Arts & Life

BY Emily Minton
June 26, 2013

For many Jewish teens, the culmination of their involvement in Judaism comes at the age of 12 or 13 when they read their Torah portion and celebrate at their bar or bat mitzvah party. While some teens will go on to complete confirmation classes and may be involved with a Jewish youth group, many will CONTINUE »

The work of Dr. George Berci (center) resulted in the high level of technology that is now available for the performance of a variety of 
endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical procedures. (Provided)
New documentary tells remarkable story of survival, strength, smarts
BY Simone Ellin
June 20, 2013

When he was asked to write and direct a documentary about the accomplishments of Dr. George Berci, L. Michael Brunt, a professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, knew Dr. Berci was a remarkable man. But it was only once he began to delve into the then-90-year-old surgeon’s life and the details of CONTINUE »

Young Victorian Theatre presents ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ in new venue
BY Simone Ellin
June 20, 2013

“When ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ first premiered in the U.S. in 1878, it was like Beatlemania,” said Brian Goodman, general manager of the Young Victorian (Young Vic) Theatre Company in Baltimore. The fourth collaborative musical project of librettist William Schwenk Gilbert and composer Arthur Seymour Sullivan, “H.M.S. Pinafore” is considered a forerunner of the Broadway musical, added CONTINUE »

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Super Jewish dad
BY Edmon J. Rodman
June 13, 2013

As the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” flies to an opening on Father’s Day weekend, we earthbound Jewish men have the superhero’s creators — Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Jewish teenagers from Cleveland — to thank for setting such a super high bar. Especially if Superman, the ultimate immigrant, is a member of the CONTINUE »

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BY By Ilene Spector
June 13, 2013

The media makes us believe that our only food option for Father’s Day is to grill, grill, grill! Not necessarily. The key to a successful Father’s Day meal is to remember that every dad is unique. Decide what he loves most. Maybe Dad has a definite sweet tooth or savory appetite around which to work CONTINUE »