Well Versed

A Purim-Like Masquerade in Time

“Stealing Time” is a brand-new ballet, with clocks in many scenes, sometimes ticking, numbers flashing, and occasionally dancers forming the circle of a clock’s face. With gorgeous music by Kurt Weill, artful dancing by members of the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet and unexpected details, the ballet is a meditation on time’s mysteries. Sunday afternoon was the final performance of its premiere run, the perfect way to spend a first day of spring with puzzling hints of snow.

Erez Milatin and company in Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's “Stealing Time.” Travis Magee

Music and Art Highlight the 2015 Anne Frank Awards

I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains,” Anne Frank wrote in her “Diary of a Young Girl.”  

Dutch Ambassador Henne Schuwer, and award winners Nicholas Kristof and Cindy McCain. Courtesy Royal Netherlands Embassy

New Life For An Offbeat, Hilarious Novel

For most of us, “Oreo” does indeed conjure the beloved cookie. And most of us will not be aware that in the 70s, “Oreo” was the term used to denote those in the US who found themselves at that delicate nexus of Black and Jewish.

Courtesy of New Directions

Reimagined Jewish Folk Art At The Ukrainian Institute

When was the last time you were at a gallery or museum opening where a featured wine was Manishewitz Concord?  Better—when was the last time you were at an opening at the Ukrainian Institute of America of a Jewish-themed exhibition?

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern at the Ukrainian Institute of America.

Unlikely Allies In WWII Poland

In 1939, when Anna Liana’s father, a linguistics professor, is taken away in the Nazi round-up of intellectuals in Krakow, Poland, the seven-year-old girl, whose mother is dead, finds herself on her own -- until a tall, mysterious stranger notices her plight.  Their story unfolds in Gavriel Savit’s “Anna and the Swallow Man” (Knopf).

Courtesy of Knopf Books for Young Readers

“Shulamit,” Opera Based On The Song of Songs, Returns

Operas set in ancient times are rare, but Russian-Israeli musician Dina Pruzhansky has created “Shulamit,” whose story is based on the Song of Songs.

Russian-Israeli musician Dina Pruzhansky has created “Shulamit,” whose story is based on the Song of Songs. Image/Youtube

Honoring Helene Aylon's Lifetime Of Achievement

Deep family pride was on display earlier this month in Washington, DC when Jewish artist/activist Helene Aylon, 85, became one of four artists to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Women’s Caucus for Art.

Helene Aylon and Brenda Dixon Gottschild at the WCA Awards. Jennifer McZier

Lasting Ephemera

Dr. Ira Rezak collects objects of Judaica that were never meant for permanent collections. He’s an authority on “ephemera,” items usually discarded after use: tickets, campaign buttons, posters, coins, old magazines.

From the collection of Dr. Ira Rezak

Bridging Middle Eastern And Western Cultures Through Art

The nomadic Caravan exhibit “The Bridge” has stationed at St. Paul’s Chapel, showing the work of 47 Arab, Persian and Jewish contemporary artists from 15 countries. Their art addresses the theme of “what bridges us” to each other.

Ambassador Ahmed Farouk, Consul General of Egypt in New York, at the opening of “The Bridge.” Caroline Lagnado

A Joyful Noise

I sing to make a joyful noise.

In the face of an uncertain New Year, with tensions high across ethnic and religious divides, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) has entered into an exciting new partnership with Museum of Jewish Heritage and to encourage the long-standing ties of brotherhood between all men of good will.

Tony Perry, left, Magda Fishman, Elmore James during the Soul to Soul concert. Courtesy of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
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