Exit: Leah Adler

Written by Arnon Z. Shorr on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

A touching tribute to Steven Spielberg’s mother from a local Israeli American filmmaker upon her passing.

There’s a little kosher restaurant on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles called The Milky Way. It’s an unassuming establishment with a modest sign and a few potted plants out front. Thousands of people drive by it every day without a moment’s thought, but to those of us who know it, The Milky Way is an oasis.

The proprietor, Leah Adler, who celebrated her 97th birthday not long ago, passed away last week. To a great extent, the restaurant is an extension of Mrs. Adler. Its charm is her charm. Its welcoming warmth is an extension of her emphatic sense of hospitality.

Keep Still and Carry On

Written by Nancy Schreiber on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

The supercharged, super-fast, super-crowded and super-loud environment at rallies and marches makes it difficult to engage with a work slowly and quietly. This is the reason the exhibition “Enacting Stillness,” introducing politically engaged art to be contemplated and seen quietly and at one’s own pace, is so timely and important in the realm of art today.

“Enacting Stillness” is an exhibition of social-justice engaged work sponsored by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation at The 8th Floor gallery in New York. The 8th Floor is a private exhibition space established to promote cultural and philanthropic initiatives. Inspired by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, whose website notes its exploration of “the potential of art as an instrument of social change,” its exhibitions express the tenets of tikkun olam, showing artists’ attempts to make the public aware of situations and inspire them to consider solutions to fix the world.

Come for the Arts, Stay for Torah at ATARA

Written by Nancy Schreiber on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Rarely, if ever, has a concentration of arts programming come to the Baltimore area like the upcoming conference for Jewish Women in the Creative and Performing Arts. Marking the 10th anniversary of ATARA, The Arts & Torah Association for Religious Artists, the conference promises an exciting program of events held over three days.

From Thursday, March 2 through Sunday, March 5, various venues in Baltimore will offer multi-programmed, participatory, professionally led events and exhibitions of dance, theater and the visual arts. As well as classes in mime, mask making and creative writing, practical instruction in intellectual property law and commercial training for artists, will be included.

“The arts have tremendous, unique abilities— to captivate and unify, to draw out deep and often inaccessible emotions, and to convey ideas through art, music and movement that cannot be expressed or captured by language,” said Michelle Penn, owner and director of La Zooz Dance. Penn is both involved in organizing this year’s event with Director Miriam Leah Droz and is also one of the weekend’s performers.

Sing Out – or Otherwise Perform – O Jewish Women!

Written by BY: Barbara Trainin Blank on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

It is said every one of us has a trouper inside.

If you’re a female whose inner performer is looking to come out, or you’re someone who enjoys watching others display their talents, you should check out the third annual Open Mic Night for girls and women this Saturday night, February 4..

“Women are invited to share their talents or just be part of the audience,” said Dahlia Topolosky, creator and coordinator of the event.

Style Section: Coming Up Trumps!

Written by BY: Beverley Bloom on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

With a new glamorous first family firmly ensconced in the White House, style-watchers from around the globe will be eagerly watching the nation’s capital to see what fashionable ensembles the First Lady (and Daughter) will be wearing. The statuesque Melania will surely give Jackie O a run for her money in the style stakes.

Celebrity style, however, usually comes with a hefty price tag, so we want to create a designer look on a budget that can appeal to young professionals, working mums and anyone else looking to replicate that groomed sophistication (but without a team of stylists and make-up artists on call).

Larry Shor’s Greater Washington

Written by Super User on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

 “Why don’t you write a book?” This question has been asked of me countless times over the years. While circumstances never allowed me to do so, I am very excited for this opportunity to share what I have known, seen and experienced in my 60 years of life as a part of the Jewish community of this great city. In my lifetime, I have seen this city change in monumental and unthinkable ways, both in good times and in bad, up until the time they happened. The story of the last 60 years is my story, too. In each column, I will share pieces of that story. The details remain fresh in my mind.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Written by Dina Rokach on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

On August 17, 1790, President George Washington visited Newport, Rhode Island. He was greeted there by city officials and clergy. Moses Seixas, President of Congregation Yeshuat Israel, welcomed Washington as the leader of a new democracy “which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” A few days after leaving Newport, Washington wrote to Seixas, “May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

The warm sentiments expressed by George Washington surely make his home a fitting destination. At Mount Vernon, learn more about this historic figure–– the first President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army–– in a personal setting, the place he called home for most of his life.

The Story of “Cousin Kirk”

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I am sure that many of you saw the news in December that the legendary star Kirk Douglas turned 100 years old. It turns out that we have a family connection that goes way back.

Here’s the story: Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, New York, just a short distance from Albany where my dad Nate Shor a”h was born. (How the family got to Washington in 1944 is the subject for another column). It turns out that our two families are somehow related; cousins of cousins, etc.

Capital Arts

Written by BY: Nancy Schreiber, Arts Editor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Welcome to the inaugural issue of a new newspaper, Kol HaBirah: Voice of the Capitol, and to the inauguration of a new President Trump.

As Kol Habirah considers the artistic landscape of the Greater Washington area and beyond, we will consider the particular concerns of our region and how artists express their views and comments on those concerns. We will relate the arts in the region to events in our nation’s capital, and hope you will read our views and send us your views in return.  

Free to see

Written by BY: Dinah Rokach on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

As Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees, approaches, we think of trees in bloom heralding the spring season. In the land of Israel, this harbinger of springtime takes place when the sap in fact is rising, but that stands in contrast to our stark February landscape of bare trees bereft of their leafy adornments. 

Let me offer a solution to this seasonal dissonance: the United States Botanic Garden beckons us to enjoy indoor trees in the full flowering of warmer climes. What a refreshing way to spend time on a cold winter’s day.