Arts and Culture

Jeff Tweedy on his Jewish conversion, the next Wilco album and why he loves his synagogue


(JTA) — Since the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll, there have been quite a few rock stars with Jewish heritage. To name a few: Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Gene Simmons, Lenny Kravitz, Geddy Lee and — depending on the decade — Bob Dylan.

But how many have...
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Julian Edelman shaves beard during taping of ‘The Ellen Show’

(JTA) — New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman arrived on set to tape a segment of “The Ellen Show” sporting his big, bushy beard and left mostly clean-shaven. Ellen Degeneres, you see, made him an offer he could not refuse.

She said she would donate $10,000 to the Boys...
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Billy Crystal plays a rabbi for the first time in this indie drama


(JTA) — On the surface, “Untogether” is a drama about a pair of young women struggling to come into their own as adults in contemporary Los Angeles. While that setup may sound mind-numbingly familiar to fans of American indie film, “Untogether” — which debuts Friday in theaters...
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Woody Allen sues Amazon for nixing $68 million movie deal, claims it’s because of abuse allegations

(JTA) — Woody Allen is suing Amazon for killing a $68 million movie deal, claiming it was based on what he called “a 25-year-old, baseless allegation.”

The media company backed out of the four-movie deal and refused to release the Jewish Oscar-winning director’s film “A Rainy Day in New...
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Jussie Smollett appears on stage days after apparent hate crime attack

(JTA) — Jussie Smollett told an audience in southern California that he is “going to stand strong with y’all” in the wake of an assault that is being characterized as a hate crime.

Smollet, who is black, gay and Jewish, took the stage Saturday night at the Troubadour in West...
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How ‘Broad City’ redefined American Jewish identity

By ELANA SPEVACK Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have got a lot of something.

No, not weed. OK, yes weed, but also something else: chutzpah. 

The two Jewesses are closing out their iconic Comedy Central sitcom “Broad City” with its fifth season premiering later this month. The show has undoubtedly made...
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Dansker lecture to focus on Lerner and Loewe

Noted musicolgist and lecturer George Dansker will be presenting his annual lecture on Jewish composers next Friday evening, January 25, at Touro Synaogogue and this year it’s on Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the composer-lyricist team responsible for Broadway box office winners “Brigadoon,” “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot.”

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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


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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