Arts & Life Features

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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 »

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Charting the Attman legacy of business, family success
BY Story and photos by Melissa Gerr
October 24, 2013

Author M. Hirsh Goldberg knows a lot about Baltimore, and he knows a lot about Jews. Yet even he was surprised to learn some of the impressive details uncovered about the extended Attman family, which comprise his latest book, “It All Started with a Deli: A Remarkable Story of Business and Family Success” (Apprentice House). CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
October 24, 2013

Growing up with three older sisters and a videographer father, Lara Friedman attended a lot of bar and bat mitzvah parties. As a dancer, there was always one aspect of the parties that piqued her curiosity. “I always thought, ‘How much fun would that be to get paid to dance at a party?’” she said. CONTINUE »