Arts & Life Features

The work of Dr. George Berci (center) resulted in the high level of technology that is now available for the performance of a variety of 
endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical procedures. (Provided)
New documentary tells remarkable story of survival, strength, smarts
BY Simone Ellin
June 20, 2013

When he was asked to write and direct a documentary about the accomplishments of Dr. George Berci, L. Michael Brunt, a professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, knew Dr. Berci was a remarkable man. But it was only once he began to delve into the then-90-year-old surgeon’s life and the details of CONTINUE »

Young Victorian Theatre presents ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ in new venue
BY Simone Ellin
June 20, 2013

“When ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ first premiered in the U.S. in 1878, it was like Beatlemania,” said Brian Goodman, general manager of the Young Victorian (Young Vic) Theatre Company in Baltimore. The fourth collaborative musical project of librettist William Schwenk Gilbert and composer Arthur Seymour Sullivan, “H.M.S. Pinafore” is considered a forerunner of the Broadway musical, added CONTINUE »

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Super Jewish dad
BY Edmon J. Rodman
June 13, 2013

As the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” flies to an opening on Father’s Day weekend, we earthbound Jewish men have the superhero’s creators — Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Jewish teenagers from Cleveland — to thank for setting such a super high bar. Especially if Superman, the ultimate immigrant, is a member of the CONTINUE »

BY Lisa (Elisheva) Rabinowitz
June 6, 2013

Healthy marriages make healthy children I believe that most couples get married wanting and believing that their relationship will be filled with shalom, peace. But couples inevitably have conflicts that cause strife in their relationship. The days of fun dates and the honeymoon can turn into the daily grind of cleaning, cooking and changing diapers.CONTINUE »

June 6, 2013

“By the big red barn In the great green field, There was a pink pig, Who was learning to squeal.” Those are the opening lines from “Big Red Barn” by Margaret Wise Brown. There was something about this book that I loved. Loved it more than Brown’s more famous “Goodnight Moon.” Even now, when I CONTINUE »