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  • 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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  • Film School in Two Days

    By William Yelles

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Film School in Two Days

    In one weekend instead of four years, Dov S-S Simensteaches future Hollywood hyphenators how to make their movies anddeals

    By William Yelles, Calendar Editor

    Dov S-S Simens teaches students the basics offilmmaking and marketing at his weekend seminar, below.

    ...

  • Fine Cut: A Festival of Student Film

    By William Yelles

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC,...

  • Pursuing Justice, But at WhatCost?

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One could almost see historyon the march in Washington last week when the House Banking Committeeheld a day of hearings on Nazi plunder -- stolen artworks in themorning, looted insurance policies after lunch -- and how to restoreit to its rightful owners.

    These days, of course, it is...

  • Up Front

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cast members from "The TenthMan."

    A woman in a fancy hat approaches Bert Dragin at Spago. She wantsto know if he is an actor, someone from "Dallas" or "Falcon Crest."

    Actually, the distinguished, sixtyish Dragin is not an actor; he'sa film producer who sold his Cleveland-based...

  • Spectator

    By William Yelles

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art'smonth-long salute to Charles Chaplin concludes Saturday, Jan. 31,with a screening of his most serious film, also arguably his best.

    "Limelight" stars Chaplin as an actor on the skids who takes inhis neighbor, a suicidal ballerina (Claire Bloom). He falls for herwhile she recuperates in his care, but while she overcomes herdepression, he falls back into alcoholism after a series of careerdisappointments. Bloom convinces him to

  • Spectator

    By William Yelles

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Eddie Cantor, among the Jewishperformers featured in the Skirball Cultural Center's current filmseries.

    The Skirball Cultural Center is continuing its "Vaudeville: JewishPerformers in Early Sound Film" series with screenings of the MarxBrothers, Eddie Cantor, and Burns and Allen,...

  • Canadian Corn

    By Diane Arieff

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Author Mordechai Richler

    Barney's Version' by Mordechai Richler, (Knopf, $25)

    Like some of his Jewish contemporaries to the south, Canadiannovelist Mordechai Richler has mined a literary career from thefertile terrain of assimilationist Jewish culture, most notably inbooks such as "The...

  • Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cinema Vérité

    The documentaries of Albert Maysles, a pioneer of documentary film,

    will be screened at a UCLA retrospective

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Top, Albert Maysles and his late brother David, 1985. Above, ascene from Maysles' "Grey Gardens."

    These are some of the images...

  • Etz Jacob: The Shul that Could

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Etz Jacob Congregation (above); President Bernard Abend (left)and Rabbi Rubin Huttler (right).

     

    Attention,anyone who was ever married or bar mitzvahed at Etz JacobCongregation at 7659 Beverly Blvd.: The shul wants testimonials,photographs and memorabilia for an exhibit honoring its...

  • From Best Boy to Best Man

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Filmmaker Ira Wohl


    Two decades ago, filmmaker Ira Wohl sat at the Passover table andthought about his cousin, Philly. For his first 50 years, thedevelopmentally disabled Philly had lived at home with his parents inQueens, never venturing into the world. Wohl now wondered how...

  • Tummeling

    By Diane Arieff

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Tummeling

    Toward the Millennium

    The 2000 Year Old Man is alive, well and still doesn't touchfried food

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    Before Carl Reiner invented the "Dick Van Dyke Show" and thetemperamental, toupee-clad Alan Brady, before Mel Brooks was aYiddish-spouting Indian chief...

  • Piggybacking on Jewish Suffering

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    December 4, 1997 | 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...

  • Writing a New Chapter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Writing a New Chapter

    The People of the Book is the

    Los Angeles area's first attempt at a Jewish book festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

     

     

    For years, Rabbi Harold Schulweis was perplexed by the question,Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    To promote his own...

  • An American Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A chassidic boy recites his prayers in "A Life Apart:Hasidism in America."

    An American Story

    At the heart of 'A Life Apart: Hasidism in America' is aculture war that mirrors the conflict in today's Jewish community

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    First we had the AFI Los Angeles...

  • Combining Business with Theater

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Stuart Flack is a communications director by day and a playwrightthe rest of the time

    Stuart Flack answers the question a tad testily.

    Yes, he is a playwright, whose latest work, "Sidney Bechet Killeda Man," is having its West Coast première at the prestigiousSouth Coast Repertory in...

  • A Survivor’s Tale

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rose Freedman is 104 and, by any account, a remarkable woman.

    She speaks German, Polish, Ukrainian, French, English and Spanish.In her 90s, she earned straight A's while studying various languagesat New York University. She kept an apartment in New York and one inBeverly Hills and...

  • Flower Tower

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting in front of Bernie and Ed Massey's television set,choking back tears.

    On screen plays a video about the brothers' latest public artproject. Among the powerful scenes, Ed Massey, the artist, helps aterminally ill boy of 6 paint a flowered panel. The colorful panelwill...

  • A Family Doctor

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. William H. Parker talks, women listen. As chair of theobstetrics and gynecology department at Santa Monica-UCLA MedicalCenter and a clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, hisjob depends on being able to give clear, calm answers to the fraughtquestions of women's...

  • Art as History’s Witness

    By Diane Arieff

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left: "Competitors for Potatoes" by Eli Leskley. "Many [paintings] ... are like ghoulishly bright cartoons in which the subject matter is anything but funny.'"

    Art as History's Witness

    Paintings from Terezin are on exhibit at the Jewish Federation Building

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts...

  • DO WE GIVE THEM SHELTER?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I often thought that I must have been put into the wrong slot when I was born," writes Nan Fink in her new book, "Stranger in the Midst: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery" (Basic Books, $23), a chronicle of her conversion to Judaism.

    Fink's devout Christian fundamentalist grandmother...

  • Lovers and Others

    By Diane Arieff

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tuck Milligan as Man and Tracey Ellis as Woman in "Swan Song," one of the short plays by Debbie Pearl in "Sex."
    Like the uneven romantic fortunes of a veteran dater, "Sex" plays like a series of disparate encounters that range from memorable to better-off-forgotten. Playwright...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, I saw my husband walking across the street, near the dry cleaners. He was wearing khakis, a beige shirt and the brown belt I bought him for his 48th birthday, the one with the gold buckle. I couldn't see the buckle, because I only saw him from behind. But I knew that...

  • the Spectator     With Reprise, Marcia Seligson banks on the public’s desire for the return of the

    By Diane Arieff

    May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Marcia Seligson is the prime mover and shaker behind Reprise, a new theater organization determined to mount local, first-class revival productions of Broadway musicals.

    Marcia Seligson is a self-described "musical theater fanatic" and the prime mover and shaker behind Reprise, a new...

  • ‘The Threepenny Opera’ Exceeds Its Grasp

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In its five years of existence, A Noise Within, the classical-theater company, has given audiences many of the most enjoyable performances to be offered anywhere in Los Angeles.

    The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle recently recognized this sustained level of excellence by handing out...

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