Just when we were sure we'd seen it all, Ted Cruz hits the breaks and surprises us again. How so? He wrote a letter of appreciation to President Barack Obama. Yep, that's it. The Texas senator who has made opposing everything the folks across the aisle come up with (as well as his own party) found ... More >>
Marzi Montazeri is certainly no stranger in the Houston music scene. Since the '80s, the enigmatic guitar player has played all over town with a succession of heavy rock, blues and metal bands, rarely failing to turn heads with his astonishing, obsessive shredding skills. Tonight, those talents wi ... More >>
With Argo, Ben Affleck asks us to love Hollywood again.
Graphic novelist on east, west and how all stories are autobiography.
The WWF may have been the most patriotic American institution during the '80s and '90s; it turned Hulk Hogan into one of the biggest symbols of patriotism in recent memory. But there's a fine line between patriotism and nationalism, which the WWF straddled for years. By using jingoist superstars ... More >>
Being the parent of someone fighting in a war is no picnic, even if you're a president. In the modern era, several future or incumbent presidents had sons in the military in wartime. Some of those sons did much, some very little, one paid the ultimate price. Let's look, building up to that ultimat ... More >>
You are the judge in the high-stakes Iranian legal drama A Separation.
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
Photos by Matthew DresdenThe Sultani platter at Kasra Persian GrillAfter our conversation (included in Part One and Part Two of this Chef Chat), Chef Parsa brought out a few of his specialties. We started with the house-made flatbread called taftoon, a warm, slightly puffy disc the size of a ... More >>
Matthew DresdenMorty Parsa in the kitchen of Kasra Persian Grill Since chef/owner Morteza "Morty" Parsa opened Kasra Persian Grill in 1999, the Westchase restaurant has become one of Houston's best-known Persian restaurants, winning numerous accolades in the process (including a 2007 Best of ... More >>
Ronald and Nancy Reagan face the consequences.Making tough decisions is what being a president is all about. But sometimes those decisions backfire. Sometimes the backfire hurts only the president who made the decision; sometimes it hurts a whole lot of other people. Here are five most disas ... More >>
You don't want Chuck Bronson coming after you.There are uncountable things that could have gone wrong in the raid that ended up with Osama Bin Laden dead; operations like this usually have the odds against them. The Bin Laden raid will join the ranks of historic missions, some famous because ... More >>
Photos courtesy Ben FellemanShane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fatta: The three hikersBen Felleman is almost a typical Millennial or Gen Y young man: a 25-year-old who digs the local Houston music acts, enjoys steady employment as an SAT instructor and his own freelance work as photographer, and ... More >>
No One Knows About Persian Cats, the pseudo-documentary about the underground music scene in Tehran that Rocks Off first told you about in January, opens in wide release today and is now screening at the Landmark River Oaks Theatre. The film was featured at the MFAH earlier this year as part of t ... More >>
Now you know: Tehran's underground music scene in No One Knows About Persian Cats.
The Houston Press honors three local arts groups on the city's cutting edge.
It's a hot weekend for musical movie lovers. Tomorrow evening is the Aurora Picture Show's Soul Nite, featuring live performance reels from a bouquet of 1960s soul musicians, and tonight the Museum of Fine Arts is screening an award-winning film about the struggle of two Iranian teens trying to for ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse/ Click here for a slideshowA day or two before U2 (and love) came to town, a friend emailed us a joke. At least we think it's a joke. It really doesn't have anything to do with U2, except that it has everything to do with U2. "I was so depressed last night thinking about the ... More >>
Note: Feel free to sing along with John Denver at any time. This is wholesome social media activism the whole family can enjoy! There was a land of Persians with loads and loads of hope,All gearing up to elect a new President that was not a dope,And as the polling stations began to chug ... More >>
Taxicab Confessions this isn't: Ramin Bahrani's quietly profound Goodbye Solo.
Consider the title truth in advertising
Persepolis author gets her Academy Award-nominated brain picked
Treibsand magazine, via the Aurora Picture Show, delves into the other Iranian film scene
The Islamic revolution, and puberty, through the 2D eyes of Marjane Satrapi
Banned in his home country, as usual, Iranian Jafar Panahi scores with his sports movie as social commentary
We have a Whatachat with the guys behind the fast-food rap video
Pearland new-wave legends the Judy's reunite for a benefit show and possibly more
A smuggled film screens at the Iranian Film Festival
Darband Shish Kabob is as cheap as McDonald's, but that's about the only similarity
Thank Heaven and Iran for a solid kids film
Fans still pine for Houston's dork-pop heroes
Bruckheimer's production shows all his Con-temptible traits
Ayatollah you once, ayatollah you again: Abbas Headline:Kiarostami's movies just aren't that interesting