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Out and About: Stanley Kubrik's Unmade Holocaust Movie; A 19th-Century Female Cantor Remembered

By Ezra Glinter

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: The Aryan Papers, Stanley Kubrik, Philip Roth, Out and About, Julie Eichberg Rosenwald, Israel Theater Prize, Jonathan Ames, Citizen Kane

Out and About: Ashkelon's Adult Archeology Camp; Leonard Nimoy Lives Long and Prospers

By Ezra Glinter

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Talmud, The Hobbit, South Korea, Park 51, Hannah Munitz, Leonard Nimoy, Maurice Sendak, Out and About, Gworzdziec Synagogue, Ground Zero Mosque, Bumble-Artdy, Bonnie Lucas, Anne Frank Museum

Out and About: Elizabeth Taylor's Best Roles; Translating Kabbalistic Poetry

By Ezra Glinter

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Tikkun, The Jump Artist, Sami Rohr Prize, Robyn Creswell, Peter Cole, Out and About, Michael Lerner, Joachim Prinz, Jackie Hoffman, Gene Simmons, Gary Baseman, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Dylan, Austin Ratner

Out and About: Talking Jewish in Livorno; Anselm Kiefer's Apocalyptic Vision

By Ezra Glinter

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‘The seven heavenly palaces’ by Anselm Kiefer at the Hangar Bicocca Contemporary Art Museum.

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: The Wolverine, South by Southwest, Out and About, Jack Garfein, J.D. Salinger, Isreal Festival, Darren Aronofsky, Clare Burson, Bagitto, Anselm Keifer

Out and About: Woody Allen on Marriage; Cynthia Ozick on Being a Jewish Writer

By Ezra Glinter

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Woody Allen, Rappaport Prize, Philip Glass, Out and About, Habitus, Maccabeats, Cynthia Ozick

Out and About: Rodin Stolen from Israel Museum; Michael Chabon's 'Hobgoblins'

By Ezra Glinter

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Sigrid Nunez, Yehoram GAon, Susan Sontag, Michael Chabon, Out and About, Leo Baeck Institute, Hobgoblin, Jay Landesman, Felix Lambersky, David Rieff, David Broder, Ayelet Waldman, Auguste Rodin, Anne Frank

Out and About: Spielberg Gets Wikileaks Movie; The Origins of Jewish Humor

By Ezra Glinter

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Wikileaks leader Julian Assange

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Yael Naim, Wikileaks Movie, Wikileaks, Steven Spielberg, Philip Roth, National Humanities Medal, Out and About, Moacyr Scliar, LABA, Julian Assange, Judith Coplon, Charles LeDray, Boris Pasternak

Out and About: Jewish Winners at the Oscars; Arguing for Modigliani

By Ezra Glinter

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  • Actress Natalie Portman and writers David Seidler and Aaron Sorkin were among the winners at last night’s Academy Awards. Also, the Israeli documentary “Strangers No More” took home the prize for best short documentary.

  • “Zenga Zenga,” An Israel video lampooning Muammar Gaddafi, has gone viral.

  • A new biography argues for the continuing relevance of Amedeo Modigliani.

  • The National Post talks to Forward contributor Michael Kaminer about “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women.”

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Strangers No More, Oscars, Out and About, Natalie Portman, Graphic Details, Muammar Gaddafi, David Seidler, Anost Lustig, Amedeo Modigliani, Academy Awards, Aaron Sorkin, Yehoshua November, Zenga Zenga

Out and About: Jewish Films Honored in Berlin; Painting Rahm Emanuel With Pancakes

By Ezra Glinter

  • How one of the most popular Jewish books of the modern era explained everything from Kabbalah to cosmology, astronomy, geography, botany, zoology and medicine.

  • Novelist David Bezmozgis and filmmaker Richard J. Lewis exchange letters on “Barney’s Version.”

Dan Lacey

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Yisroel Markov, The Three Stooges, The Lord of the Rings, The King's Speech, Richard J. Lewis, Rahm Emanuel, Out and About, Lalo Schifrin, Justin Timberlake, Jewlicious, David Bezmozgis, Christopher Hitchens, Barney's Version, Berlin International Film Festival

Out and About: Garry Kasparov on Bobby Fischer; Where Have All the Holocaust Movies Gone?

By Ezra Glinter

Konrad Bercovici
  • Garry Kasparov tells us what it’s like to play chess in the shadow of Bobby Fischer.

  • In a 1923 article in The Nation, “Romanian-Jewish-American-Yiddish novelist, journalist, dandy, screwball folklorist of the Gypsies” Konrad Bercovici described “The Greatest Jewish City in the World.”

  • An Israeli forger almost managed to sell a fake Kandinsky for three million Euro.

  • You have until February 27 to catch Yeshiva University’s annual Seforim Sale.

  • Sexploitation filmmaker David F. Friedman and actor Len Lesser, who played Uncle Leo on “Seinfeld,” have died.

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Zorba The Greek, Yehudah Halevi, Wassily Kandinsky, Uncle Leo, The Sway Machinery, Sexploitation, Seinfeld, Paul Kletzki, Out and About, Oscars, Mikis Theodorakis, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Len Lesser, Konrad Bercovici, Joe Banowetz, Jeremiah Lockwood, Jeffrey Kahane, Hillel Halkin, Grammys, Golden Globes, Garry Kasparov, Erwin Schulhoff, David F. Friedman, Daniel Hope, Bobby Fischer, Berlin International Film Festival

Out and About: Jonathan Lethem Leaves Brooklyn; Ketubahs for All

By Ezra Glinter

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Motherless Brooklyn, Out and About, Samuel Freedman, Moby Dick, Middle East Theater Academy, Ketubah, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Lethem, Ilan Stavans, Adah Isaacs Menken

Out and About: Iran beats Israeli Chess Record; Thorstein Veblen on Jewish Intellectualism

By Ezra Glinter

Detail from a mural by Maurice Sendak, now at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia.

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: The Morgan Library and Museum, Saul Bellow, Sami Rohr Prize, Safed Klezmer Festival, Roger Ebert, Out and About, Maurice Sendak, Just Go With It, Jennifer Aniston, J.D. Salinger, Grammy Awards, Eve Arnold, Cynthia Ozick, Chess, Bob Dylan, Avett Brothers, Albert Brooks, Adam Sandler, Thorstein Veblen, William Shatner

Out and About: Israeli Judaica Thieves Nabbed; Rise of the Classical Mandolin

By Ezra Glinter

Grammy nominated mandolinist Avi Avital

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Zackary Sholem Berger, Tuviah Friedman, True Grit, Thomas Ades, Schneerson Library, Out and About, Other Israel Film Festival, New World Symphony, Moyshe Nadir, Milan, Michael Tilson Thomas, Maus, Judaica, Joel Coen, Grammy Awards, Frank Gehry, Ethan Coen, Emanuel Vardi, Eleven Eleven, Dvoyre Fogel, Coen Brothers, Avi Avital, Art Spiegelman, Angouleme International Comics Festival

Out and About: Woody Allen Film To Open Cannes; The Legacy of Lenny Bruce

By Ezra Glinter

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Woody Allen, Tom Tom, Tom Segev, Simon Wiesenthal, Simon Sebag-Montefiore, Peep World, Sarah Silverman, Out and About, Mindy Abovitz, Midnight in Paris, Lenny Bruce, Jewish Review of Books, Jerusalem UFO, Hannah Arandt, Grammy Awards, Gershom Scholem, Drake, Charles King, Cannes, ArtScroll, Berenice, Albéric Magnard, Abraham Yurberg

Out and About: Israeli Winners at Sundance; Ian McEwan Defends Jerusalem Prize Acceptance

By Ezra Glinter

Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie, whose ‘Zero Motivation’ won the Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Two Israeli films, “Restoration” by Yossi Madmony and “Zero Motivation” by Talya Lavie, picked up prizes at Sundance.

  • The Egyptian Museum was hit by looters, but it could have been worse.

  • Israeli filmmakers have received death threats over their film on the Gaza war.

  • Ian McEwan has defended his decision to accept the Jerusalem Prize, telling his critics, “I’m for finding out for myself, and for dialogue, engagement, and looking of ways in which literature, especially fiction, with its impulse to enter other minds, can reach across political divides.”

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Zero Motivation, Yossi Madmony, Talya Lavie, Sundance, Seth Rogen, Saturday Night Live, SNL, Restoration, Mark Zuckerberg, My Mother's Curse, Out and About, Macy Gray, Looters, Jesse Eisenberg, Jerusalem Prize, Ian McEwan, Henry Meyer, Gaza, Egyptian Museum, Egypt, Barbra Streisand

Out and About: J.D. Salinger's Favorite Burger; Talmud in Italian

By Ezra Glinter

‘Composition with Mona Lisa’ by Kazimir Malevich, 1914
  • J.D. Salinger was a fan of Burger King, according to letters by the deceased author released today.

  • Forward contributor Sarah Wildman writes in Slate about the “Hitler and the Germans” exhibit at the German Historical Museum in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

  • Google has partnered with Yad Vashem to provide access to the museum’s documents and allow the public to fill in missing information.

  • Anne Applebaum writes about “The Way Back,” the first Hollywood film about the Soviet Gulag.

  • The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art is exhibiting a collection of Russian avant-garde paintings discovered in an “unclaimed shipping container in German customs.”

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Out and About: Bob Dylan's Book Deal; Orthodox Dance in Israel

By Ezra Glinter

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: The Seinfeld Chronicles, The Human Resources Manager, Seinfeld, Out and About, Oscars, Milton Rogovin, Ka'et, Melissa Rivers, Iranium, Joan Rivers, Holy Rollers, Hasidic Rebel, Don Kirshner, Bob Dylan

Out and About: Pearl Buck's Jewish Novel; Robert Moses, the Musical

By Ezra Glinter

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  • Get ready for the Robert Moses musical.

  • Find out what the New York Times best sellers were the week you were born (or any week, really).

  • HEEB talks to Eve Annenberg, whose film “Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish” (discussed in the Forward here) will screen on January 16 at the New York Jewish Film Festival.

  • New research shows that Wilhelm von Bode (1845-1929), the namesake of the Bode Museum in Berlin, was — get this — an anti-Semite.

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Out and About: Frank Gehry's Paper Bag Building; Digitized Music, Old and New

By Ezra Glinter

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Norman Lebrecht, Kevin Spacey, Jack Abramoff, J.D. Salinger, Henry Kissinger, Frank Gehry, Debbie Friedman, Chimen Abramsky, B.H. Friedman, Alex Ross, Abraham Inc., On China, Out and About, Sasha Abramsky, The Morgan Library and Museum, iPhone

Out and About: True Grit's Oscar Chances; Bullet-Stopping Books

By Ezra Glinter

  • Jewcy talks to novelist Myla Goldberg.

  • At Tablet, Leil Leibovitz eulogizes Israeli comic actor Yosef Shiloach.

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Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Witz, True Grit, Out and About, Oscars, Myla Goldberg, Leil Leibovitz, Khan Sharonim, Joshua Cohen, Joseph Brodsky, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Adam Kirsch, Yosef Shiloach




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