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  • The Artistry of ‘Art’

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "Tongue of a Bird," now playing at the Mark Taper Forum, is a confoundedly difficult play. I'm not sure whether that's due to this reviewer's denseness or to the layers upon layers of meaning and tortured psychological undertones offered by playwright Ellen McLaughlin.

    In its simplest...

  • Providing Lip Service

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Several years ago, Yvette Lowenthal's friend, ICM agent Doug Zandoren, thought her low rasp would make her a good candidate for radio spots. He was right. Since then, the twentysomething Lowenthal has been working nonstop, providing lip service on high-profile campaigns, which...

  • Images of Israel

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Robert Cumins was working on the staff of his junior high school paper in Fair Lawn, N.J., when he had his first scoop.

    He sent a note to Pierre Salinger, then press secretary to President Kennedy, asking for an interview. Salinger invited Cumins to the White House, where the...

  • Culture, High and Low

    By Diane Arieff

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It isn't as though you exactly need a reason to visit the Getty Center. But for those in search of one, we can recommend a gem of an exhibition: the display of works by the famous Russian Jewish artist El Lissitzky (1890-1941).

    Lissitzky was a major figure in the explosion of Russian...

  • A Weekend of Art

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It was a dream come true for devotees of revered cartoonist Art Spiegelman last weekend, as the chain-smoking New Yorker flew into town to speak before capacity crowds at Second Generation and Skirball Cultural Center programs.

    For those unfamiliar with his "Maus" graphic novels,...

  • Life Imitating Art

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "Of Thee I Sing" is a show for the ages. It reminds old timers that even the Depression year of 1931 had its fun side. For more recent arrivals, it's an uncanny allegory on presidential high jinx in the year 1998. And for everybody who has a toe to tap and a shower to sing in, it...

  • Life Imitating Art

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "Of Thee I Sing" is a show for the ages. It reminds old timers that even the Depression year of 1931 had its fun side. For more recent arrivals, it's an uncanny allegory on presidential high jinx in the year 1998. And for everybody who has a toe to tap and a shower to sing in, it...
  • And the Nominees Are…

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    If you think the Academy Awards are unfair, biased and arbitrary, wait until you see what we've come up with for our first Jewish film awards.

    Herewith are The Jewish Journal nominees for the best and worst in Jewish movies for 1998.

    To cast your vote, e-mail us at ab871@lafn.org or...

  • Navigational Pull

    By Tom Tugend

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    A Chinese proverb has it that if you haven't sailed on the Chang Jiang -- the Long River -- you really haven't been anywhere.

    Better known as the Yangtze River to foreigners, the world's third longest river flows through the heart of China from the highlands of Tibet until it empties,...

  • Revisionist ‘History’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Tony Kaye's "American History X" was supposed to establish him as "the greatest living filmmaker," he told The Jewish Journal. Instead, the movie, a drama about the redemption of a neo-Nazi (Edward Norton), was "raped" by New Line Cinema; by "narcissistic, dilettante" Norton, who...
  • NoisesWithin—Grumbles Without

    By Charles Marowitz

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The question in regard to Lillian Hellman is not so much, What is her place in the American theater? Rather, it's, Is she even entitled to one?

    Since she burst into prominence in 1934 with "The Children's Hour" and then consolidated her position five years later with "The Little...

  • Recognizing Ourselves on Film

    By Diane Arieff

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For those Angelenos looking for a respite from million-dollar hype and "Happy Meal" tie-ins to studio blockbusters, late autumn is also a time when a flurry of small, offbeat film festivals grace local movie screens. Among them is the modest but engaging, Cinema Judaica: The Los...
  • Community Briefs

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Screenings

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In Roger Hanin's semi-autobiographical film, "Soleil" (1997), 13-year-old Meyer is kicked out of school for being Jewish in Vichy North Africa. It is a sign that things have changed for his family in Algeria, where Jews had peacefully lived for centuries amid the Moslems. Now,...
  • Alive and Kicking

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Paley, 41, grew up living and breathing Yiddish.

    His world was a community of leftist Jews who considered the radical Workmen's Circle the reichte, the right wing. Paley attended the collectively-run Yiddish Kindershule and Mittelshule in Van Nuys, where he studied labor history...

  • Sisters Recapture Their Heritage

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Gloria Hernandez Trujillo, 51, grew up in what she thought was a traditional Catholic home in Monterey Park. Her mother sent the children to mass and catechism classes at Our Lady of Solitude church in East Los Angeles. Trujillo made her first communion at the age of 8, wearing the...
  • Here and Now

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When my mother discovered that she had left her hearing aid back in her apartment, on the 28th floor of the Northshore Towers in Queens, N.Y., I thought for sure that meant we would miss the bus into Manhattan and, as a result, could forget about seeing "The Lion King."

    "It doesn't...

  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Building a Bridge

    The new Israeli consul for communications hopes to create dialogue between Israel and Jewish communities in the United States

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Young Arthur Lenk, a native of Patterson, N.J., was at his desk in the protocol division of the Israeli...

  • Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    'Slums of Beverly Hills' is not your typical rite-of-passage story

    Living on the Fringe

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

    You could call "Slums of Beverly Hills" "The Jewish Joads."

    In Tamara Jenkins' debut film, "a loose...

  • Strong Cider at the Taper

    By Tom Tugend

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Strong Cider at the Taper

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    "The Cider House Rules," which stretches over two nights and six hours, is a bit like a marathon race, in which the runner gets off to a slow start, picks up speed in the middle distance,...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Photo design by Carvin Knowles

    Aronofsky's Original Formula

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

    Debut filmmaker Darren Aronofsky manages to sound incredulous about the Jewish sci-fi flick that has made him a star. "You don't think God, math and bad-ass Jews...

  • Reaching New Haights

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Teresa Strasser is a twentysomething contributing writer for The Jewish Journal.

    Reaching New Haights

    The Synergy School was fine for me for a while.

    We called our teachers "Rusty" and "Kathy," learned...

  • Enlightened Teresa vs. the Princess       of Doom

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Teresa Strasser is a twentysomething contributing writer for The Jewish Journal.

    Read a previous week's column by Teresa Strasser:

    A Few Words About My Mail


  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Director Lisa Cholodenko, above, lured actresses Patricia Clarkson and Ally Sheedy, top to her movie, originally a project at Columbia's graduate film school.

    Cholodenko's 'High Art'


  • The Arts

    By Curt Schleier

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir" is a balanced, warts-and-allportrait of the slain politician. Above, right, Kennedy and his sevensiblings with parents Joe and Rose. Above, Robert and brother John in1959. Below, Kennedy on the campaign trail, shortly before his 1968death.


  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 19, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Far Beyond Tears

    For his portrayal of Primo Levi in'The Truce,' John Turturro tried to approach the subject as Levidoes: delicately and subtly

    By Naomi Pfefferman,

    Senior Writer

    In March 1996, John Turturro packed a trunk filledwith Primo Levi's books and traveled to a remote part of...

  • The Arts

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Max (Clive Owen, left) and Horst (Lothaire Bluteau) in"Bent."

    What a peculiar piece of work is "Bent." The film version ofMartin Sherman's play, first presented on the London stage in 1979,and later on Broadway, has taken almost 20 years to come to thescreen. It's not difficult to...

  • Arts Briefs

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    British director Tyrone Guthrie, a non-Jew, oncesaid: "If all the Jews were to leave the American theater, it wouldclose down about next Thursday."

    Maybe that explains why there's so much Jewishtheater now in Los Angeles. Here's a roundup of the offerings: Wecan't guarantee they're...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Actor-composer Hershey Felder, 29, has a way with politicians.

    Mayor Richard Riordan has asked him to collaborate on a musical. And Felder is writing another musical with Kim Campbell, Canada's former prime minister and the country's current consul general in Los Angeles. Last week,...

  • The Female Woody Allen

    By Harry Medved

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Julie Davis, a 28-year-old Dartmouthgraduate and former Playboy Channel editor, shot "I Love You, Don'tTouch Me!" for an amazing $68,000. When money ran out, she hocked herbubbie's diamond ring to help finish her tale of a conscientious25-year-old Jewish virgin. A largely Jewish cast...

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