1 Feb 2007, 12:32am
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Wednesday Edition: Pars Links

We’ve been hard at work the last couple of days on an interview/article about Bahman Farmanara but promise it’s worth the wait. It’ll be up tomorrow, with a podcast available for download. To tide you over, here’s what’s going on in the Iranian world of events and media, via the Internet.

Ansari at UCLA
Anousheh Ansari, the first female space tourist, is appearing at UCLA on Thursday, March 1st. If you’re in LA, you should try to go – I think the event is free (if memory serves, parking at UCLA is definitely not free). Hopefully we’ll have some pictures from the event. It’s going to be mobbed by Persians, which is always fun.

Bebin Here
There’s a new Iranian online TV station. It’s very clunky on my Mac, but it looks like Bebin.tv (“bebin” means “look”) has mostly lifestyle-oriented programming, in Farsi, English, and the hybrid most popular with the young Iranians abroad, “Fengilisi.” It looks like they’ve got their own version of the NBC show The Office, called “Bebin’s Office.” Potentially the most interesting part of the site is the vPOD section, which is user-generated content. Think YouTube, but harder to stream and you can’t embed the files.

Noor Update
The Noor Film Festival is this weekend, also in LA – the opening ceremony is sold out but you can still get tickets for other showings that are happening through February 4th. If you can’t make it there, two of their features are actually available on Netflix (sort of defeats the purpose of a festival but, well, what are you going to do?).

Activist Arrests
Three Iranian women’s rights activists have been arrested in Iran. Not much more to say here besides the proverbial “this sucks.”

Selling Out in LA
Lian Ensemble plays “sonati,”, or traditional Iranian, music; their LA show at the Getty Center is sold out (what an amazing venue that must be, with those fantastic views of the city), but Chicagoans should know they’re going to be in the Windy City on April 28th and definitely plan ahead; see their event schedule for more details.

Current-Event Anxiety
The International Herald Tribune has a first-person piece by Behzad Yaghmaian about the 1979 revolution and life under regime. Over in the UK, the Guardian has a brief interview with Hossein Bagher Zadeh about his experience with the Islamic Republic’s censorship. Coming off this past weekend’s protests in Washington, D.C., Iranian.com has some photos and an essay. That’s about all our psyche can handle right now, but a quick Google News Search for Iran is easy enough for those seeking more.

Haale at Carnegie Hall
We covered innovative singer Haale recently (and will review her EPs soon). She will be appearing at Carnegie Hall this Sunday, as part of a series curated by David Byrne. For the last several weeks, I’ve listened to his song Glass, Concrete, & Stone and Haale’s song “Navayee” at least once a day, without the knowledge of this show; interesting to see them converge in this way.

Ali Dadgar at Berkeley
Artist Ali Dadgar has an exhibit at UC Berkeley through March 2nd. Much of his work is on Iranian.com.

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