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  • The City by

    By Diane Arieff

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Once-sleepy Haifa is now a tourist mecca, and MayorAmram Mitzna is spreading the word

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    It's a long road from the West Bank to Beverly Hills, but ifthere's anyone equipped to navigate it gracefully, it's Amram Mitzna.

    In 1987, near the end of an...

  • Honor Thy Father

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Top, a scene from "Countess Maritza;" Above, YvonneSylva Maritza Josephine Kálmán as a child, with herfather Emmerich Kálmán.


    Yvonne Sylva Maritza Josephine Kálmán, sixtyish,blond and glamorous, is named for all her father's favorite operettaheroines. So perhaps not surprisingly, she...

  • From Worst to First

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Junior varsity runner Joey Small.

    After the Yeshiva University High Schools of Los Angeles crosscountry team won the Westside League finals on Nov. 6, a competitorwas puzzled. "You guys were so bad last year," the rival asked RaphyHulkower, 15. "What happened?"

    What happened, besides...

  • All in the Family

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Theater

    All in the Family

    Annie Reiner is more than just Rob's sister

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Author Annie Reiner is tall, elegant, poised -- and politelyexasperated when you ask about her famous father and brother.

    You can hardly blame her: It's the umpteenth time she's...

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  • Spectator

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Paying Tribute to Israeli Films

    By Tom Tugend,

    Contributing Editor

    Yoram Ben Ze'ev, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, left,and Meir Fenigstein, festival founder/director.

    The 14th annual Israel Film Festival formally raised the curtainlast week on its two-week program of 50...

  • Spectator

    By Diane Arieff

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Stefane Zamarano and Jeff Lewis in a skit from "Acme inthe Sky with Diamonds," in Hollywood.

     

    Acme Comedy Theatre's Skit and Miss

    By Diane Arieff Zaga,

    Arts Editor

    The Acme Comedy Theatre's new main-stage show is entitled "Acme inthe Sky with Diamonds," and while some of these skits do...

  • The Paintings of Chaim Soutine

    By Rob Eshman

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In the paintings of Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), we are fortunate to glimpse the work of one of this century's great Jewish (and European) artists, and one of its major pre-war expressionists.

    The creator of what has been described as churning brushwork is the subject of a...

  • Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival

    By Eric Silver

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 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,...
  • David De’or and Shlomo Bar

    By Larry Derfner

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    The sounds of heaven and earth merge when David De'or and Shlomo Bar, two internationally acclaimed Israeli artists, combine their musical talents.

    De'or captivates his listeners with an astounding vocal range that covers 3 1/2 octaves. His voice, which plunges to the depths of a rich...

  • Music Man

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    If you're of a certain vintage, the lyrics to "Day by Day," the memorable song from the legendary pop musical "Godspell," come fairly easily to mind -- even 30 years after the show's debut. But there is a strange and sweet irony to the fact that the songwriter of that show, in which...
  • Conspiracy of Censorship

    By Eric Silver

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    An alien invader dropping into the Middle East in the first week of October would have assumed that Israeli political and defense correspondents have no sources of their own and are wholly dependent on award-winning international journalists with an inside track.

    Every story on the...

  • Bittersweet Melodies

    By Diane Arieff

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Teacher and student: Hal Robinson and Justin Kirk (atpiano).

    The Geffen Playhouse's new season opens on a memorable note withJon Marans' intelligent and bittersweet two-character drama, "OldWicked Songs," a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize. This WestCoast production features...

  • Letters

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I am writing in response to Rabbi David Eliezrie ("It's Time to Talk," Oct. 3). I don't think he is being true to the teaching of the Torah when he manipulates facts and figures to attack other rabbis who are not Orthodox and says his way is the only way. How many times throughout...
  • Back in Thyme

    By Rob Eshman

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's newest weapon in its battle for economic well-being andworldwide acceptance is a tall, thin New Yorker with a great lambrecipe.

    Her name is Rozanne Gold. New Yorkers know Gold because, whilestill in her 20s, she served as the personal chef for the city's thenmayor, Ed Koch....

  • Heartbreak Hotel?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left, an anti-union poster evoking Nazism that upset labor andJewish communal leaders, such as Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels (above)who spoke at a pro-union press conference at the hotel. Also picturedis state Sen. Tom Hayden, just left of the podium.

    The Miramar Sheraton Hotel is one of...

  • Remembering the ‘Rescuers’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Director Peter Bogdanovich is best-known for "The Last PictureShow," "Paper Moon" and other films that explore the Americanexperience.

    He is also known for his affairs with youthful, blond andquintessentially American sex symbols: a radiant, 22-year-old CybillShepherd from "The Last...

  • Princesses Don’t Always Live Happily Ever After

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Photo by Julia Feldman

    When the news about Princess Diana broke, I wasthinking about how I should spend Saturday night: Go see a movieabout a man who exploits a deaf woman just to prove he can? Or a filmabout Queen Victoria, who grieves for her dead husband and befriendsa commoner,...

  • A Window to the Soul

    By Diane Arieff

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Laila Robins and Brian Cox in a scene from "Skylight"by David Hare

     

    A romantic might regard a skylight as a window facing the sun --evidence of the universal but private human impulse to reach up, todream. But seen through a different lens, a skylight is a dangerouskind of artifice --...

  • Jewish Values That You Can Dance To

    By Diane Arieff

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As long as there have beenfamilies, campfires and stories to tell, there have been songs thatchildren love. But it's only in recent decades that "children'smusic" has mushroomed into a separate growth industry, complete withits own concert tours, TV tie-in shows and recognizable...

  • Collins’ “Survivor” and Rudner’s Laugh Stop

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Collins' "Survivor"


    After 76 years, Harold Collins is finally getting theretrospective he deserves. The product of a passionate andwell-trained artist, Collins' sculpture, paintings, murals andbronzes are on display through Oct. 8 at the Long Beach JewishCommunity Center. The...

  • On Valor, Violinists and Vacations

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "A Hole in the Heart of the World" (Viking, $24.95) by JonathanKaufman

    The "hole" in the intriguing book title "A Hole in the Heart ofthe World" refers to the destruction of Central and Eastern EuropeanJewry under the two totalitarian scourges of this century: first, ofcourse, the...

  • Arts Briefs

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron's Magic Village

    Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Stories for Children" is coming to thesilver screen Sept. 19 with the release of Albert Hanan Kaminski'scharming animated film, "Aaron's Magic Village."

    As the musical begins, narrator Fyvush Finkel informs us that theAlmighty was...

  • Kirk Douglas’ Greatest Role

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Douglas in "Cast a Giant Shadow."

    After surviving a 1991 helicopter crash, Douglas,80, has taken a greater interest in Judaism.


    Kirk Douglas' Greatest Role

    The legendary actor rediscovers and redefines his Jewish side

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    When Kirk Douglas was in his...

  • War Stories

    By Diane Arieff

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Like any other visitor to Israel, Stephanie Liss has apretty collection of souvenirs from her travels. Jerusalem potteryand metal Judaica decorate her comfortable San Fernando Valleyapartment. But appearances can be deceiving.

    The true breadth, depth and danger of her forays into...

  • Skirball’s ‘Temporary Quarters’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Therman Statom, one of this country's pre-eminent experimentalglass artists, was perched atop a ladder beside hisprecarious-looking installation at the Skirball Cultural Center.

     

    Study for Sam Erenberg's "tabernacle," 1985.A study for"tabernacle," by Sam Erenberg, originally...

  • Jewish Leaders Condemn Tribute to Riefenstahl

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Leni Riefenstahl, film director and producer, in a 1934 photo, at work on a documentary on the Nazi party in Germany. Spaarnestad Fotoarchief, Haarlen, Netherlands. Photo from "The World Must Know" Little, Brown and Company, 1993.
    An award bestowed on German filmmaker Leni...
  • The Book on Olives

    By Rob Eshman

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    'Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit,'

    by Mort Rosenblum (North Point Press, $25)

    In his endlessly fascinating book, "Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit," Mort Rosenblum reminds us that domesticated olives were around before the Bible, "was a first draft scribbled on...

  • Caught in the Interim

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In Rabbi Michael Katz's office at Cal State Northridge Hillel hanga "Star Trek" poster and a picture of Binyamin Netanyahu. There'salso a futon -- not your basic college-issue office furniture.

    The new interim director, who has worked at CSUN Hillel since1986, is obviously a man of...

  • Fast Forward

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Lehrer


    To some of us who were in college in the early 1960s, the nameTom Lehrer comes, in our pantheon, just below the Almighty andsomewhere above the Beatles.

    In 1966, when I was working for the BBC in Northern Ireland, aCatholic friend of mine played me "The Vatican Rag"...

  • Touch and Go

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Touch and Go

    TV writer and CBS executive Eugene Stein exposes a darkerside in his latest book of fiction

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Eugene Stein calls himself a Jewish writer, a gay writer, aprogressive writer.

    He is also a successful TV writer and the vice president of...

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