Arts and Culture

Lorde cancels Tel Aviv concert after pro-Palestinian fans’ backlash

(JTA) — Pop star Lorde has canceled a summer concert in Tel Aviv announced less than a week ago after pro-Palestinian fans in her native New Zealand criticized her.

Israeli concert organizers announced the cancellation Sunday night, according to local media, including the Hebrew-language Ynet, and said ticket sales would be refunded.

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Lorde thanks pro-Palestinian fans who are urging her to cancel Israel concert

(JTA) — Pop star Lorde is considering canceling her upcoming concert in Tel Aviv after pro-Palestinian fans in her native New Zealand criticized her.

New Zealanders Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs — the former Palestinian and the latter Jewish — wrote an open letter on Thursday on the website The...
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List of ‘Jewish’ Golden Globe nominations

(JTA) — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” one of the most thoroughly Jewish shows on television, capitalized on its strong reviews by earning a Golden Globe nomination for best television series, musical or comedy.

The Amazon Studios sitcom created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the Jewish writer who is best known for the...
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Valerie Sassyfras to release new CD at One-Eyed Jacks Dec. 10

Valerie Sassyfras, the multi-talented performer and composer will be releasing her latest compact disc at One-Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse Street, tonight, Monday, December 11, at 10 p.m.

Her latest CD, “Blast Off! A Cosmic Cabaret” is made up of songs that each have an outer space theme. With songs like...
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Blue Crinkle Cookies Recipe for Chanukah


(The Nosher via JTA) — In many homes, there is a tradition to bake Chanukah cookies this time of year. Whether it’s the sugar and butter mixing in the mixer, the blue and white sprinkles, or the festive menorah cookie cutters, there is something about cookie baking...
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Humble Moroccan doughnut is Israel’s Chanukah staple


TEL AVIV (JTA) – The sufganiyah is the plump, shining star of Chanukah in Israel.

During the holiday season, the famed jelly doughnut poses in the windows of cafés and bakeries across the country. It sparkles with oil and sugar, and shows just enough filling to keep...
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Eight books for Chanukah — or anytime


(JTA) — When Chanukah comes, it hangs around for more than a week. That means plenty of gifts to give, as well as ample time for procrastinators.

For your favorite Person of the Book, you can’t go too wrong with giving, uh, a book. We have eight...
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James Franco to direct, star in film about poet Shel Silverstein

(JTA) — Actor and director James Franco will direct and star in a film about children’s book author and poet Shel Silverstein.

The film, based on the book “A Boy Named Shel,” by Lisa Rogak, will focus on Silverstein’s personal life and professional struggles, Deadline Hollywood first reported.

Silverstein, who was...
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Bette Midler says that Geraldo Rivera drugged and groped her

(JTA) — Former NBC anchor Matt Lauer is among the latest in a string of high-profile media men — beginning with Harvey Weinstein — to get hit with allegations of sexual assault.

Lauer’s story and subsequent firing prompted fellow TV personality Geraldo Rivera to weigh in on the slew of...
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Roger Waters had a gig in Germany. A Jewish woman’s protest led the sponsor to drop out

(JTA) — A German broadcaster has pulled its sponsorship for a Cologne concert by Roger Waters following protests led by a Jewish resident of the city.

Malca Goldstein-Wolf, who reportedly collected about 1,500 signatures on a petition, had accused WDR — a radio and TV broadcaster under the ARD Consortium...
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