Arts & Life

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Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ to be performed in Masada
BY Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
January 30, 2014

Pre-state Israel experienced its first opera premiere when the Russian-born conductor and visionary, Mordechai Golinkin, directed Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” in September 1923. With no opera house in Tel Aviv at the time, the opera had to be performed in movie theaters. In Golinkin’s quest to pioneer opera life and culture, “La Traviata” was one CONTINUE »

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New film by Baltimoreans shows college life through parents’ eyes
BY Simone Ellin
January 23, 2014

The college tour. It’s a rite of passage for most college-bound high school students. A new film by Baltimore natives Adam Rodgers and Sig Libowitz turns the tables on the college application process by taking a bittersweet look at two parents played by Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga. They form an immediate connection when they CONTINUE »

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A conversation with sports broadcaster Shelly Saltman
BY Jim Williams
January 23, 2014

There are people in sports and entertainment whose names are never known in the general public. But such figures are the driving force of these industries. For more than seven decades, Sheldon “Shelly” Arthur Saltman, 82, has been the man behind some of the biggest sporting and entertainment events ever seen on television. Recently, the CONTINUE »

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Resolving his “Issues” brings this one-man comedy to life
BY Simone Ellin
January 16, 2014

He was just a boy when 37-year-old theatrical director, producer, actor and playwright Ben Rimalower first heard musical theater giant Patti LuPone sing “Don’t Cry for Me Argen-tina” in her Tony Award-winning performance as Eva Peron in “Evita.” But what he heard and how it thrilled him would set the stage for many of his CONTINUE »

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‘Torah-Rock’ band toured internationally in ’70s and ’80s
BY Marc Shapiro
January 16, 2014

Avraham Rosenblum grew up during the Woodstock generation; he even attended the legendary music festival in 1969. But when he left behind his hippie rags for spiritual riches, he helped found a band that would pioneer Jewish rock music. The Diaspora Yeshiva Band formed on Mount Zion in Jerusalem in 1975, creating a unique sound CONTINUE »