Arts features

Kiss: the secret to being a rock legend? Face paint and a head for business

By Paul Lester, November 1, 2012

Gene Simmons, bass guitarist with the US hard-rock group, Kiss, may be one of the most successful Jewish musicians of the past 40 years.

But he is also an arch proponent of what he calls “Kisstianity” — the religion followed by the band’s thousands of devoted believers.


TV review: Timeshift

By Simon Round, October 22, 2012

For all of you who think that klezmer is simply Jewish wedding music, this excellent documentary in the Timeshift strand proved that, well, you were absolutely right.

However, what you might not know was that klezmer was possibly the first and certainly the most enduring incidence of the musical mash-up.


Chaim Soutine: the artist who fell foul of the hygiene police

By Julia Weiner, October 19, 2012

You have almost certainly heard of Marc Chagall, and Modigliani may be a familiar name. But what about Chaim Soutine?

With the Ben Uri Gallery in London currently displaying a newly acquired Soutine painting, it is time to discover more about an artist, who, like his great friend Chagall, made his way from his home in Russia in the early years of the 20th century to study and work in Paris.


New life for Viktor Ullmann's Terezin opera - The Emperor of Atlantis

By Ruth Rothenberg, October 18, 2012

It takes an Irish-Canadian Catholic to stage an opera written in a Nazi concentration camp by Jews pillorying Hitler.


Lena Dunham's Sex and the City for the Facebook generation

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2012

An HBO series about four twentysomething women in New York, one of whom is a struggling writer played by a Jewish actress, all of whom are blessed with excellent comic timing and a slew of relationship dilemmas and emotional baggage. It might sound like the first series of Sex and The City, but in reality it could not be further from the coiffed and coutured adventures of Carrie Bradshaw and co.


David Serero: French opera star in London

By Alan Montague, October 11, 2012

French baritone David Serero will be bringing his unique brand of opera to London next week. The singer, who has both performed under the baton of Placido Domingo and dueted with Jermaine Jackson, will be singing a wide range of material at a gala for Israeli food charity Meir Panim followed by a West End concert at the Dominion Theatre on October 18.


TV review: Homeland

By Simon Round, October 11, 2012

The multi-award winning American drama Homeland, based on Gideon Raff’s equally superb Israeli series Prisoners of War, has returned for a second series.


TV review: Friday Night Dinner

By Simon Round, October 11, 2012

In the week in which Jewish stereotypes were spattered all over our screens in the kosher car crash that was Jewish Mum of the Year, Channel 4 presented the flip-side with Friday Night Dinner.
This sitcom, which attracted decent viewing figures in its previous, er, Friday-night slot, is the Jewish show that dare not speak its name.


Adi Nes's uneasy images of a changing Israel

By Anne Joseph, October 7, 2012

Village life can evoke a sense of charm, nostalgia or simplicity. Indeed, a first glance at Israeli artist Adi Nes’s latest photographic series, The Village — his first UK show — reveals images that appear shiny, lush, beautiful. But examine the pictures for more than a moment and the multi-layered complexities become apparent.


Art House: the community's artists on show

By Julia Weiner, September 13, 2012

It made quite a picture. There they were — more than 200 artists, their families and friends crowded into the London Jewish Cultural Centre for the opening of the second Art House community exhibition last week.