Festival salutes women of Iranian film
The plight of Iranian women comes into focus this weekend, when the Inaugural Mesa Community College International Film Festival -- "Daughters of Scheherazade" -- showcases the first of six films by or about the nation's women. At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, February 29, director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad presents her film Our Times, which, by chronicling the country's 2001 presidential election, explores the evolving roles of Iranian women and young people. (Of the 700-some candidates, 48 were female and, therefore, unrecognized by the government.) Not originally intending to put a feminist focus on the festival, film professor Dr. Don Castro says, "I wanted to counteract -- in my own small way -- what I perceived to be the demonizing of the Iranian people . . . but, then, in researching Iranian films, especially post-revolutionary Iranian films, I found that some of the most exciting Iranian filmmakers were women."
Screenings continue at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through March 11 at Chandler's Madstone Theaters, 5835 West Ray. Admission is free. Call 480-461-7613 for a schedule. -- Jill Koch
Play That Funky Muse
3D art is showcased at ASU
We can't promise da noise, but the folks at the ASU Art Museum are set to bring in da funk -- all weekend long, in fact, and in a most festive manner. The museum unveils a new exhibition -- "Humor, Irony, and Wit: Ceramic Funk From the Sixties and Beyond" -- this Sunday, February 29, during CERAM-A-RAMA, a three-day celebration of three-dimensional art. Marking the second anniversary of ASU's Ceramics Research Center, CERAM-A-RAMA starts Friday, February 27, with a lecture by artist Patti Warashina, and continues Saturday, February 28, with a fund-raising gala and a panel discussion recounting how the '60s went to pottery. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, funk collectors can check out the clay of the land in a free self-guided tour of 15 Valley ceramics studios. For tickets or a schedule, call 480-965-2787 or see asuartmuseum.asu.edu/crcauction/index.html. -- Jill Koch