The Russian Tea Room was the perfect venue to host a “Broadway Luncheon” for the launch of the new musical “DOCTOR ZHIVAGO.” The exclusive event organized by American Friends of Rabin Medical Center’s executive director Joshua Plaut for seventy-five lucky guests, who got to meet “Zhivago” producer Anita Waxman and songwriter and composer Lucy Simon sister of Carly Simon and daughter of the Simon & Schuster publishing magnates.
It’s May 4th.
It’s May the 4th, or, more precisely, May the 4th Be With You! While some of you intend to celebrate this most important of holidays with some “Star Wars” marathon-ing (the original trilogy, yes?)or with a critical analysis of the trailers for the upcoming and much anticipated new movie, here are 9 (5 + 4, get it?!) Jewish things you may not know about “Star Wars”:
When I heard that the writers Deborah Eisenberg, Teju Cole, Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Rachael Kushner and Taiye Salasi had publically withdrawn from their roles as table hosts for PEN America’s annual gala in protest over the organization’s decision to award Charlie Hebdo the Freedom of Expression Courage Award, my first reaction was to cringe at the spectacle of a group of writers — many of whom I greatly respect — coming out against a clearly beleaguered, clearly courageous publication simply because they disagreed with its politics.