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Shab-e She’r Poetry Night on November 25 with Shaista Latif and Antonio D’Alfonso

On November 25th Beit Zatoun will be hosting its second annual Shab-e She’r Poetry Night. Hosted by Bänoo Zan and Guernia poet Kate Marshall Flaherty, the evening will feature both poetry and music, as well as an open mic session. The featured poets for the evening will be Shaista Latif and Antonio D’Alfonso, with music by Shahriyar Jamshidi and Raphael Weinroth-Browne.

Writer, editor, translator, publisher, and filmmaker Antonio D’Alfonso is the author of over 30 books. His novel Un vendredi du mois d’août won the Trillium Award in 2005. His feature film Bruco won best director award and best foreign film award at the New York International Independent Film Festival in 2010. His most recent film Antigone (an adaptation of Sophocles’ play) won the Bronze award at the Prestige Film Festival. Aside from his own award-winning writing, he has translated some of Quebec’s finest poets.

Shaista Latif is a storyteller, playwright and facilitator. Her play Graceful Rebellions was presented at the 2014 SummerWorks Theatre Festival. She has been awarded The Theatre Centre’s Emerging Artist Award and is also a facilitator for PrideCab (Buddies) and for Crossing Gibraltar (Cahoots).

Shahriyar Jamshidi was born in Kermanshah, Iran and is a devoted composer who works hard to preserve the ancient music history of Kurdistan. His works include Alvanati (2004), Call of the Mountain (2008) and A Yellow Flower (2014). He has performed at various events including the Iranian Heritage Day at Royal Ontario Museum on May 2013 and the Tirgan Festival in Toronto, Canada. He has also performed on several well-known Kurdish TV channels including KTV, Norooz, and Kurdsat.

Raphael Weinroth-Browne is a cellist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer who has performed at several renowned festivals around the world, including Nouvelle Prague in the Czech Republic. He recently placed second at the 2014 International Cello Festival of Canada in the finals of the Zara Nelsova Award for Canadian Cellists. Since 2009, Weinroth-Browne has composed and performed music on over 30 full-length albums (including the Juno Award-winning Woods 5: Grey Skies and Electric Light) and has appeared in professional music videos with acclaimed artists such as two-time Juno Award-winner Gowan.

Non-alcoholic refreshments will be served. Tickets are $5 and all are welcome.

Time: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Place: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON

Doors open: 6:15 p.m.

Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 p.m.

Start: 7 p.m.

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