Arts features

Jewish mother comics Ronna and Beverly are feeling The Heat

By Sandy Rashty, August 2, 2013

Comic duo Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo are known for their roles as overbearing fiftysomething Jewish mums in the global TV, stage and podcast live chat show, Ronna and Beverly.

But now the garrulous Los Angeles-based actresses are taking on Hollywood with their film debut alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat, released here this week.

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Dramatic turning of tables on the Gestapo

By Anna Sheinman, July 30, 2013

Knock, knock. Who’s there? A former Gestapo officer asking the Jewish man he used to give orders to for a job reference. There is no need to guess the punchline because this is not a joke.

It reflects a meeting that took place in the summer of 1945 in the German city of Mainz and is the subject of The Gestapo Minutes, a Radio 4 play by Adam Ganz, which is being broadcast next week.

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Oh, brother: Documenting the rise of the Emanuels

By Jenni Frazer, July 18, 2013

Zeke Emanuel was the target of bilious commentary by British TV presenters over his participation in a 1981 reality show, Now Get Out of That. An early precursor of the Survivor programmes, the show featured students in an Oxford versus Cambridge challenge performing a variety of physical and mental tasks.

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Bacharach so pleased to be on song in Israel after 53-year gap

By Gil Karpas, July 5, 2013

Still touring at 85, Burt Bacharach completes a run of British concerts at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, having played in Israel on Tuesday to adoring fans at the Shuni Ampitheatre in Binyamina.

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A hit record of Amy’s earlier life and times

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2013

In the two years since her premature death, interest in Amy Winehouse’s music and colourful life has hardly waned. A film is in the works. Her songs still receive plentiful airplay. And she continues to be cited as a cautionary tale on the perils of excess.

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Learning from the past - and my survivor mother

By Simon Rocker, July 2, 2013

When John Browne was eight-years-old, he returned from school one day to find his parents’ house in Cambridge filled with the aroma of goulash. His mother was entertaining a group of refugees who had fled Hungary after the 1956 uprising.

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Learning from the past - and my survivor mother

By Simon Rocker, July 2, 2013

When John Browne was eight-years-old, he returned from school one day to find his parents’ house in Cambridge filled with the aroma of goulash. His mother was entertaining a group of refugees who had fled Hungary after the 1956 uprising.

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Why conductors from Israel are leading the way

By Jessica Duchen, June 28, 2013

Twenty-four-year-old Israeli, Lahav Shani, has won the prestigious Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany, which launched the career of Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, the victor in 2004.

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How Chasidic life inspired the latest Miller’s tale

By Gerald Jacobs, June 13, 2013

A few years ago, novelist, film director and screenwriter Rebecca Miller and her children were rowing across the lake in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, when she spotted a crowd of Chasidic families enjoying a day out in the sunshine.

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Israel Philharmonic sounds wonderful in its renovated home

By Jenni Frazer, June 7, 2013

"We did this for ourselves,” says the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s legendary music director for life, Zubin Mehta, sitting on the stage of the newly renovated concert hall of the IPO. “But we [also] did it for the public.

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