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Jonathan Hadary stars in Paddy Chayefsky’s classic 1956 drama, “The Middle of the Night,” about a middle-aged dress manufacturer who falls in love with a younger woman. The off-Broadway production opens Feb. 27 at the Harold Clurman Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. For tickets, $61.25, call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.




In her award-winning debut novel, “All Russians Love Birch Trees” (Other Press, February), Olga Grjasnowa tells of the uncommon adventures of a young, multilingual Jewish immigrant from Azerbaijan who is forced to deal with grief. It is set in Frankfurt and then in Israel. Translated from the German by Eva Bacon.

New offerings from acclaimed Israeli novelist David Grossman, food writer Laura Silver and novelist Ayelet Waldman.

Visual Arts: ‘Degenerate Art’:

Neue Galerie show first in 20 years to deal with modern works the Nazi’s condemned.

Special To The Jewish Week

The most anticipated show of the spring season is “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany 1937” at the Neue Galerie, the elegant Upper East Side museum dedicated to German and Austrian art. Perhaps the excitement is due, at least in part, to the suddenly widespread attention focused on Nazi policy regarding art. Hollywood is banking millions with its star-studded film “The Monuments Men,” about a U.S. army unit that recovered art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The so-called “Gurlitt Trove,” the recent discovery of over 1,400 works of art in the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a wartime dealer, caused an international stir.

Max Beckmann’s “Departure,” 1932, is part of “Degenerate Art” show. Courtesy of 2014 MoMA/SCALA

The Music List


March 3: Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester visit New York City with their own brand of edgy nostalgia, a deft invocation of the spirit of the Weimar Republic that ranges from the music of Sholom Secunda to Walt Disney. Carnegie Hall (57th Street and Seventh Avenue)

Music: Hearing A Jewish Downbeat:

Ben Goldberg at The Stone.

Special To The Jewish Week

It’s been is a long time — almost five years — since clarinetist Ben Goldberg made a record with the New Klezmer Trio. But the experience of taking the klezmer framework as a starting point for free jazz improvisation still rings true for Goldberg, whose most recent recordings probably owe more to early Ornette Coleman or Jimmy Giuffre in their song-like compositions and artfully intricate structures. He says it’s like a downbeat that runs through his whole career.

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg: Curating a week of performances. Courtesy of Kasis

Film Television: Viennese Pastries

The sweet and the bittersweet.

Special To The Jewish Week

Say “Vienna” and you think of café culture, fueled by Jewish wits like Karl Kraus, Peter Altenberg, Egon Friedell. Decadent, hothouse-rose painters like Schiele and Klimt. Strauss waltzes. Deft, mordant writers like Schnitzler and Stefan Zweig. Freud. Wittgenstein. Schoenberg.

Billy Wilder’s 1948 “The Emperor Waltz.” Courtesy of Austrian Film Museum

Cross-Dressers In The Catskills:

Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Casa Valentina.’


From the comedians of the Borscht Belt to the creators if 1987’s coming-of-age movie “Dirty Dancing,” the Catskills have inspired generations of Jewish performers and writers. Now, just two months after the shuttering of the last Jewish Catskills resort, Kutsher’s Country Club, comes a different take on the fabled vacation spot. Harvey Fierstein’s new play, “Casa Valentina” is about cross-dressing heterosexual men in the 1960s who establish their own discreet resort, to which they repair as an escape from their families and the pressures of middle-class respectability. But when the opportunity arises for the hotel to become an official organization, the men’s desire for privacy must be balanced against the potential for societal acceptance of alternative lifestyles. The Manhattan Theatre Club production opens April 23.

Harvey Fierstein creates an alternative resort in the mountains. Carol Rosegg

‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Hits Broadway:

Staging Woody Allen’s film at precarious time.

Special To The Jewish Week

With all the controversy swirling around Woody Allen and allegations of child abuse, it may not be the best time to trumpet his accomplishments. But Allen enters a new stage of his career this season, with a new Broadway musical version of his 1994 film, “Bullets Over Broadway,” his valentine to the theater. Directed by Susan Stroman, the production, which opens on April 10, uses songs from the period rather than an original score. It stars Zach Braff (“Scrubs”) as David Shayne, the playwright who makes a deal with the mob in order to produce his play. Marin Mazzie (“Passion”) will play the aging actress who becomes Shayne’s love interest, and Nick Cordero (“Rock of Ages”) plays the gangster, Cheech, who helps him to rewrite the play.

The cast of the new musical “Bullets Over Broadway,” directed by Susan Stroman. Jason Bell

Spring Arts Preview February 2014

The new season in theater, film, music, the visual arts and books.

Spring Arts Preview February 2014

Chagall’s Jesus: The great Jewish artist’s controversial Crucifixion years.

Special To The Jewish Week

When most people think of modern painter Marc Chagall, they likely think of lovers flying through the sky and folkloric village scenes; scenes of suffering do not often come to mind.

Marc Chagall's "Persecution." Collection Herta and Paul Amir, Beverly Hills, Calif. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS)
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