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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers July 16-22, 2014

ANAR Restaurant: The Mohammadi family brings authentic Persian cuisine to SOMA. With a restaurant back in Iran, you can expect their chicken with pomegranate sauce, herbed feta cheese with bread, kebabs, and doogh to be nothing but traditional. 937 Harrison,…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers July 9-15, 2014

ANAR Restaurant: The Mohammadi family brings authentic Persian cuisine to SOMA. With a restaurant back in Iran, you can expect their chicken with pomegranate sauce, herbed feta cheese with bread, kebabs, and doogh to be nothing but traditional. 937 Harrison,…
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Culture, Art Dressed for Revolt: A Photographer's Moroccan Portraits Reinstate Women at the Forefront of the Arab Spring

Dressed for Revolt: A Photographer's Moroccan Portraits Reinstate Women at the Forefront of the Arab Spring

For followers of women's rights in the Arab world, the headlines of the past few months have been bitterly disappointing. "Women Among the Biggest Losers in Arab Spring," announced one recent news story, while another shouted, "Why does the world…
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Culture, Art Infinite Regress: Two Iranian Artists Multiply Their Spiritual Images

Infinite Regress: Two Iranian Artists Multiply Their Spiritual Images

With an arts tradition that goes back more than 5,000 years, and a modern art scene that embraces everything from graffiti to avant-garde film, Iran is one of the world's greatest countries to experience the visual arts. It's a travesty…
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Calendar, Night&Day Unwashed Mass Media

Unwashed Mass Media

For decades, high costs made film one of the few art forms not readily influenced by the street. Accessible technology -- everything from cell phones to web cams -- has changed all that. While the dominance of crotch-shots and kittens…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dreams and Realities

Dreams and Realities

A young woman dressed in a wedding gown flies through the air, her eyes closed. In one hand she grasps a portrait of the back of a man's head (her groom?), and the same rope that binds her wrist and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Peace of Our Heart

Peace of Our Heart

We hate to state the obvious, but the world really doesn't seem like such a peaceful place right now. Shootings in our cities and in our schools, a prison system intent on perpetuating cycles of poverty and crime, never-ending unrest…
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Film, Marjane Satrapi: There Is No "Clash of Cultures"

Marjane Satrapi: There Is No "Clash of Cultures"

"I have always been against this idea of the 'clash of cultures,'" Marjane Satrapi says. "It's the biggest piece of bullshit I've ever heard." That's apparent from her films and graphic novels, which bridge worlds. Born in Iran, Satrapi emigrated…
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News, The Snitch Iranian Cat Finds Better Life in San Francisco

Iranian Cat Finds Better Life in San Francisco

If anything is going to help thaw the icy relations between the U.S. and Iran, it's going to be a damn cute cat.Both the people of America (specifically San Francisco) and Iran have set aside politics to help save this…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>This Is Not a Film</i> May Not Be a Film, But It Shows How Iran Kicks the Hell Out of Its Artists

This Is Not a Film May Not Be a Film, But It Shows How Iran Kicks the Hell Out of Its Artists

Regardless of whether you believe Iran is trying to create nuclear weapons, and regardless of how you feel about going to war with another Middle Eastern country, it's impossible to deny that the nation's human-rights and free-expression record sucks. About…
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Calendar, Night&Day Work of Art, Act of Defiance

Work of Art, Act of Defiance

In 2010, internationally celebrated Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was arrested at his home and sentenced to six years in prison for “ in a gathering and carrying out propaganda against the system.” The sentence included a 20-year ban on directing…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lo Tech, Hi Return

Lo Tech, Hi Return

For decades, high cost made film one of the few art forms not readily influenced by the street. Accessible technology — including cell phones and webcams — has changed things. While the dominance of crotch-blows and kittens on YouTube has…
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News, The Snitch When S.F. Gas Prices Skyrocket, Just Blame Iran

When S.F. Gas Prices Skyrocket, Just Blame Iran

As Billy Beane taught us, you probably can't trust your instincts without cold hard statistics to back them up. So for anyone who suspected that gasoline prices might be rising with Icarusian ferver, your intuitions have been vindicated. On Monday…
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News, The Snitch Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, UC Hikers Jailed in Iran, Set Free

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, UC Hikers Jailed in Iran, Set Free

The last two University of California jailed hikers have reportedly hopped a flight out of Tehran and are en route to America. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who were convicted this year in Iran for spying on behalf of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tehran Calling

Tehran Calling

Iranian filmmakers need to be adept at metaphor. But even that is no guarantee of career longevity, or freedom, as evidenced by the recent prison terms of internationally celebrated directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. The fourth annual Iranian Film…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Director Offside

A Director Offside

Six years in prison, and 20 years before he can film or even write again. That’s the sentence meted out earlier this year to Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. A weeklong festival, Iran Beyond Censorship, honors his work and that of…
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Music, All Shook Down Thursday's Pick: Hypernova at Thee Parkside

Thursday's Pick: Hypernova at Thee Parkside

​The Action DesignHypernovaThe Yellow DogsThee Parkside9 p.m., $8Indie rock has become so washed out in recent years that it's a challenge just to stay awake through many songs, never mind whole albums. Through the Chaos, the full-length debut by Hypernova,…
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Music, Iran's Hypernova braves cultural repression to rock out

Iran's Hypernova braves cultural repression to rock out

Indie rock has become so washed out in recent years that it's a challenge just to stay awake through many songs, never mind whole albums. Through the Chaos, the full-length debut by Hypernova, is a thrilling exception. Frontman Raam cuts…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>No One Knows About Persian Cats</i>

No One Knows About Persian Cats

The great boundary-crosser of Iranian cinema, Bahman Ghobadi purposefully steps over the line with No One Knows About Persian Cats—a quasi-documentary, highly unofficial panorama of Teheran's tenacious underground music scene and a movie which has accrued additional urgency since its…
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Film, "No One Knows About Persian Cats," Tehran's underground music scene

"No One Knows About Persian Cats," Tehran's underground music scene

The great boundary-crosser of Iranian cinema, Bahman Ghobadi purposefully steps over the line with No One Knows About Persian Cats — a quasidocumentary, highly unofficial panorama of Tehran's tenacious underground music scene and a movie that has accrued additional urgency…
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