Arts features

Getting to grips with the stars of theatre

By Simon Round, August 18, 2014

Michael Rudman does not fit the stereotype of the American Jewish director. He is not small and bespectacled and he is not from New York. Rudman is tall and his Texan accent is largely undiminished by more than half-a-century in the UK. And, as we chat in his Chelsea sitting room, it would certainly be easier to imagine him in a stetson than a kippah.

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Interview: Lucy Pohl

By John Nathan, August 7, 2014

Ten in the morning might as well be the crack of dawn for most comics, given that they are notoriously late risers. But New Yorker Lucie Pohl has stirred herself from her bed to speak about her Edinburgh Festival debut.

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Interview: Kay Mellor

By Simon Round, August 7, 2014

Kay Mellor has made her name writing TV shows which build tough themes into popular drama, from Band of Gold to Fat Friends and The Syndicate. However, one of the subjects closest to her heart is only just now being dramatised. In the Club - which started on BBC1 on Tuesday night - follows the experiences of a group of heavily pregnant women and their partners in the run-up to the births.

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Artist helps survivors to draw on experiences

By Charlotte Oliver, July 31, 2014

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but student artist Gideon Summerfield might consider that estimate modest. Over 10 weeks last summer, Summerfield set himself the challenge of befriending members of Jewish Care's Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon and then getting their consent to sketch their portraits.

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Suzy Menkes has always been in fashion, but now she's totally in Vogue

By Sandy Rashty, July 31, 2014

A fashionable 15 minutes late for our interview, Suzy Menkes arrives at her surprisingly modestly-sized office at Condé Nast International near Regent Street, trademark high quiff in place and clutching two stylish but practical Longchamp bags.

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Mercury rises as LJCC reaps Fringe benefits

By Charlotte Oliver, July 24, 2014

What do you get when you mix Freddie Mercury with a neurotic Jewish mother named Rivki Pashinsky and her rabbi son with a childish secret?

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Interview: Shep Gordon

By Stephen Applebaum, July 17, 2014

As Shep Gordon was driving to Oprah Winfrey's house for dinner last week, a thought struck him. "I went, 'Oh my God, you're this little Jewish kid from Long Island and you're going to have dinner with Oprah Winfrey.

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JW3 is warming to the Yiddish Queen Lear

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

It's Sunday night at JW3 on Finchley Road. On the makeshift beach in the piazza, football fans sit with caipirinhas in hand and eyes locked on the giant screen showing the World Cup Final. But inside the building's 250-seat theatre, events in Brazil are far from the minds of 40 people in costume as they launch into a noisy impromptu hora.

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Pepper is the spice of sculpting life

By Julia Weiner, July 14, 2014

I was relieved to discover that another art critic had described 91-year-old sculptor Beverly Pepper as "the brilliant artist you've never heard of". Before our interview, I, too, was unfamiliar with her name, despite the fact that her monumental steel sculptures can be found all over the world, including two in Israel.

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Matisyahu: He's lost his locks and wife but found a new voice

By Paul Lester, July 10, 2014

In 2011, American Chasidic reggae-rapper Matisyahu (aka Matthew Paul Miller) shaved off his beard and announced that he was "reclaiming" himself. "At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity… to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth," he told fans via his website.

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