Thursday, April 18, 2013
From the ‘Heart’
Sons of famous fathers rarely eclipse their parent. Although there are some notable exceptions (JFK and Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes come to mind),. . .
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Michael Chabon’s search for authentic expression
A writer walks into a room full of rabbis. This sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. In the words of Woody Allen’s “Broadway. . .
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Culture with a side of popcorn
When the hit comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” comes to Broadway this spring, I’ll be able to say I saw the London production. I also saw the. . .
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Art and fashion find their nexus in a Los Angeles creative couple
Cubes of color intersected by bands, which the viewer can manipulate into arrangements within a grid framing the work; watercolors of narrow. . .
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Future shock: Albert Brooks predicts ‘2030’ America
“2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America” (St. Martin’s Press) is Albert Brooks’ novel (in all senses of the word) take on our. . .
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Wiesenthal doc looks at Churchill’s legacy of defiance
Who do we have to thank for Hitler’s eventual defeat? What was World War II’s turning point? Who, by his actions during the war, inspired Chaim. . .
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Debris of war reborn as artwork for Israeli hospital
The Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon in Southern Israel, six miles from Gaza, is a 500-bed facility with an emergency room and a teaching hospital. . .
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The man who was Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis was so famous, so iconic an American movie star that I don’t really need to tell you who he was. He was Tony Curtis, and he lived that. . .
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Ten years after
It’s been 10 years since my mother died on Sept. 22 — nine since I stood by her graveside at the unveiling. Since then, I have visited her grave. . .
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Bagels, Bongos and Josh Kun
If USC professor Josh Kun had his way, the Jewish people might not be known as “the People of the Book” but rather “the People of the. . .
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Q&A With Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks is on a hot streak: He was just a Kennedy Center Honoree (along with Dave Brubeck, Robert De Niro, Grace Bumbry and Bruce Springsteen);. . .
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
“Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis,” a new documentary, portrays filmmaker Gaylen Ross’ attempt to understand why Reszo (Rudolf). . .
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Shadows of the Sun
When the German forces surrendered to the Allies in May 1945, World War II in Europe ended. However, for the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, the. . .
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Kraft of Movie Music
“If there’s music in a movie,” said Robert Kraft, president of Fox Music, “whether on screen, or underscore, or someone is playing guitar in. . .
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
What Survives From the Sixties
The summer of 1969 was host to a pair of historic events — the moon landing and the Woodstock festival — that seemed to define the ’60s. As we. . .
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
If you believe all the tech pundits, the future of home movie watching will be moving to “the cloud.” We’re already well on the way to where. . .
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Spies, Celebs, Classics and More — Good Reads
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Budapest Designer Melded Classical With Cutting Edge
Can a piece of furniture convey the story of Hungarian Jewry or reveal the genius of a little-known master? The story of a career undercut by. . .
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Who knew that basketball has a storied Jewish past, or that a non-sports guy like me would ever read, no less enjoy, a book about baseball umpires,. . .
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
City of Images Gets Its Own Photography Scene
Los Angeles has long held a fascination with the visual; beholden to looks, surfaces and images, it is a city where even the buildings seem to strike. . .
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Laud the Life of Grauman, Hollywood’s Gold Standard
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. . .
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Holocaust Movies: Winners and Losers
Are Holocaust movies good for the Jews? Or even, for that matter, for society at large?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
‘Zap! Pow! Bam!’
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s two Jewish kids from Cleveland!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tom Is ...
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