Performers Turn out to Support Women in Politics: Anahid Oshagan and Nayiri Nahabedian

GLENDALE–Comedienne Lory Tatoulian and musicians Gor Mkhitarian–and Ara Dabandjian–will headline "Women in Politics," an event benefiting the campaigns of Anahid Oshagan for Glendale City Council and Nayiri Nahabedian for Glendale School Board.

"Women in Politics" will take place Monday–March 28–7 p.m.–at The Cove–300 E. Harvey Drive in Glendale. Admission is $40 with a special $20 student discount. All proceeds will benefit the Oshagan and Nahabedian campaigns.

Artists and musicians have turned out overwhelmingly for this year’s election–supporting candidates who they believe will advance culture and arts education in the city.

"Art is a universal language and it is a means to bringing various segmen’s of the community together. I am a great supporter of the arts and I will strive to make Glendale a more vibrant place for the arts," said Oshagan–whose campaign has hosted an art auction and a performance by well-known comedian and artist Vahe Berberian.

Anahid Anna Oshagan announced her candidacy for the April 5 city elections in January. She has a vision to bring harmony and mutual understanding to the diverse communities of Glendale. Stemming from her political experience and her dedication and involvement in the community–Anahid will bring a fresh new perspective and will become a unifying force for all of Glendale.

Recognizing this fact–Congressman Adam Schiff (D-29) and Glendale City Councilman Raffi Manoukian have endorsed Oshagan’s bid for the City Council.

"I know Anahid will be a strong leader for Glendale. She has a passion for public service–understands the issues–and will reach out to all residents of the city," said Rep. Schiff in his endorsement. "While working as my district representative–Anahid demonstrated her commitment to our constituents and an ability to effectively respond to their needs."

Oshagan is running on a platform to bring our community together and improve the quality of life for all of Glendale. She will protect our environment–reduce the impact of traffic–build more mini-parks–support our police and fire departmen’s and support the development of arts and culture in our city.

"I am the fresh new face of Glendale. I want to work with all communities of our wonderfully diverse city and make sure everyone is represented fairly," says Anahid Oshagan. "A vote for me is a vote for the future of Glendale."

Oshagan has also been endorsed by the Glendale ANC–the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats–the California School Employees Association–the Glendale Association of Realtors and the Teamster’s Union.

Nayiri Nahabedian has spent more than a decade teaching–supervising and working in the counseling field where she has directly impacted many families and the lives of youth. Nahadedian teaches courses in policy and child well-being at CSULA and serves as a Glendale City Commisioner.

"Nayiri Nahabedian is our choice for Glendale Unified School Board. As an educator–Nahabedian has first-hand knowledge and experience of what we need on the School Board," said Sandra Frank–President of the Glendale Teachers Association.

Nayiri and her family moved to Glendale from Boston in 1986. After graduating from Glendale High School–Nayiri enrolled in the Scholars Program at Glendale Community College. She went on to UCLA where she earned a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s from the School of Public Policy and Social Research.

Nahabedian will work to empower teachers and give them the tools necessary to provide optimal learning opportunities for our students and will promote positive problem-solving skills. Nahabedian values the views of students–parents–and teachers in shaping the future of our schools and will build consensus by listening to all viewpoints and finding common ground.

Nahabedian will work to ensure Glendale schools get their fair share of educational funding from state and federal resources. As a School Board member–Nahabedian will promote creative community partnerships with public and private entities to further enhance our District’s educational resources.

For the "Women in Politics" event–Lory Tatoulian will perform a special stand-up routine. Tatoulian is an actress and playwright whose work explores issues of cultural identity–gender–and ethnic community dynamics. Tatoulian’s comedic character-studies define the core of her style. Her explorations take root in theatrical monologues that meld the comedic and absurd experiences of several ethnic groups and social milieus. Her character portraits range from an Armenian waxing lady in Glendale to a French Supermodel who wants to help democratize the world–a hapless jazz singer from Russia–to a Californian car addict who contemplates her free-will on the freeway. Using the stage as her conceptual loom–Tatoulian weaves a dazzling fabric of stories–vignettes–and swatches of sardonic wit.

Gor Mkhitarian launched his solo career in 2001 and has released three albums since. He makes fresh and compelling music that successfully fuses traditional Armenian music with both rock and folk idioms. In 2003–he moved to Los Angeles with his bass player Vahe Terteryan–where drummer Jirair Habeshian and accordionist Ara Dabandjian joined the band. Stepping away from his previous acoustic-driven "signature," with the new band he features remarkable musicianship and showcases a different approach to his songwriting. It’s Armenian music–as it has never been heard before.

Multi-instrumentalist Ara Dabandjian has recently succeeded in reintroducing the classic–nostalgic sounds of the accordion to a new generation of audiences through his performances with Gor–and most recently Ruben Hakhverdian. He will be accompanying both Lory and Gor in their respective performances. Ara also plays lead guitar and keyboard for the band In Progress? a group that integrates passionate guitar–accordion–and violin sounds with modern and folk musical themes. In Progress? is due to release their first CD in May 2005.

Donations to the Oshagan campaign may be made to "Friends of Anahid Oshagan" and sent to Friends of Anahid Oshagan–P.O. Box 4820–Glendale–CA 91222-0820. Please see oshagan2005.com for more information on Oshagan’s candidacy.

Donations to the Nahabedian campaign may be made to "Nahabedian for School Board" and sent to Nahabedian for School Board–1545 N. Verdugo Rd–Suite 120–Glendale–CA 91208. Political contributions are not tax-deductible.

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