April 26, 2013
On a Saturday night some 98 years ago this week, more than 200 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders living in Constantinople, today's Istanbul, were rounded up by the government. The political party in power, the "Young Turks," did not want their kind in the country, breathing the same air, using the same resources, making lives for themselves and their families. They were imprisoned and most were later executed. Were it not for the prominence of the victims of that April 24, 1915 event, there might have been even further delay in word spreading across the globe that a systematic elimination of Armenians was underway.
January 10, 2012
A Boston-based dance company that tells the story of Armenia's past will stop in Glendale on Jan. 15 as part of its national tour. The Sayat Nova dance company will perform, “Journey Through Time,' which is a new production for the company, which is entering its 25th year. With over 20 dancers, the performance begins by paying homage to St. Krikor Lousavorich and Armenia's conversion to Christianity. Followed by a meditation on the Battle of Avarayr, the dance also tells the story of the 1915 Armenian genocide and how it particularly affected Armenian composer Gomidas Vartabed.
October 11, 2011
As part of his tour of Southern California, the spiritual leader of Armenian Catholics is scheduled to visit the Brand Library in Glendale Wednesday. Hundreds of people are expected to turn up for a chance to meet His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia and spiritual leader of Armenian Diaspora, who will speak during a forum titled "Community Forum entitled “The Armenian Church, Youth, & General Concerns of the Armenian People. " He will also be signing his book, "Taking the Church to the People.
April 18, 2011
On the heels of the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, more than 1,000 members of the Armenian Diaspora gathered Sunday at St. Mary's Apostolic Church to commemorate their community's historic struggles, and celebrate their cultural successes. The event, titled “One Voice, One Cause,” was organized by the Armenian Youth Federation and featured Harout Pamboujkian — one of the most celebrated musicians in the Armenian community — as well as DJ Bei Ru, whose vintage vinyl sampling fused with hip-hop, funk and soul have earned him widespread recognition.
April 22, 2010
The annual Armenian Genocide observance and commemoration at the Alex Theatre reminds us of certain unavoidable facts. As an elected official, let me state them from my heart in words so clear as to command their assent. We must never forget the Armenian Genocide and the inhumanity surrounding this tragic event. We must bring inexhaustible energy, heart and sense of purpose to ending the unmitigated shame and understated disgrace at the failure of our government in Washington to formally recognize this tragedy as historic fact.
October 17, 2009
On Oct. 16, your paper published another letter concerning the Armenian Genocide. While I do not intend to dismiss the concerns of the Armenian community, I think that Armenians should consider the history of the United States before they demand that the U.S. insist that Turkey issue an official apology to Armenia. Please consider that the United States has never — in whole or in part — apologized to the Native Americans for the genocide that was committed against them. California was especially guilty of the killings of thousands of native Californians.
April 25, 2009
Commemorating Armenian Genocide The week of remembrance in our city, and the annual Armenian Genocide observance and commemoration at the Alex Theatre, reminds us of two unavoidable and irrevocable facts. As an elected official, let me state them now from my heart in words so clear as to command their assent. We must never forget the Armenian Genocide and the indecency, inhumanity and the legacy of evil surrounding this tragic event. And, we must bring inexhaustible energy, heart, mind and sense of purpose and duty to ending the unmitigated shame and understated disgrace at the failure of our government in Washington to formally recognize this tragedy as historic fact.
April 25, 2009
I clearly remember my first April 24 experience. I could not have been any older than 7 or 8 when my mom took me to a protest that was organized at the grounds of our neighborhood Armenian church. I even remember the taxi driver. He was a middle-aged Iranian man with a heavy 5 o’clock shadow. As he pulled up to the gates of the St. Sarkis Church in Tehran, he was puzzled by the dense and vociferous group of protesters. He asked (in Persian): “What are you Armenians protesting against?
November 15, 2008
The owners of Abril Bookstore in Glendale hope to entertain and educate others about Armenian literature during a two-day celebration showcasing play readings, art workshops and dance. Store owner Harout Yeretzian and his son and store manager, Arno Yeretzian, are sponsoring the event, “Abrink: Festival of Armenian Literature and Culture,” Nov. 22 and 23 at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium. The festival’s purpose is to introduce the community to the culture of the Armenian people, Arno Yeretzian said.