Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Bob Dylan festival returns to St. Louis Park

After a year’s hiatus, an annual tribute to Bob Dylan returns. At 6:30 p.m. July 29 at Wolfe Park in St. Louis Park, a group of Minnesota musicians revisits the songs of the flower power generation. Kevin Odegard, leader of the Minneapolis band that backed five cuts on Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks album, […]

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

David and the Philistine Woman: Throwing rocks

David and the Philistine Woman, by Paul Boorstin, Top Hat Books, 316 pages, $19.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER One problem with writing a novel based on biblical characters is that most readers are familiar with the basic story, and usually, you can’t change the outcome. So you have to imagine what the characters might think […]

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

On the Fringe

Minnesota’s annual non-juried theater festival presents a collection of Jewish plays by MAX SPARBER The 23-year-old Minnesota Fringe Festival is one of the great experiments in theater. It is unjuried, which means that anyone who applied has a chance of being accepted, regardless of experience or the quality of their work. Instead, shows are picked […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

A wizard in the recording studio

Adi Yeshaya, who has arranged music for music legends, has a new album of his own By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In the local music scene, and beyond, Adi Yeshaya has earned a reputation as a talented composer, arranger and pianist. For a dozen years, he was the house arranger for the late Whitney Houston. He sometimes […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Yael Rasooly: ‘They must do their art’

Israeli performer and puppeteer Yael Rasooly brings one-woman show to Minnesota Puppetry is unique among the performing arts in that it allows one performer with two suitcases of props to create an entire stage play. Performer Yael Rasooly, as an example, working in the space between two rooms in an Israeli apartment, created Paper Cut, […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

When cantors were stars

Puppeteer Lisa Sturz digs into her own family history by MAX SPARBER This is an unusually busy month for Jewish puppetry in the Twin Cities. There is Israeli puppeteer Yael Rasooly’s one-woman show Paper Cut, also featured in this issue, as well as Lisa Sturz, a puppeteer from Asheville, N.C., who will be at Open […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Norman: A New York hustler’s rise and tragic fall

  Richard Gere plays the eponymous character in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, by American-Israeli director Joseph Cedar (Beaufort, Footnote). The film premiered this year at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, then had a lengthy run at the Edina Cinema. For Jewish World readers who missed it […]

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Operation Yellow Star and Black Thursday

Operation Yellow Star, by Maurice Rajsfus, (translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Mike Mitchell), and Black Thursday: The Roundup of July 16, 1942, by Rajsfus (translated by Aronoff), DoppleHouse trade paperback, 276 pages, $19.99 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Seventy-five years have diminished neither Maurice Rajsfus’ fury at the punctilious wartime collaboration of French police nor his […]

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Jem Lester: Speaking for the silent

Shtum, by Jem Lester, Overlook, 320 pages, $26.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Parenting a profoundly autistic child sounds like a subject for heartbreak, not humor, but Jem Lester conveys both in his fascinating Shtum, a novel in which the subject of the story says not a word. Shtum, thought to be Yiddish, means still, speechless […]

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Joseph Haj: ‘What humans do’

The Guthrie Theater’s Joseph Haj directs Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George by MAX SPARBER Sunday in the Park with George rather buffaloed audiences when it first came out in 1984. The musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, retold the story of the making of Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece “A Sunday […]