Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

An international jazz star returns

Acclaimed Toronto-based singer Sophie Milman will take the Dakota Jazz Club stage on June 3 By MORDECAI SPECKTOR When she was a young child in Israel, Sophie Milman would entertain her parents with a rendition of “Till There Was You,” the Meredith Wilson song from The Music Man. Her father especially enjoyed his seven-year-old daughter’s […]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Growing organic in Hastings

Israeli native Sam Kedem marries Jewish values with responsible farming By ROBIN DOROSHOW One of our family’s favorite destinations is the southeastern portion of Minnesota; the drive along the Mississippi River is beautiful all seasons of the year. My husband was working on a project in Winona over the course of the past year, so […]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Finding ‘Laughter’ on stage

Local actor Ari Hoptman reprises the same role for the fourth time in Park Square Theatre’s first Neil Simon play By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor According to local actor Ari Hoptman, if you need that extra touch, you go to Ira Stone. “He’s obnoxious, he’s loud, he’s rude, he comes in late […]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

A grotesque, shameful reality

Golden Harvest, by Jan Tomasz Gross, with contributions by Irena GrudziÅ„ska Gross, Oxford, 135 pages, $16.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Poles living near death camps such as Treblinka found both pleasure and profit in the killing of Jews, a people living in Poland 800 years. A postwar photo in which peasants and militia appear to […]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Bob Dylan: ‘Prophet’ and Medal of Freedom recipient

Biographers of Bob Dylan, one of this year’s 13 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, talk about how Judaism permeates his work By ROBERT GLUCK / JointMedia News Service Most rock stars are retired by 71, but not Bob Dylan. He’s touring, performing and later this spring receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian […]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Etgar Keret keeps his stories short, quirky

Fans of Israeli author Etgar Keret likely will be entertained by his new story collection, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, available in paperback from FSG Originals. The stories are mainly brief, two or three pages; they are replete with disturbing twists. For example, the title story has an author returning home to find a […]

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