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  • Books: It’s the end of the world as we know it—again

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "A History of the End of the World" by Jonathan Kirsch (Harper San Francisco; $25.95)

    To true believers, North Korea's recent nuclear test was just the latest in a series of signs that the end-time is near. In Jonathan Kirsch's compelling new book, "A History of the End of the...

  • Theater: The answer isn’t black and white

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Scott Jay and Brian Weed, star/producer and director, respectively, of "The Grey Zone," now playing at the Deaf West Theater, initially had reservations about staging a play about Auschwitz's Sonderkommando, Jews who cleaned the gas chambers and crematoria in exchange for a few...

  • State of Humanity Forum: ‘Darfur silence is lethal’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In opening the inaugural State of Humanity Forum, held Oct. 17 at Valley Beth Shalom, Marcy Rainey, VBS chair of Jewish World Watch (JWW), spoke of the atrocities in Darfur, proclaiming: "Silence is lethal, and meekness is inexcusable."
     
    Despite the brutality of the genocide, in...
  • The operatic model of a punk rock major satire

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mixing punk rock and opera may be about as heretical as it gets, yet that is precisely what Julien Nitzberg, librettist and lyricist of "The Beastly Bombing," now playing at the Steve Allen Theater, has done.

    Despite being the grandson of Austrian composer Hans Knauer, who...

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  • A Night at the Fais Do-Do

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There is a burgundy motif at Club Fais Do-Do -- burgundy curtains, burgundy tablecloths. The eastern wall is also painted a dark red hue but seems to have other colors beneath that seep through from the past.
     
    Just south of the 10 Freeway, in a nondescript part of Culver City,...
  • In the ring, at the front, boxer Barney Ross packed a punch

    By Robert David Jaffee

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Barney Ross" by Douglas Century (Schocken and Nextbook, $19.95).
     
    To many sports fans, Shawn Green remains the only recognizable Jewish professional athlete. Green follows a relatively short but impressive line of Jewish baseball stars, one every generation so it seems, kind of...
  • Fight or flight? A Jewish Cuban mom wonders

    By Robert David Jaffee

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Melinda Lopez's "Sonia Flew," which opens at the Laguna Playhouse on Sept. 16, depicts the parallel struggles of a Cuban girl in 1961 and a half-Jewish, half-Cuban American boy just after Sept. 11.
     
    Of Cubans and Jews, Lopez says, "These are two cultures that have experienced...
  • ‘Nighthawks’ Scribe Brings Hopper Painting to Life

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Based upon Edward Hopper's famous painting of a late-night coffee shop on a desolate city street corner, Douglas Steinberg's new play, "Nighthawks," which is having its world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theater, features a painter who says only one word in the entire first act....

  • The Arrogant Poet You Love to Hate

    By Robert David Jaffee

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In "Pound of Flesh," at the Odyssey Theater, Ezra Pound spars with Pvt. Cooper, a young soldier who keeps him company while he awaits trial in Italy for his crimes of treachery against the United States in World War II. If this private is not Pound's intellectual match, he more than...

  • Power Begets Madness in ‘Steps’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As Stanley Milgram's fake, electrical-shock experiments showed several decades ago, many of us, when put into a position of power, may end up wielding our newfound authority with a tinge of sadism.

    Michael Halperin, who wrote "All Steps Necessary," a new Holocaust-themed play being...

  • Seeing Red Over Green’s Israel Policy

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Local leaders of the Green Party are working to overturn an anti-Israel resolution that has become official party policy. Resolution 190, which passed in November, calls for a boycott of and divestment from Israel until "the full individual and collective rights of the Palestinian...

  • High Ideals and a Hot Bod

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Writers as varied as Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott have written of the exotic beauty of Jewish women. But what about Jewish men?

    In "It Happened in Havana," a new play by Raul De Cardenas, that is playing at the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts, Marcos, a Jewish Cuban American,...

  • The Faces of War From Israel to Africa

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    If Steven Spielberg's "Munich" has shown that even Israeli commandos, some of the most battle-hardened warriors on the planet, ruminate over their roles, photographer Rachel Papo, a former member of the Israel Defense Forces, demonstrates in a new exhibition of her photographs that...