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  • 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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  • The Rubinstein legacy, from piano to stage

    By Rick Schultz

    May 7, 2014 | 11:21 am

    “The first and last bullfight I ever saw was with my father and Picasso,” actor John Rubinstein said via cellphone on his way home from the set of “Perception,” a new TV series in which he plays an FBI agent.

    The Picasso line would make a pretty good opener for a memoir. Indeed,...

  • Vermont Avenue communities on display in Santa Monica

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    May 7, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Nearly every day for a year and a half, Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg woke up at 7 a.m. and traveled along one of Los Angeles’ longest streets, Vermont Avenue. She’d snap photos of the people on the street, capturing scenes from the various distinct neighborhoods. These photos are on...

  • Safdie weighs challenges of making art from ashes

    by Iris Mann

    April 30, 2014 | 10:47 am

    "Can you express the Holocaust in the form of original art?” 

    That’s one of the questions playwright-director Oren Safdie asks in his work, “False Solution,” about a famous architect who has won a competition to design a Holocaust museum in Poland. The play premiered last summer...

  • Polish Jew or Catholic Novitiate…or both?

    By Tom Tugend

    April 30, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Assuming that movies reflect — and influence — a country’s preoccupations and prejudices, then the legacy of the Holocaust is still haunting Europe.

    German and French filmmakers have been at the forefront of this self-examination, courageously probing the sins of their forebears....

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