International Cinema: Iranian Films at Filmfest DC 2011

Persianesque Staff

The 25th annual Washington, DC International Film Festival (Filmfest DC) runs from April 7th, 2011 through April 17th, 2011, and once again brings the best of new international cinema to the nation’s capital including World Premieres, DC Premieres, Official Foreign Language Film Oscar® Selections and international headliners and award winners.

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Elizabeth Taylor in Iran: Firooz Zahedi’s Photos at LACMA

Persianesque Staff

 

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) exhibition of Iranian-American mega-photographer, Firooz Zahedi‘s work featuring Elizabeth Taylor entitled: Elizabeth Taylor in Iran: 
Photographs by Firooz Zahedi, will be on display until June 12, 2011.

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Book of Kings: Shahnameh Exhibit at Asia Society Museum

Persianesque Staff

Asia Society Museum presents an exquisite fifteenth-century manuscript commissioned by the Timurid prince Muhammad Juki (1402–1444).

This rarely exhibited volume, now in the collection of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, features more than thirty richly painted and illuminated miniatures that illustrate scenes from the Persian national epic, the Shahnameh (Book of Kings).

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Theater: It’s Not About Pomegranates!

Persianesque Staff

Darvag Theater presents It’s not about Pomegranates!, a new play by: Sepideh Khosrowjah, directed by; Hamid Ehya, with Ana Bayat King & Richard Reinholdt–the recipient of San Francisco Bay Guardian Upstage/Downstage Award and currently nominated for the 2010 Best Male Performer Award by The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle–at The Boxcar Playhouse in San Francisco, CA.

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Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize: Finalists Announced

Persianesque Staff

On Monday 14th March, 2011, the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) chair judge announced the finalists of MOP CAP 2011.

The eight finalists include Niyaz Azadikhah, Shahrzad Changalvee, Mehdi Farhadian, Arash Fayez, Babak Golkar, Dariush Nehdaran, Hesam Rahmanian and Shirin Sabahi.

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Eco-Friendly Art: Treeless Genius Pad

Persianesque Staff

This year, UK-based industrial design team, Arash + Kelly are planning to take their environmental initiatives one step further by making their Genius Pads and sticky notes from non-Tree, waste pulp–collected from crop farms–turned into unbleached paper.

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Fairly Legal: Exclusive Interview with Sarah Shahi

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos

Busy being a mom, wife, and actress, Sarah Shahi shows off sides to her acting skills that few knew existed in her new USA Network show, Fairly Legal.

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Iran Beyond Censorship: YBCA to Showcase Jafar Panahi and Abbas Kiarostami Films

Jackie Hasa

As if things couldn’t get worse for Iranian artists, world-renowned filmmaker Jafar Panahi was recently sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making films for twenty years.

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International Art: Sowing Seeds

Persianesque Staff

Having organized an International Artist Village Residency called Sowing Seeds–which ran for most of December 2010 in Andore, India–Kaman Art Foundation’s most recent art initiative, Bhupat Dudi, successfully showcased artists from seven countries including: France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, USA, and Vietnam.

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Collaboration: Bebe 2011 Collection Inspired by 90210?

Persianesque Staff

When Bebe announced their plans to mix retail and TV personalities by joining CBS Consumer Products to develop a line of clothing inspired by the “items worn by various characters on [90210]”, Bebe for 90210, it didn’t seem completely out of character for the semi-luxury brand.

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Iranian Lesbians: Circumstance, by Maryam Keshavarz

Persianesque Staff

The reviews are in!

Iranian-American writer and director, Maryam Keshavarz’s film Circumstance, which is about a forgotten (or perhaps unrecognized group) that exists in Iran, lesbians, makes a big splash at the Sundance Film Festival 2011.

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Mid East Art: Meem Gallery, Dar al Funoon Present Parviz Tanavoli Book Launch

Persianesque Staff

Parviz Tanavoli: Monograph, is the most extensive catalogue raisonné on the artist to date.

The book includes over 250 color plates displaying his sculptures from the early 1960s to his most recent work.

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Undaunted Art: Interview with Iranian Artist, Shoja Azari

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos

His work is brave (as his first name, Shoja, suggests, in Persian), cleverly inquisitive, and unaffected.

And yet, these aren’t the only reasons why we find ourselves seduced by Shoja Azari’s très originale aesthetic.

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Make a Donation: Support the Omid Foundation by Shopping Online

Persianesque Staff

The Omid Foundation Shopping Mall is a unique online shopping experience where you can shop for the things you normally buy from your favorite stores and brands, with the same prices you normally pay.
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