Nowruz is as festive and lively and delicious and costume-filled as a new year's celebration should be, but there's one rather interesting asterisk that makes the annual party even more effervescent: It arrives with the start of spring, meaning that the tenets of the bloomingest season, and renewal, and hope, are at its very heart.
The Iranian New Year is celebrated in food- and tune-filled ways across Southern California, but one of the largest parties makes for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art each spring, as it will again, for its sixth year, on Sunday, March 23.
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One of the afternoon's centerpieces will be the world premiere of Ziba Shirazi's "Spring Love" in the museum's Bing Theatre. "(T)he dynamic traditions of Nowruz" are told in the stage show "through the story of three generations of a family experiencing love at first sight through a blend of music, dance, and imagery." Tickets are $15 each.
The rest of the day, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., is free to attend. A parade of traditional Iranian costumes, calligraphy instruction for kids, short film screenings, a gallery tour of the art of ancient Iran, and a 5 p.m. show from UK band Ajam are also on the schedule.
Patina chef Rui Wang will also create a host of Persian-delicious dishes alongside San Francisco chef Hoss Zare.
Fahrang Foundation is the host for the celebration.