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  • Descending into His Past

    By Tom Tugend

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Since actor Brad Pitt and his producers completed shooting the upcoming film "Seven Years in Tibet," they have made an embarrassing discovery: The hero of the movie, Austrian mountaineer, explorer and human rights activist Heinrich Harrer, was also a one-time member of Hitler's SA...
  • 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,...

  • Up Front

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Susan Marilyn Block is a nice Jewish girl, who talks about sex on late-night cable TV.

    From Esther to... Dr. Suzy?

    She dresses up in lingerie that redefines the concept of negative space. She leers at the camera, uses various erotic, um, implements to demonstrate the paths to...

  • Too Hot Kitchen?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Today the once-legendary Spanish Kitchen restaurant is a study in decay, the "K" missing from the neon sign, the arched storefront crumbling and covered with graffiti. It stands next door to the Yavneh Hebrew Academy, in the midst of a thriving Orthodox community on Beverly...

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  • UP FRONT

    By Rob Eshman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Question: What do you get when you cross Hollywood, the Holocaust and Jewish communal fund-raising? Answer: Something exactly like last Wednesday night's Simon Wiesenthal National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    It was a deliriously effulgent affair, a symbol of the...

  • 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...

  • Family Business

    By Diane Arieff

    May 22, 1997 | 7:59 pm

    Seated, the late Max Laemmle, founder of the theater chain, with son Robert, left, and grandson Greg.
    Back in the heyday of the self-made Jewish movie moguls, the studios were, to a certain degree, family businesses. For Louis B. Mayer, Jack and Harry Warner, and others, nepotism...

  • In Defense of Evil

    By Diane Arieff

    May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Wendy Collins (left) plays a legal secretary for Madonna Magee (right), who plays a Jewish attorney defending the free speech rights of a man who denies that the Holocaust took place, in "Denial," an Actors Alley production, at the Storefront Theatre in North Hollywood.


    In 'Denial,'...

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