PERSIAN ARTS FESTIVAL – 11th Annual Nowruz Celebration at National Sawdust

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The Persian Arts Festival celebrates 11 years of showcasing the work of hundreds of Iranian American artists from around the world at the prestigious new Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust. The 11th Annual Persian Arts Festival will feature multiple art forms including short films curated by west coast’s Noor Iranian Film Festival, family-friendly performances of Fictionville Studio’s shadow puppet masterpiece, “Zahhak, The Legend of the Serpent King”, a panel discussion featuring Iranian American artists and scholars, Persian fusion cuisine by Rider restaurant’s critically acclaimed chef, Patric Connelly, and music by Persian tar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi accompanied by Nagmeh Farahmand. This program will transport an audience of all ages into Spring as it connects elements from thousands of years of ritual and history to the magnificent art being made by today’s Iranian American artists.  
Sponsors include The American Institute of Iranian Studies and Noor Film Festival.

— 10AM & 12PM – FAMILY PROGRAMMING —
“ZAHHAK, THE LEGEND OF THE SERPENT KING”, by Hamid Rahmanian
Family Friendly show: $15 adults, $5 children

10am Show Tickets sold here, 12pm Show Tickets Sold here

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A Persian folk tale brought to life through live music, narration and shadow puppetry by Hamid Rahmanian, the creator of the critically acclaimed “Feathers of Fire”. Taken from the Shahnameh or Book of Kings—an epic narrative penned in the 10th century by Persian poet Ferdowsi—this shadow play tells the story of a misguided prince who becomes the villainous Serpent King.

 

 

Featured artists:

Storyteller: Leila Ghaznavi
Puppeters: Jon Riddleberger, Ian Sweetman, Hamid Rahmanian
Musicians: Hedayat Shafaee, Yahya Alkhansa
Directed and designed by Hamid Rahmanian

This 15min exquisite performance will be followed by a shadow puppet-making workshop for kids.

More About Fictionville Studio: Husband and wife team Hamid Rahmanian and Melissa Hibbard are dedicated to producing artistic projects that positively affect the way people look at the world around them. They have produced award‐winning documentary and fiction film, graphic design, photography and literature for over two decades. Their films have received international awards and screened worldwide at festivals, theaters and on television. Their latest project, the Shahnameh Project includes a 600 page illustrated edition of the 1000-year-old Persian epic poem, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings which was published in 2013. It has been well received by readers and critics around the world and has made multiple bestseller lists. In 2016 they premiered the stage production of Feathers of Fire, based on a tale from the Shahnameh. This cinematic live production premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and is currently touring around the world.  http://www.fictionvillestudio.com/#fictionvile-studio

3:00PM (doors) – 9PM – MUSIC, PANEL, FILM + DINNER  
$40 advanced guarantees seat, $45 at the door. Dinner and Drinks sold separately. 

TICKETS for Family Program and the Festival available at www.nationalsawdust.org/persianartsfestival

— MUSIC By Persian Tar Virtuoso, SAHBA MOTALLEBI, Accompanied by NAGMEH FARAHMAND on Percussion —

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SAHBA MOTALLEBI is a modern virtuoso of the tar and setar, an innovator in teaching Persian Music and has been recognized as the Best Tar Player at the Iranian Music Festival four years running (1995-1998) and “The Best Tar Player” at the Toronto Conservatory of Iran (1993 – 1996). She is recognized internationally as a master of tar and setar, lute-like stringed instruments central to one of the world’s great musical traditions. She began studying music as a young girl in Sari, a small seaside city in the north of Iran. In 1993, at the age of 14, her talent garnered her an invitation to begin studies at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. She flourished there, and was recognized as Best Tar Player at the Iranian Music Festival four years running (1995-1998). After graduating from Conservatory in 1997, she helped found the groundbreaking women’s music ensemble Chakaveh, and in 1999 she was invited to join the Iranian National Orchestra, thus beginning her career as an international performer. For the past decade, Sahba Motallebi has lived near Los Angeles, She continues to perform worldwide, and has released a series of noted books and recordings, the latest of which is 2014’s A Tear at the Crossroad of Time. Sahba is also recognized as an innovator in the teaching of Persian music; her pioneering efforts to put instructional materials on the internet and to teach students online have inspired something of a renaissance in the transmission of this ancient art form, and reflect her abiding commitment to bring the gift of music to her community and the world.

NAGHMEH FARAHMAND, daughter of one of Iran’s leading percussionists, Mahmoud Farahmand, grew up surrounded by music in a full house of drums. She started playing the tonbak when she was six under the supervision of her father, and was encouraged to learn a melodic instrument to gain insight into the melodic aspect of music as this would make her a better accompanist. So she started playing the santur under the guidance of Faramarz Payvar and Pashang Kamkar. Besides learning traditional music, Naghmeh found the daf to be very powerful and spiritual and began learning Sufi and Kurdish rhythms from Bijan Kamkar and Masoud Habibi. She has performed in many well-known traditional ensembles in Iran and at festivals around the world, and was honored to perform with ney master Hassan Nahid and famed vocalist Hengameh Akhavan. In 2010, she moved to Canada and started working with musicians in world music and jazz. She is the founder of the Sharghi percussion ensemble.

— PANEL DISCUSSION —                                                                                                   The festival will begin with a discussion featuring scholar Kathryn Spellman Poots, whose work has focused on the Iranian Diaspora and transnational migration networks, Mahyad Tousi, Co-founder of BoomGen Studios and producer on Reza Aslan’s recently premiered television show, “Believer”, Persian tar virtuoso, Sahba Motallebi, who will grace us with her presence again later in the evening, and Siamak Ghahremani, founder of Noor Iranian Film Festival. This panel will be moderated by Carla P. Cota, a PhD candidate at University of Arizona with a main research interest in the connection among culture, identity and education, especially as it relates to the education of second generation children in the US.

Panelists will discuss where Iranian American arts stand today, especially in light of the current administration’s ban of certain travelers from Iran and now 5 other Muslim-majority countries. Additionally, we will explore how artistic expression may help shift public sentiment toward a more just and equitable world, or society.

— PERSIAN FUSION CUISINE – By Chef Patrick Connolly of Rider Restaurant — 
Critically acclaimed chef, Patrick Connolly, of Rider restaurant at National Sawdust, will be offering a Persian-inspired, fusion menu available for purchase during the festival’s dinner break. Be ready for an American twist on Persian cuisine filled with familiar saffron and turmeric hughes to reel you in.

— FILMS – Curated by Noor Iranian Film Festival —
Enjoy your Persian-inspired cuisine over Noor Iranian Film Festival’s award-winning selections to ring in the New Year:

No Land’s Song, by Ayat Najafi (93 minutes)

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The Islamic revolution of 1979 banned female singers from appearing in public in Iran. They are no longer allowed to perform solo, unless to an exclusively female audience. Recordings of former female icons can only be bought on the black market. But Sara Najafi is determined to refresh the cultural memory by roaming Tehran in the footsteps of famous singers of the 1920s and 1960s. She is about to revive the female voices in the present as she courageously plans an evening of Iranian and French female soloists to rebuild shattered cultural bridges—a concert that is not allowed to take place. For two-and-a-half years, director Ayat Najafi follows the preparations between Tehran and Paris that are always touch and go. What’s still possible? What goes too far? Sara’s regular meetings with the Ministry of Culture shed light on the system’s logic and arbitrariness, though officials there can only be heard and not seen. Can intercultural solidarity and the revolutionary power of music triumph? A political thriller and a musical journey, No Land’s Song never loses sight of its real center – the female voice. See trailer here.

The Role of Each Fret, by Maryam Farahzadi (9 minutes)

The union of a couple in love, by getting assistance from a joint effort of music and nature performed in Persian miniatures, from ancient land of Iran.

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10th Annual Persian Arts Festival

Friday, March 18th, 8:30PM – 1AM

at National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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The Persian Arts Festival celebrates 10 years of showcasing the work of hundreds of Iranian American artists from around the world at the prestigious new Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust. The 10th Annual Persian Arts Festival will feature multiple art forms including short films by Iranian Americans, performances by established Persian poets, hosted and curated by Zahra Saed and Sara Goudarzi, the NYC premier of vocalist and daft player, Aida Shahghasemi, who fuses her exquisite Persian classical vocal training with indie-rock tendencies, and Mitra Sumara, a big-band of NYC-based musicians dedicated to Pop/funk music from Pre-Revolutionary Iran.

Space is limited, so we ask that you purchase tickets in advance: http://nationalsawdust.org/event/persian-arts-festival-10th-anniversary-celebration/

THE VENUE  

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It is an honor to bring the Persian Arts Festival to NYC’s iconic National Sawdust, an unparalleled, artist-led venue, hailed by the New York Times as a game-changer in the way new music is presented. www.nationalsawdust.org

FESTIVAL LINEUP:

MUSIC PERFORMANCE by Aida Shahghasemi

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Aida, initially a Daf player, studied with Amir Samadi in Tehran, Iran. She moved from Tehran to Minneapolis in summer of 2000. One unsuspecting summer day back in Tehran, she was pushed to sing on stage by Samadi, and she fell in love with it ever since. Her passion for Persian classical music stems from the cultural identity she craved after immigrating, and the women she met during her years of study. Her senior project at University of Minnesota’s Anthropology department centered around restrictions on the voices of female classical vocalists in Iran, through which she met, interviewed, and studied with Parissa for a short period of 3 months. While residing in NYC, Aida worked with a few non-profit organizations as a teaching artist promoting the arts as a tool for social justice. She created and taught a class called Iran’s Arts Activism centered around the effects of society on art and vise versa, at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. http://www.aidashahghasemi.com/

MUSIC PERFORMANCE by MITRA SUMARA

Mitra Sumara ImageMitra Sumara is New York City’s only Farsi Funk group. This international party band gets down with the vibrant pop and funk music of 60s/70s Iran, an infectious pre-Revolutionary sound which combined the beats of Fela Kuti, salsa, and disco with Middle Eastern melodies and flowery poetry.

Interpreting hits by Iran’s beloved singers Googoosh, Pooran, Aghassi, Leila Forouhar, Nooshafarin, and Zia Atabi’s intoxicating Bandari beat tunes, Mitra Sumara’s repertoire also includes American hits of the era translated into Farsi. East meets West meets East while delighted audiences sing along.

Mitra Sumara’s musicians are among New York City’s top players in the avant-garde, jazz, indie-rock, and Broadway scenes. They include Yvette Perez (vocals), Julian Maile (guitar), Sam Kulik (bass), Michael Evans (drums/congas), Brian Geltner (drums/percussion), Bill Ruyle (hammer dulcimer), Jim Duffy (keyboard), and Peter Zummo (trombone).

Mitra Sumara is the creation of Brooklyn-based half-Iranian lead singer Yvette Perez. Adopted and raised by American parents, Yvette founded the group after studying Farsi and re-uniting with her Iranian birth father just four years ago. This cross-cultural music project is inspired by her family story.

Mitra Sumara has played the John F. Kennedy Center Millenium Stage as well as New York City venues including Le Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn Bowl, WestBeth, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and Café Nadery, and the Tropicalia Club in Washington, DC.

POETRY 

Curated by Zohra Saed and Sara Goudarzi, this segment of the program will bring poets, authors, scholars of both Iranian and non-Iranian descent together in celebration of Spring, renewal, and rebirth.

Fayre Makeig PhotoIn 2010 Fayre Makeig received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for a selection of Hushang Ebtehaj’s free verse. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children, two and under, and supports family as a line editor of banal bureaucratese and academic claptrap. She loves spring.

 

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Angelo Verga has been widely published, translated, and anthologized. A former owner of, also longtime literary curator at The Cornelia Street Cafe, Verga has helped to promote poetry as a​​ popular and much-needed art form. His seventh book of poems is Long & Short, including The Street in Your Head (2016) and is available on Amazon.

 

 

Sahar Muradi PhotoSahar Muradi is a writer and performer born in Afghanistan and raised in the U.S. / is co-editor, with Zohra Saed, of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature / is co-founder of the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association / has published in Drunken Boat, dOCUMENTA, phati’tude, Green Mountains Review, elsewhere literary magazine, Bone Bouquet, and The Poetry Project Newsletter / is a Kundiman Poetry Fellow, an AAWW Open City Fellow, and twice recipient of the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award in Poetry / has an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College, an MPA in international development from NYU, and a BA in creative writing from Hampshire College / directs the poetry programs at City Lore / and believes in the bottom of the rice pot.

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Ravi Shankar is an award-winning poet, editor, translator and professor of writing who founded the international online journal of the arts Drunken Boat, and has published or edited 10 books and chapbooks of poetry. His most recent collection is “What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations.”

 

Soraya ShalforooshSoraya Shalforoosh’s first collection of poetry, This Version of Earth was published by Barrow Street in November 2014. Soraya has been a featured poet in the Journal of the Academy of American Poets Emerging Poet Series, and has had poems and reviews in Tribes.org, Good Foot, Taos Journal, Barrow Street, Skanky Possum, Bomb Magazine, Marlboro Review, WSQ, Can We Have Our Ball Back.com, Shampoo Poetry, Brink: An Anthology of Post Modern American Poetry, Four Corners, Salonika, etc. Soraya has her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and as an undergraduate at Clark University, won first place in the Prentiss Cheney Hoyt Poetry award. Ms Shalforoosh has been a Writer in Residence at William Paterson University in NJ, a guest poet at Berkeley College in New York, guest speaker at the American Embassy in Algeria. Soraya has performed her poetry with jazz, blues and world music bands in clubs, universities and Central Park.

SHORT FILMS

Short films will be presented that reflect the Iranian heritage, family history, and commemorate our widely celebrated holiday, Norouz.

  1. “Current”

By Nika Khanjani

This short experimental uses re-photography onto black and white 16mm film which was then hand processed (very rough and stinky process using buckets of chemicals and film reels dunked like tangled spagetti in a makeshift darkroom), then digitized for online editing.
I originally called this film Current Landscapes because it was an honest reflection of my inner emotional landscape at that time.
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I have chosen to call my film Current Landscapes because it refers to the inner landscape that exists in each of us, simultaneously particular and universal. Like any study of a landscape, looking at the inner geography requires time, patience, and a steady gaze so that what is subtle and easily overlooked is given significance. This piece is about the excavation and search for memories, images, sounds, impressions and tones that inform who we are. While these memories are of things past, they remain current because they are present in us all the time. Just because we may not remember does not mean that they do not exist. It is simply our choice whether we will sit still long enough to recognize their presence and let them surface in whatever form they exists.
I have chosen to use re-photography of my own family as a method of exploring these landscapes. I spent a great deal of time with a number of photographs that evoked memories of my childhood. I filmed them then hand processed the film in order to create the scratches you see. These scratches are meant to create distance between the viewer and the image, a veil of sorts, because these images are phantom-like, as memories sometimes seem to be. Just out of reach, below the surface, seemingly of another world. To express this visually, I allowed the photos to begin obscurely and out of focus. This represents the initial moments of remembering things from the past—–they are not very clear at first but, with time, may become clearer. The scratches that were the result of rough hand processing added to the visual effect of separation and distance in that even when memories and impressions from our past become clearer, they are still evasive and just out of reach.

 

  1. “Even Gray Feels Blue”

 By Negin Sharifzadeh

No one speaks;
Nothing to say;
Nothing to teach.

Silence is truly the best speech!
– Poem by Ahmad Shamlou, Translated by: Maryam Dilmaghani

“Even Gray Feels Blue” investigates the nature of melancholia and solitude, translating these most intimate and deeply personal feelings into their aesthetic essences. The echoes of the individual move into collective realities. Sorrow becomes social malaise.

The film avoids the structure of story and narrative, built instead as a musical composition, creating an ambiguous psychic space for the viewer to enter. The images have been created in conversation with a composition, The last Turn, by the Iranian master Oud player Negar Bouban, based on “Shabaneh,” a poem by Ahmad Shamlou. Even Gray Feels Blue edited and composited by digital master Harold Moss. Both music and image utilize repetition to create a trance-like dynamic, intensifying the emotional resonance by tapping into memories as individual history and an act of collective remembrance.

 

  1. “Norouz (نوروز) – Songs of Pardis”

By Negar Behbahani & Saloomeh Sayah
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From the Album: Songs of Pardis

Vocals by Hani Niroo
Song written by Negar Behbahani
Arranged and mixed by Salmak Khaledi
Produced by Pardis for Children, Inc.

The most important symbol of Norouz is Sofreh Haft Seen (Haft Seen table setting).
Haft Seen or seven S’s represent the main elements of the sofreh.
Each element has a meaning and is a symbol of what we wish for ourselves, our family and our friends in the new year.
The Seven Symbols
Senjed: Silverberry, symbol of love
Samanoo: Sweet Wheat Pudding, symbol of affluence
Somagh: Sumac (red spice), symbol of patience
Seer: Garlic, symbol of good health
Serkeh: Vinegar, symbol of wisdom
Sabzeh: Sprouts, symbol of growth and rebirth
Seeb: Apple, symbol of beauty

  1. “Imagine Native”

Director: Mina Bozorgmehr & Hadi Kamali Moghadam
Producer: Hadi Kamali Moghadam & Mina Bozorgmehr
Screenwriter: Hadi Kamali Moghadam & Mina Bozorgmehr

This short documentary fiction, tells the legend of Love between man and fairy. It is a journey to the depths of the beliefs, imaginations, and magic of the people from South of Iran, Hormoz island, the land of thousand-colored sands. This short film is the story of a southern artist, called Mousa, who collects the worn out leg-covers of native women from the washed out rubbish on the shore and puts them together to make tableaus that lay the groundwork for a modern legendary story. It has been told that there was a tradition in the past, where Island people would offer the clothes of a dead person to Mother Sea, so she could cleans that person’s soul and …

Imagine native, is a prelude to a longer documentary fiction, called \”Janbal\”, which is in the process of being edited.

  1. Cycles of Lambent Frequencies”

By Negin Sharifzadeh

Animists recognize the spirit of life in every object—a blade of grass, a stone, a brick in a wall. In every nook and cranny,against every wall, life finds its way towards growth and transformation. In this installation, I am taking advantage of light and the technology of projection mapping to reveal to our eyes this magic inside nature in all its manifestations. The sort of magic one imagines transpiring in a clearing hidden deep in the woods, late at night when no humans eyes are there to witness, is instead seen on a wall in SoHo.

A stone face of some ancient deity hangs on a brick wall in the darkening evening. Suddenly, the eyes open. Light flows from her mouth. All the seasons of the year break out at once, sped impossibly up. Green things grow from below. Leaves fall and are blown about. The eyes look around, taking in this explosion of life. Mythic images layer on top of this great fecundity. The light and sounds from all this activity are thrown from the wall to the space around, encapsulating the viewers within this magical place.

As in nature, no sooner is this frenzy reached, then it begins to recede. New growth falls back into the earth. Leaves settle and are absorbed. The eyes grow sleepy, and the light begins to fade. Sleep overcomes the wall, and darkness returns, only to begin the cycle again.

 

9th Annual Persian Arts Festival: Night of Melodic Wanderlust – A Spring Voyage to Celebrate Iranian & American Fusion

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Persian Arts Festival and Drom Present: Night of Melodic Wanderlust – A Spring Voyage to Celebrate Iranian & American Fusion

Persian Arts Festival is proud to announce its 9th annual Nowruz celebration, Night of Melodic Wanderlust, a spring voyage to celebrate Iranian and American fusion, MC’ed by comedienne Susan Peret, featuring Persian-Americana rock from three of the city’s hottest bands. The highly-anticipated event will take place at NYC’s premier global music venue Drom on Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm ET.

Headlining the event will be Vatan a Persian meets Americana, or self-described as, “Iranicana”, group hailed by Aslan Media as one of the top emerging Middle Eastern bands to watch for boldly redefining bi-national American identity in melodic terms.

The evening’s line up will also feature acoustic singer-songwriter flair from opening act Arian Saleh, as well as East-meets-West classical fusions from Persian folk master Navid Kandelousi. Rounded out with Vatan’s signature Perso-country grooves, the three acts create a seamless bridge between Iranian and American fusion, amplifying what it means to empower heritages, pay tribute to family roots and celebrate cultures through musical dialogue.

Advance tickets cost $15 for standing room, $25 for guaranteed seating, and $35 for guaranteed seating with a pre-fixe menu. Door prices are $20 for standing room, $30 for guaranteed seating, and $40 for guaranteed seating with a prix-fixe menu. Tickets can be reserved online at dromnyc.com. The venue will also feature a mini Shurka Bazaar, where guests are invited to peruse through arts, crafts, books, jewelry, and more throughout the event.

Be sure to purchase your tickets HERE in advance as SPACE IS LIMITED! For more info and updates, be sure to RSVP on our facebook event page.

 

PAF Presents: SHURKA BAZAAR – following NY Persian Parade

shurkaheaderOn April 14, 2013, in honor of Persian Parade’s 10th year anniversary, Shurka Bazaar will transform Madison Avenue, alongside Madison Square Park, into an urban oasis.  A Persian Bazaar of ancient times.  A fantastical experience of being transported to a destination through a cultural immersion, vivid as a memory and true to the imagination, yet far from anything one has ever experienced.

The event is free to the general public and is being held on Sunday, April 14, from 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Madison Avenue between 23rd and 26th Street.  Shurka Bazaar will attract a widely diverse audience that are global-minded and culture seeking consumers.  We anticipate over 140,000 visitors.  Immediate awareness and hype will be generated by our marketing campaign, thus delivering your brand to the savvy urban consumer.

Featured vendors include:

We are looking for all kinds of interesting vendors, Persian and non-Perisan vendors.  If you are interested in more info, please contact us.

 

March 30th! 7th Annual Persian New Year Celebration: Persian Music Intersects with 70s Funk | Jazz & Blues | Country

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NYC’s Persian Arts Festival, Inc. (PAF), an organization devoted to providing a platform for Persian artists and visionaries, joins forces with Le Poisson Rouge and other Persian cultural organizations to present a New Year extravaganza featuring Persian fusion from three of the city’s top-tiered bands.  Purchase tickets on LPR’s website.  Get up to date info on our Facebook event page.

The evening will be full of musical surprise and delight, featuring rare Persian grooves by DJ Payam, Rana Farhan’s unique blend of classic Persian poetry with contemporary jazz and blues, Vatan’s Persian-meets-country-rock sounds and a blast into the past with Mitra Sumara’s super group of New York City musicians that pay homage to the vibrant pop and funk music of 60s/70s Iran.  This year’s event is sponsored by the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS – www.simorgh-aiis.org), Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA – www.paaia.org) and Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB – http://www.iranianalliances.org/).

“Norooz”, literally translated as “New Day” in Farsi, is a holiday celebrated around the Spring Equinox by Persians, Kurds, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, Parsis, and other ethnic communities.  Norooz not only marks the rejuvenation of the earth but it also allows people to gather and share in their unique traditions.  New York City is the perfect city for the occasion, and the Persian Arts Festival Annual New Year Celebration is a guaranteed way to usher in the spring season with outstanding Persian traditional and contemporary arts and culture.

 

Artist Talk: A Conversation with Parviz Tanavoli

Monday, February 27th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran’s foremost artists, will be speaking with Melissa Chiu about his journey as Iran’s first significant modern sculptor. A central figure in the formation of the Saqqakhaneh School — a neo-traditional style of art that derives inspiration from Iranian folk art and culture — Tanavoli has created works in bronze, ceramic, fiberglass and scrap metal.
Tanavoli will discuss his early years as an artist, later as head of the sculpture department at Tehran University and his passion about Iran’s artistic heritage and craftsmanship, including rugs, locks and metalwork.
Click here to buy tickets.

Monday, February 27th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Asia Society | 725 Park Ave | NYC

Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran’s foremost artists, will be speaking with Melissa Chiu about his journey as Iran’s first significant modern sculptor. A central figure in the formation of the Saqqakhaneh School — a neo-traditional style of art that derives inspiration from Iranian folk art and culture — Tanavoli has created works in bronze, ceramic, fiberglass and scrap metal.

Tanavoli will discuss his early years as an artist, later as head of the sculpture department at Tehran University and his passion about Iran’s artistic heritage and craftsmanship, including rugs, locks and metalwork.

Click here to buy tickets.

 

The Film Society of LINCOLN CENTER presents the 49th edition of the NCY’s most prestigious films festival…

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (49TH ANNUAL NYFF)

Setpember 30 – October 16

at Alice Tully Hall, the Walter Reade Theatre, and Elinor Bunim Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center

for a full list of films and ticket information, go to http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011

The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.  Now in its 49th year, the festival’s main slate includes 27 films that will screen in the incomparable Alice Tully Hall from September 30 – October 16. THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL INCLUDES TWO IRANIAN FILMS we think you might be particularly excited about!

• A SEPARATION by Asghar Farhadi

Saturday, Oct 1: 6:00 pm | Sunday, Oct 2: 1:00 pm

SEPARATION ImageA critical and audience favorite at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear as well as acting prizes for all four lead performers, A Separation is an Iranian Rashomon of searing family drama that turns into an unexpectedly gripping legal thriller. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, begins with married couple Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) obtaining coveted visas to leave Iran for the United States, where Simin hopes to offer a better future to their 11-year-old daughter. But Nader doesn’t feel comfortable abandoning his elderly, Alzheimer’s-stricken father, and so the couple embark on a trial separation. To help care for the old man, Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat), a pregnant, deeply religious woman who takes the job unbeknownst to her husband (Shahab Hosseini), an out-of-work cobbler. Almost immediately there are complications, culminating in a sudden burst of violence that constantly challenges our own perceptions of who (if anyone) is to blame and what really happened. A Sony Pictures Classics release. More info: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/a-separation

COUNTRY: IRAN | PERSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | RUNNING TIME: 123M

• THIS IS NOT A FILM by Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Thursday, Oct 13: 6:00 pm

THIS IS NOT A FILM imageAccused of collusion against the Iranian regime and currently appealing a prison sentence and a ban from filmmaking, Jafar Panahi (a four-time NYFF veteran with films like Offside and Crimson Gold) collaborated with the documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb on a remarkable day-in-the-life chronicle that, as with many great Iranian films, finds a rich middle ground between fiction and reality. Shot with a digital camera and an iPhone, the movie is almost entirely confined to the director’s apartment, where he discusses his films and an unrealized script, while the outside world imposes itself through phone calls, television news, a few comic interruptions, and the sound of New Year’s fireworks. Far more than the modest home movie it initially seems to be, This Is Not a Film is an act of courage and a statement of political and moral conviction: surprising, radical, and enormously moving. More info: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/this-is-not-a-film

In addition, the 49th New York Film Festival will include more special screenings and events than ever before.  From debuts to forums to industry dialogues, the Film Society of Lincoln Center can’t wait to bring you a truly 360-degree view of the film world today.  Stay tuned for even more additions to this exciting list of programs!

http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/nyff-special-events

Film Society of Lincoln Center

165 West 65th Street

between Broadway and Amsterdam

the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater is on 65th Street near Amsterdam Avenue.

Buy Ticketes ONLINE here: http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011/pages/ticket-info/

VISIT OUR BOX OFFICES

Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65th Street, north side/upper level

Monday-Friday opens at 12:30pm, Saturday/Sunday opens one half hour before the first screening. Closes every day 15 minutes after the start of the last show. If there are no evening screenings, the box office closes at 6pm. For more information call 212 875 5601 during hours of operation.

The Film Society of LINCOLN CENTER presents the 49th edition of the NCY’s most prestigious films festival…
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (49TH ANNUAL NYFF)
Setpember 30 – October 16
at Alice Tully Hall, the Walter Reade Theatre, and Elinor Bunim Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center
for a full list of films and ticket information, go to http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.  Now in its 49th year, the festival’s main slate includes 27 films that will screen in the incomparable Alice Tully Hall from September 30 – October 16.
THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL INCLUDES TWO IRANIAN FILMS we think you might be particularly excited about!
• A SEPARATION by Asghar Farhadi
A critical and audience favorite at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear as well as acting prizes for all four lead performers, A Separation is an Iranian Rashomon of searing family drama that turns into an unexpectedly gripping legal thriller. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, begins with married couple Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) obtaining coveted visas to leave Iran for the United States, where Simin hopes to offer a better future to their 11-year-old daughter. But Nader doesn’t feel comfortable abandoning his elderly, Alzheimer’s-stricken father, and so the couple embark on a trial separation. To help care for the old man, Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat), a pregnant, deeply religious woman who takes the job unbeknownst to her husband (Shahab Hosseini), an out-of-work cobbler. Almost immediately there are complications, culminating in a sudden burst of violence that constantly challenges our own perceptions of who (if anyone) is to blame and what really happened. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
COUNTRY: IRAN | PERSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | RUNNING TIME: 123M
Sat Oct 1: 6:00 pm | Sun Oct 2: 1:00 pm
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/a-separation
• THIS IS NOT A FILM by Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Accused of collusion against the Iranian regime and currently appealing a prison sentence and a ban from filmmaking, Jafar Panahi (a four-time NYFF veteran with films like Offside and Crimson Gold) collaborated with the documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb on a remarkable day-in-the-life chronicle that, as with many great Iranian films, finds a rich middle ground between fiction and reality. Shot with a digital camera and an iPhone, the movie is almost entirely confined to the director’s apartment, where he discusses his films and an unrealized script, while the outside world imposes itself through phone calls, television news, a few comic interruptions, and the sound of New Year’s fireworks. Far more than the modest home movie it initially seems to be, This Is Not a Film is an act of courage and a statement of political and moral conviction: surprising, radical, and enormously moving.
Thu Oct 13: 6:00 pm
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/this-is-not-a-film
In addition, the 49th New York Film Festival will include more special screenings and events than ever before.  From debuts to forums to industry dialogues, the Film Society of Lincoln Center can’t wait to bring you a truly 360-degree view of the film world today.  Stay tuned for even more additions to this exciting list of programs!
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/nyff-special-events
Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 West 65th Street
between Broadway and Amsterdam
the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater is on 65th Street near Amsterdam Avenue.
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Monday-Friday opens at 12:30pm, Saturday/Sunday opens one half hour before the first screening. Closes every day 15 minutes after the start of the last show. If there are no evening screenings, the box office closes at 6pm. For more information call 212 875 5601 during hours of operation.

Here She Is To Save The Day! Artist Aphrodite Désirée Navab’s Photographic Narrative

In a new installation of photographs at New York City’s Skylight Gallery, Iranian-American artist Aphrodite Désirée Navab deals with geo-political issues between the Middle East and the United States through a cheeky visual hybrid of idealized American superhero motifs and traditional women’s garments from the Middle East.

In her new photography exhibition Super East-West Woman’s Sufi Dance: Egypt, which opens February 28th, 2011,Navab documented herself whirling through Egypt’s capital city of Cairo – armed with her superhero shirt and her chador (Islamic covering for women) which pulls double duty as her hero-cape.

“The Superman figure of popular Western culture is transformed into a Superwoman whose chador turns into a cape of agency” Navab said. The cheek of Navab’s art has allowed her to represent visually the ludicrous situations in which her cultural duality has placed her.

The exhibition was inspired by the mounting tensions between the U.S. and the Middle East – in particular Iran. Navab describes her motivation behind the piece “take[ing] shape in 2002 after President George W. Bush branded Iran as one of the three nations comprising an “axis of evil.” This reminded Navab of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, when Iran’s new leaders labeled the United States as “The Great Satan.”

Growing up in the USA, Navab was destined to critique the two nations and cultures that define her identity.The end result is a provocative, nostalgic, and pensive body of work which blends traditional Islamic elements with American popular culture. And, perhaps Super East-West Woman illustrates what Navab herself lives every day of her life: that these two cultures can most definitely live side by side in harmony, even beauty.

The exhibition will run from February 28-April 3, 2011, at the Skylight Gallery NYC. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am until 4pm. The gallery is located at 538 W 29th St. NY, NY 10001. For more information or inquiries, please contact Gallery Director Carla Goldberg at 646-772-2407, or via email at info@skylightgallerynyc.com.

Upcoming exhibitions of Aphrodite Navab include works featured at the Affordable Art Fair May 5-8, 2011 at 7W 34th St., NYC, as well as a solo exhibition opening September 6 running through October 1, 2011 at Soho 20 Chelsea, 547 W27th St., Suite 301, NYC.

Fri, Jan 28th – Three Faiths in the Form of a Fugue – Featuring Reza Aslan, Shirin Neshat and others!

This Friday, January 28th, the NY Public Library in partnership with BoomGen Studios is hosting a magical night of art & music entitled THREE FAITHS IN THE FORM OF A FUGUE. We’d love it if you’d join us.

The evening, hosted by our own Reza Aslan, will bring together the amazing Shirin Neshat on the written word in Islam, Alicia Jo Rabins performing poems set to music about women in the Torah, Salman Ahmad who will play traditional ghazals mixed with rock and roll, and Fabrice Hadjadj who will read on the Book of Job in a duet with Gregorian chant singer Damien Poisblaud.

Click here for more information on the event.

This event will SELL OUT. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible.  To purchase tickets go to http://www.showclix.com/event/16519 or call 1.888.718.4253