Arts and Culture

Jewish countertenor, 23, wins prestigious Metropolitan Opera award

NEW YORK (JTA) — A 23-year-old Jewish singer won a prominent competition held by the Metropolitan Opera.

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, a countertenor from Brooklyn, was one of six winners among the nine finalists who performed at the National Council Auditions Grand Finals at Lincoln Center on Sunday. The prize is...
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Louis Moreau Institute hosts two classical concerts

The Louis Moreau Institute for New Music Performance, a classical concert arts organization, hosts the first of two concerts tonight with “American Extremes” at the Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand Street, at 7:30 p.m.

“American Extremes” features Steve Reich’s “Different Trains,” the New Orleans premiere of Mario Davidovsky’s “Quartetto No....
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Compost Cookie Hamantaschen Recipe

By SHANNON SARNA

(Nosher via JTA) — If you’ve never made compost cookies, but you love desserts that are a little salty and a little sweet, this cookie (and hamantaschen) are for you. Do a quick Google search for “compost cookie” and you will come up with dozens of recipes. But...
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Homeland Security working with Jewish communities following bomb threats

(JTA) — The Department of Homeland Security said in the wake of bomb threats to dozens of JCCs that it was “working closely with Jewish communities to advise and support on protective measures they can put in place to help keep people in their community safe.”

Secretary John Kelly in...
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Oscars 2017: 7 unexpected Jewish facts

(JTA) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was happy to forget 2016, when it was widely eviscerated for nominating only white artists in the major award categories for the second straight year.

But things were different at this year’s Academy Awards, which aired Sunday night, as they...
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Yiddish-Cuban opera to premiere in Havana

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A new opera based on an 86-year-old Yiddish poem about a Taino indigenous chief who resisted the Spanish invaders will have its premiere in Havana next month.

“Hatuey: Memory of Fire” will open in the Cuban capital on March 3, The New York Times reported.

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An ode to ‘Girls,’ Lena Dunham and modern Jewish neuroticism

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — The HBO series “Girls” may no longer be the definitive show of the millennial generation — but as it enters its sixth and final season this week, it remains relevant in myriad ways.

“Girls” debuted in 2012 — when the Jewish creator and star Lena...
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Jewish Composer Lecture Series concert tonight at 7:00 at Touro

George Dansker will hold the latest in his continuing Jewish Composer Lecture Series with a concert tonight at 7:00 p.m. following worship services at Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Avenue.

“All the Sounds of the Earth Are Like Music: The Great Broadway Musicals of Richard Rodgers” will feature Cantor David...
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Pianist, singer Gary Negbaur returns to New Orleans

Pianist and singer Gary Negbaur returns to New Orleans on Tuesday, January 24, putting in an appearance at the new Valiant Lounge, 6621 St. Claude Avenue in Arabi. The show runs from 7:00-10:00 p.m with no cover charge.

Negbaur, who lives in New York, has been to New Orleans often...
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Present day meets history in ‘Dream of Zion’

REVIEWED By BRIAN HOROWITZ

Lawrence J. Epstein.  The Dream of Zion: The Story of the First Zionist Congress.  London Rowman and Littlefield, 2016. 172 pp. $36.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4422-5466-4.

The topic of this book is specific: the First Zionist Congress in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland. The hero of the event is Theodor...
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