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Emeritus Professor Celebrates Saroyan Centennial on a World Scale

FRESNO–One of the William Saroyan centennial’s busiest celebran’s is Dr. Dickran Kouymjian, Haig & Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies, Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, who has traveled extensively marking the renowned author’s life and works. Saroyan was born 100 years ago in Fresno and died there in 1981. In a career that included

A Visit With Italian-Armenian Dancer-Turned-Iconograper Marina Mavian

VENICE-YEREVAN–I met the Italian-Armenian Marina Mavian for the first time last August in Venice at a party attended by participants of the intensive summer course in Armenian language and culture organized by the Padus-Araxes Cultural Association. The erstwhile dancer Marina, who now devotes herself to painting, had come to meet me in response to the

Glendale Ghapan Sister City Association to Celebrate its 5th Anniversary

GLENDALE–The Glendale Ghapan Sister City Association will hold its 5th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at the historic Alex Theater. The evening is set to feature a VIP cocktail hour and a cultural program, which will feature a keynote speech by Glendale Mayor John Drayman, variety of live performances, and a visionary tour

Arpa International Film Festival Salutes Actress and Activist Mary Apick

LOS ANGELES–The 11th Annual Arpa International Film Festival of Los Angeles will honor award winning actress and international activist Mary Apick on Sunday, October 26, 2008. Arpa International Film Festival is produced by Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art (AFFMA), a non-profit organization dedicated to artists exploring identity, multi-culturalism, war, exile, genocide and global

Renowned Author Talks About Forgotten Turkish Atrocities at Book Signing

GLENDALE–Over 100 people gathered at the Glendale City Hall on Monday to hear renown British journalist and author Giles Milton speak about this newest book "Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922" The audience which was made up of Greeks, Armenia’s and numerous others Los Angeles area residents was attending Milton’s only Southern California appearance during his United

Javakh Issues Should be Resolved Together, Says Sarkisian

TBILISI (Combined Sources)–During a meeting with more than 200 Georgian-Armenian community members in the capital’s Marriott Courtyard Hotel Wednesday Armenian President Sezh Sarkisian said issues related to Javakhk and its Armenian population would be resolved through close cooperation between the Armenian and Georgian governmen’s. “Armenia, in cooperation with the Georgian authorities is ready to assist

Fresno Hosts Traditional Prpoor Celebration

FRESNO–Hundreds of community members from Fresno and elsewhere in California gathered at the California Armenian Home grounds from September 26 to September 28 for the traditional Prpoor Festival. Following the grand opening ceremony, a performance by the California State University Fresno Theater Arts Department made a presentation on William Saroyan. This was followed by a

Syzygy Group to Present Rare Saroyan Play

LOS ANGELES–The Syzygy Theatre Group will be presenting William Saroyan’s rarely-produced comedy Love’s Old Sweet Song this month. Performances begin at GTC Burbank on Thursday, October 16, with the official press opening on Friday, October 17. Written in 1939 in the midst of the Great Depression, Love’s Old Sweet Song is a surprisingly timely play

Armenian Musa Dagh as a Summer Resort in the Sanjak of Alexandretta During the 1920s-1930s

For a number of Armenia’s in Syria estivation offered a respite from resettlement hardships after the World War I genocide and the scorching summer heat characteristic to cities and other habitations. It also constituted a channel for refugees to reconnect spiritually with their lost village life in the homeland, by sojourning at Armenian-inhabited hamlets nestled

ADAA Red Carpet Gala Wows Glendale with Saroyan Prize

Saturday night, August 23, the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) held its third annual Celebrity Gala at Stars Palace in Glendale. It was a night of glamorous performances, awards, music and festivity. The classic restored theater welcomed 200 people from the Armenian and American theater and film communities. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening