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  • ‘Yossi’ gets second chance at love

    By Tom Tugend

    January 30, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    Yossi, the central character in the new eponymous Israeli movie, has changed over the past 10 years, and so have Israel and the world.

    In 2002, director Eytan Fox introduced him in “Yossi & Jagger,” which became Israel’s highest-grossing film abroad, up to that time.

    The...

  • Artists from inside the concentration camps

    By Tom Tugend

    January 9, 2013 | 1:11 pm

    The Nazis gassed and murdered 1 million prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex, but they could not kill the human urge to create and leave behind a sign of their existence for future generations.

    Some 20 examples of the prisoners’ artistic legacy are on...

  • Observant life in progress

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    December 5, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Barbara Heller likes to refer to herself as a “growing Jew.” 

    The actress/singer has created a biographical show, “Finding Barb,” that traces her life from her dysfunctional family in Boca Raton, Fla., through her disappointing pursuit of an acting career in New York, to her...

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  • ‘Woven Words’ Celebrates Lutoslawski

    by Evan Henerson, Contributing Writer

    November 21, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Music historians will remember Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) as one of the greatest symphonists of the 20th century. The Los Angeles Philharmonic remembers him as a partner, an artistic collaborator and a regular part of the orchestra’s programming.  

    More than that, though,...

  • See the far away before it’s gone away

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 20, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Last spring, I visited the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City and then, a month later, traveled to Chichen Itza, the 1,000-plus-year-old Mayan ruin. Both times I was struck by, on the one hand, the scientific, mathematical and engineering sophistication of the ancient...

  • Film Fest celebrates Sephardim

    by Evan Henerson, Contributing Writer

    November 8, 2012 | 1:31 pm

    For its 11th festival, the Los Angeles Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (LASJFF) needed an honoree for its gala, which takes place Nov. 11 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. At the same time, the Portuguese-American actress Daniela Ruah needed a community. Or at least as much of a...

  • Films of the Holocaust and non-Jews

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Two documentary films, each touching the Holocaust era and celebrating the courage and devotion of non-Jews, are screening in Los Angeles.

    The first is about Leopold Engleitner, bright-eyed and lucid at 107, who spent 11 years in and out of prisons and Nazi concentration camps,...

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