Calendar of Events
Published: Tuesday June 05, 2012
New York/New Jersey
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 3, noon-5 PM, Fair Lawn, N.J. St. Leon Church hosts its annual picnic on church grounds. Enjoy Armenian food and live music with Dick Barsamian - Oud, Harold Hagopian - Clarinet, Ara Dinkjian - Keyboard, Chuck Yegian - Dumbeg. For info call the church office 201- 791-2862. Free admission.
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 7, 9, 14, 21, New York City. St. Illuminator's Armenian Day School Open House for the 2012-13 School Year will take place on Thursday, June 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, Saturday, June 9, 11:30 am-2:00 pm, Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 pm, and Thursday, June 21, 6:30-8:30 pm. Visits during school hours can be made by appointment only. For more information, please call Sarkis Apelian at 718-478-4073.
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 more information go to www.asainc.org/artistsball or email ArtistsBall@asainc.org.
June 10, 1:30 PM, New York City. Holy Cross Church of Armenia of New York City will host a performance of classical Armenian music by the Zvartnots String Quartet. For information, contact Lola Koundakjian at email@example.com.
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 with any questions.
July 20-21, New York City. Generations of alumni from AGBU's New York Summer Internship Program (NYSIP) will reunite to celebrate the program's 25th anniversary at a special gala evening. The AGBU NYSIP founded by Vartkess† and Rita Balian has since produced 800 alumni and expanded to Paris (2003), Yerevan (2007) and Moscow (2010). The celebration's venue is Battery Gardens, which sits on the New York Harbor with iconic views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. On Friday, July 20, the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York will co-host an evening mixer. Tickets for the Saturday gala are now on sale for $175 and tickets for the mixer are available for $25. Both can be purchased via http://agbuinternship25thanniversary.eventbrite.com/, where information about accommodations at the W Hotel - Union Square is also available.
June 2, 7 PM, Providence, RI. The Cultural Committee of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church of Providence, RI, host the 18th Annual Children's Talent Show "Reflections of Armenian Youth." The event will be held in the church's Egavian Cultural Center at 70 Jefferson St. Providence, RI. For information contact Janna Guegamian at 861-3573 or Irene Eranosian at 942-5423. This Talent Show is open to the youth of the entire Rhode Island Armenian Community. Donation: $5.00 at the door; hildren under 16 no charge.
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 PM. $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 7, noon, North Andover, Mass. Avak luncheon at St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Mass. Will feature speakers: Dr. Ara & Milka Jeknavorian, "Reconnecting with Armenia after 38 Years," travelogue includes scenes from Armenia, Moscow, and Dubai. Public invited.
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.
June 9-10, Providence, R.I. Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church of Providence, RI hosts its annual picnic on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 3 p.m., and on Sunday, June 10, beginning at 12 p.m. Enjoy Armenian food, music, and dancing under two large tents on church grounds. For information, visit http://www.armenianpicnic.org/, or call (401) 272-7712.
June 17, noon-5 PM, Indian Orchard, Mass. St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church will hold its annual Father's Day Picnic on the church grounds at 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. Visitors are invited to enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf. Baked goods will also be available for purchase. The picnic will also feature a 50/50 raffle, Armenian music and dancing, and a bounce house for the children. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please call the Church office at 543-4763.
June 17, 5 PM, Watertown, Mass. Inaugural performance of Erebouni Dance School & Ensemble takes place at Shaw Auditorium, Watertown High School, 50 Columbia Street, Watertown. Tickets: $10. Free parking. Presented by Hamazkayin of Boston; for information visit www.hamazkayin-usa.org/boston.
July 14, 8 PM, Cranston, R.I. Sts. Vartanantz Church Ladies Guild and ARS Ani Chapter, Providence, "A Hye Summer Night VI" dance, featuring Hachig Kazarian, Richard Hagopian, Kenneth Kalajian, Jason Naroian, 8 pm to 1 am; $35 adults; $15 children 16 and under. At the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 175 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, R.I. Mezza will be served. Limited seating. For tickets and information: 401-434-4467 (Joyce Bagdasarian); 401-354-8770 (Joyce Yeremian).
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 opportunitiescontact 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. To learn more about this annual event link to http://armenianfestivals.wordpress.com/category/armenian-festivals.
June 2, 6:30 PM, Havertown, Penn. The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) presents "The Grace Kelly In Concert" benefit for The Avedisian School in Yerevan, Armenia at Armenian Martyrs Congregational Church, 100 North Edmonds Avenue, Havertown, PA 19083. 6:30 PM light refreshments, 8 PM - concert. Donations: $25, $15 for students. For tickets contact, Armenian Martyr's Church at 610.446.3330 or email@example.com.
June 14, 6 PM, Philadelphia. AGBU YP of Philly hosts a Happy Hour to benefit Armenian Sisters Academy's First Annual Summer Camp. $5 min donation at the door; drink specials from 6 to 8 pm at Revolution House, 2nd Floor, 200 Market Street, Old City, Philadelphia, PA 19106 All proceeds will benefit ASA and AGBU YP of Philly will match donations.
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.
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 4, 7 PM, Los Angeles. Writer, director and actor Martin Papazian's debut film movingly illustrates a man's hard-fought road towards reconciling with his better self. Screening at the Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Free admission.
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 8, 7:30 PM, Glendale. "String Harmonies" featuring Armenian classical & folk music by Antranig Kzirian on Oud, Yervand Kaladjian on Violin and Vik Momjian on Bass. Performing works of Gomidas, Sayat Nova, Avedisyan, Hrant Kenkulian, Kemani Tatyos. Admission $25 PreSale; $30 at the door. Organized by Hamazkayin at Glendale Public Library, 222 East Harvard Street. For tickets visit http://www.itsmyseat.com/.
June 9-10, La Crescenta. "Abstract Nature", an art and craft show featuring original oil & acryllic paintings, photographs, jewelry, and clothes by Elina Mir, Lena Balayan, Yeva Kadoyan, Marina Terteryan, Janet Hakopian and others takes place at 2428 Foothill blvd., Suite H, La Crescenta, CA 91214. Gallery open noon to 7 PM. For info call Elina Mir at 818-399-0722
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 13-14, Burbank. The LA Chapter of the Tekeyan Cultural Organization presents an exhibition of paintings by Glendale artist, Seroon Yeretzian at the Zorayan Museum, 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA. Opening reception will take place on June 13 at 7:30 PM. The exhibit will remain open Thursday, June 14, from 7 PM to 9 PM. At opening reception speakers will include Dr. Arpi Sarafian from CSULA and Harry Mesrobian from Gemini Designs. For info contact Arno Yeretzian (818) 243-4112.
June 15, 7:30 PM, Glendale. Adena Theatrical Studios presents piano recital and poetry evening by Varand Adamian. At 117 S. Loise St. Glendale, CA 91205. For tickets call 818-653-0396.
June 16, 6 PM, Pasadena. "Wish Upon a Star" a benefit event organized by Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR), LA chapter will take place at Ambassador Mansions and Gardens, 440 W. Green St., Pasadena. MC Mark Geragos, performances by comedian Ara Basil, violinist Yelena Yegoryan and & Tango show plus surprise celebrity guest and silent auction. Purchase tickets @ itsmyseat.com at $125 per person to include dinner, full bar, entertainment & 1 year subscription to Yerevan Magazine per family/couple! Sponsorships and business ads spaces are available. For info, call Kohar Mardirossian at 818-439-1358, visit www.soar-us.org/losangeles or SOAR on Facebook.com.
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 24, 3 PM, Los Angeles. USC Friends of Armenian Music organization will feature the Armenian Professional Artists who are USC Scholarship Awardees from The Thornton School of Music, including Irene Arutyunyan, Sarkis Kazarian, Lucy Nargizian, Garineh Avakian, Salpi Kerkonian, Peppron Pilibossian, Samvel Chilingarian, Vatche Mankerian, Marina Ter-Kazaryan, Angela Cholakyan, Marina Manukian and Garik Terzian. At Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles. Admission: $50, $35 and $15; for tickets call Hilda at 818-249-3330 or visit itsmyseat.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.
June 28, 7:30 PM, Glendale. A book signing event with Dr. Rubina Peroomian the author of The Armenian Genocide in Literature: Perceptions of Those who lived Through the Years of Calamity, takes place at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 East Harvard Street. Admission is free and the seating is limited. The program is sponsored by The UCLA Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies in cooperation with Friends of UCLA Armenian Language and Culture Studies & Abril Bookstore. For more information call Gia Aivazian at (310) 275-2767 or email email@example.com.
June 28-29, July 1, 5-8, Los Angeles. A theatrical play "Komitas" written by Lilly Thomassian in collaboration with Lory Tatoulian and directed by Pavel Cerny will be previewed on June 28 at 8 PM at Circle X Theatre at 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. Followed by gala night on June 29 at 8 PM and performances on July 1 at 6 PM, July 5 at 8 PM, July 6 at 8 PM, July 7 at 8 PM and July 8 at 6 PM. More performances through August 5. Tickets: $25; gala night $50. For tickets go to itsmyseat.com and for more info visit facebook.com/KomitasThePlay.
July 12, 7 PM, Glendale. Glendale Public Library invites the public to a lecture and book signing with Aris Janigian at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 East Harvard Street. Admission is free and the seating is limited. "This Angelic Land," is the story of Adam Derderian. A hip, twenty-seven year old bar owner, during his six-day journey through the surreal heart of Los Angeles and one of the city's darkest episodes. Published to correspond with the 20th anniversary of the 1992 LA riots. A free lecture sponsored by the Glendale Public Library and the Friends of the Glendale Public Library in cooperation with Abril Books. For info contact Elizabeth Grigorian at firstname.lastname@example.org.