Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

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In one poem, acclaimed Yiddish poet, singer and songwriter Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman uses nature references to recall her childhood. One line goes as follows: "I've come such a long way." And that she has. Schaechter-Gottesman, 87, a Holocaust survivor, recounted not just her own journey during a recent event in Elkins Park, but that of the language and culture she uses...
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Earlier this year, I wrote a piece about Thomas Eakins -- the occasion was the appearance of a fine new biography by William S. McFeely -- and I described him as the greatest painter this city ever produced, as well as one of many artists that our fair metropolis also saw fit to abuse (in saying this, I was thinking...
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A little help for those who never mix milk with anything
If you think steering clear of dairy means giving up your favorite dishes, then you're in for a delicious surprise. In her new book -- Levana Cooks Dairy-Free! -- restaurateur, chef and cooking instructor Levana Kirschenbaum offers a collection of recipes made with natural dairy alternatives, such as soy, rice, oat, and almond and coconut milks, that are all significantly...
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Artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel bursts through physical confines of a 'Diving Bell'
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The term "stroke of luck" could not have taken on a more odious oxymoronic meaning than it did for French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, at 43, in 1995, was dealt an unfashionable fillip by life -- a freakish stroke that left him painfully paralyzed, with the exception of his left eye. And for a man who always had an...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
I never know what I'll find each summer when I go to the "Athfest" in Athens, Ga., but I always stumble across at least one gem. One of my favorite discoveries this year was Allison Weiss and the Bandits. They looked like Lisa Loeb fronting a punk band and sounded like tight pop pros. Better yet, they sank their hooks...
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