Queen Gallery Poetry Night II
Queen Gallery Poetry Night
We are pleased to announce our second monthly Poetry Night, on Friday December 21, 7-9 p.m. at the Queen Gallery. It is an open–stage night of music and poetry with wonderful features. Bring your poetry, music and friends and share your art with us at the Queen Gallery with inspiring art work hanging on the walls. On this night, we are also celebrating the eve of winter solstice (December 20th), Yaldä night, with a storyteller who is going to take us back in time with creation stories from Iran, and with divination by the dïvän of Häfez (fäl-e Häfez).
The event is free, but we will pass the hat and would be happy to receive your generous donations.
Time: Friday December 21, 2012
Place: Queen Gallery
382 Queen Street East, Toronto
Tel: (416) 361-6045
Doors open: 6:15 p.m.
Sign-up: 6:30 p.m.
Start: 7 p.m.
Host: Bänoo Zan
Feature: Ariel Balevi
Any style of poetry and music in any language is welcome. If you write or perform in a language other than English, you might offer translations or an explanation in English, but you don’t have to!
We are extremely excited to announce our second feature, Ariel Balevi, a wizard of a storyteller.
Ariel Balevi is a storyteller whose repertoire derives from the literary and folklore traditions of Iran, Turkey, and Central Asia: Firdowsi’s Book of Kings (Shahnameh), Attar's Conference of the Birds (Manteq oTayir), Nizami’s Seven Pavilions of Love (Haft Paykar), Rumi’s Masnavi as well as the Thousand and One Nights (Hezar o yek Shab). Ariel performs these stories in English,using verse or proverb from the language of origin of the story. Ariel has performed in various venues in Toronto, Washington DC, Montreal and Ottawa, sometimes with Western or traditional Persian musicians. In his performances Ariel strives to present the universality of these narratives, unfamiliar to some audiences, and in doing so bring about mutual respect and understanding among different cultures and traditions.
Ariel recently released a CD “Unspoken Dreams: Tales from Rumi” with guitarist Willaim Beauvais reviewed in The Whole Note magazine: http://thewholenote.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12280:unspoken-dreams-stories-from-rumi-ariel-balevi-william-beauvais&catid=52:potpourri&Itemid=180