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Maryam Farnaz Rostami, She will join us to talk about her show this weekend at CounterPULSE: Persepolis, Texas: FOBspring to Drag Queen in One Generation! Friday July 15th, Saturday July 16th, Sunday July 17th, at CounterPULSE 1310 Mission Street @ 9th, San Francisco, Counterpulse.org or 1-800-838-3006, www.maryamrostami.com  The San Francisco based drag queen and contemporary performance artist from Texas. Her work deals with the complexities of the modern condition through the lens of an overachieving child of model minorities. Trained as an architect, Maryam exacerbates and collides her many hats when making performance, and engages audiences on a visual, intellectual and emotional level. She is dedicated to artistic engagement as an invitation for thinking about, looking at and talking to one another differently. Her drag persona, Mona G. Hawd, uses lipsync, movement, narrative and dance and an exaggerated high femme medium to question ownership of images in our culture.  While in architecture school at the University of Texas at Austin, Maryam joined a group of dancers performing Iranian folk dance, and co-choreographed and performed traditional dances with a modern twist on and off campus. We close with a rebroadcast of an interview with cast from Lynn Nottage's Pultizer Prize Winning Play, Ruined, at Berkeley Rep in April 2011, Oberon K.A. Adjepond as Christian and Tonye Patano as Mama Nadi. Music: Fely's "Topaz" from Maturite.

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