Arts & Life Features

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Audrey Polt takes storytelling and makes it beautiful
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 24, 2013

Jews are known as the people of the book. But we are also the people of the story. “Our Bible is the written-down version of hundreds of thousands of stories,” said Noa Baum, an award-winning storyteller, noting the Jewish pairing of Torah Shebichtav (written law) with Torah Shebaal Peh (oral law). “The Talmud is years CONTINUE »

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BY Meredith Jacobs
July 23, 2013

In their recently released book, “FDR and the Jews”, Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman, both history professors at American University, utilize hundreds of new sources and years of historical research to present a balanced view of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Breitman had previously written about Roosevelt but was frustrated by the lack of documentation CONTINUE »

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BY Rafael Medoff
July 23, 2013

Seventy years ago on July 28, an eyewitness to the Nazi atrocities against Europe’s Jews brought the horrifying news directly to the most powerful man on earth. It was the moment that President Franklin D. Roosevelt came face to face with the Holocaust. By the time he was 26, Polish underground member Jan Karski had CONTINUE »

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While music fans reap the benefits, artists and industry professionals wrestle with evolving technology and how it is changing their careers
BY Marc Shapiro
July 18, 2013

The music industry isn’t what it used to be. With an ever-increasing focus on digital platforms for everything from recording music to advertising live performances to engaging fans, all aspects of the industry have had to adapt to emerging trends and technology. The industry’s transition has had its up and downs, too. Making an album, CONTINUE »

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Extraterrestrial puppets to invade Baltimore
BY Simone Ellin
July 18, 2013

With a name like “Planet Egg,” it has got to be wacky and wonderful. The outlandish, other-worldly production from PuppetCinema, a company founded by Israeli puppeteer, actor and filmmaker Zvi Sahar, is headed for Baltimore’s Theatre Project from July 25 to 28. “I like to say that ‘Planet Egg’ is an amalgam of live puppetry, CONTINUE »