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  • Soy Vey! A Shavuot Without Milk

    By Rob Eshman

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish holiday of Shavuot, on May 21, is about the last time of year you would want to talk to Beth Ginsberg or her boss, Michael Milken. Ginsberg is Milken's chef, and together they co-authored the best-selling "The Taste of Living Cookbook: Mike Milken's Favorite Recipes for...

  • Doctors, Lawyers and Other Jewish Women

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When she was 16, KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour was captivated by her studies with the Yiddish scholar Max Weinreich. "Yiddish is magic," he told her. "It will outwit history."

    Seymour took his words to heart. Of late, she has been doing her part to help the mamaloshen survive. In...

  • Comic Riff

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It's Day 1 of rehearsal for the new and improved version of Richard Krevolin's "King Levine," scheduled to reopen at the Tiffany on May 1. But for star Sammy Shore and director Joe Bologna, it's The Joe and Sammy Show.

    Sammy, the comedian who used to open for Elvis and Bob Hope, is...

  • Too Much Man

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I hadn't even touched Moroccan soil when the friendly Royal Air Maroc flight attendant, Nabil, pressed a piece of paper on me, with a hurried whisper to call him. I looked down at the paper and saw his telephone number with a happy face and the words "call me" next to it. Was he...
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  • Noa’s Universal Appeal

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Achinoam Nini was growing up in the Bronx with her Yemenite-Israeli parents, her different name, exotic looks and diverse heritage made her feel out of place among her schoolmates. Now the qualities that alienated her as a child give her good cause to say to them, "I knew you...
  • Jewish Themes Dominate Oscars

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Rarely has Jewish talent and Jewish themes received as much recognition as at the last Academy Awards of this century.

    "Life Is Beautiful," the tragicomic fable set partially in a concentration camp, earned best actor and best foreign film Oscars for its star and director, Roberto...

  • A Priceless Day

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    You have three goals for your Sunday: wash your car, wash your clothes, wash yourself.

    You've accomplished two of the three when you find yourself driving by the Farmer's Market on Fairfax. You pull in and find a parking place right away, which you think is a good omen. This must be...

  • “Girl Power”

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Cult filmmaker Sarah Jacobson can one-up any L.A. Jewish reader who felt like an outcast in high school.

    Her small-town Minnesota classmates told her she was going to burn in hell. "Everyone was really blond," adds Jacobson, now 27. "It was like L.A., except in Minnesota, people are...

  • ‘Cabaret’s’ Dim Light

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Something has happened to "Cabaret" on its way to the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles.

    The award-winning musical -- eight Tony Awards after its 1967 Broadway opening with Joel Grey and Jill Haworth, followed by eight Academy Awards for the dazzling 1972 film adaptation with Grey and...

  • Raising Eyebrows

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It's not always easy to contend with an artist who decides to bite the hand that feeds him. But that's what happened recently as the Skirball Cultural Center opened its current show, a triptych called "The History of Matzah: The Story of the Jews," with a presentation by the artist,...

  • Cinema Judaica

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In years past, the Sundance Film Festival -- a two-week marathon of industry schmoozing, skiing and screenings in Park City, Utah -- has served as the launching pad for Jewish independent cinema. The gematria-laced, sci-fi-tinged "Pi," the Simon Wiesenthal Center-produced Oscar...

  • Magic Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Steve Spill's father was one of the first managers of the Magic Castle. Not surprisingly, growing up around the Castle cast its spell on Spill, who went on to forge a 20-year career as a professional magician.

    Last September saw the debut of his new venture, the Magicopolis Theater of...

  • The Artistry of ‘Art’

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The internationally acclaimed play, "Art," arrived at the UCLA/Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood this past week with tremendous advance billing. Hosannahs for the original Paris production; a grand salute for the London staging; the Tony Award plus the 1998 New York Drama Critics Circle...

  • The Artistry of ‘Art’

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    n it debuted in the summer of 1994, Saveur reinvented the food magazine genre by focusing, like any good chef, as much on ingredients as on finished dishes. With its expertly lit and angled close-ups, the magazine gave food the same kind of attention most magazines devote to...

  • 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...
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