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[FAR Yerevan]: Finding Success in Hollywood. standard

“Bedian found herself at a crossroads between a responsible, definite future and the uncertainty of a career in acting. ‘Every child has something artistic about them. Now they don’t follow it because it’s a difficult life. I made a decision to follow my heart instead of my brain.'” – Azzie Mekhitarian By Azzie Mekhitarian via Yerevan Magazine After starting her acting career in her hometown of Montreal, Bedian followed the roles which lead her to Toronto, New York and, eventually, Los Angeles where the majority of television shows are filmed. Each move required that she prove herself all over again in each town and pushed hard to set up initial meetings. “It was like starting fresh again. Casting directors didn’t ...

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[FAR New York]: Armenian-American Community Shows Support for Armenia on its 20th Anniversary. standard

Members of the Armenian-American community recently gathered at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street to celebrate 20 years of an independent Armenia. Via Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) Among the award recipients were Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern); Berge Setrakian, President of the Armenian General Benevolent Fund; Rita Balian, the founder of the Armenian American Cultural Association (AACA); Ambassador Tatoul Markarian, Armenia’s Ambassador to the United States; and Ambassador Garen Nazarian, Armenia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Please continue reading here. Credit: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)

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[FAR New York]: Garboushian Gallery Exhibit to Highlight Defining Role of Armenian Artists in Contemporary Art. standard

A new exhibit – California Armenian Pacific Standard Time – brings together more than 60 cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Via Asbarez.com Just as Armenian American artist Arshile Gorky was highly influential in shaping American Abstract Expressionism in New York a generation earlier, a fiercely independent group of painters was quietly taking hold after World War II in Los Angeles; among them was John Altoon (1925-1969) and Paul Sarkisian (b. 1928). Altoon was a gifted painter and big personality who often struggled with fits of depression and mania. His vaguely figurative abstractions are heralded today for helping to define both a ...

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[Armenian Life]: Yerevan’s Most Famous Street. standard

Every city has its most famous street. Paris has the Champs-Élysées, New York has Fifth Avenue, London has Baker Street, and the list goes on. In Yerevan, it’s Abovyan Street. In the past, Abovyan was called Astafevskaya or Astafyan, in honor of Yerevan’s Russian Governor Astafyev (1864-1869). In the beginning of the 19th century, it was home to St. Poghos–Petros and St. Katoghike churches. Back then, water that porters would use to clean the walls of buildings in the early morning flowed along either side of the street. A horse and carriage would go up and down it every day. In 1921, the street was renamed after the great Armenian writer Khachatur Abovyan. Today, it ends at his statue. After ...

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[Armenian Life]: Old Gyumri, New Drawings. standard

The members of this year’s Hayastani Kidak Society’s Young Professionals Group visited Gyumri as part of their tour. For more of a flavor of Gyumri’s rich history, below is an essay from the collection Crossroads by FAR Press Secretary Levon Lachikyan called Old Gyumri in New Drawings: The Pinafores cosmic vaults theory is a striking aspect of world philosophy. According to this theory, the moving trajectories of planets produce exquisite melodies as they move, filling the cosmos with music. Mankind, however, do not hear those loud sounds. I found myself in a similar situation. Having been born in Gyumri, I took its beauty for granted. But I discovered that beauty decades later, when I was residing in Yerevan after having ...

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[FAR New York]: Haro, the Rug Porter from Moush, and “Little Morgan,” the Moneylender Garbis. standard

As I said, Haro was a dutiful and hardworking laborer; what he lacked was familiarity with the fine points of the rug business. – Aris Sevag Via Ararat Magazine In those days, two wealthy Armenians had opened an employment office in New York at their own expense to help out unemployed Armenians. Haro was taken there every morning with military punctuality; he used to be there prior to the office doors opening and wait for the “doctor.” (The office manager was known by the title of “doctor.”) Before arriving there, Haro used to make the sign of the cross, uttering “Ya Sourp Garabed” (Sourp Garabed, help me). Please continue reading here Credit: Via Ararat Magazine by Paul Sagsoorian

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[FAR New York]: Genocide Symposium April 6th in NYC. standard

Symposium on Preventing Genocide Through Awareness, Insight, Education will be held 6:30 pm on Tuesday April 6 at the Armenian General Benevolent Union, 7th Floor at 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues), New York City. The evening will also include the premier of Dr. Michael Hagopian’s film “The River Ran Red.” Link to the event. [httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6_H2FyEuHc]

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[ANSEF]: 2010 ANSEF Grant Presentations and Press Conference held at FAR Yerevan Office standard

FAR’s ANSEF grants are in high demand in the Armenian scientific community.  Last year, 192 scientific proposals were submitted to the ANSEF Grant Research Council for review.  After reviewing the submission pool, the ANSEF council, under the leadership of Dr. Yervant Terzian, selected 27 research groups to be awarded grants of 5,000 USD each in 2010. A Young Scientist Accepts his Grant Credit: FAR Staff It should be noted that this year, there was a remarkable number of young scientists among the recipients of the ANSEF grants. Physical Research Institute Scientist Artur Ishkhanian mentioned that “ANSEF has made a great contribution to the sciences in Armenia.  FAR’s ANSEF Program plays a decisive role by introducing new standards and new approaches ...

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[ANSEF]: Beneficiary Potraits – ANSEF 2009 Beneficiary, Armen Trchounian. standard

Armen Trchounian pursues laboratory work at the Biophysics Laboratory of Yerevan State University under the ANSEF grant program. Dr. Trchounian’s project deals with regulating issues of bacterial growth, survival, and activity – namely for use in biotechnology, medicines, and alternative energy. This 2009 project, entitled “Electromagnetic radiation of extremely high frequency effects on bacterial sensitivity to antibiotics” is jointly implemented with lab research partner, Hasmik Tadevosyan. Research Partners Armen Trchounian and Hasmik Tadevosyan Credit: FAR Staff Dr. Trchounian is already quite well-known in Armenian scientific circles. Since 2002 he has been Head of the High Quality Attestation Committee, which awards scientific degrees to Armenian scientists. His achievements include such accolades as Doctor of Science degree (1990), Professor of Science degree ...

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