The Arts

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.

Designs On Rio

The gardens, promenades, sculptures and paintings of Brazilian modernist Robert Burle Marx.

06/07/2016 - 13:19
Culture Editor

For much of his career, Roberto Burle Marx’s palette has been nature. One of the most prominent landscape architects of the 20th century, he designed more than 2,000 gardens over six decades.

Bottom right, Burle Marx’s design for education minister’s rooftop garden.  ©Burle Marx Landscape Design Studio

Sobering Lessons Of The Long Lebanon War

05/31/2016 - 16:19
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from “Pumpkin Flowers,” journalist and author Matti Friedman’s just-published memoir about his and his contemporaries’ experiences in the IDF in southern Lebanon, a buffer zone protecting the Israeli north, in the late 1990s. “The Pumpkin” was the name given the outpost where Friedman served. The war began with an IDF invasion in 1982 and Israeli forces remained in Lebanon until 2000, enduring terror attacks until the army decided to leave, blowing up its outposts as it left — a sad end to a long and unresolved war.

“The old utopian optimism,” Friedman writes, “was laid to rest” after the Lebanon war.

Keret Comes To The Stage

First theatrical adaptation of the acclaimed Israeli author’s ‘magical realm’ poses its share of challenges.

05/31/2016 - 15:09
Special To The Jewish Week

He’s been called the Franz Kafka, the Kurt Vonnegut and the Woody Allen of Israeli fiction. But Etgar Keret is in a class by himself. His film scripts, short stories and graphic novels are slangy, slick, and surrealistic, with a plethora of impossible things perpetually happening to high-strung, raw-nerved, world-weary Israelis. A collection of Keret’s short stories, “Suddenly, a Knock at the Door,” has now been adapted for the stage by playwright Robin Goldfin. Directed by David Carson, the play has just kicked off a two-week run in the East Village.

Etgar Keret’s short story collection, “Suddenly, A Knock at the Door,” features a talking fish, among other leaps of imagination

Orthodox Women Take On ‘Vagina Monologues’

05/24/2016 - 16:16

Sixty college-aged Orthodox women packed into a Washington Heights apartment earlier this month to talk about sexual identity, menstruation and … vaginas.

The Off-Broadway play “Vagina Monologues”  is a production in Germany .wikimedia commons

On Your Marx…

Here comes a long-forgotten Marx Brothers musical, ‘I’ll Say She Is,’ with the old skits and new material.

05/24/2016 - 15:28
Special To The Jewish Week

Before “Duck Soup,” “A Night at the Opera” and the other madcap 1930s films for which the Marx Brothers became internationally famous, they were already vaudeville superstars. They made the leap onto the Broadway stage in 1924 with a hit musical revue, “I’ll Say She Is,” about a rich girl who promises her hand to the suitor who can show her the most exciting time.

Matt Walters, Noah Diamond, Melody Jane, Seth Shelden and Matt Roper. Photos by Mark X Hopkins

Mizrahim In The Spotlight

Working-class families figure prominently in Israel Film Center Festival.

05/24/2016 - 12:39
Special To The Jewish Week

For the fourth installment of the Israel Film Center Festival, a welcome addition to the cultural calendar, family — especially the Mizrahi nuclear family — is everything. And while it may be too soon to call this a cinematic trend — running counter, as it does, to Israeli films that deal with politics and matters of war and peace — three films in this year’s festival tread over that little-cultivated ground.

Talking turkey farming: Asher Avrahami, left, and Navid Negahban in a scene from “Baba Joon.” United King Features
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