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Beverly Barkat grinds material into fragments with a pestle and mortar for her artwork “After the Tribes,” to be exhibited in Rome. Credit: Photo by Tor Ben Mayor.
In her Jerusalem studio, in the top two floors of an unassuming building, Israeli artist Beverly Barkat is putting the final touches to her latest and most ambitious exhibition to date. She is paying homage to, and finding inspiration in, the biblical 12 tribes when they were most intimately connected to Land of Israel in her latest installation, aptly...
Warner Brothers dominated panels and this section of the exhibit hall at Comic-Con (Photo: Shor M. Masori)
SAN DIEGO — Because three of the biggest pop culture staples, Marvel, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones, were absent this year, the recently concluded Comic-Con felt much quieter and much less abuzz with nerd-hype. This quiet is, of course, relative, as to the outside observer it was just as loud and excited as ever. Because three of the top...
By Weygand [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
BOUSSAC, France — The region around Limoges has been known since medieval times for its weavers. The art of tapestry-making once flourished there for many generations, passing down from father to son. Today the towns of Aubusson and Felletin are no longer famous for that particular specialty, though remnants of those ancient times are still to be found there...
From left, David McBean, Kevin Hafso Koppman, Omri Schein, and Andrew Abelson (Photo: Aaron Rumley)
I can just imagine North Coast Rep’s Artistic Director, David Ellenstein, dancing a jig and high fivin’ his reflection in the mirror after landing one of the most synergistic casts to ever perform on this cozy stage. Sporting 13 actors and four musicians, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum cannot help but to become the number one,...
The 38th annual San Francisco Jewish Film festival is in full swing. From July 19 to August 5, Bay Area theatres in San Francisco, Albany, Palo Alto, San Rafael, and Oakland will screen 67 Jewish films from 22 countries. One of the films is a restored 87 minute 1924 Austrian production of ‘Stadt ohne Juden” –“The City without Jews.” It...
Holocaust panelists, from left, are Ruth G. Sax, Sandra Scheller, Igor Goldkind, Esther Finder, and Robert Scott
Although Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax of Chula Vista conceded that she didn’t grow up with comics, or even know about Superman, whom she subsequently came to admire, she was clearly the hit of a panel on art and the Holocaust that was held Thursday, July 19, at the Comic-Can convention.  The reason, as some attendees expressed out loud even before...
The Peace Train is coming and we can all get high on the Peace Train as Sharon Katz has brought her band to San Diego and Tijuana, starting with last night’s rousing performance at Makeda Makossa’s World Beat Center. It was so inspiring to see women of various ages and ethnicities all rocking out together. Sharon Katz, Nonhlanda Wanda,...
Shim Craimer performing. Credit: Courtesy.
Shim Craimer, whose dulcet tones and high energy have secured him a place as a sought-after Jewish musical performer, has sung at hundreds of weddings in the New York area and in his native London over the past two decades. But that’s just one of his jobs. The 40-year-old has utilized his trained tenor voice to work with many fellow...
I had heard on NPR that Steve Costa and Kate Levinson wanted to sell a bookstore they had owned since 2002 in this delightful Northern California coastal town, and get on with new life opportunities. In 2016 they interviewed prospective buyers. Karen and I looked at each other in 2016 and silently said no. We had a small book...
Robert and Talbot Trudeau, via Flickr
When Monty Python and the Holy Grail was released in 1975, their wildly irreverent treatment of the Arthurian legends seemed the height of chutzpah. With the advent of VCRs, it became a cult classic that true devotées could recite by heart. Adding a few more gags and songs, Spamalottrod the boards of Broadway in 2004. Now it has come to Old Town’s Cygnet...

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