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Felder’s ‘Irving Berlin’ evokes childhood memories

Every night I hear her croon the Russian Lullaby. Just a little plaintive tune when baby starts to cry. Go to sleep my baby, some day there may be a land that’s free for you and me and the Russian Lullaby. — Irving Berlin By Eileen Wingard SAN DIEGO — What memories that song evoked. […]

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Segal’s Holocaust exhibit is gateway to museum art

Editor’s Note:  This inaugurates a new series of stories where a Jewish writer searches out Jewish art in museums, galleries and libraries. (c) Oliver B. Pollak  SAN FRANCISCO –We joined San Francisco’s De Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. On Thursday between Christmas and New Year we spent an afternoon at the much applauded exhibited […]

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God blessed America with Irving Berlin

   “I don’t like to be alone. And one thing a song will never do is leave you alone.” –Irving Berlin By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Hershey Felder has a devoted following in this town made evident by the packed house just a few days before Christmas. A gifted and animated pianist and […]

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For over 90 years, this Holocaust survivor’s art has kept him alive

When you step inside artist Kalman Aron’s modest apartment in Beverly Hills, a lifetime of creation surrounds you. The walls are covered in paintings and finished canvases are stacked on the floors, a dozen deep. The paintings range from portraits to landscapes to abstract works. They’re just a fraction of the roughly 2,000 pieces Aron […]

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Bravos for guest conductor, pianist at TICO concert

By Eileen Wingard SAN DIEGO — Robert Zelickman, professional clarinetist and retired UC San Diego Wind Ensemble Conductor, served as guest maestro for the  Nov. 12 and 14 concerts of the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra (TICO). He substituted for TICO’s music director, David Amos, who had suffered an injured ankle in an accidental fall. The […]

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Saudi Arabia Allows First Public Concert by a Woman

Lebanese singer Hiba Tawaji made history by becoming the first female musician to perform a public concert in Saudi Arabia. Thousands of young women attended the sold-out event on Wednesday, stripping off their abayas—the floor-length robes women in Saudi Arabia are obligated to wear in public—shaking out their hair and dancing to covers of songs […]

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Saudi crown prince bought $450 mn Da Vinci: report

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the actual buyer of a painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci that sold for a record-breaking $450 million at auction last month, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The young and dynamic crown prince, known by his initials MBS, used an intermediary to buy the much-sought-after painting […]

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The arts mean opportunity, former Klezmer musician Merryl Goldberg teaches at Cal State San Marcos

By Donald H. Harrison SAN MARCOS, California – Arts professor Merryl Goldberg of California State University at San Marcos declares that arts equal opportunity. She explains that the more that arts are incorporated into a child’s life, the better career prospects he or she will have as an adult. A former saxophonist with the Klezmer […]

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Jerome Crowe, the FBI agent who delivered the ransom money in the Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnapping, dies at 93

LOS ANGELES — Jerome Crowe, a former L.A.-based FBI agent who delivered the ransom money in the Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnapping and led a SWAT team in the bloody SLA shootout, has died after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. A lifelong law enforcement officer who is credited with assembling the FBI’s first SWAT team […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, Music and Visual Arts, Obituaries & memorials, Theatre, Film & Broadcast, USA

‘French Elvis’ Johnny Hallyday dies aged 74

Veteran French rocker, Johnny Hallyday, who achieved iconic status during a career spanning over half-a-century, has died following a battle with lung cancer, his wife said Wednesday. He was 74. “Johnny Hallyday has left us. I write these words without believing them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us,” Laeticia Hallyday, […]

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Met Opera suspends Levine after sex abuse allegations

New York’s Metropolitan Opera said Sunday it was suspending its famed longtime music director James Levine after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. The premier US opera house said Levine would no longer appear at the Met this season and that it had hired a former US prosecutor to investigate the accusations. “Based on these new […]

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Ultra-Orthodox singer tapes eyes shut to avoid seeing women dancing in audience

By TOI staff An ultra-Orthodox singer caused a stir when he covered his eyes with masking tape in the middle of a concert in order not to see women who were dancing in front of the stage. Yonatan Razel was playing his keyboard and singing at Jerusalem’s International Conference Center on Sunday night when he […]

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Desperately seeking this Frida Kahlo painting. Last seen in Poland

After taking an overnight bus to Poznan in Poland for an exhibition on Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two Portuguese sisters are now standing in front of a curious blue suggestion box. “Who can tell us what happened to the missing painting or where we can find it?” reads a sign next to […]

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Mitch Margo, who rode ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ to the top of the charts, dies at 70

LOS ANGELES — Mitch Margo was just 14 when he and some Brooklyn pals recorded “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” a doo-wop version of a Zulu folk song that had been recorded dozens of times over the decades. But for the New York boy group, the song proved to be a powerful elixir as it climbed […]

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