Simi Horwitz


'Bearded Lady' and 'Gender Terrorist' Take Performance Art Beyond the Fringes

By Simi Horwitz

'Bearded Lady' and 'Gender Terrorist' Take Performance Art Beyond the Fringes
What does doing a strip tease as a rabbi or working under the stage name ‘bearded lady’ have to do with Judaism? For two ‘extreme performance artists,’ faith is everything.Read More


'Fiddler on the Roof' Turns 50 With an All-Star Celebration

By Simi Horwitz

'Fiddler on the Roof' Turns 50 With an All-Star Celebration
The landmark and ground-breaking musical, ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ is commemorating its 50th anniversary — at the same time its lyricist Sheldon Harnick is turning 90.Read More


Jewish Drag Kings Reclaim Male Roles for Women

By Simi Horwitz

Jewish Drag Kings Reclaim Male Roles for Women
An actress donning a hasidic rabbi’s outfit for a performance might be considered offensive by some — but a growing number of Jewish drag king performers redefine male Jewish roles.Read More


Genocide Remembrance From New York to Rwanda

By Simi Horwitz

Genocide Remembrance From New York to Rwanda
To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the genocide of the Tutsi people in Rwanda, the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will present a staged reading of actor-writer Jay O. Sanders’ play “Unexplored Interior” on May 11.Read More


Israeli Films Show Nuance at Tribeca Film Fest

By Simi Horwitz

Israeli Films Show Nuance at Tribeca Film Fest
Two films screening at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival show subtle and nuanced perspectives on Israeli life from a woman’s point of view.Read More






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