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Analyzing While Waiting (for Time to Pass): Contemporary Art in Tehran

12 years ago by Nick Keppler
As the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s 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, there’s a slinky art-house underground. So, while the MFAH is offering the best mainstream films,...

Openings and Closings: Creed Replaces Mascalzone, Taste Bar + Kitchen Opens Soon

6 months ago by Lorretta Ruggiero
Creed Italian Restaurant and Bar, 12126 Westheimer, opened in the spot formerly occupied by Mascalzone, which closed February 28. Creed Italian quickly opened, after a few minor renovations, March 1 for its soft opening. A grand opening is planned for next month. The new owner, Alireza Delavari is a native...

Houston Iranian Film Festival Touches on the Cultural Taboo of Premarital Sex

2 years ago by Susie Tommaney
There's an underlying theme that seems to connect most of the films in the 25th Annual Houston Iranian Film Festival: coming-of-age stories, young adults trying to find their way in the world despite long-held traditions and — believe it or not — sex. Which doesn't always go over well with...

Tehran Taboo

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21 Best Things to Do in Houston This Week: David Spade and Houston Fringe Festival

2 years ago by Houston Press
Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.

L.A. Weekly Film Critic April Wolfe's Top Horror Films of 2016

3 years ago by April Wolfe
In this, the harrowing year of 2016, I could jump into the Oscars talk. I could pick groundbreaking films that reminded me time and again that movies are alive and more vital than ever, like the heartbreaking Moonlight, the soul-stirring Queen of Katwe, the force-of-goodness 13th, the subtle and sweet...

Roosh Williams: The Houston Exit Interview

3 years ago by Brandon Caldwell
I’ve had conversations with Roosh Williams dating back to 2011. He was pushing his first album, Common Struggles of a Modern Man, and the single “No Hard Feelings” with Killa Kyleon and Renzo. Then he was a relatively clean shaven, UT-Austin graduate with a bit of an edge to him. He...

Why Did the U.S. Government Give Bahram Mechanic a Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card?

3 years ago by Leif Reigstad
Bahram Mechanic sat in downtown Houston’s federal detention center, suffering from myriad ailments his attorneys felt were inadequately addressed by generic jail drugs: bladder cancer, Type II diabetes and a weak, frail heart. The 69-year old Iranian-American had been incarcerated while awaiting trial for nearly nine months. Over the course...

The 10 Sundance Movies to Watch for in 2016

4 years ago by Amy Nicholson
The biggest story at this year's Sundance Film Festival was the record-breaking bidding war for The Birth of a Nation, a prestige biopic about rebellious slave Nat Turner. When Fox Searchlight snatched it for $17.5 million — $5 million more than any other flick in the festival’s history — their...

Jon Stewart's Rosewater Is Outraged, Cinematic and Even Funny

5 years ago by Stephanie Zacharek
During a 2009 Daily Show interview with Maziar Bahari, the Canadian-Iranian journalist who, earlier that year, had been imprisoned in Iran for 118 days on espionage charges, Jon Stewart said, "We hear a lot about the banality of evil, but so little about the stupidity of evil." Or about its...

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