Less than a week remains until this year’s Silence the Lies, Rock the Truth! performance, which commemorates the 99th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. This is the concert’s 6th year bringing artists, the community and human rights organizations together in solidarity to honor the past and make a statement to the world about the strength of the Armenian spirit.
A video game developers’ competition and trade show kicked off on Friday in Yerevan, Armenia, for its fourth year in a row, attracting hundreds of spectators, competitors, and investors. Entitled “Open Play,” the event is a competition for developers of computer and mobile games and is organized by a tech industry advocacy group, Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE), and by Orange Armenia.
The red carpet rolls out in Rancho Mirage, California, on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, for the World Armenian Entertainment Awards at The Show, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. Superstars like Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton, Brian McKnight, Paul Anka and Ringo Starr have headlined at the award-winning concert theatre.
The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is presenting the long-overdue California survey of video artist Peter Sarkisian (born 1965, Glendale, Calif.) in the exhibition “Sarkisian & Sarkisian,” which also includes a survey of the artist’s father, Paul Sarkisian (born 1928, Chicago, Ill.), a member of the avant-garde movement in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Armenian Rugs Society has organized a conference entitled “The Armenian Genocide Survivors and the Woven Art.” The conference will examine the impact of the Armenian Genocide on the weaving traditions of the Armenian culture. The event will take place at the Glendale Public Library on Sunday, March 30, from 3 to 7 pm.
The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) is proud to announce that the William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting will launch a Human Rights/Social Justice focus, beginning with the 2014 cycle of the competition. The prize will be awarded for themes which engage an audience with social and political issues and/or promotes peace, social justice and human rights.
The trouble with me being both a theater critic and a playwright is that I can’t review my own work. So this writing must necessarily be a non-review of “Hin Asdvadzner” (Ancient Gods), my adaptation of Levon Shant’s iconic play, which began a three-week run at the NoHo Arts Center last Friday. Let’s call this piece a reflective essay instead.