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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Roma, a Spanish language film, was written and directed by Oscar winning, Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron. It is an engaging and powerful story set in Mexico City from 1970 to 1971.  Mexico was in a state of crisis.  The president, Luis Echeverria Alvarez, had been the interior secretary in charge of police and internal security in 1968 when the...
As an ESL teacher who has worked for 35 years with people from all over the world, I was very interested in going to see the presentation at the Gotthelf Gallery at the JCC last Monday evening on December 17th. First, there was the presentation by civil rights attorney and accomplished photographer, Bryan Schwartz. The presentation was called, “Scattered Among...
Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
A collection of artifacts that were stolen but later rescued will be on display at the end of the month at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. The museum will open a new exhibit on Dec. 30 called “Finds Gone Astray,” featuring tens of thousands of antiquities such as, but not limited to, stone and pottery vessels, inscribed clay tablets, coins,...
Tammuz Dubnov, at left
Immigrants Tammuz Dubnov and Gad Shaanan from Israel and Michel Cohen of Mexico are among 76 New Americans who are featured in an innovative exhibition that was created by the staff of the San Diego Union-Tribune in cooperation with the New Americans Museum at Liberty Station. Each life-size portrait of an immigrant to San Diego County is accompanied by a Quick Response...
The idea came to me when the announcer on the radio said that the next item in the music program would be one of Mozart’s ‘Haydn Quartets,’ i.e., quartets composed by Mozart and dedicated to and inspired by Haydn. I had known about the relationship of mutual admiration between the two composers back in the eighteenth century, but in...
Acting, Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas) tells his students in the second episode of The Kominsky Method, is how we explore what it means to be human. “Experience the feelings that come up, no matter how painful,” he urges them, “because that grief, that unrelenting sorrow—that’s the raw material. That’s the gold an actor mines to create great performances.” It’s a convincing...
The stone mask. Photo: IAA/Clara Amit.
A rare 9,000-year-old stone mask was recently uncovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). This fascinating and rare stone mask dates to the Neolithic (new stone age) period. It was discovered several months ago and is currently being studied by experts of the IAA and the Geological Survey of Israel. Results of the initial study of the mask will...
We are excited to share that last night at the San Diego Press Club Awards, our dear friend and columnist of the Jewish Web Site, Mimi Pollack, won first place in the Multicultural Division for her article on Isaac Artenstein and his documentaries on the Jews of the Southwest in L'Chaim Magazine. She also won third place for her article in...
Artist Paul Bond adds color to a painting which he first drew in charcoal, then added an undercoat, and in this photo, added layers of color. (Photo by Shor M. Masori)
Sometimes artists derive joy from hearing what you think their paintings are about versus what message they actually intended to impart.  Paul Bond is one of those artists.  I told him that while looking at online images of his art, I was struck by one titled “Sacred Contract #1.”  As you can see from the reproduction at the right,...
Co=-curator Debby Kline with Wayne Martin Belger camera
The contemporary art exhibit, “Beyond the Age of Reason,” curated by Larry and Debby Kline, is nearing the end of its run at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park.  If you want to be intrigued, or even possibly enraged, by various artists’ visions of religion and spirituality, you’ll need to get to the museum space before the...

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