Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
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Yocheved Miriam Russo, JE Feature
"It's nice to see so many Jews in the audience," jokes Arab comedian Ray Hanania. "I view you all as potential hostages." The Jerusalem audience claps, howling with laughter. In another setting, that comment wouldn't be quite so funny. But plunked down in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour, it's the perfect joke: It makes fun of the situation,...
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Just in time for spring training, a baseball fan offers one right down the middle
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
Baseball as an art canvas? Sure, the game is considered as an art by fans. But as a canvas? That's the idea behind the business Conversation Pieces Inc., a local company that's the brainchild of Emily Wolfson of Bala Cynwyd. She paints intricate scenes on official size and weight baseballs -- in the process transforming an ordinary piece of sports...
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Ryan Teitman
Jonathan Hertzel's sculptures look like pillars of metallic fire. They are figures in motion, undulating and mysterious. His bronze sculpture Narrator seems to wrap its way skyward in a twisting stream of curved metal. Another work, Gathering , appears as a swirling mass -- a cross between a whirlwind and a ballet dancer. Hertzel considers himself a figurative sculptor, which...
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Art works to take a political slant on Middle East
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Created by Israeli and Palestinian artists, the 35 silkscreen prints now on display at Haverford College vary from highly abstract works to more direct representations; from the conciliatory -- a depiction of Palestinian and Israeli flags entwined with a white dove flying overhead -- to more charged expressions of war, conflict and loss in the holy land. While the pieces...
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Lining the walls of photographer Zoe Strauss' dimly lit South Philly studio are images of people and places that have seemingly been left behind by the city's economic resurgence -- pictures of abandoned buildings, discarded mattresses, and a seemingly confused elderly woman on the street, wearing a robe and slippers, and clutching a dog. "My work really isn't documentary; it's...
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