List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2009-05-08

    Dastan Ensemble & Homayoun Shajarian

    Washington DC Friday - May 8, 2009     08:30 AM

    A night to remember two of the most prestigious Persian Classical Performers on stage together for one night only. Dont miss this unforgettable event the Dastan Ensemble and vocalist Homayoun Shajarian to perform for the first night of their US tour.

    Tickets are available by contacting
    703-517-4343 or 703-993-2787

    or online at

    Tickets $35.$45 and $55

    Performance begins at 8:30pm

    LEMON TREE: Middle Eastern drama opens 5/8 in Bay Area

    Bay Area - San Francisco Friday - May 8, 2009     01:00 PM

    Middle Eastern Drama
    Opens Friday, May 8, 2009 in San Francisco and Berkeley

    Landmark’s Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, (415) 267-4893
    Tickets are $10.50 for general admission and $8.00 for seniors and children
    Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 464-5980
    Tickets are $10.00 for general admission and $8.00 for seniors, students and children

    Showtimes and tickets will be available on 5/5
    Advance ticket purchase at: and at theatre box office.

    Official Film Website:

    IFC Films present LEMON TREE, a film by Eran Riklis. The film opens on May 8, 2009 at Landmark’s Clay Theatre in San Francisco, and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley. Also scheduled to open Camera Cinemas in San Jose on May 8 or later (tbd.)

    Hiam Abbass (The Visitor) won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Actress for this film. She plays Salma, a Palestinian widow who stands up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma's trees pose a threat to the Minister's safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad (Ali Suliman), her young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira (Rona Lipaz-Michael), the Defense Minister's wife, who is trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salma's legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive. Directed and co-written by Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride, Cup Final).


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    The Iranian Economy: 30 Years After the Revolution

    Bay Area - Peninsula Friday - May 8, 2009     07:00 PM

    The Society of Iranian Professionals presents: The Iranian Economy: 30 Years After the Revolution

    Dr. Bijan Khajehpour

    Date/Time: Friday May 8, 2009

    Admission/Socializi ng: 7:00pm, Main Program: 7:30pm

    Location: FAZ Restaurant, Grand Ballroom, 1108 N. Mathilda Ave , Sunnyvale , FAZ Restaurants, www.fazrestaurants. com, 408-752-8000

    Tickets: Members $10, Non-Members $15

    Over the past 12 years, Dr. Bijan Khajehpour has worked from Tehran as a strategic consultant analyzing the country's political and economic developments. Dr. Khajehpour is the chairman and co-founder of the Atieh group.


    Iran is rarely out of the news, whether for its nuclear program, its stance on Iraq , or the words of its leader, Mahmoud Ahmed-Nejad. But how are these issues viewed within Iran , and what does this mean for the approach of the international community? Presentation highlights:

    · Introduction to the Iranian economy by reviewing key indicators

    · Discussion of the country's main economic sectors and the composition of the GDP

    · Identification of the key economic and socio-economic trends in Iran

    · Impact of government policies on the overall economic developments

    · Iranian economy under a low oil price scenario

    · Outlook for the next few years

    For more information please visit www.anjoman. org

    Appetizer, Persian pastry, tea/coffee are provided

    Bijan Mortazavi Live in Concert

    Bay Area - Peninsula Friday - May 8, 2009     08:00 PM
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