5th Annual Persian Arts Festival — MARCH 26 — TICKETS ON SALE NOW

5th Annual Persian Arts Festival
Saturday, March 26, 2011
6pm doors; 7pm show


92YTribeca 200 Hudson Street, New York City
Tickets on sale now http://www.92y.org/shop/92Tri_series_detail.asp?productid=T-MM5PM99


“Our Sweet Life by the Pacific Ocean” stage reading starring Shohreh Aghdashloo and Houshang Touzie
*World Premier*


From the acclaimed writer, producer and actor, Houshang Touzie, comes the hilarious story about an Iranian man struggling to provide for his family, revive the passion in his marriage and communicate with a rebellious son raised far from what once was “home.” Join us at 92YTribeca for this concert-style reading, starring the Emmy award-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo and Touzie himself.


Directed by Shidan Majidi and produced by Noor Theatre and Persian Arts Festival, this is an event not to be missed.


Richard Jeffrey Newman / Amir Vahab / Like a Phoenix From the Ashes / DJ Payam


A celebration of Persian arts and culture featuring literature, music and film.

Starting off the late show portion of the night, Richard Jeffrey Newman http://www.richardjnewman.com reads from The Teller of Tales (Junction Press), his newly published translation of the first five kings’ stories in Ferdowsi’s Shahnahmeh.

Hailed by The New York Times as the “ambassador for a silenced music,” Amir Vahab is one of New York’s most celebrated and distinguished composer / vocalists of traditional sufi and folk music and will perform a spectacular set of music featuring songs of the Ancient land of the Middle East.

Pomegranates calligraphyRounding out the night will be a screening of “Like A Phoenix From The Ashes” — a psychedelic visual feast of ultra-rare and vintage film from ’60s/’70s Iran, culled and curated from hundreds of hours and endless stacks of VHS and film of flicks from the pre-revolution glory years. Curated by Mahssa Taghinia and Tom Fitzgerald, edited and “collaged” by Tom Fitzgerald, and soundtracked with an exclusive Persian mash-up mix done by Finders Keepers founder Andy Votel. The music paired with this rare film footage can be found on the critically acclaimed release “Pomegranates” featuring Persian folk and funk that will have everyone on their feet.

Musical ambiance will also be provided by DJ Payam throughout the evening, spinning rare grooves from around the globe.

Art Installation: A PAF original Haftseen, showcasing a collection of artwork creating a one-of-a-kind public display. The Haftseen, or the seven ‘S’s is a traditional celebratory table setting of Norooz, the Persian New Year. The items symbolically correspond to seven creations and sacred immortals protecting them. Curated by PAF Art Director, Pooneh Maghazehe.

AIIrS American Institute of Iranian Studies

New York University Persian Club

IAAB Iranian Alliances Across Borders
PAAIA Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans
CISA Columbia Iranian Students Association

Noor Theater, 92Y Tribeca & all their staff,more to come,,,adding more everyday!

PAF to co-sponsor CD release Pomegranates: Like A Phoenix From The Ashes at Walter Reade Theater August 12th

More info soon.

August 12th @ Walther Reade Theater NYC
“Like A Phoenix From The Ashes” – a night dedicated to film and music from Iran in the 60s & 70s.

Tickets are available starting Thursday July 22nd through the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center -165 W 65th St New York NY 10023.’


6/12 Iranian Cultural Festival – Riverside Theater NYC

Iranian Village flier

The landmark Riverside Theater in NYC is hosting a day-long ‘IRANIAN Cultural Festival’ on Saturday June 12, 2010. This is a non-political community festival to celebrate the arts and culture of Iran, and is OPEN and FREE to all. This is a chance to introduce Iran properly to different communities.

Programming includes:

Wedding Sofreyeh Aghd display
Seasonal shrines display: Haft-Seen etc.
Books and educational displays
Face painting and other children’s programming
Traditional/Mahali costumes
Divination through Persian poetry (Faleh Hafez)
DVD of historical sites such as Persepolis, etc.
Ajeel/Shirini/foods for sale
Write your name in Persian and/or Calligraphy
Persian musical instruments and artifacts display
Backgammon display/workshop
Jewelry making

This FREE festival runs from 2-9 PM on Saturday June 12, 2010 at the Riverside Church, where Persian food will be available all day.

FREE musical and dance performances starting at 7 PM. Artists include Ballet Afsaneh dancers, spoken word/poetry/music by Niloufar Talebi and Bobak Salehi, and Sufi Rock by HAALE!

RIverside Theater New York City, 490 Riverside Drive New York, New