Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

Philly's Avi Wisnia is hot to trot for the Brazilian beat
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Blame it on the bossa nova, sure, but doesn't klezmer share some responsibility? And how about liturgy? Where does that come in? It all comes together in explaining the wistful soundtrack of Avi Wisnia's life, where the son of a regional rabbi bounded over the bimah to explore the outside pull of a musical postmodern world. And the son returns,...
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Speaking Volumes
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In the history of photography, Alfred Stieglitz is a storied name -- as it is in the history of all modern art. He was a great pioneer, both as practitioner and theorist. Beginning in the 1890s, he began taking his bold, distinctive photos, images that, in time, began convincing skeptics that photography could indeed be an art form. He continued...
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BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP
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Louise Fiszer, Jewish Exponent Feature
For the busy cook, a potluck party is a perfect way to entertain. Potluck by definition needs to be do-ahead and portable. The menu should be flexible, easily accommodating different tastes. For everyone on the guest list who knows just what to bring, there are some who would welcome a suggestion from you, the host -- something easy, quick and...
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Is it really surprising that Cantor David F. Tilman of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, long known for his lilt of a lyric baritone, once had a tryout at the New York Met? Yet he wasn't performing alongside Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and that other tenor; more like Ron Swoboda, Ed Kranepool and "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry. "I played right...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I knew very few details about the life of legendary modern dancer Isadora Duncan when some friends and I -- seniors in college at the time -- went to see the 1969 film The Loves of Isadora . The movie was pretty much a mess. Karel Reisz, who began his career as an accomplished editor before he turned...
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