Arts features

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.


Interview: Jesse Eisenberg

By Stephen Applebaum, July 7, 2011

Jesse Eisenberg is still feeling the effects of his Oscar-nominated performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, and it is making him uncomfortable.


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.


TV review: Case Histories

By Simon Round, June 10, 2011

Case Histories is advertised by the BBC as "an unusual take on the detective genre".


Blobs, dogs, and some seriously good painting

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

Diana Middleweek "blobs" three or four paintings in her two-hour art class. Irene Bard has spent months diligently reproducing a photograph of the Suffolk countryside.


TV review: Unreported World

June 2, 2011

Unreported World's investigation into the latter-day exodus of Eritrean refugees towards Israel, to be broadcast this evening, makes for unsettling viewing. There are unmistakable biblical parallels - here is a persecuted population fleeing a nasty regime for what they feel to be the Promised Land. And in doing so they have to make their perilous way through the Sinai desert.


The free-spirited Bob Dylan

By Simon Round, May 26, 2011

Blowing in the Wind: Bob Dylan's Spiritual Journey
BBC Radio 4, 4/5

Tangled up with Dylan
BBC Four, 2/5