List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2006-12-16

    4th Annual Vancouver Antiwar Film Festival

    Vancouver Saturday - December 16, 2006     11:00 AM

    Saturday December 16 @ 11:00am-9:00pm

    Sunday December 17 @ 10:00am-9:00pm

    *US vs THEM*

    Vancouver's 4th Annual Antiwar Film Festival

    >>2 days! 22 Films! 7 different languages *spanish, english, portugese, farsi-dari, arabic, french, korean* from 16 different countries!

    >>ALL FREE!

    WHERE? Britannia Community Center - 1661 Napier St (on Commercial Drive at Napier St) East Vancouver


    for full program!

    A Night In Persia

    Bay Area - East Bay Saturday - December 16, 2006     06:00 PM

    Shahrzad Dance Academy presents

    A Night in Persia

    ~ Celebrating 10 Years Of Persian Dance In The Bay Area and Beyond~

    Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley

    1 Lawson Rd. Kensington, ca

    Saturday December 16, 2006 at 6 p.m.

    Shahrzad Dance Academy, s dance school dedicated to bringing exposure to the art of Persian dance, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Since 1996, the non-profit organization has provided on-going classes in Persian dance for children and adults in the Bay Area, presented educational lecture-demonstrations at schools and libraries, produced many dance concerts, performed at various festivals and events in the community and nationally, and has recently performed in an international performing arts festival in Lahore, Pakistan. The organization also produces instructional and performance videos/DVDs.

    The anniversary gala, titled “A Night In Persia”, will feature a dance performance by the Academy students as well as company performers, a Persian feast, a silent auction, and DJ dancing to popular Persian (and non-Persian) dance music.

    WHAT: A Night In Persia

    WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 6 p.m.

    WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley

    1 Lawson Rd. Kensington (Off of Moeser and Arlington Blvd.)

    TICKETS: $35/general

    $20/kids 12 & under

    10% discount on groups of 10 or more


    (925) 462-6691


    Yalda in New Jersey

    New Jersey Saturday - December 16, 2006     06:00 PM
    Iranian Muslim Association of Eastern United States

    Come join us as we celebrate the L-O-N-G-E-S-T Night of the Year
    in Our Festive Traditions of...

    "SHAB-e YALDA"

    Saturday, DEC. 16TH 6:00pm

    The Program to Include:


    For the latest information, please visit:
    66 East Pierrepont Avenue Rutherford, NJ 07070
    (201) 414-7575

    Join us for Pizza & Bowling to celebrate the Yalda Celebration-Saturday, December 16, 2006

    Bay Area Saturday - December 16, 2006     06:30 PM

    Dear Friends:

    Join us for Pizza & Bowling to celebrate the Yalda Celebration - Winter Solstice.

    Join us on Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 6:30 pm for an evening of pizza & beer at the famous Mission Pizza and bowling aftward at Cloverleafbowl bowling alley!!!

    So bring your smiles & friends for an evening of fun, food, laughter and friendship.

    Mission Pizza
    1572 Washington Blvd
    Fremont, CA 94539
    (510) 651-6858

    Afterward at the Clover Leaf Bowl

    40645 Fremont Blvd # 3
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 656-4411

    Please RSVP at, so I will know how many people to expect no later than
    Friday, December 15, 2006.

    Hope to See Everyone
    Bay area Persian Social Club & Recreation ™

    Yalda in Boston

    Boston Saturday - December 16, 2006     07:00 PM


    Please join us to celebrate this year's YALDA together.

    Saturday December 16th
    Watertown Middle School, Doors will open at 7:00 PM.
    Tickets for Members & Students: $15
    Non-members: $20
    Children: (2 -12)$8.00
    At the door: $25
    Tickets can be purchased at Super Heroes and MobeyDick.

    Enjoy the beautiful Korsi, Fale Hafez, Theatre, Traditional
    music, Deklameh, Dance performance, Hame Khani.
    Ageel, sweets, fruits, Laboyeh Dagh and tea will be served.

    If you would like to sponsor a table and display your work
    please contact us at
    For more information please call KHANEH-YE IRAN at
    KHANEH-YE IRAN is temporally located at 83 Spring St. Watertown, MA.

    Yalda in Portland, OR

    Oregon - Portland Saturday - December 16, 2006     07:30 PM, Winter Solstice Celebration: A Night with Persian Mystic Poets Hafiz and Rumi, December 16, 2006, 7:30p.m.
    Multicultural Center (Room 228), Smith Memorial Student Union Building
    Portland State University
    1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97207
    Admission is free. All are welcome.
    Yalda has been a traditional feast of Persia since the time of Zarathustra. The word Yalda has the same origin as the commonly used word ‘tavallud’, i.e. birthday. In literature about Yalda there are references to Mithra, the Persian Sun God, whose birthday coincides with the ancient celebration of the Winter Solstice on December 21st. Being the longest night of the year, the night of December 21st is believed to be a cold and dark night (shab-i siyah-uw sard/shab-i chillih) in which the evil forces personified by Ahriman are at the peak of their strength. To ward off these forces Persians stay awake, kindle candles, tell stories, and recite from the mystical verses of Hafiz with hopes of seeing the dawn after Yalda and foreseeing a bright future. Therefore the end of the night represents the victory over the forces of evil by the forces of good personified by Ahura Mazda and this may be observed in nature as of the 22nd of December when the days get longer and the nights shorter.
    [The Mysteries of Mithra by Franz Cumont has some references to Mithraism and above-mentioned points]

    Every year Persia House celebrates Yalda, Winter Solstice in the Third week of December at Portland State University from 7:30 to 10:30pm. On this night the great thirteenth-century Persian mystic poets Hafiz and Rumi are honored.

    Shiva Rose in DAVID & LAYLA at Berlin Kurdish Film Festival

    Europe - Germany Saturday - December 16, 2006     08:00 PM

    18 Official Selections, 4 Wins.

    Shiva Rose, the first Persian American actress in a lead role in an English-speaking feature, just won "Best Breakthrough Performance Award- see IMDB and Iranian of The Day at

    "Shiva Rose (as Layla) excels as a self-reliant damsel in distress worth rooting for." VARIETY.

    Director, who won 'Spirit of Independent Award', will introduce the film.

    DAVID & LAYLA is making a Guiness Book of Records by being Official Selections not only at regular film fests but also at 'Conflict Resolution' and 'Human Rights' fests, as well as at 'Love' and 'Romantic' film fests!

    From an impossible romance, a hope (a fantasy!) for peace: David & Layla- a Jewish Muslim Politcal Romantic Comedy. Set in New York, inspired by a true story.

    "This new comedy about young loves and the large ethnic families (on both sides) that stand between them could have been just another My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but its originality and insight set it apart. This outright charmer by Jay Jonroy has the potential of being a broad crowd-pleaser, along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Only David and Layla is a superior variation on that film, with unexpected insights…” Joe Baltake.

    Yalda in New Mexico

    New Mexico Saturday - December 16, 2006     08:00 PM

    Yalda Celebration
    Occurrences: Dates: Saturday, Dec 16 2006
    Times: 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM

    Presented by: Iranian Cultural Society of New Mexico
    Location: Student Union Building, Ballroom B
    City: Albuquerque
    Address: University of New Mexico
    Description: Iranians traditionally celebrate Yalda (the longest night of the year), and welcome winter, by getting together with their family and friends, and feasting on variety of traditional foods and pastries.
    Contact: Afsaneh
    Ticket Prices: free
    Event Categories: Community Events

    International Fever

    Bay Area - San Francisco Saturday - December 16, 2006     09:00 PM

    The Hottest International event in the US

    @ Casbah Club San Mateo(Bay Area)

    DJ Malek

    DJ Nile

    DJ Doedi

    DJ Rami

    more info

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