Arts features

Mapping out musical on street guide

By John Nathan, February 17, 2014

I walk into a Soho room where a new sweet-sounding musical about Phyllis Pearsall, who wrote the A-Z — the London street guide, not the alphabet — is being rehearsed. But then somebody says “filthy Jew”. Now I’m thinking maybe this musical is not so sweet.

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Scottish life is a picture of interest to Passow

By Barry Toberman, February 17, 2014

London-domiciled Glaswegian Michael Mail wanted to do something to “recognise and celebrate the Scottish Jewish story”. Then he came across the work of award-winning photographer Judah Passow and knew he had found the answer.

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George Clooney sees the big picture in recovery of Nazi-looted art

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.

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Maya Beiser: ‘Goddess’ finds herself drawn to the afterlife

By Jessica Duchen, February 6, 2014

The New Yorker once described Maya Beiser as a “cello goddess”, delighting the Israeli-born player so much that she adopted the phrase as her Twitter name. Now living in New York, she has forged a distinctive career path, making it her mission to transform the nature, perception and audience of cutting-edge contemporary music.

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Troy is big in magic circles, now catch him on TV

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

Troy is being touted as the next big thing in magic. His tattoos, urban swag, gold watch and collection of bright snapback caps distinguish this Magic Circle member from the more traditional practitioners of his craft. He has even been known to pull a rabbit out of a snapback.

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She's feeling a little Flush after the return to TV of Dorien

By Simon Round, January 30, 2014

In the quarter of a century since Birds of a Feather first became a massive TV hit, Lesley Joseph has become well-known to viewers as Dorien Green. And whereas many actresses would rail against being typecast, Joseph has no problem with it. In fact, every now and then she even dresses up as her sitcom persona. “If I’m going to a function I might occasionally go as her,” Joseph reveals.

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Friend’s anorexia inspires campaign

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Highgate School pupil Amber Van Dam found it difficult to watch classmate Sophia Parvizi-Wayne battle against anorexia nervosa. But she helped her best friend on the road to recovery and now the 16-year-olds are fronting a campaign to promote mental health awareness within schools.

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Josef Perl tells his incredible story to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Josef Perl lived a charmed life on his family’s sawmill in Veliky Bochov, in what was then Czechoslovakia, in the 1930s. The only son in an Orthodox family of nine children, his father Laser gifted him a trusted guard dog, Vondi, and a loyal horse, Shori, to escort him to and from school every day. “Me, the horse and dog were like one,” he recalls.

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Review: Birds of a Feather

By Simon Round, January 17, 2014

Some 15 years have passed since the last episode of this hugely popular '90s sitcom and there has been a major change - the BBC turned down the opportunity of a new series and so Sharon, Tracey and Dorien have decamped to ITV.

That aside, all is much as you will remember - Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson are still the bickering sisters from Chigwell and Lesley Joseph plays "the slapper from nex

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Interview: Rebecca Miller

By Jessica Duchen, January 17, 2014

You might not expect to find a pair of musical game-changers lurking in the quiet back streets of Hendon. But the suburb is home to two rising stars of classical music who are raising the stakes for their generation. Rebecca Miller is at the forefront of a new wave of women conductors, challenging the traditional male domination of the profession.

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