Arts & Life

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Don’t leave Dad out on his special day
BY Ilene Spector
June 12, 2014

Poor Dad! For Mother’s Day almost 114 million greeting cards are purchased annually; for Dad’s big day, 90 million. And while many restaurants are bombarded for reservations on Mother’s Day, the same ones often are less than full on Dad’s special day. The most hallowed tradition on Father’s Day is for everyone to gather around CONTINUE »

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Baseball bonds generations of Shapiros
BY Hillel Kuttler/JTA
June 12, 2014

Standing on a hill on a glorious Sunday morning, Mark and Ron Shapiro are kvelling as they watch Caden Shapiro — son of Mark and grandson of Ron — pitching — in a baseball tournament in Aberdeen, Md., after having been shelved for nearly two months by a broken ankle. Mark Shapiro, the president of CONTINUE »

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Local actress punches through with coveted Broadway role
BY Simone Ellin
June 12, 2014

Margo Seibert was babysitting when she learned she had been chosen to play the role of Adrian in the first Broadway production of “Rocky,” a musical version of the 1976 Academy Award-winning film starring Sylvester Stallone, who co-authored the show’s libretto. “The director, Alex Timber, called and said, ‘We want you to have the role CONTINUE »

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‘Rabbi Abraham’ documents how Lincoln was a Jewish role model
BY Robert Gluck/JNS.org
June 12, 2014

Jews have held many U.S. leaders in high esteem over the course of American history, but they maintain a particularly emotional bond with Abraham Lincoln. Gary Zola’s recently released book, “We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History,” sheds new light on that storied 19th-century relationship. From the time of Lincoln’s CONTINUE »

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Rock manager’s soul, conscience is in his Jewish genes
BY Michael Fox
June 12, 2014

A half-hour doesn’t go by any faster than listening to longtime rock ‘n’ roll manager Shep Gordon’s anecdotes. In an interview coinciding with the recent San Francisco International Film Festival screening of Mike Myers’ briskly entertaining documentary, “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,” Gordon offered firsthand memories of Groucho Marx and Barbra Streisand, Bill Graham CONTINUE »