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.. continued from yesterday. It was an incredibly sad day for Iran. I only hope for a better one today. In Toronto, people will be at Queen's Park today at 2-4pm.

Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran.

 

It was built in 1615 by the orders of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty.

 

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lying trampled by boots

freedom with broken wings

on the street as the baton swings

a sad funereal song sings

spiritual leaders modern kings

to the masses no happiness brings

out of the door a mandate flings

yes its happening in Iran

but to man all over the world

it hurts and stings

from the blood flowing

into the gutters

a new hope springs

freedom from dictatorship

above all things

for whom the bells toll

a sadness rings

Little David

hitting Goliath

with 5 stones in a sling

 

Demonstration at the peace Palace against what happened in Iran during

and after elections.

"If you can't fly out of the cage, just Fly with the Cage". - Sufi Proverb

 

Due to recent events in Iran we have come together to create a welcoming place for diverse voices to be heard and expressed through the arts.

 

Participating Artists:

 

12Petals (Majid Baradar and Ardalan Payvar), Abbas Hojatpanah, Ala Ebtekar, Alborz Kamalizad, Ali Shahbazyar, Amatis Motevalli, Arash Saedinia, Armineh Teimourian, Arthur Klein, Babak Emanuel, Farbod Sadjadi, Farzad Kohan, Hadi Salehi, Hedi Nikbakht, Kaloust Guedel, Karen Fiorito, Kurosh ValaNejad, Laleh Eskandari, Lark (Larisa Pilinsky), Leyla Navab, Lucy Blake Elahi, Mitra Razavi, Maryam Gueramian, Omid Arabian, Parisa Taghizadeh , Sara Alavikia, Sara Esmaeili Miraz, Siamak Nasiri Ziba, Sholeh Wolpe, Sina Araghi, Tom Loughlin, Taravat Talepasand , Marissa Mercado, Marjan K. Vayghan, Ali Farhoodi, Parisa Taghizadeh, HK Zamani

 

Gallery Hours Wednesday through Friday NOON - 6 PM

 

July 18, 5 – 8 PM - Miracle Mile Art Walk

 

Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile and twelve other galleries and museums on Wilshire Blvd. will be opened for a self-guided tour. Enjoy artist talks, exhibit lectures, music and more. Take advantage of free general admission to LACMA and the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Free event. No RSVP required.

 

PRESENTED BY MID CITY WEST COMMUNITY COUNCIL www.midcitywest.org

 

NOTE: Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile will be open from 5 – 8 PM

 

Location: Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile 5412 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90036

   

July 26, 6 - 9 PM - Inner Change, Outer Effect

 

An inspirational talk by filmmaker and Yogi Activist, Arthur Klein.

 

For 8 days during the Iran uprising, Arthur fasted, drinking water only, in solidarity for light, love, peace and freedom in Iran. Arthur talks about his extraordinary journey and invites people to fast once a week, to protest oppression in the same way as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. did when faced with a way to protest in peace.

 

Musical Performance by The Miraz Ensemble www.mirazmusik.com

 

‘Cinematic ambient world music’ led by Argentinean composer Gary ‘Miraz’ and Iranian vocalist Sara ‘Universe’ Esmaili, the arrangements consist of ethereal chants, world rhythms and mystifying, evolving sonic images.

 

Free Event. RSVP required: info@sociarts.com

 

Location: Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile 5412 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90036

 

Phantom Galleries LA and Edgar Varela Fine Arts present: Fly with the Cage

Curated by Building Bridges and SoCiArts

 

Exhibition: July 10th- July 26th, 2009

Reception: Friday, July 10th, 6 - 11pm

Additional happenings TBA

 

contact: flywiththecage@gmail.com

 

www.PhantomGalleriesLA.com

 

EdgarVarelaFineArts.com

 

www.BuildingBridges.me

 

www.sociarts.com

 

Phantom Galleries LA on Miracle Mile

5412 Wilshire Blvd.

Miracle Mile, CA 90036

18 Tir Iran pro democracy vigil at Austin TX

#iranelection

Sit-in davanti all'Ambasciata iraniana a Roma, organizzato da Sinistra e Libertà il 24 giugno 2009, per esprimere solidarietà ai manifestanti iraniani duramente represse dalla teocrazia capeggiata da Ahmadinejad.

Il cartelo simbolo dell'"onda verde" guidata da Moussavi.

Protesters gathered in front of the UN headquarter

I Am Neda

 

Leave the Basiji bullet in my heart,

 

fall to prayer in my blood,

 

and hush, father

 

--I am not dead.

More light than mass,

 

I flood through you,

 

breathe with your eyes,

 

stand in your shoes, on the rooftops,

 

in the streets, march with you

 

in the cities and villages of our country

 

shouting through you, with you.

 

I am Neda—thunder on your tongue.

 

-- Sholeh Wolpe

  

"If you can't fly out of the cage, just Fly with the Cage". - Sufi Proverb

 

Due to recent events in Iran we have come together to create a welcoming place for diverse voices to be heard and expressed through the arts.

 

Participating Artists:

 

12Petals (Majid Baradar and Ardalan Payvar), Abbas Hojatpanah, Ala Ebtekar, Alborz Kamalizad, Ali Shahbazyar, Amatis Motevalli, Arash Saedinia, Armineh Teimourian, Arthur Klein, Babak Emanuel, Farbod Sadjadi, Farzad Kohan, Hadi Salehi, Hedi Nikbakht, Kaloust Guedel, Karen Fiorito, Kurosh ValaNejad, Laleh Eskandari, Lark (Larisa Pilinsky), Leyla Navab, Lucy Blake Elahi, Mitra Razavi, Maryam Gueramian, Omid Arabian, Parisa Taghizadeh , Sara Alavikia, Sara Esmaeili Miraz, Siamak Nasiri Ziba, Sholeh Wolpe, Sina Araghi, Tom Loughlin, Taravat Talepasand , Marissa Mercado, Marjan K. Vayghan, Ali Farhoodi, Parisa Taghizadeh, HK Zamani

 

Gallery Hours Wednesday through Friday NOON - 6 PM

 

July 18, 5 – 8 PM - Miracle Mile Art Walk

 

Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile and twelve other galleries and museums on Wilshire Blvd. will be opened for a self-guided tour. Enjoy artist talks, exhibit lectures, music and more. Take advantage of free general admission to LACMA and the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Free event. No RSVP required.

 

PRESENTED BY MID CITY WEST COMMUNITY COUNCIL www.midcitywest.org

 

NOTE: Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile will be open from 5 – 8 PM

 

Location: Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile 5412 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90036

   

July 26, 6 - 9 PM - Inner Change, Outer Effect

 

An inspirational talk by filmmaker and Yogi Activist, Arthur Klein.

 

For 8 days during the Iran uprising, Arthur fasted, drinking water only, in solidarity for light, love, peace and freedom in Iran. Arthur talks about his extraordinary journey and invites people to fast once a week, to protest oppression in the same way as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. did when faced with a way to protest in peace.

 

Musical Performance by The Miraz Ensemble www.mirazmusik.com

 

‘Cinematic ambient world music’ led by Argentinean composer Gary ‘Miraz’ and Iranian vocalist Sara ‘Universe’ Esmaili, the arrangements consist of ethereal chants, world rhythms and mystifying, evolving sonic images.

 

Free Event. RSVP required: info@sociarts.com

 

Location: Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile 5412 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90036

 

Phantom Galleries LA and Edgar Varela Fine Arts present: Fly with the Cage

Curated by Building Bridges and SoCiArts

 

Exhibition: July 10th- July 26th, 2009

Reception: Friday, July 10th, 6 - 11pm

Additional happenings TBA

 

contact: flywiththecage@gmail.com

 

www.PhantomGalleriesLA.com

 

EdgarVarelaFineArts.com

 

www.BuildingBridges.me

 

www.sociarts.com

 

Phantom Galleries LA on Miracle Mile

5412 Wilshire Blvd.

Miracle Mile, CA 90036

I keep following the tweets. I keep searching for new news. I keep praying for the Truth to come out and freedom to be given to an opressed people. I simply cannot stand to see millions enslaved by a madman and a mad government.

 

I hope you will join Iranians in demanding justice.

 

Follow the Tweets #Iranelection

 

Read about Neda

 

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Siamak Nasiri Ziba

“If you can’t fly out of the cage, just Fly with the Cage”. – Sufi Proverb

Phantom Galleries LA and Edgar Varela Fine Arts are proud to present: Fly with the Cage, curated by Building Bridges and SoCiArts, a multimedia interactive exhibition highlighting collaboration and unity. Fly with the Cage is a welcoming exhibition for diverse voices to be heard and expressed through the arts, in Los Angeles, home to the largest Iranian population outside of Iran.

 

July 18, 5 – 8 PM - Miracle Mile Art Walk

 

Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile and twelve other galleries and museums on Wilshire Blvd. will be opened for a self-guided tour. Enjoy artist talks, exhibit lectures, music and more. Take advantage of free general admission to LACMA and the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Free event. No RSVP required.

 

PRESENTED BY MID CITY WEST COMMUNITY COUNCIL www.midcitywest.org

 

NOTE: Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile will be open from 5 – 8 PM

 

Location: Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile 5412 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90036

   

July 26, 6 - 9 PM - Inner Change, Outer Effect

 

An inspirational talk by filmmaker and Yogi Activist, Arthur Klein.

 

For 8 days during the Iran uprising, Arthur fasted, drinking water only, in solidarity for light, love, peace and freedom in Iran. Arthur talks about his extraordinary journey and invites people to fast once a week, to protest oppression in the same way as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. did when faced with a way to protest in peace.

 

Musical Performance by The Miraz Ensemble www.mirazmusik.com

 

‘Cinematic ambient world music’ led by Argentinean composer Gary ‘Miraz’ and Iranian vocalist Sara ‘Universe’ Esmaili, the arrangements consist of ethereal chants, world rhythms and mystifying, evolving sonic images.

 

Free Event. RSVP required: info@sociarts.com

 

Location: Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile 5412 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90036

July 10 – 26, 2009

Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile

5412 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Opening reception: July 10, 2009, 6:00 - 11:00 pm

 

Participating artists:

12Petals (Majid Baradar and Ardalan Payvar), Abbas Hojatpanah, Alborz Kamalizad, Amatis Motevali, Arash Saedinia, Armineh Teymorian, Arthur Klein, Babak Emannel, Farbod Sadjadi, Farzad Kohan, Hadi Salehi, Hedi Nikbakht, Kaloust Guedelkian, Karen Fiorito, Kurosh ValaNejad, Laleh Eskandari, Larka, Leyla Navab, Lucy Blake Elahi, Maryam Gueramian, Pardis, Sara Alavikia, Sara Esmaeili Miraz, Siamak Nasiri Ziba, Sholeh Wolpe, Sina Araghi, Tom Loughlin, Taravat Talepasand , Marissa Mercado,

 

For more information please visit www.FlyWithTheCage.com

Fid out about various events during exhibition at www.sociarts.com/content/fly-with-the-cage

Press contact: Bita Milanian bitam@sociarts.com

     

About:

 

Phantom Galleries LA - www.phantomgalleriesla.com

Phantom Galleries LA is a Los Angeles County based organization that transforms vacant storefront windows into 24/7 public art galleries. Each installation is a unique relationship between the participating Artist, Curator, Property Owner and the Community that the exhibit is in. Exhibits are curated by local Arts Organizations, Los Angeles based Galleries, Independent Curators, and Los Angeles based Artists. The project gives local artists an opportunity to exhibit their work, while fostering economic development by drawing attention to available retail space. The project promotes the creative communities of Los Angeles to a broader audience. By pooling our resources we can create goodwill and a sense that Los Angeles is a single community booming with culture.

 

EVFA – www.edgarvarelafinearts.com

Edgar Varela is an independent art dealer, curator and gallery owner. Edgar Varela offers a wide array of services to artists and collectors. EVFA is dedicated to finding emerging and mid-career artist and bringing them to the forefront of the art world. Through event production, private collectors and unconventional exposure, the gallery is constantly exposing art to the masses and to a population segment that might not always make time for art.

 

SoCiArts – www.sociarts.com

SoCiArts is a grassroots community dedicated to all artists from around the world interested in social change through the arts. SoCiArts believes artists are architects of life; they know how to break the old boundaries and build remarkable new ideas. Artists are encouraged to create a conscious impact in the world through their art by sharing their work on the web to create a vibrant community of likeminded conscious artists. Membership with SoCiArts is free and open to anyone and everyone. Artists are invited to join and use the resources as they wish for as long as they want. From time to time, SoCiArts Productions helps its active members to promote their art by producing exhibitions, book signings, concerts and screenings, creating a platform for like-minded artists and art enthusiasts to connect with one another.

 

Building Bridges – www.buildingbridges.me

Founded by Marjan K. Vayghan during the fall of 2004, Building Bridges is a Fine

Arts collective that continues to exhibit alternately between Teheran and Los Angeles. Building Bridges’ exhibitions are informed by this context of movement and flexible citizenship across both geographical and cultural spaces, and the multiple realities these spaces engender. The impetus of our creative practice is an effort to bridge these diverse communities into a space of creativity and understanding, by employing the arena of “community” and expression through the arts Building Bridges is an effort to create solidarity and cross cultural understanding. Building Bridges challenges oppression across borders and sanctions, considers interconnectivity and envisions beyond borders.

     

Dedicated to innocent green souls

 

تقدیم به روح های سبز بی گناه

I am suddenly getting the point of Twitter. Best wishes to both of you and to the people of Iran.

twitter.com/TehranBureau

twitter.com/Change_for_Iran

Hundreds of people gathered at University of Toronto's Hart House with candles last night to mourn the loss of Iranian students.

The Shah (now Imam) Mosque in Isfahan was built during the Safavids period. It is regarded as the masterpiece of Persian Architecture. Its construction began in 1611

18 Tir Iran pro democracy vigil at Austin TX

#iranelection

An emotional participant in a large protest against corruption and violence in Iran in Queen's Park yesterday. More than 5,000 people crowded the lawn in front of the Ontario legislature.

 

My complete set of pics from the protest here.

Self-portrait in support of the courageous Iranians fighting for reform and change in Iran.

 

For those missing the digital Iranian revolution (on Twitter), catch up here: search.twitter.com/search?q=iranelection

"As humanists we are saddened and enraged by humanity's shortcomings: in this case, the abject and repugnant assassination of a young woman. What makes Neda so special are the circumstances of her death. Random and cruel, her execution goes against all basic human instincts and those values our species takes pride in defending." via: examiner [please print, distribute, share this image] (also important to note this is her picture, as opposed to the first photo released of a similar looking girl. This illustration is based on her photo which was confirmed by her fiancee)

seen at a protest against the Iranian election results in Toronto.

18 Tir Iran pro democracy vigil at Austin TX

#iranelection

open.salon.com/blog/kathy_riordan/2009/06/20/her_name_was...

 

the pain

of losing a loved one

hits the hardest

we all know

to be shot

in the middle of the road

by an accursed basij

a terrible blow

spiritual terrorism

like a river of blood

in the streets of Tehran flow

justice will come one day

very slow

the revolution

has taken another victim

the enemy in spiritual clothes

truth justice equality

will overthrow

unrest begins to grow

obama sits comfortably

in the white house

the entire eunuch world

in silence watch this mega show

twitter and facebook

bringing Iran in to your house

to douse the flames as they glow

a god who must not take sides

to what is happening down below

 

www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/13/iran-demonstrations-vio...

link suggested by hamid rad

TEHRAN, June 14th, 2009-- A man with a cane gestures towards a woman on the ground during protests in central Tehran. Defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi demanded Sunday that Iran's presidential election be annulled and urged more protests, while tens of thousands of people hailed the victory of the hardline Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

 

Credits: Reuters/Stringer

Persepolis:

Archaeological evidence shows that the earliest remains of Persepolis date from around 515 BC. André Godard, the French archaeologist who excavated Persepolis in the early 1930s, believed that Cyrus the Great chose the site of Persepolis, but that Darius the Great built the terrace and the great palaces.

 

Darius ordered the construction of the Apadana Palace and the Council Hall (the Tripylon or three-gated hall), the main imperial Treasury and its surroundings. These were completed during the reign of his son, King Xerxes the Great. Further construction of the buildings on the terrace continued until the downfall of the Achaemenid dynasty

 

The Gate of all Nations, referring to subjects of the empire, consisted of a grand hall that was a square of approximately 25 meters (82 feet) in length, with four columns and its entrance on the Western Wall. There were two more doors, one to the south which opened to the Apadana yard and the other opened onto a long road to the east. Pivoting devices found on the inner corners of all the doors indicate that they were two-leafed doors, probably made of wood and covered with sheets of ornate metal.

 

A pair of Lamassu's, bulls with the head of a bearded man, stands by the western threshold. Another pair, with wings and a Persian head (Gopät-Shäh), stands by the eastern entrance, to reflect the Empire’s power.

 

Xerxes' name was written in three languages and carved on the entrances, informing everyone that he ordered it to be built.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persepolis#The_Gate_of_All_Nations

Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran.

 

It was built in 1615 by the orders of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty.

 

much better viewed LARGE

 

Imam Square is even busier at night than by day. Many people picnic or stroll around the beautifully lit square

Naghsh-e Jahan Square (Persian: ميدان نقش جهان maidaan-e naqsh-e jehaan), officially known as Imam Square (میدان امام), formerly known as Shah Square (میدان شاه), situated at the center of Isfahan city, Iran. It is an important historical site and one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The square is surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era. The Shah Mosque is situated on the south side of this square. On the west side you can find Ali Qapu Palace. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is situated on the eastern side of this square and the northern side opens into the Isfahan Grand Bazaar. Today, Namaaz-e Jom'eh (the Muslim Friday prayer) is held in this square in front of the Shah Mosque.

Washington Square Park, 18th of Tir Rally

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