List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-05-17

    Human Rights Law Fundraiser - Banafsheh Akhlaghi

    Bay Area - San Francisco Saturday - May 17, 2008     12:00 AM

    Dear Friends,

    Most of you are familiar with Banafesheh and her amazing work, and for those of you who are not familiar, please read the paragraph below for a brief introduction and visit the NLSCA website for more info.

    The purpose of my email is to ask you, your friends and your organizations for help. I'm working with Banafesheh and her team on a fundraiser event for her organization. Almost all the times, NLSCA provides pro bono services to its clients. Grants and donations are the only ways this organization can survive and continue its amazing work.

    The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Green Room in San Franciso War Memorial Building, and we need as may volunteers as we can get. We need people right now and at the event. If you are interested in any ways, or know any one who might be, please contact me as soon as possible. We don't have that much time and there is a lot of work that needs to be done. Please remember what Banafesheh is doing and fighting for is something that we all need to support and be concerned with.

    I thank you in advance for your kind support and generosity.


    Sheri Amiri

    The Next Chapter of the Civil Rights Movement
    Under the policies to fight terrorism, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian people in the U.S. continue to face institutionalized discrimination and widespread suspicion. Recognizing that these political and cultural changes have become systemic, NLSCA was established as a nonprofit organization to advocate for those hailing from the 24 nations targeted by the U.S. government in the wake of September 11th. In the footsteps of other civil and human rights struggles, NLSCA pursues legal remedies and exposes the injustices of current government policies while working to relieve our nation's populace of damaging common prejudices. In this context, NLSCA has inaugurated a new civil rights legacy in California and in the nation - inspiring this country to fulfill its promise of a just society for all.

    Women Only Workshop By Embrace Growth - Dr. Azita Sayan & Gregory Morgan

    Los Angeles Saturday - May 17, 2008     09:00 AM

    Women Only Workshop
    By Embrace Growth - Dr. Azita Sayan & Gregory Morgan

    May 17,08

    A Two-Day Workshop for Women who want to Know about Men.
    Dr. Azita Sayan will lead this extraordinary two-day workshop designed exclusively for women only!
    Imagine Transforming your relationships with men forever!

    Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 9am to 10pm, Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 9am to 9:30pm

    Marriott Residence Inn-Beverly Hills, CA,
    1177 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90035 . Info: 310.460.2600 . .

    NIAC workshop and dinners

    Bay Area - San Francisco Saturday - May 17, 2008     11:00 AM

    NIAC = National Iranian American Council

    On Saturday, May 17 at 11:00am NIAC will host an interactive presentation on the politics of individual influence in San Francisco, CA. The presentation, titled: �Demystifying Democracy: The Seven Ingredients of Influence� will provide practical training on how to directly influence US policy in an effective and efficient manner.

    This interactive presentation is geared towards busy, informed, and interested Iranian American professionals who want to make effective and efficient use of the time they invest in activism. We will provide the attendees with specific skills that they can use in their daily lives to pursue their personal political interests (Be it healthcare, technology, tax, or foreign policy).

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT. To register go to the following address: www.niacouncil. org/sf_workshop

    P.S. Our Director of Community Relations, Babak Talebi, will also be meeting with some local Iranian Americans for two informal �get to know NIAC� dinners on Friday and Saturday night.

    If you have friends who have questions about NIAC, or if you would like to join us for good conversation and good company, email or call Babak Talebi (btalebi@niacouncil .org or 202-460-5680) or our Director of Programming, Sara Shokravi (sshokravi@niacounc or 202-386-6324) .


    Bay Area - East Bay Saturday - May 17, 2008     11:00 AM

    11 AM-1 PM, Discussion & Signing with Anita Amirrezvani, author of The Blood of Flowers


    El Sobrante Library

    4191 Appian Way

    El Sobrante, CA

    (510) 374-3991


    New York Saturday - May 17, 2008     02:00 PM

    May 17, Saturday 2:00 PM

    Reading Booksigning-PERSIAN GIRLS, just released in paperback (Penguin)

    Borders Bookstore

    10 Columbus Circle (in the Time Warner Building)

    New York, NY 10019

    Tel: 212.823.9775

    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 Muslim cultural laws. They devoured forbidden books. They had secret romances. But then things quickly changed. 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.

    NPR: 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."

    Zarbang Performance in NY

    New York Saturday - May 17, 2008     07:00 PM

    Event Info Name: Zarbang - New York - May 17
    Host: Zarbang
    Type: Music/Arts - Concert
    Time and Place Date: Saturday, May 17, 2008
    Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Location: Skirball Performing Arts Center, NYU
    Street: 566 La Guardia Pl at Washington Sq South
    City/Town: New York, NY
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    Contact Info Phone: 2125457536

    Zarbang will perform the Skirball Performing Arts Center at New York University at 8 pm.

    Ticket holders will be able to attend a free demonstration lecture on the music of the evening's performance at 7pm.

    A Fundraising event for celebration and hope in support of underprivileged children suffering from cancer

    Los Angeles Saturday - May 17, 2008     07:00 PM

    A Fundraising event for celebration and hope in support of underprivileged children suffering from cancer

    May 17,08


    Cocktail reception, dinner catered by Caspian, popular Iranian entertainers, silent & live auctions Saturday, May 17, 2008 7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

    At Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach, California, $150 per person. Tickets: (818) 775-9264 or (805) 405-5883 .

    Sponsorships graciously requested
    Seating is limited
    Tickets: (818) 775-9264 or (805) 405-5883 join us for an unforgettable evening!

    The Role of Quran in Muslim History

    Bay Area - East Bay Saturday - May 17, 2008     07:30 PM

    “The Role of Quran in Muslim History”

    Lecture Series by Dr. Ayoub at ICCNC

    2. Saturday May 17, 2008 at 7:30 PM, “The Challenge of Qu’ran”

    3. June 14, 2008 at 7:30 PM, “Qu’ran & Other Scriptures”

    Dr. Mahmoud Mustafa Ayoub is Professor emeritus of Islamic Studies & Comparative Religion at Temple University and Olton visiting professor at the Pacific School of Religion. He has written a number of books in English and Arabic on Islam and interreligious dialogue, including Redemptive Suffering in Islam and The Qur’an and Its Interpreters (two volumes to date). Ayoub is editorial consultant for The Muslim World Journal and a member of the editorial board of the journal Islam and Christian Muslim Relations. He earned his MA in religious thought from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in the history of religion from Harvard University.

    Program will include lecture and Q&A in English. Sweets and Tea will be served. People of all faiths are invited.

    1433 Madison St, Oakland, CA 94612

    ZARBANG Iranian Rhythms

    New York Saturday - May 17, 2008     08:00 PM

    World Music Institute presents:

    Iranian Rhythms


    Saturday, May 17, 2008 8:00 pm

    NYU Skirball Center

    566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South

    Zarbang, comprised of the finest percussionists from Iran, brings its innovative sounds to New York for the first time. Its music, meditative as well as ecstatic and trance-inducing, draws upon Sufi and ancient Persian rhythms, and includes vocal and percussive sounds from the zoorkhaneh (marital arts training center) tradition. The instrumentation includes a wide array of drums -- including the tombak, daf, dammam, dohol, zarb-e zoorkhaneh, and zarbang udu (the ensemble’s new creation inspired by the Nigerian drum) -- as well as santur (hammered dulcimer) and ney-anban (double-reed pipe). Zarbang features Behnam Samani, Pejman Hadadi, Javid Afsari Rad, Mehrdad Arabi Fard, Reza Samani, and Morshed Mehregan (zoorkhaneh spiritual guide).

    Tickets $30; WMI Friends $25; Students $15

    7pm Pre-concert talk for ticket holders only with Pejman Hadadi

    tix & info: 212-545-7536 or

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