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  • Humor thrives in ‘Divorce Party: The Musical’

    March 13, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Divorce can be a devastating experience, but one can get through it, survive and even thrive, according to Amy Botwinick, co-author of “Divorce Party: The Musical,” currently running at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. 

    The story centers on Linda (Janna Cardia), whose...

  • ‘Yossi’ gets second chance at love

    By Tom Tugend

    January 30, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    Yossi, the central character in the new eponymous Israeli movie, has changed over the past 10 years, and so have Israel and the world.

    In 2002, director Eytan Fox introduced him in “Yossi & Jagger,” which became Israel’s highest-grossing film abroad, up to that time.

    The...

  • Life in the Lopez Beatles [VIDEO]

    January 9, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Newspaper-reading Angelenos may recognize the byline Robert Lloyd. 

    What they may not know is that the Los Angeles Times television critic once was more concerned with singing about a “Bitchen Party” than with covering the Golden Globes, which take place this year on Jan. 13.

    ...
  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 14, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    This weekend, I would like to introduce you to Israel's most international musician- Idan Raichel. He is an Israeli singer-songwriter and musician, best known for his Idan Raichel Project. The members of the project are 70 Israeli musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds,...

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  • Travis Fine on “Any Day Now”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 13, 2012 | 9:35 am

    In the first image of Travis Fine’s heartrending new film, “Any Day Now,” set in the 1970s, Marco (Isaac Leyva), a 12-year-old with Down’s syndrome, roams the streets of a city, lost, bewildered and clutching a child’s doll. The film then flashes back to tell of how Marco was taken...

  • Observant life in progress

    December 5, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Barbara Heller likes to refer to herself as a “growing Jew.” 

    The actress/singer has created a biographical show, “Finding Barb,” that traces her life from her dysfunctional family in Boca Raton, Fla., through her disappointing pursuit of an acting career in New York, to her...

  • Israel and Nov. 29

    By Tom Tugend

    December 5, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    “The Vote,” the best show in town, opened at 7:45 p.m. on Nov. 29 and, after 23 acts, closed down 60 minutes later.

    During that one hour, speakers, actors, musicians, singers and dancers commemorated the day, 65 years ago, when the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to partition...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 30, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Have you heard of Noa Tishby? If not- now is the time to memorize that name. Tishby is a household name in Israel, and also maintains an impressive acting career in the United States. In fact, I believe she is the most appreciated by Israelis than all her Israelis- in- Hollywood...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 23, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    Monica Sex is one of my favorite Rock Bands. Their music is generally characterized by its alternative rock sound and catchy lyrics. For 20 years now, the band takes a great part in Israeli culture, and is considered an Israeli music icon. Their songs have lyrics that I believe...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 9, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    Beaufort is a 2007 Israeli war film, directed by Joseph Cedar, who stands behind many great Israeli films. The film was co-written by Cedar and Ron Leshem, and is based on Leshem's novel of the same name.


    Beaufort takes place in the year 2000, and tells the story of an IDF unit...

  • Films of the Holocaust and non-Jews

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Two documentary films, each touching the Holocaust era and celebrating the courage and devotion of non-Jews, are screening in Los Angeles.

    The first is about Leopold Engleitner, bright-eyed and lucid at 107, who spent 11 years in and out of prisons and Nazi concentration camps,...

  • Rabbi Mordecai Finley sees the big picture

    October 31, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    In the new movie “Hirokin: The Last Samurai,” due out Tuesday on DVD, the title character, a stranger in a strange world, sets off on a soul-searching odyssey in which his calling becomes inextricably linked to the new inhabitants he meets around him. 

    It’s only fitting Ohr...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 26, 2012 | 11:45 am

    This weekend, I invite you to join the music of the Israeli newcommer, Tal Ramon. Tal is a 22 years old pianist and singer. He preforms live, mainly in small clubs. He performs with his original songs, both in Hebrew and in English, and combines them with new arrangements of...

  • Israeli Philharmonic’s storied history

    October 24, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    The storied Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, founded as the Palestine Symphony Orchestra 12 years before the rebirth of the Jewish state, and its music-director-for-life Zubin Mehta, will join in concert on Oct. 30 at Disney Hall.

    The event marks the final stop in a five-day...

  • Rescuing Jewish Musicians

    October 24, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    When Zubin Mehta takes the stage at the Disney Concert Hall on Oct. 30 to conduct the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), most in the audience will know that they’re hearing a world-class orchestra. Very few will realize, however, that the IPO’s founding was integral to the...

  • On Israel Philharmonic’s whirlwind U.S. tour, a N.Y. debut for Israeli’s symphony

    October 23, 2012 | 1:15 pm

    Few can chronicle the changes in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra better than Gabriel Vole, a veteran double bass player.

    Vole represents the third generation of his family to perform with the orchestra. His maternal grandfather, the Polish-born violinist Jacob Surowicz, was a...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2012 | 11:30 am

    The award winning 2008 film, Hakol Mathil BaYam (It all Begins at Sea), tells the story of the Goldsteins, an Israeli Family coping with various life experiences friendship, love, sex and death. These experiences all involve a longing for expanding their family, along with the...

  • ‘Sota Project’: Sealed With a Kiss

    October 17, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    The Talmud is on display this month at the USC Fisher Museum of Art, but if you’re expecting a dry examination of rabbinic law and ethics, you’ve come to the wrong place. Ofri Cnaani’s “The Sota Project” offers a daring and even graphic take on Jewish views of adultery, sexuality...

  • Surviving a Survivor

    October 10, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    It’s an age-old, common dilemma faced by adult children of aging parents: What is the right thing to do when those parents begin to lose their faculties? That theme is at the heart of “Surviving Mama,” by playwright Sonia Levitin, which opens Oct. 12 at the Edgemar Center for the...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 6, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Maya Isacowitz is an Israeli singer-songwriter, who performs in English. She released her first single, "Is it Alright" in 2011, and since, she continues to grow a mass of loyal fans, and has more and more recognition on national radio stations. In spite of her success, Isacowitz...

  • Artist Daniel J. Martinez provokes religion, politics to incite insight

    September 27, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    Daniel Joseph Martinez has a question, or, rather, he wants you to have one. Well-known as one of the art world’s favorite provocateurs, the Los Angeles native and resident has brought his unique brand of art-as-conversation-piece to Culver City’s Roberts & Tilton Gallery for his...

  • Sept. 29 - Oct. 5

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 10:03 am

    [SAT SEPT 29]

    MUSEUM DAY LIVE!

    Smithsonian magazine hosts a free day at participating museums, including the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, The Grammy Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Autry National Center. Zimmer...

  • The Hollywood treatment

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 12, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    “Fundamentally, your job is not that different from my job,” screenwriter Alex Litvak told a room full of rabbis assembled at American Jewish University for the annual High Holy Days conference sponsored by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

    While most of the 165...

  • Filling a Gallery With Faith

    September 12, 2012 | 11:46 am

    As you approach the Barbara Mendes Gallery on South Robertson Boulevard, you know you’re in for an experience. The brightly colored, psychedelic exterior of the little gallery in the SoRo neighborhood doesn’t cry out Jewish art, and neither does the gallery’s proprietor at first...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sep. 15-21, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    September 12, 2012 | 10:01 am

    SAT SEPT 15

    “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”
    The feature-length documentary explores the life of the 89-year-old, comic-book legend, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. Directed by Terry Douglas, Nikki Frakes and William Lawrence...

  • Deconstructing David Geffen

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2012 | 10:46 am

    His mother called him King David.

    Perhaps that’s why, when David Geffen was profiled in GQ magazine in 1991, the writer suggested that, “he seemingly swaggered straight from the womb.”

    But from the start of Susan Lacy’s documentary “Inventing David Geffen,” airing in November...

  • Fall Films: Identity crises, controversy, conflict, creativity and chicanery

    September 10, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    A careful search has uncovered a small treasure trove of unusual and provocative films slated for release this fall.

    Two of these focus on the crisis of identity experienced by unsuspecting young men who suddenly discover they have Jewish roots.

    In “The Other Son,” by...

  • Theatre Dybbuk: Company invokes folklore, myth to stretch boundaries of Jewish theater

    September 10, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    When Aaron Henne decided to form a new Jewish theater company, he knew he needed to push boundaries and make bold statements to challenge the traditional image of what constitutes Jewish theater. So now, with its first major production, Henne’s aptly named Theatre Dybbuk is...

  • Fall Preview 2012: Calendar

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    FRI SEPT 14

    “THE BOOK OF MORMON”

    The Broadway debut of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone satirizes organized religion in lewd, crude — and musical — fashion. The story of two mismatched Mormon missionaries who are sent to Africa to proselytize pagans was deemed...

  • Faith, not just gayness, informs filmmaker’s works

    By Pat Sierchio

    September 5, 2012 | 10:59 am

    This has been a good year for filmmaker Ira Sachs. His new feature, "Keep the Lights On," received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. And while the intensely personal,...

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