Arts & Culture

Of Gilda Radner, Ivan Boesky, Boisterous Brisket and 9 Other Facts About Jewish Michigan

By Forward Staff

Jews first came to the Great Lake State during the Revolutionary War — and never left. The state gave us Gilda Radner, Ivan Boesky and a sammy called ‘Boisterous Brisket.’Read More

An Eccentric Archeologist Who Drew a Line in the Sand

By Menachem Wecker

Ernst Herzfeld is not a household name — but his early 20th century excavations in Samarra and Persepolis are world famous. A new exhibit sheds light on the eccentric character.Read More

The Neal Pollack Guide to Awards Season

By Neal Pollack

Neal Pollack explains why you should — or shouldn’t — care about awards season. Hint: There is some self-hatred involved.Read More

Behind the Small Screen at Jon Stewart's Gig

By Anna Goldenberg

Scoring tickets for Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ is just the start of some serious business. Anna Goldenberg chronicles a day-long struggle of paranoia, exercise and swooning.Read More

How Iranian-Jewish Women Started a Writers' Revolution

By Benjamin Ivry

Most of the 80,000 or so Jews living in Iran fled after the 1979 Islamic revolution. But their history and culture still imbue the works of writers like Roya Hakakian, Dalia Sofer, Gina Nahai.Read More

Like Father, Like Daughter? Hopefully Not When It Comes to 'I'm Gonna Pray for You.'

By Jesse Oxfeld

The father is a bombastic narcissist in ‘I’m Gonna Pray for You.’ The daughter of Jules Feiffer created the funny new play — so here’s hoping it’s not too autobiographical.Read More

Al Pacino Plays a Philip Roth Character Gone Literally Insane in 'The Humbling'

By Ezra Glinter

Barry Levinson’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel ‘The Humbling’ feels like driving a car with a flat tire. Can Al Pacino steer it right as the flick speeds toward a tremendous smash-up?Read More

Viva Las (Oscar) Goodman

By Sarah Feldberg

Oscar Goodman’s a mob lawyer who defended Meyer Lansky and went on to win two terms as Las Vegas mayor. What better guy to be Sin City’s spokesman?Read More

When Dylan Does It Better Than Sinatra (Assuming You Don't Care For Sinatra)

By Adam Langer

Bob Dylan’s forthcoming album ‘Shadows in the Night’ features covers of Frank Sinatra tunes. Adam Langer says the Bard brings a haunting quality to ‘Stay With Me’ that Sinatra lacked.Read More

Why European NGO's and the Red Cross Are Real Enemies in Israel

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Idealistic young Germans once came to Israel to make amends for the Holocaust. Now they come for a whole different purpose, and Tuvia Tenenbom explains why that’s a problem.Read More

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