Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

"May you be inscribed for a good year" is the familiar greeting of Rosh Hashanah. A time of reflection and resolution, this first fall holiday evokes hope for the year to come. Special additions to the table include the season's new fruits - pomegranates, avocados, persimmons - a plate of sliced apples or bread, and a pot of honey for...
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"Mrs. Brown," you had a lovely director. And the same goes for you, too, "Proof." John Madden is proof-positive that a director who doesn't paint by the numbers can create the most illustrative portraiture - which he did in "Mrs. Brown," "Shakespeare in Love," and now, again, in the filmed adaptation of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a mathematical...
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Mr. Speaker! Mr. Speaker! And Ms. Speaker, too! They're all there in the estimable "Philadelphia Speaker Series," presented by Widener University at the Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center - and a lucky "On the Scene" contest winner will be there, too, receiving a series pass for two. What prominent people are about to take to the podium in this...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Here's an ingenious way to pre-empt criticism: A few intense but meandering songs into Des Ark's recent local concert, singer-guitarist Aimee Argote apologized for being unfocused. It's just that earlier in the day, she said, her aunt had been spotted on TV, being rescued from a flood of biblical proportions, and her grandmother still hadn't been located. So if Argote...
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A "Baxter" has back-up lights on his heart, with an "I Break for Breakups" sticker slapped on his bumper. Wedding crasher? He's the wedding crashee - a nice guy who finishes not just last, but is the last to be told so by his former best friend running off with his fiancée. And, even worse, the Baxter's next in line...
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