List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-11-06

    Food & Dance of Afghanistan - Ballet Afsaneh - Asian Art Museum

    Bay Area - San Francisco Thursday - November 6, 2008     05:00 PM

    Thursday, November 6
    5 to 9 pm
    FREE with museum admission ($5 after 5 pm)

    The grand finale of MATCHA’s third season culminates with music, dance, and a sampling of food from Afghanistan. The evening also features a performance of traditional dance—including the Afghan national dance Attan—by the Bay Area’s own Ballet Afsaneh. Try your hand at making jewelry inspired by the ancient Bactrian gold on view in the special exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul, or mingle on docent tours of the special exhibition and of the crossroads of East and West in the galleries.

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    event Schedule

    5-8:30 pm: Hands on art activity

    7:00 pm: Performance by Ballet Afsaneh

    Ongoing: Free raffle drawing

    Ballet Afsaneh

    This critically acclaimed performance ensemble presents the dance, music and poetry of the historic Silk Road regions of Central Asia. Traditional repertory includes the folkloric and classical dances of Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and India. Contemporary work melds ancient art forms with modern dance and theater in a unique, richly imagistic approach. Hailed by San Francisco dance critic Alan Ulrich as “The top tier of world dance in the Bay Area….” Ballet Afsaneh, the professional performance ensemble of the California nonprofit Afsaneh Art & Culture Society, was founded in 1986. The company produces an annual home season in the Bay Area, presents programs at major performing arts venues, museums, festivals, universities, schools, and community events, and tours internationally and in the US. Inspired by the diverse heritage of the legendary Silk Road, Afsaneh Art & Culture Society strives to promote positive visibility for the Central Asian community, preserve cultural assets and provide creative opportunities for future generations.

    Lecture by Reza Aslan

    California - Newport Beach Thursday - November 6, 2008     06:00 PM

    Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is a regular commentator for NPR's Marketplace and Middle East Analyst for CBS News.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from the University of Iowa, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology of Religions at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    He has served as a legislative assistant for the Friends' Committee on National Legislation in Washington D.C., and was elected president of Harvard's Chapter of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, a United Nations Organization committed to solving religious conflicts throughout the world. He is a member of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities and serves on advisory boards of both the Council of Foreign Relations and the Ploughshares Fund, which distributes grants to further peace and diplomacy throughout the world.

    Until recently, he was both Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic and Middle East Studies at the University of Iowa and the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

    He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Slate, Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Chicago Tribune, the Nation, and others, and has appeared on Meet The Press, Hardball, The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, Anderson Cooper, and Nightline.

    His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam has been translated into half a dozen languages, was short-listed for the Guardian (UK) First Book Award, and nominated for a PEN USA award for research Non-Fiction.

    Born in Iran, he now lives in Santa Monica, Ca, where he is a Research Associate at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy. His next book, How to Win a Cosmic War: Why We're Losing the War on Terror will be published by Random House in the Fall of 2008.
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