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Javakhk: An Historical Outline (Part I)

Gugarq, the 13th of the 15 regions (ashkhars) of historical Armenia’s Metz Haiq (Greater Armenia) Kingdom, covered the northern section of the Armenian Highlands. In the east, it bordered on the province of Utiq; in the west, of Tayq; in the south, of Ayrarat; and in the north it bordered on Iberia (Virq, Georgia). Its administrative center was the city of Tsurtav. Gugarq was one of the four borderline counties of the Armenian Kingdom and, at times, it enjoyed certain autonomy. According to some Georgian historians, the name Gugarq has a Georgian origin, and it derives from the inhabitants of the region who were called “Gogars” or “Gargars.” But Armenian sources do not mention such an ethnicity. As for the land of the Gargars, it has no correlation with Gugarq.

A Gem in the Rough: The Appreciation of Armenian Art

For the last decade or so, the number of art galleries in Southern California has been steadily growing. A notable addition to the group is Stephanie’s Fine Art Gallery, a bold and innovative gallery specializing in Armenian art. Beyond its unique emphasis on Armenian art, Stephanie’s is particularly distinctive because of the vision of its founder and owner, Linda Stepanyan.

ANC Hollywood Joins Thai CDC At Annual Community Fair

The Armenian National Committee of Hollywood participated in the Thai Community Development Center’s 9th Annual Live, Work, & Play in East Hollywood Consumer Resource and Health Fair on July 25. The event was held at the Hollywood and Western MTA Portal Plaza, an intersection point of Thai Town and Little Armenia. Joined by the Armenian Relief Society of Hollywood, the ANC Hollywood provided translating services for Armenian-speaking visitors, mediating conversation between Armenians and the over 40 community organizations that participated in the fair.

Derelian Reigns as ‘Coriolanus’

Truth be told, Shakespeare’s script for the historical tragedy “Coriolanus” does not qualify among his best; in fact, the plodding text often makes for drab reading and perhaps explains why the play is infrequently staged.  None of that stops director Darko Tresnjak from delivering a visually and emotionally rich production of the play at San