Event listings – 3/1 til 3/7

1. Discussion

Where: Asia Society (725 Park Avenue, New York, NY)

Date: Wednesday, March 3

Time: 6:30pm (with live video webcast)

Tickets: $7 members, $9 student/senior, $11 nonmember

Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Laureate, Human Rights Activist and Founder, Centre for the Defense of Human Rights in Iran and Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society talk about Iran’s current political landscape; women’s rights and the possibility of democratic transition.
Cosponsored by the Open Society Institute.


2. Events: Spring into Norouz: Celebrate the Persian New Year!

Where: Asia Society (725 Park Avenue, New York, NY)

Date: Wednesday, March 3

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Tickets: free with gallery admission. Under 16 free.

Festive fish magnets. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)


Festive fish magnets. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

Are you tired of the winter cold and can’t wait for spring to arrive? Don’t despair, the Persian New Year, Norouz, marks the beginning of spring—and is almost here! On March 6, celebrate Norouz with Persian music and dance by children’s dance group J-Hoon Music Ensemble, stories from the great Persian epic Shahnameh, folk music from Kyrgyzstan, and arts and crafts inspired by symbols of spring and good luck.

Schedule of Events

1:00 – 1:45 pm
Rose Conference Hall: 8th Floor
J- Hoon Music Ensemble Performs Classical Kurdish Music and Dance

The members of the J-Hoon Musical Ensemble will celebrate the arrival of spring and the festival of Norouz by performing classical Kurdish songs and dance that represent the vibrant and joyous culture of the Kurds of Western Iran.

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Rose Conference Hall: 8th Floor
Iranian storyteller Kamran Bayagan tells stories from the Shahnameh

Written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around the year 1000 CE, the Shahnameh recounts the mythical and historical past of Persia and is considered the national epic of the Persian-speaking world. During this performance, you will hear stories about Rostam, the great hero of Shahnameh, and the Seven Quests (Haft Khan-e Rostam) along his journey to save the great king, Key-Kavus.

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Rose Conference Hall: 8th Floor
Folk Music from Kyrgyzstan on Cello and Kumoz

Enjoy a lively presentation of folk music with musician Nurmira Greenberg. Nurmira will introduce young audiences to the sounds of Kyrgyzstan and the kumoz, the national instrument of Kyrgyzstan.

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Rose Conference Hall: 8th Floor
Ongoing Activities

  • Create a Persian miniature with artist Alisha Mernick. Use symbols of spring and Persian calligraphy to complete your miniature.
  • Discover the meaning of the Haft-Seen table.
  • Grow your own sabzeh, or “spring sprouts,” as a symbol of the New Year.
  • Persian calligraphy activity.


3. Not Spring Not Winter Exhibition (“New Boundaries of Interactivity”)

    When:  from 3/6 through 3/14
    Time:  OPENING CEREMONY : March 6, 3:00 – 9:00 pm
    Where: 319 Scholes Art & Event Space (Brooklyn, NY 11206 – L Train to Montrose Ave.)
    As an extension of SITE Fest 2010, 319 Scholes Performance Space is pleased to present Not Spring Not Winter, an exhibit of emerging artists from the Interative Telecommunication Program (ITP). The exhibit will run from March 6 to 14 with live performances on the 6th.


    Not Spring Not Winter, born out of the need for a curated show of ITP student work, will include but is not limited to New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) performances, interactive installations, and physical computing projects. The show is curated by Igal Nassima and Nahana Schelling for 319 Scholes Performance Space.

    SITE Fest is a two-day, multi-location interdisciplinary event, highlighting the diversity of performance in Bushwick. Encompassing theater, dance, music, and other forms of performance/live art, SITE seeks to expand the interaction between spectators and spectacle as both artists and visitors move through spaces, events, media, and styles.

    ITP is a community of technologists, theorists, engineers, designers and artists uniquely dedicated to pushing the boundaries of interactivity through experimentation. Not Spring Not Winter will portray a selection of student body work highlighting the convergence of new media technologies through audio video installations, performances, and other interactive works. Of particular interest will be the eploration of the relationship between technology and human behavior as well as reflections on the new boundaries of interactivity.

    Download Press Release @ http://www.319scholes.org/press/NSNWPressRelease.pdf

    Artists :

    Alejandro Crawford 
    Andrea Wolf 
    Angela Chen
    Ari Joseph 
    Ariel Nevarez 
    Arturo Vidich 
    Dimitris Makris
    Elie Zananiri 
    Igal Nassima
    Karla Calderon
    Leo Kang
    Marko Manriquez
    Matt Ganucheau 
    Melanie Clemmons 
    Michael Cohen
    Michelle Mayer
    Miriam Simun
    Nahanaeli Schelling
    Poram Lee
    Sara Bremen
    Sarah Dahnke
    Sindy Butz 
    Sonia Yuditskaya 
    Sooyun Yun
    Susan Ngo
    Ted Hayes
    Winslow Porter 
    Yin Ho


4. Jon Rose & David Watson curated a mini festival of “strings in all sizes, shapes and uses” at Issue Project Room this weekend.
When: SUNDAY, March 7
Time: from 3pm through the evening
Venue: ISSUE PROJECT ROOM At the Old American Can Factory (232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 1215)
Directions see here: http://issueprojectroom.org/contact/
Each performance: $15 / $12 advance / $10 members

3:00 pm
…ENDANGARED GUITARS with Hans Tammen, Kenta Nagai, and the Gowanus Bass Quartet
5:00 pm
…with Alex Waterman, Miya Masaoka Trio, Jon Rose, and David Watson
8:00 pm
…with Jon Rose, Zeena Parkins, Ne(x)tworks String Quartet, and Roger Kleier.