Dangerous Desires and Paris Prayers

Praying that we stay human beings in times like these Praying for every personto stand up to scream “No!!!” No to the horrific hatredNo to putrid prejudice No to the dangerous desire to despise The deep desire to despisethat chewson our hearts until it swallows us whole

20 Divine Years American Visionary Art Museum enters milestone anniversary year with ‘Big Hope’

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“The Big Hope Show,” “an original and unabashedly idealistic art exhibition that champions the radiant and transformative power of hope,” opens the 20th anniversary year of the American Visionary Art Museum, the iridescent mosaic-mirrored beacon on Key Highway. Also this month is AVAM’s (now-infamous) gala event, celebrating “20 Simply Divine Years,” which promises to be… Read More

A Game Changer Silverman turns serious as desperate housewife in ‘Smile’

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Sarah Silverman’s rougher edges have been smoothed by two decades in the spotlight. But make no mistake, she remains an iconoclast unwilling to accept received wisdom and pat generalizations. Most Jewish celebrities follow the path of least resistance with the Jewish press, offering benign anecdotes and routine platitudes. Silverman is, shall we say, more complicated…. Read More

Classical Meets Rock in New BSO Series BSOPulse puts top indie bands in Meyerhoff with orchestral accompaniment

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Baltimore is home to a world-class symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, that plays hundreds of classical concerts each year at its premiere, 2,443-seat home, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. While younger audience members tend be a smaller percentage a–t the classical concerts, a new series aims to bring the next generation to the Meyerhoff by… Read More

Dirty No More New microbrew made from Boston river water — with Israeli tech

From left: Charlie Storey of Harpoon Brewery and Nadav Efraty, Rick Stover and Francesco Fragasso of Desalitech toast their production of Charles River Pale Ale.

An Israeli-founded water purification company has teamed up with Boston-based Harpoon Brewery to channel the once-famously polluted Charles River into a new beer. Desalitech, which started in Israel seven years ago and then moved to Boston, is using its patented technology to provide water for Harpoon’s Charles River Pale Ale. The limited-edition beer is on… Read More

Peace, Love and Jewsic Israeli-American folk band will close out festivities during Baltimore Shabbat Project

Imagine a group of Israeli teenagers sitting around on a farm between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, jamming out to American musicians of the generation before them such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young. That was exactly where Yehuda Solomon, Duvid Swirsky and the founding members of the Israeli-American folk band Moshav found themselves in 1995…. Read More

Chillin’ Out

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As outside temperatures cool, kosher cooks can chill out a bit too. The High Holiday rush is over—and the frantic frying of latkes is yet to come. It’s a perfect time for some sweet and savory dishes that take advantage of autumn flavors. Local markets still have fresh produce available such as corn and pumpkins… Read More

Appetite for Authenticity Local chefs use competition to fuel farm-to-table movement

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More than 480 people packed the roundhouse at the B&O Railroad Museum Monday night for Maryland’s sixth annual Farm to Chef Culinary Competition, an event that featured 30 chefs partnering with local farms to create signature dishes using fresh ingredients. The event is held each year as a fundraiser for the Days of Taste Program,… Read More