Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774

Songwriter supplies his lyrics, plus thoughts on what swayed him melodically
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I have no objectivity when it comes to Finishing the Hat , Stephen Sondheim's collected lyrics covering the years 1954-1981, recently published by Alfred A. Knopf. How could I, when the musicals discussed in these pages, beginning with Gypsy , which I saw during its Philadelphia tryout in 1959, have made up some of the most memorable moments...
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It's luxurious but affordable, sensuous but innocent
BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP Despite the often gray and dismal skies of February, I look forward to when the calendar reaches the 14th -- Valentine's Day -- so that I have a legitimate excuse to create a chocolate buffet and send out invitations. It's luxurious but affordable, sensuous but innocent. Imagine the allure of a table laden with a sumptuous selection...
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Eileen Goltz, Jewish Exponent Feature
SLICE OF LIFE As secular holidays go, for me and most other Jews, Valentine's Day is nothing special -- a kiss, maybe a card, and then life goes on. But for others, it becomes the sweep-me-off-my-feet or you're dead-meat romance day of the year, and woe to any partner who fails to participate in the grand adventure. But why all...
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Nat Hentoff dissects and praises the healing -- and unifying -- power of jazz
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SPEAKING VOLUMES In the introduction to At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene , published by University of California Press, Nat Hentoff, who worked for The Village Voice for decades before being rudely dismissed in 2008, described how as an 11-year-old, he heard some Artie Shaw music emanating from a Boston record shop and was changed...
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
THE JEWISH KITCHEN Apples and bananas are year-round fruits. When strawberries, plums and peaches have been shipped in from another continent to be sold to consumers at soaring prices, bananas and an ever-expanding variety of apples are always available in our markets, reasonably priced and packed with flavor. Thanks to cultivation in the southern hemisphere and controlled atmosphere storage, apples...
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