar Mortezaie and choreographer Shireen Rahimi before a joint performance. -SF Examiner 6/19/20

Webinar: Iranian-American Women Building Political Power

Join our virtual conversation with leading Iranian-American women building political power on Thursday, June 11 at 5-6pm PST. We will be featuring Yassamin Ansari, candidate for Phoenix City Council, Shireen Ghorbani, Salt Lake County Council Member, and Nilofar Ganjaie, moderator and NIAC Action Board Member. -NIAC Action 6/8/20

Webinar: Iran in the International System

Heinz Gartner and Mitra Shahmoradi discuss their recent book Iran in the International System: Iran between Great Powers and Great Ideas (Routledge, January 2020). Drawing on Iran's history and its relations with great powers and its regional neighbors, this book addresses the question of how much continuity and/or change there is in Iranian international relations since the Iranian revolution. -Program in Iranian Studies, Stanford 6/8/20

12th Annual Celebration of Nowruz at UCLA

Join Farhang Foundation for the 12th Annual Celebration of Nowruz at UCLA's Royce Hall and Dickson Courts. The event includes musical performances, children's activities, dancers, a Haft Sīn display and our annual Persian Costume "Spring Walk" open to children and adults of all ages. 3/2/20

Aroosi Exhibition in Los Angeles: 150 Years of Iranian Wedding Traditions

Farhang Foundation, USC Libraries, and USC Dornsife Department of Middle East Studies present an exhibition celebrating Iran's rich wedding traditions. 2/17/20

PERFORMANCE: The Story of Nowruz comes to life in San Francisco in March 2020

The production "The Story of Nowruz" describes the unique celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of the Persian new year. From exciting and ancient Zoroastrian soul-cleansing rituals, to the good luck charm and beauty of the "Table of the Seven S's," the performance depicts traditions of inspiration, rebirth, renewal, and hope through traditional choreography, original scoring performed by a live 22-piece orchestra, and professional actors in a first-of-its-kind stage production. 2/13/20

The Amazing Windcatchers of Yazd: Talk by Dr Susan Roaf - March 4, 2020 in London

We take so much for granted when we look only at the visible structures of buildings, but windcatchers demonstrate that their invisible attributes may often be more important. Their story in Yazd reaches out in many directions, showing how one apparently simple design feature links us to many aspects of the physical, historic and political past of the whole region. 2/6/20

Iranian American Civic Engagement Forum: February 22, 2020 at Stanford University

PAAIA's first Iranian American Civic Engagement Forum of 2020 is being held on February 22nd at Stanford University, in collaboration with the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University and PARS Equality Center. PAAIA's Civic Engagement Initiative is a new program committed to encouraging and enabling Iranian Americans to get involved as concerned members of their communities, both nationally and locally. 2/6/20

Concert: Niaz Nawab, Erwin Khachikian & Rana Farhan to perform in San Francisco on February 28, 2020

Diaspora Arts Connection (DAC) presents Niaz Nawab, Erwin Khachikian, and Rana Farhan Live in San Francisco on Friday, February 28, 2020. After successful performances in Canada, the trio will perform their songs with Karmandan and Steven Toub. Join us for an evening of music and community. 2/3/20

Homecoming: 27th Houston Iranian Film Festival to conclude at Rice Cinema

Co-founded by Rice Cinema and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Houston Iranian Film Festival will return to campus this weekend to conclude its 27th annual iteration with a celebration of Abbas Kiarostami, one of Iran's most monumental filmmakers. This year, in addition to screening Iran's 2020 entry for the Academy Awards in the category of Best International Film "Finding Farideh" and other acclaimed new Iranian releases, the festival featured a retrospective of Kiarostami, a legendary director not only within Iran but on the international stage of contemporary global cinema. -Katelyn Landry, Rice Thresher 1/29/20

Crossing the Caspian: Persia and Europe, 1500-1700

Crossing the Caspian explores the golden age of artistic exchange between the Safavid Empire of Persia and Europe. Featuring prints, drawings, miniature paintings, rare books and maps, as well as objects of porcelain and silk, this exhibition examines the opening of new geographic, diplomatic, and mercantile routes between Persia and Europe in the seventeenth century. The pieces assembled here include works by artists from Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris, Hollstein, Qazvin, Isfahan, and Shiraz. Together, the works represent the process of coming to know a foreign culture through the medium of visual art. -Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University 1/29/20

Winner of the Farhang Foundation's 2020 Nowruz Banner Design Competition: Setareh Feylizadeh

This year's winning design was awarded to Iranian artist Setareh Feylizadeh from Paris, France. "Participating in a competition such as this, especially one which connects us to our roots, cultures, and traditions, has been so rewarding." said Feylizadeh. "The ultimate prize of winning this competition is the chance to connect with another community of Persians in another part of the world by spreading the message of Nowruz, which bonds us together and brings us closer to one another. 1/24/20

The Minimalism and Maximalism of Ali Dadgar

Dark humor is an Ali Dadgar trademark, so his new San Francisco art exhibit is full of it - but if you're looking for a source of that humor, you have to go back four decades to Dadgar's native country. In 1979, when Dadgar was a teenager, Iran was convulsing politically and culturally, and the revolutionary government imposed new norms through the country's currency, when it used the old regime's paper bills but - hastily and surreally - printed dark designs over the Shah of Iran's face. -Jonathan Curiel, SF Weekly 1/24/20

Maz Jobrani: Just Iranian American

Maz Jobrani, the "just Iranian American" comedian and actor loves the Kennedy Center and D.C. and, obviously, they love him back. His latest Netflix special "Immigrant" was filmed at the Kennedy Center, and, in 2016, he performed at the White House, where he introduced former First Lady Michelle Obama. 1/24/20

No War With Iran!: International Day of Action, Saturday, January 25

The People of the World Say: NO WAR! The Trump administration is dragging the United States into a war with Iran that could engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and the gravest consequences. The people of the world need to rise up and stop it. For all who believe in peace, for all who are opposed to yet another catastrophic war, now is the time to take action. On Saturday, January 25 in cities across the globe, there will be protests against a new war in the Middle East. 1/23/20

ALL OUT THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 25: "No War On Iran" Actions Across Canada

Tensions remain extreme in the Persian Gulf following the January 2, 2020 drone attack in Baghdad which killed Iranian Major-Gen. Qasem Soleimani and dozens of others in a blatant and illegal escalation by US imperialism. While the likelihood of further military action has receded at least temporarily, Washington seems intent to ratchet up economic sanctions and its propaganda war against Tehran, and the possibility of overt military aggression remains high. For this reason, peace organizations internationally have called for a Global Day of Protest this Saturday, January 25th, around the theme "No War on Iran!".Canadian Peace Congress 1/22/20

No War With Iran: Day of Action

We will not be forced into another war. On Thursday, January 9, at 5 p.m. local time, the anti-war majority in this country will get visible to oppose Trump's war and say #NoWarWithIran. Trump's reckless action has needlessly endangered countless lives of U.S. troops, Iraqis, Iranians, and countless other civilians. 1/9/20

Ana Bayat Stars In MIMI'S SUITCASE At Theatre of Yugen

Ana Bayat's critically-acclaimed one-woman show, Mimi's Suitcase, is an autobiographical journey through identity, immigration, women's rights, and involuntary displacement. With nothing but the titular suitcase, a trench coat, and a scarf, this universal coming-of-age story of resilience and humanity is a tour de force: a humorous and heartfelt portrayal of 27 characters (men and women of all ages) performed in four languages (English, Spanish, French and Persian/Farsi) 12/13/19

Conference in Paris - Tappeh Sialk: A Key Site for the Archaeology of Iran

​The site of Tappeh Sialk in Iran was excavated by the archaeologist Roman Ghirshman between 1933 and 1937, exposing whole areas of the ancient cultures of the plateau, from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. The objective of this conference will be to take stock, 80 years after the publication of Ghirshman's work, on the history of this site and on its central role for Iranian archaeology. -Iran Heritage Foundation 11/21/19

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