"what I don’t see can’t hurt me: the aesthetics of resistance"

invitationThe power of art to effect social change has been debated over the years.

The Art Class

This blog is about what it means to be a creative person, particularly as it relates to painting. But much of what I have to say can be generalized. All human beings are innately creative, even the most uncurious psychopaths. In fact, I would argue that to be human is to be creative.

Mohsen Namjoo and the Orange Curtain

On April 15 controversial singer and storyteller, Mohsen Namjoo, performed for the first time at the Irvine Barclay Theater, in Orange County. A prelude to the concert was a talk and question and answer session with Namjoo, that took place the previous evening.

Briefly "There are No Non-Believers in Hell" by Shoja Azari

My trip to Paris this spring coincided with the opening of Shoja Azari’s multimedia exhibition, “There Are No Non-Believers in Hell” on Friday April 1st at Galerie Jérôme de

Can the Past be Hip? “Dang Show” in Downtown Los Angeles

On Sunday, March 27th, the Iranian ensemble “Dang Show” performed to a sold-out show in Downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Hall. Famed Iranian actor Reza Kianian took to the stage to introduce the band, explaining that the music is influenced by past favorites from the musical golden era of the 60’s and 70’s.

Mohsen Namjoo and His Useless Kisses

His towering vocal range and head of hair are as unpredictable as his music. He bends, adds to, alters, and twists the sacred--whether it being the poetry of Hafez, Shamloo, et al or the traditional melodies of Iranian music. He is a progenitor and iconoclast, he is the artist: Mohsen Namjoo.

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival 2011 Winners Announcement

The top three winners of the 2011 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival were announced on Sunday March 13, at the Bing Theater of the LA County Museum of Art, presented by the Farhang Foundation and LACMA, as part of their annual Nowruz-Iranian New Year celebrations.

Film Review of The Power of the Powerless

What a Revolution Should Look Like: The Power of the Powerless


Workshops and Artist Talks in February




Sunday | February 6

DIY Silver Jewelry Workshop with Verona Tang

10:00am-2:00pm • $45 / $40 CAFAM Members + $25 materials fee

Jewelry designer Verona Tang is back with an exciting workshop just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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