Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Lisa Berman: Back from underground

Dancer Lisa Berman discusses how Minneapolis became a center of breakdancing by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor There was a brief explosion of breakdancing 35 years ago. I remember it, because I participated in it. At the time, it seemed likely that the hip hop dance form, which combined acrobatic street moved with inspirations drawn […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Church and State is timely show for MJTC

The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s newest production, Church and State, looks at the political cost of gun violence By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Playwright Jason Odell Williams didn’t think he’d be doing rewrites of Church and State while the play was in rehearsal.  But that’s what he was obliged to do for the production opening Oct. 21 at […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Jews vie in St. Paul, Minneapolis mayoral races

Carrying on a Minnesota Jewish tradition of civic engagement, Tom Goldstein is running for St. Paul mayor and Jacob Frey is in the Minneapolis mayoral race By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In the 1960s, Minneapolis had its first and only Jewish mayor. Arthur Naftalin (1915-2005) served as the Mill City’s mayor from 1961 to 1969. And St. […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Trump’s rise moves songwriter Seth Kibel to despair

Seth Kibel, a Washington, D.C.-based musician, says he was “shellshocked” by the results of the 2016 presidential election: “I had a hard time processing what had happened.” The multi-instrumentalist (sax, flute and clarinet) played in the various jazz and klezmer ensembles, but the rise of Donald Trump led him to shift gears. He wrote nine […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Mark Helprin: Paris, sentence by sentence

Paris in the Present Tense, by Mark Helprin, Overlook, 394 pages, $28.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Mark Helprin is a fabulous writer of the sort that makes you want to capitalize the word, a justly acclaimed master whose elegance is both an asset and, at times, almost an annoyance. Where lesser novelists would describe an […]