Calendar of Events
Published: Sunday May 27, 2012
New York/New Jersey
May 30, 7 PM, Staten Island, N.Y. Republican Candidate for State Assembly from Staten Island's 61st district Paul Sariyan is holding a fundraiser at Li Greci's Staaten, 697 Forest Avenue, Staten Island NY 10310. Open bar & live entertainment by Russ Martone performing "The Sinatra Experience." $100 per person. RSVP by May 29 to 718-983-0075.
June 2-3, Watervliet, N.Y. St. Peter Armenian Church community in Watervliet, New York (upstate outside of Albany) holds a two-day Festival filled with delicious and traditional Armenian food, desserts, children's activities, tavloo tournament, music, dancing, entertainment, and more. From noon to 7 PM on June 2 and noon to 5 PM o June 3. $5 - 50/50 Raffle Tickets, as well as a Mega Bucks raffle (300 tickets only at $25 each) for cash prizes are available. Call the Church office at 518-274-3673 or visit www.stpeterarmenianchurch.com/wordpress_news for more information.
June 6, 7 PM, New York City. Armenia Tree Project (ATP) and the Acopian Center for the Environment (ACE) will jointly support a new environmental project in Margahovit Village, in Armenia's Lori region, and will hold a fundraising event titled "Regardening of Eden," at Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002). Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door, and complimentary tapas and cocktails will be served. All of the ticket proceeds will be allocated to the project and are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Benefit tickets may be purchased by calling Jason Sohigian at ATP Watertown at (617) 926-8733 ext. 14, or by visiting http://www.regardeningofeden.org.
June 9-10, New York City. The Armenian Students' Association (ASA) holds the 62nd annual Artists' Ball at ACA Galleries located at 529 West 20th Street in Manhattan's world-renowned art district Chelsea. Patrons of the upcoming Artists' Ball will be treated to the works of a highly talented and prolific pool of 23 artists from all over the world, including Kamee Abrahamian, Nishan Akgulian, Eliz Alahverdian, Seth Alexander, Steve Altan, Virginia Arakelian, Gagik Aroutiunian, Nerses Chorekchyan, Eric Hairabedian, Hakob Hakobyan, Aram Kailian, Ara Kantardjian, Eileen Karakashian, Tanya Kechichian, Kevork Mourad, Rudik Petrosyan, Alina Poroshina, Simon Samsonian, Serli, Khach Turabian, Christina Vandian, Tigran Vardanian and Roubina Vartan. For info go to asainc.org/artistsball or email ArtistsBall@asainc.org.
June 14, 7 PM, New York City. The Children of Armenia Fund will hold a Summer Soiree at Dream Hotel penthouse at 355 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th ave.) in downtown Manhattan will all proceeds benefiting programs in rural Armenia. Hosted by Anna Condo and Patricia Field and featuring cocktails & hors d'oevres. Pre-sale tickets are $150 and are on sale at http://www.coafkids.org/media-and-events/2012-summer-soiree.
June 16, noon-7 PM, New Rochelle, N.Y. Annual picnic on the scenic and spacious grounds of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary (150 Stratton Road New Rochelle, NY 10804 Tel: (914) 636-2003) featuring Armenian food -- including luleh and chicken kebob meals, lahmajoun, paklava -- music with the John Berberian Ensemble, children's activities, an Attic Treasures sale, Baykar the Armenian Vendor, children's author Talene Dadian White, and more! $50 Super Raffle tickets with a chance to win three great cash prizes. Winners announced at the conclusion of this afternoon event. Free parking and admission. Rain or shine... tent coverage provided.
June 24, 12:30 PM, Elberon, N.J. St. Stepanos Armenian Church holds its annual picnic with authentic Armenian food, music and dance right by the Jersey Shore. Rain or Shine! At the church grounds located at 1184 Ocean Avenue, Elberon, NJ 07740 Contact Taleen Terjanian at (732) 216-7970 for info.
May 31, 7:30 PM, Watertown, Mass. The Armenian Library and Museum of America hosts a talk by Dr. James Russel on Charent's Book of the Way (Girk' Chanaparhi): Text and Icon of a Soviet Armenian Apocalypse. At ALMA's 3rd Floor Gallery. Free and open to the public. Reception following program. At 65 Main Street, Watertown MA, 02472 For information call 617-926-256 or visit http://www.almainc.org.
June 4, 6:15 PM, Watertown, Mass. Tom Garabedian, Managing Director of the Armenian Tree Project will be the speaker at the dinner meeting of the St. James Armenian Church Men's Club. The topic will be, Armenia Tree Project.The Social hour starts with Mezza at 6:15 P.M. followed by a complete losh kebab & kheyma dinner at 7:00 P.M. $12 per person. The dinner meeting will be at the St. James Armenian Church, Keljik Hall, 465 Mt. Auburn St. Watertown, MA. Ladies are welcome.
June 8, 8 PM, Boston. The Friends of Armenian Culture Society will present the 61th annual Armenian Night at the Pops at Boston's Symphony Hall. The evening will feature the young clarinet sensation Narek Arutyunian. Music director Keith Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops orchestra. 19-year-old Arutyunian will perform Vittorio Monti's Czardas; ‘Kroonk' by Komitas, and the Jazz Clarinet Concerto by legendary clarinetist Artie Shaw. The evening will also pay tribute to American song-writer Cole Porter as part of Pops' 2012 celebration theme, Visions of America. Broadway stars Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie will perform a collection of songs, including Another Opening, Anything Goes, Another Show and So In Love. Tickets for the concerts are available for purchasing online at http://www.facsboston.org.
July 20-22, Watertown, Mass. The third annual Boston Kermesse: One Town - One Tent festival returns to showcase the historical, cultural, artistic and culinary treasures of the Armenian community at Armenian Cultural Educational Center (ACEC) at 47 Nichols Ave, Watertown, MA 02472. Entertainment for children of all ages will be offered along with ample culinary offerings reflecting the presence of Armenian life in many corners of the world. As for entertainment, Arman Hovanisyan, Harout Pamboukjian, Onnik Dinkjian, John Berberian, Mal Barsamian, Classic Groove and others will provide lively entertainment during the course of the festival. This family oriented festival is being organized by the ACEC to help sustain the cultural and educational endeavors of the Center. The Center supports the activities of the ARS, AYF, Hamazkayin, Homenetmen, and St. Stephen's Day, Saturday and Sunday Schools. For advertising opportunities contact Mr. Baykar Dervishian at 508.667.2980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 2, 1-6 PM, Alexandria, Va. 20th annual Alexandria Armenian festival will take place at 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA (at the fountain in front of City hall). The Armenian Institute of Young Artists" will be displaying their original artwork on hand-crafted greeting cards. This is a pro bono public effort to support up-and-coming artists in Armenia. For more about this event and Vendor Table Reservations and Sponsorship Information link to http://armenianfestivals.wordpress.com/category/armenian-festivals.
June 23, 1-6 PM, Great Falls, Va. Armenian Network of America Washington Region holds its annual picnic at Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA 22066. Picnic will be set up directly in the back of the visitors' center facing Potomac River. For info about the park call: 703-759-9018 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend. Cost: FREE For Dues Paying Members of the Network. Non-Members: $12 (Cash or Check). Unlimited food. We will also have a sports equipment bag full of different types of balls like soccer, volleyball, etc. You may also bring with you playing cards and Backgammon too! Fit for all ages! To contact the Armenian Network visit http://www.armnet.org.
May 28, 10 AM, Fresno. The Armenian Church clergy from Greater San Joaquin Valley will conduct the Armenian Memorial Services at Ararat and Masis cemeteries of Fresno. First Hokehankist will take place at 10 AM at the Armenian Martyrs' Memorial in the Ararat Cemetery, 1925 West Belmont Ave., Fresno, CA. And a second Hokehankist will follow at about 10:30 AM at the Tehlirian Monument in nearby Masis cemetery at 250 North Hughes Ave. Open to the public. Additional information is available by calling the administrative offices of the two cemeteries at 559-292-2415.
May 28, 11 AM - 3 PM, Fresno. Fresno's First Armenian Presbyterian Church will mark Memorial Day 2012 by holding its 115th Annual Picnic in the heartland of the Golden State. The picnic will take place at the Central Unified Aquatics Complex, 3535 North Cornelia Avenue at Dakota Avenue in Fresno. The Complex is located at the Central high School East Campus, one and one-half miles west of State Highway 99. Admission is $5 per person and includes an All-American lunch and access to swimming and sports activities. For information call (559) 237-6638 or e-mail email@example.com.
May 30, 7 PM, Burbank. The Zorayan museum at the Western Diocese, 3325 North Glenoaks blvd. hosts a book signing event for Karen Kondazian's critically acclaimed debut novel "The Whip," based on the life of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879), a woman who lived as a man in the old west and became the first woman to vote in America (under disguise). Proceeds will benefit Armenia's Writers' Union. Refreshments will be served. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.thewhipnovel.com/.
May 30, 7 PM, Glendale. The Friends of the UCLA Armenian Language and Culture Studies, a university recognized organization liaising with the Armenian community of Southern California, will hold a symposium featuring presentations by four students from the graduate program in Armenian Studies, Shushan Karapetian, Ara Soghomonian, Liana Vardanyan, and Xi Yang on the topics of their doctoral research. The event is to be held at the Glendale Public Library. (222 E. Harvard St., Glendale CA 91205). For further information, please contact us at (310) 275-2767 or (818) 952-1058. Refreshments will be served before the symposium. All are invited to attend.
May 31, 7 PM, Glendale. Glendale Public Library invites the public to a lecture and book signing with Dr. Rosemary Hartounian Cohen, author of "The Mother of Jerusalem is Crying" at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 East Harvard Street. The lecture is in English. The book will be reviewed by journalist Ari Noonan, and there will be an open discussion after the presentation with the author herself. Admission is free and the seating is limited. For information contact Elizabeth Grigorian at (818) 548-3288 or email@example.com.
June 1-2, La Canada. An exhibit of oil paintings and sculpture by artist Koko titled "In shadow" will be on view at the Stephanie's Art Gallery from June 1 to August 25. Opening Reception will take place at June 1, 6 to 10 PM and on June 2 4 to 8 PM. At this exhibition, viewers will find a connection with KOKO's paintings and be part of a visual exploration of the famous opera Don Giovanni. Artist will be available for catalog signing. The Art Gallery is located at 466 Foothill Blvd. La Cañada, CA 91011. For more information call 818 790-4905 or visit http://www.atelierkoko.com/.
June 3, 1 PM, Fresno. Armenian Theological Students' Aid, Inc. will salute the Yervant, Rose, and Hovannes Levonian Educational Fund at a celebration luncheon at the Fellowship Hall of historic Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church, 3673 North First Street at Garland Avenue in Fresno. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and tables of eight are available. Proceeds benefit the global graduate scholarship programs of the Fresno-based nonprofit corporation. More information may be obtained by calling (559) 323-5502, (559) 260-3357, or (559) 593-1576. ATSA works in partnership with the New Jersey-based Armenian Missionary Association of America, the Glendale-based Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, and the Beirut-based Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches of the Near East. The June 3 luncheon will feature Canadian cuisine prepared by Chef Hrant Darakjian and his culinary team, vocal music by Vera Darakjian and Lena Agulian, and remarks by Talbot Seminary student David Azizian.
June 6, 13, 20 and 27, Los Angeles. Singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player Melineh Kurdian will perform at the legendary Genghis Cohen located at 740 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles 90046. Performing with folk-rock musician with Armenian roots will be her co-writer Steve Krugman. Also joining Kurdian are percussionist Mona Tavakoli, who just finished touring with Jason Mraz, and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Toohey, well known for her work with the Folk group The Weepies. Performances will be at 8 PM on June 6, 20 and 27 and 9 PM on June 13. For info visit http://www.melinehkurdian.com/.
June 7, 10 AM, Toluca Lake. Westside Ararat Guild presents "Game Day 2012" at the Lakeside Gold Club, 4500 West Lakeside Drive, Toluca Lake. Coffee will be available, then the card games begin, followed by lunch. Join us for games or come for lunch and socializing. Donation $40. For information and reservations contact Louise Arklin at (818) 368-3263.
June 10, 5 PM, Long Beach. The tenth installment of the famed "DioNicEss" food & drink pairing series is coming to Long Beach's celebrated Beachwood BBQ & Brewing (210 E 3rd St, Long Beach). Tickets must be purchased in advance at http://www.itsmyseat.com/events/820216.html; admission is $80 per person, all-inclusive, with proceeds benefitting the Real Medicine Foundation initiative in Armenia. Inquiries can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 12, 7:30 PM, Glendale. The Glendale Public Library (222 East Harvard Street) will host a screening of a documentary "From Ararat to Europe" followed by a discussion with the author Arsen Hakobyan; the film is about historical Armenian influences on European culture. Entrance if free. Organized by People 4 People foundation, for information call 323-620-0321 or visit http://www.pfpfoundation.org/.
June 19, 7 PM, Burbank. California Supreme Court Justice Hon. Judge Armand Arabian will present his book "From Gravel to Gavel" at the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church (3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank, CA 91504). For information email email@example.com or call (818) 558-7474.
June 22, 8 PM, Pasadena. Artists for Kids in association with the Consulate General of the Republic of Armenia present, "A Night at the Opera" staring world-renowned soprano Hasmik Papian. All proceeds will go to charity and tickets range from $50 to $125 seats. At the Ambassador Auditorium (131 St. John Ave. in Pasadena). For information and tickets call 818.808.8222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 22, 8 PM, Encino. Mediterranean Soiree at Alcazar (17239 Ventura Boulevard Encino, CA 91316, Tel: (818) 789-0991) featuring live entertainment by international singer Vatche, full menu of Lebanese food delicacies will support the Real Medicine Foundation's humanitarian work in rural Armenia. A fun evening with dancing, entertainment, live auction and other surprises costs $65.00 per person. For more information contact Nairy Ghazourian at email@example.com.
June 27, 7 PM, Glendale. Margaret Ajemian Ahnert, author of "The Knock at the Door: A Journey Through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide," will speak about her book at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 East Harvard Street. Admission is free. Contact Elizabeth Grigorian at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 548-3288.