Culture

The history and creativity that define Jewish Philly: food, literature, arts and entertainment.

Danish Band Brings Their Klezmer and Jazz Sounds to Sellersville

  Mama’s Baba Ghanoush: Homemade mashed eggplant appetizer of Middle Eastern origin best served with pita? Or a klezmer fusion band from Denmark? Yes. The version styled...
company of The Band's Visit

Bensalem Native Returns to Philly for Role in ‘The Band’s Visit’

Marc Ginsburg was fresh out of Penn State’s musical theater program the last time the Bensalem native performed in Philadelphia. It was early 2004;...
a stage with a drum set, microphones and lights

Dennis Wilen Reflects on His Career in Rock ‘n’ Roll

Jon Takiff swears this story about Dennis Wilen is true. Takiff had just started as a writer for the Daily News in 1972, but Wilen,...
Lou Walinksy playing the piano

Pianist Overcomes Carpal Tunnel to Return to Doing What He Loves

Artists instinctively eschew clichés, but Mt. Airy’s Lou Walinsky, 74, knows it’s really true that sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s...
Nanette Arndts plays guitar

Singer Nanette Arndts Melds Blues, Jewish Heritage

It’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday when Sister Blue begins to play. There isn’t much of a stage at The Pines Tavern in Bristol,...
Bruce Klauber drumming at World Cafe Live

Local Drummer ‘Stateside Mouthpiece’ for New Buddy Rich Bio

Bruce Klauber is a hustler. In the good way, the way little league coaches value. A drummer by training and by DNA, like his hero,...
Jerry Silverman outside Presbyterian Historical Society building

Lost and Found: Touring Philadelphia’s Jewish Quarter

Update: 12/16/19, 11:43 a.m.: This post has been updated to correct Silverman's erroneous claim that Abe Levis and Adolph Levis were related. They were...
Jason Odell Williams and Charlotte Cohn

Theatre Ariel Presents a Bilingual Rom-Com

“Handle With Care,” the second salon of Theatre Ariel’s 2019-2020 season, was the first play that Jason Odell Williams and his wife Charlotte Cohn...
Susan Watts plays instruments with Dan Blacksberg and Rob Curto

Yiddish Lives on — With Music and Drink

If there’s one thing Susan Watts can’t stand, it’s the idea that Yiddish, a language estimated to have been spoken by well over 10...
Tristan McIntyre as Plankton, alongside Caitlin Ort as his computer wife

Jewish Cast Members Help Bring ‘Spongebob’ to the Stage

It has to be said: There is nothing to suggest that Spongebob Squarepants, nor any of his friends and foes in Bikini Bottom, are...