Arts & Life Features

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Eric Rosen directs Durang’s Chekhovian comedy at Center Stage
BY Simone Ellin
May 15, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Improv troupe brings uninhibited performance to inaugural Charm City Comedy festival
BY Marc Shapiro Photos by David Stuck
May 1, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Ten ways a summer ritual is changing
BY Julie Wiener, JTA
April 24, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Paul Reiser to perform at Night of the Stars
BY Simone Ellin
April 24, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Defying BDS calls, promoter Shuki Weiss brings big-name performers to Israel
BY Josh Hasten/JNS.org
April 24, 2014

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. CONTINUE »