Friday, April 25, 2014 Nisan 25, 5774
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Take one guy rapping to a hip-hop beat, one gospel belter testifying over a sprightly klezmer melody, and one country sweetheart trilling on top of an old Jewish cowboy lament. Mix carefully. Sounds weird, right? In fact, it's the recipe for "You Are Never Alone," the loveliest track on Socalled's fantastic and fascinating new album, "Ghettoblaster." Socalled (born Josh Dolgin)...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Last November, the National Center for Jewish Film, a motion-picture archive and resource center in residence at Brandeis University, issued a new two-volume DVD set, parts of which had been released in VS format in 1990. The earlier tapes were derived from a 1931 film titled "The Voice of Israel," which was produced and directed by Joseph Seiden, an early...
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By:
M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Maybe you've had this experience: You're driving around, with one hand on the wheel and the other on the radio, looking for something that rocks. At first, you can't find any classic tunes -- it's all talk shows, news, commercials or smooth jazz -- so you keep skipping around mindlessly. Finally, you settle on something. It rocks, kind of. Yet...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
The press conference led by Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts for the past decade, has become an annual "Rite of Spring" for a large group of print and electronic journalists who come together to hear about the new summer schedule. This year's gathering was filled with show-business elements -- the full...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Not every day is a winner, but there's no reason to believe things won't get better. "Let's Go Sailing" takes a healthy approach to those imperfect days; the Los Angeles quintet recalls the past with fondness, looks toward the future with hope, and plays soothing music in the meantime. Shana Levy leads the way with sweet, girlish melodies, gentle guitars...
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