March 2019 archive

Docunight#55 [Penn State]: October 13, 1937

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

October 13, 1937
Directed by: Baktash Abtin
2018 / 67 mins
Persian with English Subtitles, Free Admission

‘October 13, 1937’ is a documentary about Iranian-Armenian maestro Loris Tjeknavorian, an Iranian Armenian composer and conductor. He is one of the most celebrated cultural figures in Armenia and Iran. As one of the leading conductors of his generation, he has led international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, United States’ Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, USSR, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Denmark, and Israel. His compositions have been performed by major orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra Helsinki, American Symphony Orchestra in New York, Tehran Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, London Percussion Virtuosi, Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble and English Chamber Orchestra.

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Tjeknavorian himself said the film is about a mad person, and “I have always said that the mad people make the world and the wise ruin it”.

“When I was told they were going to make a film about me I was afraid, since we are all making changes every day, I never thought about the replies to the questions in this film and gave the responses immediately. I am still a child and I never want to leave this childhood of mine because that world would have no pleasure for me.”

In 1963, Professor Carl Orff granted Loris Tjeknavorian a scholarship, which allowed him to reside in Salzburg and to complete his opera, Rostam and Sohrab, based on a story from the epic Shahnameh.

 

Happy Norooz 1398

نوروزتان پیروز و هرروزتان نوروز باد
Happy Persian New Year, Happy Norooz

We, ISA Officers, wish you all a blessed year filled with joy, success, and happiness.

We hope you have enjoyed the Norooz Gala celebration; Please feel free to relay your comments and suggestions here: https://goo.gl/forms/p0HYKHG1g2wW8uiT2

Norooz Gala celebration pictures can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tkeHmKQGkFUAFF6l-ekpuUFVHvE-rFgP?usp=sharing
We plan to make a photo memory board with your photo-booth pictures; it would be great if you could share your pictures.
Please email or share your photos with psu.isa@gmail.com.

Norooz Gala 1398 (reminder)

Location: Alumni Hall @Hub-Robeson Center, State College, PA 16801
Date and Time: Saturday, March 16, 7:00 PM- 12:00 AM
جشن نوروز 

Iranian Student Association (ISA) at Penn State University is once again proud to present Norooz Gala held on March 16th.

The remaining tickets will be sold at 6:00 PM on the event day. The program will start at 7:00 PM, please kindly be on time.

The night will include performances from Nomad Dancers and comedian Mrs. Melissa Shoshani, as well as live concert by the 25Band.

Let’s have a memorable evening together!

Norooz Tickets

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets early! We are excited to announce that 80% of tickets have been sold.

For your convenience and minimize the crowd at the event entry we decided to hold additional ticket sales as follow:

-Thursday, March 14, Penn State Berkey Creamery, 11:00-12:00 AM
-Thursday, March 14, Westgate (IST) Building, Au Bon Pain Café Bakery, 12:15-1:15 PM

We will assign tables based on first come first serve when you buy tickets.

Tickets (cash only):
PSU Student: $30
Student: $35
General ticket: $60
Children under 6: Free

Volunteers can sign up here (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gn-PwbqlovSin0mhGCx6Al_AKeFxiTffqvv8toO3ICQ).

Docunight #54 [Penn State]: Ali Aqa (reminder)

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

Ali Aqa
Directed by Kamran Heidari
2017 / 81 min
Persian with English Subtitles, Free Admission

 

Seventy-year-old Ali Aqa’s large, fleshy hands shake as he helps a newborn pigeon chick hatch. His pigeons, which he keeps on the roof of his home, mean everything to him. He calls his favorite white pigeon “sweetheart” and even takes her into his bedroom. His wife is less than enthusiastic about this, and has good cause to be jealous. He may be the embodiment of tenderness when dealing with his beloved pigeons, but this cantankerous old man is a trial for the human beings around him, as we soon learn from this dynamic portrait, shot up close to its protagonist. He orders his wife and son around and is consumed by paranoia. When it goes too far, even the film’s director Kamran Heidari abandons his strictly neutral position as an observer. The pigeons are Ali’s way of escaping reality—in particular, an impending hospitalization—but this proves ever more difficult. Ali Aqa’s small-scale, everyday story encompasses a great human drama: how do we accept the inevitable?

About Docunight

GBM for Norooz preparation (reminder)

Location: HUB 233A @Hub-Robeson Center, State College, PA 16801
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00 – 7:00 PM

آخرین جلسه برای آماده سازی نوروز در روز سه شنبه برگزار خواهد شد. اگر قبلا داوطلب شده اید یا قصد دارید داوطلب شوید، لطفا در این جلسه شرکت کنید. برنامه نوروز در این جلسه نهایی خواهد شد.
برنامه نوروزهمچنان نیازمند داوطلب می باشد. داوطلبان می توانند در اینجا ثبت نام کنند
شما می توانید در این برنامه بلیط ها را به شرح زیر خریداری کنید

The last GBM for Norooz preparation will be on Tuesday 3/12. If you have already been volunteered or plan to be a volunteer, please attend this meeting. We will finalize the Norooz Gala program.
We are still looking for volunteers. Volunteers can sign up here (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gn-PwbqlovSin0mhGCx6Al_AKeFxiTffqvv8toO3ICQ).

Also, we will be selling tickets on the GBM event.
Tickets (cash only):
PSU Student: $30
Student: $35
General ticket: $60
Children under 6: Free

Docunight #54 [Penn State]: Ali Aqa

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

Ali Aqa
Directed by Kamran Heidari
2017 / 81 min
Persian with English Subtitles, Free Admission

 

Seventy-year-old Ali Aqa’s large, fleshy hands shake as he helps a newborn pigeon chick hatch. His pigeons, which he keeps on the roof of his home, mean everything to him. He calls his favorite white pigeon “sweetheart” and even takes her into his bedroom. His wife is less than enthusiastic about this, and has good cause to be jealous. He may be the embodiment of tenderness when dealing with his beloved pigeons, but this cantankerous old man is a trial for the human beings around him, as we soon learn from this dynamic portrait, shot up close to its protagonist. He orders his wife and son around and is consumed by paranoia. When it goes too far, even the film’s director Kamran Heidari abandons his strictly neutral position as an observer. The pigeons are Ali’s way of escaping reality—in particular, an impending hospitalization—but this proves ever more difficult. Ali Aqa’s small-scale, everyday story encompasses a great human drama: how do we accept the inevitable?

About Docunight

GBM for Norooz preparation

Location: HUB 233A @Hub-Robeson Center, State College, PA 16801
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00 – 7:00 PM

آخرین جلسه برای آماده سازی نوروز در روز سه شنبه برگزار خواهد شد. اگر قبلا داوطلب شده اید یا قصد دارید داوطلب شوید، لطفا در این جلسه شرکت کنید. برنامه نوروز در این جلسه نهایی خواهد شد.
برنامه نوروزهمچنان نیازمند داوطلب می باشد. داوطلبان می توانند در اینجا ثبت نام کنند
شما می توانید در این برنامه بلیط ها را به شرح زیر خریداری کنید

The last GBM for Norooz preparation will be on Tuesday 3/12. If you have already been volunteered or plan to be a volunteer, please attend this meeting. We will finalize the Norooz Gala program.
We are still looking for volunteers. Volunteers can sign up here (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gn-PwbqlovSin0mhGCx6Al_AKeFxiTffqvv8toO3ICQ).

Also, we will be selling tickets on the GBM event.
Tickets (cash only):
PSU Student: $30
Student: $35
General ticket: $60
Children under 6: Free

Norooz Tickets [Last Chance Reminder]

Location: Alumni Hall @Hub-Robeson Center, State College, PA 16801
Date and Time of Ticket Selling:  February 26-29, 2:00-5:00 PM
Date and Time of the event: Saturday, March 16, 7:00 PM- 12:00 AM

 

Dear Friends,

Iranian Student Association(ISA) at Penn State University is once again proud to present Norooz Gala held on March 16th. As you must know, Norooz is perhaps the most ancient Iranian tradition that celebrates the first day of Spring that is also the Iranian new year’s eve. Thus, the Norooz Gala is held every year by ISA at Penn State is not only the most prestigious event of the year, but it is one of the largest and most famous ones in the US. The night will include different performances such as Azari dance, a performance of one of the best Persian dance group in the US, comedian and live concert by 25Band. We are guaranteeing you the best times on the dance floor and of course delicious Iranian dishes including Ghormesabzi, Gheyme, Koobideh kabab, Kashk-o-Bademjan and many more, so come full of energy but hungry!

We will assign tables based on first come first serve when you buy tickets.

Tickets (cash only):
PSU Student: $30
Student: $35
General ticket: $60
Children under 6: Free

We will be selling tickets on the following occasions:
-Tuesday, February 26, HUB-Robeson Center, information table #3, 2:00-5:00 PM
-Wednesday, February 27, HUB-Robeson Center, information table #5, 2:00-5:00 PM
-Thursday, February 28, HUB-Robeson Center, information table #4, 2:00-5:00 PM
-Friday, March 1, HUB-Robeson Center, information table #3, 2:00-5:00 PM

If you are not in State College, please ask your friends here to buy tickets on behalf of you (they should have your name and University email address), otherwise feel free to email us at psu.isa@gmail.com, we will help you with.

We also need some volunteer to give us a hand before, during or after the event. So, if you are interested in, feel out the following sheet with your information.

Volunteers can sign up here (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gn-PwbqlovSin0mhGCx6Al_AKeFxiTffqvv8toO3ICQ).

Eagerly waiting to see you in Norooz Gala
ISA officers at PSU