Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

From Hobbit to Hebrew, actor speaks the language of success
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There's the ring of truth - and fantasy - in the quiet wizardry Elijah Wood applies to his magic wand of quirky characters. From "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy to the singular sensation that is "Everything Is Illuminated" - which opens Friday, Sept. 30 - Wood illuminates the human (and elfin) condition, radiating rays from within. From Hobbit to...
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David Tilman, JE Feature
After four years in operation, is the Kimmel Center Inc. - which manages Verizon Hall and the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the refurbished Academy of Music - satisfied? Sure, these facilities serve as the home venues for our most prominent performing arts organizations, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the...
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A little chill in the air, a nip at your nose - and some cool stuff in movie theaters! It's that time of year when Hollywood brings out its best and brightest - and "On the Scene" says: Bring it on! Who's to benefit? A lucky "On the Scene" fan who will receive a movie package of tickets and popcorn...
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Who will buy this wonderful mourning? Going back to its enlightening literary source and forsaking the misguided madcap mischief of the bouncy Broadway musical, Roman Polanski's deliciously dark "Oliver Twist" twists and shouts for attention and acclaim even as it surely will alienate those who consider anything but total faithfulness to the Charles Dickens book so much gruel. Balderdash! Oscar-winning...
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Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman, JE Feature
On a bright, beautiful Sunday evening in September, the plane bringing Israeli superstar Sarit Hadad to Philadelphia from her most recent appearance in Canada was inexplicably delayed. Sharona Durry, a key organizer of PhillyIsraelim, which sponsored the event, was nervous. "This is our biggest program ever," she fretted, concerned that the capacity crowd waiting impatiently at Center City's Trocadero Theater...
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