Jewish Journal

Sex, lies and social networking: A season of new films

by Iris Mann, contributing writer

August 31, 2010 | 6:09 pm

James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in “Howl” (Photo by Jo Jo Whilden)

Jewish “bad boys,” an alleged cover-up by our government and the outing of an American female spy are among the themes highlighted in this autumn’s releases, which include a number of... read full article

  • A new Holocaust museum pushes toward the future

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 31, 2010 | 6:05 pm

    When the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust officially opens in its new home in Pan Pacific Park on Oct. 14, it won’t just be moving to a bigger, more prominent and more easily accessible building. It will be moving into the 21st century.

    The building, located adjacent to the...

  • A mirror on the haunted self

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 31, 2010 | 5:58 pm

    Just weeks before she graduated from Yale University in May 1959, Eva Hesse — a child survivor of the Holocaust who would become renowned for her sculptural assemblages — railed against artists of the day: “The hell with them all,” she wrote in her journal. “Paint yourself...

  • A hip-hop, Shakespearean, operatic ‘Venice’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 31, 2010 | 5:47 pm

    Matt Sax, the baby-faced composer-performer whose new show, “Venice,” was dubbed “the year’s best musical” by Time magazine, has a penchant for creating works in which life imitates art.

    In 2004, he penned his solo hip-hop musical, “Clay,” about a Jewish teenager from...

  • Is Los Angeles ready for its dose of “Law & Order”?

    August 31, 2010 | 5:43 pm

    Following last year’s cancellation of the original New York version of the series after a venerable 20-year run — a record matched in drama only by the classic Western “Gunsmoke” — a new spawn will appear this fall: “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”

    While some may dismiss...

  • ’Neshoba’ probes truth behind 1964 civil rights slaying

    By Tom Tugend

    August 31, 2010 | 5:33 pm

    On June 21, during the Freedom Summer of 1964, two young Jews from New York and an African American from Mississippi were murdered while on a mission to register black voters in the South.

    They were killed by a Ku Klux Klan posse outside Philadelphia, Miss., the seat of Neshoba...

  • Fall Season Promises a Potpourri of Films

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    September 2, 2009 | 12:39 am

    Summer seems to have flown by, and, with fall approaching, it is once more time to examine some upcoming films of interest.  Movie critic Emanuel Levy points out that more films than usual of special interest to Jewish audiences are opening this autumn, and they show a growing trend...

  • ‘Parade’ Takes a Second Turn

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 2009 | 12:28 am

    When the Donmar Warehouse production of “Parade” opens at the Mark Taper Forum on Oct. 4, starring T.R. Knight, it will mark the musical’s triumphant return to this country since a disastrous original version failed on Broadway more than a decade ago.

    High hopes accompanied...

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