Monday, May 4, 2015 Iyyar 15, 5775

Dorothy Fields' phrasing gave an irrepressible spin to famous melodies
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In the male-dominated world of Tin Pan Alley song writing, especially in its heyday in the 1920s and '30s, lyricist Dorothy Fields was one of the few women to triumph and be taken seriously by her peers and the public. Her name might not ring bells, but most people of a certain age or with a certain interest would likely...
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Whose "Calling"? The main characters in a compelling two-part, four-hour PBS documentary airing Dec. 20 and Dec, 21 on WHYY-TV12 have made the ultimate long-distance connection, answering to a higher authority than A&T could every supply. Please hold: "The Calling " is a celestial cell phone with rabbinical roaming charges as the "Independent Lens" series follows those who are called...
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The spicy-sweet aroma of fresh tomatoes stewing in herbs wafted through the maze of hallways on the third floor of Frankford High School. At the source of this enticing smell -- the culinary arts classroom -- 26 students crowded forward to get a closer look at visiting chef Michael Katz's chopping technique. Normally, Katz would be in Jerusalem, overseeing a...
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My great-grandmother had been married less than a week when she noticed a picture of her husband in the Yiddish edition of the daily Forward. It was a wanted notice. According to family lore, Bubbe's husband had left a wife and three kids in New York. He could either go home or go to jail. He chose jail. Bubbe, then...
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On the first day of Chanukah, my true love gave to me ... "Interiors" and "September"? Was this some sort of Woody Allen joke? Quite the opposite: Airings of his two more serious films. Epix Network (not my true love but "TV Turn-Ons" does get excited about innovative offerings) is in on the joke -- and serious about scheduling a...
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Arts and Culture Events

Mon. May 4
Interfaith Family Philadelphia
6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Tue. May 5
Beth El's Jewish Film Festival
Congregation Beth El of Bucks County
7:30 PM
Congregation Beth El of Bucks County

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