Arts and Culture

JTA: No Business Like the News Business – Aaron Sorkin

(L.A. Jewish Journal) — Aaron Sorkin, the playwright, television writer and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” is causing a stir with his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” about the inside antics of a cable news show and its commentary on American journalism. Sorkin’s “The West Wing” and “Sports Night,”...
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Nora Ephron, writer, screenwriter and director

Nora Ephron, the celebrated novelist and essayist who had a successful film writing career veer into a career as a director, died Tuesday night in Manhattan. Her death was officially attributed to pneumonia, but it was revealed she had been battling acute myeloid leukemia for several years. She was 71....
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Composer Richard Adler dies at 90

Richard Adler, who along with his partner Jerry Ross, was responsible for two of the biggest hits of mid-1950s Broadway, “The Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees,” died at his Southampton, New York home on Friday. He was 90. Tragically, Ross died of lung disease at the age of 29 in 1955...
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Justin Smith artwork to show at preview on Aug. 11

Justin Robinson Smith, a mixed-media artist, whose “Guitar Hero” paintings are currently being shown at the Second Story Gallery of the New Orleans Healing Center, is preparing for a new show that will focus entirely on his unusual artistic work.

A self-described tribal and abstract artist, Smith has announced a...
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NOCCA Stage presents ‘Diary of Anne Frank’

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Reviewer, “Steppin’ Out,” WYES-TV

Jewish historians will note that of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, the world did not put a specific face on but a few. As to survivors, there is Elie Wiesel, the impassioned voice of reason amidst madness...
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Famed children’s author Maurice Sendak dies

Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of children’s books including the 1963 classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” died of complications from a stroke in Danbury, Connecticut on May 7. He was 83. Born in Brooklyn, Sendak’s parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland, who lost many members of their family...
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Beastie Boy Adam Yauch succumbs to cancer

Adam Yauch, aka MCA and one of the founding members of the all Jewish troupe of New York City rappers known as the Beastie Boys, died Friday of cancer. Yaunch was 47. At the time that the three Beastie Boys began their career in the 1980s, the hip-hop and rap...
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Boutté headlines 21st Jazz Fest Shabbat

John Boutté, a featured performer on the HBO series “Treme,” headlined the 24th annual Jazz Fest Shabbat held at Touro Synagogue on Friday, April 27.

Attendees at the historic St. Charles Avenue sanctuary filled most every seat, enjoying a memorable night of prayer and revelry that marked the first...
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Beastie Boys named to Rock Hall

Among the inductees named to this year’s class at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are the Beastie Boys, who have been mixing rap, funk, soul and rock music for three decades. The ceremonies to be held in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum will...
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Michael Wolff returns to N’Awlins at Snug Harbor

If it’s Thanksgiving time in New Orleans, then pianist, arranger and composer Michael Wolff can’t be far off. Raised as a youngster in New Orleans, he has returned to what he regards as his hometown yearly and has camped out at Snug Harbor, the city’s premiere jazz club, for most...
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