Arts & Culture

On the bookshelf

On the bookshelf

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear readers who read: For over a decade I have written these quarterly book reviews, reading or skimming 15 to 20 books over six weeks, and reporting back to you. But the time has arrived when I no longer have the time for that, so we are trying a new(…)

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Paean to a tragic, fallen heroine

Paean to a tragic, fallen heroine

By David Shayne, Special to JTNews “Haviva Reick: A Kibbutz Pioneer’s Mission and Fall behind Nazi Lines” by Zeev and Tehila Ofer (FAWNS, $16). Toward the end of World War II, the British and the Haganah (the underground army of pre-Israel Jewish Palestine) collaborated to train and insert some three dozen Jewish commandos into Nazi-occupied(…)

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Sephardic songstress carries her tune to Seattle

Sephardic songstress carries her tune to Seattle

By Tori Gottlieb, Jewish Sound Correspondent If you’ve ever heard the Hanukkah song “Ocho Kandelikas” (“Eight Little Candles”) you’re familiar with Flory Jagoda’s music. Next week, the 90-year-old Sephardic songstress will visit Seattle to perform that and other songs — some her own, and some passed down from generation to generation among Sephardim. All of(…)

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A dark side to the White City

A dark side to the White City

Boris Kurbanov, Jewish Sound Correspondent It’s a noir world, or so the publishers at Akashic Books would have us think. Ever since the release of 2004’s best-selling “Brooklyn Noir,” the editors at the Brooklyn-based independent publisher have taken to traversing the globe, soliciting seamy and sometimes downright malicious tales from Paris, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Moscow,(…)

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The Red Tent

The Red Tent

December 7 and 8 at 9 p.m. Television miniseries Anita Diamant’s acclaimed historical fiction about the life of Biblical Dinah, the lone daughter of Joseph, comes to life on screen in this two-night miniseries. Was Dinah raped, as tradition suggests, or did she fall in love with Shechem? Diamant’s novel and this Lifetime depiction imagine(…)

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Film Premiere and Concert: An Evening with Flory Jagoda and Friends

Film Premiere and Concert: An Evening with Flory Jagoda and Friends

Saturday, December 6 at 6:30 Bosnian-born musician and singer Flory Jagoda is one of the most important and recognized musicians in contemporary Sephardi music. She is joined by hand-picked musicians, family, apprentices and students steeped in the rich sounds of Sephardic traditions. $25-$35. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island. For more information contact 206-232-7115 or(…)

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, December 13 at 6 p.m. Theater “Letters to the Editor: Celebrating 90 Years of Writing Our Community’s Story,” a dramatic production of nine decades of headlines, community news, advertisements and opinion by Book-It Repertory Theatre, opened Nov. 16 to rave reviews. Come see 90 years of Jewish news come to life over drinks and kosher(…)

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Writing the best moment of her life

Writing the best moment of her life

By Masada Siegel, Special to the Jewish Sound “Israel had a big effect on me,” says Ruchama King Feuerman. “It’s the kind of place where outrageous stories are handed to you on a platter, and then you have to tone them down to make them believable.” Much like the characters she creates in her novel(…)

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Music of Remembrance: Fall concert will be a night transfigured

Music of Remembrance: Fall concert will be a night transfigured

By Peter A. Klein, Special to The Jewish Sound It may surprise some to see the words “Schoenberg” and “Romantic” in the same sentence, but it’s not a misprint. Before he invented the modernist 12-tone method of composition, the Vienna-born composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was steeped in the late Romanticism of Wagner, Strauss and Mahler.(…)

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Painting the Torah

Painting the Torah

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound How do you see Torah? That’s the question Nancy Current and Jeremy Alk will be asking upon the launch of their new class, “The Genesis of Creativity: Using Visual Midrash to Capture the Jewish Imagination.” It’s not exactly a new question. Biblically inspired art is millennia(…)

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By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Art Spiegelman has a hard time explaining his new production. It’s “somewhere between intellectual vaudeville” and “a lecture run amok” inspired by woodcut novels, the musical genius of Phillip Johnston, and an opportunity to use the Sydney Opera House. Whatever it’s about, he said, “your brain(…)

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