August 22, 2004 |
The film that put Yiddish cinema on the map nearly 60 years ago is getting a rare public showing next Sunday at Cinespace in Hollywood. Avada, a project of Yiddishkayt Los Angeles, an organization that promotes Yiddish language and culture, is presenting the 1936 Yiddish classic "Yidl Mitn Fidl." Between 1929 and 1950, 40 to 50 Yiddish films were produced in America and shown primarily in New York and other major cities along the Eastern seaboard with large Jewish populations.
February 15, 1989
Dave Tarras, 91, one of the most widely recorded musicians in Yiddish theater and a leading clarinet player in the expressive klezmer style of Jewish folk music. Tarras, who left his native Ternovka in the southern Ukraine and emigrated to New York in 1921, appeared on more than 500 recordings as a soloist, bandleader and sideman.
December 18, 2013 |
Two kinds of cinematic traditions can be celebrated in the coming weeks, starting with the annual Christmas Eve "Fiddler on the Roof" sing-along dreamed up by the Laemmle chain and now expanding to no less than six theaters. The Broadway musical, based on the classic Tevye stories by preeminent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, was made into an Oscar-winning film (for Oswald Morris' cinematography and John Williams' score) in 1971 that boasts Isaac Stern playing violin on the soundtrack.
September 21, 1992 |
If "A Taste of Life: Oh Mama" could be approached on some kind of camp level, then writer-director Carlotta Adams' impossibly crude, moralistic melodrama at Theatre of Arts might be a revelatory cartoon of a good girl gone bad. But things are too earnest here for that: This is a lesson-play on what terrible things happen to rich, spoiled teen-ager Reecie (Gloria Henri, strong on the emotions) when she doesn't obey her mother (Contrella Patrick-Henry).
December 16, 1987 |
Never afraid of overexposure, pianist Gustavo Romero has booked two solo recitals next month at downtown San Diego churches. His Jan. 8 recital at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral was announced last week, much to the consternation of the concert committee of the First Presbyterian Church. Along with violinist Frank Almond Jr., the rising young pianist from Chula Vista performed to an SRO audience at First Presbyterian in January, 1987.
September 22, 2010 |
It's hard to imagine a more profound expression of the healing power of music than Matthew Asner and Danny Gold's deeply affecting "100 Voices: A Journey Home. " The film follows cantor Nate Lam, of L.A.'s Stephen S. Wise Temple and father of the film's co-writer and co-producer, as the 72 cantors he gathered from around the world perform at the Warsaw Opera House, the largest theater of its kind in Europe. They also appeared at the Krakow Philharmonic, participated in Poland's annual Jewish Cultural Heritage Festival and conducted the first Jewish service at Auschwitz-Birkenau.