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Friday, April 28, 2017


British fashion designer Stella McCartney brightened up the penultimate day of Paris Autumn/Winter 2017/18 Fashion Week with varied palettes and dancing models on Monday.


Metropolitan Museum’s Persian Carpets Exhibition: An Interview with Dr. Sheila Canby

“Carpets for Kings: Six Masterpieces of Iranian Weaving” is the title of a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Six small Iranian carpets dating from the 16th and 17th centuries – most of them of royal provenance – are on view at the Met through August 27. They entered the Met collections between 1910 and 1951.

Paris Exhibition Shows Picasso’s Passion

Pablo Picasso's lifelong admiration for artworks from distant civilizations comes to light in a new Paris exhibition featuring such pieces from his own collection as well as his sketches, sculptures and paintings inspired by them.

Poetry as Art: Four Iranian Artists Show Text-Based Works in London

By Corrie Parsonson
What would language look like as visual art? Four Iranian artists provide answers to that question in an exhibition that runs through April 29 at the Gerald Moore Gallery in southeast London.

Aryan Arian Explores Nudity In His Art

By Ali Sharifian (Translation: Ramin Khanjani)
On a bone-chilling evening in Montreal, art lovers make their way to the Z Gallery for an event organized by Shahrzad Arzadi. The evening features a conversation with the photographer and filmmaker Aryan Arian.

Tara Gallery Founder Prefers Art to Aerospace

By Susanna Huth
To the average person, Iran and contemporary art don't necessarily go together. That's something Homa Taraji is determined to change. Based in L.A., she is director of the Tara Gallery and co-founder of the American Foundation for Contemporary Iranian Art.


Bloggers Versus Fashion Editors

At the Milan and London Fashion weeks, fashionistas give their views on the ‘editors versus bloggers’ debate.Front row seats at fashion shows were once almost exclusively for the rich, the famous and the magazine editor. In today's sartorial world these seats are now also shared with the fashion blogger . . . and their influence is growing.

Prelude to Nowruz: The Persian Bonfire Night, or Chaharshanbe Suri

At sunset on Tuesday, millions of Iranians around the world will light bonfires and jump over them as they celebrate Chaharshanbe Suri: the prelude to Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

Burberry Designer Inspired by Sculptor Henry Moore

It's one of Britain's most recognisable brands and a highlight of London fashion week. For its latest latest collection Burberry looked towards one of the country's most famous sculptors for inspiration – Henry Moore.Christopher Bailey, Burberry's chief creative, says: "...I grew up in Yorkshire, which is where...

Carolina Herrera Creates Calm Elegance for Fall

The designer Carolina Herrera kept things simple for fall/winter 2017 with effortless and easy silhouettes, returning to her design roots to create her latest collection.


Iranian Revolution Video Game Takes History to a Global Audience

By Julie ErshadiFor many Iranian emigres, the Islamic Revolution of 1979 is an event that they would rather put behind them. The memories can be much too painful. Yet for Navid Khonsari, who was born in Canada and raised in Iran until the Revolution, the only way out of the trauma is to work through it.

Another Oscar for Iran and Asghar Farhadi, the Director who Refused to Attend this Year’s Awards

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Why Some Iranians Call Themselves ‘Persians’: UC Irvine’s Rahimieh Offers Clues

By Peyman Pejman
What is Iranian “culture,” and how has it evolved as peole's lives, views, and perceptions of their homeland have changed over the years? Those and many other questions came up at a February 9 lecture by Nasrin Rahimieh, Howard Baskerville Professor in Humanities and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California in Irvine.

CIA Interrogator Remembers Saddam Hussein’s Hatred of Iran in New Book

By Peyman PejmanThe U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 is a historical event of such significance that it will define the modern-day Middle East for years to come. Proponents and opponents of the invasion have written books about it. Yet none had the unique front seat to history that John Nixon had. Nixon, who was an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at the time, was the person charged with Saddam’s interrogation after the “Butcher of Baghdad” was arrested on December 13, 2013 at a farm in Tikrit,


Shakespeare in Farsi: London’s Saam Theatre Group Turns Newly Arrived Iranians into Actors

By Susanna Huth
Every September, a Persian-English theater festival is organized in London. Highly popular with the Iranian community, it brings together drama talents from all over the world to celebrate aspects of Iranian culture in both Farsi and English. The festival is the brainchild of the Saam Theatre Group, founded in 2002 by Soussan Farrokhnia – a charitable organization that aims to help London's Iranian population integrate society through the performing arts.

Shirin Neshat, Actor Abbas Bakhtiari Star in Shakespeare’s Tempest

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He is the author of a tragicomedy called The Tempest, which is believed to have been inspired by real-life accounts and voyager journals.A trio of Iranian talents recently featured in a...


Rock Star Soraya Sebghati Releases New Album With Her Band ‘Night Talks’

By Susanna Huth
Raised on a musical diet of David Bowie and Pink Floyd, Soraya Sebghati was always destined to be a "rock chick." Based in Los Angeles, Soraya is a member of the indie rock group "Night Talks" – a cool band with an alternative twist.

Israeli-Iranian Singer Maureen Nehedar Releases One Bestselling Album After Another

By Ahmad Rafat
Thirty-eight-year-old Maureen Nehedar was only two-and-a-half when she emigrated with her family from Isfahan to Israel. It was during the early years of the Revolution, when many Persian Jews were leaving their homeland. Maureen and her family were determined not to forget their roots.


Canadian Bacteria-Like Fossils Called Oldest Evidence of Life

By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microfossils up to almost 4.3 billion years old found in Canada of microbes are similar to the bacteria that thrive today around sea floor hydrothermal vents and may represent the oldest-known evidence of life on Earth, scientists said on Wednesday.

Fossils Show Quick Rebound of Life After Ancient Mass Extinction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal a marine ecosystem thriving relatively soon after Earth's worst mass extinction, contradicting the long-held notion life was slow to recover from the calamity.