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Tuesday, May 21
All Day Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Romeo & Juliet: Open Reading
7:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
Wednesday, May 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 AM Day Trip: Hsi Lai Temple & Fullerton Arboretum
6:00 PM Film: Está Todo Bien (It's All Good)
7:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
Thursday, May 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Music: Alicia Villarreal
7:30 PM Italian Film: Questione di Karma
8:00 PM Film: Casablanca
8:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
Friday, May 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Raza Visions Fundraiser
7:30 PM Stage: Man Of La Mancha
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8:00 PM Music & Dance: Song of Songs
8:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
8:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
8:00 PM Film: Casablanca
Saturday, May 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:30 AM National Tap Dance Day Flash Mob
10:00 AM Harmony in Action Cross-Cultural Non-Profits Fair
10:00 AM Czech That Film Festival
11:00 AM Lebanese Food Festival
3:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
4:30 PM Oddissi Dance Benefit Concert
7:00 PM Performance: Riqueza Latina
7:30 PM Stage: Man Of La Mancha
8:00 PM Film: Casablanca
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
8:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
Sunday, May 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM 39th Annual Ethnic Food Fair
2:00 PM Music: Alexander Gourevitch & Sasha Kolpakov
2:00 PM Jewish Arts Festival: Gourevitch & Guitarist Kolpakov
2:00 PM Stage: Man Of La Mancha
2:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
2:30 PM Music & Dance: Song of Songs
2:30 PM Jewish Arts Festival: Ballet Presents Song of Songs
3:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
7:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
7:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
Monday, May 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, May 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
Wednesday, May 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
7:30 PM Jewish Arts Festival: In the Room Where It Happens
Thursday, May 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
Friday, May 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Music: Los Texmaniacs
7:00 PM Music: Los Texmaniacs
7:30 PM Performance: Paper Cities
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
8:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
Saturday, Jun 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
7:30 PM Performance: Paper Cities
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
8:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
Sunday, Jun 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
3:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
7:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
7:00 PM Stage: Gods of Comedy
7:30 PM Performance: Paper Cities
Monday, Jun 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Afghan Attan


Attan is a traditional Afghan dance. It is said to be one of the oldest forms of Afghan Pagan dance. Some identify Attan as a religious ceremony of early Zoroastrians placing it at 2000 BCE, while others have placed it at an even older time going back to King Yama's celebration of Nowroz and warriors dancing and circling around the fire. This was later modified into an Islamic dance to allow the dancers to get "closer to God." This virtual Attan practised by many Afghan poets and mystics had even reached to corners of Turkey, known in Europe as the Rumi Dance. It is usually performed with a Dhol, which is a double-headed barrel drum. The dance can be anywhere from 5 minute to 30 minutes long. There are many different regional variations of Attan, the most famous being Kabuli, Paktiyaya, Mazari, Shenwari , Kandahari, Sistani, Herati, Pashayi, and Nuristani. During King Yama's time, Attan was performed before going to a war because it used to give the army the confidence that they could win the battle.

Performers often wear traditional, sequinned Afghan dress. The men wear the traditional outfits, such as the pakool (thick wool hat) or the waskata (thick wool vest). Men also tend to wear suits and ties. Women tend to wear thin wool dresses and scarves with tiny mirrors on it.

The Attan is performed differently in many of the different Pashtun tribes. Some styles of Attan portray themes of war while others portray celebration, especially for events such as marriage, engagements, family gatherings and also as a prelude to the arrival of spring. Different kinds of Attan are danced with the various drum beats; all differ in style. Dum, the beater of the drum (Dohl), can instantaneously change the rhythm and is circled by the performers.

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