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Writer Calvin Trillin dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting
Writer Calvin Trillin may be most famous today for his humorous musings on food, family, travel and love. But before he won the Thurber Prize for Humor in 2013, before “Uncivil Liberties,” his humo...
Jul 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Options abound when cooking with red orbs of goodness
I love the scent of ripe tomatoes warmed by the sun. At their peak during the summer months, tomatoes taste better than they do all year. These juicy jewels star in all kinds of salads — from side ...
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Iran, the Holocaust, ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ — and me
“Septembers of Shiraz” is a film about a prosperous Jewish family in Iran caught up in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution that overthrew the shah. It’s based on Dalia Sofer’s well-received 2007 n...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review: In a simpler time, ‘All-of-a-Kind Family’ hits the mark on the Lower East Side immigrant story
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Prior to the 1950s, literature for and about Jewish children was sparse, if practically nonexistent.  That all changed with the publication of “All-of-a Kind Family” in 1951. The book was groundbre...
Did a Jewish woman blaze a new path for women in pro baseball?
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Nov 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
For Justine Siegal, attending Opening Day games of the Cleveland Indians with her grandfather led to a lifelong passion for baseball — and dreams of one day playing for the Tribe. “Heaven,” she cal...
Marlee Matlin reveling in unique ‘Spring Awakening’ revival
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
When the rock musical “Spring Awakening” premiered on Broadway, it was a critical darling and financial success. It won almost every major award possible, including eight Tonys, four Drama Desk Awa...
Silverman turns serious as desperate housewife in ‘Smile’
by Michael Fox
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Silverman’s rougher edges have been smoothed by two decades in the spotlight. But make no mistake, she remains an iconoclast unwilling to accept received wisdom and pat generalizations. Most ...
At Halloween, kosher candy rings the bell
by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
This Saturday night, after waiting for three stars to become visible in the sky and observing Havdalah, the departing of Shabbat, with candle, wine and spice box, I will prepare to perform another ...
The golden age of Zahav, now available to home cooks
by Rachel Kurland, Special to the Chronicle
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
After almost seven years’ worth of prep time, Zahav chef and co-owner Michael Solomonov’s latest culinary accomplishment is ready to be enjoyed. Former Pittsburgher Solomonov, the 2011 James Beard ...
Opera’s stirring ‘Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves’ is matched by Benedum’s powerful production
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
After a more than 40-year absence from the stage, the Pittsburgh Opera resurrected Giuseppe Verdi’s 1841 opera, “Nabucco,” last week at the Benedum. Murmurings of “brava” and “I love it” were heard...
‘Jukebox musical’ will bring ‘Beautiful’ memories to the Benedum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
The first time Ben Fankhauser heard “The Loco-Motion,” he was dancing to the tune with his fourth-grade Sunday school class at his synagogue in his hometown of Cleveland. Now, 16 years later and on...
Storyteller behind tales biblical and Bostonian to speak in Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Early 20th century Boston is a far cry from biblical Haran, Canaan and Israel, but fans of Anita Diamant’s 1997 bestseller “The Red Tent” will notice a definite link between the fictional account o...
The birth of ‘Jersey Boys,’ thanks to two New York Jewish guys
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
As unlikely as it was for a group of guys from the New Jersey projects — who were affiliated with mobsters and occasionally incarcerated — to rise to the top of the 1960s pop charts, what may be ev...