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Talking Walls

I came to know about Tanha (A1one) several years ago in Tehran. At the time, I didn’t know who was responsible for the graffiti work

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Intuitive Journey

Until September 15, 2012, Yari Ostovany’s paintings are on exhibit at ArtPeople Gallery, 50 Post Street in San Francisco. “Born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran,

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Noor, Camera, Action!

More than three decades into the mass immigration of Iranian nationals to other countries, Iranians now enjoy large communities in many different parts of the

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من و آوازه خوان

در دنیایی که من در آن بزرگ میشدم، “آوازه خوان” پرشهامت ترین آدمی بود که دیده بودم. مرد بود، اما میرقصید. تحصیل کرده بود، اما

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A Fusion of The Hearts

Last Saturday, I had a chance to drop in on a rehearsal session where vocalist Parisa Vaaleh and the Kamran Thunder Ensemble were preparing for

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Nowruz Wishes

Photos and video by Luna Shad. Music by Reza Rohani. And so, another old year ends and a New Day begins. This year’s Nowruz spread

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A Master’s World

Over the past weekend, I had the honor of talking with four-time Grammy nominated Kayhan Kalhor about his music, his life, and the current state

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جشن یلدا

به یاد ایام دور و نزدیک، فالی باز کردم و این شعر آمد. اگر دوست دارید با شعری، سازی، آوازی، یا یادی به جشن یلدا

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The Hoopla, The Hope

Panel discussion on “The History of Iran’s Nuclear Issue: Fears and Hopes,” sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Iranian Students Alliance in America, with Dr. Maziar Behrooz,

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Identity Crisis

These images of young girls who have so thoroughly immersed in their fantastic world demonstrate the crisis of identity amongst the middle-class new generation of

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One of Us

From the first time I heard Monika Jalili sing an Iranian tune, I was impressed by her art and her spirit.  With her musical training

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Comedy for Kids

In September, I had a chance to meet with the talented Iranian comedian and actor, Maz Jobrani.  It was the second time I was seeing

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New Sheriff in Town?

Earlier this month, my friends Luna Shad, Mehran, and I went to see San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in his office in San Francisco’s City

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Poetic Jazz

From that 2008 moment when I first heard a Rana Farhan song, I have been her devoted fan.  Rana’s music masterfully fuses two things near

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دعوت به بازی نویسندگی

مدتی این مثنوی تاخیر شد، و ما از بازی های گروهی مان غافل شدیم!این بار بازی ما با دفعات قبل تفاوت دارد. در این بازی،

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Niyaz, the Autobiography

Azam Ali and her band, Niyaz, will be coming to the Bay Area next weekend.  Azam Ali, the band’s vocalist, and her multi-instrumentalist husband, Ramin

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Beautiful Ziba

I recently had a chance to visit Iranian singer/songwriter Ziba Shirazi in Northern California. She sat down with me in the gorgeous patio of a

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Sweet Fusion

I had a chance to spend a pleasant afternoon in the company of Emad Bonakdar and Mima (Mehrbanoo) Goodarz of Mezghoon Ensemble during one of

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Teaching Passion

He was a UCLA pre-med student the day he fell in love with the setar and left college to pursue Persian music, the instrument, and

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