An HBO film directed by Oliver Stone and about New York City “master builder” Robert Moses is in the works.
David P. Goldman explains what makes Don Giovanni a Jewish opera.
Benjamin Millepied, dancer and husband to Natalie Portman, is retiring from the New York City Ballet.
The Public Theater celebrated its late artistic director, Joseph Papp, with an evening of reminiscing and a new documentary, “ Joe Papp in Five Acts.”
Steven Spielberg’s new blockbuster, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” has been released in the United Kingdom, where it is raising the ire of some Tintinologists.
Midrash Manicures gets the Times treatment.
Allan Nadler ponders how synagogues become ghost towns after the High Holy Days.
Edward Rothstein visits the Dead Sea Scrolls in Times Square.
Eli D. Clark finds out what Jewish texts have to say about vampires and witches.
Paul McCartney may convert to Judaism, the National Enquirer and HEEB say.
Eric Banks revisits the question of Gertrude Stein’s fascism in “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” Read The Arty Semite’s post on the subject here.
The latest edition of The Journal of Religion and Film features two new essays on the Coen brothers’ “A Serious Man.”
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Ezra Glinter is the critic-at-large of the Forward.