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Menzel hits all the right notes in rousing Benedum Center performance
Toward the beginning of Idina Menzel’s two-hour set at the Benedum Center on Aug. 25, the Tony Award-winning actress remarked, “I was green for a very long time.” The comment was a nod to Menzel’s ...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review Influence of 1950s permeates Olson’s short, but powerful collection
While the name Tillie Olsen may not be as familiar today as other Jewish authors from the 1950s, she nevertheless has made an indelible mark on the Jewish literary scene with her renowned short sto...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Simon Says: Creator of ‘The Wire’ talks about growing up in a house of storytellers
Yonkers, N.Y., may be the setting of David Simon’s newest TV drama “Show Me A Hero” (premiering Aug. 16 on HBO), but the chronicler of the streets of Baltimore — “Homicide,” “The Corner,” “The Wire...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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For French Jews, resort town of Deauville doubles as a safe haven
DEAUVILLE, France – This seaside community situated 125 miles west of Paris boasts windswept beaches, turquoise-water marinas, a grand casino, a race track and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Deauvi...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Heating up your summer menus
by Taylor Orlin, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
July’s rising temperatures get me so excited by the endless possibilities for healthy cooking. Below is a compilation of some classic summer comfort foods — but with my own personal twist. Many of ...
Rediscovering Jewish Palermo
by Irene Shaland and Bianca Del Bello, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 02, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the first female and non-Orthodox rabbi to head the first modern Liberal synagogue in Italy, describes the Anousim or “the forced ones” of the South of Italy as people who are...
‘Orange is the New Black’: Best Jewish moments from the new season
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
“Orange Is the New Black” protagonist Piper Chapman may no longer have a Jewish fiancé, but that doesn’t mean that Judaism isn’t a huge part of the new season of the Netflix hit. In fact, religious...
Mike’s Place, the real Israel, gets well-deserved attention
by Neil Gendler
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
At first glance, “Mike’s Place” appears to be a graphic novel — like a comic book for grown-ups — based around a real event, the suicide bombing of a popular beachfront bar in 2003. But in their ep...
Aging wisely takes practice: a guide for mindful living
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Death of a loved one, retirement or children simply aging and moving out prompt newfound acquisitions of time. With freedom from prior responsibilities comes myriad opportunities and often introspe...
Thanks to writer Etgar Keret, the ‘feuilleton’ is alive and well in Israel
by Alan Elsner, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Before writing his seminal book “Der Judenstaat,” the father of the modern Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, was a writer of a literary form known as the “feuilleton.” These were short articles or ...
Pittsburgh native’s first novel became his first screenplay — and a film capturing Sundance awards
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
When you hear the words “teenager with a terminal illness,” it’s likely that the place your brain leaps to isn’t, “very funny.” Yet Jesse Andrews, author of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” has ma...
Book Review: Harmony, rhythm help move Philip Glass’ ‘Words’
by Suzanne Meyer
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
In New York in the 1960s it wasn’t unusual for struggling artists to do odd jobs to make a buck until the next big break. Author Fran Lebowitz drove a taxi and still owns her vintage checkered cab....
Pittsburgh-based composer proves opera can be ‘cool and hip’
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Douglas Levine began Bucknell University as a management major and switched to the music program after his freshman year. “You can imagine how traumatic that parents’ weekend was!” He never looked ...
Once war-torn, Vietnam now popular with Western tourists
by Ben G. Frank, Special to the Chronicle
Jun 03, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Who would have dreamed that the war-ravaged Vietnam of the 1960s would become one of the most in-destinations for Western tourists? And that American and French Jews, as well as Israelis, would be ...