Arts & Life Features

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Mother-daughter relationship prevails in Jewish-Latina comedy
BY Michael Fox
October 16, 2014

Estella Fish is Puerto Rican, and she clasps a rosary while fretting about her directionless youngest daughter, Alexis. Yet, she sounds like a typical Jewish mother concerned about an underachieving adult child. It may have something to do with the fact that Estella’s husband is Jewish, although he’s easygoing and soft-spoken rather than schticky. The CONTINUE »

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The nearly 50-year-old HoCo venue will be updated, but will maintain its character
BY Marc Shapiro
October 9, 2014

Two words come up in conversation consistently when discussing concert amphitheater Merriweather Post Pavilion: unique and iconic. Nestled in the woods of Columbia, Merriweather is considered the Holy Grail of Maryland concert venues by fans, artists and agents alike. It’s large enough to host acts such as Jack White, Jack Johnson, The Flaming Lips and CONTINUE »

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New exhibition at AVAM highlights visionary greatness
BY Simone Ellin
October 9, 2014

Ever wonder where great ideas — truly inspired ideas that transport and transform the people who have them and their worlds — come from? Great ideas and the unusual visionaries who dream them up are the subject of a new exhibition that opened Oct. 4 at the American Visionary Art Museum. Described by AVAM’s founder CONTINUE »

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And one that fills your sukkah with delicious delights
BY Ilene Spector
October 9, 2014

Sukkot celebrates the joy of the late summer harvest and is often thought of as the Jewish Thanksgiving. However, at this holiday, where we eat is as meaningful as what we eat. Through the sukkahs we simulate the experience of the Exodus from Egypt. Traveling to the Promised Land for 40 years through the desert, CONTINUE »

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Documentary provides close-up look of stunningly accomplished life
BY Tom Tugend/JTA
October 2, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Ambitious girls of yore looking for role models among successful and accomplished women might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart or first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a social justice champion. And then there was Altina Schinasi, the subject of a new documentary feature, “Altina,” directed by her filmmaker grandson Peter CONTINUE »