Arts features

Schama completes his tour de force

By Jenni Frazer, October 7, 2013

The Story of the Jews
(BBC 2)

Sunday nights will scarcely be the same now Simon Schama’s lavish and exuberant roller-coaster of a ride through Jewish history — the best-known bits and the almost-never-told stuff — has concluded its five-week run.

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Artists enjoy their brush with fame through LJCC enterprise

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Helena Spearman was sipping calmly from a plastic cup of water at the London Jewish Cultural Centre last Thursday night when her work was announced among the “highly commended” entries to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s Art House contest and exhibition. Floods of tears ensued as the Totteridge resident was embraced by friends.

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Goodman plays the most evil of characters

By John Nathan, September 17, 2013

It seemed as if Henry Goodman had broken the mould of playing villains such as the “scumbag lawyer” in the musical Chicago or the “vicious, nasty, ugly human being” (these descriptions are his) in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

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Brought to book: How my relative captured Auschwitz commandant

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2013

When Thomas Harding phoned up the Imperial War Museum and asked whether, as he had recently been told, his German Jewish great-uncle might have brought one of the highest-ranking Nazi officers to justice, the woman on the other end of the line burst out laughing, doubtless imagining him to be a fantasist.

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Songs about 'women and insanity'

By Paul Lester, September 16, 2013

It is not uncommon to find American alternative or indie bands with one Jewish member. Some down the years — such as legendary New York punks the Ramones — have featured two. But it’s quite unusual to find a band like Papa, a four-piece from Los Angeles, where all the members are Jewish.

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Analyse this: Sher makes a farce out of the final days of Freud

By John Nathan, September 12, 2013

Sir Antony Sher gets a shiver down his spine as he arrives at the Hampstead Theatre to rehearse the role of Sigmund Freud in a revival of Terry Johnson’s play, Hysteria. He has worked there many times, as an actor or playwright.

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It's been quite a year - need a reminder?

By Simon Round , September 3, 2013

September 2012

Drugsline, the only charity working with drug and alcohol addicts within the community, collapses amid acute financial difficulties. Drugsline director Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin says: “I am devastated. The volunteers are calling in, bereft.” It later relaunches in a partnership with Norwood.

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Don Black: Star lyricist puts a productive life into words

By John Nathan, September 2, 2013

You’ve come at a busy time,” says Don Black as he opens the door to his sprawling, comfortable apartment in west London. However, one of the world’s most sung lyricists is not being unwelcoming. It’s just that, as well as compiling his new late Sunday evening Radio 2 show, which is fuelled by the Great American Songbook, there is still work to be done on his latest musical, Stephen Ward.

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American author enjoys Test of character as Ashes writer

By Simon Round, August 26, 2013

W hen Durham County Cricket Club chiefs decided to recruit a writer in residence for the fourth Ashes Test at the Riverside ground in Chester-le-Street, their selection might, on the face of it, have seemed a tad bizarre —a Jewish American former professional basketball player.

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JC Profile: Harry Styles

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2013

When pop star Harry Styles was filmed “twerking” at last Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards, fans of his band One Direction ensured the video went viral on the internet.

But it was an earlier image from the awards ceremony that might have done more to catch the eye of JC readers.

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