Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The Late Set album evokes another era

For their album The Late Set (Anzic Records), vocalist Hilary Gardner and Israeli native Ehud Asherie on piano combine their sublime talents on nine songs that evoke a smoky piano bar in the early 20th century. Asherie — called “a master of swing and stride” by The New Yorker — provides lyrical and playful support […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Tina Liebling runs for governor

Tina Liebling, a lawmaker from Rochester, is campaigning for governor on a Bernie Sanders-type populist platform By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Minnesota never has had a woman governor. And there’s never been a Jewish governor. If state Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, is elected governor next year, she will check off both boxes, so to speak. The Minneapolis […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Ann Kaner-Roth: Motivated by love for her family and everyone

Ann Kaner-Roth is remembered as a key activist in gaining marriage equality for all Minnesotans By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Ann Kaner-Roth, who was instrumental in establishing marriage equality in Minnesota and most recently served as deputy secretary of state, died Dec. 21. The cause was brain cancer. She was 49. “She dedicated her professional life to […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The lucky number of Manya Sherman

Holocaust survivor Manya Sherman and her unique optimism by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Manya Sherman, of Golden Valley, died Nov. 9 at the age of 94, 77 years after she had taken her wedding vows in the city of Zwolen, Poland. It was 1940, and, as the Transfer of Memory website puts it in […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Strange byways in the Yiddish press

Bad Rabbi: and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press, by Eddy Portnoy, Stanford, 280 pages, $19.95 trade paperback Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Eddy Portnoy’s charming collection of strange Jewish news stories begins by describing an all-but-vanished press that enlightened and entertained a now-vanished nation: Yiddishland. “A century or so ago … the […]