Houston's Fady Joudah makes his mark.
You can track Fady Joudah’s biographical trajectory along one of two appealing threads. The humanitarian strand goes like this: He’s a doctor who works in the ER of Houston’s Veterans Administration hospital, doing his best to heal patients who often … Read More
This year's FotoFest explores the ironies and intricacies of China.
Under the guidance of co-founders and curators Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, FotoFest, the biennial Houston extravaganza that ranks among the world’s best photography festivals, has always been something of a cultural agenda-setter. It’s only a slight exaggeration to claim … Read More
What West Texas has to show the world
There was much talk last fall about the box office failure of a handful of films that dealt directly with the Iraq War. In the Valley of Elah, Grace is Gone, Redacted, and Lions for Lambs combined didn’t gross enough … Read More
I’ve had a hard time making a baseball fan of my 9-year-old son, Gabriel. The night Enron Field opened, I pulled an Astros T-shirt over his then-2-year-old head and toted him downtown for the festivities. “Someday you’ll be able to … Read More
“A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary African Art Abroad” When you pull up in front of the University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery, headed for the gallery’s “A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary African Art Abroad” exhibition, you might be forgiven for thinking … Read More
When Nicotina was released in Mexico last year, director Hugo Rodríguez and writer Martín Salinas, a pair of transplanted (to Mexico) Argentines, were charged with ripping off Pulp Fiction, Run Lola Run, Go, After Hours, and Guy Ritchie’s Snatch—not without … Read More
by David Theis
George Bush has certainly enlivened the summer movie season. Fahrenheit 9/11 is perhaps the first must-see documentary since Nanook of the North, and, now that Michael Moore has battered open the cineplex doors, a truly improbable number of films are … Read More
Jonathan Demme is often a flashy filmmaker—and that’s a compliment. The only reason to see The Truth about Charlie, his recent remake of Charade, was the hyperkinetic way he depicted the streets of Paris in all their Africanized, post-colonial glory. … Read More