Arts & Life

Israel’s first hit movie highlights TCM series
BY Michael Fox
September 11, 2014

A half-century after its unexpected and enormous success, “Sallah” stands as a landmark of Israeli cinema and a window on a bygone era. Israeli columnist, author and satirist Ephraim Kishon’s 1964 film debut is a take-no-prisoners, culture-clash comedy about the “education” of a Sephardic immigrant who wants nothing more than a new house for his CONTINUE »

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Setting the menu high for the holidays
BY Ilene Spector
September 11, 2014

The high holidays are a time when I channel my inner Tevye. He starts singing softly in the back of my mind in late August, but as September nears, his plea is loud and clear: “Tradition! Tradition!” Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur food customs have evolved over the years, but it is safe to say CONTINUE »

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Baltimore’s hometown renaissance man publishes new book
BY Simone Ellin
September 11, 2014

At just 35 years old, Richie Frieman has reincarnated his career numerous times. Frieman was The Thrill from Israel-Buster Maccabi during an 8-year professional wrestling career; published the Pen’s Eye View, an online music magazine still widely read; became host of Modern Manners Guy at QuickandDirtyTips.com; started the clothing line and philanthropic endeavor Charm City CONTINUE »

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Satire group headlines Beth El event
BY Heather Norris
September 4, 2014

The Capitol Steps will highlight Beth El Congregation’s Evening of Celebration on Sept. 14. The political satire group was formed in 1981 in Washington, D.C., as a group of Senate staffers putting on a show for a Christmas party and has since expanded to a 20-member troupe that has performed in all 50 states. While CONTINUE »

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Seinfeld writer, novelist comes to Gordon Center
BY Simone Ellin
September 4, 2014

Ever wonder who coined the phrase: “Yada yada yada?” What about “double dipping?” “Shrinkage?” Although these terms are now part of English vernacular, that wasn’t always the case. All three phrases came out of the brain of journalist, comedy writer, TV producer and YouTube host-turned-novelist, Peter Mehlman. Mehlman, a University of Maryland alum, will bring CONTINUE »