Arts interviews

John Axelrod: The ex-rock talent scout who’s trying to save classical music

By Jessica Duchen, November 22, 2012

John Axelrod would be the first to admit that outspokeness and popularity do not often go together. But that is not going to stop the conductor in his determination to shake up the classical music status quo.

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Eytan Fox: on the return of Yossi and why he wants to make a musical

By Anne Joseph, November 1, 2012

Reprising a film role is never easy.

Israeli writer-director Eytan Fox discovered as much when he first approached actor Ohad Knoller about recreating his starring role in Fox’s influential work, Yossi & Jagger.

“Ohad, who’s a dear friend, was ambivalent about the whole idea,” recalls Fox.

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Hebburn: a British sitcom that avoids Jewish cliches

By Simon Round, October 19, 2012

Everyone has been attempting to get Jews into light entertainment and reality programmes recently, What with Grandma’s House, Strictly Kosher, Jewish Mum of the Year and Friday Night Dinner, the stereotypes have been flowing freely.

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Josh Radnor: Heart versus head - 'its a big theme of my life'

By Stephen Applebaum, October 4, 2012

Josh Radnor is talking about alcohol. The actor-director and sitcom star has given it up and is finding life as a former imbiber difficult. “There’s some grief that goes with that change, because alcohol feels so kind of youthful and sexy and romantic,” he sighs, before confessing to a recent lapse in Paris when he indulged in a few glasses of red wine.

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Wolf Suschitzky: the man who invented wildlife photography

By Amanda Hopkinson, September 27, 2012

‘I’ve never ‘arranged’ my photographs, I’ve always been an observer.” So says Wolf Suschitzky, centenarian and ground-breaking photographer.

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Yefim Bronfman, an Olympian of the piano

By Jessica Duchen, August 23, 2012

Yefim Bronfman is a heavyweight virtuoso: a force of nature, whose fame has spread beyond musical circles. He even makes an appearance in Philip Roth’s The Human Stain, with the author describing him as “Bronfman the Brontosaur” and “Mr Fortissimo”.

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Roxy, the Jewish mother from EastEnders

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

It's EastEnders' traitorous party girl, Roxy Mitchell, as you've never seen her before.

Actress Rita Simons is one of four Jewish working mothers whose dual lives are captured in a new photography exhibition.

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Todd Solondz - why the director of Happiness loves a loser

By Anne Joseph, June 28, 2012

A Jewish wedding forms the opening frame of indie film-maker Todd Solondz’s film, Dark Horse. Guests are seen dancing to the sound of loud music pumping, all with the exception of Abe (Jordan Gelber) and Miranda (Selma Blair), who are sitting awkwardly next to each other at a table, barely communicating.

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Itzik Galili: the Israeli leading the dance for English National Ballet

By Simon Round, June 15, 2012

To say that Itzik Galili is busy would be an understatement. The Israeli choreographer has broken through spectacularly in the UK in 2012 — there have been four premieres of his work performed by companies as prestigious as the Rambert Dance Company and the English National Ballet.

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Amy Winehouse's ex, Alex Clare, hits the big time

By Elisa Bray, June 14, 2012

Alex Clare is famous, and he is having trouble taking it in. It has, after all, happened rather suddenly.

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