The Arty Semite

Out and About, Purim Style

By Dan Friedman

Difficult to believe but all these things seem to be actually in the news. It must be Purim.

  • Woody Allen is going to pimp out John Turturro in Turturro’s new movie. They both live in a Hasidic neighborhood and they use the names Virgil and Bongo to avoid suspicion. Can’t wait to see “Fading Gigolo.”

  • Where do you go to see ice in April? Jerusalem, of course. Chinese ice sculptors headed to Israel for the Jerusalem Ice Festival.

  • Ladino rocker Dan Saks from DeLeon (and also the Macaroons) was in Trinidad for kosher cooking. Really. Video proof here and recipe here.

  • Shimon Peres went to Facebook headquarters in search of a new avenue to peace. Or just for a little peace himself, not clear exactly which.

  • Perhaps more credible is the Backward, featuring Bar Refaeli’s Yo-Yo burka, the Samson juicing controversy and the Goldfarb bar mitzvah review.

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Forum Celebrates Primo Levi's Science

By Jillian Steinhauer

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Primo Levi is most commonly remembered as a Holocaust survivor and memoirist, but given his relentlessly humanist concerns, we would dishonor him by forgetting that he was also a man made of more than just his time at Auschwitz. In fact, Levi had two great loves: science — he trained as a chemist at the University of Turin — and writing, penning 14 books.

This year, New York’s Primo Levi Center reminds us of these other aspects of the life of its namesake by dedicating its annual forum to Levi’s writings on science. The forum opened on November 7 with a staged reading of “The Mark of the Chemist,” a short play that compiles passages spoken and written by Levi into a conversation with a fictional interviewer. The performance, which took place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, was the play’s English-language premiere, and starred John Turturro as Levi and The New Yorker dance critic Joan Acocella as the interviewer, with live music by guitarist Marco Cappelli.

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Out and About: Hating on Jon Stewart; George Clooney in Haifa

By Ezra Glinter

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  • The publication of “Truth and Consequences,” an inside look at the Madoff family, has been moved up to the end of October.

  • “Modern Family” took home five Emmy Awards at last night’s ceremony, while other awards were taken by “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” “The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies, Kyle Chandler from “Friday Night Lights,” “Mad Men” for best drama and Martin Scorsese as director of “Boardwalk Empire.”

  • Not everyone loves Jon Stewart, however. Especially not Esquire’s Tom Junod.

  • George Clooney’s “Ides of March” will open the Haifa International Film Festival.

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