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Two Digital Theater Productions Set to Debut

The stages may be closed, but the show must go on. Two theatrical productions from members of Philadelphia’s Jewish community are set to premiere this...
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TV Review | Seinfeld’s ‘23 Hours to Kill’ Disappoints

It’s been said the very best comedians are those for whom comedy is a compulsion, those who’d have a near-impossible time doing anything else....
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6 Memoirs That Explore the Mother-Daughter Bond

By Babette Dunkelgrün In Season 2 of the Hulu comedy “Shrill,” based on the book by Lindy West, there’s a restaurant scene in which the...
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Not All Who Wander Israel for Art are Lost

“Oh my God,” Judith Weisman said, partly with mild irritation but mostly good-humored resignation. “There is no more room in this house for any...
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Natalie K. Levant Brings the Laughs at 88

She’s the silver vixen of the stand-up — the comedic grandmother audiences wished they had. “They used to say mother,” Natalie K. Levant laments. While others...
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Book Review | Exile Music, for Those Who Can Hear It

“Exile Music” Jennifer Steil Viking Perhaps it’s obvious, given the title, that Jennifer Steil’s “Exile Music” takes quite seriously the human experience of music. It’s less obvious, but...
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Book Review | Shedding Light on Forgotten Southern Jewish History

“Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South” Sue Eisenfeld The Ohio State University Press Sue Eisenfeld had no idea Jewish Confederate soldiers existed until she stumbled...
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Philly Playwright Produces Pandemic Parody

For Michael Bihovsky, it started with posting jokes to Facebook. From there, he graduated to streaming piano concerts on Facebook Live. Eventually, the Wynnewood-based musician-writer-performer...

New Album by Trumpeter Ben Holmes Explores Jewish Music

With “Naked Lore,” Ben Holmes’ third album as a leader, the trumpeter decided to devote himself to exploring what makes Jewish music sound Jewish. The...
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Robert Malissa Shares his Love of Magic

Robert Malissa, 60, was making magic on a street corner in Phoenixville. It was a First Friday, and Malissa had a pretty good rhythm...