Arts & Life Features

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Extraterrestrial puppets to invade Baltimore
BY Simone Ellin
July 18, 2013

With a name like “Planet Egg,” it has got to be wacky and wonderful. The outlandish, other-worldly production from PuppetCinema, a company founded by Israeli puppeteer, actor and filmmaker Zvi Sahar, is headed for Baltimore’s Theatre Project from July 25 to 28. “I like to say that ‘Planet Egg’ is an amalgam of live puppetry, CONTINUE »

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BY Lisa Traiger
July 11, 2013

Kaely Michels-Gualtieri’s mother, Dia Michels, jokes that her daughter somersaulted out of the womb. Now 23, Michels-Gualtieri soars 35 feet in the air from hanging ropes, self-designed trapezes and other assorted apparatus as an aerial performer in Cirque Italia. This family-friendly, modern European-style circus, which has been described as “Bellagio meets Broadway,” sets up its CONTINUE »

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New documentary by Rabbi Hanoch Teller is coming to Baltimore, will celebrate a message of love for one’s fellow Jew
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 11, 2013

It’s a message ahavas Yisrael, love for a fellow Jew. It’s a call for action and a celebration of our actions. The second film by Rabbi Hanoch Teller, “Reb Elimelech and the Chasidic Legacy of Brotherhood,” is a 63-minute documentary detailing the rise of the Chassidic movement, the master Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk and the outcome CONTINUE »

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Recorded Sound Archives preserves Judaic music
BY Simone Ellin
June 27, 2013

Baltimore native Larry Chernikoff isn’t especially interested in music. What does interest him greatly is preserving Jewish heritage. A collector of kosher dinner and silverware services from steamships, Chernikoff, 60, has now dedicated himself to the collection of Jewish music recordings. It started last year when Chernikoff, a Ranchleigh resident, was helping his mother move CONTINUE »

The work of Dr. George Berci (center) resulted in the high level of technology that is now available for the performance of a variety of 
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New documentary tells remarkable story of survival, strength, smarts
BY Simone Ellin
June 20, 2013

When he was asked to write and direct a documentary about the accomplishments of Dr. George Berci, L. Michael Brunt, a professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, knew Dr. Berci was a remarkable man. But it was only once he began to delve into the then-90-year-old surgeon’s life and the details of CONTINUE »