Arts & Life Features

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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 »

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First Arab Israeli woman wins Israel’s ‘Master Chef,’ plans to open Arab-Jewish cooking school
BY Linda Gradstein/The Media Line
April 24, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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After last year’s sellout, second annual festival moves to larger location
BY Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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‘Noah’ channels God’s wrath, humankind’s fallibility
BY Michael Fox
April 3, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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March 27, 2014

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 CONTINUE »