Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Spinning on the Jewish turntable

New albums span a number of musical genres, including jazz, klezmer and the blues Reviewed by MORDECAI SPECKTOR Yequm (Contagious Music), Eden Ladin Pianist and composer Eden Ladin is an Israeli jazz artist who has made his mark in New York City over recent years. An in-demand sideman, he has played in groups led by […]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Yiddish cowboys: Jews in country songs

There are a lot of Jews in country music, but not so many in country songs by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Country music is not the most Jewish of musical genres, but neither is it bereft of Jews. There have been a handful of well-known Jewish performers, including Ray Benson, Kinky Friedman and David […]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

William and Shirley Siegel Schulman: Marriage and art are a great combination

A lifetime of creativity with William and Shirley Siegel Schulman By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Throughout history, there are numerous examples of outstanding artists who are married to other artists: Clara and Robert Schumann in classical music; Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy on Broadway (as well as the Guthrie during its earliest years); and artists William and […]

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Anat Cohen Tentet: Jazz in Iowa

A small enthusiastic audience at Luther College enjoyed the Anat Cohen Tentet, a top-flight jazz ensemble By MORDECAI SPECKTOR It’s a scenic drive down Hwy. 52, from the Twin Cities to Deccorah, Iowa. My wife, Maj-Britt Syse, and I took the three-hour journey to see the Anat Cohen Tentet perform Nov. 4 at Luther College. […]

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Tommy Lapid: An iconoclastic Israeli

Memories After My Death: The Story of My father, Joseph “Tommy” Lapid, by Yair Lapid, Thomas Dunne, 330 pages, $27.99. Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER So “dead men don’t talk”? Tommy Lapid — voluble, sharp-witted, tart-tongued Israeli writer and politician — died in 2008, but he’s still talking. In Memories After My Death, Lapid speaks through […]

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Deadline approaches for Hanuka Cover Contest

Attention, artistic youth: the American Jewish World’s 26th annual Hanuka Cover Contest is in full swing. The winning artwork depicting the symbols and meaning of Hanuka will grace the front cover of the Jewish World’s Dec. 1 Hanuka special edition, and the winner will have her or his picture in the newspaper! In addition, there […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Tamara Nadel will perform dance at Beth El

Dance work is conceived and choreographed by Ranee Ramaswamy, of Ragamala Dance Company AJW Staff Report Tamara Nadel, a founding member of Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company, will perform a solo dance concert titled “Haven’t I Hidden Your Name” Nov. 16 at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park. The concert is rooted in the writings […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Sandra Bernhard: From kibbutz to silver screen

Sandra Bernhard, no stranger to Twin Cities stages, returns Nov. 16 to the Cedar with her show Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Sandra Bernhard told actor Alec Baldwin that she enjoyed spending eight months on a kibbutz, after her high school graduation, vacuuming the lungs out of chickens. In an interview […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Suzanne Spaak: Righteous among the nations

Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris, by Anne Nelson, Simon & Schuster, 318 pages, $26 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Suzanne Spaak, a wealthy, well-connected Belgian living with her unfaithful husband and his mistress in France, had no reason to risk her life saving Jewish children. But after helping first Spanish Civil War refugees, […]

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 […]