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Out and About: Darren Aronofsky’s New Pilot; Oskar Schindler’s Art Museum

  • On Killing the Buddha, The Arty Semite contributor Gordon Haber adds a personal reflection to the circumcision debate in California.

  • Bucharest is getting its very first Jewish Film Festival.

  • Oskar Schindler’s factory in Krakow has been turned into a contemporary art museum.

  • Meet Xu Long, a Chinese chef with a passion for ancient Jewish coins.

  • Darren Aronofsky is signed on to direct “Hobgolin,” a pilot for HBO written by husband and wife team Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman about con men and magicians who battle Nazis during World War II.

  • Jeffrey Goldberg interviews Orthodox Jewish Milton scholar William Kolbrener about his new book, “Open Minded Torah.”

  • Bethlehem Shoals profiles Nadav Samin, a hip-hop pioneer turned Princeton doctoral candidate.

  • Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (reviewed on The Arty Semite here) will be shown on over 1,000 screens, making it the widest release of Allen’s career.

  • Christopher Hitchens takes on David Mamet in The New York Times.

  • Why a photography book with pictures of nude men skiing was a bestseller in Nazi Germany.

  • The Daily News profiles 84-year-old Brooklyn inventor George Weiss:

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