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September 20-24, 1999 / Shahrivar 29-2 Mehr, 1378

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* Music: Shahram Nazeri's U.S. tour


* Film: Iranian film fest, Chicago
Film: Color of Heaven in New York
Music: Shahin & Sepehr in southern California
Music: Mehregan party, Washington DC
Literature: Book reading at Asia Society, New York
Art: Ghajar art show in Washington, DC

* Music: Lily Afshar concert, Washington DC
Music: Shahram Nazeri in Portland

* Event: Arts and cultural event, N. California
Lecture: Dr. Arfaa's lecture, Maryland
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
* Music: Shahram Nazeri, North Carolina
* Protests: Human rights vigil, New York
Money: Investment outlook
Documentary: Shamlou

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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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* Film: Color of Heaven in New York

The New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Theater will run from September 24 - October 10, 1999. This year's entry from Iran is Majid Majidi's COLOR OF HEAVEN which will be shown on Friday, September 24, 1999 at 3 pm and Sunday, September 26, 1999 at 9:30 pm ... DETAILS HERE

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* Shahin & Sepehr in southern California

Southern California friends & fans be sure to catch Shahin & Sepehr LIVE in Laguna Beach and in Hollywood on Sep 30th & Oct 1st at Odessa Jazz Club and on Oct.2nd at the Hollywood Athletic Club. Tickets available thru Ticket Master. Tel: 213-365-3500 in Hollywood, 714-740-7878 for Laguna Beach. Looking forward to seeing you there ... DETAILS HERE

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* Music at Mehregan party, Washington DC

Dr. Reza Maleknia and Dr. Rasool Nafisi will play music (daf, setar and singing) during the Mehregan festival near Washington DC, sponsored by the Iranian American Cultural Association (IACA). It will be held at at the McLean Hilton (7920 Jones Branch Drive, Mclean, VA, Tel: 703-847-5000). For reservations call the IACA at: (301) 656-IACA ... DETAILS HERE

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* Book reading at Asia Society, New York

Please join Persis Karim (co-editor and author), Zara Houshmand, Roxanne Varzi, Laleh Khalili, Mariam Salari for a reading and booksigning of "A World Between: Poems, Short Stories and Essays by Iranian Americans" (George Brazillier, Inc. May 1999) at: New York City's Asia Society (725 Park Avenue at 70th St. NYC), Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999 6:30 p m. Book signing and reception to follow the reading and discussion portion of the program. For advance purchase of tickets and information, call 212-517-ASIA. Co-sponsored with Center for Modern Iranian Arts.

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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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* Dr. Arfaa's lecture, Maryland

The Iranian American Cultural Society of Maryland (IACS) is glad to start its new cultural program season with Dr. Hoseyn Arfaa's lecture on Dr. Mehdi Hamidi Shirazi, the contemporary Iranian Poet. WHEN: Sunday Sept. 26 Time: 4:00 pm. WHERE: The Smith Hall Lecture Room, Towson University, Baltimore County, Maryland. Admission Free.

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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:

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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* Shahram Nazeri, North Carolina

In celebration of Rumi, Shahram Nazeri & the Dastan Ensemble will perform on Saturday September 25 at the Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Amir Rezvani, 919.967.3718

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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:

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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