List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-02-15

    DAVID & LAYLA Valentine opening in TULSA, OKLAHOMA

    7Rooz Friday - February 15, 2008     07:00 PM

    Persian American Hollywood actress Shiva Rose stars in this film inspired by a true story. Winner of "Best Breakthrough Performance" and with praises of "excellent", "star-making performance" etc. in over 20 reviews, Shiva Rose is now consistently the highest praised Middle Eastern actress in America.

    DAVID & LAYLA has received 5 Awards. It won Prix du Public against World's Amour films - including 2 Days in Paris, Lady Chatterley, Paris Je t'aime, and La Vie en Rose - at the oldest Love fest. in the world (23rd Annual Int'l Amour Film Fest. held during VALENTINE in Mons/Belgium.)

    Circle Cinema
    10 South Lewis Avenue (Lewis at Admiral) | Tulsa OK 74104 | Tel: 918 585-FILM (3456)

    Tkts & Showtimes:

    More than 20 Press Reviews at:

    **** "An earnest, frequently funny comedy. Shiva Rose (Layla) excels as a self-reliant damsel in distress worth rooting for." - Lisa Nesselson, VARIETY.

    ++++ Hollywood actress Shiva Rose (Layla) received 'Best Breakthrough Performance' Award. With over 20 reviews, Shiva Rose is now the highest, consistently praised Iranian actress in America.

    ++++ David & Layla was featured in May 2007 in Panorama at the Verona/Italy International Amore Film Festival, as a modern interpretation of Romeo & Juliet.

    **** "A bold, politically relevant film against impossible odds." - Harold Pinter, 2005 Nobel Laureate, Academy Award nominee Writer.

    ***** "Take the star-crossed romance of Romeo & Juliet, add some graphic sexual humor a la The 40-Year-Old Virgin and toss into the crucible of Middle East politics, and you get David & Layla, a frothy romantic comedy. Every scene Callie Thorne is in crackles with unhinged hilarity. David & Layla is suffused with the warmth and passion of the filmmaker Jay Jonroy." - Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post.

    **** "Let's call for a ceasefire in the hostilities in the Middle East, require all combatants to take a 108-minute break and watch this movie. A perfect companion piece to the Oscar-winning short film 'West Bank Story.' " - Keith D. Cohen, Jewish Chronicle.

    **** "A superior variation on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, with unexpected insights." - Joe Baltake, Independent Film Critic.

    ***** "It's hard not to be infected by the good humor and sheer joie de vivre of 'David & Layla'." - Ella Taylor, LA Weekly.

    Film opens on this date. It will continue to play for a week or more as long as Iranians $ American friends go to see it, especially during the first weekend!

    Trailer, Film Clips, 20+ Reviews and Showtimes at Official Movie Site: :


    New York Friday - February 15, 2008     07:00 PM

    Reading by Nahid Rachlin, from memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS (Penguin paperback edition just released),

    February 15, Friday, 7:00 PM

    Bluestockings Bookstore, Manhattan

    172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington)

    Event is free

    Trains: F- 1 block south of the F train's 2nd Avenue stop

    Info:(212) 777-6028

    Nahid's website: website: n

    Description of PERSIAN GIRLS (Penguin)

    In a story of ambition, oppression, hope, heartache, and sisterhood, Persian Girls traces Rachlin's coming of age in Iran-and her domineering father-her tangled family life, and her relationship with her older sister, and unexpected soul mate, Pari. Both girls refused to accept traditional roles prescribed for them under cultural laws. They devoured forbidden books. They had secret romances. But then things quickly changed. Pari was forced by her parents to marry a wealthy suitor, a cruel man who kept her a prisoner in her own home. After narrowly avoiding an unhappy match herself with a man her parents chose for her, Nahid came to America, where she found literary success. Back in Iran, however, Pari's dreams fell to pieces.

    Boston Globe:

    "Persian Girls, reads like a novel -- suspenseful, vivid, heartbreaking. In Persian Girls, Rachlin chronicles her choices and those made by her sisters, her mother and her aunts, throwing the door to her family's home wide open. Readers who follow her through will be wiser, and moved."


    THE WORLD Selected by Christopher Merrill, the Director of Iowa International Writing Program as one of the best four books of 2006. "If you want to know what it was like to grow up in Iran this is the book to read. Her portrait of the artist is filled with light."

    BIO: Nahid Rachlin’s publications include the memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS (Penguin), four novels and a collection of short stories. While a student she held a Doubleday-Columbia fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Stanford). The grants and awards she have received include, the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She teaches at the New School University, this semester, starting on January 28.

    Beneath The Veil a Play by Mary Apick

    New York Friday - February 15, 2008     08:00 PM

    NY Premier of Beneath The Veil. A provacative play by Mary Apick.

    Place: Miller Theater@ Columbia University

    Date: Friday Feb 15th, 2008

    Time: 8pm

    Ticket Price; $80, $60, $40, and $25 W/student ID

    Buy ticket online @

    for more info call: 516-435-6441>

    NY Premiere of "Beneath The Veil", A paly by Mary Apick

    New York Friday - February 15, 2008     08:00 PM

    Beneath The Veil is a critically acclaimed play by the Iranian actress Mary Apick. Mary, was born in Iran to an Armenian family. she started her acting career in theater and television at a very young age. She left Iran after the 1979 revolution and immigrated to the United States and continued a successful acting career. This play will open on Friday, February 15th at Columbia University's Miller Theater. At the Washington,D.C performance of her play First Lady Laura Bush attended with many other dignitaries. For her NY premier, invitations have been sent to Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Governor Spitzer and the First Lady, Senator Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg among others. We hope that you will support this important play.

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