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  • George Whitman and the Magic of Shakespeare and Co.

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 19, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    George Whitman of the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore in Paris passed away on December 14, two days after his 98th birthday.  In 2003, I spent the summer at “the shop” as he called it and eventually moved in to his upstairs apartment briefly as one in a long lineage of housemothers he...

  • The Story of the Storyteller

    By Dikla Kadosh

    July 12, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness,” a film by Joseph Dorman, opens Friday, August 5 at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino. The film tells the story of the monumental literary figure, who not only left behind a body of work that includes “Fiddler on the Roof” and other...

  • “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin on his agent Ari Emanuel

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 14, 2008 | 12:41 am

    Last week, when Rahm Emanuel was appointed Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, interest in his brother, Hollywood ‘superagent’ Ari Emanuel, surged. I spoke with Aaron Sorkin, one of Emanuel’s most loyal clients and creator of “The West Wing” from his nest at the Four Seasons in New York....

  • 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...

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  • Home and Jerusalem

    By Rob Eshman

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Israel according to Hollywood:
    Click the BIG ARROW for the trailer from "Exodus" (1960)

    The two greatest Jewish inventions of the 20th century are, to my mind at least, Hollywood and Israel. Jews founded Hollywood to help the world escape reality; they founded Israel to help Jews...
  • Israeli entry ‘Mud’ wins at Sundance

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    'Mud' Wins at Sundance

    Two Israeli films taking critical looks at the Jewish state's society and institutions have won major prizes at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival at Park City, Utah.

    "Sweet Mud," or "Adama Meshugaat" in Hebrew, a top-grossing film in Israel, follows a...

  • The art of keeping a travel journal

    By Rolf Potts

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I was going through some old boxes the other day when I found a beat up old notebook that contained a journal of my trip to the Philippines almost nine years ago. The journey had been my first to a tropical country, and thumbing through those wrinkled pages was like stepping into a...
  • Jewish Book Month’s Table of Contents

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With fall comes the annual harvest of books (and authors) to hit town for Jewish Book Month, Nov. 15-Dec. 16, with fare ranging from politics to social commentary to humorous memoir. The autumnal visitors will include David Mamet at the Central Library, Harry Shearer at Temple Beth...
  • Sex at the Skirball

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When sexy authors like Erica Jong and Jerry Stahl get together onstage, you expect fireworks. But when I drag my friend Kay up to Skirball for the Writers Bloc conversation, the room is too bright, and Kay tells me Jong's blue-framed eyeglasses and gold necklace make her come off...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 19

    Keshet Chaim Dancers and the Idan Raichel Project come together tonight to raise funds for some 20,000 Ethiopian Jews awaiting immigration to Israel. Raichel hasn't made it to L.A. since last February, so this one-night-only concert might be your only chance...

  • A New Blend of Chick-Lit Sleuth

    By Susan Josephs

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    "Sex, Murder and a Double Latte" (Red Dress Ink, $17.95)

    Like her protagonist Sophie Katz, Kyra Davis has skin the color of a "well-brewed latte." That's why she has spent a large portion of her life fielding comments about her ethnicity.

    There was her supervisor at a clothing...

  • The Many Lives of Lev Nussimbaum

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    "The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life" (Random House, $25.95).

    Lev Nussimbaum lived as though life were theater, inventing an identity, dressing the part, shifting scenes, seeking audiences everywhere. He thought he could keep rewriting the...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Chug on down to the Getty today or tomorrow, as they present Sharon Katz and the Peace Train as part of their Garden Concerts for Kids series. The Grammy-nominated South African ensemble gives a family-oriented performance of jazz-/folk-/rock-infused African music and...

  • 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...

  • ‘L-Words’ in a J World

    By David Finnigan

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The 2000 book "Best Lesbian Erotica" includes Jewish writer Joan Nestle's short story and its provocative, leave-nothing-to-the-imagination title referencing sex with World War II pinup Rita Hayworth.

    "Desire and passion are a very big part of my life. I am a Jewish woman and I...

  • Kids Page

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    You know that harmless-looking body part inside your mouth? The tongue? It sure looks nice enough, but it gets a lot of Israelites into trouble in this week's parsha. Do you remember getting a present and then complaining it wasn't enough? Not the right video game; not the kind of...

  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Welcome to Heavenly Heights" by Risa Miller (St. Martin's Press, $23.95).



    Many writers have imagined the Jewish immigrant experience, setting their novels and short stories on the Lower East Side and places like that, where newcomers can forge their way to become Americans. Risa...

  • Funny ‘Guys’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In between schmoozing with kids for his acclaimed Fairfax High documentary "Senior Year" in 1998, filmmaker David Zeiger hung out with the funny old guys who did lunch with his dad on Tuesdays at the Mulholland Tennis Club.

    The result is his new doc, "Funny Old Guys," which captures...

  • A Trivial Pursuit

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    You don't plan to become a trivia writer, it just happens. The next thing you know, you're a one-woman trivia carnival, packing up your trunk of battered almanacs and dictionaries and moving on to the next show.

    "Goodbye, guys," you say, because you're often the only female on the...

  • The Yom Kippur War

    By Rob Eshman

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    According to the Hebrew calendar, this Yom Kippur marks the 28th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. It's an unrounded number, the kind of date that might otherwise go unnoticed if it weren't for the fact that America has just entered its own version of that war.

    Then, on Oct. 6,...

  • Deaths in the Family

    By Rob Eshman

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever one of our writers or contributors -- or I myself -- use the term "Jewish community," I think of Lew Wasserman. An interviewer once asked the former MCA chairman and power broker about the Jewish community here. Wasserman shot back: "I don't know of a Jewish community. It is...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    11/Saturday

    Middle-aged, mild-mannered Barney Cashman craves excitement in the form of an extramarital affair. Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" follows this bumbling protagonist as he attempts to seduce three women, including his wife's best friend, in his mother's...

  • ‘Strange Fruit’ and Stalinism

    By David Evanier

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
    Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
    Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

    David Margolick, writer of books and articles on legal issues for The New York Times and Vanity Fair, has hit a raw...

  • Of One Mind

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Joel and Ethan Coen, the quirky auteurs of "Fargo," "Raising Arizona" and "The Big Lebowski," are groaning.

    They are recalling a recent viewing of their first feature film, "Blood Simple" (1984), a stylish, noirish tale of murder in Texas, which is being reissued in theaters today....

  • Adrift in a World in Which God is Hidden

    By Rick Richman

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It is remarkable how many great Jewish American writers first came to the public's attention through a volume of short stories.

    Philip Roth's first book was "Goodbye, Columbus." Allegra Goodman's was "Total Immersion." Earlier this year, Nathan Englander published "For the Relief for...

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