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Desi Fashion Pageantry by Nirali Patel

Maybe you’ve always wanted to meet a celebrity, but what if you had the opportunity to style one? Twenty-seven year old Nirali Patel is living the fashion designer’s dream by creating high-end duds for South-Asian celebrities trotting across the globe. Nirali’s designs have been sported by both rising and established South Asian entertainers- such as Raghav and Tina Sungandh…

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February 24

NYBAP Networking Brunch
when 12:30 am (EST); 2 hours, 30 minutes
where Tir Na Nog (http://tirnanognyc.com) in New York, NY
price $20
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The Network of Young Bangladeshi American Professionals (NYBAP) invites you to a networking brunch on 2/24 in NYC. Meet new people, enjoy a delicious meal, discuss what you’d like to see from NYBAP and get a preview of 2007 plans. RSVP at www.nybap.org

Art of the Islamic World: Unity and Diversity
when 10:00 am (CST); all day
where Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL
price $8
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This exhibition features forty highlights from the Institute’s collection of Islamic art. The installation focuses on objects from Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Persia, earlier Islamic art and explores its role as an intermediary between the East and West.

February 28

Browser Wars: Episode II Attack of the DOMs
when 6:00 pm (PST); 3 hours
where Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA
price free
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Must-attend event for web developers & UI designers! Founder of CSS – flying for 22 hours total from Europe for this 3 hour event .. Your chance to provide feedback & influence XHTML 2.0 & CSS 3.0!

March 11

“Making Soul” Writing & Performance Workshops
when 1:00 pm (PST); 1-day and 8 week option: Mar-May
where Epic Arts Center, 1923 Ashby, Berkeley in Berkeley, CA
price various
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Sign up today for the Making Soul Writing/Performance Spring Workshops! ***SPECIAL RATE FOR THE 8-WEEK SERIES, March 22-May 10: REGISTER BEFORE FEBRUARY 22 for the 1st class FREE! www.aimeesuzara.net – go to “words/work” then “workshops”

March 29

Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center’s 6th Annual Conversity Dinner
when 11:00 am (PST); 3 hours
where USC Town and Gown in Los Angeles, CA
price $150/ticket
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The Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center’s annual awards dinner honoring those who exemplify “conversity” through their work to achieve positive human relations.

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