Persian Events In Los Angeles Area.
Iranian-American community, known as Tehrangeles, is the biggest community of Iranians outside Iran. And if there's a downtown Tehrangeles, it's a stretch of Westwood Boulevard, on the edge of the UCLA campus next door to Beverly Hills. Pop into any shop and you'll hear Farsi. The business signs are all in Persian. The popular Ketab Bookshop features Persian books and CDs. The TV at the back of this and other stores is tuned to an Iranian program. There are 20 Farsi-language channels to choose from on satellite television. More than a dozen are based in Southern California and beamed back to Iran. As the population grew, many Persians have moved all over Los Angeles, with other large neighborhoods forming in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Woodland Hills and Encino in the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills, California; the city of Irvine as well throughout Orange County and Persians also made their homes in San Diego and the Palm Springs area (Coachella Valley). The Persian population of Beverly Hills may be as high as 20% of the total population. The vice mayor of Beverly Hills, Jim Delshad, is Iranian-born. No wonder one of the top-listed inquiries (written in English) for internet browsers starting with the word “Persian” is “Persian events in Los Angeles”. Here is the few of them, upcoming this summer in Los Angeles area.
Wednesday, July 15 @ 7:30 PM in Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA) Iran/America Then and Now (1979-2009) is a public conversation preceded by a special screening of the feature film America So Beautiful (americasobeautiful.com). The evening features a lively discussion with writer and director Babak Shokrian, costar Fariborz David Diaan, and international vocal star Sussan Deyhim, moderated by author Mark LeVine.
On July 18th @ Aura Night club, 12215 Ventura Bl. Studio City – Amir Aram’s (1951) Teheran-born singer, songwriter, producer, poet and painter.
Drums will Sing for Iran @ LACMA on July 19. An evening of hope, unity and peace with the people of Iran. 6-8 PM on the grass of LACMA. FREE admission. Bring your drum and be part of this free music event.
Chelsea FC vs Inter Milan Soccer game - Live performance by ANDY( known best since the charitable performance of “stand by me” along with Bon Jovi) on July 21. 40 World cup players and six international captains. Half time performance by ANDY @ 8 pm, at ROSE BOWL, Pasadena.
A photography Exhibit by Majeed B-N-Te-Ha, a Solo Show is going to be available for viewings between July 23rd and August 2nd with an opening night on July 25th (5-8 pm). Majeed B-N-Te-Ha is a multiskilled artist, musician and writer of Persian descendance.
Dariush Eghbali, a phenomenon in the history of Iranian music, who’s art carries forth an essence from an ancient land and music have touched the souls of people all over the world for over three decades now, will give a Live in Concert @ Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles on Aug 01.
Nastaran Kherad, the author of In the House of My Bibi, a memoir of growing up in revolutionary Iran will be reading from her book at Borders Bookstore in El Segundo on Saturday, August 08 at 2 PM (710 S Sepulveda Blvd)
After a stellar debut at Disney Hall in 2008, Homay & Mastan Ensemble return this year with an even more spectacular performance tour. For the Los Angeles show only, Homay & Mastan Ensemble will be joined by Shahrdad Rohani and full symphony orchestra for a rare blend of Persian and Western classical music! See flier for tour dates in major US cities. (Sunday, August 16,07:00 PM, Disney Hall)
Hamed Nikpay’s Concert Tour “All Is Calm On The Road / Asoudeh Dar Raah” Will have it’s stop in Los Angeles on October 03.
Plus, one authentically worthwhile website presenting the achievements of modern Persian artists, musicians and writers working in western culture, but who’s arts are hugely influenced by their heritage: www.beenteha.com . The site features short films, documentaries, books of poetry and children literature, short stories, plays and visual arts with a good quality editorial. High-arts-only, one might say.