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May 10, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is beyond ironic, but also maybe a little triumphant, that a new chapter in Yiddish music began with a creative encounter in Berlin--the seat of power, some 60 years ago, for the systematic and largely successful extermination of Yiddish-speaking European Jewry. But then, says Frank London, trumpet player of the Klezmatics, "a good, healthy sense of irony abounds at every level" where contemporary Yiddish culture is involved.
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January 21, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Ben Sidran's appearance Thursday at the Skirball Center was titled "Jews, Music and the American Dream" and billed as a "concert with commentary." It was all that, and more. In fact, what might initially have appeared to be an intriguing, if not especially mesmerizing, social-science seminar turned out to be something closer to jazz, more like a spontaneous improvisation on a theme. Sidran is a well-regarded music world multi-hyphenate: jazz pianist, producer, songwriter, educator and author.
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January 21, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Ben Sidran's appearance Thursday at the Skirball Center was titled "Jews, Music and the American Dream" and billed as a "concert with commentary." It was all that, and more. In fact, what might initially have appeared to be an intriguing, if not especially mesmerizing, social-science seminar turned out to be something closer to jazz, more like a spontaneous improvisation on a theme. Sidran is a well-regarded music world multi-hyphenate: jazz pianist, producer, songwriter, educator and author.
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May 10, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is beyond ironic, but also maybe a little triumphant, that a new chapter in Yiddish music began with a creative encounter in Berlin--the seat of power, some 60 years ago, for the systematic and largely successful extermination of Yiddish-speaking European Jewry. But then, says Frank London, trumpet player of the Klezmatics, "a good, healthy sense of irony abounds at every level" where contemporary Yiddish culture is involved.
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October 24, 2001
There will be a panel discussion on the food culture of Italian Jews with a buffet lunch Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., in Los Angeles. It is part of the two-week festival: "Italian Jews: Memory, Music, Celebration." The panel will feature cookbook writers Evan Kleiman, Joyce Goldstein and Judy Zeidler and Steve Siporin, a professor at Utah State University who studies Italian Jewish folk cultures.
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December 2, 1989 | MARY HELEN BERG
The surviving manuscripts of the Russian-Jewish composer David Nowakowsky were rescued from the chaos following the Bolshevik revolution, smuggled from Germany on the eve of Kristallnacht, safely stashed during World War II--and then forgotten in the ensuing peace. Nowakowsky (1848-1921), who some called the "Jewish Bach," was choirmaster of the Brody Synagogue in Odessa for 52 years, writing more than 15,000 pieces of classical and liturgical music.
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May 15, 1999 | Pamela Davega Carr
PARISH FESTIVAL: The 12th annual International Festival--with ethnic foods, games, crafts, rides, volleyball tournament, dunk tank and live entertainment--will take place at 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church, 10738 Hayvenhurst Ave., Granada Hills. Free admission. Information: (818) 363-2535.
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August 8, 2002
D'Gary--The virtuoso guitarist from Madagascar, known for unique finger-picking sounds and open tunings, plays music that touches on blues and dance music. Tonight at the Skirball, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Free. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. (310) 440-4500. Cafe Z--The Skirball's free Saturday afternoon concert series features local musicians who play world music styles. Coming soon: Saturday, UCLA West African Music Ensemble; Aug.
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July 28, 2001 | JAMES SOLOMON, James Solomon is a professor of English at CSUN
One of my students recently brought to my attention three television advertisements that have the dubious distinction of having earned "The Rudyard Kipling Prize for the Year's Most Racist TV Spot." The prize is awarded by New York University's Department of Culture and Communication in its annual takeoff on the ad industry's Clio Awards. The winning ads are all part of a campaign by Fox Sports that makes fun of "foreign" customs to attract viewers to the Fox network.
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December 17, 1991 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Play Wagner over my body!" the enraged usher screamed as he charged the stage and pulled open his shirt to expose scars inflicted by Nazi overlords in concentration camps. The tones of Richard Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" had yet to sound when the audience burst into an uproar. Fistfights broke out. The orchestra packed up and fled.
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June 21, 1998 | Mark Swed, Mark Swed is The Times' music critic
Christian Meyer speaks very good English. In a wide-ranging discussion of several hours--including a tour of the new Arnold Schonberg Center, which Meyer heads, and lunch at a nearby guest house--he only once stumbled over a word, unable to come up with the English equivalent of a German term.
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July 31, 1998 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I'm told it is better than it sounds." -- Mark Twain, on the music of Richard Wagner **** Nothing about Richard Wagner is ever really the way it first looks or sounds, and fittingly, this small town in northern Bavaria, all charming beer gardens and rosebushes on the surface, is many things--deeper and darker--to many people.
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