Arts and Culture

Sammy Davis Jr. documentary to bow tonight at JCC

“Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” a major film documentary that examines the performer’s vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America will be shown tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Uptown Jewish Community Center, 5342 St....
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Golden Globes 2019: All the Jewish moments

(JTA) — From Michael Douglas’ Yiddish exclamation to more success for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to Regina King’s Hebrew-letter tattoo, the 2019 Golden Globes had its fair share of Jewish moments.

Rachel Brosnahan is not Jewish, but she does a convincing job playing a very Jewish woman in “Mrs. Maisel.”...
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ gets Jewish converts totally wrong

By HALEY LONGMAN

Since it came into our lives last year, I’ve had mixed feelings about “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Its jokes sometimes feel like the kind of things we say among other fellow Jews, but not to the rest of the world. The show does have a comforting familiarity that makes...
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Comedian Bob Einstein of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ dies at 76

(JTA) — Comedian Bob Einstein, who often performed as the satirical daredevil character Super Dave Osbourne and played Larry David’s friend Marty Funkhouser on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” died Wednesday after a bout with cancer. He was 76.

Einstein was the older brother of the comic and filmmaker Albert Brooks. Their...
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Carol Channing, the original star of ‘Hello Dolly!,’ dies at 97

(JTA) — Actress Carol Channing, who originated the starring role in “Hello Dolly!” on Broadway and won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the boisterous widow, has died. She was 97. Channing was the daughter of a Jewish mother and a Christian father and identified as “part Jewish.” At 16,...
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Amos Oz, a ‘saintly intellectual’ who turned Israel’s national reality into art

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

(JTA) — Amos Oz would often speak in the kind of tossed-off epigrams that come only with a lot of practice. But just when you wanted to smack him for his breezy erudition, he would redeem himself with a flash of spot-on — and hilarious — self-awareness.

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Gal Gadot posts thank you’s as filming of next ‘Wonder Woman’ wraps up

(JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot thanked the crew and cast of her latest film as shooting on “Wonder-Woman 1984” wrapped up.

“We did it. Again!! And as much as the first time shooting Wonder Woman was amazing, this time was even more unique and special.. We shot in 4...
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Musician, singer Gary Negbaur performs through Jan. 1

Musician, singer and composer Gary Negbaur, who hails from New York, but has found affinity with New Orleans rhythm and blues, jazz and blues, returns to New Orleans over the course of the next week with a series of solo gigs.

The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Avenue,  is the setting...
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Felicity Jones on playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg before she was the ‘Notorious RBG’

By CURT SCHLEIER

(JTA) — The young attorney seems unsure of herself. As a law professor, she is unaccustomed to appearing in court, so she hesitates at first, unable to begin her summation. But once she gets going, there is no stopping her.

It is the climactic scene of “On...
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Alice Walker endorses anti-Semitic tract in a New York Times feature

By SAM SOKOL

(JTA) — Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker has come under intense criticism after endorsing a book by anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist David Icke.

In an interview with The New York Times Book Review, Walker — who is best known for her book “The Color Purple,” detailing the hardships of African-American...
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