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January 2017

Azarakhsh Farahani: Illustration Exhibition

January 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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  Join us for an exhibition of illustrations by Azarakhsh Farahani in January 2017. There will be an artist reception at the exhibition on Friday, January 6 between 6:00 and 8:00 pm., with live music and refreshments. Monday January 2 through Sunday, January 9, 2017; 6:00 to 8:00 pm daily Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111 Artist Reception: Friday, January 6, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 pm About the artist: Azarakhsh Farahani, born in 1981, is a musician,…

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The Salesman – A Film by Asghar Farhadi (Sold Out)

January 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$12 – $15

Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group in collaboration with Sheed Persian Film Festival and Diaspora Arts Connection present: The Salesman - A Film by Asghar Farhadi Golden Globe Nominee Best Motion Picture-Foreign Language National Board of Review Winner Best foreign language film Academy Awards' Official Iran Entry • Best Foreign Language Film Sat, January 14, 2017 4:00PM Roxie Theater San Francisco, CA Forushande (The Salesman) is the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of…

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The Salesman – A Film by Asghar Farhadi (Sold Out)

January 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$12 – $15

Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group in collaboration with Sheed Persian Film Festival and Diaspora Arts Connection present: The Salesman - A Film by Asghar Farhadi Golden Globe Nominee Best Motion Picture-Foreign Language National Board of Review Winner Best foreign language film Academy Awards' Official Iran Entry • Best Foreign Language Film Sat, January 15, 2017 4:00PM Roxie Theater San Francisco, CA Forushande (The Salesman) is the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of…

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Fared Shafinury: Into the Night

January 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Buriel Clay Theatre at the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$45 – $75

Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents Fared Shafinury in "Into the Night," a concert in an intimate setting on the occasion of the release of his new album. INTO THE NIGHT CD Release Concert Music Composed and arranged by Fared Shafinury Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 - 7:30 - 9:30 PM Fared Shafinury - vocals, persian setar, cello Misaq Eshaghi - kamanche Matin Eshaghi - daf, tonbak Miles Jay - bass Martin Zarzar - classical guitar, cajón Jason McKenzie - drumset, tabla…

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Salaam (Hello) Mumbai – A Film by Ghorban Mohammadpour

January 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Sheed Film in collaboration with Diaspora Arts Connection present: Salaam (Hello) Mumbai   Staring: Mohammadreza Golzar, Dia Mirza, Benyamin Bahadori, Dalip Tahil, Shaily Mahmoudi Director: Ghorban Mohammadpour Producers: Javad NoroozBeigi, Pahalaj Nihalani A romantic melodrama, Salaam Mumbai tells the story of an Iranian medical student in Mumbai who falls in love with a rich Indian girl. “Ali” is an exchange student from Iran who is studying medicine as a cardio resident in Mumbai. By chance, he saves the life of one of his classmates Karishma, who…

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February 2017

Yourk Opera (TWO SHOWS: Friday & Saturday, February 10 &11, 2017 8:00 – 9:30 pm)

February 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Buriel Clay Theatre at the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$20 – $30

Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents: Art Group 91's Yourk Opera, written and directed by Niloofar Asadi. Yourk Opera is an experimental project and the first production of Art Group 91, a theater workshop. Many of the play's actors and crew are experiencing performing in a live theater for the first time, and community attendance will support them through this experience. Please join us! Cast, in the order in which they appear on stage: Sam Javadi, Mohammad Sedighi, Raya Alavi, Homayoon…

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Songs of My Homeland

February 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
De Anza College Visual & Performing Arts Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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“Diaspora Arts Connection” and “Gilgamesh Art & Culture Foundation” Are pleased to present a very unique combination of World Music of Shirazi, Assyrian, Ghoochani, Armenian, Kurdish, Jewish, Gorgani, Azeri and Persian cultures, under the baton of Honiball Joseph. The concert will feature talented solo singers, “Iranian Choir of America” and “Gilgamesh Philharmonic Orchestra”. Solo Singers: Parisa Vaaleh; Amirhossein Kiani Director of Choir: Maziar Atrian Graphic Designer: Hassan Nozadian Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:00 pm; De Anza College Visual & Performing…

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March 2017

Death Belongs to Others

March 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buriel Clay Theatre at the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$15 – $25

Diaspora Arts Connection and Darvag Theater Group proudly present "Death Belongs to Others," a stage reading in honor of the late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's life and his views on life, friendship, and death. A play reading adapted from a 2014 Shargh Newspaper interview with Mr. Kiarostami and his lifetime friend, Iranian painter Aydin Aghdashloo, directed by Bella Warda and brought to life by Behzad Gol Mohammadi andKeyumars Hakim. This reading is entirely in Persian language. Sunday, March 5, 2017,…

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Annual Norouz Concert

March 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SJSU Student Union Theatre, 1 Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192 United States
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Free - Open to Public

Diaspora Arts Connection is proud to co-sponsor the annual Norouz Concert of Persian Studies of San Jose State University. Please join us to celebrate the the arrival of spring.    THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Sunday March 19, 2017 2-4 PM Student Union Theater 1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192

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April 2017

A Special Screening of “Sonita”

April 8, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$15

Diaspora Arts Connection is proud to present a special screening of Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami's award winning documentary, Sonita, on Saturday, April 8 at 3:00 pm in Berkeley. The director will be available for Q&A after the screening. Tickets: $15 General Admission. Space is very limited    Winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary, Sonita is about a determined and animated Afghan teen living in Tehran, who dreams of being a famous…

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Importance of Literature in Modern Life: A Lecture by Sheida Mohamadi

April 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Berkeley Lecture Series and Diaspora Arts Connection proudly present a lecture by Iranian poet and fiction writer Sheida Mohamadi on the topic of the importance of literature to modern life and society. Please join us for this interesting talk, followed by Q&A on Sunday, April 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm. This lecture is entirely in Persian language. گفتارهای برکلی و دیازپورا آرتس کانکشن با افتخار میزبان شاعر،نویسنده، و روزنامه نگار ایرانی، شیدا محمدی خواهند بود. شیدا محمدی که در حال…

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Mahsa Vahdat, Tord Gustavsen & Greg Ellis in Concert

April 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason, Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123 United States
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$45 – $75

Mahsa Vahdat l Tord Gustavsen l Greg Ellis in Concert Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents three world-class musicians in a world music concert. The concert features Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat’s own melodies to poems by the classicalPersian poets Khayyam, Hafez and Rumi, with arrangements and piano improvisations of world renowned jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen, and accompanied by master percussionist Greg Ellis. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30) About the artists: Mahsa Vahdat | vocals Born in Tehran…

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Qais Essar and Neelamjit Dhillon Live

April 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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$25 – $30

Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents extraordinary musicians Qais Essar on Rabab and Neelamjit Dhillon on Tabla, performing live in Berkeley. We are very excited to once again present Qais Essar to his fans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Friday, April 28, 2017, 8:00 pm La Pena Cultural Center; 3105 Shattuck Avenue; Berkeley Tickets: $25 advance, $30 door About Qais Essar: http://www.therabab.com/ Qais Essar, international artist, composer, producer, educator and experienced live performer, carries on the traditional legacy of classical…

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May 2017

Thursdays With DAC: The Journeys

May 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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$10

Come together after work for a beer, a taco, and a visit with friends around music. On Thursday, May 4, we will hold our first "Thursdays with Diaspora Arts Connection" in the Lounge of La Pena Cultural Center, adjacent to Los Cilantros Restaurant. Our musical guests will be the up and coming band "The Journeys," featuring Aryan Hajzavar-Modares, Amirhossein Tajbakhsh,Siavash Bakhtiari, Sasan Yousefian, and Emad Hashemi. Tell your friends!   Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:00 to 10:00 pm; La Pena…

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Parting, A film by Navid Mahmoudi Afghanistan’s Oscar 2017 Entry

May 14, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$12 – $15

SHEED Persian Film Festival and Diaspora Arts Connection Proudly Present the San Francisco Screening of Navid Mahmoudi's "Parting Afghanistan’s submission in the 2017 Academy Awards' foreign-language film category; winner of Special Jury Prize at the 21st Busan International Film Festival. Sunday, May 14, 2017, 4:30 pm; Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103; tickets: $15 general, $12 Senior (ID required). Synopsis Two young Afghans, Fereshteh and Nabi, are in love, but Fereshteh has to follow her parents and…

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Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary–A Documentary Film

May 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents a special screening of "Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary" on Sunday May 21 at 3:00 pm at the East Bay Media Center in Berkeley. Conversation to follow with the film's director, Abdoh's long-time friend and collaborator, Adam Soch and Hossein Khosrowjah, visiting scholar at California College of the Arts' Department of Visual Studies. A creative genius. A charismatic leader. A complex man of his times. Twenty years after his untimely passing, the story of wunderkind theatre…

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June 2017

Summer Kick-Off Party!

June 3, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
MEZZANINE, 444 Jessie Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Free Admission with RSVP

Diaspora Arts Connection & Siamak G Productions Are Proud to Present: Summer Kick-Off Party! Free Admission with RSVP Here:   $15 At the Door Featuring DJ Mian & DJ I-MaD Join us for an evening of dance, community, and summer joy as we kick off the summer in style! Come out to Mezzanine, one of San Francisco's top venues, and dance the night away with top Bay Area DJ's, as we celebrate the coming of summer.  Mezzanine is strictly a…

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Run, Man’s Child!

June 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - June 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$20

Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents "Run, Man's Child!" a play byDopamine Theater Group, directed by Sam Javadi. This play is in Persian. Come support this group of young artists in our community in Dopamine Group's debut performance. Actors: Mahdieh Vaezi, Emad Hashemi,Mohammad Sedighi, Negar Asef, Vahid Azin, Khalil Anvar. Friday, June 23, 2017, 8:00 pm and Saturday, June 24, 2017, 7:00 pm African American Art & Culture Complex 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA Tickets: $20 General Admission Playwright: Ali…

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Razor’s Edge: The Legacy of Iranian Actresses

June 25, 2017 @ 2:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$20 – $50

Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents a special screening of Bahman Maghsoudlou's Razor's Edge: The Legacy of Iranian Actresses. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the Director. Documentary, USA/Iran, Color & B/W, 127 Minutes, Farsi with English subtitles "Razors Edge is a poetic love letter to the female pioneers of Iranian cinema." Shohreh Aghdashloo, Actress All after-costs proceeds from this screening will go to the director, who gave thirteen years of his life to make this film…

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July 2017

Aba Jan, Starring Fatemeh Motamed-Arya

July 9, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$12 – $15

Sheed Film in collabration with Diaspora Arts Connection present Hatef Alimardani's acclaimed 2017 film, "Aba Jan," starring Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, Saeed Aghkhani, and Shabnam Moghadami. In Farsi with English subtitles, 98 minutes. Sunday, July 9, 2017, 4:15 pm Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Tickets: Senior (65+ w/valid ID) $12; General Admission $15    About the film: Aba Jan is the story of an aged woman who lives in Zanjan during the war years. A new season of…

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Namjoo & Nikpay: A Fundraiser for DAC

July 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Palace Of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123 United States
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$50 – $150

Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents its First Annual Fundraising Concert, featuring two very special artists who have generously agreed to lend their voices to the mission of DAC, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) dedicated to helping artists in diaspora. Join us for a night of splendid music, community, and joy. All post-costs proceeds for this event will benefit Diaspora Arts Connection's efforts to help provide a platform for diaspora artists through which to express themselves and to build bridges of…

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Shahab Hosseini’s “Confession” – A filmed Stage Performance

July 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$12.50 – $15

Join us for the screening of a filmed stage performance of "Confession," a play directed by award-winning Iranian actor and director Shahab Hosseini, featuring Ali Nassirian and Shahab Hosseini. This presentation is entirely in Persian language and does not have any English subtitles. Friday, July 28, 2017, 7:30 pm; East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 Tickets $12.50 advance, $15 door.  "Confession" is currently on stage in Tehran. پخش نمایش اعتراف به کارگردانی شهاب حسینی و بازیگری…

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August 2017

Music Without Borders

August 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Cir.
Mountain View, CA 94040 United States
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$20 – $35

Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents Music Without Borders, an enchanting concert by vocalists Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai. Lyric Soprano,Hamid Najafi, and Daniel Lockert on piano. Music has no borders. Let Raeeka and Hamid take you through a musical journey from European Opera to American Broadway and to the rich musical landscape of Iran. Saturday, August 12, 2017, 6:00 pm Tateuchi Hall Community School of Music and Arts; 230 San Antonio Circle; Mountain View, CA 94040 Tickets: $20 Students/Seniors (onlne only); $25 advance;…

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Meet Author Maria Tabrizpour

August 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Free Admission

Come meet Iranian author Maria Tabrizpour for a reading of her new book, "The Rental House" (خانه اجاره ای) on Sunday, August 13 at 4:00 pm at the East Bay Media Center in Berkeley. This presentation is entirely in Persian language.   Donations Are Welcome ماریا تبریزپور نویسنده ایرانی ساکن آلمان است. او که فارغ التحصیل دکتری صنایع چوب و کاغذ از دانشگاه هامبورگ است. نوشتن را همراه تحصیلاتش با جدیت ادامه داده است.  او کارش را با فیلمنامه نویسی آغاز…

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The Paternal House, A Film by Kianoosh Ayyari

August 20, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$12 – $15

THIS FILM IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN 16 AND UNDER SHEED Persian Film Festival in collabration with Diaspora Arts Connectionproudly perenst: "The Paternal House," a banned film by Kianoosh Ayyari خانه پدری  فیلم تحسین شده اما توقیفی از کیانوش عیاری  با بازی مهدی هاشمی و شهاب حسینی Sunday, August 20, 2017, 4:15 pm Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 About the film: Director & Scriptwriter: Kianoosh Ayyari Director of Photography: Dariush Ayyari Editor: Kianoosh Ayyari Music: Behzad Abdi Sound-…

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The Pleasant Pain

August 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ODC, 351 Shotwell Street & 3153 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$20 – $30

Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents The Pleasant Pain, a dance presentation choreographed by Aisan Hoss. Support for this presentation was generously provided by Neda Nobari Foundation and Ban Together. Saturday, August 26, 2017, 8:00 pm ODC Theater, B. Way Theater, 3153 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 Tickets: $20 Students (must have valid ID), $30 General Admission Dancers: Joslynn Celestine Mathis-Reed, Kim Ip, Adrienne Swan Annie Spirka Music: Asaf Ophir, Sheldon Smith Dramaturg: Heather Rastovac About the performance: The Pleasant…

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