Thursday, May 26, 2016 Iyyar 18, 5776

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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
To be alive is to be beset by death. You can ignore that fact, obsess on it or let it motivate you. Philadelphia's Andrew Lipke gets this, and he uses it as fuel for his songs. His third album, "Motherpearl & Dynamite," begins and ends with glimpses of mortality; in between, he marches slowly but steadily toward the light. Lipke's...
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A reverse "Jesus Christ Superstar"? Matthew G. Myers lets out a laugh. "Yes, I guess you could say I am." After all, the award-winning musical, which takes for gospel the rise and fall of Jesus -- and which alights for a limited run at the Academy of Music this Friday -- has long been tethered between theater and theology, as...
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Tim Roth gets face time with a lively new series that belies the usual
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Tim Roth is living a lie. Truth is, the Oscar-nominated actor of "Rob Roy" likes it like that. Why shouldn't he? As the star of "Lie to Me," the foxy new Fox Network Wednesday night series in which he plays deception expert Dr. Cal Lightman -- based on the life of scientist Dr. Paul Ekman -- Roth gives body language...
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His is the game of Artful Dodger. And the late Chaim Potok knew the rules; in many ways, he'd written them. "My Name Is Asher Lev," a world premiere adaptation of the popular Potok novel by the Arden Theatre, plays by those rules: Lev dodging between the tosses of challenges posed by the secular world of art and the more...
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And the Oscar goes to ...
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Dirty heresy? Who else but Clint Eastwood could spout anti-Semitic, anti-black and anti-Asian attacks in such an enlightened time as Obama-rama and get away with it? Well, of course, it's not Eastwood, but his alter echo of Walt Kowalski and his slur-speech that drives "Gran Torino," the pedal-to-the-mettle role that just might earn Eastwood his first acting Oscar when nods...
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