Erica Brody

Conviction, Compassion and Outrage

New Yorkers speak scores of languages but its lingua franca is the language of change. ‘Activist New York,’ a new exhibit, tells the tale of change-makers as a love story.

The Sensual Embrace of Elinor Carucci’s Camera

Maybe you’ve already seen Elinor Carucci’s breasts, maybe not. They’re beautiful and have even appeared in The New York Times Magazine. Just don’t look for them in the award-winning photographer’s second monograph, “Diary of a Dancer” (Steidl, 2005). There, it’s her belly that’s bare.Carucci’s first collection, “Closer”

Kibbitzing Characters

‘Sphinx, how marvelous of you to know exactly the right hat to wear at 7 o’clock in the morning to meet a friend who has been away!” Oscar Wilde professed to ally Ada Leverson — using his familiar endearment — following his 1897 release from Reading Gaol. Two years’ hard labor served for the crime of sodomy had extinguished neither

Savoring the Sweetness of Honey and Its Easy Symbolism

The symbolism of honey is so simple that children ingest it as swiftly as they do its ambrosial sweetness. This, perhaps, explains why it’s so central to Rosh Hashana celebrations.My mother and I dished — about honey — over brunch this Sunday at Whim. (The popular fish restaurant on a tree-lined side street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, offers a

Beware: The Cat in the Hat Is Back

Zackary Sholem Berger is without a doubt a man of many hats. On September 14, he will don his silliest one — a towering red-and-white-striped hat — as he meanders up and down 13th Avenue near Eichler’s Judaica in Boro Park, Brooklyn, selling and signing copies of his new book, a Yiddish version of “The Cat

An Israeli Singer Takes Cancer Survivor Show on the Road

Israeli singer Tami Rimon once used her voice solely for entertaining — she has put out two albums in Israel and was known for making the rounds at formal functions and concert halls. But now, as a New York appearance last week made evident, Rimon’s performances have taken on a more serious tone.A hamsa and a pink ribbon adorning her

A DANCE IN EIGHT COLORS

A colorful new dance from the Neta Dance Company brings to life a fictional young woman pieced together from documentary-style reminiscences in the quirky and original “Rainbow Girl.” The full-length work, making its world premiere at the Flea Theater, was choreographed and directed by Neta Pulvermacher, who was born and raised on Israel’s

Wending Through the World of Yidishkayt

Eve Sicular began drumming when she was 8. But it wasn’t until her senior year at Harvard — she got her bachelor’s in Russian history and literature — that she first heard klezmer. She followed the suggestion of a musician friend and checked out the Klezmer Conservancy Band. Her reaction? “Wow!”In 1989, Sicular attended

OUT OF IRAQ: A DOCUMENTARY

Screening some 176 films over seven days at 11 venues, the second Tribeca Film Festival arrives May 7 in downtown Manhattan. With an array of offerings as diverse as the city itself, the festival was started last May in response to the September 11 attacks by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff as a way to contribute

A ZINE TO MAKE YOU PLOTZ

Publishing one’s own zine allows one to kvetch and kvell, rant and rave, race from one sentence to the next from high- to low-brow, sacred to profane then back again. Between 1995 and 2002, Barbara Rushkoff — Barbara Kligman until she married author Douglass Rushkoff — did just that, publishing 16 issues of her zine Plotz out of her East