Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

From the Airplane to Hot Tuna

Renowned guitarist Jorma Kaukonen returns to Minneapolis with his Hot Tuna mates for two nights this month By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Near the end of A Serious Man, the 2009 film by the Coen brothers (who shot most of it in the Twin Cities), Bar Mitzva boy Danny Gopnik visits the elderly sage Rabbi Marshak. The […]

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Israel’s ‘surprising triumph’

The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War, by Steven Pressfield, Sentinel, 430 pages, $29.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Taken on its own terms, as “hybrid history,” The Lion’s Gate is a very engaging immersion in the experiences and emotions of participants in Israel’s first three wars. Steven Pressfield, author of […]

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Aharon Appelfeld limns an unlikely love story

Aharon Appelfeld, a native of Czernowitz, Bukovina, and one of Israel’s most acclaimed novelists, has set most of his stories in Eastern Europe, on the cusp of the Shoah. However, his latest novel, Suddenly, Love (Schocken Books), takes place in Jerusalem, mainly in the home of Ernst, a flinty 70-year-old former Red Army commander from […]

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Guthrie Theater to stage ‘My Fair Lady’

The iconic musical from the Broadway legends Lerner and Loewe will begin previews on June 28 By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor For the first time in its history, the Guthrie Theater will stage My Fair Lady, the enduring and enjoyable musical by the Jewish duo of lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner […]

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

‘Supermensch’: Rock manager and racounteur

Lively and affectionate Supermensch, which profiles longtime rock ’n roll manager Shep Gordon, describes how a nice guy finished first By MICHAEL FOX A half-hour doesn’t go any faster than listening to longtime rock ’n’ roll manager Shep Gordon’s anecdotes. In an interview coinciding with the recent San Francisco International Film Festival screening of Mike […]

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Peace in our hearts and in the world

From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, by Rabbi Amy Eilberg, 278 pages, Orbis Books, $25 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Rabbi Amy Eilberg believes that “there is no way to real peace but the gradual process of opening hearts.” She says: “Conflict thrives when minds are closed by histories of wounding, […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Standup comic’s act gets real in ‘Obvious Child’

Film will likely provoke laughs as well as conversations about a woman’s right to choose and Jewish heritage By MICHAEL FOX Going back at least as far as Moses, Jews have taken public positions at personal risk. Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre’s inspiration comes from more recent role models: Larry Fine, Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks […]

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Bringing ‘Rachel Calof’ home to North Dakota

Actress Kate Fuglei will perform her one-woman show, about the Russian Jewish immigrant who lived for 20 years on the prairie, June 20-21 in Devils Lake By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor Last August, the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company staged Rachel Calof: A Memoir with Music, actress Kate Fuglei’sone-woman show about the hardships […]

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Gabriel Kahane burnishes the popular song

On the heels of his new album release, the Brooklyn-based musician returns for a show in Minneapolis By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Gabriel Kahane’s new album, The Ambassador (Sony Masterworks), is made up of 10 songs from 10 varied Los Angeles locales, with the street address as part of each title. Each song tells an intriguing story […]

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Motivated by righteousness

50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany, by Steven Pressman, Harper, 296 pages, $26.99 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Britain justly gets credit for taking in 10,000 European Jewish children between 1938 and 1940 in a project called the Kindertransport. The United States admitted only about 1,000 unaccompanied […]

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