Arts and Culture

Artist Anna Gil to unveil ‘Letters of Light’

By ALAN SMASON

Anna Gil is an extraordinary artist whose works on canvas can absolutely be called divinely inspired and mystical. A striking brunette with piercing eyes and a Mona Lisa smile that beguiles her talent with a paintbrush, she is both at home in front of a canvas and...
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Israel Philharmonic embarks on whirlwind tour, makes NY debut of Holocaust work

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Few can chronicle the changes in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra better than Gabriel Vole, a veteran double bass player. Vole represents the third generation of his family to perform with the orchestra. His maternal grandfather, the Polish-born violinist Jacob Surowicz, was a co-founder and...
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Jerusalem Quartet marked New Orleans debut Wednesday night

By ALAN SMASON, Portions courtesy The Cleveland Jewish News

At age 33, Kyril Zlotnikov considers himself very lucky. He has lived through the devastating effects of the worst nuclear plant disaster in history, immigrated to Israel while barely in his teens, learned to speak and write Hebrew, and was accepted...
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Grouplove’s Ryan Rabin: strings, sticks and synergy

By ELYSE GLICKMAN (Special to the CCJN)

This past April, at Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theater, a few hours from the Hollywood Hills home where Ryan Rabin grew up, a crowd of teen and 20-something fans of his band Grouplove cheered rapturously through a set of songs, many culled from their...
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LPO to offer special Gershwin multimedia show Saturday night

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will present a special multimedia presentation “Here to Stay: The Gerswin Experience,” which hails the lives of the two Gershwin brothers – composer George and lyricist Ira – this Saturday night at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

The show will feature never before...
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Man with a mission: Italian pianist revives music from concentration camp era

By RUTH ELLEN GRUBER

TRANI, Italy (JTA) — Francesco Lotoro resurrects the music of the dead. Since 1991 the Italian pianist has traveled the globe to seek out and bring to light symphonies, songs, sonatas, operas, lullabies and even jazz riffs that were composed and often performed in Nazi-era concentration camps.

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Israeli Oscar submission: ‘Fill the Void’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has selected the award-winning film “Fill the Void” as its submission to the best foreign language film category of the Oscars. The Israeli Academy of Film and Television chose “Fill the Void” as Film of the Year last week at the Ophir Awards, Israel’s national film awards.

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Komedy Kickoff event for B’nai Israel rescheduled in B.R.

The Komedy Kickoff fundraiser event for Baton Rouge’s Congregation B’nai Israel will now be held October 10 at the Baton Rouge Little Theater. The event originally scheduled for August 29 had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Issac’s landfall on that same date.

This will be the second Komedy Kickoff...
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Shlomo Carlebach’s life comes to the stage in ‘Soul Doctor’

By LISA ALCALAY KLUG

NEW YORK (JTA) — As he researched the complex life of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for a new musical, playwright Daniel Wise found a surprisingly candid source. Neshama Carlebach, a successful recording artist and popular performer of her father’s compositions, openly revealed his many struggles as “a lonely...
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David Rakoff, Jewish humorist succumbs to cancer at 47

WASHINGTON (JTA) — David Rakoff, a humorist who often wrote about American Jewish culture, has died. Rakoff, 47, died Thursday in Manhattan of cancer, a disease he has battled since he was 22, according to media reports. A frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” Rakoff, a Montreal native,...
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