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Arts and Culture

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 during the Holocaust. Sendak began work as an illustrator as a young man for other authors before writing and illustrating...

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 scene was virtually a black landscape. Yauch along with fellow rappers Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) and Mike Diamond (Mike D), founded...

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 weekend of the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Cantor Jaime Marks performed with the Panorama Jazz Band and...

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 take place on April 12.  All three members of the Beastie Boys — Mike D (born Mike Diamond on Nov....

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 of the past five Thanksgiving holidays.

Wolff, who has played with highly regarded jazz and contemporary pop performers like Nancy...

Jewish rapper Mac Miller to appear at HOB

Mac Miller, a Jewish rapper whose initial foray into the recording industry has resulted in sales of 140,000 units and still going, is traveling to the Big Easy for a concert tonight at the House of Blues. Miller has generated a lot of press for his work titled “Blue Slide Park” when it landed at the top of the Billboard charts, the first time an independent label has done so,...

Playwright Wolfson here to launch ‘Play Dates’

Sam Wolfson, one of the two successful playwrights who brought us “Jewtopia,” travels to New Orleans from his Los Angeles home to oversee the first of several regional premieres of his new work “Play Dates,” bowing tonight at the Mid City Theatre for a three-week run.

Wolfson and partner Bryan Fogel have decided to work separately these days. But not to worry. As a play, “Jewtopia” did bring them both...

Douglas Sills stars as Gomez Addams

While Nathan Lane and Roger Rees have had their day as Broadway stars of the musical “The Addams Family,” Douglas Sills had rehearsals both in New York and in New Orleans as he prepared for the coveted role as Gomez Addams, the patriarch of the bizarre and macabre family first made popular by cartoonist Charles Addams.

A veteran of several starring roles on Broadway, most notably as a Tony Award nominee...