Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Shevat 8, 5775
David Brenner starts his 'Leave 'em Laughing' tour in a town he never really left behind
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In his newly staged world series of stand-up, David Brenner has opened with a home run. "What more can a Philly guy do than start my tour right here, right at home?" says the comedian/author whose own West Side story recalls his days as a gang member in West Philly and whose South Philly roots had him rooting for rock...
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Plastic -- don't leave home without it! Joan Rivers' credit card of a mantra? To her credit, the comely comedian whose caustic wit is as scalpel-scary as the surgery she's undergone, is, at 76 trombones of a career and years, very much an up-and-comer. C'mon, you're saying? In the neck and neck -- nip 'n' tuck -- face off at...
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Rita Rosen Poley, JE Feature
"Besa: Albanian Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust" is the title of an exhibition at Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim -- and the subject that has occupied photographer Norman Gershman for the past five years. The exhibit at the synagogue in Wynnewood ( www.mlrt.org ) opens on April 13. Through his camera's lens, Gershman -- who was born...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
According to the Talmud, "a dream left without interpretation is like a letter left unread." More than 200 people turned out recently to "read" such letters, so to speak, at "The Gift of the Dream," a one-day conference at Germantown Jewish Centre that examined the content of dreams, what they mean and their role in Jewish life throughout history. Topics...
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Marsha Bryan Edelman, JE Feature
In the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Leonard Bernstein posited that, "Our response to violence is to make music more beautifully and more intensely than ever." Composer Oliver Messiaen, who was interned in a German prison camp during World War II, believed that the work of artists and musicians, even -- or perhaps especially in the...
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