Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
On "With God on Our Side," from 1964's "The Times They Are A-Changin'," Bob Dylan called out war-mongers, religious hypocrites and the history books that spread their distortions. What I know about Dylan comes from sources that are just as selective. Once upon a time, there was a Minnesota boy named Robert Zimmerman. Like a lot of Jewish immigrants, he...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The soft notes sound as if they were coming from an elegant music box sitting in a young girl's all-pink bedroom. Shira Yevin dances on stage accordingly, with one hand on top of her head as she spins gracefully to the soothing melodies. With a powerful crash of an electric guitar, followed by a piercing back-up of bass and electronic...
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David Tilman, JE Feature
After four years in operation, is the Kimmel Center Inc. - which manages Verizon Hall and the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the refurbished Academy of Music - satisfied? Sure, these facilities serve as the home venues for our most prominent performing arts organizations, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the...
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Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman, JE Feature
On a bright, beautiful Sunday evening in September, the plane bringing Israeli superstar Sarit Hadad to Philadelphia from her most recent appearance in Canada was inexplicably delayed. Sharona Durry, a key organizer of PhillyIsraelim, which sponsored the event, was nervous. "This is our biggest program ever," she fretted, concerned that the capacity crowd waiting impatiently at Center City's Trocadero Theater...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Here's an ingenious way to pre-empt criticism: A few intense but meandering songs into Des Ark's recent local concert, singer-guitarist Aimee Argote apologized for being unfocused. It's just that earlier in the day, she said, her aunt had been spotted on TV, being rescued from a flood of biblical proportions, and her grandmother still hadn't been located. So if Argote...
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