Music and Voices of Central Asia will be performing at Colombia University this weekend. There will be a variety of performers from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan, including a manaschi. The Aga Khan is supporting the performances, which will also happen Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Washington DC, then in Texas, New Mexico, and Ohio.
Utah Valley State College is holding a conference on Central Asia on Friday with several ambassadors and Frederick Starr moderating. Baktybek Abdrisaev, the former Kyrgyz ambassasdor to the US is teaching at UVSC right now (since he found himself a bit out of favor after Akaev was kicked out).
Saudi Aramco World has a good article on Turkmen food.