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October 4-8, 1999 / Mehr 12-16, 1378

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* Film: Iranian films in northern California


* Lecture: Iran & U.S.: Prospects
Music: Shahin & Sepehr, Washington DC

* Film: Hoveyda & Rossellini, New York
Music: Lily Afshar concert, Washington DC
Scholarship: Academic scholarship, northern California
Book reading: Stories of old Iran, in Portland
Art: Ghajar art show in Washington, DC
Celebrate: Mehregan volunteers, Irvine
Help: Translate documentaryx
Politics: Fundraiser for Rob Sobhani's run for the Senate
Art: Fallah's mix media art show, Washington DC

* Lecture: Censorship & Women in Iran, Berkeley
Music: Shahram Nazeri's U.S. tour

* Literature: Book reading at Asia Society, New York
* Music: Shahram Nazeri in Portland
* Event: Arts and cultural event, N. California
* Celebrate: Mehregan in Washington, DC
* Poetry: Rumi & music in Los Angeles
Celebrate: Mehregan , Irvine

* Heritage: Be a friend of Encyclopaedia Iranica
* Literature: Shahnameh research assistantships
* Protests: Human rights vigil, New York
Money: Investment outlook
Documentary: Shamlou

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* Iranian films in northern California

The Mill Valley Film Festival in San Francisco's Bay Area is scheduled for Oct 7 - 17. Three Iranian movies will be show:

Two Women (Tahmineh Milani)
The color of Paradise (Majid Majidi)
Paper Airplanes (Farhad Mehranfar)
For complete schedule and ticketing information ... GO TO

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* Iran & U.S.: Prospects

A luncheon will be held by the Asia Society on Thursday, October 14, 12-2 pm, at the St. Regis Hotel(16th and K, NW, Washington, DC). U.S. Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Martin Indyck will discuss "Iran and the United States: prospects for a New Relationship".

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* Shahin & Sepehr, Washington DC

Shahin & Sepehr will be performing at the "Taste of DC" this weekend Sunday October 10th from 12-12:45, alongside Peabo Bryson, Hiroshima, and KC & the Sunshine Band. If you get a chance to come out it would be great to see you. It's near Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, downtown.

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* Hoveyda & Rossellini, New York

Fereydoun Hoveyda was one of the writers for Roberto Rossellini's first documentary, "India". A restored copy will be shown in New York City on November 6 at the American Museum of Natural History ... GO TO

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* Academic scholarship, northern California

The Society of Iranian Professionals in northern California is now accepting applications for the 1999-2000 Academic Year Scholarship. Please forward this application to any Iranian student, parents, family members and friends in U.S. to be considered by SIP Scholarship Committee. For information on donation please write to: Anjoman99@aol.com

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* Stories of old Iran, in Portland

Seven Shades of Memory, Stories of old Iran: Terence O'Donnell lived in Iran from 1957-71 operating a farm from 1963-70 before returning to America, where he wrote "Garden of the Brave in War", a memoir praised by critics as "a gem" and "a literary classic on a level with Out of Africa." "Seven Shades of Memory" is his first collection of short stories. These stories show his prescient understanding of the multifaceted nuances of Persian culture and the Westerners who attempt to navigate through it. Book reading by Terence O'Donnell will be held at 7:30PM Wednesday, October 13th, 1999, Smith Memorial Center - Room 333, Portland State University. Info (503) 725 8566.

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* Mehregan volunteers

Would you like to go to Mehregan celebrations in Irvine, California, for Free? How about a free parking permit, a Mehregan T-Shirt, and food coupons to go with that? YES? All you need to do is to volunteer at least four hours of your time at Mehregan! If you're interested, e-mail Paul Ramezani at <paul@intrapc.com> to sign up. Please contact him as soon as possible since there are limited spots left. Pleas pass this message on to anyone who may be interested. Mehregan takes place on October 16 & 17 in Irvine. For more information ... DETAILS AT

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* Help translate documentary

I am an Iranian graduate film student in Los Angeles. I recently returned from Iran with some documentary footage. Mostly I spoke with Iranians born around the time of the revolution about life in Iran. Unfortunately, my Farsi skills are not what they should be. To edit, approximately fourteen hours of interviews need to be transcribed and translated. I am doing this on a student budget (that means 'not a lot of money' for those who have suppressed memories of graduate school). If anyone is willing to help please get in touch with me at: amu_ali@yahoo.com -- Ali

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* Fundraiser for Rob Sobhani's run for the Senate

The Iranian American Republican Council is pleased to announce its second fund-raising event for Dr. Rob Sobhani, the first Iranian American to run for U.S. Senate, representing the State of Maryland ... DETAILS

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* Fallah's mix media art show, Washington DC

Aylene Fallah presents her most recent mix media work at Creighton-Davis Gallery from Oct.8 - Oct.11. Opening Night: Sat. Oct.9th 5-9pm. Address: Creighton-Davis Gallery, 3222 M St. NW, Washington, DC. 20007. (1st floor of Georgetown park mall). Tel: 202-333-3050. Email contact: rfar9@yahoo.com

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* Censorship & Women in Iran, Berkeley

Mehrangiz Kar, a prominent lawyer, writer, and member of the board of the Iranian Writers Associatio will be giving a lecture (in Persian) on 'The Preventive Effect of Censorship in the Growth of Women's Rights in Iran', sponsored by the Center for Dialogue and Sokhan Society. Date: Sunday October 10, 1999. Time: 7:00 P.M. Place: 2040 Valley Life Science Building, University of California Berkeley.

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* Shahram Nazeri's U.S. tour

Shahram Nazeri and Dastan Ensemble are currently on tour in the U.S.

Shahram Nazeri: vocals
Reza Ghasemi: setar
Hamid Motebasem: tar, setar
Hossein Behrouzinia: barbat
Pejman Hadadi: tombak, daf
Afshin Mehrasa: daf
Reza Ghassemi and Afshin Mehrassa appear as guest artists of Dastan Ensemble ... TOUR DETAILS

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* 10th Anniversary Festival of Films from Iran, Chicago

The Film Center of Chicago celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Festival of Films from Iran with an exciting lineup which will screen on Saturdays and Sundays between October 2 and 31. The Festival includes seven new fiction features, the U.S. premiere of Dariush Mehrjui's long-banned THE LADY (BANU), a program of archival treasures by Kamran Shirdel, and a slate of fascinating new documentaries. Additional programs include the documentary FRIENDLY PERSUASION which contextualizes the phenomenon of post-Revolutionary Iranian cinema, and a special panel discussion on film criticism ... DETAILS HERE

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* Ghajar art show in Washington, DC

The Artists1 Museum in Washington DC welcomes the public to view selected paintings by artists Rose Ghajar and Santana from the series "Persian Dreams: Recreating Ghajar Art". This unique series, characterized by fine craftsmanship and a dedication to traditional painting, brings alive Persian history and makes it possible for the public to experience the past for themselves. The show will be held from October 1 until the end of the month... DETAILS HERE

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* Lily Afshar in concert, Washington DC

Classical guitar maestro Lily Afshar will be in concert in Washington DC on Oct. 10th at the United Church on G Street at 3 PM. You can listen to samples of her music... HERE

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* Shahram Nazeri in Portland

Maestro Shahram Nazeri and Dastan Ensemble will perform in Portland, Oregon at 6:00 PM Sunday October 10th. Place: Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th Ave, Portland, OR. Tel: (503) 226-7827... DETAILS HERE

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* Arts and cultural event, N. California

I am writing to invite you and your friends and families to attend our third annual cultural festival in October. This two-day festival will take place on October 9 at the Civic Center Auditorium in San Jose CA, and on October 10, 1999 at the Cupertino Quinlan Community Center. in Cupertino CA. The festival will include a wide variety of community activities, including dance, music, poetry, Arts & crafts, Book signing, Art Gallery, face painting, and food. More information about the program is attached ... DETAILS HERE

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* Mehregan in Washington, DC

Persians have honored Mehregan throughout the ages. Join the Iranian American Cultural Association's Mehregan Celebration on Saturday, September 25, 1999, from 7:00 pm -1:00 am at the McLean Hilton (7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, Tel: 703-847-5000)... DETAILS HERE

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* Rumi & music in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA. - Master musician, Manoochehr Sadeghi, will sing Rumi's renowned Sufi poetry in Persian in a concert entitled, MYSTIC VOICES: MUSIC OF DEVOTION IN ISLAM AND HINDUISM on October 12, 1999. The other artists performing in this extraordinary event are master musician Ali Jihad Racy on the ney reed-flute, the divine vocalism of the renowned Lakshmi Shankar, and the passionate evocations of Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy ... DETAILS HERE

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* Mehregan celebrations, Irvine

Mehregan (meh-re-gahn) is a celebration of nature, a festival of seasons, and the birthday of light. It commemorates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Mehregan is a festival of Mehr, Goddess of Love, Knowledge, and Commitment. Date: October 16 & 17. Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm. Location: Lakeside Park (next to Irvine Meadows & Wild Rivers), 8800 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA ... DETAILS HERE

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* Be a friend of Encyclopaedia Iranica

Pardis Minuchehr writes: Did you know that the most extensive research on Persian culture and civilization is uderway in New York City? And did you know that you could easily become a supporter of the biggest research project on Iran? If you want to know more about the Encyclopaedia Iranica project, just go to: www.iranica.com

There are many ways you could become a friend of this project. In order to find out just reply to this email. (All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law) (For Organizations: Please forward this message to your membership, friends and anyone interested.)

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* Shahnameh research assistantships

Applications are invited for two-three Research Assistantships in connection with an AHRB (British Academy)- funded research project on Firdausi's "Book of Kings" (Shahnameh). The project aims essentially to create a corpus of Shahnameh manuscript illustrations and to provide a forum for art-historical, literary and historical investigations ... DETAILS HERE

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* Human rights vigil, New York

Fourth week of vigil in New York: The Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) is calling on all concerned groups and individuals to participate in a weekly vigil in support of the fundamental human rights of the Iranian people. Human Rights violations in Iran have intensified following the peaceful demonstration of students demanding freedom of press among other things ... DETAILS HERE

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* Investment outlook

Fattaneh (Fay) Homayoun, financial consultant with Solomon Smith Barney, will be talking about investment opportunities in the new millennium at House of Iran in McLean, Virginia, on Sunday, September 26 from 6 to 7 pm.

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* Documentary: Shamlou

Would you like to show a documentary about poet Ahmad Shamlou ("Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty") in your community? Here's who you should contact: Dr. Bahman Maghsoudlou (producer), The International Film and Video Center, 989 First Avenue New York NY 10022, Tel: 212-826-8848, email: ifvc@ifvc.com.

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Rediscover Iran

Six-week mini-semester abroad in Iran

It is because of this desire to share these experiences with others that I have begun setting up a non-profit organization called Rediscover Iran 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:

- archeological dig
- living with nomads or villagers
- learning to play traditional Iranian musical instruments
- visiting industrial sites
- helping charity organizations
- travel to Isfahan and Shiraz
- etc ... MORE DETAILS