Arts & Culture

Maccabeats in Concert

Maccabeats in Concert

Sunday, January 11 at 7:45 p.m. Concert The a cappella ensemble that rocked the Jewish world a few Hanukkahs back with “Candlelight” will headline at Torah Day School’s annual dinner. Preceded by a cocktail reception and dinner buffet. $75 for dinner and concert; $25 for concert only. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St.,(…)

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Army fatigue

Army fatigue

By Emily K. Alhadeff,  Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Fresh out of Israel and already scooping up a first place award at the Tribeca Film Festival is “Zero Motivation,” a darkly delightful girl-buddy comedy about the banality of daily life in Israel’s defining institution, the army. “M*A*S*H” meets “Orange is the New Black” meets “Office Space,”(…)

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In the actors’ studio (and behind the scenes) with the Jewish Transcript

In the actors’ studio (and behind the scenes) with the Jewish Transcript

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Correspondent “It’s an interesting lens of the 20th century, but through the eyes of one world,” says Laura Ferri, director of “Letters to the Editor,” Book-It Repertory Theatre’s performance that brings our state’s Jewish community to life on the stage — through the pages of this very newspaper. “‘Letters to(…)

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‘The Red Tent’ gets new life in gauzy Lifetime movie

‘The Red Tent’ gets new life in gauzy Lifetime movie

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen, JTA World News Service (JTA) — Surely the Torah’s redactors never imagined that their Dinah — voiceless daughter of Jacob and Leah, rape victim avenged by her brothers — would one day be portrayed on the small screen as a lusty young midwife’s apprentice who takes her romantic fate into her(…)

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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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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sunday, January 18 at 12:30 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 to rave reviews at the Stroum JCC and at The Royal Room. Come see 90 years of Jewish news come(…)

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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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