This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

  • On Global Smurf Day, Roi Ben-Yehuda looks at the show’s misogynist and anti-Semitic tendencies.

  • Laura Hodes goes to see “The Last Act of Lilka Kadison,” a play at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company about the magic of the theater.

  • Josh Lambert lauds “Farm 54,” a series of graphic short stories by brother and sister Gilad and Galit Seliktar set in rural Israel of the 1980s.

  • Philologos explains the hubbub in Israel over the wording of the Yizkor prayer.

  • Gordon Haber agrees: David Mamet is off his keel.

  • Jerome Chanes reviews “Bismark: A Life” by Jonathan Steinberg.

  • Lisa Traiger looks back on the career of Liz Lerman as she steps down from leading the Maryland-based Dance Exchange.

  • Jordana Horn reviews “The Names of Love” and the trend of ditzy heroines in French films.

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