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  • Will ‘Rappaport’ be Jewish Theatre’s last show?

    By Tom Tugend

    May 29, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    Nat (an old New York Jewish guy): Hey, Rappaport! I haven’t seen you in ages. How have you been?

    Midge (an old New York black guy):  I’m not Rappaport.

    Nat: Rappaport, what happened to you? You used to be a short, fat guy, and now you’re a tall, skinny guy.

    Midge: I’m not...

  • MTV’s ‘True Life’ seeking a Jewish mama’s boy

    August 9, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    MTV is searching for a Jewish mama’s boy for an episode of “True Life.”

    The show is looking for someone aged 16 to 28 who consistently chooses his mother over his girlfriend. The episode will be called “True Life: I’m Dating a Mama’s Boy.”

    “We really hope we can find a...

  • Kicking off tour, Madonna shows she’s no lady (Gaga)

    May 31, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    Pop superstar Madonna kicked off a new world tour on Thursday wishing peace on the Middle East even as she showcased grim dance routines depicting violence and bloody gunmen among her more colorful numbers.

    Madonna, 53, mixed hit songs over three decades in music with tunes from her...

  • Pickin’ up good vibrations, Tibetan-Israeli style

    May 30, 2012 | 11:02 am

    In Jerusalem, where the cacophony of Hebrew, church bells and the muezzin fill the air, the hum of Tibetan bowls isn’t exactly a familiar sound. But its healing applications are gaining interest, thanks to a devoted Israeli practitioner.

    A dozen years ago, a sabra named Avraham...

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  • Shatner brings his ‘World’ to L.A.

    March 1, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    William Shatner has audiences leaping to their feet and cheering. These are not aging Trekkers at the latest “Star Trek” convention, but theater-goers at New York’s Music Box Theater responding to his one-person show, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It ...” The...

  • A man’s equipment…

    By Julia Bendis

    November 4, 2011 | 10:00 pm

    It has been years since I’ve watched old episodes of ‘Seinfeld’. I usually come across it, watch for a few minutes then move on.  Today’s show, however made me pause and think.  It was the one where Elaine tries to change a homosexual man into a heterosexual unsuccessfully. ...

  • Two Yiddishe Boys and a Bissel of Berlin

    By Tom Tugend

    September 7, 2011 | 9:20 am

    About a dozen years ago, actor Mike Burstyn auditioned in New York for the role of Al Jolson in the national touring company of the musical “Jolson.” While waiting for a decision, he flew home to Los Angeles and on landing at LAX decided to stop by the nearby Hillside Memorial...

  • Meeting Tim Burton:  From My House to His Art Show

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 31, 2011 | 3:36 pm

    At the opening of “Tim Burton,” the ghoulishly charming filmmaker’s retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Saturday, the wild-haired auteur held court at the Resnick Pavilion, where more than 700 pieces of his movie and personal artwork will be on display through...

  • We got Apples and Oranges and Pears, Oh My!

    By Julia Bendis

    April 28, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    Watching Chelsea Handler the other night made me think of all the idiotic names parents give their children these days.  You might have guessed by that intro that she had none other than Gwyneth Paltrow as a guest on her show.  As Chelsea asked about her daughter Apple, I couldn’t...

  • My evening at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honoring “Hot in Cleveland”

    By Julia Bendis

    March 31, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Last night I was at the Academy of Television’s event honoring the TV sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’.  They often have these events for up and coming shows, mainly as a panel Q and A and a celebrity host/moderator.  This time it was the legendary Larry King moderating, asking questions...

  • Sister Wives, Polygamy, not too bad of an idea…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 14, 2011 | 9:50 pm

    I have to admit that watching the show “Sister Wives” on TLC made me think about what it would be like to have so-called wives in my family.  To tell the truth, it doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea.  If you think about it, the only bad part are too many children by all those...

  • The Real Housewives of O.C. Are Back!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    I am ecstatic to say that the Real Housewives of Orange County are back on television!  Of course when I say ecstatic, I mean that in every sarcastic way possible…  Can’t you just feel me rolling my eyes when I write this?  Not only are they back for a brand new season, but this time...

  • Ladies of the View and Hasselbeck…

    By Julia Bendis

    February 19, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    Is it just me or is the show, ‘The View’ going down the hill?  The last couple of years it seems that the show has gotten a lot more hostile than in the past…  They have great guests on the show, and their topics are pretty relevant but its the hosts that bug me the most.  Not all of...

  • Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes

    By Julia Bendis

    January 19, 2011 | 10:30 am

    I really don’t understand what’s all the bruhaha all about!  Why is everyone so upset with Ricky Gervais, and his performance at the Golden Globes?  Last time I checked, Ricky Gervais was a Comedian, and the Golden Globes committee hired him to host the show knowing that he is a...

  • Activists heckle actors during performance

    September 7, 2010 | 5:03 pm

    Three activists, including an Israeli lawmaker, heckled actors during a performance at a theater in Tel Aviv.

    Monday night’s disruption was a protest of the more than 50 Israeli theater professionals who signed a petition in late August saying that they will not perform in the new...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Dec. 27- Jan. 2: Hot Rod Chanukah, Moroccan New Years Eve

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 26, 2008 | 6:02 pm

    SAT | DECEMBER 27

    (CHANUKAH BASH)
    The week has been loaded with holiday merrymaking, but if you've got a drop of energy left, you'll want to make it last all night long at the Hot Rod Chanukah Party hosted by The Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Division and Birthright Israel...
  • Theater: ‘The Last Schwartz’ gets the last laugh

    By Celia Soudry

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The painfully familiar bickering of a traditional Jewish family meets a sexy yet clueless striving-to-be Hollywood starlet in Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play, “The Last Schwartz,” which returns to the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Avenue Jan. 4, after a hiatus.

    Italian set designer Giulio...

  • Abstract eye follows Dali in film at LACMA

    By Tom Freudenheim

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Even by the standards of today's overheated art market, few artists have been as excessively hyped and overexposed as Salvador Dali (1904-1989). There are museums dedicated to his work in Florida and Spain, and in London you can "be transported into a world of melting clocks and...
  • Quarterly calendar

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    MARCH

    Fri., March 16

    "Irish Writers Entertain: An Evening in the Company of Irish Writers." One-man show starring Neil O'Shea. Part of the annual Irish Cultural Festival. Loyola Marymount University (LMU). 7:30 p.m. Free. LMU, Barnelle Black Box, Foley Building, 1 LMU Drive, Los...

  • Uri Geller bends self into Israel ‘reality TV’ stardom

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is no stranger to reality TV. Knockoffs -- or shall we say adaptations -- of popular American TV talent shows, like "American Idol" and "The Apprentice," have become hits. But recently, Israel has developed its own inimitable, highly successful talent contest in which Uri...
  • It’s beginning to sound a lot like Tish Tones; Java Nagilla!

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 23rd

    Chanukah's officially over, but it's not too late to catch Tobey C. Moss Gallery's exhibition, "Peter Shire -- The Creative Synapse: Fantasies, Drawings, Sculptures." Included among Shire's maquettes -- relating to his public artworks displayed as close as Los...

  • KCRW’s annual Chanukah show lets the light go out

    By Robert David Jaffee

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ruth Seymour, general manager since 1978 of KCRW-FM 89.9, is best known to many listeners for her annual Chanukah program, "Philosophers, Fiddlers & Fools," which will have its final airing on Dec. 15. But Seymour is not stepping down.

    "I'm not retiring," she says over the phone in...

  • Swingin’ Chanukah with Kenny Ellis; The Klezmatics at the Disney; Three More Tenors

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 16th

    To our knowledge, only one man can claim all of the following titles: writer, director, actor, comedian and Dixieland jazz clarinetist. Artist of all trades Woody Allen focuses tonight on that latter occupation. He and his crew, a.k.a. Woody Allen and his New...

  • Gurus galore, puppet people, jazz giants and Jackie Mason

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 9th

    Get inspired, or at least get a yoga mat, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Gurus will converge this weekend for the interfaith "Celebration of Oneness," a two-day event featuring lectures and panels on spiritual matters with speakers ranging from Ariana Huffington...

  • Choice of a Jew generation

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you're in a bookstore and see a book with two impish-looking guys trying to sneak a light for their cigarettes from a chanukiah, then you've happened upon "Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People" (Warner).

    Yes, the saga of Los Angeles' longest running original play...

  • Will kill for laughs

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Comics, that gifted, exclusive society of professional fools." -- Larry Gelbart in his book, "Laughing Matters"
     
    Stand-up comic Mark Schiff is sitting in his tiny office on Pico, near the Museum of Tolerance, talking about the time he played the Knesset.
     
    "I pointed to the...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 23rd

    How to make the holiday meaningful for the kids? Pick up a children's book recommended by the Ratner Media and Technology Center at the Jewish Educational Center of Cleveland. Sylvia Epstein's "How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round" and Barbara Diamond...
  • Raising Bucks With Bunnies

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It'd be safe to say that Playboy bunnies are of one world, while fundraising for the Jewish elderly is of quite another. But worlds will collide the night of Aug. 26, when the Guardians of the Jewish Home for the Aging host a benefit in the unlikeliest of venues: the Playboy...

  • Persian Jewish Artist Finds New Freedom

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Krista Nassi's art

    She has won international art competitions, sold her works around the globe, and even had her pieces displayed in renowned galleries around the world. Yet nothing might be more gratifying for Iranian Jewish artist Krista Nassi than displaying her work for the first time in the United...

  • Clowning Around

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    clowns

    Dan Berkley always carries two noses. "I always try to have a spare," he says. "Particularly in a pie fight, it can come off. Doing anything, you're gonna lose a nose."

    Berkley knows noses. He's a clown in town with the Ringling Bros. When we met, he'd just jumped off the circus...

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