Learn About Armenia

As we cruise around the internet, we sometimes come across some awesome videos or articles that get our attention. The video below happens to be one of them. Through a post on Facebook, this video got our attention and immediately we were captivated by such an exemplary account of the Armenian people and the country. Created by Los Angeles resident Paul Barbato in a video series called “Geography Now!”, this video captures the essence of Armenia in 10 minutes. Take a look…

If you want to see more videos by Paul Barbato, visit his YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/Paulbarbato) or website (http://www.paulbarbato.com/).

Gone Too Soon

“The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.” ― Joseph Conrad

2015 brought an unthinkable tragedy into the family of Avetisyans. Six of its members were brutally murdered on January 12 in their home in Gyumri: 2nd largest city of the Republic of Armenia. Armenians of the world are mourning the loss of 6 innocent people: husband and wife Seryozha and Hasmik Avetisyans 56 and 54 years old respectively, their 34-year-old son Armen Avetisyan, their 36-year-old daughter Aida Avetisyan, their 24-year-old daughter-in-law Araksya Poghosyan, and their 2-year-old granddaughter Asmik Avetisyan. Little Seryozha, their 6-month-old grandson, who, by all laws of science and medicine should have been the seventh member on this tragic list, was found laying next to his mother’s lifeless body – fighting for his life. One shudders at the thought of the terror that this tiny human was forced to encounter, the degree of evil that he faced. What unnatural forces helped him to survive the injuries inflicted by a hand of a monster would eternally stay an enigma, but he managed to pull through, and this alone is considered nothing less than a miracle.

In the city of Gyumri, 126 kilometers from Yerevan, the Russian 102nd Military Base is located. Established in 1940s for security reasons – it is guarding the borders of Armenia with Turkey – this Military Base is and has been one of the most important objects of geopolitical presence of Russia in the Caucasus. It is one of the pivotal elements representing Russian-Armenian relations, relations that were formed over decades and built on mutual trust, that were shattered in a day. It was in this Military Base that the alleged murderer was serving. It is said that the 18-year-old Valeriy Permyakov, a Russian solder from the Russian city of Tver, had been transferred to the 102nd Military Base in Gyumri in the month of December of 2014. On that notorious day, Permyakov left the Military Base without authorization and went for a stroll dressed in his military attire and armed with his AK-74 automatic rifle (the main service rifle currently used by Russian and Armenian armed forces). He then allegedly knocked at the door of the Avetisyans’ house, however did not wait for an answer and let himself in. We already know what happened next. Just like that, an 18-year-old soldier murdered a family of six. We cannot fathom what could have possibly filled him with so much hatred not only towards the adults of the household but towards 2 innocent kids, who had neither done harm to him nor to anyone else. How, after the AK-74 misfired (and it is believed that this weapon does not misfire even in worst conditions possible) during the attempt to kill the 6-month-old child, could he reach for the knife and try to finish the job by stabbing him?

He fled the scene of the murder leaving behind shattered lives, his military boots with his name inscribed on the inside and his military uniform. By changing his clothes he hoped to escape undetected. The next day, on January 13, Permyakov was detained by Armenian border guards near the Armenian-Turkish border during his attempts to cross the border and flee to Turkey.

Tigran Hamasyan (Trio)


Armenian artist TIGRAN HAMASYAN (Trio) will be performing at Bootleg HiFi in Los Angeles, CA on February 20th, 2014.

Artist Bio:
Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Tigran Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, beatbox, poetry, and more. In early 2015, Nonesuch Records will release MOCKROOT, Tigran’s label debut. This show will be in support of the record release tour, featuring Tigran’s trio with Sam Minaie on bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums. In the past decade, with the release of four critically acclaimed albums and an unceasing touring schedule, Tigran has built up a dedicated international following, as well as accolades from the likes of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Brad Mehldau. In the words of the Guardian, Hamasyan “is guided by one of [mentor and fan Herbie Hancock’s] most enduring lessons: it’s possible to be a multi-stylistic jazz virtuoso and a groove-powered hitmaker simultaneously and hugely enjoy all of it.” The Times of London said of his most recent release, 2013’s Shadow Theater, “Armenian folk, electronic loops, heavenly voices and indie rock energy vie with Hamasyan’s rippling piano to create a dramatic, deeply melodic music unlike anything else you’ll hear this year.” Born in Armenian in 1987, Tigran has already won major accolades including a 2011 French Grammy Award, first place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, and the 2013 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music. He currently resides in Erevan, Armenia. He began playing piano at the age of three, and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was 11 years old, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition in 2003. He released his debut album, World Passion, at the age of 18 in 2006. That same year he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Subsequent albums include New Era (2008), Red Hail (2009), and A Fable (2011), for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France).

Ticketing link: http://foldsilverlake.com/event.cfm?id=169789

Artist Press:

Watch Tigran Hamasyan perform in Paris, France

Event Manager:
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Dr. Noune Pashinian Named Medical Honoree

Glendale’s Dr. Noune Pashinian Named Medical Honoree For the Jingle Bell Run/Walk For Arthritis, December 14th 5K Run/Walk Funds Research For A Cure For Arthritis, The Nation’s Leading Cause of Disability

Noune Pashinian

(Los Angeles, CA) – October 30, 2014 – The Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region, has named Glendale’s Dr. Noune Pashinian as Medical Honoree for the 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Dr. Pashinian has been practicing Rheumatology and Internal Medicine for 17 years. She graduated with Honors from Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia, and did her Residency in Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, MI. She completed her Fellowship in Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA and received Board Certification in Rheumatology.

Dr. Pashinian practices Rheumatology in Glendale, and is on the staff at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Memorial Hospital, and is teaching attending at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is a Fellow at the American College of Rheumatology and a member of Armenian American Medical Society. Loved by her patients and respected by her colleagues, Dr. Pashinian has written many publications and often speaks for community programs and professional societies.

The Arthritis Foundation expects hundreds to participate in the Los Angeles Jingle Bell Run/Walk this year, on Sunday, December 14th, 2014, starting at 8:00 AM in front of The Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203. The course for the Los Angeles event will pass through The Americana at Brand where participants and families can enjoy the holiday décor and festivities during the event.

Families and friends come in costume and tie jingle bells to their shoelaces and enjoy the Run/Walk, Kid’s Zone, live entertainment and refreshments. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., and the opening program begins at 7:30 a.m. The timed 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:00 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 9:30 a.m. There will be a special “Tot Trot” at 10:00 a.m. for children under 8 years. All participants will receive a t-shirt and medal, with special medals awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, male and female, in each age category.

Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, the 5K route is a fun and festive way to join together with friends and family to help find a cure for the nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.

Form a team and register today by visiting www.lajbr.org. The Registration fee is $45 for adults and $25 for children under 13 years.

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is the largest and most trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and challenges of those living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Since 1948, The Foundation has remained committed to leading groundbreaking research for better treatments and a cure: fighting for patients’ access to affordable and effective health care; and providing trusted information and resources to the more than 53 million adults and 300,000 children living with the disease.

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Los Angeles Jingle Bell Run Contact:
Debbie Martin
Arthritis Foundation Pacific Region
323-954-5760, x262
818-388-5077 (cell)

Media Contact:
Lois Julien
PR/Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run
(818) 222-6790; (818) 634-0640 (cell)

Armenia – Ancient, Yet Attractive

By Sona Movsisyan

Talking about Armenia we can’t forget about the famous phrase which is “Armenia is an open-air museum.” To visit Armenia it means to travel back in history and feel the spirit of more than 41 centuries. Armenia is rich with its historical churches, monasteries, monuments, and magnificent nature. This is the country which was the first to adopt Christianity as a state religion. Traveling to Armenia you will be surprised with the traditions, culture, religion, arts and crafts, delicious cuisine and sincere hospitality. Most of all, the warmth and friendly manner of the people will make your visit unforgettable. Once you visit Armenia, you will be think of your next visit because one visit will not be enough for you.

There are many attractions in Armenia and one of the most famous recent attractions is the Monastery of Tatev with its newly constructed rope-way. One of the unique features of the monastery is the St. Astvatsadzin 1087 which is built on the rampart and accessed by a steep flight of steps from within the complex. The monumental Saint Poghos Petros, 895/906 is the focal point of the complex and, as the main cathedral of Syunik principality. And of course the breathtaking ropeway, called Wings of Tatev, which is included in the Guinness World Records Book as the longest aerial tramway built in one section. The length of it is 5.7 kilometers and this cableway stretches between Halidzor and Tatev Monastery. It was being built nearly 3 years and now it is one of the top attractions of tourists.

Next attraction is Lover’s Park. It is located on Baghramyan Avenue. It is small but very beautiful and comfortable park. You can spend your time there with your family because it is the best place for children. There are small bridges across artificial small water pools.

Another newly constructed tourist attraction is St Grigor Lusavorich (Illuminator) church in Yerevan. The huge Cathedral is a complex consisting of three churches: the Cathedral (Main Church) with 1700 seats and the Chapels of St. King Tiridates and of Saint Ashkhen the Queen. It is one of the biggest and lightened churches in Armenia.

If you are fond of walking Northern Avenue is a great place to spend the evening. Here you will see modern buildings. It is the most visited streets in Yerevan where young people like to spend their free time. Walking along the Avenue you will see many brand shops and new cafes. If you walk up Northern Avenue you will appear in Liberty Square and see the Opera House. The building was designed by the famous Armenian architect Alexander Tamanian. If you continue walking, you will find Cascade Complex – a giant stairway in Yerevan. Inside the Cascade, underneath the exterior steps are a couple of escalators going all way long of Cascade, where you can see some amazing works of modern art. Also make sure to visit Cafesjian Center for the Arts. At the top of this huge white stairwell you can visit Victory Park which is full of attractions for your kids and you will enjoy the picturesque view of Yerevan and Mount Ararat.

If you walk down Northern Avenue, you will find yourself in the heart of Yerevan that is Republic Square where the Governmental buildings are located. And in the evenings you can enjoy the singing and colorful fountains.

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Lillian & Varnum Paul 2013 Screenwriting Award Finalists


LOS ANGELES, California – The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) is pleased to announce the three finalists of the 4th Biennial Lillian & Varnum Paul 2013 Screenwriting Award: “1915,” by Garin K. Hovannisian & Alec Mouhibian; “The 13th Image,” by Yervand Kochar in collaboration with Jeani Di Carlo; and “The Second Journey,” by Levon Minasian & Eric de Rocquefeuil.

Screenplay submissions were received from across the United States, Europe, and Armenia. Entries were required to be full-length, unproduced film scripts written in English and based on Armenian themes. The screenplays submitted were of high quality, which made the selections difficult for the first round judges, all of whom are industry professionals.

The three finalist screenplays will be evaluated by an esteemed honorary jury: Anahid Nazarian (Producer, American Zoetrope Productions), Michael Goorjian (Emmy-Winning Actor) and Hank Saroyan (Emmy Winning TV Producer).

The winner of the $10,000 grand prize will be announced at ADAA’s awards event on November 8, 2013 at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Beverly Hills, along with a high-profile panel discussion for young artists navigating their careers in Hollywood — Making the Connection: Linking Armenians in the Entertainment Industry. The panel will feature high-ranking industry professionals from film studios. This is a rare opportunity to learn key strategies straight from current industry leaders. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Tickets are $10/person and available on http://www.itsmyseat.com//events/232924.html.

The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance’s mission is to make the Armenian voice heard on the world stage through the dramatic arts of theatre and film. The organization accomplishes this mission by supporting playwrights and screenwriters and providing production opportunities, research tools, networking resources and writing awards.

The Lillian and Varnum Paul Screenwriting Award is administered by ADAA through the generosity of the Paul Family through the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese.

In addition to the $10,000 Lillian and Varnum Paul Screenwriting Award, ADAA administers the $10,000 William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting, the deadline for which is April 15, 2014.

For more information about ADAA, its activities and how to contribute to its important mission, please visit http://www.itsmyseat.com/events/232924.html or www.armeniandrama.org.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh MkhitaryanOne of the most exciting young soccer (futbol) prospects to come out of Armenia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is making a name for himself with his special style of play, utilizing both skill and intelligence on the field. This 24 year-old is demonstrating skills usually reserved for seasoned international superstars. Perhaps we are witnessing a superstar in the making. Recently, he was transferred from his professional squad in the Ukraine (Shakhtar Donetsk) to Germany’s pro league team, Borussia Dortmund, for over €25 million ($30 million). Mkhitaryan also plays on Armenia’s national soccer team.

Take a look at what he’s done so far with his new team…

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund – Pre-Season – Passes, Skills & Goals

Watch a wonderfully touching documentary about this up and coming soccer star…

Documentary on Henrikh Mkhitaryan [French / ENG SUB]