Arts features

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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He’s over Shrek — now he is back to playing Barry

By John Nathan, August 12, 2013

Playing a low-rent Luton lawyer in a new play by Nick Payne at the Donmar Warehouse, Nigel Lindsay is certainly spending a lot less time in wardrobe than he did for his previous show. The role of Barry in The Same Deep Water As Me is one requiring Lindsay — one of this country’s most powerful stage actors — to don a shabby suit.

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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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‘Battling granny’ who saw off Griffin turns sights on fat cats

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Grilling the fat cats from multinationals such as Google and Amazon holds little fear for Margaret Hodge. After all, she was the Labour MP who faced down the challenge of British National Party leader Nick Griffin at the last election, inflicting a crushing defeat that sent the BNP into a possibly terminal decline.

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How he’s tapped the market — from The Simpsons to Nixon

By John Nathan, July 11, 2013

When actor, satirist, musician, artist, broadcaster and mock-rocker Harry Shearer joins Maureen Lipman on stage at London’s newest theatre, the experience will be a tad different from the time Shearer and the rest of spoof rock band Spinal Tap performed to tens of thousands on Glastonbury’s main stage in 2009. The Park Theatre audience is around 180. But he will still be nervous.

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