GLENDALE–Celebrated artist and comedian Vahe Berberian has stepped up to help Anahid Oshagan’s Glendale City Council campaign with a benefit performance of his highly acclaimed first monologue–"Yevaylen" but with a twist. He will be performing "Yevaylen–Revisited" at Anoush Restaurant on March 22.
A hysterical and smart monologue–"Yevaylen–Revisited" tackles topics as diverse as family–growing up in Beirut–and observations on the Armenian identity concentrating mostly on the Armenian archetype. Performed in Armenian–Yevaylen was presented in Pasadena to standing room only crowds for many months and toured around various cities in the US and Canada. "Yevaylen–Revisited" is based on the same monologue with added twists and turns and brand new material.
"I think it’s imperative for us as a community to get involved in local politics. It’s very exciting to see all these young Armenia’s running for office–and what is even more exciting is the fact that they are intelligent–educated people with progressive agendas," says Berberian–"I love Anahid. She’s a smart–warm–compassionate human being and I have no doubt that she will play a very positive role within city politics."
In a string of fundraising events with an artistic focus–many local artists have donated their time and talent to aid Anahid Oshagan in her bid for a council seat. In early March–"Art for Oshagan" a silent art auction at Harvest Gallery involved twenty artists and was a huge success. Actress Lory Tatoulian is slated to perform one of her stage sketches at another fundraising event in March.
Oshagan is running on a platform to bring our community together and improve the quality of life for all of Glendale. She will protect our environment–reduce the impact of traffic–build more mini-parks–support our police and fire departmen’s–and support the development of arts and culture in our city.
"There are many important issues in Glendale and one of them is arts and culture–this is one of my priorities in this race," said Oshagan. "Art is a universal language and it is a force that can unite many parts of Glendale’s diverse mosaic of communities."
Anahid Oshagan’s candidacy for the City Council has a vision to bring harmony and mutual understanding to the diverse communities of Glendale. Stemming from her political experience and her dedication to the community–Anahid will bring a fresh new perspective and will become a unifying force for all of Glendale.
Recognizing this fact–Congressman Adam Schiff (D-29) has endorsed Anahid’s bid for the City Council as has Raffi Manoukian of the Glendale City Council–the Glendale ANC–the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats and the California School Employees Association. The community has also supported her bid in a big way: in January-February time period–her campaign was third in fundraising in a field of 19 candidates.
Anahid’s background is ideally suited for the city council. Coming from a family that instilled in her the values of hard work and helping her community–Anahid has developed a solid history of community involvement and service. As a student leader at CSUN–Anahid was instrumental in aiding the 1988 Armenian earthquake relief effort and raising awareness of Armenia’s bid for independence. After graduation–she worked to aid victims of domestic violence and mentored juvenile inmates. She has taught English as a Second Language to immigran’s and spearheaded fundraising efforts for a program to immunize children in Armenia and Karabagh.
For the past three years–Anahid was Congressman Adam Schiff’s District Representative working as the liaison to the City of Glendale and the Armenian-American communities throughout the 29th Congressional district. Anahid now works as a non-profit attorney. If elected–she will be the first Armenian-American woman to serve on the Glendale City Council.
"Yevaylen–Revisited," will take place Tuesday–March 22 at Anoush restaurant in Glendale at 401 W. Colorado St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance begins at 8 p.m. Suggested donation is $25. Mezze will be served. For reservations contact Christina at (818) 317-1710 or email WetPaintPro@aol.com. Visit www.vaheberberian.com for info about Vahe.
Donations to the Oshagan campaign may be made to "Friends of Anahid Oshagan" and sent to Friends of Anahid Oshagan–P.O. Box 4820–Glendale–CA 91222-0820. Political contributions are not tax-deductible. Please see www.oshagan2005.com for more information on Oshagan’s candidacy as well as this and other events.