Arts & Life

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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 »

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Toby Blumenthal discusses booking the Meyerhoff’s non-symphony shows, collaborations with popular musicians
BY Marc Shapiro | Photo by David Stuck
July 2, 2014

Long before he was booking A-list comedians and musicians at one of Baltimore’s premier venues, Toby Blumenthal could be spotted passing out flyers for upcoming concerts in Northern Virginia. But for Blumenthal, then a high school student, these weren’t just flyers. He knew that an agent who booked a tour for an artist connected with CONTINUE »

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Aaron Swartz’s principled saga propels potent documentary
BY Michael Fox
July 2, 2014

Chicago native Aaron Swartz was both an idealist and a realist. The Internet prodigy had the highest aspirations, but he also realized that felons weren’t allowed to work in the White House. Swartz’s brief, brilliant life, and the seemingly noncontroversial principles for which he was persecuted by the government, are the provocative subject of Brian CONTINUE »