Arts & Life Features

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‘The German Doctor’ reveals the same inhumane Mengele
BY Jason Stack/JNS.org
June 26, 2014

Seven decades after the Holocaust, Josef Mengele is still a difficult name to stomach, as the repercussions of his medical experiments echo throughout history. So when I first heard about “The German Doctor” (“Wakolda” in German), a historical drama set in early 1960s Argentina and focused on part of Mengele’s life on the run from CONTINUE »

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Standup comic’s act gets real in ‘Obvious Child’
BY Michael Fox
June 19, 2014

Going back at least as far as Moses, Jews have taken public positions at personal risk. Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre’s inspiration comes from more recent role models: Larry Fine, Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. The star and writer-director of the bracingly honest indie comedy “Obvious Child” embrace their Jewish comic influences and CONTINUE »

Sometimes in unexpected locations, Jewish food festivals unite history, culture
BY Robert Gluck/JNS.org
June 19, 2014

Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. Not exactly the Jewish capitals of America, but they are both home to major Jewish food festivals. From street vendors to strolling klezmer musicians, food festivals bring people together with traditional favorites, uniting history and culture. According to Marty Gillen, chairman of Asheville’s HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival, CONTINUE »

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New play at Everyman Theatre more accessible than ever
BY Simone Ellin
June 19, 2014

With so much talk of inclusion, it’s easy to conclude it’s just a buzzword, the issue of the moment. Inclusion can be hard to define, and what feels inclusive to one person may not feel that way to another. Yet, some institutions are taking meaningful steps toward including individuals with disabilities in their programming. Baltimore’s CONTINUE »

After she adopted her son Neal, Elaine Hall created the Miracle Project, a program that uses musical theater to engage autistic children and teens
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Subject of ‘Autism: The Musical’ will be featured at Gordon Center
BY Simone Ellin
May 22, 2014

During Passover of 1996, Elaine Hall traveled from Los Angeles to Russia to adopt her then 2-year-old son, Neal. A year later, Neal would be diagnosed with autism, and Hall would begin an odyssey that would change not only her life and Neal’s life, but also the lives of the many others they would touch. CONTINUE »