List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-11-19

    Changing Youth and Changing Sexual Identities

    Los Angeles Wednesday - November 19, 2008     03:00 PM

    Nov 19 -LA: UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
    Presents "Changing Youth and Changing Sexual Identities in the Wake
    of Iran's Sexual Revolution", a lecture delivered in English
    by "Pardis Mahdavi, Pomona College", 3:00 PM, @ UCLA (Bunche Hall
    10383), Info: cnes/events/ article.asp?

    Niloufar Talebi reads from BELONGING at the Bowery Poetry Club

    New York Wednesday - November 19, 2008     06:00 PM

    Niloufar Talebi reads from BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books) at the Persian Arts Festival's Shab-e She'r.

    Wednesday November 19th, from 6-8 PM
    Bowery Poetry Club
    308 Bowery Street (Between Houston and Bleecker)
    F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker

    Persian Poetry Night

    New York Wednesday - November 19, 2008     06:00 PM


    NEW YORK, October 23, 2008



    Persian Arts Festival (PAF) is producing Shab-e She'r: A Night of (Persian) Poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) with a modern, new generational spin. Wed. Nov. 19th the guest reader will be award-winning translator, Niloufar Talebi. 

    Shab-e She’r at the Bowery Poetry Club will run from 6-7:30 PM every third Wednesday of the month. $6 admission. Please visit PAF online for more information at

    Niloufar is the editor/translator of BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, August 2008). She founded The Translation Project ( in 2003, an organization dedicated to bringing new Iranian literature to wide audiences with innovative book, multimedia, and theater projects. She created Midnight Approaches, a DVD of short videos, and ICARUS/RISE, a multimedia theatrical piece. Both are based on the poetry in BELONGING.

    A long-standing and well-loved tradition, Shab-e She'r brings together poets, scholars, and other members of the Iranian community in the New York metropolitan area to celebrate their shared literary heritage. Poets, young and old, read their own work, in Persian and in English; others recite, and sometimes sing, poems by Rumi, Sa'di, Hafez. The program has taken what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition and has expanded it to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs. Readers have included Nahid Rachlin, Manijeh Nasrabadi, and Joe Martin. An open mic follows the reading, inviting everyone to read in Persian and/or English. To sign up for the open mic email:

    Persian Arts Festival, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to showcasing the magnificence and diversity of Persian art and culture through its voices, artists, and visionaries. PAF provides a truly unique opportunity for local and global communities to gather and explore one of the world’s most ancient and rich civilizations. Persian Arts Festival is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Shab’e She-r is curated by the Literary Arts Director -- poet, essayist, and translator, Richard Jeffrey Newman -- and Kaveh Bassiri, founder of NYC poetry series “Reading between A and B.”

    Hosting between 20 and 30 shows a week the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) is proud of our place in the lineage of populist art: the Yiddish theater, burlesque, vaudeville, beat poetry, jazz, and punk that gave the Bowery its name. BPC is located at 308 Bowery Street (between Houston and Bleecker).

    How Minority Communities Become Stronger and More Influential?

    California - San Diego Wednesday - November 19, 2008     07:00 PM

    Nov 19 (Wed)-SD: AIAP monthly meeting, a Panel Discussion: "How
    Minority Communities Become Stronger and More Influential? ", with
    Panelists: Bibi Kasrai - Chief Development Officer, J. Craig
    Venter Institute, Jamie Nelson - Director of Gift Planning at Scripps
    Health, (in English), Dinner 6PM, program 7PM, Free Admission, Dinner
    $14 with RSVP, $6 Students, @ Metropolitan Operation Center (9192
    Topaz Way, San Diego 92123), Info:
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