Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

Composer John Kander plays on social injustice, comfortable at making an audience squirm a bit
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Razzle-dazzle 'em? Who better than John Kander. The Chicago composer has always thought of Broadway as his kind of town. Now, it may be Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Theatre Company www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org has bagged some major bragging rights in bringing The Scottsboro Boys -- a critically acclaimed theater piece that nevertheless got the audience's heave on Broadway in December 2010 -- to...
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Shalom Auslander, a 41-year-old fiction writer and essayist, lives in upstate New York and grew up in the Orthodox enclave of Monsey, N.Y. Much of his profanity-laced writing -- including his 2007 memoir, Foreskin's Lament -- focuses on his break from his religious upbringing and could be described as darkly comic. The married father of two young sons recently published...
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Rivka Tal, Jewish Exponent Feature
A TASTE OF ISRAEL The little garden in front of our apartment here in Jerusalem isn't doing too well lately. We've had to be miserly with watering because of Israel's severe water shortage (always a problem, but worse the last few years). But our lemon tree does remarkably well even in the face of neglect. Admittedly, its produce is not...
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In the fall of 2001, South Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss first displayed a series of images on concrete columns beneath a vacant, elevated section of I-95. Then 31 years old, she lacked formal training, hadn't attended college and had owned her 35-mm camera for a little more than a year. But she dreamed big. An autodidact armed with vast knowledge...
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Can Chelsea Handler's Vodka-swigged and swaggered life be the tonic for NBC's less-than-intoxicating ratings? The network seems to think so and has a toast at the ready for her new series set in a bar. Buying a round for Handler? Why not; it's easy going down: She's been a major success at nearly every project she's tried. Indeed, Chelsea in...
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