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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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Chabon’s Kavalier & Clay escape pages for a new horizon: The theater

Chabon’s Kavalier & Clay escape pages for a new horizon: The theater

By Deborah Gardner, Special to The Jewish Sound Michael Chabon’s popular 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” is packed with themes of metamorphosis and reinvention. It’s 1939, the golden age of comics, when Brooklyn-stifled Sammy Clay meets his cousin, Joe Kavalier, a fresh escapee of Nazi oppression in Prague. The(…)

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Bringing the new Middle East into the kitchen

Bringing the new Middle East into the kitchen

By Dikla Tuchman, Jewish Sound Correspondent To just look at Adeena Sussman’s résumé of food writing over the last 13 years is enough to make your mouth water. Sussman, invited to Seattle to cater a young-women-focused Hadassah event earlier this month, brought a wealth of knowledge and Israeli cooking experience. The food writer, cook, recipe(…)

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Macklemore responds

Macklemore responds

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound On his blog at Macklemore.com, the local rap star explains that the costume he wore at his concert Friday night was not in any way intended to depict Jewish stereotypes. As he wrote: Family, friends and fans alike who know me well, know that I’m absolutely not the(…)

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The Jew in a window

The Jew in a window

By Joan Rudd, Special to The Jewish Sound I just spent six weeks gallery-sitting in a Jewish cultural heritage exhibit, for the most part by myself, next to Bellevue’s city hall. I designed and created the exhibit over a three-year period in collaboration with a cohort of Baby Boomers, a professional photographer, graphic artist, and printer.(…)

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Meet the star: The “other” Jewish musical comes to the stage

Meet the star: The “other” Jewish musical comes to the stage

By Erin Pike, Jewish Sound Correspondent Sarah Rose Davis stars as Fanny Bryce in Village Theatre’s upcoming production of “Funny Girl.” The Jewish Sound spoke with Davis about the part. Jewish Sound: Are you excited to be playing this role? Sarah Davis: I am! I haven’t yet had the time to be excited… I think(…)

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This spring, Music of Remembrance has a ticket to ride

This spring, Music of Remembrance has a ticket to ride

By Peter Klein, Special to the Jewish Sound Music of Remembrance’s spring concert has something for movie buffs, Klezmer fans, and classical audiences alike: The program includes a showing of the 1918 German silent film “The Yellow Ticket,” with a new score composed by Klezmer superstar violinist Alicia Svigals. In addition, two contrasting compositions by(…)

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‘Jaffa’ solicits youthful dancing partners for peace

‘Jaffa’ solicits youthful dancing partners for peace

By Michael Fox, Special to the Jewish Sound Going back at least as far as 2001’s “Promises,” most recent documentaries that opted for an optimistic slant on the Israeli-Palestinian situation centered on children. The next generation, to be sure, is the universal embodiment of hope. But betting on today’s children to solve a problem down(…)

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The Passion of the Jewish-ish cartoon

The Passion of the Jewish-ish cartoon

  Cartoonists like Matt Groening have made it big through cartoons like “The Simpsons.” Mark I. Pinsky has found fame not be creating a cartoon, but by writing about them. Pinsky is an investigative journalist who has spent a large chunk of his writing career delving deeply into the connection between religion and animated entertainment.(…)

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The Sarajevo Haggadah inspires peace, music

The Sarajevo Haggadah inspires peace, music

By Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound The Seattle Peace Chorus has been “cultivating peace through song” since 1983, when Helen Lauritzen sought a way to bridge Americans and Russians in the midst of the Cold War. Now in its 31st year, the Seattle Peace Chorus continues its mission. Over the years the(…)

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Black-Jewish history, lived through music

Black-Jewish history, lived through music

Dikla Tuchman, Jewish Sound Correspondent Seattle has arguably been experiencing a Jewish musical revival, seen primarily in the form of klezmer music injected into local folk groups and the popularity of musicians like Nissim, bringing a hip-hop message of the Jewish–African-American experience. In line with this current trend, Los Angeles musical scholar Josh Kun will(…)

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Going Gat and Gaga for Israeli dance

Going Gat and Gaga for Israeli dance

Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Two powerful dance performances by noted Israeli choreographers sashay onto Seattle stages in April. Although “sashay” is too balletic word to describe and Emanuel Gat’s “Preludes et Fugues” and Ohad Naharin’s “Minus 16.” Both Gat and Naharin are contemporary dancers trained in Israel with international reputations. Gat,(…)

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Freedom from the pharaoh of addiction

Freedom from the pharaoh of addiction

By Erin Pike, JTNews Correspondent On March 30, two weeks before the liberation-themed holiday of Passover, the Stroum Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Service are hosting a performance of “Freedom Song,” a musical workshop about freedom from addiction. “Freedom Song” is an original production of Los Angeles-based Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish residential recovery facility(…)

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The art of memory

The art of memory

By Tori Gottlieb, JTNews Correspondent Late last month, University of Washington Hillel opened its doors to the artwork of Alice C. Gray, a local oil painter whose most recent works center around a the Jewish community living in Russia’s Far East. Gray’s project was inspired by a trip she took in the summer of 2011(…)

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