Thursday, July 30, 2015 Av 14, 5775

It's luxurious but affordable, sensuous but innocent
BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP Despite the often gray and dismal skies of February, I look forward to when the calendar reaches the 14th -- Valentine's Day -- so that I have a legitimate excuse to create a chocolate buffet and send out invitations. It's luxurious but affordable, sensuous but innocent. Imagine the allure of a table laden with a sumptuous selection...
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Songwriter supplies his lyrics, plus thoughts on what swayed him melodically
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I have no objectivity when it comes to Finishing the Hat , Stephen Sondheim's collected lyrics covering the years 1954-1981, recently published by Alfred A. Knopf. How could I, when the musicals discussed in these pages, beginning with Gypsy , which I saw during its Philadelphia tryout in 1959, have made up some of the most memorable moments...
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Gay and Orthodox, Ari Gold airs it all out musically
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Ari Gold has a real entourage, and it's made of up of kings and queens. Well, his title is Sir, which explains the kings, and as far as the rest of the royal retinue is concerned, Gold has gotten sterling support from the gay community he is part of. But the Orthodox? A rocker who courts men in black from...
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
THE JEWISH KITCHEN Apples and bananas are year-round fruits. When strawberries, plums and peaches have been shipped in from another continent to be sold to consumers at soaring prices, bananas and an ever-expanding variety of apples are always available in our markets, reasonably priced and packed with flavor. Thanks to cultivation in the southern hemisphere and controlled atmosphere storage, apples...
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Nat Hentoff dissects and praises the healing -- and unifying -- power of jazz
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SPEAKING VOLUMES In the introduction to At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene , published by University of California Press, Nat Hentoff, who worked for The Village Voice for decades before being rudely dismissed in 2008, described how as an 11-year-old, he heard some Artie Shaw music emanating from a Boston record shop and was changed...
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