The CrackBerry Chronicles: Nowruz Deed-o Bazdeed

Written by Elaine Santore. Posted in Arts/Entertainment, Culture, Politics

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Published on March 24, 2008 with 3 Comments


Elaine Santore, Sopida Siadat, Beyond Persia’s Lalé Welsh, and Sasaneh Solaimani.
Photos by Luke Thomas

By Elaine Santore

March 24, 2008

Nowruz Deed-o Bazdeed

After a week of anti-war protests, police brutality and comment sockpuppetry, Fog City Journal was happy to celebrate the the Persian New Year at Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s monthly art party in City Hall. Mirkarimi used this month’s party to celebrate Nowruz Deed-o Bazdeed.

Nowruz Deed-o Bazdeed refers to visits with family and friends during the first 12 days of the Persian New Year. An adjoining conference room was transformed into a gorgeous spread, with fruit, Chai and Shirini, or Persian sweets. Despite the mostly progressive attendees, there was no brown rice anywhere.


Where are the Chelow Kebabs, Luke?

“This event has a low carbon footprint: it’s free,” Mirkarimi said, referring to the previously scheduled Norouz City Hall event organized by Turquoise Bridges.

Turquoise Bridges has since rescheduled their event for Friday, March 28.

Mirkarimi said he’s attended about 10 Norouz events already, including one in Berkeley.

“There was Persian hip-hop, and I got up on the tables and spoke, which was a different kind of revolution,” he said. Let’s hope he sticks to his day job.


Artist Mohammed Hourian (second from left) and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.

Mirkarimi opened his office to three popular Iranian artists: Nasser Ovissi, Zaman Zamani and Mohammad Hourian. Each piece represented Persian New Year themes. He was quick to note that this wasn’t a political or a religious event. Of course, this prompted Tina Johnson to call it a “poligious” event.


A painting by Nasser Ovissi.


The Ebrahimi Brothers provided traditional Persian entertainment.


District 11 Supervisor candidate Asha Safai and Mishana Hosseinioun.


Fariba Rezvani and Ross Mirkarimi.


The RBA’s Joe Cassidy with SOMA magazine publisher Ali Ghanbarian.


The lovely and talented Evelyn Nieves of the Associated Press.

More Information:

Nasser Ovissi: www.galleryovissi.com

Zaman Zamani: www.zamanzamani.com

Mohammad Hourian: www.hourianart.com

Ebrahimi Brothers: www.bazmyband.com

James Carville celebrates Holy Week with blasphemy

After New Mexico governor and ex-Bill Clinton staffer Bill Richardson endorsed Sen. Barack Obama Saturday, former Bill Clinton campaign strategist and Sen. Hillary Clinton supporter James Carville made the following statement to the New York Times:

“Mr. Richardson’s endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic,” Mr. Carville said, referring to Holy Week.

Time to call Diddy, because there’s some serious bitchassness in Carville’s statement.

And is Carville comparing Bill to Jesus? I thought Obama was the Christ figure in this narrative.

Very poligious, indeed.

Somebody needs to tell Carville and the Clintons that they had their moment in the ’90s but now it’s over. They’ve joined the land of Melrose Place, Step By Step, belly chains, and mom jeans in the lexicon of American history.

Elaine Santore

Elaine Santore

Elaine Santore was born in San Francisco during the awesome ’80s. She spent a considerable amount of her childhood around City employees, all of whom taught her the value of pretending to be productive. After graduating from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, she transferred schools three times but eventually received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Psychology, with a double minor in Political Science and Textiles, Clothing and Design. This unique area of expertise makes her qualified to critique the sartorial missteps and psychological problems of local politicians.

Elaine’s work has also appeared in 7×7, California Home + Design, Filipinas, the Daily Nebraskan, SF Bay Guardian, and Spin.com.

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  • R.S.

    I used to like Carville, but his latest comment defending Billy Boy’s characterization of Barack as somehow un-American is a new low. When will Democratic strategists and tacticians come up with an effective attack on those sorts of gutter accusations?

  • Persian women! Yeah, Elaine, keep it coming!

  • karen Achenhead

    This was a lovely event. I had gone thinking we’d be buying tickets to a more expensive show in the lobby, so this was a nice surprise.

    I am a little miffed that no one let us know that the other event was cancelled though. We will not be able to go next week, and the first I heard about there being 2 events, was when I showed up. Thank goodness there was. I enjpyed the art and Persian Music very much. Thanks!