Arts & Life Features

Sometimes in unexpected locations, Jewish food festivals unite history, culture
BY Robert Gluck/JNS.org
June 19, 2014

Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. Not exactly the Jewish capitals of America, but they are both home to major Jewish food festivals. From street vendors to strolling klezmer musicians, food festivals bring people together with traditional favorites, uniting history and culture. According to Marty Gillen, chairman of Asheville’s HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival, CONTINUE »

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New play at Everyman Theatre more accessible than ever
BY Simone Ellin
June 19, 2014

With so much talk of inclusion, it’s easy to conclude it’s just a buzzword, the issue of the moment. Inclusion can be hard to define, and what feels inclusive to one person may not feel that way to another. Yet, some institutions are taking meaningful steps toward including individuals with disabilities in their programming. Baltimore’s CONTINUE »

After she adopted her son Neal, Elaine Hall created the Miracle Project, a program that uses musical theater to engage autistic children and teens
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Subject of ‘Autism: The Musical’ will be featured at Gordon Center
BY Simone Ellin
May 22, 2014

During Passover of 1996, Elaine Hall traveled from Los Angeles to Russia to adopt her then 2-year-old son, Neal. A year later, Neal would be diagnosed with autism, and Hall would begin an odyssey that would change not only her life and Neal’s life, but also the lives of the many others they would touch. CONTINUE »

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Eric Rosen directs Durang’s Chekhovian comedy at Center Stage
BY Simone Ellin
May 15, 2014

It was during a family Seder many years ago that theatrical director, producer and playwright Eric Rosen’s free-spirited Jewish father chose to break the news of his secret marriage to Rosen’s Southern Baptist mother. One can only imagine what Elijah must have observed when he visited the Rosen home that night. But whatever the prophet CONTINUE »

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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 »