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  • 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....

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Summer Reading From the

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    This thick, compact tome is designed for people like me. We wantto be able to access the names, ideas, dates and import of nearly6,000 years of Jewish learning and history, but we simply don't haveenough room in our heads to store it all. A near-complete revision ofa similar book...
  • Straight Talk About Blacks and Jews

    By Diane Arieff

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Issac Bitton meets Peter Noel, the man who saved his life during the Crown Heights riots.
    Among Jews, the subject of black-Jewish relations inevitably brings to the surface two impassioned, if not unrelated sentiments: a liberal nostalgia for the integrated social activism of days...
  • Summer Plays

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A visit to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum gives new meaning to the escapist concept of getting away from it all -- if only for an evening.

    Its newly renovated 299-seat amphitheater is terraced into the hillside of a rustic ravine along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. For picnickers,...

  • From a Woman’s Perspective

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left, Susan Merson starring in her play "Tribal Tales,"to be performed July 27. Above, playwright Jenna Zark, whose work "A Body of Water," will be performed this Sunday. In March, the Jewish Women's Theatre Project arrived on the Los Angeles scene with a festival of plays by...
  • On Exhibit: Diplomats and Émigrés

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Hiroki Sugihara (foreground) is among the five Simon Wiesenthal Center honorees in the new exhibit, "Visas for Life: The Righteous Diplomats." Members of a small and select club were remembered and honored on Monday with the opening of the exhibit "Visas for Life: The Righteous...
  • Beyond Their Means?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "Jews: The Essence and Character of aPeople" by Arthur Hertzberg and AronHirt-Manheimer (HarperSanFrancisco, $25)

    Can one speak of a "national character"? Whileacknowledging that the practice has a pernicious side, Rabbi ArthurHertzberg, in his provocative, if mislabeled, new...

  • Beach Bio Bingo

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Eventually, we all will have to read a biography of Steven Spielberg. No other filmmaker, and few other humans, have had such an impact on the culture we live in and the one our children will inherit. So far, it looks like the biography we'll be reading will be Joseph McBride's...
  • Three’s Company

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A visit to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum gives new meaning to the escapist concept of getting away from it all -- if only for an evening.

    Its newly renovated 299-seat amphitheater is terraced into the hillside of a rustic ravine along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. For picnickers,...

  • Fugard at the Museum of Tolerance

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Fugard at the Museum of Tolerance

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    If you missed Athol Fugard's "Valley Song" at the Taper, here's a chance to see two plays by the pre-eminent South African playwright at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance.

    (The plays are reprises of...

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