ARTS & CULTURE BEAT-1298

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NADERI MAKES THE 'CUT' AT TRIBECA FILM FEST

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This year's Tribeca Film Festival lineup films that are considered to be especially twisted, including Amir Naderi's "Cut".
The film by the Iranian director is set in Japan, where a young filmmaker named Shuji (Hidetoshi Nishijima), in making his movies, has fallen into debt to some mobsters. He comes up with an innovative way to earn the money he needs: allowing people to punch him for a fee. 

BAROBAX DROPS LAWSUIT

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The copyright claim by Iranian band Barobax regarding a song from composer Pritam on the film AGENT VINOD.
The band claimed that the song "Pungi Bajaa Ke" was a sample off of their album. The band has since dropped the claim against Pritam, Illuminati Films and Eros International and made a public apology to Pritam for the allegations.

TEHRAN to LOS ANGELES: ALI FARAMARZI

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The Seyhun Gallery in Los Angeles will display paintings by Ali Faramarzi during a showcase starting June 2.
The two week exhibit will include 14 paintings by Faramarzi. Faramarzi currently owns a gallery under his name in Tehran.

NEW STYLE OF
CALLIGRAPHY

Calligrapher Ahmad Aryamanesh has developed two new styles of calligraphy, named "kereshmeh" and "safir" which were unveiled during a ceremony held at Tehran's Sareban Gallery last week.
 Aryamanesh has been practicing nastaliq script, a unique and ornate Iranian style of calligraphy, for over 30 years. He says, "We need to make new motifs for Persian script, because although Persian poetry and art have developed over the years, Persian calligraphy has not."
 

EVENTS

[VENICE, CA]

ARIAN SALEH at WitZend

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Born in San Francisco to a house full of music and a family full of artists,  it seems that becoming a singer would be an inevitable fate.  However, it wasn't after years of writing for films and theatre for other people, that Arian would find his own voice.
"As I grew up, I grew into the songs I wanted to write and found my voice as an artist - which turned out to be the gypsy lovechild of the music that influenced and shaped me," says the young singer, songwriter.
In 2010 I released "The Cobblestone EP", an initial yet defining collection of songs that he now performs all across the country while  and am currently working on his full length record, produced by grammy nominated artists Dave Eggar & Chuck Palmer as well as acclaimed producer/DJ Chuck Wild.
"The right piece of music can give a name to something that before was only ever felt. I want to write romantic, mischievous, honest music that expresses our irreplaceable moments." And that he does.
Not to be missed: ARIAN SALEH at WitZend, 1717 Lincoln blvd, Venice, CA 90291. www.ariansaleh.com. April 26 & May 3.

[HONOLULU]
University Exhibit of Iran Photos

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A University of Hawaii exhibit features photographs of Iran. Tehran-born Maseeh Ganjali took the photos on trips to Iran in 2010 and 2011.
He moved to Hawaii at age 13 and is in his last semester of his undergraduate studies at UH Manoa's Theater and Dance Department. He received a research grant award and the Roshan Cultural Institute Fellowship to travel, photograph and conduct research on Iranian arts, history, heritage and culture.
The exhibit is featured in Hamilton Library's Elevator Gallery.

[BERKELY, CA]

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Ziba Shirazi is back with new stories. Iranian Jazz/ Pop musician Shirazi whose songs focus on women's emotion, bold expressions of love and feminism, performs with accordionist PEYMON GAZI on stage for a sing a long of memorable Iranian songs.

SUNDAY MAY 27TH, 2012. 5:30 PM at LIVE OAK THEATRE, 1301 Shattuck Ave.,  Berkeley, CA  94709, visit www.zibashirazi.com/calendar.