Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

Israelis trumpet their own jazz-jive in a major Philly festival
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And all that -- Israeli jazz? Forget that bowler hat, Bob Fosse -- make it a kipah! The land of milk and honey and, as it turns out, trumpets and horns is about to blow any blowhards out of the sand dunes who think that the trill of it all has nothing to do with the Holy Land: Indeed, any...
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Are they artworks or ritual objects? This was the question at the heart of a slim, lovely book that Yale University Press issued just about a year ago, titled Reinventing Ritual. In the minds of all those involved, the answer was clear and was expressed by the work's subtitle: "Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life." And yet, though the...
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Class act: 'Best and Brightest' takes on kindergarten and those pushy parents
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I have a 2-year-old, and damned if I'm going to let Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Somerville snap up the last space in preschool for their kid. Oh. Wait. I have to tell myself: It's only a movie. It's only a movie. But "The Best and the Brightest" may be the funniest in quite some time, with its focus on...
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A long film speaks to the mystery of human behavior
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In this space two weeks ago, I discussed my 20-year journey from movie-mad adolescent to disillusioned adult. My passion for films, which was so strong from such a young age, began to wane in the mid-1980s, when action films and inane comedies began dominating the screens, causing me to lose all interest in seeing anything new. But recently, I've begun...
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Marc Erlbaum keeps Tinseltown attuned to tikkun olam
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Marc Erlbaum seems just the kind of guy you'd want to hang out with over a cup of coffee -- which makes the premiere of "Cafe," set in the caffeinated grounds of West Philadelphia, an appropriate choice to perk up a conversation on the eve of its premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival pff10.org on Oct. 16.
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