Arts & Life

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Oregon Ridge Park hosts Believe in Music and Hot August Music festivals
BY Marc Shapiro
July 24, 2014

Oregon Ridge Park will host international reggae stars, guitar virtuosos, bluegrass heavy hitters and bigtime indie rockers this summer. The Believe in Music Festival on July 26 and the Hot August Music Festival on Aug. 16 bring diverse, multigenre lineups featuring up-and-coming local bands, national acts and internationally renowned artists. The inaugural Believe in Music CONTINUE »

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Zach Braff finds spirituality through humor in his latest film
BY Melissa Gerr and Ian Zelaya
July 17, 2014

Zach Braff, a decade after his hit film “Garden State,” has offered up his next humor-infused self-searching roller-coaster ride, another personal expression written with his brother, Adam. “Wish I Was Here” — an anomaly as a Hollywood feature because it began as a crowd-funded project through the website Kickstarter — is about a 30-something Jewish CONTINUE »

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Here’s a Moneyball maven hitting homers for the Athletics
BY Hillel Kuttler/JTA
July 17, 2014

As director of professional scouting and baseball development for the Oakland Athletics, Dan Feinstein scouts amateur players, evaluates the organization’s talent, is involved in contract negotiations and arbitration cases, ponders trades and analyzes potential free-agent signees. His varied portfolio is news to at least one of the team’s players. “I don’t doubt that he does CONTINUE »

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For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home
BY Ben Sales/JTA
July 17, 2014

AYANOT, Israel — An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generations of Iranian Jewish men set to hit theaters next year, is the first Farsi movie ever to be made in Israel. Set in CONTINUE »

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Farmers’ markets are a sure sign of delicious summer fun
BY Ilene Spector Photos by David Stuck
July 9, 2014

My favorite signs of summer — the “Farmers’ Market Is Now Open” placards — are popping up all over town. The season for Maryland produce is short, so don’t let any grass grow under your feet: Take advantage as soon as you can. There is no better way to test new family recipes than this CONTINUE »