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Jong-e Farhangi Report

Jong-e Farhangi is a cultural variety show that has been a monthly program on the IAC stage for almost three years. It took some time till Jong found its own audience and followers but find it did. Jong emphasizes on arts and culture. The program guests use Jong›s podium to share their views on a variety of subjects with an eager audience. Jong-e Farhangi is on the second Friday night of the month.

San Diego Jong-e Farhangi
May 12, 2017

The May program, hosted by Reza Khabazian, featured two guests. The first guest was Dr. Mosavar Rahmani, discussing Iran›s culture and civilization from a different angle. The second guest was the music group «In Chand Nafar», a group of three musicians on piano, daf and violin, performing Persian music for the audience.

San Diego Jong-e Farhangi
June 9, 2017

The June program, hosted by Ali Sadr, featured two guests. The first guest was Iranian writer and journalist, Ebrahim Nabavi, introducing his new biography «Kelk-e Khialangiz». The second guest was Dr. Nooreddin Zarrinkelk, Iran›s famed children›s author and animator discussing the book from his angle.

Mother’s Day Concert
May 14, 2017

Faraz Minoui and Behfar Bahadoran took to the stage for an original performance of Persian classical music on poems by Ahmad Shamlou.


Movie and Discussion
May 7, 2017

For the month of May, the Movie and Discussion group of the Persian Cultural Center of San Diego screened the movie “Inja Bedoone Man” or “Here without Me” is a 2010 production directed by Bahram Tavakoli. It received 6 prizes from Khaneh Cinema in Iran and Fatemeh Motamed Aria received the Best Actress Award for it from the Montreal Movie Festival. Ali Pirouzian gave an introduction about the movie, the director and his works and mentioned that the movie is an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ (The Glass Menagerie). The screening was followed by a group discussion by the audience.

PCC Annual Meeting and Election
May 21, 2017

The Persian Cultural Center held its annual meeting and Boeard of Directors election at the Mount Carmel High School. The PCC annual report was given, the new candidates were introduced and elected and, the mmeting was adjourned following the announcement of the results.

Movie and Discussion
June 4, 2017

The Movie and Discussion group of the Persian Cultural Center of San Diego screened the movie “Saadat Abad”, produced in 2010 is the fifth long movie directed by Maziar Miri. Saadat Abad with Leila Hatami, Hengameh Ghaziani, Mahnaz Afshar, Hamed Behdad, and Hossein Yari is a star studded production. The screening was followed by a group discussion by the audience led by Movie and Discussion’s own Milad Jahadi.

House of Bernard Alba
May 20, 2017

A new play reading adaptation of the House of Bernard Alba by Federico Garcia Lorka, directed by Mahmoud Behrouzian, went on stage at the Iranian American Center.

Sibarg Ensemble
June 24, 2017

Sibarg Ensemble went on the stage at IAC (the Iranian-American Center) on June 24, 2017  to perform a Persian/Jazz Improvisation. Niloufar Shiri, Kamancheh, Kyle Motl, Double bass, Josh Charney, piano, and Hesam Abedini, vocalist. The program was met with a warm reception by the audience.

Docunights #38 and #39
May 3, 2017 and June 7, 2017

Docunight is a documentary screening program held in more than twenty cities across the North American continent, concurrently on the second Wednesday of the month. The documentaries are either made by Iranian film makers or are about Iran and Iranians.The documentary “Bozorgtarin Jashne rooye Zamin” or “The Grandest Festival on Earth” (2016- 75 mins) was about the celebration of the 2500 years of Monarchy, directed by Hassan Amini. The documentary “Chenarestan” or “The Sycamores” (2015- 91mins) directed by Hadi Afarideh tells the story of Valiasr Ave (formerly Pahlavi and Mosadegh) and its connecting neighborhoods. It won the Documentary Award of the Haghighat Film Festival in 2014.


Radio Dreams
June 11, 2017

The movie Radio Dreams, directed by Babak Jalali and depicting Mohsen Namjoo as Hamid, an immigrant Iranian writer, was screened at the Angelika, Carmel Mountain. The screening was followed by a Q&A session with Mahmoud Reza Pirouzian from PCC and Mohsen Namjoo and Kyle Kernan.


Destruction Never Justifies Action

Of all the nations that were holding elections, the only one left is Germany to determine who will be chosen to lead that nation.

The people, mostly the young generations in Austria, Holland, France, and Iran turned out with overwhelming millions to speak with their votes. Their collective voice was for moderate leaders to chart their paths to a more progressive future. Those who went to the polls have expressed the desire for global unity through peaceful means. Resolutions to solve conflicts not start wars. Enough killings, enough loss of young and innocent lives sacrificed in the name of liberty and justice. I doubt very much that any country can bomb another to promote “liberty” or “justice.” The power and the ability to destroy do not and will never justify the action taken.

Every person killed creates a family of enemies. Some people ask, “Why don’t they like us?” SERIOUSLY? Think about it again and reverse the situation. How would you feel losing a beloved in the same manner? At what point in your life would you forget? Never. One can never forget and this experience fosters a vicious desire for revenge.

On May 20th I witnessed something that brought a ray of hope and gladness to my heart. Del Sur Elementary School in 4S Ranch in San Diego held its annual Heritage Night. Around 20 or so nations hosted booths displaying handicrafts, another section showed exhibits, and yet another section had food from the different countries for people to taste. Children and their parents, community members, as well as organizations were all involved. I loved seeing the great diversity of nationalities that exists in this school. Children and many parents came in their native costumes and many performed on stage representing their cultural heritage. The atmosphere of the school was one that embraced global harmony. A beautiful banner in the hallway emphasized, “Let learning take you around the world.”

Every person is a global child and we are all a family. Can we not resolve our differences by discussion and respect for each other? Can we not bring more and more Heritage Nights for our children to learn from an early age how important every culture and heritage is, and how necessary it is that we all strive to preserve the rights of others?

I am an immigrant and I chose to be here because this country offered me a life of liberty and justice through the democratic process. I have worked hard for my life here and have tried to represent my heritage and culture with the utmost dignity that it deserves. From life’s experience I say to my new homeland:
“Building a fighting army can never be the resolution for peace.”

Celebrating Diversity – Learning To Respect Differences

Once again, it is time for the jubilation of our New Year and a new day.  Time to say farewell to the dormancy of another winter season and welcome the rejuvenation of our Mother Earth with the coming of spring.  We should get ready to dance with the blossoming of every flower and be thankful to have been given another spring to celebrate and enjoy the blessings of being alive.

As I write this editorial, early February it will be the beginning of the Chinese New Year, the year of the Monkey. Less than a month ago we celebrated the coming of 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. Now coming up on the first day of spring will be a great celebration, representing a new year for nearly 300 million people around the world.

Due to the amazing progress in technology, we have become a global family involved in one another’s cultural heritages and celebrations,    giving us the opportunity to be joyous together, and an opportunity to learn the art of tolerance, respect and acceptance of one another and our differences.

Our Mother Earth has around 7 billion living children in 195 nations.  We are of different cultural backgrounds and habits, different languages, and different religions.  According to “There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today.  However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers.”  Ethnologue also reports “a total of 238 languages in the United States, 162 of which are ‘living’.”

Today, one thing is for sure, in all corners of the world the majority of world citizens are operating a cell phone with all kinds of gadgets and/or at least a computer. We can even see each other’s backyards across the world if we choose to. This is how close we are to one another whether we want to recognize these facts or not. We really are a global family and it would be advantageous to all of us to act as a family and support and protect one another.  If nothing else, the natural global disasters of recent years should have taught us this lesson.

Annually from November first to mid-January there are over 30 global celebrations, national as well as religious. Thus, here are my resolutions for whatever days of life are left for me to enjoy and celebrate.  There are 195 nations on earth and each must have at least one specific day of celebration that represents them – I want to celebrate that nation and its people on their special day.  I want to learn more about them and their cultural heritage. Wouldn’t it be different and a positive experience if ALL the news media throughout the world would begin by teaching us each day the reason for celebrations and the background of the celebrants of our world?  Wouldn’t understanding one another bring tolerance and begin paving a road to global peace?

“I have learned that a man has only the right to look down to another when he has to help him to stand up.  There is always a tomorrow and life gives us the opportunity to do things right.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Our New Year brings the message of a new life, hope, gratitude, respect and the wisdom to always remember:  Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds for all humanity.

The Editorial Board of Peyk Wish You a Happy Season of Spring
with Prosperity and
Good Health for the Year Ahead.

A warm welcome to a new organization

Interview for Peyk by Shahri Estakhry

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Seated, left to right: Mandana Beheshti, Sara Agahi (President), Tamara Murphy (Treasurer), Leila Attar.  Not pictured:  Sheri Shahri (Communications) and Oscar Talaro

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Perhaps the Time Has Come To Think Intelligently?


By: Shahri Estakhry

According to all reports, this was the driest and warmest summer in the history of this nation.  The most unusual year, to be exact.  According to the World Resources Institute, “Stabilizing the global climate is the great challenge of the 21st century. Temperatures have exceeded global averages for 36 consecutive years. The world is already beginning to feel the impacts. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe. Heat waves and drought plague many countries, destroying agriculture, sparking wildfires, and endangering lives. And rising sea levels threaten coastal communities and infrastructure with flooding and storm surge.” (

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Soaring Spirits in the Wild

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Enhancing Readers’ Delight

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