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August 30, 2019
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August 30, 2019

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With Special Guest Chef, Hanif Sadr. Presenting Original Ceramic Vessels by Arash Shirinbab and Forrest Lesch-Middelton Join us at this community building event which coincides with the closing reception of the exhibition Calligraphies In Conversation. View calligraphic artworks in over a dozen languages, styles, and scripts from local and international artists. Curator Arash Shirinbab and ceramicist Forest Lesch-Middelton will be on hand to discuss their artistic collaboration (known as the To Contain and To Serve project.) Attendees are invited to enjoy traditional Persian cuisine served on artisan ceramic dinnerware created by Lesch-Middelton and Shirinbab; at the end of the event, attendees keep the dinnerware which they have used for their dinner. Tickets :: Tickets to this event are mandatory. Pre-purchase ticket price before the day of the event: $35.00 (before processing/purchase fees) via Eventbrite. Ticket price if purchased at the door/evening of the event: $45.00. Ticket price includes a single ceramic bowl created specifically for the evening's event. More information: www.calligraphies.org :: www.sfcb.org About the To Contain and To Serve project :: over the past six years, award-winning artists Forrest Lesch-Middelton and Arash Shirinbab have collaborated, utilizing ceramics and calligraphy to give voice to deep concerns regarding community, diversity, loss, resilience, and the beauty of the human spirit. By juxtaposing classic Persian-Sufi poetry with contemporary sociopolitical statements and stories curated from the social media landscape (primarily Twitter and Facebook) the two use this text upon ceramic surfaces such as tiles, bowls, and mugs. Instead of exhibiting their ceramic vessels as untouchable objects in display cases, Lesch-Middelton and Shirinbab often perform community gathering ceremonies in which they serve traditional cultural cuisine in the vessels. When eating from the art/ceramics created, stories and words on the vessels reveal

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