December 9th Shab-e She’r Celebrates Iranian Women Writers!

penDecember’s Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) will celebrate Iranian Women Writers on December 9 from 6–7:30pm. This special evening will feature Farnoosh Fathi and Soraya Shalforoosh!  Plus we’ll be doing a a special holiday giveaway- don’t miss out!

Farnoosh Fathi recently received a Fulbright Fellowship to travel to Brazil and write poems.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Fence and Boston Review. Her translations of modern Persian poetry have been published in Circumference.

Soraya Shalforoosh’s poems and reviews have appeared in journals such as the Marlboro Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Bomb, Barrow Street,, etc. Soraya Shalforoosh was featured as an Emerging Poet in the Academy of American Poet’s, emerging poet series. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.

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An open mic will follow the reading, inviting everyone to read either his or her own poetry or works by other poets, in Persian or English, bearing some connection to Iran or Iranian/Persian culture.

This event will be streamed LIVE at!

Be sure to save the date for our upcoming Shab-e She’r events!
Wed. Jan.  20,
6 – 7:30pm, Dalia Sofer
Wed. Feb. 17,
6 – 7:30pm, Sholeh Wolpe
Sat.   March 20,
7 – 9:30pm, NOROOZ EDITION!
Wed. April 28,
6 – 7:30pm      TBD
Wed. May 19, 6 – 7:30pm      TBD

Persian Arts Festival (PAF) has successfully revived Shab-e She’r, A Night of (Persian) Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) but with a modern, new generational spin. The program has made its comeback and expanded what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs. Entering into its third season, PAF and BPC continue to host readings of well-established and emerging authors who are of Persian descent or specialize in Persian literature. Readers have included Nahid Rachlin, Manijeh Nasrabadi and Joe Martin to name a few.

Iranian Sounds of Peace at Carnegie Hall

HAFEZPosterIranian Sounds of Peace:
An East/West Musical Dialogue — Rumi Symphony Project: Cycle One

Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 8 PM
Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)


(for $140; $90; $60; $45; $30). Code is available in person, through Carnegie Charge, or online through Carnegie’s website. Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800 or at Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street & 7th Avenue, or ONLINE HERE.

The Rumi Symphony Project, featuring the music of Hafez Nazeri, integrates classical Iranian and Western musical traditions.PRESENTED BY NAZERI MUSIC FOUNDATION, IN ASSOCIATION WITH ABSOLUTELY LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, ASIA SOCIETY with promotional support by PERSIAN ARTS FESTIVAL.

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Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery presents “In Stitches” curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody

stitchesA survey exhibition exploring the use of stitching and thread in contemporary art will be on view at LeilaTaghinia-Milani Heller (LTMH) Gallery from November 12 through December 19, 2009. IN STITCHES, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody will present works in various media by more than 50 U.S. and international contemporary artists.

IN STITCHES focuses on both well-known and emerging artists who incorporate stitching and thread as prominent features in the concept and structure of their work. The artists’ process includes wrapping and embroidery as well as assemblage.  The exhibition title is a double entendre of the Shakespearean idiom, and now common expression, when one is laughing so hard that it causes physical pain. While some of the work presents elements of humor, other work explores the role of women in society or questions the threads or painful truths of our social and moral existence.  Threads literally and metaphorically form the connections, which tie the artists’ works together.

The exhibition will include work by Ghada Amer, Ramazan Bayrakoglu, Louise Bourgeois, Nancy Brooks Brody, Ambreen Butt, David Byrne,Margarita Cabrera,Orly Cogan, Adam Cohen,Anita Cooke, Matthew Cox, E.V. Day, Lesley Dill, Chris Duncan, Alinka Echeverria, Tracey Emin, Angelo Filomeno, Robert Forman, Zoi Gaitanidou, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Guerra de la Paz, Selma Gürbüz, Joseph Heidecker, Kent Hendricksen, Todd Knopke, Steven & William Ladd, Mike Latham, Charles LeDray, Pooneh Maghazehe, Julia Mandle, Christian Marclay, Victoria May, Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, Thomas McDonell, Darrel Morris, William J. O’Brien,  Maria E. Piñeres, Elaine Reichek, Jacob Robichaux, Gulay Semercioglu, Donna Sharrett, Jean Shin, Chiharu Shiota, Kiki Smith, Devorah Sperber, Berend Strik, Marc Swanson, Frances Trombly, Vadis Turner, Paul Villinski, Andy Warhol, Debora Warner, Megan Whitmarsh, Rob Wynne, and Darius Yektai.

Beth Rudin DeWoody is a New York art collector and curator. She is the executive vice president of Rudin Management and on the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Creative Time, The New School, New Yorkers For Children, and the New York Police Foundation. Her other most recent exhibitions include I Won’t Grow Up at Cheim & Read, New York and Just What Are They Saying… at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans.


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“Call Me Anar”, a Performance Art Piece by Aphrodite Desiree Navab


Thursday, November 19, 7pm

Location: SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea / Gallery Call Me

Aphrodite Desiree Navab

Call Me Anar (Pomegranate)

Anar (Pomegranate), a performance by Aphrodite Désirée Navab with one pomegranate, one carpet, one tale, and a chorus of three pale males.

The Tale: “Call me Anar,” she said. “Someone there was. Someone there wasn’t.” It took her twenty years to swallow, fester, brood, to spit. These. Words. Out. One by one, the chewed seeds of a pomegranate fell. “This was my man the parasite. And this was my one who lied. And this one knewnot what he wanted. And this one searched for himself in others…But I loved, how I loved all of them.”

Aphrodite Désirée Navab (b. Iran, 1971) is an Iranian Greek American artist and writer who resides in New York City. Her art has been featured in over eighty exhibitions around the world and is includedin a number of permanent collections. She will have a solo show in Athens, Greece in September and is currently in a retrospective of the Lowe Art Museum’s photography collection in Miami.

Iran Enlightenment Week Nov 7-14

Very exciting! Here is a brief overview of what’s happening during this week of Iranian/Persian culture in New York City. Each event is linked to their respective sites for more information and will lead you to where you can buy tickets.

November 6th, 7pm
Asia Society – “Border,” film by Kambozia Partovi, 105 mins.
725 Park Avenue, NYC

November 7th, 6-8pm
Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery -Roya Akhavan: Nexus (closing night)
39 East 78th St. @ Madison, 3rd Fl., NYC

November 8th, 6-8pm
Open Center – Lecture, “An Evening of Persian Mystical Poetry and Wisdom”
22 E. 30th St., NYC

November 10, 7-10pm
New York University- Hafez Nazeri, Meet the Artist
60 Washington Square South, Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor, NYC

November 11, 7-8:30pm
Asia Society – A Conversation/Demonstration, Shahram and Hafez Nazeri
725 Park Avenue, NYC

November 14, 8pm
Carnegie Hall – Rumi Symphony Project: Cycle 1 performance
57th St. & 7th Ave., NYC

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