As the Museum of Fine Arts, Houstons annual Iranian Film Festival demonstrates, the Islamic Republic has developed a thriving industry of well-produced, well-financed and professionally written films. And wherever there is a mainstream movie scene, theres a slinky art-house underground. So, while the MFAH is offering the best mainstream films, the Aurora Picture Show is delving into the underground with a screening of Analyzing While Waiting (for Time to Pass): Contemporary Art in Tehran, the first issue of DVD magazine Treibsand. Compiled by Swiss art curator Susann Wintsch and Iranian--German visual artist Parastou Forouhar, the video-art program features more than a dozen works from the Iranian film scenes more experimental minds. These include Amirali Ghasemis Coffee Shop Ladies, an examination of women in public places in Iran, and Barbad Golshiris What Has Befallen Us, Barbad?, a look at Golshiris entry into the army. 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. tomorrow. 800 Aurora Street. For tickets and information, call 713-868-2101 or visit www.aurorapictureshow.org. $6.
Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 10, 3 p.m., 2008