Arts features

Ernst Haas: the Mad Men's favourite photographer

By Melanie Abrams, August 11, 2011

Ernst Haas was a maverick. He used his camera almost as an antidote to the hardships he had suffered in Nazi Vienna. With only sporadic training, he turned to photography after being kicked out of medical school for being Jewish, forced into hard labour and seeing his father die, heartbroken, at being stripped of his position in the Austrian government.


TV review: Great thinkers: in their own words

By Simon Round, August 8, 2011

The cuts are biting hard at the BBC, and the resulting industrial action has hit news programmes this week.


Why go to Edinburgh this year? Here are at least 12 good reasons

By Lee Levitt, August 4, 2011

1. Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary/political animal
The Oxford classics graduate, experienced stand-up and co-star of BBC Radio 5 Live's 7 Day Sunday, has been performing at the fringe since 1999. This year he brings his popular brand of political satire to the Stand Comedy Club. Performance details:

2. Ruby Wax: Losing It


Review: The Apprentice

By Simon Round, July 21, 2011

Cast your mind back 15 years. Alan Sugar was not then what you would call a national treasure. His reputation was as a belligerent, bad-tempered, hard-nosed businessman who had alienated the fans of Tottenham Hotspur FC for committing the cardinal sin of running the football club as if it were a business.

But then came The Apprentice.


TV Review: History Cold Case

By Simon Round, July 14, 2011

A couple of years ago, during the construction of a shopping centre in Norwich, a dry well shaft was excavated. In it were found the bodies of 17 people, including 11 children.


Photos of the modern age

By Julia Weiner, July 7, 2011

This summer the Royal Academy of Arts is doing something it has done only once before in its 243-year history - hold an exhibition devoted solely to photography.

The show, Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the Twentieth Century, brings together the works of five Jewish photographers who profoundly influenced the birth of modern photography.


A tale of two theatres

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

One is a small but well-regarded theatre in a leafy London suburb. The other is an edgy venue in one of Tel Aviv's least salubrious neighbourhoods and wouldn't fit most people's definitions of a theatre at all.

This June marked the second collaborative event between Hampstead's New End theatre and the Karov theatre, located in a corner of Tel Aviv's New Central Bus station.


TV review: Imagine

By Simon Round, June 30, 2011

Three years ago, Alan Yentob made a documentary with neurologist Oliver Sacks.


Noteworthy fun coming to Leeds

By John Jeffay, June 24, 2011

A mix of music and comedy sets the tone for this year's International Jewish Performing Arts Festival in Leeds.

Among the top billings are Jay Foreman - who spawned a YouTube sensation with his song, Moon Chavs - and cellist Kate Shortt, who has been dubbed the "Jewish Victoria Wood".


Lens that defined a generation

By Melanie Abrams, June 23, 2011

Herb Ritts had chutzpah. Largely self taught, he became the go-to celebrity and fashion photographer of the 1980s and '90s. As a Californian schoolboy, he persuaded his next door neighbour, who happened to be the Hollywood star Steve McQueen, to host his school prom.