List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2005-04-29

    Sufism Symposium

    Bay Area - San Francisco Friday - April 29, 2005     03:00 PM

    Whirling dervishes, concert of Sufi music with Persian poetry on Friday, lectures, Sufi Women's meeting on Domestic Violence in Farsi. From 3 pm Friday, April 29 through 7 pm, Sunday, May 1. Embassy Suites Hotel, 250 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco. www. (415) 472-6959 (Farsi speaker on phone). Fees from $35. One, two or three-day tickets. Discounts for students and seniors.

    "The Struggle for Reform in Iran" Panel Discussion and Dinner at NYU Friday 4/29

    New York Friday - April 29, 2005     07:00 PM

    The Persian Cultural Society of New York University Presents:

    The Struggle for Reform in Iran: Challenges Internal and External

    -A Panel Presentation-

    Friday, April 29th, 7:00 pm

    Rosenthal Pavilion (10th floor)

    Kimmel Center (60 Washington Sq. Park South)

    *Dinner will be served*

    -Free and open to the public-


    Ervand Abrahamian, CUNY Distinguished Professor at the Department of History of Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, Baruch College, City University of New York

    Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies at Columbia University

    Elahé Sharifpour-Hicks, Program Director, Human Rights and Policy Group

    Moderated by: Leili Kashani, Doctoral student in the Department of Middle East Studies at NYU

    Ervand Abrahamian (B.A., M.A., Oxford University; Ph.D. Columbia University), an Armenian born in Iran and raised in England, is well qualified by education and experience to teach world and Middle East history. He has published Iran Between Two Revolutions, The Iranian Mojahedin, Khomeinism, Tortured Confessions, and Inventing the Axis of Evil. He teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center, and has taught at Princeton, New York University, and Oxford University. He is currently working on two books: one on The CIA Coup in Iran; and another, A History of Modern Iran, for Cambridge University Press.

    Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies. He received a dual Ph.D. in sociology of culture and Islamic studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. His research interests include the comparative study of cultures, the Islamic intellectual history, and the social and intellectual history of Iran, both modern and medieval. Dabashi's publications include Authority in Islam: From the Rise of Muhammad to the Establishment of the Umayyads (1989), Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1993), Truth and Narrative: The Untimely Thoughts of Ayn Al-Qudat Al-Hamadhani (1999), Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran (with Peter Chelkowski, 1999), and Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future (2001). His teaching at Columbia includes the graduate seminar on "Comparative Literature and Society," a graduate seminar on "Colonialism," "Cinema and Society in Asia and Africa," and "Iran: A Culture in History." As do many other members of Columbia faculty, Dabashi also teaches a section of Contemporary Civilization in Columbia College's core curriculum. He has also chaired the committee that administers the core curriculum. Dabashi is a member of the executive committee of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society.

    Leili Kashani is a doctoral student in the Departments of Middle Eastern Studies and History at New York University. She is an editor for the Arab Studies Journal and serves as a student Council Member in the International Society for Iranian Studies.

    Elahé Sharifpour-Hicks is a leading commentator and advocate on human rights issues in Iran. She is currently Program Director of the Human Rights and Policy Group in New York. She is a former Human Rights Officer of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq, and a former researcher for Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division. Ms. Sharifpour-Hicks is also a researcher and author of numerous human rights reports, e.g. on ethnic and religious minorities and is author of articles that have appeared in major newspapers, including the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. She has acted as a public speaker on human rights issues in venues such as The Asia Society, the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, the British House of Commons. She is member of a Council on Foreign Relations task force on U.S. – Iranian relations chaired by Zbigniew Brzezinski and has conducted five unique human rights fact-finding missions to Iran on behalf of Human Rights Watch between 1996 – 2002 (one of which involved attending the trial of the Iranian Jews in Shiraz). Ms. Sharifpour-Hicks is formerly a faculty of law and political science at Tehran University and received her LLB in law and political science from Tehran University (1982) and her LLM in international law from Fordham Law School (1991).

    A student id or valid government-issued id is required to enter the Kimmel Center

    For questions please email:

    NY-NJ Metro Potery Evening

    New Jersey Friday - April 29, 2005     08:00 PM

    Due to inclement weather, we were somewhat trepidatious whether we should take the buden of three plus hours of round excursion to spend the same amount of time in North New Jersey at the intersection I-80 and GSP to attend the Persian Poetry Night so as to pay tribute to the contemporary msater poet PARVIN ETESSAMI, The sensation of seeing friends and spending quality time with them overcame of tardiness and we drove down from northern Westchester to arrive sharply at 8:00 pm this Friday evening, as expected!

    It tuned out to be an unfogetable evening...

    Having striven in my short life to detoxify myself from that bad sense of cynicism and skepticism, simply because some of that has somehow been instilled in us since our upbringing, I at times resort to such sensation inadvertently. Nonetheless, I can not once again one iota to room for improvement of the event. It was simply spectacular. Both gender of cultural, ethnic, and religious polyverse were present, all under the banner of Persian Poetry and delicious Persian Cuisine. Every one emerged his/her body in the culinary indulgence while soul was richly fed with the poetry, and nostalgic stories and comic jest by one reader after another. The poetry was interspersed by the traditional music and lyrics performed by Mohandes Shahrokh Vafa, an humanist artist of over 30 years of acumens, who needs no introduction in the community.

    Well, those friends who missed this event, should not feel irreversibly awful, as we all APPRECIATIVELY persuade Dr. Jamshid and Mrs. Irani, the coordinators and hosts and several other good Samaritans involved to make this event a regular monthly event. So, be on the look out for next month announcement at and email listserves!

    With much ovations and applause, We remain


    Davood Rahni

    An Evening of Sufi Music and Persian Poetry

    Bay Area - San Francisco Friday - April 29, 2005     08:00 PM

    Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble and friends will appear in concert with poetry in Persian, Arabic and English. 8:00 pm, April 29, 2005. Embassy Suites Hotel, 250 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco. Part of the 3-day Sufism Symposium. $35; $25 students and seniors. (415) 472-6959 or

    Persian Music and Poetry

    Bay Area - San Francisco Friday - April 29, 2005     08:00 PM

    An evening of Sufi music and poetry in Farsi, Arabic and English with Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble. At the Sufism Symposium, Embassy Suites Hotel, 250 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco. Friday, April 29, 8:00 pm. $35 or $25 student and senior. (415) 472-6959. or

    Rushid at Chatanoga

    Bay Area - South Bay Friday - April 29, 2005     09:00 PM

    rushid is once again back to chatanooga.....

    he's back there after a few years and anxious to rock the house......

    there's also great dj as well.....


    off of elcamino real

    santa clara



    408 241 1200

    no cover charge

    come enjoy the music and dancing and most importantly great food at chatanooga

    Darband Party

    Orange County Friday - April 29, 2005     09:30 PM

    Darband Party
    Two Rooms
    DJ Spinning Persian, Turkish, Arabic, HipHop & Trance

    When: Friday April 29, 2005 Doors Open at 9:30 pm
    Where: TUTTO MARE
    545 Newport center Drive
    Newport Beach CA 92660 MAP
    21 and over
    Ladies FREE Before 11:00pm
    Dress To Impress
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