Mixing it Up

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It was during a family Seder many years ago that theatrical director, producer and playwright Eric Rosen’s free-spirited Jewish father chose to break the news of his secret marriage to Rosen’s Southern Baptist mother. One can only imagine what Elijah must have observed when he visited the Rosen home that night. But whatever the prophet… Read More

Elf Magic Lets Loose

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To a clueless onlooker, it might look like the members of Elf Magic are engaged in live-action, spontaneous beat poetry. “I’m a Cup O’ Noodles!” “I’m a fork!” “I’m a spoon!” “I’m a knife!” “Knife stays.” “I’m a knife!” “I’m O.J. Simpson!” “I’m a glove!” “Glove stays.” The warm-up, called “I’m a Tree,” which began… Read More

Jewish camp trend-spotting

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Nostalgia about summer traditions notwithstanding, Jewish camps have changed dramatically from a generation ago. Camp’s value for Jewish education and identity-building is now a major focus of communal attention. Major Jewish foundations, federations and organizations are investing heavily in the sector. Many camps have become more intentional about incorporating Jewish learning, Shabbat and Israel into… Read More

Still Funny (After All These Years)

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Baltimore will always hold a special place in comedian, actor and author Paul Reiser’s heart. It was here after all, where “Diner,” Reiser’s first movie — and the first of filmmaker Barry Levinson’s trilogy tribute to his hometown — was filmed and took place. In “Diner,” released in 1982, Reiser played Modell, a hilariously neurotic… Read More

Rockin’ and Rollin’

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While Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has in recent years acted as a de facto frontman for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, urging fellow artists against performing in Israel, Shuki Weiss Promotion and Production Ltd., for nearly 35 years, has brought the biggest names in entertainment to the Jewish state for historic live shows…. Read More

Dream Come True

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Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, an Arab woman with a Ph.D. in marine microbiology, has won Israel’s highest honor for an amateur chef — “Master Chef.” She still finds it hard to believe it’s really true. “The moment they announced it, I just started crying, and I couldn’t contain my joy,” she said. “Now it’s beginning to sink… Read More

B’more Bluegrass

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With a new location and an almost entirely new lineup of artists, the founders of the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival are ready to make this year’s event even bigger than last year’s sold-out show. The second annual festival, on April 26, will move from last year’s location, Union Craft Brewing near Hampden, to… Read More

Opening the Floodgates

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An earnest amalgam of free-association Bible story, dire disaster movie and family melodrama, “Noah” is a more thoughtful and provocative film than one has any right to expect. Sure, it’s ludicrous and ponderous at times and embellished with gratuitous special effects, but it also succeeds in prodding the viewer to reflect on his or her… Read More

Something to Laugh About

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It’s often said that the funniest people are really the saddest. But that’s not the case with Modi Rosenfeld, an Israeli-born stand-up comedian who will perform at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, March 30. Going by the stage name of Modi, Rosenfeld is actually a very happy guy. It seems he’s also… Read More

Tamir Goodman Stays in Game

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When he was sidelined by injuries during his time as a professional basketball player in Israel, Tamir Goodman’s mind was still in the game. “Specifically during that time when I wasn’t playing, I was spending my time in rehab, but I’d go to every game, I’d go to every practice, and I’d study if there… Read More