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Assemblymember Krekorian to Serve on Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance Board of Trustees

GLENDALE — California State Assemblymember Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank) has been named to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance. Krekorian, who represents the cities of Glendale and Burbank, as well as the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Valley Village, Los Feliz, and Silverlake, has a long history of involvement

Community Celebrate Hamazkayin’s 80 Years of Commitment to Armenian Culture

Montebello, CA–Over 400 Armenian American community members and leaders from throughout Southern California gathered in Montebello on Sunday, October 26, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society. The banquet, hosted in “Baghramian Hall” of Montebello’s Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral, featured a moving medal and commendation ceremony during which

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

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

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

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