Arts & Life

June 6, 2013

“By the big red barn In the great green field, There was a pink pig, Who was learning to squeal.” Those are the opening lines from “Big Red Barn” by Margaret Wise Brown. There was something about this book that I loved. Loved it more than Brown’s more famous “Goodnight Moon.” Even now, when I CONTINUE »

Eagerly awaited sequel by local teacher recently released
BY Simone Ellin
May 31, 2013

It’s a typical Friday evening in Jewish Baltimore. Observant Jews are preparing for Shabbat dinner and walking to evening services. The scene is commonplace to those who live in or around Northwest Baltimore. All at once, something horrifying occurs, dramatically altering the peaceful neighborhood milieu. Gunshots, police cars, ambulances, screams of terror. There’s been a CONTINUE »

BY Simone Ellin
May 31, 2013

When Erica Finkelstein-Parker shares the news that she and her husband, Brian, will be adopting two children from the Democratic Rep-ublic of the Congo, the reactions she receives from other Jews are sometimes disheartening. “That’s really cool, but couldn’t you adopt a Jewish child?” some say. The Parkers are used to this reaction; they already CONTINUE »

Local Jewish comics plunge into the standup scene
BY David Snyder
May 31, 2013

Joe Kashnow dreams of performing in front a packed house at Madison Square Garden. However, on a recent Monday night, Kashnow is at Fish Head Cantina, a nondescript bar in Arbutus, sitting at a table eating a burger, reviewing his notes and planning his set. He then steps outside for a few drags on a CONTINUE »