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Touring Little Persia

25 years ago by Alison Cook
Connect the dots along a certain 12-block stretch of Hillcroft and you'll come up with Little Persia: Houston's latest ethnic commercial hub, a scattering of shops and restaurants serving the 50,000-plus Iranians who call this city home. These establishments run, in more or less ascending order of grandeur, from just...

Shadow Puppets Tell the Story of Ancient Persia in Feathers of Fire

1 year ago by Natalie de la Garza
A 10th-century Persian epic comes to life in the shadows in Hamid Rahmanian’s Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic.

Capsule Art Reviews: "Cocomirle: A Visual and Sound Environment by Adela Andea," "The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia; A New Beginning," "Halls without walls, room to feel in. The door awaits you, your return within." "Maurice," "No Paint," "Sal

6 years ago by Meredith Deliso
"Cocomirle: A Visual and Sound Environment by Adela Andea" Houston artist Adela Andea's light installations and sculptures are true crowd-pleasers, captivating artists at galleries, art fairs and, last winter, Art League Houston's outdoor garden-turned-bio-electronic environment, "Primordial Garden." The Romania-born artist returns to the Montrose art space — this time indoors...

Capsule Art Reviews: "Colony Collapse," "The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning," "Halls without walls, room to feel in. The door awaits you, your return within," "Maurice," "Pastmodern," "Salt House," "Shambhala"

6 years ago by Meredith Deliso
"Colony Collapse" Nicola Parente has a way of getting your attention. Four years ago, it was with giant mushrooms made of peat moss that sprouted from Art League Houston's patio. The piece, a collaboration with Divya Murphy, was in response to a New York Times article that named Houston the...

Soulfly Brings Down Old Testament Wrath on New Archangel

4 years ago by Kristy Loye
From his musical beginnings as lead singer and guitarist for Sepultura onward, Max Cavalera’s contribution to metal can’t be underestimated. Along with his brother Igor Cavalera, Sepultura’s offering of primitive drum work, ariose guitar riffs and incredible screaming vocals brought an impressive brand-new to the heavy-metal canon. More importantly, the...

Upcoming Events: Return to Life With a Post-NYE Brunch

5 years ago by Brooke Viggiano
You have until Wednesday, December 31 to get your early bird tickets to the 2nd Annual Houston Whiskey Festival, which will be held Saturday, March 21. The tickets are on sale for $40 (regular price is $65) for early bird general admission and $100 (regular price is $125) for early...

The Top 5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Star Spangled Salute, "Parliament of Owls" and More

4 years ago by Olivia Flores Alvarez
With 16 live cannons as part of the finale on Friday, the Houston Symphony’s Star Spangled Salute concert is truly explosive, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion spokesperson Whitney Hough tells us. Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke leads the orchestra through a program of patriotic anthems (“The Star-Spangled Banner,” the 1812...

The Dark Comes From Us

5 years ago by Amy Nicholson
Jake Gyllenhaal is used to exhaustion. During his research for the LAPD drama End of Watch, he spent five months patrolling the streets with real-life police officers until 7 a.m. It was good preparation for his new movie Nightcrawler, a blistering portrait of a morally corrupt crime-scene videographer who works...

Age of Ex-Stink-Tion: The Worst Movies of 2014

5 years ago by Pete Vonder Haar
As movie years go, 2014 was fairly unremarkable. You had a couple superhero sequels (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Amazing Spider-Man 2), the requisite remakes (RoboCop, Endless Love), and even a handful of pleasant surprises (Guardians of the Galaxy, The LEGO Movie, Edge of Tomorrow). But it still feels like...

One of the World's Most Important Ancient Artifacts, On View at the MFAH

6 years ago by Meredith Deliso
In Tehran, more than a million people viewed it; at the Smithsonian Institution, there was timed ticketing. While worlds apart, all these people came to see a clay object no larger than a football. Despite its unassuming size and material, the Cyrus Cylinder is no ordinary object. It is one...

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