Arts and Culture

Amy Winehouse street, Beastie Boys Memoir, Segel’s hoops past with Jason Collins

By SIX DEGREES (NO BACON) STAFF

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — Amy Winehouse’s name may live on in the streets of her hometown – literally. Residents near the late singer’s old London neighborhood have been askedto brainstorm names for roads in an area being redeveloped for housing.

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Remembering Jackie Robinson’s stand against anti-Semitism

By AMI EDEN, JTA Editor-in-chief

NEW YORK (JTA) — Moviegoers who head to the theater for the showing of “42” will see the story of how Jackie Robinson displayed legendary courage, class and talent in the face of immense pressure and racial hatred as he broke down baseball’s color barrier.

Less well...
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Novelist Francesca Segal wins Sami Rohr Prize with ‘The Innocents’

(JTA) — Novelist Francesca Segal won the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature for her debut novel, “The Innocents.”

Segal will receive the Jewish Book Council’s first prize award of $100,000. The novel is set in modern-day London, in a community living in the shadow of the Holocaust and...
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In telling story of fledgling Israeli Air Force, three filmmakers going their own way

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Some 65 years after a band of foreign volunteers took to the skies to ensure Israel’s birth and survival, filmmakers are racing to bring their exploits to the screen before the last of the breed passes away.

Among the competing producers and their...
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Seth Rudetsky returns Saturday night with pal Mullally

Seth Rudetsky, who has served as interviewer and pianist twice before in the “Broadway at NOCCA” series with Broadway legends Patti LuPone and Sutton Foster, returns this Saturday night to welcome his old friend Megan Mullally to the Lupin Auditorium at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

Mullally,...
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Jewish day schooler snags date with supermodel Kate Upton

(JTA) — A Los Angeles day school student landed a prom date with supermodel Kate Upton. Jake Davidson released a YouTube video last week asking Upton to the prom at Milken Community High School in Bel Air, Calif. The video has garnered more than 1 million hits.

Upton, the Sports...
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Streisand to perform two stadium concerts in Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Barbra Streisand will perform two Tel Aviv concerts in Israel in addition to performing at the 90th birthday celebration for President Shimon Peres.

The concerts will take place June 15-16 at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium, the Israel media reported.

On June 18, Streisand will perform at the...
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Military figures, religious figures slam Bar Refaeli’s new role

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli military figures and religious students are objecting to the selection of supermodel Bar Refaeli as part of an ad campaign to raise Israel’s public image.

Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, in a letter Sunday to the Foreign Ministry criticized the...
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Kurt Weill songs to be on tap at Mid City Theatre

By ALAN SMASON

It’s been almost 63 years since Kurt Weill died, yet his mark as a composer of music in his native Europe and his adopted homeland of America is still legendary. Many of his works have joined the pantheon of the Great American Songbook and are favorites of...
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Matisyahu talks about his new religious outlook and appearance

By DANIEL HOFFMAN

PARIS (JTA) – Cigarette in one hand and cup of tea in the other, Matisyahu sat down with JTA in his closet-sized dressing room during his European tour to talk about his life, his music, how he’s raising his kids, and the recent changes in his religious...
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