Arts features

Mel Brooks's 2,000 Year Old Man - is this the greatest comedy sketch ever?

By Brigit Grant, February 26, 2015

George Burns threatened to steal him. Edward G Robinson wanted to take him to Broadway, and if you went to the right Hollywood parties in the 1950s, you would have met him.

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Bryn Terfel on singing Tevye: 'I've always felt the character is in my blood'

By Paul Lester, February 12, 2015

It is one of the quintessential Jewish roles of musical theatre — Tevye, in Fiddler On The Roof — and, this summer, for a season at the Grange Park Opera in Hampshire, the part of the impoverished milkman in pre-revolutionary Russia is being played by Bryn Terfel, the world-renowned opera singer, who is a) manifestly Welsh and b) not remotely Jewish.

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It is life's greatest losses that most inspire creativity

By Dominic Bliss, December 4, 2014

Every new Stasha art exhibition includes among its works a paint-spattered pair of Timberland boots. She buys new ones each time she starts on a series of paintings and then, once the collection is complete, hangs them somewhere in the gallery alongside the art. They've become a sort of trademark.

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Bettina Caro brings Morocco to north London

By Julia Weiner, December 1, 2014

Bettina Caro’s paintings bring a burst of North African heat and colour to the cold and grey of a north London winter.

Caro grew up in the Moroccan city of Tangiers and works inspired by her memories of childhood are currently on show at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

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The empty museum...

By Abigail Morris, November 27, 2014

A new Jewish museum has opened in Warsaw. It sits in the centre of what used to be the ghetto, and some see that fact as a cause for celebration.

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Steven Berkoff: The Hill was my sanctuary

By Steven Berkoff, November 13, 2014

It was called N.16. Don't know why but it felt right, and after a while the number has a familiar feel like it was a piece of safety, a sanctuary.

I discovered it all on my own when I was about 12 and had been moved from two grotty disgusting rooms in the east of London to a Council flat in Manor House.

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Churchill's 'maker'

By Julia Weiner, November 13, 2014

This week, Lady Aurelia Young, wife of former Chief Whip Sir George, gave the annual lecture of the Society of Portrait Sculptors, speaking about her father, the Jewish sculptor Oscar Nemon.

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The Jewish Duchess of Downton Abbey

By Brigit Grant, November 6, 2014

For the 150 million viewers who watch Downton Abbey globally, the chance to have breakfast with the series director would feel like a Lottery win.

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Some artistic differences, but a great deal to appreciate

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

Art appreciation is a subjective business. And so it proved at the London Jewish Cultural Centre's Art House exhibition, which drew more than 150 enthusiasts, artists and friends to LJCC's Golders Green premises for the announcement of the 2014 prize-winners.

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Video night puts work in shop windows

By Julia Weiner, September 18, 2014

There is a major Jewish influence to Nuit Blanche Video, a 12-hour arts event starting in central London on Saturday night and involving shops, restaurants, galleries and even a private members' club.

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