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

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

92YTRIBECAlogo_sm72dpi

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

EARLY SHOW:

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

http://www.92y.org/shop/92Tri_event_detail.asp?productid=T-MM5PM10

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.

NoorTheater_Logo_color72dpi

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

LATE SHOW:

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

http://www.92y.org/shop/92Tri_event_detail.asp?productid=T-MM5PM11

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.

FESTIVAL SPONSORS
AIIrS American Institute of Iranian Studies

PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS
New York University Persian Club

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

FOLKS TO THANK FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS
Noor Theater, 92Y Tribeca & all their staff,more to come,,,adding more everyday!

PAF Shab-e Yalda Celebration: An Evening of Music and Poetry

PAF Presents: An Evening of Music and Poetry, in celebration of Shab-e Yalda

Saturday, December 11th, 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Featuring Hafez and Ferdowsi in translation and Persian; Performances by Iraj Anvar, Elizabeth Gray and Richard Jeffrey Newman

$10 suggested donation

Bowery Poetry Club / 308 Bowery / NYC 10012 / Subway to 2nd Avenue F train

Begin celebrating the upcoming winter solstice at this special PAF event.

IrajIraj Anvar co-founder and a director of the Tehran Theater Workshop, is translator of two collections of ghazals of Jalal al-Din Rumi, specializing in reciting of classical Persian poetry.  He holds a doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Literature and has over 25 years of teaching experience at major institutions and universities in both the U.S. and Iran. He played and recited Rumi in “Rumi / In the Blink of the Eye” directed by Robert Wilson in May 2007, in the Athens Festival, in Warsaw in February 2008 and in the Theater Festival of Ravenna in the spring of 2008. He also read Rumi’s poetry in the celebration of the UN for the 800th anniversary of Rumi in June 2007. He is currently teaching Persian Language and Culture at Brown University.

LizGrayElizabeth T. Gray, Jr. is a poet, scholar, translator, and a consultant to corporations forming or managing complex negotiations or alliances. The Green Sea of Heaven, her translations of Iran’s major medieval mystical lyric poet Hafiz-i Shirazi (d. 1389), was published by White Cloud Press in 1995 (The Green Sea of Heaven, a CD produced with Reza Derakhshani, was released in 2002). With Mr. Derakshani, Iraj Anvar, and others, she has recited and performed her translations at Harvard and Brown Universities; the Foundation for Iranian Studies; the Sackler Museum in Washington, D. C.; at Sufi Books and the Open Center in New York City; and for the Canadian Broadcasting Company.  New translations of Iranian poems of dissent will appear in Poetry International in 2011.  She lives in New York City.

pedestal-readingRichard Jeffrey Newman, Poet, trans­la­tor, essay­ist and edu­ca­tor, Richard Jef­frey New­man is the author of The Silence Of Men (CavanKerry Press, 2006), a book of his own poems, as well as Selec­tions from Saadi’s Gulis­tan and Selec­tions from Saadi’s Bus­tan (Global Schol­arly Pub­li­ca­tions, 2004 & 2006 respec­tively), trans­la­tions of two mas­ter­pieces of 13th cen­tury Iran­ian poetry. He also co-translated with Pro­fes­sor John Moyne all of the poetry in A Bird in the Gar­den of Angels (Mazda Pub­lish­ers, 2008), a selec­tion of work by Rumi, also from 13th cen­tury Iran. In addi­tion, he has com­pleted a verse trans­la­tion of a book-length sec­tion of Shah­nameh, the Per­sian national epic. Richard Jef­frey New­man served as Per­sian Arts Festival’s first Lit­er­ary Arts Direc­tor, and he con­tin­ues to co-curate the monthly Shab-e She’r (Night of Per­sian Poetry).

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.’

http://www.filmlinc.com/

Sat July 17th – PAF Shab-e She’r Featuring Zara Houshmand and Extended Open Mic!

ZaraSaturday, July 17, 2010  4 – 6 pm

Bowery Poetry Club / 308 Bowery / NYC 10012 / Subway to 2nd Avenue F train

This special edition of our Persian poetry series will feature Zara Houshmand, an Iranian-American writer who lives in Austin, Texas. Her work includes poetry, theatre, virtual reality translation, and editing the “Mind & Life” dialogues between the Dalai Lama and scientists. Her poetry has been published in online and print literary journals. Her most recent book is A Mirror Garden (A. A. Knopf, 2007), a memoir co-authored with Monir Farmanfarmaian.

This event will also feature an extended open mic portion.  We are opening the stage to any and all readers, artists, musicians who would like to read or perform their own work or recite works by other poets.  A special appearance by PAF Founder, Mona Kayhan, will be among the readers!  Works can be in Persian or English, bearing some connection to Iran or Iranian/Persian culture.  Sign up to read at the event or early sign-up by email poetry@persianartsfestival.org.

Persian Arts Festival (PAF) revived Shab-e She’r, A Night of (Persian) Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) but with a modern spin.  Our program expands what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs. 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.

June 16th, PAF presents: Shab-e She’r feat. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Martyrdom StreetJune 16, 2010 6pm-7:30pm
PAF presents: Shab-e She’r feat. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet!

Bowery Poetry Club / 308 Bowery / NYC 10012 / Subway to 2nd Avenue F train

Our June 16th Shab-e She’r series will feature Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet! Professor Kashani-Sabet teaches Middle Eastern history and directs the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and completed her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in history at Yale University.  This event will celebrate the recent publication of her first novel, Martyrdom Street, published by Syracuse University Press. She has started a second novel and hopes to complete a series of children’s books in the future.

Her book, Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946 (Princeton University Press, 1999) looks at the significance of land and border disputes in Iranian nationalism, with attention to Iran’s shared boundaries with the Ottoman Empire (and later Iraq and Turkey), Russia, Afghanistan and the Gulf states. Frontier Fictions is currently being translated into Persian by Kitabsara Press, Iran.

Professor Kashani-Sabet has also finished a book entitled, Conceiving Citizens: Women, Sexuality, and Religion in Modern Iran (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2010). She is also completing a book on America’s historical relationship with Iran and the Islamic world entitled, The Making of the ‘Great Satan’: A History of US – Iranian Relations (under contract with Princeton University Press). In addition to pursuing her academic work, Professor Kashani-Sabet spends time writing fiction.

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. To sign up to read, please email poetry@persianartsfestival.org.

This event will be streamed LIVE at http://www.bowerypoetry.com!

Persian Arts Festival (PAF) revived Shab-e She’r, A Night of (Persian) Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) but with a modern spin. Our program expands what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs. 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.

An invitation to participate in “The American in Paris is an Iranian in New York”, by Amir Parsa

amirparsa

“An invitation to TAKE PART in Amir Parsa’s unfolding Kanto I.2, ‘The American in Paris is an Iranian in New York’ on amirparsa.net.

You can contribute to this scriptage and cumulation starting now and on June 12 from 9 to 3 east. with live exchanges while Amir and friends meander though Paris streets with stops at specific sites, reading and writing multiple parallel narratives.

HERE’S HOW:
a/help begin, write and end parallel fragments of kantô I.2;
b/comment or critique;
c/interpret;
d/chronicle;
e/whatever else you fancy, and/or
f/any possible hybrids (that should cover everything!) to get a new type of text.

For more info, go to amirparsa.net and ‘The American in Paris is an Iranian in New York’.”

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

Persian Arts Festival Norooz Celebration, Sat. March 20, 7pm!

PAF ladiesThe Persian Arts Festival’s Annual Norooz Celebration!

Sat, March 20, 2010

7pm – 9:30 pm, $12 admission

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery / NYC 10012 / Subway to 2nd Avenue F train

Live Music by Haale, whose songs are trance-inducing, rhythmically propulsive, and lyrically engaging
tapestries that draw on both Persian mystical and American psychedelic musical traditions.

Readings by PAF’s feat Shab-e She’r authors and poets:
Said Sayrafiezadeh, Amir Parsa, Soraya Shalforoosh, Solmaz Shari, Dalia Sofer, Kaveh Bassiri, Roger Sedarat, Richard Jeffrey Newman and Niloufar Talebi!

Join us for PAF’s annual Persian New Year Celebration! This Norooz will feature distinguished authors and guests of our last three seasons of Shab-e She’r as they ring in the New Year by reciting newly written pieces that celebrate the rite of spring. This will pave the way for a smashing performance by Persian Sufi rocker, Haale! For more info on Haale, go to http://haale.com/index.htm.

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, Tribes.org, 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.

bpc logo

308 Bowery, NYC 10012
Nearest subway is the 2nd Avenue F train or also close is the 6 train at Bleeker.

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 www.bowerypoetry.com!

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.