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* Concert: Shahin & Sepehr free Noruz concert
* Film: Iranian film at San Jose Film Festical


* Noruz: Noruz party at UCLA
* Poetry: Hafez class in Walnut Creek
Conference: Media's Representation of Iranians, DC
Theater: Short play contest, Bay Area
Film: Mehrjui retrospective in Washington, DC
Art: Woemn artists in Iran, SF art show
Poetry: Rumi, love & beloved, Oakland
Film: Iranian film festival in Houston
History: Lessons from the revolution, Ottawa
Persian: Literature conference, N. California

* Lecture: Women's day, San Jose
Book tour: Tara Bahrampour on tour

* Art: Iranian art on display in northern California
* Conference: Persian Gulf: Present realities
Women: International conference

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* Iranian film at San Jose Film Festical

The 9th Annual Cinequest, San Jose Film Festival, is starting tonight (Feb 25 - March 3). For the first time they are showing an Iranian movie, "The Traveller from the South". This is the first movie by director Parviz Shahbazi. It is shown twice:

Feb 26 at 3:00 pm and Feb 28 at 10:00 am
UA Pavilion, 201 S. Second St, San Jose

There are other interesting movies from Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Slovak Republic, etc. The complete schedule can be found in this week Metro or on-line at For more information please call 408-295-FEST.

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* Shahin & Sepehr free Noruz concert


Media Contact: Ellen Beard February 26, 1999
(703) 518-5170


Washington, D.C. - D.C. recording artists Shahin Shahida and Sepehr Haddad will perform with the band from their 4th CD World Café in two free 45-minute concerts on Saturday, March 20, at 1:00pm and 4:00pm, at the MCI Center's Discovery Channel Flagship Store, located at 601 F St., N.W. ... MORE DETAILS

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* Noruz party at UCLA

How are you going to celebrate Norouz this year???

We have a suggestion for you: Come to the Iranian Students Group Annual Norouz Celebration at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

WHEN: Saturday, March 6th, 1999
WHERE: Ackerman Grand Ballroom (on the UCLA campus)
TICKET PRICE: FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't miss one of the biggest cultural shows at UCLA. Space is call as soon as possible to reserve your tickets @ (310) 825-1845. You can also e-mail us at

We hope to see you there.

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* Hafez class in Walnut Creek

Mr. Nooh will teach a Hafez poetry class in Walnut Creek, in California's Bay Area. It will be on Monday nights from 7PM to 9PM starting March 1st.

Please contact Camelia for more information:

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* Media's Representation of Iranians, DC

Iranians for International Cooperation (IIC) presents:

Conference: "Mass Media's Representation of Iranians"

Washington DC, March 6, 1999

Featured speaker: Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour, professor of Mass and International Communications and director of graduate studies at the Department of Communication and Creative Arts, Purdue University Calumet.

Dr. Kamalipour has published several books on mass media representation of the Middle East, Iran, and ethnic minorities; has been interviewed by the mass media in the U.S. and abroad; has written numerous articles; and has given speeches at national and international gatherings. He has received several signicant awards, including the 1996 Distinguished Book Award from the National Communication Association.

IIC is a not-for-profit, independent network of concerned global citizens who strive to facilitate friendship between Iran and other nations. IIC has no affiliation with any government entity or political organization.

The conference will be on March 6th at 7:00 P.M. It will be held at the: John Hopkins's University, School of SEIS, Kennedy Auditorium 1740 Massachusetts Ave, Washington DC There will be a reception from 7:00-8:00 p.m., prior to the speech.

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* Short play contest, Bay Area


10-40 minute plays on Middle Eastern themes or written by writers from the Middle East.

Top prize $500 plus production at Festival in August 1999 at The Exit Theatre in San Francisco.

Send cover letter and typed manuscript to:

Golden Thread Productions
4096 Piedmont Ave. #153
Oakland, CA. 94611

Deadline: March 15, 1999.

Golden Thread Productions is a Bay Area theatre company dedicated to the presentation of works created by or centered on the people of the Middle East. We believe that our human bond supersedes our cultural and political differences, and that through sharing of our art we may come closer as human beings.

Recent Golden Thread productions include BEHIND GLASS WINDOWS at the Adeline Street Theatre and OPERATION NO PENETRATION, Lysistrata 97! at The Next Stage.

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* Woemn artists in Iran, art show in San Francisco

Hourian Art Gallery presents: Seven Colors of the Rainbow

A painting exhibition by Iranian women artists Living in Iran: Farniam, Faraneh Ghamari, Touran Ghaziani, Maryam Iravani, Sara Radpour, Fatemeh Shariatzadeh, Ameneh Tabeie, Farimah.

The reception will be held at Hourian Art Gallery on: Saturday, February 27th, 1999 #1843 Union Street (between Laguna & Octavia) San Francisco California,94123

Please RSVP (415) 831-8048

Exhibition open: February 28th to March 7th, 1999
Hours: 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. daily Telephone #: (415) 343-6400

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* Love and the beloved according to Rumi, Oakland

On Saturday February 27, 1999, Dr. Massihpour, who is Rumi master and professor of the Tehran University, will conduct an Irfan class. This will be held at Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ACCNC) located at: 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, and will start at 2.00PM and continue through 5.00PM.

The topic of this class will be "Key-Concept of Rumi's Mathnavi (Love and Beloved)". I hope we will have a fruitful and enriched class, to be continue in the future. Your presence is welcome.

For more information, please call (510) 654-4603.

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* Iranian film festival in Houston

The series offers three powerful feature films from the quality cinema made by veteran directors Mehrjui and Panahi and by newcomer Parviz Shahbazi. It also features a remarkable full-length documentary co-directed by an Iranian anthropologist and a well-known British filmmaker. Together, these films offer affectionate and devastating glimpses of contemporary life in Iran... MORE DETAILS

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* Lessons from the revolution, Ottawa

"The Iranian Revolution at 20: What are the Lessons?"

An open forum with John Sigler (Department of Political Science), Farhang Rajaee (College of Humanities), Allen Brown (Department of Foreign Affairs).

Date: Wednesday, 10 February
Time: 19:30-21:30
Place: Dunton Tower, Room 2017 (Arts Faculty Lounge).
Information: 727-2768 or

Sponsored by the Middle East Discussion Group Carleton University, Ottawa.

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* Persian Literature Conference, N. California

Shahnameh Learning League with sponsorship of Persian Student Association at Stanford University is proud to present Dr. Omidsalar and Dr. Daryaee on panel of experts in the first Persian Literature Conference of Northern California, on the upcoming February 21 1999 at Stanford University Tressider Union see details and map on www/

The academic research and presentation of study in this year's conference is dedicated to the memory of late Dr. Mahjoub. It is also with great privileged to announce a new web site "Yadvare-ye Mahjoub". which will be launched by February 17th (the third anniversary of our teacher's passing). The site is a memorial to late Dr. Mahjoub and may consist of articles, poems, pictures and other memorabilia in tribute to Dr. Mahjoub's dedication to Persian Literature.

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* International Women's Day, San Jose

Kavosh Women's Society presents A Celebration of International Woman's Day. Guest speaker: Dr. Farzaneh Millani is an associate professor in the DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN'S STUDIES at the University of Virginia. An Exhibition of Iranian Women Artists is being presented during this event. And for the First time in San Jose: Beyond East and West VAS in Concert

DATE: Friday March 5 1999
TIME: Gathering 6:00 PM
Program Starts at: 7:00 PM

For more information. go to: //

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* Tara Bahrampour's book tour

Tara Bahrampour, the author of "To See and See Again" is going on a book tour in the U.S.. Here are the dates & places:

- Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm Elliott Bay Book Co. 101 South Main Street Seattle, WA
- March 1 or 2 -- Possible Capitola or UC Davis date
- March 3/4-- Evening New York University Hagop Kevorkian Center New York City

+ more NY city and East Coast dates to come in March and April

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* Iranian art on display in northern California

Gallery Ovissi Press Release


Contact: Maryam Ovissi, 1425 Park Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608 510-601-6874

Gallery Ovissi is proud to feature the works of contemporary artists, Saghar Barzmehri (manipulated photography), Maryam Javaheri (works on paper) and Bay Area artists Taraneh Hemami (works on paper) and Hadi Tabatabai (carvings on paper, wood and slate). A unique collection of contemporary works of art that speak to the aesthetic eye as well as the culturally aware mind. These artists share one common thread, their Iranian heritage, but each collection of works speaks a different story.

Gallery Ovissi is also presenting a Gallery Talk on Sunday, March 14, 1999 at 2:30 p.m., where some of the artists and Gallery Owner, Maryam Ovissi, will speak about the works on exhibit.

Opening date is Saturday, February 20, 1999. We invite you to attend our opening from 5 to 8 p.m. to preview the works. Please RSVP for both events and call for further information at 510-601-6874

Gallery Ovissi specializes in contemporary works by Iranian and Middle Eastern artists. Open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., by appointment.

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* Mehrjui retrospective in Washington, DC

Dariush Mehrjui's Films - A retrospective :

Sara - Friday February 26, 1999, 7:00 PM
The School We Went To - Saturday February 27, 1999, 2:00 PM
Leila - Sunday February 28, 1999, 2:00 PM

Freer's Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW, Washington DC -- 202-357-4880 Admission: Free - two per person - one hour before program begins Info: 202-357-4880 Details:

Dariush Mehrjui His film have been banned by both the Shah, and the Islamic Republic, but film critics in Iran recently voted directory Dariush Mehrjui on eof the country's greatest filmmakers. This retrospective is organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and is presented in corporation with Farabi Cinema Foundation, Tehran. All films are in Persian with English Subtitles.

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* International conference

The Tenth International Conference of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation "The Iranian Woman at the Threshold of the Year 2000" will be held at the University of Montreal on July 2-5,1999 in Montreal, Canada.

Foundation: IWSF, PO Box 380882, Cambridge, MA 02238-0882, USA, Tel: 617-492-9001, Fax: 617-492-0111, Email:

Local Committee: IWSF, PO Box 354 Station "H", Montreal (QC), H3G 2L1, CANADA, Tel: 514-735-7776, Fax: 514-934-9912, Email:

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Bahrampour on tour

Tara Bahrampour, the author of "To See and See Again" is going on a book tour in the U.S.. Here are the dates & places: ... CLICK HERE

Rediscover Iran

Contact beteween Iranian-American and Iranian youth

Dear Friend,

To share my experiences of Iran with others, I have begun setting up a non-profit organization called Rediscover Iran (RI) whose goal is to create opportunities for Iranian- American youth to have direct contact with the Iranian people and their culture. This summer RI will be offering a six-week Mini-Semester Abroad in Iran where participants will engage in cultural and educational activities in addition to receiving language instruction. Some of the activities include: ... MORE DETAILS

Film festival

Dariush Mehrjui's Films - A retrospective -- showing in Washington DC... (details here)