About The Assimilator

The Assimilator lies at the intersection of high and low culture. Here, the latest developments and trends in Jewish art, books, dance, film, music, media, television and theater are all assimilated into one handy pop culture blog.

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Irving Fields Composer, Pianist and Friend Dies at 101

Irving Fields—composer, pianist and lover of life— died on August 20th at age 101. He thought he would live and be at the keyboard forever, as did his friends and fans. His performance portfolio ranged from concerts at Carnegie Hall to gigs at The Plaza, Miami Beach, the Catskills [Fallsview] and—amazingly—the marble and gilt abode of ** Ivana** and Donald Trump.

6 Things You Might Not Have Known About Steven Hill

Steven Hill, who made a name for himself as gruff district attorney Adam Schiff on “Law&Order,” died Tuesday in New York City. He was 94.

Joshua Bell Wows at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival

“I just love Joshua Bell!” gushed a lady next to me as we filed into David Geffen Hall for Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s August 17th concert. Greeted by a cheering audience, the comfortably attired, still youthful Grammy Award-winning violinist 48-year old Bell —accompanied by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under the baton of Matthew Hall [in his New York debut] —won a standing ovation for his bravura performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major [which —the program noted—included “Original cadenzas by Joshua Bell”]. The orchestra also performed Mendelssohn’s “Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream (1826), Beethoven’s “Overture to Coriolan” (1807) and Beethoven’s Symphony No 8 in F major (1812).

Football Star Terrell Suggs Got in Shape — by Cutting Down on Gefilte Fish

(JTA) — An NFL football player just gave Jewish mothers across the country another reason to worry about their children’s well-being. Gefilte fish is no good for those trying to maintain a healthy diet, suggested Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.

5 Must-See Movies Hitting Theaters This Fall

Light jackets, warm cider and a slamming roster of upcoming movies. What’s not to love about the fall?

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