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‘Coco’ is multi- cultural fun for all ages

By Mimi Pollack The Disney/Pixar Companies have redeemed themselves after the 2013 debacle of requesting to trademark, “Dia de los Muertos”, with their new movie, Coco. In this movie, they finally get it right by hiring a mostly Latino cast and working with Latino consultants. Coco works on many levels. First, it is a delightful […]

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Lakshmi Basile Popularizes Flamenco in San Diego

By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — What is Flamenco? Most experts agree that the creation and history of flamenco was in southern Spain in the region of Andalusia where it still flourishes today. Flamenco was created through the fusion of Jewish, Arab, and Gypsy cultures in this area. All of these cultures share the fact […]

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Mimi’s Ark: ‘Siberian Cupcakes’ in East S.D. County

  By Mimi Pollack SANTA YSABEL, California — There are five luscious Siberian cupcakes residing near this town in San Diego’s east county. What are Siberian cupcakes? They are domesticated Russian foxes. The co-founder of the Judith A Bassett Canid Education and Conservation Center, Amy Bassett, came up with the clever name. She and her […]

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Isaac Artenstein: Telling frontier Jewish stories

Isaac Artenstein from Bettina Hanna on Vimeo. By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — Filmmaker Isaac Artenstein likes to tell good stories, especially unknown ones, and if those stories inform and entertain others, even better. He feels that the Jews of the Southwest have an untold story as the narrative has been mostly about the Anglo […]

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Playwright Siguenza blends Anglo, Latino cultures

By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — California is a state of both Latino and Anglo cultures. Herbert Siguenza, the Playwright in Residence at the San Diego Repertory Theater, has the gift of melding both cultures together and reaching a diverse audience as seen in the plays, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, El Henry, Manifest Destinitis, […]

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Reflections on the Lipinsky S.D. Jewish Festival

By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — The 24th Annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts festival, directed and produced by Todd Salovey, was a learning and poignant experience for me. I learned about the art of Boris Malkin [1908-1972] a talented painter, graphic artist, and book illustrator from Belarus. His dark work reflected the anti-Semitism […]

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Multiple cultures on display at Jewish Arts Festival

By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — Monday evening was a good example of Jewish culture from around the world at the 24th Annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts festival, directed and produced by Todd Salovey. First was the exhibit of Boris Malkin [1908-1972], a painter, graphic artist, and book illustrator from Belarus. His work […]

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Deborah Szekely and aging gracefully

By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — How does one live to be 95 and in good shape mentally and physically? Common wisdom tells us to eat well, exercise, stay positive, be part of a community, etc. Of course, it also helps to have good genes. In the case of Deborah Szekely, who turned 95 on […]

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‘Into the Beautiful North’ yet to find its way

  By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — Into the Beautiful North is almost there, but not quite yet I really wanted to love Into the Beautiful North, a new play at the SD Repertory Theater, especially because of its pedigree. It is based on the book by Luis Alberto Urrea –it was the KPBS One […]

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Mimi’s Ark: Helping children and animals

By Mimi Pollack ALPINE, California — Giving back to others is always good, but when you can give back to both animals and children, that is even better! Local humanitarian, Agnes Barrelet, is doing just that by heading up two non-profits, Hands United for Children and Children’s Nature Retreat. The Children’s Nature Retreat in Alpine […]

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JFS, Dreams for Change team up to help homeless

  By Mimi Pollack Reprinted with permission from L’Chaim Magazine SAN DIEGO — Here in “America’s Finest City,” the weather is nice year round while rentals are very high, and many families live paycheck to paycheck. This situation is also the reason why there are so many homeless people in San Diego and worse yet- homeless […]

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Immigrants enrich this country

By Mimi Pollack   LA MESA, California — Imagine you have had a good life with a stable job and family. Then, imagine that your life turns upside down, be it from war, religious persecution, or social unrest, and you have to start from scratch in a new country with a different language, culture, even alphabet! […]

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Mimi’s Ark: Alpacas lead good life in Descanso

  By Mimi Pollack DESCANSO, California — The Atlas Alpaca ranch in Descanso, owned by David Kabbai and Amy Alyeshmerni, is truly a haven that offers a break from city life. Kabbai and Alyeshmerni live there with 65 alpacas, two dogs, two cats, one rooster, and various chickens. When I first drove up, I was greeted […]

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Dor v’dor: From Janet to George Gastil

By Mimi Pollack LEMON GROVE, California — In her 80 years, Janet Gastil has worn many hats and is a true renaissance woman. She has been a wife and mother, teacher, musician, realtor, and politician to name the most important ones. Janet Manly Gastil was born in 1936 in Long Island, but moved to San […]

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