Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
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What makes Christmas Carol kosher? Is it the fact that she doesn't mix milk and meat in her mince pies while putting up the tree? "Exactly," says Peter Gordon with a laugh. Wrong answer; right expert opinion. Gordon should know - as should colleague Michael Lange, both of whom make up the silliest music possible. But that's their bizarre -...
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On Stage
Who knew you could form a band while dropping the trombone segment of "slide trombone" and just keeping the slides? Welcome to the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, where a picture is worth more than a thousand words - it's worth two hours of the most unusual concert this side of recording a family Passover seder. And who could pass up...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Seeing Harvey Fierstein in "Fiddler on the Roof" last winter made me think about how the world has gotten better since Shalom Aleichem's day. And how it's gotten worse. And about how inevitable it was that, once in America, Tevye's youngest daughter would vex her poor, traditional father by marrying a woman. One thing I didn't think about was how...
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Just when you think you know Kristin Hersh's game, she changes the rules of play. In 1986, Throwing Muses - which she and stepsister Tanya Donelly founded in high school - released the first of eight off-kilter pop albums. Donelly, who left to get the Breeders off the ground before hitting it big with Belly, was long gone by the...
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David Tilman, JE Feature
Nearly 100 musicians filled the stage of Verizon Hall for the opening concert of the Philly Pops' 27th season on a Sunday afternoon at the end of October, and the seats in the auditorium, including the section behind the stage, were almost totally occupied. Peter Nero - founding artistic director, conductor and jazz-pianist extraordinaire - led his virtuoso forces in...
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