Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775
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Well, rock my world: VH1 is presenting "So Jewtastic" as part of its "All Access Presents." Oy! Nah. Make that Yo! Because it's all a topsy-turvy world, isn't it? Madonna as Esther, Adam Goldberg, "The Hebrew Hammer" … Suddenly, hip-hop has become hopped-up Yiddishkeit? Bling it on! And that's what happens in "So Jewtastic," being shown by the cable network...
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What makes Christmas Carol kosher? Is it the fact that she doesn't mix milk and meat in her mince pies while putting up the tree? "Exactly," says Peter Gordon with a laugh. Wrong answer; right expert opinion. Gordon should know - as should colleague Michael Lange, both of whom make up the silliest music possible. But that's their bizarre -...
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On Stage
Who knew you could form a band while dropping the trombone segment of "slide trombone" and just keeping the slides? Welcome to the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, where a picture is worth more than a thousand words - it's worth two hours of the most unusual concert this side of recording a family Passover seder. And who could pass up...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Seeing Harvey Fierstein in "Fiddler on the Roof" last winter made me think about how the world has gotten better since Shalom Aleichem's day. And how it's gotten worse. And about how inevitable it was that, once in America, Tevye's youngest daughter would vex her poor, traditional father by marrying a woman. One thing I didn't think about was how...
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Just when you think you know Kristin Hersh's game, she changes the rules of play. In 1986, Throwing Muses - which she and stepsister Tanya Donelly founded in high school - released the first of eight off-kilter pop albums. Donelly, who left to get the Breeders off the ground before hitting it big with Belly, was long gone by the...
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