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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 […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Church and State is timely show for MJTC

The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s newest production, Church and State, looks at the political cost of gun violence By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Playwright Jason Odell Williams didn’t think he’d be doing rewrites of Church and State while the play was in rehearsal.  But that’s what he was obliged to do for the production opening October 21 at […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Jews vie in St. Paul, Minneapolis mayoral races

Carrying on a Minnesota Jewish tradition of civic engagement, Tom Goldstein is running for St. Paul mayor and Jacob Frey is in the Minneapolis mayoral race By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In the 1960s, Minneapolis had its first and only Jewish mayor. Arthur Naftalin (1915-2005) served as the Mill City’s mayor from 1961 to 1969.   And […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Mark Helprin: Paris, sentence by sentence

Paris in the Present Tense, by Mark Helprin, Overlook, 394 pages, $28.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Mark Helprin is a fabulous writer of the sort that makes you want to capitalize the word, a justly acclaimed master whose elegance is both an asset and, at times, almost an annoyance. Where lesser novelists would describe an […]

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Melody Moezzi : The same struggle

Author Melody Moezzi discusses how her upbringing influenced her understanding of mental illness by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The 17th Annual Twin Cities Mental Health Education Conference will feature a keynote address by Melody Moezzi, Iranian-American activist, award-winning writer and attorney, and author of Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life. In conversation with The […]

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Lillian Hellman: Always new again

The Guthrie Theater presents the anti-fascist classic Watch on the Rhine by Lillian Hellman by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The Guthrie Theater has, either through accident or design, discovered the joys of Jewish women who wrote plays. This past season the produced The Royal Family, co-authored by the underrated Edna Ferber, a Jewish novelist […]

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Dorit Rabinyan: ‘A curse, then a blessing, then a curse’

Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan discusses being at the center of a national controversy by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan, who will be in Minneapolis Oct. 23, found herself in a storm of controversy with her 2014 book Gader Haya, which has been published in English as Borderlife and as All the […]