Arts & Life

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Playwright transforms memoirs of Camp David peace talks into drama for Baltimore Playwrights Festival
BY Melissa Gerr
August 14, 2014

Tense negotiations, strong personalities and psychological drama are reimagined in the new play “Fourteen Days in July,” written by Lewis Schrager, based on Ambassador Dennis Ross’ memoir “The Missing Peace,” the account of his participation in the Clinton administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from 1992 to 2000. The premiere is Aug. 15 and runs for two CONTINUE »

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The perfect summertime treat gets its own day
BY Ilene Spector | Photos by David Stuck
August 7, 2014

My grandchildren reminded me that Aug. 10 is National S’mores Day. I couldn’t disappoint them, so we decided to have an August S’mores weekend. I prepared by looking up the history of this uniquely American treat. After all, it could be a “Jeopardy” question someday. The name for s’mores originated when people asked for “some CONTINUE »

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The JT looks at dating across the religious spectrum
BY Simone Ellin | Photos by David Stuck
August 7, 2014

After more than a decade of dating in Jewish Baltimore, Lauren Katz is feeling discouraged. The 30-year-old Owings Mills native has lived in Baltimore her whole life, not withstanding a few years away at college, and she’s had her fair share of experiences dating both Jews and non-Jews in the community. “I feel like I’ve CONTINUE »

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Acclaimed ‘Mother/SON’ comes to Theatre Project
BY Simone Ellin
August 7, 2014

Actor, director and playwright Jeffrey Solomon happily acknowledges that the landscape for gays and lesbians in America has changed dramatically since 1998, when he first performed “Mother/SON,” a solo show about a Jewish mother’s journey from deep disappointment to full acceptance of her gay son’s sexual orientation in the early 1990s. The award-winning play, written CONTINUE »

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Local man invents product that claims to bring immediate relief to back pain sufferers
BY Simone Ellin
August 7, 2014

Akiva Shmidman has been a practicing physical therapist since 2003, first in New York and now for the past nine years in Baltimore. The 36-year-old Pikesville resident, who specializes in sports medicine, has seen his share of patients with lower back pain. The BeActive brace, a product Shmidman invented to help these patients, will soon CONTINUE »