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The ‘Body and Soul’ of American jazz

“There’s no bum like a ‘pretty good artist’ and I think you’re ‘pretty good.’” –Johnny Green’s father By Eric George Tauber LA JOLLA, California –The 2017 San Diego Jewish Film Festival has come and gone. With eighty different screenings at five venues –with filmmakers traveling from as far as Hungary and Israel- and selling more […]

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World of mystery at Fleet Science Center

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Just the other day, I was explaining the term “spoiler” to my ESL students. If you wrote a who-done-it called “The Butler did it,” no one would read it because it’s the mental gymnastics it takes to untangle a web of intrigue that makes it worthwhile. Now at […]

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‘Bad Jews’: A fight for ‘life’ after a death

  ‘Bad Jews’ will start conversations By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — What is precious to us? What little keepsakes do we hang onto that may hold little monetary value to others but are priceless to us? Such an item was Poppy’s chai, a little trinket of the Hebrew letters chet and yud  that […]

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Closeted composer suffered in Czarist Russia

“Nothing is perfect in Nature. Nature is perfect imperfection.” -PI Tchaikovsky By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO–When Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky listened to birdsong, he noticed that they were just a little less than perfect, but these imperfections made them more beautiful. And so he threw some “wrong” notes into his arpeggios, making them more natural […]

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Discussing ‘Bad Jews with Rob Lutfy

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews is coming to the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, Jan 12-Feb 12, 2017. It’s not a diatribe against us. It’s about us, about the tensions and divisions within the tribe that pit us against each other. I sat down and spoke with the director, Rob […]

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1940s Radio Hour a delightful holiday break

  By Eric George Tauber CARLSBAD, California — Once upon a time, families huddled around wooden boxes in rapt attention. The radio gave us our news, music, comedy and drama. Sound effects planted pictures in our minds and our imaginations took it from there. This was the world of Walton Jones’ 1940s Radio Hour playing at […]

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Museum vandalism attacked America’s ideals

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Inside Liberty Station (the old Naval Training Center in Point Loma) lies the New Americans Museum. I had passed by it several times feeling that I should check it out “one of these days,” but hadn’t had a reason to until I heard this news: Over Thanksgiving weekend, […]

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If the Grinch stole Chanukah…

  By Eric George Tauber If the Grinch had stolen Chanukah, Only a handful of whos would’ve noticed. In the midst of the the Whoville mish-mosh Were there Jew-Whos making a minyan For a kosher Beis Midrash? With no candles lit, would they have still said their brochos, Or shlumped in despair sitting down on […]

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‘Disgraced’ cooks with fire

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — How far can you run from yourself? Playwright Ayad Akhtar gives us Amir, a man born in America to Pakistani Muslim parents. But he describes his heritage as “Indian” because Americans find it less threatening. Amir calls the Koran “one long hate-mail to humanity.” He felt that he […]

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Equivocation provokes deep questions

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — “Truth’s a game. It’s the lies that are deadly serious.” Imagine that your country is invaded and your king takes refuge in your house. The invading soldiers knock on your door and ask if you know the whereabouts of your king. You must now choose between your duty […]

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Incline your ear to The Lion

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — “It’s not the roar that makes the lion, it’s the pride.” Singer-songwriter Ben Scheuer has a one-man musical autobiography now playing at the Old Globe. Through story and song, Ben takes us on a deeply personal musical journey chronicling his life. His first ballad is a charming tale […]

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Controversy over ‘October Sky’

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — After my review of October Sky posted, I received an angry email from Homer Hickam, the main character on whose memoir October Sky is based. After signing over the rights to his story and characters to Universal Studios, he is suing them for the “creative liberties” they have […]

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Manifest Destinitis: a campy romp through old California

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — As kids watching Schoolhouse Rock, we heard the song “Elbow Room” describing America’s great push west ‘from sea to shining sea.’ According to New York editor John L. O’Sullivan, it was “our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence …” Nevermind the multitudes of people who […]

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There’s hope in that October sky

A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?  — -Robert Browning By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Deep underground in a coal mine, life is precarious. Explosions are not uncommon and black lung disease is ever present. As in the song 16 Tons, the people owe their souls to the […]

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