Night out on Broadway
Theater industry is as alive as film
January 21, 2000
Three years into HIS presidency, Khatami's policies of cultural openness,
which he tried to introduce in 1989, are back on the agenda with tenor.
At no time in modern Iranian history has the country been witness to such
a surge in cultural activity. This, of course, is not an objective evaluation,
but a simple observation.
To stop only at one example, the City Theater has so many shows ready
to be staged that it is hard to keep up with new ones appearing. The notorious
bureaucratic disorder that is in place actually ends up shuffling and bungling
many of them to the point where earlier in the year the director of BLOOD
WEDDING, Ali Rafii, threatened to abort the show (written by Garcia Lorca
and translated by Shamloo, and staged for a second time in the past year)
because, he complained, interjections by other programs (notably Shahram
Nazeri's concert in November) affected a discontinuity in the group's performance.
He didn't make good on his threat, and the audience kept coming back for
more, so to speak, turning the show into a box-office triump >>>
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January 21, 2000
Khashayar Etemadi is among the new breed of Iranian Pop singers. His
songs are broadcast on radio and TV and his tapes are sold with the permission
of the culture ministry. These songs are from his "Delshureh"
Painting portraits of change
As revolutionary ardour fades, artist's subject is more likely
to be detergent
By Sandro Contenta
The Toronto Star
December 26, 1999
Tehran -- ABBASS Barzegar Ganji's fervour for the Iranian revolution
is on display all over this bustling capital.
Through the haze of car fumes that rises from one of the most polluted
cities in the Middle East, Ganji's murals and billboards of the Islamic
revolution are a striking part of Tehran's skyline >>>
Death of Persia
Relax. It's just the name of a song >>>
Thanks to Shahrokh Mortazavi
* No food for thought
Bahman Djavid writes:
I don't know if you want to expand The Iranian Times at all. How
about a cooking/recipe column featuring ethnic Iranian cooking -- by Persian
virgins, grandmothers and those who flunked academia. I, for one, would
find that far more appealing than what Robin Wright offers ["The last
great revolution"]. That kind of food for thought is best offered
in journalism schools and by one time poli-sci majors. And what do they
teach or learn as a poli-sci major? Give me ghalieh-mahi any day.
* Soccer's healing power?
Akbar Mahdi writes:
I enjoyed reading Dr. Mirfendereski's reflections on the friendly soccer
game between Iranian and American teams and its implication for U.S.-Iran
tied up"]. He pretty much summarizes the nature of problems between
Iran and the United States. I agree with his views and find him very articulate
on the matter.
In his commentary, he also brings up the subject of the Iranian community
in the United States. He is of the opinion that though this game will not
do much for improving U.S.-Iran relations, it will influence the way the
Iranian community in the U.S. sees and deals with itself. I wonder how?
Does he imply that the therapeutic effects of this single game can heal
the wounds of the Iranian community in the U.S.? I wish he elaborated on
this matter and saved me from guessing.
* Ethnic slurs
Gelareh Asayesh writes:
Alex Vaughn's reference to a "greaseball
Mexican," was deeply offensive. Iranians may not be the "politest
people in the world," and such generalizations about cultures don't
do anyone justice ["Most
polite people in the world"]. But surely we can aspire to expressing
our views without resorting to ethnic slurs.
* Celebrate:Jashneh Sadeh, Los Altos
Iranian Student Cultural and Aesthetic Organization (ISCAO) of UC DAVIS
& Persian Student Association (PSA) at STANFORD UNIVERSITY present:
A memorable night of historical skits, dance, music and poetry performances...
Place: Foothill College, Los Altos. Date: January 23, 2000. Time: Doors
open 4:00. Program begins promptly at 4:30. Admission: General audience
$15. Students with ID $12. For more information email iscaoboard@ucdavis,
call (530) 757- 2005, or check out our website at www.iscao.org.
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Books & Music from Iran
defense in court; the complete works of Forough Farrokhzad
and Akhavan Sales;
during and after his downfall; the life and times of Amir Abbas Hoveyda; Rumi's Shams
Khaab Dar Bidaari; Heydazadeh:
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Shamloo: Khoroos Zari >>>
Iranian national soccer team
Three hours of interviews, trainings, matches, Biographies, and fans
of Iranian National Soccer Team, covering Iran's soccer history from 1978-2000.
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Rafsanjani hits back at critics of candidacy
Jan 21 (AFP) - Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani hit back
Friday at reformist critics of his candidacy for key parliamentary elections
next month describing them as "like the AIDS virus." >>>
German Businessman Back From Iran
BERLIN (AP) - A German businessman freed by Iran after once being
condemned to death for a relationship with an Iranian woman returned home
Friday, ending a two-year legal odyssey that strained ties between Germany
and Iran. Helmut Hofer, who was being shielded from the media, reportedly
landed at Cologne/Bonn airport on a German government plane. Government
spokeswoman Charima Reinhardt confirmed his arrival but said his whereabouts
would not be disclosed while he was undergoing several days of medical checks
at a military hospital >>> FULL TEXT
Oil rises as OPEC trio seeks longer cuts
Jan 21 (Reuters) - Oil markets rose after OPEC oil ministers from Iran,
Libya and Algeria urged the cartel to prolong deep output cuts for another
six months. Brent benchmark crude for March was last traded 25 cents a barrel
higher at $26.35. The contract leaped a full dollar higher to $27.11 a barrel,
its highest since the Gulf War in 1991, before slipping to a softer close
>>> FULL TEXT
Libyan, Iranian and Algerian oil ministers
meet in Tripoli
Jan 21 (AFP) - Oil ministers from OPEC member countries Libya, Iran and
Algeria held talks Friday in Tripoli on developments in the oil market,
the official JANA news agency reported. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar-Zangheneh
discussed with his counterparts from Libya, Abdullah Salem al-Badri, and
Algeria, Chakib Khalil, "the development of prices and respect by OPEC
members and non-members for their production quotas," JANA added >>>
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Musicians have not only gained legitimacy
but they are being honored as well. Here are the winners of the first youth
music festival >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Only ten days left to the launch of the
Fajr film festival. Here's the latest details >>> FULL TEXT IN
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Ahmad Masjed-Jameie is the deputy culture
minister in charge of books. Here's an interview starting with the question
about the proliferation of books that aren't really "books" >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Iran 5 - Asia 0
(Iran Varzeshi) - The Iranian national soccer team demolished Asia's All-Star
team Friday. But one wonders how some of the younger Iranian players made
the team when they can't even handle simple moves >>> FULL TEXT
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - A player-by-payer performance review of
the game between Iran and the Asian All-Stars >>> FULL TEXT IN
(Iran Varzeshi) - Nader Mohammad-Khani has played his last gave for the
national aoccer team. A tribute >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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-- Former President Rafsanjani
January 21, 2000
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