Take a break
Entertainment thrives in Iran, for those who can afford it
April 13, 1999
The entertainment highlight of the evening [at Darband's Kuhsar Restaurant]
is a Mr. Asadi who is as cheesy a performer as I have ever seen. In too-long
pants and a light brown suit with a ski-collar white shirt and a silk scarf
around his neck (my cousin says the scarf emulates a tie), he has blow-dried
his thin hair to full cream-puff, has a flower in his collar, and since
he cannot serenade the women - this IS the Islamic Republic after all -
he caresses the men and croons in their ear, to such extent that our table
of three can no longer hold back our giggles at the embarrassed reaction
of the men. This Mr. Asadi sings forbidden songs by the pre-Revolutionary
singers, Haideh and Mahasti, Aref and even Marziyeh. All around the room,
the crowd claps, whistles, and sings along in a dreamy fit of nostalgia
and memory ... GO
Case of obscure cleric exposes Iran divisions
TEHRAN, April 13 (Reuters) - A little-known Shi'ite Moslem theologian
is due to go on trial on Wednesday in a case that has exposed deep divisions
among Iran's powerful clerics, and in the broader society beyond.
Mohsen Kadivar, an outspoken mid-ranking theologian and university lecturer,
stands accused by Iran's Special Court for Clergy of using his writings
to defame the Islamic republic, confuse public opinion and insult the late
revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ... FULL
Iranian man committed crimes to please his wife
TEHRAN, Jan 14 (AFP) - An Iranian man arrested for theft, fraud and
kidnapping told police he had committed the crimes to please his demanding
wife, a newspaper reported Thursday.
"I did them all for my wife's sake," said Davood (eds: one
name), whose criminal record includes 14 counts of fraud, kidnapping and
car theft, according to Sobh-e-Emrooz daily.
He told a court that he had been humiliated by his in-laws as a loser
with his wife constantly threatening to divorce him "if I fail to
get her everything she wants."
Davood said his criminal activities led his father "to die of grief,"
and did not prevent his wife from divorcing him.
Thanks to Payman Arabshahi
* Dubbing "Sound of Music"
Houshang Golmakani writes:
We (Film magazine in Iran) published a special issue on dubbing in August
1993 and I wrote an article about dubbing musical films in Iran.
[In regards to the Sound of Music, ashk-haa
va labkhand-haa] I believe Ms. Soudabeh Safaeiyeh sang for Maria, Nazila
Zand-e-Karimi for Liesel, Rashid Vatandoust for the Captain and Homayoun
Moezzi-Moghaddam for Rolf.
Other singers for secondary parts were: Simin Ghadiri, Azita Azarmi,
Shamsi Shadmand and Nasrin Azarmi. The translator of the lyrics was Firouz
Falahati, the poet who rewrote the lyrics was Touraj Negahban and Ali Kasmai
was the dubbing manager .
* Feminist extremist
Nariman Neyshapouri writes:
I support showcasing literary and artistic works by Iranian artists and
poets, but this poem ["Reborn"]
attempts to be more than justa literary piece: it touts an extremist feminist
viewpoint. This kind of extremist ideology is by definition dangerous and
I don't think it deserves the attention it's getting by being posted in
this forum, especially given that most readers would likely be hostile
to such an extremist agenda ... FULL
* Music: Traditional/Folk Music, Seattle
The Iranian Cultural-Arts Society (ICAS) in Seattle and the Persian
Circle of University of Washington are pleased to present the following
Iranian Traditional/Folk Music Concert:
Marjan Vahdat: Vocal and Daf
Reza Derakhshani: Setar, Tar, & Ney
Nicole Bartelmeh: Poem Reciting
Time: Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 PM sharp
Place: Kane Hall, University of Washington
Tickets are $15 each
For more information please send an email to email@example.com
or call (206) 285-5922. Please inform others about this exciting event.
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U.S. disowns Iranian group on assassination
WASHINGTON, April 13 (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday condemned
the assassination of an Iranian general in Tehran and denied it was sheltering
the Mujahideen Khalq organisation, which claimed responsibility for the
attack. ``We condemn what we consider to be an act of terrorism and we hope
that the perpetrators are brought to justice,'' State Department James Foley
told a daily briefing ... FULL TEXT
Britain, Iran close to renewing relations
-UK Foriegn Office
LONDON, April 13 (Reuters) - Britain and Iran will end years of
diplomatic squabbling with the imminent appointment of ambassadors in each
other's capitals, a British Foreign Office spokesman said on Tuesday. ``We
remain committed to an agreement to exchange ambassadors,'' said a Foreign
Office spokesman. ``We hope to exchange ambassadors shortly.'' ... FULL
Oil firms seen breaking U.S.-Iran ice
MANAMA, April 13 (Reuters) - Iranian-American energy executive
Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani said on Tuesday he was more confident than ever that
oil will persuade arch-rivals Washington and Tehran to bury years of animosity
and resume talking business. ``Oil is where Iran needs the United States
most immediately in terms of money, technology, know-how and oil is what
the U.S. business most seeks in Iran. Oil is what will lubricate this relationship,''
he told Reuters in an interview ... FULL TEXT
Japanese eye Iran oil despite sanctions
MANAMA, April 13 (Reuters) - Japanese companies are losing patience
with the threat of U.S. sanctions against firms that invest in Iran and
are considering ways of doing big business there, a Japanese oil official
said on Tuesday. ``I am not sure Japanese companies can wait until the U.S.
government lifts sanctions completely,'' Ikuro Sugawara, general manager
of Japan National Oil Corp (JNOC), told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines
of an oil conference in Bahrain ... FULL TEXT
Oil prices boosted by Balkan crisis, Iran
NEW YORK, April 13 (Reuters) - Oil rose on a combination of bullish
headlines on Tuesday, including fears of a widening Balkans crisis as well
as production and export cuts by Iran and Saudi Arabia, traders said. There
was also some support from speculative traders buying back contracts they
had previously sold, pushing the May contract on the New York Mercantile
Exchange to settle 32 cents higher at $16.72 a barrel ... FULL TEXT\
Shahroudi may leave Chinese team?
(Hamshahri) - Iranian national team player Reza Shahroudi is not doing well
with his new Chinese team and may return to Iran ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN
(Iran daily) - What's the national under-21 volleyball team up to? A new
player joins the team, traning camp and ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated April 12
dollar now offered at 780-805 tomans in the U.S. and 810 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
An incomplete but serious site that provides hard information
about agricultural trade in Iran.
Pop History Now
Just in case you missed the action the first time around
(or, more likely, you weren't even born yet), here's a site that each weekday
features a random year in pop history.
To die for
The women are to die for! The amount of makeup and hair dye in the room
is sure to have made a thousand Revlons and Lancomes happy. The scarves
are small, colorful, and thin, carefully placed at the crown of the head
to reveal bangs, puffed and coiffed in copper and bronze and wine and every
shade but black.
Laleh Khalili writing about the crowd at Darband's Kuhsar Restaurant
April 13, 1999
Photo of the Day
on a Dallas lake
Musician of the Week
Ali Sabaie handed a tape and said there were a lot of rare
Googoosh tracks on it. Rare indeed!