The Arts

When Personal And Global History Collide

Common threads in Israel Film Center Festival and annual German series.

06/10/2014
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At first glance the second annual Israel Film Center Festival and the newest version of Kino! Festival of New German Films would seem an unlikely pairing of events. Even granting the long and complicated history of Jews and Germans, there have been years in which these two events have had little, if anything, in common. But this year, they not only overlap one another thematically and on the calendar, with both running June 12-19, they even share a film.

Scene from Nadiv Lapid’s “Policeman,” part of Israel Film Center Festival.  Courtesy of Israel Film Center

A Stage For New Playwrights

06/03/2014
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New York is a mecca for Jewish theater of all kinds, but budding Jewish playwrights often have a difficult time getting their creations in front of audiences. Now comes JFest, a festival of three remarkably different new Jewish works. The festival kicks off this weekend at the JCC in Manhattan after runs at the JCCs in West Hartford, Conn., and Wayne, N.J.

“The Gefilte Fish Chronicles,” performed last year at the White House, is part of JFest theater festival. Courtesy of JFest

‘A Touchstone For Modern Jewish Identity’

The Folksbiene marks ‘Fiddler’ at 50.

06/03/2014
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For a musical about the ravages of time on an ancestral heritage, “Fiddler on the Roof” has itself aged remarkably well. While much has changed in the half-century since “Fiddler” first had its Broadway debut, the Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick-Joseph Stein musical inspired by the dissolution of the Eastern European Jewish way of life still crystallizes for American Jews the value of their Jewish roots.

Andrea Martin and Harvey Fierstein starred in a 2005 revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Courtesy of Folksbiene

Hitler And His Niece: Abuse Of Power

05/27/2014
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http://www.3vtheater.comShe was the niece of the most evil man who ever lived — and he was in love with her.

Aliza Shane’s new play, “Mein Uncle,” is loosely based on the relationship between Hitler and Geli Raubal, his half-niece, with whom he was sexually obsessed. The play, which is more fantasy than history, asks whether the abuse of power in a relationship can have repercussions that extend into the wider world. “Mein Uncle,” which began performances this week, runs through June 8 in the East Village.

Eric Percival, as the Hitler figure, and Amanda Marikar as his niece Geli in “Mein Uncle.” Jenn Tufaro

Ayn Rand, With A Rock Beat

Her post-apocalyptic novella ‘Anthem’ gets a high-tech, sci-fi reworking.

05/27/2014
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If anyone believed in the power of freedom, it was Ayn Rand. In her best-selling novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged,” Rand, an atheist Jewish immigrant from Russia, articulated an ideology of individualism that still holds sway in American political and economic life, particularly among conservatives whose faith in the free market is absolute.

Randy Jones and Remy Zaken, in “Anthem.” Michael Blase

There Goes The Neighborhood

Barry Frydlender documents the view outside his studio at the border of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, and offers a comment on gentrification.

05/27/2014
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‘Yaffo-Tel Aviv,” the latest exhibit of work by the contemporary Israeli photographer Barry Frydlender, is comprised of only eight photographs taken from only one vantage point — his studio’s window.

“Flood,” 2003. Barry Frydlender

Precious Stones

A Holocaust-themed play, with diamonds.

05/22/2014
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Many Holocaust survivors have harrowing tales of persevering against the odds. But in few such stories does courage shine through in quite the same way as in Carrie Robbins’ multifaceted play, “The Diamond Eater,” about a jeweler who swallows his precious stones in order to retrieve them later for barter.  

A darkly funny Holocaust play is based on a true story. Fotolia

Words Matter, A Lot

Mel Bochner’s ‘Strong Language’ show challenges our notions about reading and seeing.

05/20/2014
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Mel Bochner’s new show at The Jewish Museum involves a lot of reading. The more than 70 drawings and paintings are lists of synonyms, portraits conveyed with words, texts with philosophical leanings and emoticons, too.

Bochner’s “Language is Not Transparent.” Will Ragozzinno/The Jewish Museum

Golem’s Back, With A Bang

The klez-punk returns after a five-year hiatus with a set of originals, thanks to a noted world music label.

05/20/2014
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The new album by Golem, “Tanz,” opens with a veritable explosion of energy, a burst of rocket-fuel-fed klez-punk that reminds listeners that the band hasn’t released an album since 2009. That’s five years’ worth of frustration you hear being blown away in those opening bars of the title cut.

Recent events in Ukraine color new album by Golem. Pascal Perich

Seniors In The Promised Land

David Gaynes’ ‘Next Year Jerusalem’ chronicles the journey to Israel of eight residents of a Connecticut nursing home.

05/20/2014
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 “Next Year Jerusalem” is something of an oddity. The non-fiction film, which opened May 16, is a gentle film, almost placid in its understated serenity, a quiet portrait of a group of eight residents of the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, Conn., who undertake a weeklong tour of Israel. As a subject for a feature film, this excursion is almost as improbable as the trip it documents.

Residents of a Connecticut nursing home tour Israel in "Next Year Jerusalem." Courtesy of First Run Features
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