Arts & Life

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Standup comic’s act gets real in ‘Obvious Child’
BY Michael Fox
June 19, 2014

Going back at least as far as Moses, Jews have taken public positions at personal risk. Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre’s inspiration comes from more recent role models: Larry Fine, Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. The star and writer-director of the bracingly honest indie comedy “Obvious Child” embrace their Jewish comic influences and CONTINUE »

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 »

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Don’t leave Dad out on his special day
BY Ilene Spector
June 12, 2014

Poor Dad! For Mother’s Day almost 114 million greeting cards are purchased annually; for Dad’s big day, 90 million. And while many restaurants are bombarded for reservations on Mother’s Day, the same ones often are less than full on Dad’s special day. The most hallowed tradition on Father’s Day is for everyone to gather around CONTINUE »

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Baseball bonds generations of Shapiros
BY Hillel Kuttler/JTA
June 12, 2014

Standing on a hill on a glorious Sunday morning, Mark and Ron Shapiro are kvelling as they watch Caden Shapiro — son of Mark and grandson of Ron — pitching — in a baseball tournament in Aberdeen, Md., after having been shelved for nearly two months by a broken ankle. Mark Shapiro, the president of CONTINUE »