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Asbarez Loses One of its Own

Gevork Noubarian, a long-time member of the Asbarez staff, passed away Saturday. From 1987 to 2001 Noubarian was the newspaper’s layout and photography staff member. Born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1931, Noubarian was educated in Iran and worked for several years for British Petroleum in its cartography and geography department. He was married to Zabel

Prominent Armenian Playwright Berge Zeituntsyan Discusses His Art and an Upcoming Reading at the Fountain Theatre

On August 13, 14, 15, the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance will hold its Second Annual ADAA/Fountain Theatre Armenian Play Reading Series at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood’s Little Armenia. This year, the group will present the plays of Berge Zeituntsyan, one of the leading contemporary playwrights in Armenia today. The plays will feature prominent Armenian

Clair de Luna

BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN The light of the moon has been shining a little brighter ever since the Luna Playhouse opened its doors in September, traditionally the start of the theater season. As the season formally ends with the onset of summer, the time is opportune to take a look at Luna’s first “year” in existence.

Horizon Adds Another Night of Shammasian’s Play

After the first performance Wednesday of “Portzank Batal,” Pierre Shammasian’s comedy, which is on tour in Southern California at the special invitation of Horizon Armenian Television, organizers added a fourth show on Tuesday, June 12 at Glendale’s Beyond the Stars Theater. The comedy premiered Wednesday at the California State University, Northridge campus to rave applause

Mamoulian Retrospective Presented

BY DR. ZAVEN KHATCHATURIAN WESTWOOD–The Friends of UCLA Armenian Language and Culture Studies hosted the premiere of a new documentary film on movie director Rouben Mamoulian presented by Patrick Cazals, a veteran French filmmaker, at James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall, UCLA, on May 19. Gia Aivazian, the President of Friends of UCLA Armenian Language

AFFMA presents Fantasy of Fashion

LOS ANGELES–The Arpa Foundation for Film, Music & Art will present the fall collection of Pogah by Ari Sheuhmelian during a fashion show on Saturday, June 16t at 11 am. Aleppo-born designer Ari Sheuhmelian mastered couture in Paris. The origins of his love for artistic expression came together through the rich cultural lifestyle he had

Armenia Mulls Troop Deployment in Afghanistan

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenia is considering increasing the number of its peace-keeping troops deployed in Kosovo and joining the NATO-led military mission in Afghanistan, a senior Defense Ministry official said on Tuesday. Major-General Mikael Melkonian, head of the ministrys foreign relations department, said Yerevan is discussing with the governmen’s of Britain and Greece the possibility of its

Armenia’s Mark 89th Anniversary of Independence

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–President Robert Kocharian, prime minister Serzh Sarkisian, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Arkady Ghoukasian, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenia, as well as other top government officials, clergy, foreign diplomats and thousands of Armenia’s gathered Monday at Sardarabad for ceremonies commemorating the first Independent Republic of Armenia in 1918. Sardarabad was the scene

UCLA Hosts Conference on Armenian Communities of Indian Ocean

An International conference co-organized by Richard Hovannisian (University of California, Los Angeles) and Dr. Sebouh Aslanian (currently of University of California, Irvine) titled Ebb and Flow of the Armenian Communities of the Indian Ocean was held on March 17-18, 2007 at the University of California, Los Angeles. The conference, which was sponsored by the Armenian