Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
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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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Miscreants in men's rooms? Conned by Congress? Dow going down, down, down? Elaina Newport steps right into it. As a founding member and saucy strutter in the Capitol Steps -- which takes skittish Washington apart in skits that skewer the skunks -- Newport and her merry marauders see politics as unusual, and usually turn Washington on its pointed head. It's...
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Rita Rosen Poley, JE Feature
For artists looking for inspiration, Purim is a welcome holiday on the Jewish calendar. It involves a Jewish "queen," Esther; her gallant uncle, Mordechai; an evil force, Haman; and a king, Ahashuerus. All this is the stuff that fairy tales -- in this case, Jewish fairy tales -- are made of. Local artist Karen Shain Schloss incorporates the story of...
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After hyping Hollywood to the high heavens and pressing press releases into proffered hands for decades -- as well as pampering the young, the restless and the frequently unreasonable -- who better to claim Bragman's Rites than Howard Bragman? But Bragman isn't bragging, even though he rightfully could; after all, it's his party and he'll kvell if he wants to...
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Rita Rosen Poley, JE Feature
During the last 75 years, the Tyler School of Art has occupied a bucolic campus in a sleepy part of Elkins Park. This remote haven offered student artists the opportunity to craft their art in a quirky studio setting surrounded by trees, streams and wildlife. At the same time, Philadelphian Jack Wolgin was building a business empire, largely based on...
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