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Little-known stories live large on screen

by Iris Mann

September 6, 2013 | 12:45 pm

From left: Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe in “Kill Your Darlings.” Photo by Clay Enos, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Several tales largely unknown to mainstream audiences are brought to the fore in many of this fall’s cinematic offerings.

Among these is “Kill Your Darlings,” a coming-of-age film about... read full article

  • Art without hate

    by Evan Henerson

    September 6, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    Artistic inspiration doesn’t traditionally come from a place of absence. Still, the nearly 50 artists donating works as part of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) centenary anniversary campaign are having no difficulty creating out of a concept centered around the word “without.”

    ...
  • Fall preview arts and entertainment calendar 2013

    By Laura Donney

    September 6, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    FRI | SEP 6

    “MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK”

    How well can you ever really know your family? If you are Jonathan Holiff, there is only one option — perpetual discovery. Following his father Saul’s suicide, Holiff finds hundreds of letters, audio diaries and recorded phone calls...

  • Joshua Bloom: His voice is more than the sum of his parts

    By Rick Schultz

    September 11, 2012 | 11:32 am

    The old theater saying that there are no small parts, only small actors, can also be said for opera. Just ask Australian bass Joshua Bloom, who was in town last month to begin rehearsals as Masetto for the Los Angeles Opera production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” The opera’s seven...

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  • Jeff Goldblum goes to the head of the class

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    Early in Theresa Rebeck’s comic play, “Seminar,” four aspiring writers cower in an Upper West Side New York apartment as Leonard (Jeff Goldblum), their imperious creative writing teacher, scans just one page of a short story before lambasting its author. The short story’s heroine,...

  • Benjamin Wallfisch has music in his genes

    By Rick Schultz

    September 10, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    Film composers who venture into the hallowed domain of the concert hall are sometimes greeted with raised eyebrows. Maybe that’s why film-music scholar Jon Burlingame called movie scores a “much-maligned stepchild of 20th-century composition.” Yet for English composer and conductor...

  • Fall Films: Identity crises, controversy, conflict, creativity and chicanery

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    September 10, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    A careful search has uncovered a small treasure trove of unusual and provocative films slated for release this fall.

    Two of these focus on the crisis of identity experienced by unsuspecting young men who suddenly discover they have Jewish roots.

    In “The Other Son,” by...

  • From Salman Rushdie to Susan Straight, a fall harvest

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 10, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    Fall is high season for the publishing industry. Jewish Book Month, which arrives in November, may have a little something to do with it, and so does the stirring of activity that always follows Labor Day. But the most important reason, of course, is the approach of the gift-giving...

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