Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775
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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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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
One of the great cultural ambassadors of the State of Israel, the Batsheva Dance Company presented its first-ever Philadelphia performance at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts during the area's most recent winter storm. But the weather did not deter a full house of multigenerational modern-dance aficionados from enjoying this engrossing program. Founded in 1964 by international choreographer Martha...
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