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  • Jewish Journal receives top honors at SoCal Journalism Awards

    June 24, 2013 | 12:27 pm

    The Jewish Journal won top honors in three categories at the Los Angeles Press Club’s 55th Southern California Journalism Awards ceremony, which took place June 23 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

    Jewish Journal columnist Marty Kaplan, who pens a...

  • ‘Columbo’ creator solves his own family mystery

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 22, 2011 | 6:29 pm

    “Now, Tom, do I look Jewish?”

    William Link, 77, was asking the question. Link is one of, if not the most successful producer and writer in television history, having put, with his late partner Richard Levinson, 16 series on the air, including creating “Columbo,” “Murder, She...

  • Laud the Life of Grauman, Hollywood’s Gold Standard

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 11, 2009 | 4:16 am

    Ever wonder how the movie industry went from five-cent nickelodeons in New York to the glamour of Hollywood with red carpet premieres and the highest of artistic aspirations? Or why a certain pagoda-like Hollywood movie theater in whose courtyard rest footprints of actors is one of...

  • Post-Zionism in a diaspora world

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    What does it mean to be a Jew in a Post-Zionist world?

    For centuries, for Jews, the notion of living free in Zion was a dream. In Theodor Herzl's famous essay, "The Jewish State," the journalist and playwright transformed the dream of living in a Jewish state into a goal.

    "Next year...

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  • Summer and the start of school

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In one of his most famous works, the French poet Francois Villon asked: "Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan? (But where are the snows of yesteryear?)." I might ask the same about where this summer went. It seems like just last week my daughter was getting out of class, and now she's...
  • A Different Israel

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Israel is discussed these days, more often than not it is in terms of an existential crisis, or "the situation," or as the subject of international news headlines. However, reading recently published works by three different Israeli fiction authors, Etgar Keret, Benjamin Tammuz...
  • Susanna Hoffs walks like a -- rockstar no, a mom -- rockstar/mom

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Hannah Montana," a Disney Channel program I watch on occasion with my daughter, features a 14-year-old girl with a secret identity: she's actually a rock star. This is an absurd fantasy.

    In real life, the rock star at my daughter's school is a mom. Although she leads a double...

  • Michael Tolkin takes on L.A. excess, family dysfunction and private-school politics in sequel to his

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The fall season is upon us, with new books, movies and TV programs all vying for our attention as palliatives to the news of war, terrorism and melting ice caps. Even as the days get shorter and our own day of judgment looms imminent, we wonder: Is there a hero out there who can set...
  • Kaplan’s Collage

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Here's Marty Kaplan blogging on Huffington Post about suggested treatments for Mel Gibson's "problem":
    "'Jew Like Me' is another strategy. Walk a mile in my shoes. Gain 10 pounds at my table. Wait two hours after lunch before swimming. Laugh that ironic meta-laugh right along with...
  • Tommywood - Great Scott

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Scott Steindorff is a happy man. A successful movie and TV producer, his NBC series, "Las Vegas," just got picked up for another season; he won an Golden Globe for the HBO miniseries, "Empire Falls," starring Paul Newman, and produced the feature film of Philip Roth's "The Human...

  • Tommywood - WB’s Legal Eagles

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    On Monday, Sept. 19, at 9 p.m., the WB will premiere "Just Legal." Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the current home-run king of TV, this is no "C.S.I." clone, but rather a one-hour drama with occasional comic moments that is about the beauty, the promise, the reality and the...

  • Tommywood - Hungary Minds

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    By this point in the summer, I know that my devoted Tommywood readers are all wondering the same thing -- be they sitting by the pool at the Sociét? des Bains de Mer in Monte Carlo, on their yachts sailing off the coast of Turkey or schvitzing in their New York apartments or Los...

  • Tommywood - A Well-Lit Place

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    How does one create a literary community in Los Angeles? It is true that on any given night, there are readings, slams and events at bookstores, bars and auditoriums all over town. Yet rarely does this coalesce into a sense of community, a literary life in Los Angles.

    Steve...

  • Heart to Hart

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, the Getty Playhouse showcased a memorable special event: "Here's to Life," Kitty Carlisle Hart's cabaret-style one-woman show, accompanied by her musical director, David Lewis.

    Hart, 94, performed for a little over an hour, reminiscing and singing songs from some of...

  • Leaving L.A.

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    When I go out of town, I often take a novel or two with me, knowing that a plane ride remains one of the few places to get serious reading done. Recently, I read two novels, Seth Greenland's "The Bones" (Bloomsbury) and Bruce Bauman's "And the Word Was" (Other Press), which made...

  • Luck of the Exiles

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Spring is upon us. My allergies have been acting up for weeks. So it seems the right time to talk about cross-pollination, a subject that it is at the heart of important new exhibits in Los Angeles and New York.

    When Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis was running for president...

  • Kishon—The Writer

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The world lost one of its great comic artists last month. I am referring not to Johnny Carson, who was little known outside of the United States, but to Israeli satirist Ephraim Kishon, 80, who, although little known in America, was beloved around the world. I read somewhere that...

  • Becoming a Nephew

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Today, I am a nephew. Last weekend, the names of more than 3 million persons murdered in the Holocaust were posted on the Internet as part of a searchable database created by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

    Yad Vashem was established in 1950 by an act of the Knesset, the Israeli...

  • Literary Journeys

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The most memorable books I've read recently have been, ironically enough, three memoirs that stand out for their sensitivity, intelligence and literary quality.

    Jonathan Schwartz's "All in Good Time: A Memoir" (Random House) is a particularly well-crafted, deeply felt story of...

  • Listening to Lenny

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    One night many, many years ago, I was at The Comedy Store on amateur night when Robin Williams walked in off the street and jumped onto the stage. For the next 45 minutes, the air inside the club turned into nitrous oxide as Williams made us all feel a bit brighter, a bit wittier, a...

  • See Jane Shlep

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "See Jane shlep,

    Shlep, Jane shlep,

    Shlep, shlep, shlep."

    This is not your parent's primer. This is "Yiddish With Dick and Jane," a new parody by Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman, who will be reading their work this Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    The story of...

  • Second Government

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I've been thinking a lot recently about French philosopher, journalist and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Levy (only in France can philosopher hyphenate with filmmaker).

    We had lunch about six months ago. At the time, Levy's English-language edition of "Who Killed Daniel Pearl?"(Melville...

  • Most of the Best

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Among the allergens being released this June is a remake of "Around the World in 80 Days," the Jules Verne novel that launched a thousand travel articles. Perhaps Jackie Chan will inhabit the role of Passepartout in a fashion that surpasses the achievements of Cantinflas, "the...

  • The Escapist

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's Sunday and I'm rushing over to my local comic book store, Hi De Ho, in Santa Monica to buy issue No. 1 of "The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist."

    If the name is familiar, it's not because you used to collect "The Escapist" in your youth, as many people have told Mike...

  • Conal’s the Poster Boy for ‘Art Attack’

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    You've seen them around town: a poster of a grinning, gnarly Arnold Schwarzenegger with red eyes and the words, "Achtung, Baby," scrawled in German Gothic type across his forehead. It may have made you smile; you may have felt it was in bad taste. Perhaps a bit of both. In any event,...

  • The Living Desert

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As I write this, it's 64 degrees in Santa Monica and Sub-Zero is just a brand of refrigerator I covet. On the East Coast, there is a record cold spell and everyone is paying rapt attention to the wind-chill factor.

    The climatic difference can best be explained not merely by boasting...

  • When Television Challenged America

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Around this time of year, I'm often prone to recall Rod Serling, who was born on Christmas Day. I'm helped along by the fact that PBS ran their "American Masters" portrait of Serling over the New Year's weekend even as the Sci Fi Channel ran a "Twilight Zone" marathon. It makes me...

  • ‘Fabulous Invalid’

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I used to have this Thanksgiving Day ritual in New York: no matter what I was doing, or where I was going, I would find a way to be near a radio around 11:30 a.m., to tune in to WNEW-FM 102.7's broadcast of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," in its entirety, in all its musical and...

  • Making L.A. Real

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This weekend the story of Los Angeles, and its future, is all about one building, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Critics have already hailed our new symphony hall as a triumph of design, determination and a marriage of form, function and acoustic feng shui. But more significantly, in...

  • Reality of Their Own

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Reality TV is nothing new. Since the dawn of television, there have always been unscripted formats and game shows of one kind or another. However, the current incarnation of reality programming -- shows such as "Survivor," "The Bachelor," and "Fear Factor" -- may be the most durable...

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