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Politics, poetry & pop: An Autumn of literary options

By Jonathan Kirsch

September 6, 2013 | 2:47 pm

Top, from left: A. Scott Berg, Thomas Keneally, Kim Dower and Aimee Bender. Bottom, from left: Sharon Osborne, Al ("Weird Al") Yankovic and Billy Crystal

This fall’s book season brings forth an unusually rich and provocative crop of new works by famous and revered authors, some for children and some for adults, some from abroad, but many... read full article

  • Neil Simon’s ‘Sunshine Boys’: Can he still make us laugh?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 6, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    Neil Simon is a close runner-up to William Shakespeare when counting the number of plays turned into movies. But can the works by the Jewish lad from the Bronx prove as durable as the prolific output of the Bard of Avon?

    Since, even with a lengthening lifespan, none of us is...

  • The pioneers: A revealing look at Israel’s early prime ministers

    By Tom Tugend

    September 6, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Moriah Films, the documentary-making arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has bitten off another solid chunk of Israeli history in “The Prime Ministers,” a film based on the lively book of the same title by Yehuda Avner, who doubles as the chief narrator of the two-part production.

    ...
  • The people’s architect: A retrospective displays Moshe Safdie’s global vision

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 6, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    The Skirball Cultural Center, which stands at the crest of Sepulveda and Mulholland just west of the 405 Freeway, was built on a dump. Literally. Who knew? Before the Skirball acquired the land, it was a garbage dump. With its opening in 1996, architect Moshe Safdie, in his first...

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  • ‘Einstein on the Beach’ finally hits L.A.’s shore

    By Rick Schultz

    September 6, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    The 1976 premiere of “Einstein on the Beach” shook audiences up, recalling the shock at Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” in 1913. There was something incomprehensible, even infuriating, about Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s “Einstein,” but in spite of that — or perhaps, in part,...

  • Rediscovering Ben-Haim

    By Rick Schultz

    September 6, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    In 1920, Paul Frankenburger was 23 and an up-and-coming German conductor and composer. For the next four years, he assisted two of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch, but by 1933, the Nazis had forced him to immigrate to Palestine. At...

  • Must-see TV

    by Gerri Miller

    September 6, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    It’s September at last, when summer reruns and C-level realty shows cede their timeslots to returning favorites and new contenders. This fall’s offerings include Jewish connections galore, on and off camera; prolific producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are...

  • In ‘Zaytoun,’ an unusual alliance

    by Iris Mann

    September 6, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    Beirut, Lebanon, 1982, at the dawn of the Lebanese Civil War: A young Palestinian boy living at the Shatila refugee camp forges an unlikely bond with an Israeli fighter pilot. It is this unlikely encounter in the film “Zaytoun,” directed by renowned Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis...

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