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Friday
February 4, 2000

Drama

The Blacks
Sensory feat of a supreme kind

By Soma
February 4, 2000
The Iranian

The House of Khorshid is not where the sun is trapped. If it weren't for the design, looked at from above, streaked with concrete slabs that shoot off a concrete semi-circle, it would have been the ultimate misnomer. In fact, the sun has no way of finding its way into the opaque, black-bean-shaped stage. It opened in Tehran last month to house a play, appropriately called SIAHA.

But the choice of location is hardly accidental. Should we say, rather, that the chance occurrence which brought the director of the play, Hamed Mohammad-Taheri, face to face with the basement of the City Theater, was part of the reason which gave birth to the staging of Genet's THE BLACKS >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Thursday
February 3, 2000

Iran

Taking a bow
... to the splendor of Isfahan

February 3, 2000
The Iranian

Before I begin, I shall say that I am not an Isfahani. I introduce myself as Shirazi, my allegiances are to Shiraz, my fondest memories of childhood are from Shiraz and its abundant gardens and groves, that I will go back to Shiraz again and again, whether asleep or awake, as I have all my life. All that said, the Shirazis of today -- the current inhabitants of the city and not those abroad -- feel a conspicuous sense of inferiority towards Isfahan. The two cities have always been in something of a competition; as Iran's capital during various dynasties, as the source of the two sweetest and most recognizable accents in Iran, as centers of culture, as tourist destinations, as wombs of beauty and grace, and as places of rest and respite on the spice and silk routes >>> GO TO FEATURE

Love

Vinegar into wine
The power of love

By Ali A. Parsa
February 3, 2000
The Iranian

Whatever it is, love seems to be the stuff or the mysterious force that, as they say "makes the world go around". We also know that if nurtured by awareness through effective education, ethics and role model, love can brighten our lives and enable us to do what we normally can't. Those who have experienced that surge in power of love, know that love contributes to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in the most effective way than any method ever devised by man. That kind of love was the mysterious force that energized our greatest philosophers, poets, writers and mentors to produce the greatest works, mostly under the conditions abject poverty and yet they were able to discover and describe the beauties of our world far better than the people with unsurpassed material wealth >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Wednesday
February 2, 2000

Art

Paper dreams
Bookcovers

By Roshanak Keyghobadi
February 2, 2000
The Iranian

I am an art director and I work and live in New York. I also teach papermaking and bookmaking.

I studied graphic design at Tehran University. I also studied graphic design under the tutorship of Morteza Momayez, calligraphy and typography with Mohamad Ehsaie, and drawing and painting with Aydin Aghdashloo. >>> GO TO FEATURE

Poetry

Calm once more
Two poems

By Shadi Assar
February 2, 2000
The Iranian

The Tear

Stick my finger in
Slowly bring out
Feel the drop
Pulled from tip
Back to mass
Slightly tense
But calm once more
Attempting another
Till boredom strikes >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Tuesday
February 1, 2000

Diaspora

For getting without forgetting
Letting go, leaving behind, but retaining the memory

By Niloofar Kalaam
February 1, 2000
The Iranian

Loss and Possibility are both intrinsic to every uprooting. I also believe that as individuals and collectively, we can gain much more by admitting their co- existence, by working the tension of their co-existence, than we do by declaring ourselves on the side of one or the other.

But let me speak by personal example. And let me, for a moment at least, step outside of the notion of displacement and uprooting as exclusively geographic.

It is 1979 and the world as I knew it has ended. It's after the end of the world (as I knew it) - an afterworld. Almost all my friends and classmates have left the country. My father no longer has a job. My mother still has her job, but has sold her fancy clothes, and no longer buys antiques. My parents' circle of friends, with whom we spent all our weekends and holidays, has split apart, due largely to religious and political disagreements >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Monday
January 31, 2000

Cover story

Serving His Majesty
A former prime minister speaks of the Pahlavi era

By Habib Ladjevardi
January 31, 2000
The Iranian

From the preface to Memoirs of Jafar Sharif-Emami, Prime Minister of Iran (1960-1961 & 1978), the seventh volume from the Harvard Iranian Oral History Project Series edited by Habib Ladjevardi (Ibex Publishers , 1999).

As cabinet minister, president of the Senate, president of the Pahlavi Foundation, president of the Iran Chamber of Industries and Mines and twice prime minister during the reign of Mohammad-Reza Shah, Jafar Sharif-Emami was a key player in major events and decisions of the time. For some years, he was also the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Iran, giving him additional informal influence among Iran's political elite >>> GO TO FEATURE

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