Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774
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Jay Leistner is getting in touch with his feminine side. All 300 pounds of it. An architect and interior designer who runs his own company in Jenkintown, Leistner has designs on what may be the role of his lifetime: Edna, the hefty housewife and heroine of Hairspray , the award-winning Broadway musical with a history of untraditional casting that puts...
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It's a show about "Let's put on a show!" But its production values are none that Mickey Rooney or Judy Garland would recognize, and its gamble more a multimillion buck bet than a dime-a-dozen lucky shot. Welcome to the pink-hair coiffed, too.And along the way, it smashes stereotypes that theater can only accommodate the purple-hair set. Smash , Steven Spielberg...
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Mordechai Shinefield, Jewish Exponent Feature
"There's a feeling that this is the next Brooklyn," Saul Sudin said, gesturing to the South Philadelphia neighborhood right outside Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel. Faced with the depressed urban scene surrounding the shul, one might be hard-pressed to share Sudin's enthusiasm. The synagogue, founded in 1876, sits deep in the neighborhood, sandwiched between row houses and across from empty...
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In the fall of 2001, South Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss first displayed a series of images on concrete columns beneath a vacant, elevated section of I-95. Then 31 years old, she lacked formal training, hadn't attended college and had owned her 35-mm camera for a little more than a year. But she dreamed big. An autodidact armed with vast knowledge...
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Oranit Solomonov flipped through her sketchbook, pausing to smooth out a page with a colorful airplane before moving on to a jaguar, a figure labeled "Hercules" and another unlabeled portrait.
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