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Tirgan 2013

07/18/2013-07/23/2013
Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre

MAHMOUD in LOS ANGELES | 3 Weekends | Jan 10-27, 2013

01/10/2013-01/27/2013
Santa Monica Playhouse

Smash-hit One-Woman Show
M A H M O U D
is back in Los Angeles for a 3 week extended run
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Winner Overall Excellence in Solo Performance - New York Fringe Festival 2012
Winner Best of Fringe – Toronto Fringe Festival 2012

★★★★ "A Knockout!" -Time Out NY

★★★★★ "Uproarious Laughter!" -Torontoist
★★★★ "Outstanding Production!" -NOW Magazine
★★★★½ "Packs a Powerful Punch!" -Theatromania
"Dazzlingly Great!" -Woody Harrelson

Tirgan Festival: Yalda Night Celebration

12/22/2012
Hilton Garden Inn Vaughan

HAMED NIKPAY & SHAHROKH MOSHKIN GHALAM - Vancouver

12/15/2012
Massey Theater - Vancouver

Love Stories of the Shahnameh | San Francisco

10/13/2012
Cowell Theater at Fort Mason

"Love Stories of the Shahnameh (عاشقانه های شاهنامه)”
Based on three beautiful love stories of the Shahnameh (The Book of Kings); the national epic of Persia written by the poet Ferdowsi. 
This live performance will consist of naqqali (ancient Iranian epic storytelling), along with music and dance.

Face to Face ; a play by Niloofar Beyzaie

07/28/2012-07/29/2012
UCLA - Freud Playhouse

"FACE TO FACE"; At the Threshhold of a Cold Season
The tale of history about Tahirih Qurrat al-'Ain and Forough Farrokhzad: two significant female poets of the nineteenth and twentieth century fighting for women's rights in the Middle East.

Gingger Shinkar LIVE at Largo with Dan Layus

07/18/2012
LARGO - Los Angeles

The long awaited soundtrack of CIRCUMSTANCE (the movie) by Maryam Keshavarz is scheduled for release on June 26th, with a launch party / concert in Los Angeles on June 26th, featuring the talented composer of the album, GINGGER SHANKAR. The album features artists including: Andy, Sussan Deyhim, Leila Forouhar, Shahrum Kashani, Zebazi, just to name a few!

Master Kayhan Kalhor "Art of Improvisation"

04/15/2012
Skirball Cultural Center - Magnin Auditorium

"Art of Improvisation"

Master Kayhan Kalhor - Virtuoso of the Kamancheh
together with
Behrouz Jamali - Tombak

"Iranian Taboo"; a documentary by Reza Allamehzadeh

02/18/2012-06/02/2012
Worldwide

NOTE: This film is not yet available on DVD, as it is being screened in theaters. Once it becomes available for purchase on DVD, we will update this website.

HOMAY & MASTAN "Iranian Woman" - Live in Los Angeles

10/16/2011
Ford Theatres

Zaman Productions proudly presents:
HOMAY & MASTAN return to Los Angeles to perform Parvaz Homay's new compilations titled "Iranian Woman / Banooy e Irani"

Tickets: $50, $70, $90
Available at:
Music Box & Ketab Corp - Westwood
Q Market - Valley
Wholesome Choice - Irvine
Online click here.

RANA FARHAN & SHAHRZAD SEPANLOU live in LOS ANGELES

09/17/2011
El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles

RANA FARHAN & SHAHRZAD SEPANLOU

رعنا فرحان و شهرزاد سپانلو

For the first time in Los Angeles, each performing selection of their individual repertoires; an intimate evening of Rumi Blues & Persian Jazz.

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Two Performances: 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.

CIRCUMSTANCE - Theatrical Release

08/26/2011-09/10/2011
Select Cities – Check Local Listings

CIRCUMSTANCE is written, directed, and produced by Maryam Keshavarz, and stars Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, and Reza Sixo Safai.

Running Time: 105 minutes
Language: Persian, with English subtitles
Rated R by the MPAA

AUG 26: Los Angeles, New York, Irvine, Encino & Great Neck
SEP 9: San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia & Boston
Check local listings for add'l cities.

Sussan Deyhim & The Romance Language - FREE Concert

08/13/2011
Grand Performances - Downtown Los Angeles

Deyhim's three-decade journey across the musical globe will enchant the audience with a thrilling and mesmerizing sonic and emotional journey. Deyhim’s Grand Performances debut – following sold-out performances at the Broad Stage and UCLA’s Royce Hall - will deftly incorporate reinterpretations of great pieces from the classical Persian repertoire, vintage Iranian Torch Songs from the 40s-60s, jazz standards by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto.

The evening also features pieces from Deyhim's recent release City of Leaves on her label Venus Rising Records. This enchanting repertoire has left international audiences in a dream state long after they have left the theater. Deyhim will be joined on stage by two special guests: Mohsen Namjoo, the renowned Iranian musician and songwriter; and Sohrab Pounazeri, the Iranian musical prodigy of his generation, whose family ensemble, The Shams Ensemble, is one of the best known Kurdish classical and folk performing groups in Iran.

CIRCUMSTANCE at Noor Film Festival

08/06/2011
James Bridges Theatre - UCLA

Atafeh and her brother, Mehran, have grown up privileged, in a home filled with music, art, and intellectual curiosity. While Atafeh dreams of fame and adventure, and she and her best friend, Shireen, explore Tehran’s underground scene with youthful exuberance and determination to be themselves, her brother returns home from drug rehab, renounces his former decadent life, and replaces his once obsessive practice of classical music with more destructive pursuits.

CIRCUMSTANCE is written, directed, and produced by Maryam Keshavarz, and stars Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, and Reza Sixo Safai.

Running Time: 105 minutes
Language: Persian, with English subtitles
Rated R by the MPAA

Noor Iranian Film Festival 2011

08/05/2011-08/07/2011
James Bridges Theatre - UCLA

Tirgan Iranian Festival 2011

07/21/2011-07/24/2011
Toronto, Canada

Once again, the Tirgan team has the pleasure to partner with Harbourfront Center, one of the most widely attended arts and culture centers in Canada, as its collaborator and venue for Tirgan 2011. In keeping with the tradition of adopting a theme, this time they have picked “Visions of Eternity” as the point of focus for the fine artistic and literary works that will be brought to you throughout the festival.

This is a rare opportunity to sample a myriad of exotic Iranian flavors explored through a tastefully hand picked array of artistic expressions including music, dance, theater, film, visual arts, literature, youth activities, crafts and cuisine.

We invite you to join us to share this one-of-a kind journey through a cultural experience that you will never forget!

Butterfly Buzz is a proud affiliate of Tirgan 2011.

"Zohreh & Manouchehr" a musical comedy featuring KamyR

07/15/2011-07/17/2011
The Broad Stage - Santa Monica

Butterfly Buzz presents:

Paris-based, theater, dance and performing artist, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, together with Persian music sensation, KamyR will collaborate during a 3-day theatrical and musical engagement on July 15, 16, and 17 at The Broad Stage. Based on a well-known Persian poem by Iraj Mirza, the story is derived from Shakespeare’s “Venus and Adonis”.

Sepideh Raissadat & Ensemble - BERKELEY

07/03/2011

A joint production of Butterfly Buzz & Bamahang Productions
With a special thanks to Nazy Kaviani

Sepideh Raissadat will perform several concerts in the U.S. in June 2011, with composer and tar virtuoso, Iman Vaziri (Kamancheh)

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA

Tickets: www.thefreight.org/sepideh-raissadat
Website: www.sepidehraissadat.com/us-concert-tour-june-2011

Sepideh Raissadat & Iman Vaziri Ensemble - LOS ANGELES

06/26/2011
Skirball Cultural Center - Magnin Auditorium

A joint production of Butterfly Buzz & Bamahang Productions

Sepideh Raissadat for the first time in Los Angeles, together with composer and tar virtuoso, Iman Vaziri.

Sunday, June 26, 2011
7 p.m.

West Coast Premiere of Niloufar Talebi’s Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels)

04/03/2011
Cal Performances - UC Berkley

West Coast Premiere of Niloufar Talebi’s Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels)

World Premiere of Niloufar Talebi’s Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels)

03/29/2011
Carnegie Hall - New York

World Premiere of Niloufar Talebi’s Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels) at Carnegie Hall

DEATH, a very serious COMEDY - SOLD OUT

02/19/2011
Wilshire Ebell Theatre

DEATH, a very serious COMEDY

a new play by
Amir Ohebsion & Fariborz David Diaan

starring
Fariborz David Diaan

Shanbehzadeh Ensemble - Los Angeles - SOLD OUT

10/24/2010
Troubadour - West Hollywood

The Shanbehzadeh Ensemble offers a unique aspect of hypnotic dances and traditional music from the Persian Gulf and more precisely from the unknown region of Boushehr.

“a mesmerizing set of what may be called the hidden Afro-Persian tradition…transfixing” - NPR

Echoes in Blue - an exhibition of contemporary Iranian paintings

10/16/2010-11/14/2010
James Gary Gallery - Bergamot Station

Echoes in Blue, an exhibition of contemporary Iranian paintings, provides a vibrant and thought-provoking view of life within the boundaries of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

HAMED NIKPAY & Friends live in LOS ANGELES - SOLD OUT

10/03/2010
Wilshire Ebell Theater

Nikpay Music Productions Proudly Presents:
HAMED NIKPAY & Friends live in LOS ANGELES

Hamed Nikpay and his acclaimed ensemble, kickoff their concert tour “All Is Calm On The Road / Asoudeh Dar Raah” this summer for a live performance of songs from his new album, “ALL IS CALM / ASOUDEH”.

HAMED NIKPAY & Friends live in SAN FRANCISCO - SOLD OUT

08/23/2010
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Nikpay Music Productions Proudly Presents:
HAMED NIKPAY & Friends live in SAN FRANCISCO

Hamed Nikpay and his acclaimed ensemble, kickoff their concert tour “All Is Calm On The Road / Asoudeh Dar Raah” this summer for a live performance of songs from his new album, “ALL IS CALM / ASOUDEH”.

Homay & Mastan with Shardad Rohani & Symphony Orchestra - SOLD OUT

08/16/2010
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Zaman Productions Proudly Presents:
Homay & Mastan with Shardad Rohani & Symphony Orchestra
 

Homay & Mastan LIVE in LOS ANGELES - The Soldiers - Sarbazan

08/15/2010
Walt Disney Concert Hall; Los Angeles

Homay & Mastan The highly acclaimed Iranian musical phenomena, Homay and The Mastan Ensemble return to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on August 15, 2010 to perform another exceptional collection of the latest compositions by Homay.

Parvaz Homay; Vocals
Sina Jahanabadi; Kamancheh
Pasha Hanjani; Ney
Azad Mirzapour; Tar
Alireza Mehdizadeh; Gheychak
Mahmood Nozari; Santoor
Ali Pajooheshgar; Oud
Sahab Torbati; Tonbak
Esfandiar Shahmir; Daf

Tickets now on sale on Ticketmaster.com

Limited Number of Tickets Available at:
Ketab Corp. 310-477-7477
Q Market 818-758-9995
Music Box 310-473-3466

Info: 800-306-4957

An Iranian in Heaven / Yek Irani dar Behesht | SAN DIGO

06/27/2010
Museum of Contemporary Art

Workshop 79, Inc. presents
An Iranian in Heaven / Yek Irani dar Behesht

Starring:
Shohreh Aghdashloo
and Houshang Touzie

Watch the trailer.

For ticketing and more info, please call:  858-450-4649

An Iranian in Heaven / Yek Irani dar Behesht | LOS ANGELES

06/26/2010
Wilshire Ebell Theatre

Workshop 79, Inc. presents
An Iranian in Heaven / Yek Irani dar Behesht

Starring:
Shohreh Aghdashloo
and Houshang Touzie

Ticket Pricing: $30-$100

Tickets available at:
Music Box 310-473-3466
Sherkat Ketab 310-477-7477
Sound City 310-479-8495
Q Market 818-758-9995
Woodland Hills Market 818-999-4477

Info: 310.994.7930

Watch the trailer.

Stand Up & Be Counted: U.S. Census 2010

04/01/2010-05/31/2010
Nationwide

Please join and help the campaign on getting recognized. After the 2000 census, the official number of Iranian-Americans in the US is at 338,000 however, we believe that the actual number on Iranian-Americans is three to four times that amount. We must act now so that we can take advantage of the many benefits available.

NowRuz with Farhang Foundation at LACMA-March 14, 2010

03/14/2010
LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2nd Annual NowRuz, Iranian New Year program, celebrating the beginning of Spring in harmony with the rebirth of nature, this very special event will take place at LACMA on Sunday, March 14, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

An Iranian in Heaven | Yek Irani dar Behesht - SOLD OUT

02/28/2010
Wilshire Ebell Theater; Los Angeles

Workshop 79, Inc. presents
A new play by Houshang Touzie
An Iranian in Heaven / Yek Irani dar Behesht
Starring:
Shohreh Aghdashloo and Houshang Touzie
Ticket Pricing:  $35-$100

Tickets go on sale on Sat, Feb 6th at major Persian stores:
Info:  310.994.7930

20TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA

02/05/2010-02/20/2010
Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village

This year's edition of the Archive's celebration of Iranian Cinema presents an array of established and emerging talents. Six recent features combine with timely documentaries and shorts to present a varied picture of Iran's diverse cultures, experiences and expressions. Pending their availability, we hope to welcome several guests to present and discuss their work in person. Please check back for updates on in-person guests for this program.

Gusheh bé Gusheh by Khosrow Soltani

01/28/2010
LACMA: Leo S. Bing Theater

Gusheh bé Gusheh by Khosrow Soltani
Traditional Persian Music Concert
An enchanting evening of Traditional Persian Music by the renowned European-based Iranian musician and composer Khosrow Soltani on Nay, Balaban and Sornay with Rowan Storm on Dayereh & Daf and special guest artist Mehrdad Arabi on Percussion

Passing the Torch of Success: Orange County

01/17/2010
Orange County Performing Arts Center

This event presented by the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans(PAAIA). In this remarkable gathering, some of the most accomplished Iranian-Americans share their experiences with the next generation of leaders. PAAIA strives to shine the spotlight on the many accomplished Iranian-Americans and showcase their contribution to the American society. In doing so, we instill a sense of pride in our community and provide role models for our youth. This event brings under one roof, several Iranian-Americans, who hold key positions in some of the most recognizable institutions in this country. They are here to share their stories with the next generation of leaders- the youth of our community.

Meet Farhang

01/09/2010
The Beverly Hilton-International Terrace

Kickoff the New Year with Meet Farhang
Come join us to explore the beauty of Iran through the lenses of four talented Iranian photographers, enjoy live music and learn more about the Farhang Foundation.

Featuring four talented Iranian photographers, Laleh Eskandari, Sussan Farhani, Banafsheh P.Abadi and Nushin Sabet. The collection of the photographs on display will represent scenery from various regions of Iran, as captured through these artists’ eyes and lenses.

In addition to these four artists, works of the award-winning American photographer and artist, Mark Edward Harris, publisher of the book “Inside Iran”, will be featured at this event, as well.

Season Greetings from Butterfly Buzz

12/21/2009-12/31/2009

Season's Greetings

At the close of another year, we gratefully pause to wish you a happy Holiday Season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year 2010!

The Butterfly Buzz Team

A GLOBAL CELEBRATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH ARTS AND CULTURE

12/12/2009
Santa Monica, CA

A GLOBAL CELEBRATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH ARTS AND CULTURE

In Solidarity with the Civil Rights Movement in Iran

The United Nations’ International Human Rights Day

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (http://www.santamonicacivic.org/flash.html)
1855 Main St. Santa Monica , CA
 

Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10658863370
 

Nazanin Boniadi, Amnesty International’s spokesperson and accomplished actress will MC this event.

Imaginary Knots; Celebrating the cultural origins of Persian carpets

11/24/2009
LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Farhang Foundation, in collaboration with LACMA proudly presents:

Three of Iran’s most creative and innovative artists present an evening celebrating their rich Persian heritage and the cultural roots they draw upon.

TICKET INFO: FREE tickets will be available ONE HOUR prior to the start of the show at the LACMA box office, starting at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7.

Radio Javan Persian Party; first time in SF

11/14/2009
SENSE Restaurant

Homay & The Mastan Ensemble LIVE in NEW YORK CITY

09/19/2009
LINCOLN CENTER; Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater

Zaman Productions proudly presents:

Homay & The Mastan Ensemble LIVE in New York City @ LINCOLN CENTER

After several sold out shows, including one at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, on Aug 16th, Homay & The Mastan Ensemble perform at the world famous & prestigious LINCOLN CENTER for their fans in New York City.

The World is Watching Music Festival

08/29/2009
The Famous Yost Theater

The World is Watching Music Festival; The Biggest Concert Event of the Summer.

All Ages Welcome

Hip Hop/Orchestra/Flamenco/Blues/International/Soul/Dance

CANCER AWARENESS DAY

06/21/2009
UCLA; Ackerman Grand Ballroom

Persian American Society for Health Advancement (PASHA) & Persian American Cancer Institute (PACI) invite you to their first collaborative effort:
CANCER AWARENESS DAY


A unique educational event complimented with fun and entertainment.


Master of the Ceremony:
MAZ JOBRANI

Passing the Torch of Success to the Next Generation

05/10/2009
UCLA; Royce Hall

In a remarkable gathering, some of the most accomplished Iranian Americans share their experiences with the next generation of leaders.


 

3rd Annual Noor Film Festival

05/01/2009-05/03/2009
Beverly Hills; Fine Arts Theater

Another Salute (Starring Behrouz Vossoughi & Khosrow Shakibaie)
Hayedeh (A documentary about the legendary Persian Diva)
Niloofar (directed by: Sabine El Gemayel)
Otis E. (Starring and produced by Fariborz David Diaan & Roxana Rastegar)
In the Dark (Starring Maz Jobrani, Peter the Persian Shahriari, Max Amini )
and many more....

Persis Trunk Show

04/25/2009-04/26/2009
Los Angeles, CA

Persis Trunk Show presented by SoCiArts

Persis by Kouroush Mousavi is proud to present the Liberté Collection. 
This Collection represents a new beginning for Persis. An emancipation inspired by Change, Liberty, and Freedom. 
REFRESHMENTS SERVED

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
11821 Mississippi Ave. Los Angeles, CA  90025
(east of Bundy/north of Olympic)

For more information:  310-598-2349

NIYAZ live in Los Angeles

02/07/2009
El Rey Theatre

Butterfly Buzz & Shari Rezai proudly present:
NIYAZ live in Los Angeles

Click here
for details.

CAFAM Together With SoCiArts Productions Present Exploring The Other: Contemporary Iran Through The Lens Of Iason Athanasiadis

01/25/2009-03/29/2009
Crafts & Folk Art Museum

SoCiArts Productions co-produces the upcoming exhibition of Exploring the Other: Contemporary Iran Through the lens of Iason Athanasiadis as the community partner of CAFAM. The exhibition is scheduled for January 25 through March 29, 2009.

KIOSK live in Los Angeles

11/16/2008
El Rey Theatre

Shari Rezai and Butterfly Buzz proudly present:
KIOSK live in Los Angeles

 
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