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02/20/2013

Mark Harelik’s “The Immigrant,” along with its sequel, “The Legacy, or What the Jews Believe,” will be presented in a free staged reading at the Clurman Theatre on West 42nd Street starring Kathleen Chalfant, Walter Charles and other Broadway actors.

Jesse Eisenberg Tackles The Holocaust:

Writes and stars with Vanessa Redgrave in ‘The Revisionist.’

Special To The Jewish Week
02/20/2013

hen we think of revisionism in connection with the Holocaust, we usually think of those who deny that the Shoah ever happened. But in Jesse Eisenberg’s new play, “The Revisionist,” in which he also stars, a young American Jew forges a deeper connection to the history of his family and people.

Lynn Redgrave

Spring Arts Preview February 2013

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

02/19/2013
Spring Arts Preview February 2013

VISUAL ARTS Song In The Key Of Life:

The story behind ‘Hava Nagila.’

09/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Ever wondered about the history of the crowd-pleasing song at your cousin’s wedding? “Hava Nagila: A Song for the People” is an exhibit about the history and meaning behind the popular Jewish folk song. Known as the audio component of the hora circle dance, “Hava Nagila” is a staple at Jewish celebrations, and it has been covered by a number of mainstream musicians including Harry Belafonte and Josephine Baker.

VISUAL ARTS The Art Of Sexuality:

‘The Sexuality Spectrum’ at HUC-JIR Museum.

09/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Laura Kruger was inspired to mount “The Sexuality Spectrum” after observing the discussions that swirled around Marriage Equality Act here last year. “I became frightened by the politics related to it,” Kruger said in a walk-through at the Hebrew Union College gallery space. “It sounded to me like the kind of shouting and swearing in Nazi Germany prior to the Holocaust.”

MUSIC All About Eve:

Sicular’s double threat.

09/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

There is a lot to be said for continuity. In a culture in which the “new” is exalted and traditions have the half-life of a morning glory, it’s nice to talk to someone like Eve Sicular, leader and percussionist for Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos. She respects the traditions — what klezmer artist wouldn’t? — and is proud of her current track record.

“Metropolitan Klezmer is 18 years old and counting; we’re at the chai mark,” she says, chuckling. “Isle of Klezbos turned 14 in August.”

MUSIC Dreaming Up A Rainbow:

Mezzo Laurie Rubin at Bargemusic.

09/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Four years ago, Laurie Rubin, a mezzo with a dazzlingly rich voice and a rising star on the classical music scene, felt that she had to explain herself to people, because her music couldn’t answer the questions that audience members, fans and ordinary people she met in the street were hesitant to ask.

FILM You Must Remember This:

‘Casablanca’ at 70.’

Special To The Jewish Week
09/06/2012

If there is a more iconic, more remembered, more quoted American film than “Casablanca,” I can’t imagine what it is. What is less frequently remarked upon is how very Jewish the film is, not surprising given that the director Michael Curtiz (born Manó Kertész Kaminer) was a Hungarian Jew and that the screenwriters were Philip and Julius Epstein and Howard Koch.

Undoubtedly film historian Noah Isenberg will remark on that fact when he gives a talk, “‘Casablanca’ at 70,” at the Center for Jewish History.

THEATER Chai Anxiety:

Joshua Elias Harmon’s ‘Bad Jews.’

Special To The Jewish Week
09/06/2012

The High Holy Days may coincide with the beginning of the new theater season, but rarely do the two dovetail so neatly as they do  in Joshua Elias Harmon’s “Bad Jews,” a play about two cousins fighting over the Chai necklace of their just-deceased grandfather. Directed by Daniel Aukin, the play starts previews in early October at the Roundabout Underground.

Books

Jewish Week Book Critic
09/04/2012

Fiction

“Sons of the 613”
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