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Contemporary art of the Iranian diaspora forms the foundation for Advocartsy’s fascinating international programs, and their group exhibitions are always striking and on point. Their big Summer Art Bash group show opens this weekend, with the work of some 15 eclectic visual artists, including writer/illustrator Pouya Afshar, whose graphic novel TEHRAN is being launched during the reception with a book-signing. TEHRAN tells the story of a transgender girl through engaging images and poignant narratives about what it means to find one’s place in the world.

The Space by AdvocArtsy, 924 S. San Pedro, downtown; opening reception: Sun, July 28, 5-8 p.m., on view Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m., through August 17; free.(213) 372-5096, advocartsy.com.