Well Versed Blog

Posted: Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:54 | Posted by: Rolando Vitale | Well Versed
Rolando Vitale, author of “The Real Rockys: A History of the Golden Age of Italian Americans in Boxing 1900-1955,”

Many decades later the names of Benny Leonard, Abe Atell, Barney Ross, Maxie Rosenbloom, Lew Tender, Ted “Kid” Lewis, Louis “Kid” Kaplan and Benny Bass still evoke greatness. During the “Golden Age of Boxing,” they were the standard bearers of a powerful Jewish presence when winning truly mattered. In an age of undisputed champions and ten weight categories -- including junior-welterweight and junior lightweight, and a limitless supply of top contenders and tough guys -- the Jewish boxer confirmed his status at the top table of boxing.

Posted: Wed, 11/23/2016 - 13:45 | Posted by: Susan Reimer-Torn | Well Versed
Yehuda Hyman in “The Mar Vista"

Yehuda Hyman learned all about his dreamy and displaced mom over a period of years. As a child he was fascinated by her exotic tales. In “Mar Vista,” a non-linear recreation of his childhood in theatre and dance, he is the only child of his parents in a seaside Los Angeles neighborhood with, in their case, no view of the sea.

Posted: Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:09 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Jessica Steinberg and her sons reading “Not This Turkey!”

A funny thing happened when Baruch Silberklang brought home a live turkey on the J train.

Posted: Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:42 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Miriam Stern in front of her installation, “Ezrat Nahshim.” Enrique Cubillo

How do you explain – in brief -- the artwork you do?

I’m a painter and printmaker and do installations. I usually create bodies of work based on themes, sometimes Jewish but not always, sometimes they overlap. Almost all the work possesses abstract elements.

Since you work in themes, what message does your work have?

Posted: Tue, 11/15/2016 - 13:18 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Singer-songwriter David S. Goldman

Wander the streets of the Lower East Side, and you’ll still find pockets of vibrant Jewish life as well as traces of what once was. These days, the scenery is ever-changing, with new construction, new storefronts, new streetscapes.

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