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  • JFS Opens New Center for Seniors

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Seniors in the San Fernando Valley will have greater access to mental-health and day-care services, thanks to a generous donor and the newly expanded facilities of the Jewish Family Services' Valley Storefront in North Hollywood.
  • The Great Profile in Caricature

    By Charles Marowitz

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    John Barrymore's career can be divided into four acts: a reigning matinee idol in the silent era, America's most conspicuous classical actor in the 1920s, a somewhat medium-sized Hollywood star in the 1930s and, in the final days, a crapulous has-been whose main stock in trade was...
  • Signs of the times

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    -- Richard Rodriguez, in the afterword to "Fast Forward"

    From top: book cover, Photojournalist Lauren Greenfield; photo from exhibit "Ashleigh, 13, with her friend and parents, Santa Monica." Signs of the times: At an upscale bar mitzvah party in Santa Monica, 13-year-old boys in...

  • If the Spaceship Comes

    By Adam Gilad

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I am in a cult.

    Not one with an Indian twist, nor a homegrown one full of fervid believers waiting for a modern-day Shabtai Tzvi to fly us all to a New Jerusalem. No, my cult is more like that of those UFO suicides in Rancho Santa Fe waiting for the spaceship to take them away to a...

  • Community

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Hollywood Memorial Park faces closure unless a buyercomes to the rescue

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Photos by Peter Halmagyi

    Hollywood Memorial Park is the cemetery of the stars, and rightnow it is starring in a cliffhanger of its own.

    At stake is whether the memorial...

  • Back To School

    By Alexis Sherman

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Rapping with Their Rabbis

    Students turn to spiritual leaders for matters personal and religious

    By Alexis Sherman, Contributing Writer

    Even as Adam Weintraub embarks on his...

  • Previewing the ‘Prince’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Since Jeffrey Katzenberg started production three years ago of "The Prince of Egypt," an animated film version of the life of Moses, he has probably learned more about America's ethnic and religious sensitivities than any other Hollywood mogul.


  • The Arts

    By Tom Tugend

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Soldier of Fortune

    Adam Goldberg is reaping the benefits of "Saving Private Ryan."

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    When Steven Spielberg first saw Adam Goldberg in the television series "Relativity," the director...

  • Theater Notes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When the Jewish Women's Theatre Project askedSusan Merson to write its first commissioned play last year, theactress/writer recalled a bizarre TV news item.

    "This 85-year-old man woke up one morning, turnedto his wife of 50 years and choked her to death," says Merson, theformer...

  • A Vote at a Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The big political story that's emerged from last week's California primary is not the Davis-Lungren gubernatorial race nor the high-profile propositions. The big story is yet unfolding and takes us to a small corner of our town, in the east end of the San Fernando Valley. At this...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Director Lisa Cholodenko, above, lured actresses Patricia Clarkson and Ally Sheedy, top to her movie, originally a project at Columbia's graduate film school.

    Cholodenko's 'High Art'


  • Life’s Dualities

    By William Yelles

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Richardson always wanted to make a moviethat involved survivors of Nazi Germany, especially after seeingfilms of the liberation of the concentration camps. But as thesubject matter has been explored numerous times, Richardson wanted todo it a little bit differently. "I wanted...

  • Singles

    By Stephen A. Simon

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    James Cameron's "Titanic" was huge. The boat, themovie, the box office -- all huge. Titanic even means huge, althoughthe name they chose for the ship sounds better than the "R.M.S.Huge," or the other name they considered: "We're Talking Big."

    Now a warning: This article discusses the...

  • Community Briefs

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most fathers would bristle at the thought of theirteen-age daughters facing mortal combat on a regular basis. Not sowith Dr. Bernard Weinstock.

    "My dad always yells, 'Keep your hands up, keepyour hands up,'" says his 18-year-old Adele Weinstock.

    But then again, Adele Weinstock is no...

  • The Ridiculous and Absurd

    By Charles Marowitz

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Of all the many eccentrics, weirdos andself-styled geniuses of the 1960s and 1970s, Charles Ludlam, founderof The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, was the most unmistakable and,in a certain sense, the most legitimate. Weirdness and eccentricitycarried to extremes sometimes create a...

  • Bagel Factory Wages

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    These days, the CEOs of Noah's New York Bagels andWestern Bagels may be getting less sleep at night, thanks to theBagel Factory.

    The kosher-certified chain, billing itself as"Simply The Best," threw down the gauntlet in the battle for bagelshop supremacy last month, opening it's...

  • Celebrating Israel’s50th

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The peace process is stalled, pluralism issues remain unresolved and the Netanyahu government is in turmoil. But organizers of a major, star-studded 50th anniversary tribute to Israel later this year are focusing their attention on celebration, not contention. Indeed, a rare...
  • ‘Imagining Israel’

    By William Yelles

    April 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Skirball Cultural Center, in association withthe Museum of Television and Radio, presents "Imagining Israel: American Visions," a film series of American-made movies and televisionprograms that aims to examine how Hollywood's vision of Israel hasevolved over the past half...

  • Jews, Movies and the American Dream

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Writer-director-producer Simcha Jacobovici insists hisdocumentary debunks the myth that Jews control Hollywood.

    Right,Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures on a Hollywood set, circa 1940.

    It's perhaps not coincidental that the nightbefore the Academy Awards, you can catch a documentary...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    To explain the almost cult-like appeal of writerRichard Rodriguez, best known as an essayist on PBS' "News Hour withJim Lehrer," let's start with a story he told last weekend to anear-capacity crowd at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    "I was at lunch with some film producers the...

  • ‘Watts Side Story’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Michele Ohayon was nursing her 2-month-old babywhen the phone rang at 5:45 a.m. and the caller answered a silentprayer: Ohayon's film, "Colors Straight Up," had been nominated asone of five documentary features in contention for an AcademyAward.

    The newly nominated director/producer...

  • A Cinematic Salute to Israel

    By William Yelles

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For the next five Tuesdays, Sephardic TempleTifereth Israel will commemorate Israel's 50 years of independence,with free screenings of films produced in the nation or celebratingmoments in its history. The series begins this week with "Hanna'sWar," the inspiring true story of Hanna...

  • Notes from the Village

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In my mind, Icall him Mr. Droopy Pants, my elderly neighbor who shuffles down thehall every morning to steal my paper, his orange toupee askew. I lethim steal my paper because I know it is one of his few pleasures,along with listening to the baseball games that I hear blaringthrough...

  • 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.


  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday ritual of schmoozing,skiing and screenings, better known as the Sundance FilmFestival.

    That's hardly big news in an industry with morethan a few Jewish members. What is news is that Jews were...

  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

  • Israel: The Arts

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    This was thestory that had everything: a suffering, underdog people, outnumberedand surrounded by enemies, old and new, battling insuperable odds totriumph in a desert they had made bloom. It was "Rocky" before"Rocky," and Hollywood knew a good story when they saw it.

    The strains...

  • A Final Resting Place?

    By Tom Tugend

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Hollywood Memorial Park faces closure unless a buyercomes to the rescue

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Photos by Peter Halmagyi

    Hollywood Memorial Park is the cemetery of the stars, and rightnow it is starring in a cliffhanger of its own.

    At stake is whether the memorial park, whose...

  • Making a Noise

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Above, Jill Hill and Geoff Elliott in a scene from A NoiseWithin's production of "King Richard III." Top, co-founder ArtManke.

    In every other Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland movie, there came apoint when one or the other would pipe up with, "Hey, kids, let's puton a show," followed by a...

  • Beth Olam Cemetery

    By Shlomit Levy

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Beth Olam Cemetery in Hollywood, one of the most venerable and historical Jewish cemeteries in Southern California, is in danger of being abandoned and padlocked.

    Beth Olam is the Jewish section of Hollywood Memorial Park at Santa Monica Blvd. and Gower St. It is in bankruptcy and...

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