The Woody Allen Reboot You Won’t See at the Oscars (or Maybe Anywhere)

Posted on March 12th, 2018
By JOHN LELAND for the New York Times

“Do you have sex often?”

Harry Miller, who is 94 and a regular at the senior center at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, gave the question some thought. “Hardly ever,” he said. “Maybe three times a week.”

Shula Chernick, 73, had a different view. “Constantly,” she said, sounding aggrieved. “I’d say three times a week.”

Ms. Chernick and Mr. Miller, who are friends and occasional dinner companions, are the stars of an unusual movie that you may never get to see. Mr. Miller plays a character named Alvy Singer. Ms. Chernick, who grew up in the Bronx, is Annie Hall, from Chippewa Falls. The movie, which includes the dialogue above, is “My Annie Hall.”

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Posted on March 5th, 2018
By David Sugarman for Tablet Magazine

‘Seeing psychologically’ the philanthropic American collector couple who put Los Angeles on the art map

Fred and Marcia Weisman look unhappy. The artist sets them among their sculptures, standing apart and looking in different directions. Fred clenches a fist so fiercely he appears to be dripping paint; Marcia grins, her mouth mirroring that of the totem in the grass behind her.

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The Chosen Ones: An Interview with Maureya Lebowitz

Posted on February 26th, 2018
By Periel Aschenbrand for Tablet Magazine

The ballerina on being an artist and an athlete, finding inspiration in her Shabbat dress, and babysitting Bob Dylan

Born in Malibu and trained in Winnipeg, Maureya Lebowitz is a real, live, Jewish ballerina. Suffice it to say, she is not your typical ballerina. For starters, her show prep includes a power nap, an espresso, and some dark chocolate. After joining the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2011, Lebowitz has started to gain international attention, dancing as a soloist all over the world: As Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Spring in Cinderella. She happened to be in New York and, as such, we met in downtown Manhattan for Mexican food and conversation.

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THE ART OF JEWISH SONG Yiddish and Hebrew Part 1

Posted on February 19th, 2018
From The Milken Archive of Jewish Music

A New Virtual Exhibit

The meaning and impact of a good song depends upon the delicate interdependence of music and words. Melody and musical "accompaniment" carry and nuance a text’s meaning, and words can influence how we hear the music to which they are paired. The Milken Archive’s Volume 9, The Art of Yiddish Song: Yiddish and Hebrew Lieder, presents a collection of evocative Yiddish and Hebrew poems set for voice and piano that follow in the tradition of lieder, or art songs.

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Fact-Checking The Frisco Kid: A Historian’s Take on a Jewish Classic

Posted on February 12th, 2018
Shari Rabin for Jewish Book Council

While writing my book about Jews in the era of westward expansion, I found myself getting asked (a lot) about the Gene Wilder comedic western The Frisco Kid. Although there are countless cinematic depictions—and historical accounts—of Jewish life on the Lower East Side, apparently the rest of the country has to resign itself to this 1979 box office flop, which tells the story of a Polish rabbi traveling westward to San Francisco in 1850. Recently, some twenty years after I last saw it, I sat down to confront my subject’s most famous treatment.

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