Arts and Culture

Louis Moreau Society to present ‘8 Songs for a Mad King’ Monday night

The Louis Moreau Society, a group that annually presents new performers and new classical music, holds the first of its concert offerings tomorrow night,  March 9, 2020, when they present “Eight Songs for a Mad King” by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at 730 p.m. at the Marigny Opera House, 725...
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Publisher axes Woody Allen memoir

(JTA) — Hachette Book Group announced it will not publish Woody Allen’s memoir after its employees staged a walkout in protest of the company’s deal with the acclaimed filmmaker.

Hachette announced the decision to cancel the publication of “Apropos of Nothing” on Friday. The book had been scheduled for release...
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James Lipton, longtime host of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’ dies at 93

(JTA) — James Lipton, who hosted the “Inside the Actors Studio” on the Bravo channel for 23 seasons, has died. He was 93.

Lipton interviewed about 275 actors, writers and directors. In the first season alone his guests included Paul Newman, Alec Baldwin, Neil Simon, Sally Field, Dennis Hopper and...
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Cantor Colman to headline New Orleans Opera event tonight

Cantor Joel Colman’s booming bass-baritone voice will be heard in the sanctuary tonight at Temple Sinai, but not in his usual fashion, providing hazanuth for his congregation’s worship services.

Instead, the cantor will be a featured performer in an Opera Nouvelle presentation of the New Orleans Opera Association titled “Opera...
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These 7 Jewish actresses shaped Hollywood as we know it

By HANNAH STEINKOPF-FRANK

Both on screen and behind the scenes, Jewish directors, producers and writers are credited with developing the Hollywood system as we know it today. These seven pioneering Jewish actresses defied expectations of their gender and many survived religious persecution, fleeing Europe during World War II. Their films...
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Murder or mitzvah? Amazon’s ‘Hunters’ grapples with the morality of Jews killing Nazis.

By GABE FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — “This is not murder, this is mitzvah.”

That’s a quote from Meyer Offerman, a wealthy Holocaust survivor with a thick Yiddish accent played by Al Pacino, in the first episode of Amazon Studios’ “Hunters,” a hyped new show about a diverse band of...
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Quentin Tarantino and Israeli wife Daniella Pick welcome baby boy in Tel Aviv

(JTA) — Director Quentin Tarantino and his Israeli wife, the model and singer Daniella Pick, welcomed a baby boy at a hospital in Tel Aviv.

The baby, the couple’s first, was born on Saturday afternoon and will be an Israeli citizen. No name has yet been announced, though reports say...
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Orthodox rapper Nissim Black reintroduces himself to the world

By EMILY BURACK

Nissim Black knows that wherever he goes, he’s going to turn heads.

“There’s always these questions,” the rapper explains to me from his home in Israel. “Like, ‘Well, are you still black? How black are you? How does that work? But you’re also Jewish? Jews are white?’...
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Safdie brothers are making a new comedy pilot. Twitter is very excited.

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — Fresh off their critically acclaimed film “Uncut Gems,” Jewish brothers Benny and Josh Safdie are making a comedy pilot with the Jewish comedian Nathan Fielder. (Fielder is best known for “Nathan for You,” a Comedy Central show.)

The Showtime series, called “The Curse,” will star...
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He’s Jewish, she’s Muslim. His jazz band’s song ‘Date a Jew’ talks about the pressures surrounding their relationship.

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Sammy Miller and his girlfriend Misha grew up in vastly different cultures: Sammy was raised Jewish in suburban Los Angeles, while Misha was raised Muslim in Karachi, Pakistan, moving to the United States when she was 12.

Miller also happens to be a musician —...
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