| Nov 16, 2013
A few years ago my husband and I were visiting the Great Synagogue in Rome, built in 1870 to encompass the 2000 year heritage of Italian Jews. The synagogue houses a museum with one of the largest collections of Jewish artifacts in Europe.
| Nov 8, 2013
This year, the German Film Awards were dominated by "Oh Boy." In the movie, an elderly stranger confesses to a young Berliner he meets in a bar that, as a boy, he watched his father join a mob to smash the windows of Jewish-owned businesses, including...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 10:30 AM
J.C. Chandor ("All Is Lost"), Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station"), Scott Cooper ("Out of the Furnace"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and John Wells ("August: Osage County") joined in a Focus on Directors panel that Variety sponsored at the Mill...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 10:42 AM
"American Horror Story" returned Wednesday night with its third iteration--"Coven"--on FX, and viewers quickly learned that hump day will take on a whole new meaning with this posse of witches.
The season leads viewers into New Orleans, where...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:17 AM
Is there a life form in another galaxy like Michael Dale Brown — one who lugs a camera around on location shoots and helps operate a small community theater?
He wouldn't rule it out.
Brown, who serves as co-president of the Costa Mesa Playhouse'...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 8:30 PM
The makers of "12 Years a Slave" are in town this week, in advance of its Oct. 18 bow. And the Internet is buzzing with tales of Sunday's partially-empty screening at the Academy and the hand-wringing of industry folk (anonymous, of course) who fret...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sat alone in a front-row folding chair before the start of a news conference at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance. He had just emerged from the museum's brand-new Anne Frank exhibition, which opens to the...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates. Five of the more promising words on offer to the American television audience, and reason enough for even those put off by the absurd amount of sexual violence, sadistic brutality, extreme gore and downright silliness that...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
AMSTERDAM -- On the day I visit the Anne Frank House, which is actually the family's hiding place atop Anne's father's business, the wait to get in is as long as three hours. Such is the attraction of this historic site, 53 years after it was opened to...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 6:06 AM
As a Jewish teenager in Poland, Amos Turner survived the Holocaust passing as Catholic. His future wife of 59 years, Edith, who was 10 when the Germans attacked Poland, hid from the Nazis in the Belarus forests for more than a year. Nicole Dreyfus Terry,...
| May 1, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau reports there are some 316 million Americans, which translates to about 632 million human hands.
Sadly, even those aren't enough hands to properly salute all the nominees for April's Moutza of the Month.
The Washington press...
| Sep 6, 2013
As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, the theater scene offers its own bountiful fall harvest. From heirlooms to hybrids, homegrown treats to intriguing imports, the list below highlights just a few of the toothsome possibilities on the...