Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775

Kate Feiffer's fine new film adds a hint
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Ever take a look down the long seder table at the grumpy grandpa of a patriarch and think, "Boy, that's one bitter Herb!" Maybe it's because someone slipped an Easter egg into his egg matzah or, after years of fruitlessly awaiting the arrival of Elijah -- whining over how much Manischewitz they've wasted all that time -- he's discovered the...
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What do we ask of an art book? On the most basic level, you might expect to gain a certain amount of aesthetic pleasure from perusing such a volume, the chance to leisurely dwell over works you might never actually see in your lifetime, very often lovingly reproduced on heavy stock paper that brings out all the hues and tonal...
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Ryan Teitman
Just weeks before the start of Passover, Jews from the Conservative movement got a vivid reminder of their ancestors' many trials and tribulations as they perused a number of ancient treasures -- among them royal diadems and golden statuettes -- culled from an empire that had kept the Jewish people in bondage. On Sunday at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia,...
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Just before taking up his saxophone to play, 16-year-old Jordy Freed looked out at the small cafe packed with people. The audience was a sea of faces, so much so that he couldn't even find his mom. He smiled to himself. All his hard work had definitely paid off. Now he felt free to jam. His band of high school...
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More than 20 years after "Talk Radio" proved the talk of the town -- plugging into national paranoia as a powerful performance piece -- playwright Eric Bogosian's voice of America is broadcasting from Broadway. Yet still, the hurt and healing that first attended the 1985 production in Portland, Ore. -- and later, when it went off and running off-Broadway --...
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