Arts & Life

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Toby Blumenthal discusses booking the Meyerhoff’s non-symphony shows, collaborations with popular musicians
BY Marc Shapiro | Photo by David Stuck
July 2, 2014

Long before he was booking A-list comedians and musicians at one of Baltimore’s premier venues, Toby Blumenthal could be spotted passing out flyers for upcoming concerts in Northern Virginia. But for Blumenthal, then a high school student, these weren’t just flyers. He knew that an agent who booked a tour for an artist connected with CONTINUE »

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Aaron Swartz’s principled saga propels potent documentary
BY Michael Fox
July 2, 2014

Chicago native Aaron Swartz was both an idealist and a realist. The Internet prodigy had the highest aspirations, but he also realized that felons weren’t allowed to work in the White House. Swartz’s brief, brilliant life, and the seemingly noncontroversial principles for which he was persecuted by the government, are the provocative subject of Brian CONTINUE »

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New Jerusalem eatery’s uniform pricing seeks to ‘help people make it’
BY Deborah Fineblum/JNS.org
July 2, 2014

Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in CONTINUE »

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Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club owner talks strategy
BY Jim Williams
July 2, 2014

Mark down the date: Friday, June 20, 2014. It was the day that the world realized that Israel had become a force in the world of professional basketball. Former Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt, who led the yellow and blue to both the 2014 Euroleague and Israeli Basketball Super League championships, was CONTINUE »

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David Blatt riding Tel Aviv’s Euro title to NBA dream job
BY Anthony Weiss/JTA
July 2, 2014

LOS ANGELES — In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball. Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a different, and totally unprecedented, form of aliyah — to leave the ranks of Israeli basketball to coach in the CONTINUE »