Mixing it Up

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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… Read More

Manischewitz All-Star Cookoff

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To choose the very best of the best, the Manischewitz All-Star Cookoff began with the finalists from its past seven contests. From these, four were chosen. They submitted recipes for some of the most delicious creations I have ever tasted — and I have tasted a lot of food from contest recipes! The final Manischwewitz… Read More

Elf Magic Lets Loose

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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… Read More

Captain Kirk Stays Relevant

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On April 24, audiences around the country had the chance to feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” For one night only, Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World” — which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia and… Read More

Crossing Lines

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My big thing was to not have him wear khaki pants and an Army coat,” John Turturro said with a broad smile. “And I got him out of that. I said, ‘That’s not in my color scheme. I’m an Italian director.’” This dash of bravado might sound pretentious, or even ludicrous, on paper. But when… Read More

A Flair for Broadcasting

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Sport5, or Sport Hamesh as it is known in Israel, is in many ways like ESPN in the United States. It is a combination of five cable and satellite sports networks that cover both amateur and professional sports from around the globe; but instead of English, it offers its content in Hebrew. At the age… Read More

Striking Out

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Longtime fans of the Chicago Cubs know there are a few mainstays they can expect when they visit Wrigley Field: ivy on the outfield walls, a strict no-wave policy rigorously enforced by fans and, most days, disappointing play by the hometown team. But there’s one little-known quirk at Wrigley that appears to be fading away,… Read More

The Art of the Craft

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Unique handcrafted works, process demonstrations, music and artisan foods all come swirling together to make up the 38th annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival this weekend in Timonium, just north of Baltimore. The 250 jury-selected artists will be exhibiting their works in ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, furniture, home décor, leather, fine art and photography. In addition… Read More

Jewish camp trend-spotting

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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… Read More

Still Funny (After All These Years)

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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… Read More