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March 8-12, 1999 / Esfand 17-21,1377

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* Lecture: Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lectures Series, UCLA
Conference: Mechanical engineering conference, Tehran


* Fridays: Art and jazz at Gallery Ovissi, Emeryville
* Fire-jumping: Chahar-Shambeh Soury in Maryland
Lecture: Iranian Culture, a Persianist View, Maryland
Women: Women's documentary film at Berkeley

* Lecture: Hossein Nasr lecture, Washington DC
Noruz: Persian Center's Noruz party in, SF Bay
Noruz: Party at Stanford U.
Noruz: Noruz party at UCLA

* Play: "Shab bekheyr maadar"
Concert: Shahin & Sepehr free Noruz concert

* Noruz: Noruz party at UCLA
Theater: Short play contest, Bay Area

* Film: Iranian film festival in Houston
* Art: Iranian art on display in northern California
Women: International conference

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* Mechanical engineering conference, Tehran

First call for Papers ISME2000

4th International Conference of Iranian Society of Mechanical Engineers

May 16-19, 2000

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Conference Chairman: Prof. Mohammad Durali, School of Mechanical Engineering Sharif University of Technology ... DETAILS HERE

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* Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lectures Series, UCLA

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA Presents The Third Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lectures Series Given By J.T.P. de Bruijn Professor Emeritus of Persian Literature, Leiden University on "Aspects of the Persian Masnavi"

* Lecture 1: "The Cycle of Human Existence: Ideas About the Past, the Present and the Future of Humanity in Persian Masnavis"
Monday 5 April 1999 at 4 PM in 147 Dodd Hall

* Lecture 2: "The Masnavi in the History of Persian Literature"
Tuesday 6 April 1999 at 4 PM in 382 Kinsey Hall

* Lecture 3: "Storytelling in the Masnavi"
Wednesday 7 April 1999 at 4 PM in 382 Kinsey Hall

* Lecture 4: "Moral and Mystical Teaching in the Masnavi"
Thursday 8 April 1999 at 4 PM in 382 Kinsey Hall

* Lecture 5: "Occasional Poems in the Masnavi" Friday 9 April 1999 at 10 AM in 382 Kinsey Hall

* The Public is Welcome -- Admission Free

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* Art and jazz at Gallery Ovissi, Emeryville

Gallery Ovissi invites you to spend an evening with us at JAZZ GALLERY: where art and jazz come together. Every Friday Evening we feature the sounds of Top Bay Area Jazz Artists among Gallery Ovissi's Fine and Unique Works of Art Showtimes: 9 p.m and 11 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10 donation (drinks and hors d'ouevres included)

Limited Seating-Please RSVP at 510-601-6874

Fashionable Attire Enforced

Friday, March 12, 1999: Lionel Tanner Jazz Quartet
Friday, March 19, 1999: Special Guest TBA
Friday, March 26, 1999: Aletha Archie- jazz vocalist with Michael Smolans and Lionel Tanner


Directions: from SF- take bay bridge to 80 towards berkeley first exit- powell st/emeryville. turn right on Powell Street 2nd light- Hollis- turn right 2nd light- Park- turn right 1425 park on left side Plenty of Parking .

*** We are also actively searching for musicians jazz or other forms- please contact daryl at 510-601-6874 ****

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* Iranian Culture, a Persianist View, Maryland

By invitation of the Iranian American Cultural Society of Maryland, Professor Michel Hillmann, a well-known scholar in the field of Iranian studies, from the University of Texas at Austin will talk about "Iranian Culture, a Persianist View".

When: Friday March 19, 1999
Where: Room 264, Smith Hall, Towson University
Time: 7:00 PM

Free admission

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* Chahar-Shambeh Soury in Maryland

* Tuesday, March 16, 1999 6:00 PM Oregon Ridge Park (near Baltimore), Sequdia room

Iranian-American Cultural Society of Maryland will host a Chahar Shambeh Soury celebration, complete with dancing, food, and fire jumping, on Tuesday night, 6:00 PM.

Children from Farsi school will perform, and there will be food from House of Kebob. Entrance fee: $6 for members, $8 for non-members. Children under 5 free.

Directions: From I-695 take 83 North, take Exit 20B, turn left on first traffic light to the Beaver Dam Road, keep left and park is less than 1/2 mile. For further info:


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* Women's documentary film at Berkeley

"Celebrating International Women's Day" sponsored by: "Radio Havayeh Tazeh" and "Iranian Cultural Group at UC Berkeley"

Guest Speaker: Dr. Zahra Taheri,
Topic: "Women in Persian Literature"
Special viewing: Latest documentary by Mansoureh Saboury "Thus We Act, Therefore We Are" Interview with Iranian prominent women: Simin Behbahani, Shirin Ebadi, Mehrangiz Kaar, Pari Saberi, Pouran Farokhzad, Mahin Oskooyi, Mansoureh Ethadiyeh.

The film will be followed by questions and answers with the director, Mansoureh Saboury. Performance by: Ziba Shirazi, singer and song writer.

Date: Saturday March 13 at 7:00
Place: 2040 Valley Life Science Building, University of California, Berkeley


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* Hossein Nasr lecture, Washington DC

George Washington University: The Foundation of Iranian Studies Presents: The Annual Noruz Lecture Series by a Distinguished Scholar of Iranian Studies:

Speaker: Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Topic: The Traditions of Philosophy in Iran
Place: George Washington University, Ballroom, Marvin Center
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 199, 7pm-8:30pm The George

Followed by Reception at University Club, Marvin Center

RSVP by March 18. TEL : 301 657 1990

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* Persian Center's Noruz party in, SF Bay

Persian Center in San Francisco's Bay Area is proud to present the ONE & ONLY major party in March spanning TWO years!

Join the Community as ONE extended family at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, 1999, to gather around a wonderful "Haft-seen" table and begin our countdown towards the Persian New Year of 1378, at 5:45 p.m.

There will be dance and musical performances to warm your heart, theater and poetry performances to invigorate your mind, and a Persian Dinner to entice your well as DJ Dancing to help you start the New Year IN SHAPE! ... DETAILS HERE

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* Noruz party at Stanford U.

The Persian Students Association of Stanford University and The Bay Area Persian Center present:

The AVAZ International Dance Theater performing "The Silk Road" - a celebration of Noruz

Sunday, April 4th, 1999 4 PM - 7 PM

Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Stanford University

For more information and tickets, please call (650) 497-9487 or visit:

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* "Shab bekheyr maadar"

The Darvag theater group in Berkeley, California, presents Sepideh Koosha and Mojdeh Molavi in "Shab bekheyr maadar" -- "Goodnight, mother" -- a play by Marsha Norman (winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize), translated and directed by Hamid Ehya. Performances will be on March 12 & 13 at the Live Oak Theater in Berkeley .... MORE DETAILS HERE

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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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* 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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* 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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* 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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* 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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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