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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

Screamers Premiers in Theaters in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The highly acclaimed documentary film Screamers begin its theatrical run in Yerevans at Moscow Cinema Tuesday and will continue through April 24. The films director Carla Garapedian held a press conference Monday at the Marriott Hotel, where she described the journey of making Screamers. She discussed the current relevance of the film, with the

Thousands Attend Prime Ministers Funeral

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Thousands of people joined Armenia’s top government officials and politicians Wednesday to take part in the state funeral of Prime Minister Andranik Markarian, who died Sunday of a heart attack at 55. Markarian was buried in the national Komitas Pantheon after a lengthy funeral service that began from his Yerevan apartment in the