Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Author reflects on Romanian turmoil

George Joseph did not have an easy childhood. Like nearly all Jews in Transylvania, Romania during the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Josephs faced discrimination, violence and oppression. Beatings, fe…

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Nothing to be ashamed of

Fifty years ago, a bittersweet novelty song about a boy at summer camp hit the airwaves and caught fire across the globe. Just two weeks after its release, "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" had s…

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Soul is lacking in 'The Hampton Years'

"It's not enough to draw figures and shapes," the art professor admonishes a student, in The Hampton Years, Theater J's world-premiere production, "if you can't put your body and soul into i…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

'Princesses' joins the Bravo reality lineup and fits right in

Princesses: Long Island, the new reality show on Bravo, appears to be as bad for the Jews as we had feared.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

'Ershter Vals' uses klezmer, ghetto songs

Shira Lanyi didn't know what to expect the day in 2009 when she walked into a rehearsal with Ma Cong, a new choreographer for the Richmond Ballet. The then 21-year-old young dancer, who atte…

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'From Bagels to Bongos'

Blowin' into town from June 5 through June 16, the annual DC Jazz Festival celebrates all things jazz with performers like Paquito D'Rivera, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and the Brass-A-Holi…

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Despite 'bikkur cholim,' patients may want to be alone

During her recent bout with breast cancer, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founding member of Ms. Magazine, author and social justice activist, became intrigued by her friends' and family's diverse r…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rethinking Roosevelt

In their new book, FDR and the Jews ($29.95, Harvard), Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman, both professors in American University's history department, utilize hundreds of new sources an…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Language of passion

Shira Mendelman is an 18-year-old with a decision to make. We first see her in the dairy section of a supermarket, where she's covertly watching a prospective bridegroom.

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'Hot Mamalah' - a pop culture book to make you laugh

She is the woman who wakes up in the morning with plans to conquer what terrifies her. She is the woman who is not intimidated by the sexy mom on the playground or the buxom co-worker who al…

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Mel Brooks may be a born cut-up, but he's nobody's fool

Mel Brooks is a charmer, a mensch and an intellectual. Who knew?

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Teaching the world to sing

Ramon Tasat wants to teach the world to sing. The Buenos Aires-born cantor believes singing is everyone's birthright, even the guy whose high school music teacher told him he could join the …

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Ben Katchor illuminates the results

Ben Katchor pondered the topic of sardine cans during his appearance at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in the District last week. Katchor, creator of graphic books including Julius Knipl, Real…

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Program will illuminate customs at Jewish weddings

The upcoming marriage of Cantor Rochelle Helzner's daughter served as inspiration for Under the Chuppah: The Music of Marriage. The program, to be held on Sunday, May 19 at Rockville's Tikva…

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A different 'Golem'

Don't expect a mystical retelling of the legend of 16th-century Rabbi Judah Loew and the infamous protector of the Jews he created out of clay in Taffety Punk Theatre Company's latest produc…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hank Greenberg in extra innings

"I think Hank Greenberg was the great American hero," Washington filmmaker Aviva Kempner says. "What he did on Yom Kippur. What he faced. He was our Jackie Robinson."

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Israel-inspired 'Dabke' to be performed in Rockville

"Ideas are a strange thing. They pop up in the weirdest places at the strangest times," Israeli-born, New York-based choreographer Zvi Gotheiner said last month about the inspiration for his…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Turkish dance troupe, Israeli dances

Collage Dance Ensemble aims to build bridges through dance and music. The Boston-based dance troupe, founded by Ahmet Luleci, a native of Turkey, is as likely to dance a chasidic-style folk …

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Jewish music festival returns to D.C. metro area

The 14th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival is back and ready to bring a diverse mix of Jewish musical styles to the D.C. metro area. Sponsored by the Howard and Geraldine Polinge…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

JCCNV Jewish Film Festival celebrates bar mitzvah year

The 13th-annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival begins this evening with a dinner program and screening of Hava Nagila: The Movie at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia i…

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Wrestling with shadows

An abstract angular frame of a house containing a few nearly empty rooms is an appropriate space in which to wrestle with shadows - both those thrown into relief by lighting designer Colin K…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

'The Last Five Years' doesn't disappoint

With as much intrigue backstage as onstage, The Last Five Years returns to the region in a smart, attractive production at Arlington's Signature Theatre. The work, directed by D.C.'s Aaron P…

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'50 Children': a story of heroism

The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Theater at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) was packed on Thursday of last week for the Washington, D.C., premiere of 50 Children: The Res…

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A little play with a big heart

Walls talk, people float and monsters rise from beneath the floorboards in Lauren Yee's unabashedly fantastical comedic drama A Man, His Wife, and His Hat.

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They only look like 'aliens from another planet'

Who are these bald characters, their faces painted clown white, their lips bright red? Wearing matching white sharkskin suits, they sing multipart harmony, doo wop, beebop, pop, disco, and R…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"4000 Miles" an intense emotional journey

More than a dozen years ago, when playwright Amy Herzog graduated from college, she took a cross-country bike trip, from New Haven to San Francisco. Then she moved to New York, where she liv…

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Yizkor Requiem combines moving liturgical traditions

There are many stunning moments of Jewish and Christian confluence to hear in Thomas Beveridge's "Yizkor Requiem," his hour-long piece for chorus and orchestra that builds bridges between tw…

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Ben Feldman hams up the Jew factor on 'Mad Men'

NEW YORK - Advertising, it's fair to say, is in Ben Feldman's blood.

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'Universal message in Jewish art'

MONTCLAIR, N.J. - In the space of a single painting, Siona Benjamin juxtaposes feminism, Indian mythology and Jewish imagery.

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PBS blows a kiss to Roth at 80

Barely a minute into Philip Roth: Unmasked, an "American Masters" salute occasioned by the novelist's 80th birthday, he makes a familiar, albeit annoying, assertion.

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