Jewish Journal


    By Joy Bennett

    August 23, 2013 | 9:13 am

    A recent Milk + Bookies book donating party in Santa Monica, CA, photo by Joy Bennett

    Milk + Bookies, no that's not the name of a lactating gangster, but a unique and successful non-profit founded by my friend and neighbor, Meredith Alexander.  Pictured above is a recent Milk... read on

  • Jon Batiste and his Band Stay Human

    By Joy Bennett

    August 23, 2013 | 1:42 am

    Photo courtesy jonbatiste.com

    Sometimes in life you get lucky.  I was recently invited to see Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human the other night at Hotel Cafe, a small, hot Los Angeles nightspot that features outstanding singer/songwriters seven nights a week.  The venue... read on


    By Joy Bennett

    August 19, 2013 | 2:34 am

    MUSE/IQUE Concert, Pasadena, August 17, 2013 photo by Joy Bennett

    Last Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending the MUSE/IQUE Concert called "Lose Your Senses with Ellis Hall" conducted by MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby.  The concert was held at Caltech's... read on

  • HBO’s The Newsroom

    By Joy Bennett

    August 13, 2013 | 2:02 am

    If you only watch one show on TV, make it The Newsroom on HBO Sunday nights at 10.  This tight, funny, mesmerizing drama, based on the high-wire act of producing a live daily national news show, is truly one of the best TV shows ever produced.  Aaron Sorkin creates and writes... read on

  • The Shiksa in Fort Worth, Texas!

    By Joy Bennett

    August 10, 2013 | 6:04 am

    Photo courtesy robgreebon.photoshelter.com

    This weekend I'm visiting the lovely and culturally diverse city of Fort Worth, Texas.  Our daughter is attending college here this fall, and it's my first extended stay in the area.  For the size of the town (population just under... read on

  • Santa Monica Film Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    August 4, 2013 | 8:22 am

    Film poster image courtesy smff.org

    Last night I was delighted to attend the free Santa Monica Film Festival in my very own hometown of Santa Monica, California.  This charming, small (tiny, really) film festival screened a number of outstanding short films, all of which were... read on

  • Blue Jasmine

    By Joy Bennett

    July 28, 2013 | 9:51 pm

    Theatrical release poster

    Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's new film, is in my estimation one of his finest later films.  Again he explores, as only Mr. Allen can, the intricacies of a women under the pressure of a major life change, with humor, pathos, and style. Cate Blanchett is... read on

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