Happy New Year: Celebrate Nowruz at LACMA

Welcome spring with a day of Persian dance and song on the Miracle Mile.

How the warming of the world around us is welcomed runs the joyful gamut from garden-based gatherings to al fresco meals to the exchanging of small gifts.

The first day of spring finds much festivity in Iran, where the vernal equinox coincides with Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. A grand and auspicious occasion, Nowruz features traditional foods, meaning-laden displays, songs, dance and fun for small revelers, too.

The Farhang Foundation and Los Angeles County Museum of Art honors Nowruz with a full day of free -- or mostly free -- happenings on Sunday, March 22.

Performer Zohreh Jooya's "The Sounds of a Persian Spring" debuts (it's the world premiere) at the Miracle Mile institution's Bing Theater at 11 a.m., which starts off the eight-hour celebration. Ms. Jooya's ensemble will join her on stage as well. Note this is one ticketed event of the day, so if you want to attend, definitely buy your spot in advance.

The accoladed singer's folk-fantastic songs and deep knowledge of the musical byways of Iran will bring out the fans (and make it a sold-out affair).

One more thing to keep some cash for: Traditional Persian bites from Patina chef Rui Wang will be sold as well.

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As for the free doings? A decor-rich, symbol-filled Haft Sîn display, something seen frequently during Nowruz, will be erected, short films will screen and Persian dance and puppetry will take a centerstage. And a costume parade, traditionally one of the must-see moments of the annual LACMA festivity, is at 3 p.m.

Kiosk, the "groundbreaking Iranian rock band," rounds out the happy day with pumped-up tuneage from 5 to 7 p.m.

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