Arts & Life

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Improv troupe brings uninhibited performance to inaugural Charm City Comedy festival
BY Marc Shapiro Photos by David Stuck
May 1, 2014

To a clueless onlooker, it might look like the members of Elf Magic are engaged in live-action, spontaneous beat poetry. “I’m a Cup O’ Noodles!” “I’m a fork!” “I’m a spoon!” “I’m a knife!” “Knife stays.” “I’m a knife!” “I’m O.J. Simpson!” “I’m a glove!” “Glove stays.” The warm-up, called “I’m a Tree,” which began CONTINUE »

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From ‘Star Trek’ to one-man show, William Shatner stays in the limelight
BY Robert Gluck, JNS.org
May 1, 2014

On April 24, audiences around the country had the chance to feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” For one night only, Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World” — which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia and CONTINUE »

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Jewish milieu, characters infuse Turturro’s ‘Fading Gigolo’
BY Michael Fox
May 1, 2014

My big thing was to not have him wear khaki pants and an Army coat,” John Turturro said with a broad smile. “And I got him out of that. I said, ‘That’s not in my color scheme. I’m an Italian director.’” This dash of bravado might sound pretentious, or even ludicrous, on paper. But when CONTINUE »

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Tal Heinrich is one of the brightest young stars of Israel’s Sport5
BY Jim Williams
May 1, 2014

Sport5, or Sport Hamesh as it is known in Israel, is in many ways like ESPN in the United States. It is a combination of five cable and satellite sports networks that cover both amateur and professional sports from around the globe; but instead of English, it offers its content in Hebrew. At the age CONTINUE »

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At Wrigley Field, Orthodox vendors going the way of Cubs wins
BY Uriel Heilman, JTA
May 1, 2014

Longtime fans of the Chicago Cubs know there are a few mainstays they can expect when they visit Wrigley Field: ivy on the outfield walls, a strict no-wave policy rigorously enforced by fans and, most days, disappointing play by the hometown team. But there’s one little-known quirk at Wrigley that appears to be fading away, CONTINUE »