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Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s battle added heroic coda to a pop-country star’s life

LOS ANGELES — I witnessed up close the ravaging effect that Alzheimer’s disease was having on Glen Campbell in the later years of his life. This was in 2011, when I interviewed him at his Malibu home shortly after he’d gone public with his diagnosis. At that point, although his short-term memory was failing rapidly, […]

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The world mourns the passing of music icon Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell The country music industry is reacting with grief to the August 8 passing of icon Glen Campbell at age 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His impact on the music world has been massive since he scored his first hits in the late ’60s. We’ll never forget his masterful guitar work […]

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Posted in Music and Visual Arts, Obituaries & memorials, USA

Tel Aviv Dance brings three months of messages and moves

Modern dancers from 12 international troupes as well as Israeli companies will perform on the Suzanne Dellal stage By Jessica Steinberg August brings the start of Tel Aviv Dance, three months of local and international dance performances hosted at the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater in Neve Tzedek. “We’re looking for something different […]

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Posted in Middle East, Music and Visual Arts, Theatre, Film & Broadcast

Chris Cornell’s daughter sings a moving rendition of “Hallelujah” in honor of her late father and Chester Bennington

Chris Cornell’s 12-year-old daughter, Toni Cornell performed a gorgeous tribute to her father on the Aug. 4 segment of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Cornell sang a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” alongside the band OneRepublic. The performance was a celebration of the lives of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, who both unexpectedly died earlier […]

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Venezuela’s Government Arrested Wuilly Arteaga For Playing National Anthem

Symbol for Venezuela’s struggle for democracy, violinist Wuilly Arteaga, was arrested during a national strike called by the opposition party. Venezuelan’s are against President Nicolás Maduro’s plans to change the constitution. According to the head of the NGO Penal Forum, Alfredo Romero, the violinist currently remains in custody at the command headquarters of the National […]

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‘Abraham and the Angels’ by Rembrandt at the Frick

By Sam Ben-Meir NEW YORK — Visitors to the Frick Collection in New York City will likely be familiar with the magnificent Self Portrait (1658) of Rembrandt that hangs in the main gallery. The artist presents himself as an imposing father-figure, like some patriarch of old. His dress is formal, and utterly distinctive – a […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Justin Bieber

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — After touring for almost 2 years, last week Justin Bieber abruptly canceled the remaining 14 concerts of his Purpose world tour, with little explanation. Bieber, who is not Jewish, participates in what Jewish ritual? A. Bieber wears a red string “Kabbalah bracelet” which he received as a present from Madonna.B. Prior to […]

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Posted in Lighter Side, Music and Visual Arts

Noteworthy piano virtuoso trumpets his Jewish heritage

World-renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin holds three passports, but the one that defines him has a menorah on it By Jenni Frazer LONDON — Classical pianist Evgeny Kissin says he wrote his book, “Memoirs and Reflections” because over the course of many interviews he has constantly been asked the same questions. Ironically, now everyone wants to […]

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Mick Jagger releases political songs to lament ‘lost’ England

London (dpa) – Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger has released two songs lamenting “lost” England and referring to social upheaval linked to Brexit and other events, in his first venture into politics in his solo career. “I’m excited to share new music with you! I started writing these two songs a few weeks back and […]

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Former IDF clerk finds identity in cartooning

Story by Donald H. Harrison; photo by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO – Miriam Libicki, whose graphic memoir about life as a clerk in the Israel Defense Forces was on sale at the annual Comic-Con Convention, has been plunging into issues of personal identity:  hers and those of Russian-born friends. She grew up in Ohio […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, Harrison_Donald_H, Masori_Shor_M., Middle East, Music and Visual Arts

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died by hanging, L.A. County coroner says

LOS ANGELES — Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington died by hanging at his Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., home, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday. An employee discovered the 41-year-old’s body Thursday morning hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside his home in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, said Ed Winter, spokesman […]

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Posted in Music and Visual Arts, Obituaries & memorials, USA

With longest concert in 11 years, Radiohead shows it does belong here

Legendary indie band plays 27 tunes from its 25-year history, reminisces about its first Tel Aviv gig in 1993, briefly addresses boycott controversy By Judah Ari Gross Thom Yorke, lead singer of British rock band Radiohead, performs in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on July 19, 2017. (Courtesy) Forty-seven thousand creeps and weirdos flocked to Tel […]

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Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton announce their final duet performance as he closes out his career

Kenny Rogers’ longtime duet partner and friend Dolly Parton will be among those helping the Gambler close out his career with a star-packed October show in Nashville. The two have worked together since 1983, when they collaborated on “Islands in the Stream,” which became a No. 1 hit. “We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, […]

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Why Radiohead Should Perform in Israel

Much has been said and written ahead of Radiohead’s concert in Tel Aviv this week. The successful British rock band has been under pressure to cancel its visit to Israel, in another attempt to boycott the only democracy in the Middle East. Among the critics was director Ken Loach, who called on the band not […]

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