Arts & Life Features

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It’s showtime again for the Pikes Theatre
BY Simone Ellin
October 30, 2013

“This is my Bible,” said a smiling Ira Miller, referring to a large book called “Motion Picture Exhibition in Baltimore” by Robert K. Headley. “The Pikes opened in 1938 and closed in 1984. It was built by John Eyring and originally had 650 seats. It was art deco and located on the Eastern edge of CONTINUE »

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Benefits raise money for Meir Panim
BY Marc Shapiro
October 30, 2013

When Americans think about Israel, what generally comes to mind is the Western Wall, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict andthe Iranian nuclear threat. What many people are not aware of is that 1.8 million Israelis live below the poverty line — 860,000 of whom are children. Nonprofit organization Meir Panim is working not only to feed hungry CONTINUE »

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A conversation with the creator of “Jewtopia”
BY Simone Ellin
October 30, 2013

Some have charged that “Jewtopia,” the new film written, directed and co-produced by Bryan Fogel, is chock full of negative stereotypes about Jews. To his critics, Fogel has pleaded guilty as charged. “They are 100 percent right. That’s comedy.  The entire film is playing on stereotypes,” he said. And the film doesn’t only stereotype Jews, CONTINUE »

Lou Reed dies at 71.
Musician Lou Reed dies at 71
BY Marc Shapiro
October 28, 2013

  Musician and guitarist Lou Reed, the front-man for the band Velvet Underground, as well as a solo artist, died Sunday, Oct. 27. Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, was 71. He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse. A cause of death was not made public. Reed, CONTINUE »

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Gilbert Trout is a driving (but modest) force in Jewish Baltimore
BY Melissa Gerr
October 24, 2013

What do classical music, deep-data mining, devotion to Judaism and family and commercial real estate have in common? Gilbert Trout. Speaking very modestly, Trout attributes his talents and successes to genetics and by referring to the remarkable life of his grandfather, Arthur Jacob, who was an entrepreneur ahead of his time, who saved his family CONTINUE »