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FASHION

By Fred Parvaneh The non-profit Farhang Foundation presented its first Iranian Cultural Runway show on top of Los Angeles’s tallest building on February 10th. Presented by comedian Melissa Shoshani and with music by DJ Arin, the sold-out event witnessed the transformation of the 70th floor of the US Bank Tower known as OUE Skyspace LA into a fashion runway. The show’s theme...

ART

London Play Highlights Stories of Iranian Expatriates and Migrants

By Tara Biglari "Citizen," a new play on the plight of Iranian expatriates, migrants and refugees, made its debut earlier this week at the Space in London's Isle of Dogs, attracting sizable crowds. Produced by the award-winning theater company Suitcase Civilians, the play -- which...

Deaf and Mute Iranian Artist Esfandiarpour Remembered in London Show

By Tara Biglari An exhibition by the contemporary artist Darvish recently opened at the Asia House cultural center in London. The artist joined the world-famous dancer and choreographer Akram Khan for a panel discussion at the opening. Darvish, who has previously exhibited in Iran, the U.K....

Sotheby’s to Auction Works by Modern Iranian Masters Monir, Mohasses

  Works by modern Iranian masters including Bahman Mohasses, Monir Farmanfarmaian, and Manoucher Yektai are coming up for auction at Sotheby's London on April 24. Part of a sale of 20th-century Iranian, Arab and Turkish works, they will go on public display in an exhibition at...

Persian ‘Supper Club’ Pops Up in London, With Chelo Kabob on the Menu

By Tara Biglari Canadian-born Leila Mozun is a marketing guru by day and a chef by night. Late last month, on the Sunday after Norouz (the Persian New Year), she debuted her ‘Caspian Kitchen Supper Club’ for the benefit of dozens of attendees. The event...

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

Jafar Panahi Among Contenders for the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or

The Cannes Film Festival announced its lineup late last week, and said the Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi -- who is not allowed to leave Iran or to make movies -- was a contender for the top prize, the Palme d’Or, with his new title,...

Singer Rastin, Raised in Sweden, Revs Up for LA Concert

By Fred Parvaneh In the 1970s, a new musical movement was created by blending modern and traditional Persian beats with Western rhythm and blues and classic pop. The movement, known as 'Taraneh Nouvin' (or 'new song' in Persian) gained popularity in post-revolutionary Iran, especially with...

Comedian Nazanin Nour On Her Viral ‘Persian Mom’ Videos

 By  Fred Parvaneh American-born Nazanin Nour is an actor, comedian and writer who has appeared on prime time U.S. TV shows like ‘Madam Secretary’, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Political Minds.’ Nazanin (under the Instagram username @freclednaz) is also the creative mind behind the "Persian Mom," a...

BOOKS

Abbas Amanat’s Engaging History of Iran: Book Review

By Ariane Moshiri Abbas Amanat's "Iran: A Modern History" is the culmination of decades of patient and careful scholarship. For those who may be intimidated by the 1,000-page opus, Amanat writes in engaging prose, and offers a wonderful insight into Iran’s rich cultural and political history....

Sixteen-Year-Old Underachiever is Hero of Arvin Ahmadi’s Debut Novel

By Fred Parvaneh “Down and Across,” published by Penguin Random House, is the debut novel by Iranian-American Arvin Ahmadi: a coming-of-age story of grit and self-discovery that follows Scott Ferdowsi, a high-school student with a propensity to quit projects. “Down And Across” has received praise and...

A Memoir of Iran: Interview with Cyrus Kadivar

By Tara Biglari "Farewell Shiraz" is the title of a new memoir by the Iranian author Cyrus Kadivar, which details how the 1979 Iranian Revolution uprooted his family and led them far from the place they called home. Born in 1962, Kadivar was 16 at the...

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

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...

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...