The Arts

Love In Black And White (And Jewish)

‘Sam’s Romance’ explores the 1950s relationship between a middle-aged Jewish man and his young African-American employee.
06/13/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Loneliness, as an old Jewish proverb says, breaks the spirit. In Paul Manuel Kane’s new play, “Sam’s Romance,” set in Greenwich Village in the early 1950s, an awkward middle-aged Jewish housewares/hardware store owner, Sam (Ed Kershen) falls for his 20-year-old African-American female clerk, Natalie (Oni Brown). But Sam’s cousin Rose (LeeAnne Hutchison) — who is trapped in an unhappy marriage with a wounded vet, Joe (Todd Licea) has another agenda for her cousin — involving her brassy friend Luba (Neva Small).

Ed Kershen and Oni Brown in “Sam’s Romance.”

‘Bride Flight’ Rocked By Turbulence

With too many competing storylines, film is weighed down by excess baggage
06/06/2011 - 20:00
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 Art is here:

Marjorie (Elise Schaap) and Hans (Mattijn Hartemink) in "Bride Flight."

Read My Script Now!

New comedy highlights the plight of Hollywood’s many aspiring screenwriters.
06/06/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Against the most insurmountable odds, everyone in Hollywood is trying to peddle a screenplay. In Catherine Schreiber and Josh Grenrock’s one-act stage comedy at the Union Square Theatre, “Desperate Writers,” a pair of frustrated authors, who are also lovers, take extreme measures to win a hearing for their film script. When the show ran two years ago at the Edgemar Theater in Santa Monica, with Schreiber and Grenrock both in the cast, F.

The write stuff? The cast of “Desperate Writers.” Carol Rosegg

From Jewish Westchester To Radical Islam

Deborah Baker charts the complicated, often disturbing transformation of Margaret Marcus into Maryam Jameelah.
06/06/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The strangeness of Maryam Jameelah’s path to fundamentalist Islam is a major reason why many of her Muslim readers find her so attractive.

 The Convert Book Cover

Crying For Argentina

In 'Memory is a Culinary Affair,' a Jewish woman - the daughter of a 'desaparaceida' - struggles to rebuild her life in New York.
05/30/2011 - 20:00
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When we think of Jewish immigrants, many of us recollect those from Eastern Europe who came to New York around the turn of the 20th century. But the city continues to be a haven for Jewish immigrants from all over the world. In Graciela Berger Wegsman's "Memory is a Culinary Affair," a young Jewish woman from Argentina struggles to rebuild her life in New York as she grapples with her mother's disappearance at the hands of the military dictatorship in her country. The play opens next Thursday evening at the Red Room in the East Village.

Ydaiber Orozco and Mariana Parma as sisters in "Memory is a Culinary Affair."

A Passage To Guatemala

David Unger’s tale of dislocation, ‘The Price of Escape,’ follows his father’s trajectory from Nazi Germany to the Central American country.
05/30/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Readers of literary fiction in America have coveted Latin American writers for years. Jorge Luis Borges and Roberto Bolaño are even household names here. But when was the last time you heard about a great Guatemalan author? And more specifically, one who is Jewish?

Enter David Unger, author of the dark and riveting new novel, “The Price of Escape,” which follows a Jewish refugee who flees Nazi Germany and ends up in Guatemala. The story was inspired by the strange journey Unger’s own father.

The Price of Escape Book Cover.

Kosher Indian

Siona Benjamin’s ‘visual midrash’ explores her identity as a Bene Israel descendant.
05/30/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Siona Benjamin was in art school in the 1980s, her professors told her to avoid narrative painting, and to keep her work abstract.

Siona Benjamin and her work “Miriam,” Photos courtesy of Flomenhaft Gallery

North Shore Gets A Film Festival

Inaugural Gold Coast fest plays to local demographic.
05/24/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The obvious question is, “Does the New York area really need another film festival?”

The not-so-obvious answer, given by Regina Gil, the founder of the Gold Coast International Film Festival, which opens its inaugural event on June 1, is an emphatic affirmative.

“Infiltration,” top, and “Naomi” are two Israeli films that will screen at the first Gold Coast International Film Festival.

Modern Art’s Sister Act

Baltimore’s Cone sisters and the art of collecting.
05/23/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘There were two of them, they were sisters, they were large women, they were rich, they were very different one from the other one.”

This was how American expat writer Gertrude Stein described Claribel and Etta Cone in her short-story word portrait, “Two Women,” about two art-collecting sisters who traveled the world as single ladies of means in the early 20th century.

Claribel Cone, left, Gertrude Stein and Etta Cone in Italy, in 1903. Baltimore Museum of Art

Wyatt Earp’s Jewish Wife Gets Her Due

All-female musical puts spotlight on role of women in Wild West.
05/23/2011 - 20:00
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She was the wife of one of the most famous gunslingers in the history of the Wild West, but today few have heard of her. Josephine Marcus escaped her Jewish family in San Francisco and married Wyatt Earp, whose extraordinary legend she helped to craft and perpetuate. In “I Married Wyatt Earp,” an all-female musical now running Off Broadway, she finally gets her due.

Frontier women: Scene from “I Married Wyatt Earp,” directed by Cara Reichel.  Gerry Goodstein
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