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  • Enter Three Little Maidelehs

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For strictly observant women, being Orthodox can often mean putting a kibosh on artistic aspirations. Halachic prohibitions against singing and dancing in front of men means that many women who enjoy those art forms find they have little opportunity to perform.

    Enter Margy Horowitz,...

  • Not-So-Nice Jewish Boy

    By Jonathan Kesselman

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Israeli producers came to America to audition Jewish men to star in "Nice Jewish Boy," their upcoming Bachelor-type reality show, I decided to throw my hat in the ring. After all, who better than me -- a commitment-phobic, ardently secular, anxious, heavily medicated, pale glass...

  • Blintzes, Cupcakes and Pasta—Oh My!

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Back in the day, Passover meant meat, matzah and potatoes for eight days of the Passover. But in the last decade, the market for special kosher for Passover food has exploded, and manufacturers and supermarkets are providing a variety of products to almost make you forget it's even...

  • Latin America Aims for Northern Palates

    By Larry Luxner

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Guarding the entrance to Bodegas Barberis, a family-owned winery in western Argentina, is a small ceramic statue of the Virgin Mary, known locally as the Virgen de la Carrodilla.

    "She's our local patron saint and protector of the vineyards," said Adrian Barberis, who with his...

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  • Tradition Falls Flat on Broadway

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It may be a cliché that L.A. theater does not compare to New York's, but even in the case of Broadway's current less-than-rave-reviewed production of "Fiddler on the Roof," it remains true. The show, which has been nominated for five Tony awards, including best revival, has been...

  • Laughter From Experience

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Hollye Leven's new rock 'n' roll musical, "Funny Business," comedians vie for attention at a seedy nightclub. They include Will, an intellectual African American, whose producers want him to be just "a little more black"; Art (Will Durst), whose career is so dead, if it were "a...

  • New UJ ‘Tradition’ Starts

    By Leora Alhadeff

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Tevye, Tzeitel, Golde and all the other memorable characters of "Fiddler on the Roof" graced the big screen at the University of Judaism (UJ) on Sunday, April 25, but it was the audience who stole the show.

    Five-hundred people -- some bold enough to come in costume -- sang along...

  • Dollars and Sense of Jesus Films

    By David Finnigan

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Despite Mel Gibson's solid box office reputation, a major Hollywood studio stepping forward to distribute his $25 million Jesus film "The Passion" is not a certainty. The film falls long after Hollywood's era of Bible epics and outside the trend of Jesus movies finding safe homes on...

  • Slicing the Kosher Cheese Market

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    At a cheese plant in Compton, Rabbi Avraham Vogel, a mashgiach (kosher supervisor) from OK supervision, adds a bucket of culture to a 780-gallon bath of hot milk. A table nearby is spread with cheese curd, which a worker cuts and then puts through a cooker stretcher that bathes the...

  • From Naive Dream to Big Screen

    By Barbara Delatiner

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Michael Prywes was 24 when he decided to make a film. After all, he reasoned, he had started the Jewish Theater Ensemble in Chicago, so why not make his own movie? It was, he conceded, "complete chutzpah or a serious lack of understanding of the world."

    Prywes' first feature film,...

  • Fear and Loathing in ‘America’

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Iris Bahr is pretty, but you could watch her for the full span of her 54-minute one-woman production and still manage to miss that. 

    With the help of a masculine hairdo (she cut her hair for the show, and wears it slicked back) and some minimal wardrobe changes, Bahr morphs into...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    If you like babbling brooks and floating waterlilies, City of Hope probably has your idea of an interesting and unusual Saturday afternoon. It's the second annual Parade of Ponds, a self-guided tour of neighborhood water gardens. You'll get a map of the more than 50 homes...

  • Mr. ‘Saturday Night’

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    If there are two blockbuster motion pictures that stand as the defining pop-cultural phenomena of the 1970s, they are, arguably, "Star Wars" and "Saturday Night Fever." And while "Star Wars -- the Broadway Musical" is probably not as far-off as we may think, "Saturday Night Fever --...

  • Backstage Beshert

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When USC freshman Cynthia Gross asked professional director Anthony Barnao to mentor her new L'Chaim Theatre Ensemble, he was blunt.

    "If you're interested in doing theater because you love it, call me back," he said. "If you're interested in doing theater to get discovered for a TV...

  • Watch Your Language

    By Charles Marowitz

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Journal theater critic Charles Marowitz writes from Malibu.

    Watch Your Language

    In the late 1940s and early 1950s, with front-runners such as T.S. Eliot, Christopher Fry and Archibald Macleish, there was a...

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