This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

  • Dan Friedman goes to see “Queen of the Sun,” a film about the potentially-catastrophic plight of North American bees.

  • Nathan Jeffay looks into the controversy surrounding the first Jerusalem performance of “Jérusalem,” the Verdi opera about the Crusades.

  • Yevgeniya Traps reviews “You Must Go and Win,” a memoir about trying to make it in the music business by Aline Simone, an immigrant from the Former Soviet Union.

  • Lawrence L. Langer reviews “The End of the Holocaust” by Alvin H. Rosenfeld, a book about how popular culture has influenced Holocaust awareness.

  • Philologos explains how the Yiddish word for wig stretches back to parrots, rocks and Jesus.

  • In honor of Father’s Day, Ellen M. Kozak tells how she discovered her grandfather’s letter to the Bintel Brief from December 3, 1913.

  • Benjamin Ivry celebrates the centenary of film composer Bernard Hermann, best known for his scores for movies by Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.

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