List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2007-09-27

    S. F. Human Rights Commission Public Hearing

    Bay Area - San Francisco Thursday - September 27, 2007     04:30 PM

    S. F. Human Rights Commission Public Hearing

    In August of 2006, about 100 Iranian scholars, professional engineers and family members traveled to the United States to attend the 4th International reunion of Sharif University of Technology which was held in Santa Clara , CA from August 4-6th. The focus of the reunion was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the university and to discuss Natural Disaster Management with emphasis on Earthquake and Tsunami.

    The participants were traveling with valid visas and their ports of entries were San Francisco , Los Angeles , New York , and several other major cities throughout the United States . Upon their arrival in the United States , they were met by Customs and Border protection at their arriving gates and were later informed their visas had been revoked and they were denied entry into the United States .

    About thirty of the participants arrived at the San Francisco International Airport and half of them were deported to their country of origin on the next available flight on the same date. The remaining individuals were deported the next day. They were fingerprinted, handcuffed, interrogated, separated from other family members, including children, and incarcerated in the Santa Clara County jail over night while arrangements were made for a returned flight to their countries of origin. None were charged with any crime but instead were forced to return to their country of origin.

    Each year, the United States Customs and Border Protection estimates that 520 non-criminal individuals arrive in San Francisco and are determined inadmissible. Approximately 200 of those individuals are accommodated on return flights in a timely manner. The remaining 320 are turned over to the Department of Detention and Removal for transport to the Santa Clara County jail until a return flight can be arranged.

    In August and September of last year, as the result of this incident, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission heard the group’s complaints and was outraged with the treatment of innocent individuals. The Commission began the process to request appropriate steps to be taken to prevent the incarceration of innocent visitors to San Francisco with invalid visas or where valid visas have been revoked.

    After a year of investigation and collaboration, the Human Rights Commission achieved its objective. Both the United States Customs and Boarder Protection and the Airport Commission responded promptly and cooperatively to the issue by designating an area within the Airport as a holding facility for visitors to San Francisco whose visas have been revoked or canceled and are deemed inadmissible. Even though San Francisco Airport is not a 24 hour airport, with the cooperation of the Customs and Border Protection and the Airport Commission, the required securities were put in place and this lounge is now open 24 hours.

    This new facility has been named Turquoise Lounge in honor of the Iranian visitors to San Francisco who prompted its creation. This lounge offers individuals a more humane setting while they await their departing flights. It contains amenities such as reclining leather chairs, television, magazines, toys, telephone and food – a comfortable lounge to preserve and protect the decorum and the human rights of the individuals. Turquoise Lounge opened on August 1st and since its opening, it has housed over 100 individuals overnight.

    On behalf of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, I would like to extend our heartfelt and most sincere apologies to all the visitors who had to endure such harsh treatments. By creating this lounge, we are gratified that all individuals are treated with dignity which is the birth right of every human being.

    On Thursday, September 27th, the Human Rights Commission is holding a Press Conference for the grand opening of the Turquoise Lounge. On the same date, the commission is holding a Public Hearing at 4:30 PM at the City Hall, Room 406 to hear the results of its investigation and its impact.

    Hearing date: Thursday, September 27
    Time: 4:30 PM
    Location: San Francisco City Hall
    4th Floor, Room 406

    You are cordially invited to join the commission and the community leaders and be a part of this historic event.

    We look forward to seeing you on September 27th at 4:30 PM.


    Human Rights Commission
    Committee Chair

    Gathering for release of DARUNI: a limited edition book

    Bay Area - San Francisco Thursday - September 27, 2007     05:30 PM

    Gathering for release of DARUNI: a limited edition book
    documenting Hadi Tabatabai's work with essays by Maria Porges &
    Melissa Feldman, THR, Sept 27, 5:30-7:30, Gensler, 2 Harrison St,
    Suite 400, San Francisco. Info: 415-260-6732 or info@topause. com

    Lecture- Sacramento,CA - Dr. Elahi

    California - Sacramento Thursday - September 27, 2007     07:00 PM

    Dr Elahi, Currently Attending Catholic University of Washington, will Lecture at Noor Cultural Center In Sacramento.

    Program Also will include prayer, Dinner and Iftar.

    Attendance is free.

    You and your Familly are invited.


    9144 Oak Avenue.

    Orangevale,Ca 95662>

    KAWEH Presents "An Evening of Rumba Flamenca & Salsa

    California - Sacramento Thursday - September 27, 2007     07:30 PM

    KAWEH Presents "An Evening of Rumba Flamenca & Salsa
    with special guest Jose Manuel Blanco "El Grillo" from Spain.
    Cuban Vocalist/Guitarist "Kenia Rodriguez
    Latin Bay Area Percussionist "Willie Garza"
    Uruguayan Congero "Edgardo Cambon"
    Oakland based Bassist "David Belove"

    Saturday September 29, 2007 at Harlow's in Sacramento
    Address: 2708 J Street Sacramento, CA 95816
    Tickets: $18 in advance $22 at the door Age: 21+
    VIP seating is available through Harlow's (916)441-4693
    Ticket Sales: 408.455.0260 -

    Saturday October 13, 2007 at Don Quixote in Felton (Santa Cruz area)
    Time: 8PM Tickets: $14 in advance $16 at the door Age: 21+

    Friday November 16, 2007 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, Ca
    KAWEH presents the "Sol Y Luna" Reunion Concert
    Address: 859 O'Farrell Street San Francisco, CA 94109
    Doors: 8PM KAWEH Ensemble: 9PM Sol Y Luna Reunites at: 10PM
    Tickets: $30 in advance $35 at the door VIP: $55/$75 in advance

    Monika Jalili : Noorsaaz

    California - Pasadena Thursday - September 27, 2007     08:00 PM

    Concert at Ramo Auditorium

    California Institute of Technology

    332 S. Michigan Ave.

    Pasadena, California


    Phone: (626) 395-4652 or toll free (888) 222-5832

    Tickets: $15 in advance at box office and at the door if available.

    Student and senior discount available with ID>

    Monika Jalili and Noorsaaz concert in Irvine

    California - Pasadena Thursday - September 27, 2007     08:00 PM

    For American and Iranian audiences alike…

    New York based classically trained vocalist singing Persian Folk and Pop songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s - - for the first time ever - - sings live for the LA and Orange County based audiences. After touring the U.S., Europe, and Canada, Ms. Jalili and her NoorSaaz quartet tour California in a three concert series this week 09/27-29/2007 in Pasadena, Thousand Oaks and Irvine at Concordia University. Tickets for the Saturday 09/29/2007 show in Irvine are $20.

    Here are the websites for more information on the group and the LA and Irvine concert series:

    The group will be performing at 8 pm on:

    Thursday, 09/27/2007, Pasadena California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), at Ramo Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave, Pasadena CA 626-395-4652 and 888-222-5832.

    Friday, 09/28/2007, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Janet and Ray Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, California, Box, 805-449-2782.

    Saturday, 09/29/2007, Irvine, Concordia University, the CU Center, 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, California, , 818-935-5176, or . Tickets are also available at Super Irvine (949-552-8844) at 14120 Culver drive in Irvine at the corner of Culver and Walnut and at Crown Market at Mission Viejo at 27771 Ctr. Drive (949-340-1010).

    The Noorsaaz group propels some unique musical nuances that begin with its singer, Ms. Monika Jalili, a classically trained singer with a vocal performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Utilizing the musical training and backgrounds of the other talented musicians in the quartet, the group builds a cultural bridge to American and Iranian audiences alike with songs sang in Farsi and translated into English. The three websites included above provide additional information on the strengths of this group and Ms. Monika Jalili. The group performs “Persian folk standards with love songs from the thriving pop scene of pre-revolutionary Iran in the 1950s, 60s and 1970s. NoorSaaz is a portmanteau word combining "Noor" meaning light with "Saaz" meaning both creator and musical instrument. The response to both the CD and live performances by the group has been tremendous, including over 350,000 hits on the web cast of NoorSaaz's concert from Trinity Church in Manhattan in late 2005.”

    Noorsaaz is a NY based group with performance tours in the U.S, Europe, Dubai, and Canada. “Noorsaaz brings to life the rich history of Iranian culture through its original orchestration, use of traditional and non-traditional instruments, as well as lyrics in Persian, English and French.” (

    The Modernist Society w/ Porochista Khakpour

    Washington DC Thursday - September 27, 2007     08:00 PM

    On the last Thursday of each month, The Modernist Society gathers at Bourbon in Adams Morgan for an evening of drinking, dancing, and discourse. This month's guest is Iranian-born author, Porochista Khakpour. Join us for a conversation with the young novelist about her new book, Sons and Other Flammable Objects, followed by soul, funk, and international future classics spun by DJs D-Mac and Neville C.

    The Modernist Society

    Thursday, September 27

    8pm-2am (Interview at 9)

    Complimentary Belevedere vodka from 8-9

    No cover / 21+


    2321 18th Street NW

    Washington DC

    Film: Young Republic Screening

    Bay Area - San Francisco Thursday - September 27, 2007     08:00 PM

    Missed the screening of YOUNG REPUBLIC at Artists' Television Access or down in LA at VCFILMFEST? Have an extremely busy schedule this fall? Well, you're in luck. A twenty minute version (with some new edits!) of my film will be featured at the 2007 APAture festival in San Francisco. Other filmmakers' work will be showcased in a engaging evening of the arts & video.
    WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 27th at 8:00 PM
    WHERE: Victoria Theatre 2961 16th Street, SF
    Details below and at:
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