The Arts

Her Grandma’s Back Pages

Singer-songwriter Clare Burson confronts the ‘rupture’ in her family’s life with ‘Silver and Ash.’

09/15/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Singer-songwriter Clare Burson confronts the ‘rupture’ in her family’s life with ‘Silver and Ash.’

Clair Burson's “Silver and Ash,” is based on her grandmother’s experience escaping Nazi Germany.

The Canvas Of Jewish Feminism

‘Shifting The Gaze’ explores groundbreaking Jewish women artists and Judaism’s role (or lack thereof) in shaping their perspectives.

09/15/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

What is the connection between Judaism, feminism and art?

Though it's on the view at The Jewish Museum, “Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism” is not a survey of Jewish feminist art. Rather, through a concise presentation of just 33 works — most of them paintings — as well as through a searchable website accompaniment, it is a brief look at the museum’s sometimes complicated relationship with women artists.

Miriam Schapiro’s “Fanfare,” from 1958, was part of one of The Jewish Museum’s earliest shows focusing on women’s art.

Strong Jewish Women, The CD: Galeet Dardashti's 'The Naming'

09/08/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Galeet Dardashti, founder of the all-woman band Divahn, never set out to be a Jewish feminist icon or spokeswoman. She just wanted to follow in the footsteps of her highly musical family.

Galeet Dardashti

Being Ruth Gruber

The pioneering, nonagenarian Jewish journalist is a perfect documentary subject; fortunately, the film landed the perfect director as well.

09/08/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Ruth Gruber, the subject of a wonderfully economical and crisp documentary, "Ahead of Time," is a magnificent one-of-a-kind figure in 20th-century Jewish history. Gruber is the product of, she recounts with a grin, "a shtetl called Brooklyn. … Everybody there was Jewish." She was a prodigy who entered New York University at 15 and earned a doctorate from the University of Cologne at 20. But the attractions of the academy couldn't compete with the turmoil of worldwide economic depression, the New Deal at home and the rise of Fascism in Europe.

Ruth Gruber

Leaving The Bronx

09/07/2010

‘The longest journey in the world,” Norman Podhoretz once ruefully noted, “is the journey between Brooklyn and Manhattan.”

“A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx” playwright Gary Moregenstein: From city to suburbs.

Temporary Housing Of The Highest Order

Sukkah competition in Union Square to highlight modernist designs conformed to ancient architectural principles.

09/07/2010
Staff Writer

It wasn’t easy getting more than a dozen major architecture figures in the room to decide what makes a great sukkah.

One of the winning sukkah designs is “Gathering,” by the team Dale Suttle, So Sugita and Ginna Nguyen.

Hitler, The Film

Hans-Jurgen Syberberg plumbs the German character,
and film history, across more than seven hours in
‘Hitler: A Film from Germany.’

08/31/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

The 1970s was the age of heroic avant-gardism, a period of out-sized works — the lengthy “operas” of Robert Wilson, the monumental portraits of Chuck Close, Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow,” William Gaddis’ “J.R.” It was a time of omnivorous works that strove to include the entire world — self-referential, bombastic, difficult endurance tests fueled by a frequently thrilling blend of audacity, encyclopedic knowledge and testosterone — nowhere more so than in film, and nowhere in film more than in the films of Hans-J

A German child holds a Hitler puppet in Hans-Jurgen Syberberg’s “Hitler: A Film From Germany.”

Can Howard Jacobson Play In America?

The British author’s new novel, ‘The Finkler Question,’ tackles anti-Semitism across the pond, with a good dose of humor. How well it travels is open to question.

08/31/2010
Staff Writer

Book publishing has a logic all its own, though even “logic” may be too generous a term. For the wildly popular British author Howard Jacobson, it is way too generous.

Howard Jacobson, below, is sometimes called the “British Philip Roth,” though he claims Roth has lost his comic punch.

As American As … Stuffed Pike

Jane Ziegelman explores the immigrant experience and the primacy of food in ‘97 Orchard.’

08/31/2010
Jewish Week Book Critic

I remember a round coffee table, made of smooth wood and a glass top that revolved, that stood at the center of my parents’ living room for many years. In the days when I wasn’t much taller than the table, my cousins and I would run alongside it as we turned it, and then sit on the edge for a ride, much like a private merry-go-round. The glass top broke several times, but even as we got older and it became less a ride and more a place to serve food, it was my favorite piece of furniture. With yet another new glass top, it now sits in my sister’s home.

A book with ta’am: Jane Ziegelman crosses ethnic boundaries to share gastronomic memories from the Lower East Side.

Kenny Solms Confronts His Demons

08/24/2010

When do we stop looking for love in all the wrong places?

Peter Scolari as a gay sitcom writer facing a midlife crisis in “It Must Be Him.” Carol Rosegg
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