Blue Box

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Anat Cohen explores sounds of Brazil

Virtuoso clarinetist Anat Cohen, an Israeli native, has risen to the top ranks of the jazz world. She also has gained critical acclaim for her forays into Brazilian music. Ahead of headlining the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in St. Paul’s Mears Park, on June 23, with her group Choro Aventuroso, Cohen has released two albums: […]

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Al Franken: Already a towering figure in Washington

Al Franken has written an intimate memoir of his life, show business career and tenure in the U.S. Senate. The book is titled Al Franken, Giant of the Senate (Twelve), and it’s really funny. As many Jewish World readers know, Franken is from St. Louis Park (3-10-17 AJW). In the foreword he mentions, vis-à-vis this […]

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Velvl Greene reflects on God and science

Dr. Velvl Greene, the son of Jewish refugees from Ukraine, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He came to Minnesota for post-graduate studies at the U of M, where he earned a master’s degree in in dairy bacteriology. He later was a University of Minnesota professor and a NASA scientist, and a disciple and confidante of […]

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma plays Golijov concerto ‘Azul’

Music lovers with open ears will be dazzled by Golijov: Azul (Warner Classics), an album that features Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s sublime cello concerto. The title composition, “Azul” (“blue” in Spanish), was written in 2006, for acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. This is the first recording of the work, which is performed by Ma; The Knights, […]

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Paul Shaffer bops the blues on new CD

Best known for his 33-year gig as David Letterman’s bandleader, Paul Shaffer is shifting gears post-Late Show. His latest project finds the music maven reunited in the studio with his musical mates from TV land. Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band (Sire) is a swingin’ collection of a dozen pop, rock and R&B […]

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Life holy and profane on the Mount of Olives

In director Yaelle Kayam’s Mountain, now available on DVD from First Run Features, a young Orthodox woman raises her family in a stone house set in the fabled Mount of Olives cemetery overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Her husband teaches in a yeshiva; and when her children go off to school, Zvia (Shani Klein) […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Author offers advice for a life of wonder

There’s a saying, “It’s your mind playing tricks on you.” Author Estelle Frankel, a licensed marriage counselor, family and child therapist and teacher of Jewish mysticism, admits that her mind got in the habit of “filling in the blanks” with the worst possible outcomes. Her husband remarked on her “genius for worry.” In The Wisdom […]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

New sounds from the Michaël Attias Quartet

Originally from Israel, jazz saxophonist Michaël Attias spent a good part of his youth right here in St. Louis Park. A questing musician, Attias combines diverse influences, from Moroccan tribal rhythms to Ornette Coleman, in his playing. His new album, Nerve Dance, will be available early next month from Clean Feed Records. Attias plays alto […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

A loving view of Buenos Aires’ Jews

If you can’t afford the cost of a trip to Argentina, director Daniel Burman’s The Tenth Man, available on DVD from Kino Lorber, offers an intimate glimpse of a little known corner of Buenos Aires, the city’s Jewish neighborhood called Once. (The film’s Spanish title, El Rey Del Once, translates as “the king of Once.”) […]

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

James Baldwin revealed as an American prophet

February is Black History Month, and it’s hard to think of a more appropriate film to view than Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, a Magnolia Pictures release that opens locally Feb. 3. The documentary probes a never completed book project by James Baldwin, which looked at the lives of three of the author’s […]