The Arts

A Grunt’s-Eye-View Of Modern Combat

Samuel Fuller’s WWII epic ‘The Big Red One’ raises big moral questions.
09/24/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Lee Marvin in “The Big Red One.” Warner Brothers

‘Merchant’ In The Age Of Rancor

Two productions hit here amid the politics of fear of ‘the other.’

07/20/2016 - 00:01
Culture Editor

One Shylock will be riding the subway from Washington Heights, and another just arrived from London, converging in New York City at a time when the issues of Shakespeare’s Venice seem very much alive here and abroad.

Jonathan Pryce as Shylock in Jonathan Munby’s “The Merchant of Venice,” at the Lincoln Center Festival. Marc Brenner

‘UnREAL’ Star Shiri Appleby: Jewish, Feminist Antihero

07/19/2016 - 12:58

In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She’s the main character in “UnREAL,” a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world of a “The Bachelor”-type reality show called “Everlasting.”

Shiri Appleby plays Rachel Goldberg on Lifetime’s “UnREAL.” Wikimedia Commons

Back Channel To A Fleeting Peace

What ‘Oslo’ gets right (and wrong) about the Israeli-Palestinian Accords.

07/18/2016 - 14:24
Special To The Jewish Week

Some of the most important events in our lives happen behind our backs. While violence between the Israelis and Palestinians continues to make headlines, diplomats have said that any negotiations that have a chance of success must be conducted in secret. This is the lesson of the Oslo Accords of the 1990s, which set a framework for peace negotiations between the Israelis and the PLO. J.T. Rogers’ suspenseful, cleverly written new play, “Oslo,” which opened last week at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, tells how a pair of married Norwegian diplomats contrived, against the odds, to bring representatives of the two sides together to make historic concessions that led, ultimately to the first agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Jennifer Ehle and Jefferson Mays in a scene from “Oslo. T. Charles Erickson

‘Looking For A Direct Personal Encounter’

The poignant photography of Diane Arbus.

07/12/2016 - 17:58
Culture Editor

It’s coincidental that a major new biography of the artist, “Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer” by Arthur Lubow (Ecco), has just been published, and a major show including many photos neither seen nor published before, opens this week at the Met Breuer, “diane arbus: in the beginning.” The photos date back to the early years of her career, from 1956 to 1962, when she gave up fashion photography and set out to portray ordinary people and those who markedly stood out.

Arbus’ “Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C.” from 1956 ©The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Trillin, In Black And White

The veteran author dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting.

07/05/2016 - 13:07

Writer Calvin Trillin may be most famous today for his humorous musings on food, family, travel and love.

A young Calvin Trillin, left, interviewing John Lewis in Birmingham.  LIFE Images Collection via JTA

Seeing Odessa Anew

The Black Sea port city gets a fresh look in the work of the unheralded painter Yefim Ladyzhensky.

06/28/2016 - 15:51
Culture Editor

The often overlapping artistic contributions of two sons of Odessa are paired in a new exhibit at the Yeshiva University Museum.

Odessa street life: Ladyzhensky’s “A Holdup at Night,”

Broza At 60

A City Winery retrospective of ‘inspirations’ and ‘creations’ for the protean singer-songwriter.

06/21/2016 - 12:24
Special To The Jewish Week

At 60 David Broza is remarkably unchanged from the young singer-songwriter I first met 23 years ago. The sideburns and hair are white and there is less of the latter, but he still smiles easily, laughs heartily and engages warmly. Musically he is as protean as ever, constantly trying out new collaborators, looking for new poems to set to his distinctive music, testing and prodding his audiences and himself.

“It’ll be just me and the guitar,” Broza says of City Winery show. Courtesy of David Broza

Yip Harburg’s Economic Rainbow

The Jews, the Irish, the presidential race and ‘Finian’s Rainbow.’

06/14/2016 - 18:23
Managing Editor

A student of the Broadway stage could be forgiven if he detected in the populace message of Bernie Sanders an echo of the progressivism in Yip Harburg’s book and lyrics for the musical “Finian’s Rainbow.” Income inequality, check. The haves and the have nots, check. The individual (those rapacious 1 percenters!) versus the collective, check.

Yip Harburg’s book and lyrics for “Finian’s Rainbow” prefigure the economic debate unleashed by Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

In Search Of The Jewish Angle On Things

Shooting photographers in their homes and studios, Penny Wolin tells a story about Jewish vision.

06/14/2016 - 17:40
Culture Editor

Penny Wolin has been described as “a street photographer who knocks on the door.” She has the openness, spontaneity and spirit of the street, along with the gift of conversation. Working on her new book, “Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry” (Crazy Woman Creek), she traversed the country to meet photographers in their homes and studios.

Ryszard Horowitz, left, on his Chelsea fire escape. Right, Elinor Carucci curling her eyelashes.
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