Monday, May 25, 2015 Sivan 7, 5775
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Sidney Kimmel In 2001, in the middle of December, 40,000 Philadelphians flocked to the Avenue of the Arts for the grand opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. They wanted to see for themselves what many had criticized and mocked. What had Sidney Kimmel’s $35 million created on this nondescript piece of real estate in the heart of...
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If there were any lingering questions about the Gershman Y's intent to become an integral part of Jewish Philadelphia's cultural landscape, next week's appearance by Bebe Neuwirth in a benefit performance for the landmark institution should go a long way toward answering them. On May 23, Broadway luminary Neuwirth will take the stage of the Prince Music Theater to perform...
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An overview for the Exponent's 125th anniversary
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Philadelphia’s cultural canvas bears the distinct imprint of the Jews who have been creators, producers and patrons of the arts. Music, theater, food, literature, paintings, radio, television, newspapers: Philadelphia’s Jews have been leaders in the creation and cultivation of every sphere. The Jewish influence is heard in the orchestrations of Eugene Ormandy and the klezmer trumpeting of Susan Watts. It’s read...
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Did Eran Kolirin expect a big brass band to trumpet his arrival last week as a visiting scholar at Temple University? No, chuckles the award-winning Israeli director of the acclaimed film The Band's Visit ; no band in sight. There was, however, the music of movies as he set the scene as a participant in the Schusterman Visiting Artist Program,...
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Creators of Judaica reveal their inspirations
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S etting the seder table with her mother is one of Joy Stember’s cherished childhood memories. Before their Melrose Park home became filled with friends, laughter and prayers, Stember and her mother had their own ritual. “For place settings, we used my grandmother’s fine china with gold edging, which we only used at Passover and Rosh Hashanah,” Stember says. “Then...
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