Stories about culture

Stifled by the State: Bahman Ghobadi

April 27, 2010

“No One Knows About Persian Cats” is a film directed by Bahman Ghobadi, an award-winning Kurdish-Iranian film-maker. Mr Ghobadi first came to prominence with “A Time For Drunken Horses,” a film about smuggling across the Iran-Iraq border. “Persian Cats”, which won the Special Jury Prize in the “Un Certain Regard” section at the 2009 Cannes […]

London Crawls to Camden

April 23, 2010

Camden Crawl bears some similarities to the music portion of Austin’s South by Southwest festival, in that dozens of up-and-coming bands perform at multiple sites, all day long, in one concentrated area. And at the Crawl, as at SXSW, expect long lines for the bathroom, and lots of noise and beer. But also expect to […]

Interview: Thet Sambath and the Killing Fields

April 21, 2010

Thet Sambath nurses hopes that the film will one day be shown in Cambodia. He could make the case that “Enemies of the People” could offer steps towards reconciliation. After a screening before Cambodian refugees in Utah recently, several women told Sambath that they had arrived filled with resentment, but that the film inspired them […]

Sharon Jones = Powerhouse Soul

April 15, 2010

London retro-soul music fans may remember the Dap-Kings as the American band that recorded and toured with Amy Winehouse. But the band’s Wednesday night performance at Koko with their original front woman, Sharon Jones, was an entirely different affair. The full review, on the recent Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings performance at Koko in London, […]

Pimp My (Friends’) Books

March 8, 2010

I don’t usually write about music or journalism produced by friends or colleagues, but when friends or colleagues happen to produce badass work, I gotta give due credit. The San Francisco-based Mac McClelland, a former colleague of mine at Mother Jones, recently wrote a book about refugees from Burma called For Us Surrender is out […]

London Rides the Flamenco Train

February 12, 2010

“I think the best thing today is the acknowledgment that flamenco has come out of Spain and is now recognized on a worldwide scale as one of the top dance forms,” Miguel Marín, the festival director, said. The full blog post, on London’s annual Flamenco festival, is at the NEW YORK TIMES.

London Draws Itself

February 2, 2010

Pumped up after taking a 2003 course called “Drawing the City” at the Prince’s Drawing School in London, a few members of the class decided to branch out on their own. Dubbing themselves the Drawing London Group, they started exploring all facets of London life — alleyways, cathedrals, cafes, pubs, markets — depicting the capital […]

Youth Protestors Target “Fat Cat” Bankers

January 20, 2010

Came across a dozen or so members of the group Youth Fight For Jobs this week standing outside the Royal Bank of Scotland offices in East London blaming Prime Minister Gordon Brown for allowing “fat cat” bankers to continue paying themselves bonuses. The energy level of the group was pretty low, but I wonder if […]

A Festival of Mimes, No Berets Allowed

January 14, 2010

“Visual theater” is a succinct explanation of what’s included in the festival’s lineup: the world premiere of “The Mill,” a show performed in a wheel of wood and steel suspended in the air; the bearded lady Jeanne Mordoj, who will juggle egg yolks and bamboo and perform with badgers and a mountain goat; and Circus […]

Celebrating the Art of Confusion

January 11, 2010

In keeping with the theme that viewers of art should decide for themselves what art means, the exhibit goes to great lengths to avoid clarity and specificity (there are few explanatory placards). Works of various media (audio, photographs, diagrams) defy simple, quick definition and, depending on your artistic leanings, the result can feel maddening or […]

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