Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
When the opening lyrics to Journey's 1980s hit, "Don't Stop Believin' " played, Ilene Fink put her hands in the air and let out a roaring, "Woooo!" "I can't believe they're not all going wild over this song," said Fink, as her red-and-black Santa's cap waved back and forth on the dance floor at Cuba Libre on Christmas Eve. Then,...
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Gene Simmons ... a Kiss-up to Donald Trump? This I gotta see. It may or may not happen, but then again, when you're a member of "The Celebrity Apprentice" arrivistes, who knows what kind of tongue-lashing is due you from the Donald? The new spin on the seemingly spun-around "Apprentice" will star Trump in charge, but with his wannabe stars...
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The Berlin wall of sound may provide the quintessential centerpiece for the "Jewish American" series. "Irving Berlin," says David Grubin, its exec-in-charge, "is a perfect example" of what the series attempts to show. "He was Jewish down to his toenails. Yet here is someone who wrote some of the best known Christmas songs ('White Christmas') and was so assimilated into...
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If Milton Berle looked comfortable in a dress, why not a coonskin cap? As one of the "Pioneers of Television," Uncle Miltie of the millions was a Jewish Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier that was the Philco TV in our house, where "Our Crowd" was crowded into the living room, family and friends jamming in to see the...
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A poet creates a sound -- a vision, really -- of his own making
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Louis Zukofsky has been called the most influential poet you've never heard of. Much like his fellow Objectivist, Charles Reznikoff, whom I wrote about several weeks ago, he toiled in almost complete obscurity, unknown to readers and critics alike, though during his lifetime, he and his work were beloved by many other poets. These days, however, he's been getting some...
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