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FASHION

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By Edward Baran REUTERS, January 30, 2018 Wearing haute couture and strutting down the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week – that's the dream for many aspiring young models from eastern Europe working in China. But for many, including 17-year-old Russian Polina Zubritskaya, the bright lights of the French capital remain an elusive goal . . . so she's toiling it out...

ART

Mentor’s Death Inspires LA Art Exhibition by Pouya Afshar

By Fred Parvaneh Massachusetts-based artist Pouya Afshar has a mixed-media installation on display at Roshi Rahnama’s “The Space by AdvocArtsy” venue in downtown Los Angeles, the second in a series of solo exhibitions by Iranian artists there. Titled ‘En Masse,’ the exhibition – which AdvocArtsy hosts...

Qajar Exhibition to Open at Louvre Museum Branch in Northern France

The first major exhibition dedicated to the magnificent art of the Qajar dynasty – which ruled Iran from 1786 to 1925 – will open at the Louvre Museum's branch in Lens, northern France, on March 28. "The Rose Empire: Masterpieces of 19th-Century Persian Art" (which...

Monir Farmanfarmaian, Y.Z. Kami Star in London Sufism Exhibition

By Tara Biglari Monir Farmanfarmaian and Y.Z. Kami are two of the world's most prominent Iranian-born artists. Their works were recently on show in a London exhibition celebrating the 700th anniversary of The Garden of Mystery (Gulshan-i raz) by the Iranian poet Mahmood Shabistari. Staged in...

Iran’s Handicrafts, Carpet Trade Face Economic Challenges

By Parastou Mir The term ‘handicraft’ refers to decorative and functional objects that are made completely by hand or with simple tools. Most of these are crafted using natural or indigenous materials. Yet in present-day Iran – where the handicraft industry has been revived by a...

New Showcase for Iranian Art, CAMA Gallery, Launches in London

By T. Zareenkoub A new gallery showcasing the art of Iran and the Middle East had its launch in London recently. The CAMA (Contemporary and Modern Art) Gallery aims to promote artists from those parts of the world both online and in physical exhibition spaces. During...

LIFESTYLE

‘My Persian Kitchen’ Pop-Up Brings Iranian Cuisine to Cambridge

By Tara Biglari In quaint Cambridge – home to one of the world's greatest universities – a pop-up restaurant called My Persian Kitchen is revitalizing the local culinary scene. Started by Sirous Vaezzadeh-Naderi and Abigail Plet, the restaurant is changing perceptions of Iranian cuisine. Sirous was...

Persian Recipes for Thanksgiving: A Kayhan Life Selection

By Fred Parvaneh On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans of every faith celebrate Thanksgiving Day, an annual holiday celebrated nationwide in the US since 1789 after a proclamation by President George Washington. Immigrants to America have embraced the Thanksgiving holiday, as it’s a chance for...

A Persian Puppeteer in London

By Tara Biglari "Dream and Destiny: Persian Modern Tales" was the title of a show performed at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington, north London, in September. It was the work of the Little Giants Theatre, which uses stories, puppets, masks, actors, video and even...

L.A.’s Iranian-American Foodies Produce Video Series on Persian Restaurants

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Have Anthony Bourdain and Guy Fieri met their Iranian matches? A popular new web page on Facebook called “L.A. Foodies Social Club” is showcasing Persian restaurants in the Los Angeles area. The brainchild of Fred Parvaneh and Shahin Shafaei, “L.A. Foodies Social Club” produces monthly video...

FILM

Iranian Singer Cancels Concert After Female Players Banned from Stage

Benyamin Bahadori – an Iranian pop singer, composer and songwriter – has refused to perform at a concert in Kerman, capital of Kerman Province, after female members of his music group were prevented from appearing on stage. The concert was scheduled for January 25 at...

Video Game Revisits the 1953 Fall of Mohammad Mossadegh

By Julie Ershadi Kurosh ValaNejad was born in Iran in 1966 to an Iranian father and an American mother. He and his older brother Cyrus grew up there until shortly before the 1979 Revolution, when the family moved to the United States. There, he became a...

Russian Models Toil Hard in China with Sights Set on Europe

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By Edward Baran REUTERS, January 30, 2018 Wearing haute couture and strutting down the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week – that's the dream for many aspiring young models from eastern Europe working in China. But for many, including 17-year-old Russian Polina Zubritskaya, the bright lights of...

BOOKS

Portraying Iranian-American Diversity: Novelist Abdi Nazemian

By Fred Parvaneh Abdi Nazemian is an Iranian-American novelist whose nuanced stories offer a realistic portrayal of the community he was born into – without stereotyping. He recently released his second novel, "The Authentics," a young-adult title that was voted 'Teen Pick' in the September 25...

How Central Asia Has Had a “Raw Deal” for 200 Years

When people think of Central Asia, they usually associate the region much more with the former Soviet Union than with Asia or even the Middle East – and sometimes even less so with Islam. In fact, the Republics commonly referred to as the “Stans"...

German-Iranian Author Nava Ebrahimi Discusses Her First Novel

By Behjat Omid A wave of titles by second-generation German-Iranian authors is making its way into German bookstores. Critically acclaimed releases include Nava Ebrahimi’s "Sechzehn Worter" ("Sixteen Words"), Shida Bazyar’s "Nachts ist es Leise in Tehran" ("Tehran is Peaceful at Night") and Mehrnoush Zaeri Esfahani’s "33...

STAGE

Sixteen-Month Incarceration of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Inspires New London Play

By Tara Biglari A play inspired by the plight of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – a Thomson Reuters Foundation employee incarcerated in Iran for more than a year and separated from her husband and young daughter – premiered last week at London's The Red Hedgehog performance...

Iranian-American Actor Anthony Azizi Stars in Tony Award Winner

By Laura van Straaten Anthony Azizi is a star of "Oslo," which just won the Tony Award for best play. It’s about the top-secret, high-level meetings between the Palestinians and Israelis in the lead-up to the 1993 Oslo Accords. Azizi himself grew up in...

MUSIC

Meet Iran’s Top Country Music Band: The Dream Rovers

 “What does your average Iranian know about country music?” asked the web site savingcountrymusic.com in a recent article. "Probably not very much, especially due to the repressive regime that rules the country, and rarely lets Western music be heard, let alone performed." That hasn't stopped...

All About Googoosh: Pop Superstar Embarks on Concert Tour

Googoosh is one of the most celebrated and influential Iranian pop artists of all time: a national treasure to generations of Iranians, and hugely popular in Central Asia and the Middle East. Googoosh is marking this holiday season with a concert in Sweden: Gothenburg (December...