Arts & Culture articles

With Hakob Karapents

Prior to our first meeting, a certain connection was created between the two of us, through lively correspondence and then the books he published, about which I had written briefly in the Armenian press. Every writer transmits something from his environment, giving an outline of the time period of his life. In this way, he

The Epiphany Project Breathes Sacred Texts Into Song

WATERTOWN, Mass.–Following a 6-year hiatus of touring in the U.S., husband and wife musical team John Hodian and Bet Williams will bring their band, the Epiphany Project, to U.S. stages on both coasts with live shows that took place in New York City (Nov. 21), Philadelphia (Nov. 23), as well as upcoming shows in Los

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

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