Arts & Life Features

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Improv troupe brings uninhibited performance to inaugural Charm City Comedy festival
BY Marc Shapiro Photos by David Stuck
May 1, 2014

To a clueless onlooker, it might look like the members of Elf Magic are engaged in live-action, spontaneous beat poetry. “I’m a Cup O’ Noodles!” “I’m a fork!” “I’m a spoon!” “I’m a knife!” “Knife stays.” “I’m a knife!” “I’m O.J. Simpson!” “I’m a glove!” “Glove stays.” The warm-up, called “I’m a Tree,” which began CONTINUE »

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Ten ways a summer ritual is changing
BY Julie Wiener, JTA
April 24, 2014

Nostalgia about summer traditions notwithstanding, Jewish camps have changed dramatically from a generation ago. Camp’s value for Jewish education and identity-building is now a major focus of communal attention. Major Jewish foundations, federations and organizations are investing heavily in the sector. Many camps have become more intentional about incorporating Jewish learning, Shabbat and Israel into CONTINUE »

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Paul Reiser to perform at Night of the Stars
BY Simone Ellin
April 24, 2014

Baltimore will always hold a special place in comedian, actor and author Paul Reiser’s heart. It was here after all, where “Diner,” Reiser’s first movie — and the first of filmmaker Barry Levinson’s trilogy tribute to his hometown — was filmed and took place. In “Diner,” released in 1982, Reiser played Modell, a hilariously neurotic CONTINUE »

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Defying BDS calls, promoter Shuki Weiss brings big-name performers to Israel
BY Josh Hasten/JNS.org
April 24, 2014

While Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has in recent years acted as a de facto frontman for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, urging fellow artists against performing in Israel, Shuki Weiss Promotion and Production Ltd., for nearly 35 years, has brought the biggest names in entertainment to the Jewish state for historic live shows. CONTINUE »

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First Arab Israeli woman wins Israel’s ‘Master Chef,’ plans to open Arab-Jewish cooking school
BY Linda Gradstein/The Media Line
April 24, 2014

Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, an Arab woman with a Ph.D. in marine microbiology, has won Israel’s highest honor for an amateur chef — “Master Chef.” She still finds it hard to believe it’s really true. “The moment they announced it, I just started crying, and I couldn’t contain my joy,” she said. “Now it’s beginning to sink CONTINUE »