Arts & Culture

The High Holy Days — A time for endings and beginnings

The High Holy Days — A time for endings and beginnings

Rita Frischer Special to The Jewish Sound As the leaves turn, we turn — from summer’s indulgences to the crisp demands of fall as school resumes and our work schedules intensify. At the same time, Judaism asks us to turn inward as well. We practice teshuvah, returning to our best selves and repenting our mistakes,(…)

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The Boys in the Boat: A big hurrah for our hometown heroes

The Boys in the Boat: A big hurrah for our hometown heroes

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound For those of us that live in or grew up in Seattle, “The Boys in the Boat” (Viking Penguin, paper) is even more special than the tens of thousands of readers that last year made this book a silent bestseller, inspiring its paperback release earlier this summer. That(…)

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The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film

The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film

Tuesdays in September Movies Turner Classic Movies (TCM) presents an array of Jewish-themed films on Tuesdays throughout September. Each film will be introduced and discussed by TCM host Robert Osborne and Dr. Eric Goldman of Yeshiva University. Themes include “The Evolving Jew,” “The Immigrant Experience” “The Holocaust,” “Israeli Classics,” “The Jewish Homeland,” “Tackling Prejudice” and(…)

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Mezcla: Jazz All-Stars from Cuba

Mezcla: Jazz All-Stars from Cuba

Sunday, September 21 at 5 p.m. Concert Fusing Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz, Mezcla’s music is a genuine celebration of the culture and musical roots of Cuba, “the Pearl of the Antilles.” The sizzling sounds of Mezcla (which means “mixed” in Spanish) have been heard at the Sonoma Jazz Festival. Doors open 30 minutes prior to(…)

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Jazz Extravaganza 2014

Jazz Extravaganza 2014

Sunday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, Stephanie Porter, and Ari Joshua and his Organ Trio. Adults $20, students and under 18 $15. At the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 11010 NE 8th St., Bellevue. eastsidejazzclub.com

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Your Face in Mine

Your Face in Mine

September 15 at 7 p.m. Smart and original, Jess Row’s Your Face in Mine begins when Kelly Thorndike returns to his hometown to discover that his best friend from high school has secretly undergone racial reassignment surgery, transforming from a white Jewish kid into a black man on a mission to sell racial reassignment surgery to the(…)

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A scattered community united by SPARK

A scattered community united by SPARK

By Dikla Tuchman, Jewish Sound Correspondent On Sunday, August 31, South Seattle’s newly formed Eruv Cooperative hosted SPARK, an outdoor Jewish music festival in Seward Park. Hundreds of community members and Jewish music appreciators piled into Seward Park Amphitheater to enjoy artists like singer-songwriter Ari Lesser, local Seattle-based recording artist Nissim, and headlining popular Israeli-American(…)

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Books for fall: Good reads for when the nights get longer

Books for fall: Good reads for when the nights get longer

By Diana Brement, JewishSound Columnist Holocaust Sometimes the idea behind a book is as successful as the book itself, but sometimes the idea is more interesting than the end result. The story behind Dan J. Puckett’s “In the Shadow of Hitler: Alabama’s Jews, the Second World War, and the Holocaust” (Alabama, cloth, $44.95), falls into(…)

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Seattle’s first Jewish music festival to ignite Seward Park

Seattle’s first Jewish music festival to ignite Seward Park

By Boris Kurbanov, Special to The Jewish Sound Any time the word “music festival” is thrown around, people typically think of events like Sasquatch!, SXSW, or Bumbershoot. On August 31, Jewish music from around the world comes to Seattle for the city’s first-ever outdoor Jewish music festival, SPARK. Middle Eastern rock, contemporary Klezmer, Hasidic folk, and(…)

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When the plate comes without food

When the plate comes without food

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound When there are so many of us in our Jewish community that don’t worry about where our next meal is coming from, we can easily forget there are plenty who do. That’s why so many local Jewish organizations have come together to offer a showing of a documentary,(…)

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Twenty-five years later: Still laughing at Seinfeld

Twenty-five years later: Still laughing at Seinfeld

Twenty-five years ago this month, The Seinfeld Chronicles made its debut and four borderline sociopaths living in existential desperation made their way into our lives for the next nine years.   The “show about nothing,” which NBC execs initially didn’t believe would click with audiences while calling its premise “too New York, too Jewish,” was(…)

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Eddie trashes Israel

Eddie trashes Israel

By JTA World News Service Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder on Friday denounced Israel in an expletive-laden tirade during a concert in England. “I swear to f***ing god, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill,” Vedder said. “They’re looking for a reason to go across borders and take(…)

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