Sat, 21 Sept: Endless Summer Mixer!

Who said summer had to end? On Saturday, September 21: 2 – 5pm, we’re keeping summer going with our Endless Summer Mixer at Agave Uptown!

Enjoy the afternoon at this hot bar and restaurant with fresh authentic homemade Oaxacan food! We will enjoy the warm afternoon sun on the patio, and Agave’s delicious food and drinks all in Oakland’s thriving Uptown District!

See you there!

WHERE : Agave Uptown at 2135 Franklin Street, Oakland, California, 94612, United States

AGBU-Young Professionals of Northern California

Phone: (415) 295-2259

21 Sept, 7:30pm: “The Adventures Of Chigareli”

Hamazkayin San Francisco Nigol Aghpalian chapter presents

“The  Adventures Of Chigareli” play written by Rouben Maroughyan

Duration :One hour twenty minutes

Educational and interactive play in western Armenian ages 8 and up

Saturday, September 21, 2019 
Time:7:30 PM

Location: Khatchaturian Armenian center,
Saroyan Hall 825 Brotherhood way,
San Francisco

Adults $ 30.00
Students $15

Contact or


San Jose State University Armenian Students Association presents a commemoration concert dedicated to 150th anniversary of remarkable Armenian musician Komitas, featuring Armenian composer and pianist Dr. Tatev Amiryan, violinist Gayane Grigoryan, and soprano Anna Hayrapetyan. 

Program includes works by Komitas, G. Saradjyan, R. Andreasyan, S. Aslamazyan, and T. Amiryan

Tickets:$10 from 7 to 9pm

Purchase tickets at:

FREE for children and students with valid student ID

San José State University School of Music & Dance
Music Concert Hall
Music Building 17
1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95112

For questions please contact John Jabagchourian:

San Jose State University School of Music & Dance

Phone: (408) 924-4673

Sat, 12 Oct, Classical Evening Dedicated to Komitas Vardapet

Sat, 12 October, 7pm.

St. Andrew Armenian Church’s cultural organization is prsenting an evening of classical music in honor of Komitas Vardapet’s 150th birthday anniversary.

The evening features Hasmik Rakoubyan, Anahit Zakaryan, Vagharshak Ohanyan, and Hayk Arsenyan.

A reception will follow after the event.

Tickets: $50 for adults and $25 for students. Please use the provided itsmyseat link to buy tickets or call (408) 257-6743.

WHERE: St Andrew Armenian Church at 11370 South Stelling Road, Cupertino, California, 95014

Sun, 13 Oct: Berkeley Meeting featuring UC Davis Art History Professor: Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh

2pm, Sun, 13 October

Professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh will be our guest at UCBAA’s Annual Meeting speaking on the Armenian genocide, Zeytun Gospels, the Getty Museum, and restitution in her lecture entitled “From Genocide to Justice: The Modern Life of a Medieval [Armenian] Manuscript.” 

Her book “The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice” was published in February by Stanford University Press and chosen as a New & Noteworthy selection in The New York Times earlier this year. 

Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh is an art history professor at the University of California, Davis. She is the award-winning author of The Image of an Ottoman City: Architecture in Aleppo (2004).

WHERE: Alumni House Berkeley at 1 Alumni House, Berkeley, CA, 94704

For more information:

Host:  UC Berkeley Armenian Alumni

Reception of wine, cheese, coffee, sweets and fruits.

Oct 19 & 20: Armenian Food Festival

Armenian Food  Festival October 19 and 20, 2019 IN SF

The 77th Annual St. John Armenian Church’s Food Festival will be held Saturday, October 19 from 12 noon to 9pm and Sunday and October 20 from 12 noon to 3pm at the Paul Fellowship Hall, 275 Olympia Way in San Francisco.

Armenian delicacies will be served continually in the Church Hall and at the take-out booth.  Armenian dancing starts on Saturday at 9pm.


Proceeds from the food festival will be donated to Armenian charities, one locally and one in Armenia. St. John is the oldest Armenian church in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

For more information about the festival: Church Office (415) 661-1142, or

Hasmik Harutyunyan and Kitka in Concert / Gorani: Love Songs to Lost Homelands

Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble joins forces with renowned Armenian folk singer Hasmik Harutyunyan, to present Gorani: Love Songs to Lost Homelands.

October 17 at 6:30pm / Green Music Center, Schroeder Concert Hall, 801 East Cotati Avenue, ROHNERT PARK, CA

October 18 at 8:00pm / St. Vartan Armenian Church, 650 Spruce Street, OAKLAND, CA

October 19 at 7:30pm / Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, SAN JOSE, CA

Renowned Armenian Folk Singer Hasmik Harutyunyan and Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble join forces to present three collaborative concerts entitled Gorani: Love Songs to Lost Homelands. Performances will take place at the Green Music Center’s Schroeder Concert Hall at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30pm; St. Vartan’s Armenian Church in Oakland on Friday, October 18 at 8pm; and Saturday, October 19 at The Hammer Theater Centre at San Jose State University at 7:30pm. Advance tickets may be purchased online via links at

One of Armenia’s leading folk singers, Hasmik Harutyunyan is world-renowned for her work with Yerevan’s Shoghaken Ensemble and for her mellifluous renditions of Armenian lullabies, one of the most ancient and evocative genres in Armenian music. Her quietly passionate interpretations of traditional melodies from historical villages across the Armenian plateau offer a mesmerizing glimpse into a lost world. Harutyunyan draws strength and inspiration from her ancestors in the province of Moush in historic (Western) Armenia, especially her grandmother, Mafo, who sang to her as a child. In addition to songs sung by her family, Hasmik learned many of the songs in her repertoire from elder women who had emigrated from Anatolia to Eastern Armenia before or during the Armenian Genocide of 1914-1923, as well as from their descendants and old song collections.

In addition to performances throughout Armenia, Georgia, Russia, United Arab Emirates Europe, and North America, the music of Harutyunyan’s Shoghaken Ensemble has been heard as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s 2002 Silk Road Project, and on the soundtrack of the film Ararat. In addition to her work with Shoghaken Ensemble, Harutyunyan passes her cultural heritage on to the next generation as director of the Hayrik Muradyan Children’s Traditional Song and Dance Ensemble.

In 2009 and 2010 Harutyunyan and Kitka toured together in California and Armenia as part of Kitka’s Caucasus Connections Project.

Hasmik Harutyunyan’s first solo CD, Armenian Lullabies (Traditional Crossroads, 2004), was praised in a New York Times review as ‘The best Armenian recording worldwide.” This concert celebrates the release of Ororotsayin, Harutyunyan’s new book and CD anthology of 57 more historical Armenian lullabies, most never previously recorded.

Of her lifelong commitment to the art of the Armenian lullaby, Harutyunyan writes: ‘Lullabies guide a person throughout their entire life. In the beginning, they are sung to you, later, you are the one who sings… in this way, the cosmic melody of love and affection continues forever.’

Joining Hasmik Harutyunyan will be Kitka, Oakland’s trailblazing women’s vocal arts ensemble. Inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Kitka has earned international recognition for its distinctive sound, exploring a vast palette of ancient yet contemporary-sounding vocal effects. Kitka’s commitment to presenting traditional song as a living and evolving expressive art form has led to adventurous collaborations with some of the world’s most exciting indigenous musicians and contemporary composers ranging from Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares to Meredith Monk. Currently celebrating its 40th season, Kitka began as a grassroots group of amateur singers from diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds who shared a passion for the stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, intricate ornamentation, and resonant strength of traditional Eastern European women’s vocal music. Since its informal beginnings, the group has evolved into an award-winning touring ensemble known for its artistry, versatility and mastery of the demanding techniques of regional vocal styling, as well as for its innovative explorations in new music for women’s voices. The ensemble’s wide-ranging performance, teaching, and recording activities have exposed millions to the haunting beauty of their unique repertoire.

In addition to the three Gorani: Love Songs to Lost Homelands concerts, Kitka will host three participatory public workshops with Hasmik Harutyunyan in which she will share traditional Armenian dances and songs.

Folk dance workshops will take place on Friday, October 4 at 7:30pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park, and on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa.

On Saturday, October 12 at 2pm, Harutyunyan will present a vocal workshop focused on Armenian lullabies and love songs at Silk Road House in Berkeley.

These concerts and workshops commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Armenian monk, composer, and folk song collector/preserver Komitas Vardapet.

Hasmik Hartutyunan’s Bay Area residency is supported, in part, by grants from WESTAF Tour West and the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program.

Questions?: Shira Cion
Phone: 5104440323

New book for children: Parev, Yerevan: An Armenian Children’s Book

Parev, Yerevan is a fun, engaging, and educational board book in Armenian about Yerevan. Beautifully illustrated, it takes the reader through well-known sites in Yerevan and showcases Armenian culture and history in a simple and captivating manner. It exposes children to both the Armenian language and the spirit of Armenia. This is a great introduction to Yerevan for young children!

My goal is to expose children to the Armenian language and help foster a connection to Armenia at a young age. Since there are very few board books in Armenia, this book is an ideal engagement tool for young children.

Please visit my page at to learn more about my campaign and pre-order your copy. Thank you!