Arts & Culture

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

Of Sammy Davis, Sheldon Adelson, Blue Jeans and 9 Other Facts About (Jewish) Nevada

By Sarah Feldberg

From Levi’s jeans to Sammy Davis’ conversion, the Silver State’s Jewish history featured everything that would make for a great movie.Read More

Why 'Honeymoon in Vegas' Is Quintessential Jewish Mother Story

By Jesse Oxfeld

The new Broadway musical ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ is goofy and slight, but enormously entertaining. It’s also an overtly Jewish musical in the Woody Allen mold, Jesse Oxfeld writes.Read More

Jo Milgrom's Torah Mantles Are Definitely Art. But Are They Kosher?

By Shira Rubin

Jo Milgrom rescues precious artifacts for her eye-catching artwork. When she started using old Torah mantles, some critics say she went too far.Read More

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