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‘Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ bringing plenty of updates to L.A.

by Jonathan Maseng

2 days ago

Alicia Hall Moran and Nathaniel Stampley in the title roles of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” Photo by Michael J. Lutch

Springtime, and the music is changing at the Ahmanson. This month will see the departure of Barry Manilow’s lushly scored and heavily Jewish “Harmony” from the Center Theatre Group’s... read full article

  • Secret Schalit negotiations unveiled

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    3 days ago

    Back in 2006, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier named Gilad Schalit was the victim of a weapon of disequilibrium.

    Since Hamas could not defeat the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in open battle, their operatives entered Israel through an underground tunnel from Gaza, snatched the young...

  • Postage gets its due in museum show

    by Edmon J. Rodman

    1 week ago

    You really don’t want to go to a show where the artist is just mailing it in — unless the artist is Shirley Familian. 

    Her first solo show, “19,275 Stamps” — her count of the number of stamps it took to create the works now on display at the Craft and Folk Art Museum — not only...

  • Ballroom peace

    by Gerri Miller

    1 week ago

    The long history of Jewish-Arab animosity is a hard thing to change, but that didn’t stop ballroom dance champion and choreographer Pierre Dulaine from trying, literally, one step at a time.  

    Having taught 350,000 New York City fifth-graders to dance via the Dancing Classrooms...

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  • From dark deprecation to ‘Suddenly, Love’

    by Erika Dreifus

    1 week ago

    Back in 1988, no less august an observer than Philip Roth described the authorial voice of esteemed Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld as one “that originates in a wounded consciousness pitched somewhere between amnesia and memory, and that situates the fiction it narrates midway...

  • Pollock’s ‘Mural’: Masterpiece or macho outburst?

    By Tom Teicholz

    2 weeks ago

    Rarely do we see singular artworks that, even as they represent an exact moment of transition between art historical movements, are also masterpieces in their own right.  Yet that is exactly what can be seen now at the Getty Museum, which, until June 1, is showcasing abstract...

  • Why is Susan Taubes important?

    by Rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Ph.D.

    March 17, 2014 | 10:57 am

    In her famous work “A Room of One’s Own” (1929), Virginia Woolf imagines a sister of Shakespeare, whom she names Judith. Woolf explores the reasons why so few women have made their mark in literature and other media. The imagined sister of Shakespeare, Woolf hypothesizes, was as...

  • The Arab Spring’s missed opportunity

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 6, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Walid Phares, born and educated in Lebanon, is an experienced observer of events in what he calls “the Greater Middle East.” But perhaps his most telling credentials are found in the fact that he served as a foreign affairs advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney...

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