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From the world to Bam
Updated February 19, 2004
The Iranian

* Help: Earthquake relief fund

* Feb. 20: Behpour's Bam photo exhibit, Seattle
* Feb. 25: Bam benefit at Brooklyn's BAM
* Feb. 28-29: Paki's art show for Bam, Berkeley
* March 5-7: Lily Afshar's benefit concert, London
* March 7: Bam auction, Washington DC


* Lily Afshar: Benefit concert, London

Renowned Persian classical guitarist, Lily Afshar, will be making a surprise trip to London to perform at Notting Hill's 20th Century Theatre. Proceeds from the recitals on the 5th, 6th and 7th March will go to the international medical relief charity, Merlin. This UK-based agency is currently working in Iran, providing healthcare and support to the people of the earthquake stricken city of Bam.

Born in Tehran, Lily trained at the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music. At Florida State University, she became the first woman in the world to gain a Doctorate in guitar performance. She currently serves as head of the University of Memphis guitar program in the US.

Lily will be playing a collection of five popular Persian ballads, along with music by Bach, Brouwer, Tarrega, Misionera, Albeniz and Granados. Known around the world for her powerful and adventurous performances, The Washington Post has labelled her onstage execution as "impeccable".

The recital in London will contribute to the international effort to raise funds to support the residents of Bam, and those in the surrounding region of Kerman who are still suffering the effects of the devastating earthquake, which hit the people of Bam at 5.27am local time on Boxing Day 2003.

Performances will take place at The 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, and Sunday 7th March, 7-9pm.

Tickets: £16, Tel: 020 8960 3241, send cheques payable to ‘Bam Benefit Concert' to Bam Benefit Concert, Milk Studios, 13b Hewer Street, London W10 6DU

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* Paki's art show for Bam

Bam: Visual arts by Mokhtar Paki
Half of the sale benefit goes to the survivors of the Bam earthquake

February 28-29, 2004 3-6PM
Opening reception:
Saturday, February 28, 3PM

To visit the studio by appointment until March 7,
Contact the artist:
2632 Regent St. #B
Between Derby and Parker in Berkeley, California

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* Behpour's Bam photo exhibit, Seattle

February 20, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA: Bam, the Aftermath. Photographic series shot in Bam after the earthquake. 7:00-9:00 PM, 110 Kane Hall. Speaker: Keyvan Behpour.

Keyvan Behpour (Kvon) is a Professional Advertising Photographer, based in Bridgeport, CT. A native of Iran, Kvon moved to the United States in 1977. Although he was trained as an electrical engineer, Kvon was compelled to express how people related to the world around them through photography. It was this same passion that drove him to rush to Bam and capture the images that would tell their story.

Kvon had photographed Bam as well as Esfahan and Abianeh in 1995. When the news of the Bam earthquake broke, he knew he had to do something to help. He caught the first available flight to Iran days after the quake and started shooting ......the images of Bam tell a story of devastation and courage, determination and love, both personal and as a community.

" am, the Aftermath" is currently slated to be shown at the following locations and dates:

* As a slide presentation at a gala to honor and thank the volunteers who went to Bam, in Washington, DC on Feb 15th.

* As a slide presentation at a Recognition Ceremony sponsored by The Children of Persia Foundation, to honor the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, Urban Search & Rescue Team & USAID/DART volunteers who went to Bam, in Fairfax, VA on Feb 22nd.

* Will remain on display at the Yale Medical School Library in New Haven, CT from March 1-10

* Full exhibit at the annual fundraising bazaar for The Child Foundation in Los Angeles, at the Irvine Hilton, March 14th

* Full exhibit at a fundraising gala/concert event in Washington, DC in May (details pending).

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* Bam auction, Washington DC

Please Join us for live music, art and silent auction! All proceeds of the concert will fund Bam Earthquake Survivors!

Reason For Hope
"An Evening with Lian Ensemble"

Sunday, Mar.7, 2004 at 7:00 PM
Scottish Rite Theater
4357 Wilshire Boulevard.
Los Angeles, Ca 90010
Info: (310) 477-8617

TICKETS: $100, $75, $50, $40, $30, $20
Tickets are available at:
Music Box (310)473-3466
Ketab Corp. (310) 477-7477
Q Market (818) 758-9995
Super Irvine (949) 552-8844

Lian Ensemble:
Houman Pourmehdi, Percussion
Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur
Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocal
Behzad Behzadpour, Vocal
David Johnson, Marimba, Percussion
Randy Gloss, Percussion
Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

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* Bam benefit at Brooklyn's BAM

The National Iranian American Council ( is partnering with AmeriCares, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Altria Group, Inc. to benefit victims of the Bam, Iran earthquake.

The evening, scheduled for Wednesday, February 25th, offers a private screening of the classic Iranian film "And Life Goes On" at the BAM Cinematique, Rose Cinema. A reception sponsored by Altria Group, Inc. will follow, with a special performance by Sussan Deyhim.

Tickets are priced at $50 per person ($25 for students). All proceeds will go to Americares' relief work in Bam.

To order tickets, please contact myself with or e-mail me with a list of individuals planning on attending with their respective contact information, also if it is a ticket for student or regular ticket. You can also visit HERE

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