Movses Shakarian is the Host/Comic also co-Producer on Armenian Allstars, which is a once a month stand-up comedy show, featuring variety of talented comics from all walks of life, to include, Armenian and Non-Armenian (“Odar") comics in the greater Los Angeles area.
Mary Basmadjian, Movses Shakarian and Michael Passion have been working together for years to bring their own brand of Armenian comedy to a wide and diverse audience. You don’t have to speak Armenian to understand the jokes, but a quick trip to Glendale wouldn’t hurt.
Join the Allstars on the second Sunday of every month, 4:30 pm, at Flapper’s Comedy Club in Burbank.
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The AGBU GenNext Community Center is located in the YWCA of Glendale and serves youth in the Glendale and surrounding areas of all backgrounds. The Mentorship Program, is culturally based, and matches caring, adult volunteers of Armenian background with Armenian youth, who foster developmental relationships with their mentees. The GenNext Afterschool Program is open to all youth of ALL backgrounds and supports them in a number of ways: afterschool homeowork help and tutoring, developmental activities, workshops, leadership skills building games, and more. There is an appplication process for both programs and we welcome all inquiries.
Born in Burbank California and of Armenian decent, Anahid was raised in the vast and diverse landscape of Los Angeles and in a home where art was always a constant. Her youth was spent being surrounded by music and art from all over the world. It was the melding of many cultures that helped shape her unique perspective and aesthetic.
After receiving a degree from Fashion Institute of design and Merchandising in 1988, Anahid successfully worked in the fashion and interior design industries until 1994. She then decided to exclusively turn her attention to her first passion–painting.
She began showing in various group exhibits in 1999 and was given her first solo exhibit in 2004. Anahid has received an award and an honorable mention by the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery and has been regularly exhibiting in galleries nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Currently, she is a member of the “ TEN WOMEN GALLERY” in Santa Monica, Calif. and a member of the SHE LOVES COLLECTIVE which exhibited her first installation project in February of 2017
I am always trying to create a dialogue between my pieces and their viewer. Recycled and repurposed objects bring nostalgia to a piece and there starts the conversation between the two. My creations are intended to stir emotions, thus I create with layers. Each new layer showing a bit of the one underneath. like any good story bits and pieces are wiped away, covered up, and retold to become a new reality. By doing so in my paintings, unexpected colors,forms and textures are revealed.
My influences run the gamut of fine art masters such as Picasso, Twombly, and Modigliani to more contemporary and pop artists such as Haring, Basquiat, and Banksy. My Armenian Heritage, my family business involved with architectural fabrication and being raised in the diversity of Los Angeles all play a part of the the compositions of my creations.
Anet Abnous is a Los Angeles-based Armenian artist whose vision is feminine beauty and empowerment. With the female figure as her muse, she creates breathtaking abstract imagery symbolizing women’s liberation.
Born and raised in Iran during the Islamic revolution of the 1970’s, Anet nurtured her passion for the arts early on. Inspired by her father’s tailoring skills, she took sewing and pattern making classes at age 16, studied fashion design at Tehran’s Zahra University, and after immigrating to the U.S., earned a Fine Arts degree from Queens College, City University of New York in 2005.
Anet’s art is deeply compelling and culturally diverse. She juxtaposes the vibrant colors and impeccable details of traditional Armenian costumes and art with the subdued black veils of Islamic oppression to create art of striking beauty. Her paintings are housed in several private collections and have been showcased in galleries in New York, Rhode Island, California, and Korea. She has been published in Asbury Park, Burbank Leader, NY Art Magazine, and more.
An ardent supporter of women-centered causes, Anet co-curated Manhattan’s first Armenian female art exhibition in 2007, bringing together talented artists from Armenia, Syria and the U.S. She has also shown in galleries with the mission of ending violence against women.
Anet’s Collection is wearable, tangible art -- the culmination of Anet’s dream to merge fine art, fashion and storytelling through elegant tees, scarves and note cards imprinted with her work.
The Art of ANNA KOSTANIAN
Anna Kostanian was born in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to Los Angeles, California when she was only 5. Her most vivid memory of her childhood in Armenia was a moment when her neighbor recognized her childish scrabbling as a beautiful drawing and proclaimed her to be an artist. She has carried this memory with her over the years and it is perhaps one of the reasons why she is an artist today.
Anna’s natural artistic capabilities were enhanced and sharpened through private mentoring and her conceptual ideas were honored at Otis College of Art and Design. While Anna has graduated from Otis In 2007 she still receives mentoring as she feels you can always better your skills. Her exploration of identity is what fuels her work with intense meaning and symbolism.
Anna’s upbringing in a multicultural society greatly influenced her perception of a woman’s role in society. As a result, Anna focuses most on the implications of being a woman in such a society. Her work on Dura-Lar is highly symbolic. The transparent, plastic provides a surface on which she can apply and remove paint. Each layer of paint stains the surface and contributes to the final image, the way layers of experience form an identity. Experiences are essential to a person’s identity, but some experiences are off limits to individuals. Exploration of sexuality was forbidden in the culture Anna grew up in, and so she uses painting as a vicarious means of experience. This experience is not her own, but belongs to viewers of her work as well.
As an Armenian-American woman, Anna’s identity has been shaped by two cultures that are extremely different. Her viewers come from the same multicultural society, so Anna seeks out similarities between them and uses the common ground to provoke thought. Death, the passing of time and the human skeleton are featured most often. Death and time provoke thoughts and feelings in all viewers because they are perhaps the only two phenomena that all humans experience. Anna’s primary goal as an artist is to provoke thought, and she finds that this is done best by pointing viewers toward universal experience.
Anna’s work has been exhibited in galleries such as 2nd Street Cigars and Gallery, Bolsky Gallery and has appeared in juried shows at Otis College of Art and Design; she has also worked as a commissioned artist to complete works in both conceptual and portraiture. Her tribute to the Armenian Genocide was voted as “Best Representation of Being or Telling the Story of Survival” in a juried competition called “Survivor”.
Anushik Armenian Alphabet Puzzle is designed to help children learn Armenian letters through play.
Playing with this puzzle will help your child with pre-reading skills such as Letter Recognition and Word Association, while also assisting in the development of hand-eye coordination and other fine motor skills.
Under each letter your child will find a beautifully designed Picture backed with Manuscript Lettering. Each letter of the Armenian Alphabet has been matched with a picture of a word beginning with that letter: from (“Ա is for artsiv (eagle)” to “Ֆ is for footbolist (football player)”). The 36 Wooden Letters come in Red, Blue, and Orange, and are arranged to form the Tri-Color pattern of the Armenian Flag.