Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

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When readers become deeply attached to a popular or classic novel, they're often not happy with what's done to it when it's adapted to film. The more beloved the work, in fact, the more extreme the reaction. But I just discovered that the reverse is sometimes true. When you're not so impressed with a piece of fiction, it can, at...
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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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Arresting Developments It’s time for Martha! (And TLW is not talking about the “doing time” variety.) With her two shows set to premiere in the next two weeks — the syndicated “Martha,” Sept. 12; and NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,” Sept. 21 — TLW got a chance to hear the merry miscreant the other day. (Not asked: Whether she ever...
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Score one for 'Hairspray's hotcomb
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"Hairspray" adds a schpritz of Marc Shaiman sheen to a shandah-shellacked time in history - all with a little rock and roiling of the John Waters. The Tony Award-winning musical, now on stage at the Merriam Theater in Center City, uses Waters' divine rod of a raunchy rabble-rouser film made in 1988 (but set in the uncivil rites of the...
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Jewish cuisine of Italy
Courtesy of Chronicle Books For more than 2,000 years, Jewish families have lived in Italy. Their cuisine — a mix of Middle Eastern, Spanish and Sephardic influences — were not the stuff of household American cookbooks; that is, until 1998, when a rather eclectic work called Cucina Ebraica: Flavors of the Italian Jewish Kitchen was put together by Joyce Goldstein,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Like other musicians, Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner played conventional rock 'n' roll guitar for years: one band in high school, another one in college. He played the same music while touring with group after group once he graduated from Boston University, but felt something was missing. "It wasn't really sounding like what I was hearing," offered Brenner, a 39-year-old with dark...
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