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...
"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...
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...
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...
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...
November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pmIt 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,...
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...
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...
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 email@example.com or...
November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pmA 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,...
October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pmTony 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...
October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pmThe 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...
October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pmFor 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...
October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pmEven 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...
October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pmIn 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,...
October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pmAaron 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...
September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pmGloria 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...
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."
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...
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...
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,...
July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm
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...
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...
June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm
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.
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,
In March 1996, John Turturro packed a trunk filledwith Primo Levi's books and traveled to a remote part of...
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...
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...
March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pmActor-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,...