Jewish Journal

Turan’s pick of pics

By Jonathan Kirsch

May 28, 2014 | 10:21 am

Film critic Kenneth Turan grew up in Brooklyn in the 1950s in an observant home, which means that he did not often enjoy a Saturday matinee at the Lowe’s Pitkin or the Brandt’s Sutter.... read full article

  • A son’s love, and snooping

    by Dora Levy Mossanen

    May 23, 2014 | 10:36 am

    Those who have enjoyed Mona Simpson’s much-acclaimed first novel, “Anywhere But Here,” will not be disappointed by “Casebook” (Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95). Here, too, with her distinctive wry humor and razor-sharp voice, Simpson, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the winner of...

  • Sharing his love of Judaism through Jubilation’s music

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    May 21, 2014 | 11:22 am

    When singer-songwriter Bill Burnett converted to Judaism in the early 2000s, he resolved to teach others about his new religion through the power of music, and over the years he’s put together a wide repertoire of songs that speak to children and adults about the Torah and its...

  • Jewish art culture:  Movin’ on up to the East side

    By Avishay Artsy

    May 21, 2014 | 11:14 am

    A crowd of people has gathered inside a shipping container set in a parking lot in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. Ambient lights blink on and off, and musicians play droning sounds, while a video art installation of traffic at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro plays...

  • It’s June all summer at Pasadena Museum of California Art

    by Jonathan Maseng

    May 21, 2014 | 11:10 am

    June Wayne’s “Waiting for Newspapers,” oil on canvas, 1936. ©The June Wayne Collection, courtesy of Louis Stern Fine Arts 

    In the history of California art, the Tamarind Lithography Workshop holds a hallowed place. Tamarind was a professional home for some of the greatest...

  • Seeing humor in ‘Arab Labor’

    By Simone Wilson

    May 15, 2014 | 11:00 am

    On a recent Friday morning, the Arab-Israeli writer Sayed Kashua, 38, wearing jeans and a Superman T-shirt, slouched forward over a tiny outdoor table at the Cafe Hillel located in an upscale Jerusalem neighborhood 10 minutes from his home. He was trying to explain to a foreign...

  • The making of a real spy

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 14, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Our idea of what spies actually do is deeply tainted by a century or so of novels and movies, some better than others but all of them fictional. “The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames” by Kai Bird (Crown, $26), by contrast, is the real thing.  And yet, for all of its...

  • Monica Horan, activist artist

    By Avishay Artsy

    May 14, 2014 | 11:01 am

    In her first scene in the ensemble play “Different Words for the Same Thing,” actress Monica Horan sits at a table in a doughnut shop, talking to another character. After finishing her doughnut, she reaches across the table, snatches up her companion’s confection, and quietly chews...

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