Kosher Theatresports: more laughs than you could poke a shtick at!

February 21, 2017 by  

In what was the closest finish ever seen in 22 years of Kosher Theatresports at Sydney’s Bondi Pavilion Theatre. Read more

The lion was let out…a music review by FraserBeath McEwing

February 19, 2017 by  

I enthusiastically joined an almost full house at the Sydney Opera House to hear the embedded grand organ played – as I have occasionally done in the past – but nothing prepared me for uplift and grandeur produced by English-born, Australian-educated organist, Joseph Nolan…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Meet Karen Feldman

February 19, 2017 by  

Karen Feldman’s Mazl is in Yiddish Songs, a journey she has taken over many years…now finally recorded on a CD, remotely collaborated with musical director Adam Starr and musical arranger John Sharpley. A video interview. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

February 12, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Arnold Schoenberg. Read more

Silence – a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

February 12, 2017 by  

Silence is about as far as you’ll get from Hollywood fare in a February release from an A-list director. Read more

New York Jewish artist at the NGV

February 10, 2017 by  

The NGV has launched pioneering Jewish American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner’s latest installation OUT OF SIGHT, a participatory hopscotch-inspired artwork that aims to inspire and engage through positive visualisation. Read more

Hidden Figures: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

February 10, 2017 by  

Taking the top spot on opening, Hidden Figures, one of several Best Picture nominees and popular releases depicting historical racial tensions in the United States, hits a chord to which many of its more dramatic counterparts never come close. Read more

Fences: a movie review by Toni Susskind

February 9, 2017 by  

Fences is a movie that takes its time exploring and unravelling the complexities of human reasoning and nature.  Read more

Gold: a movie review by James Berardinelli

Rags to riches stories are a Hollywood staple. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

January 27, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis. Read more

Kosher Theatresports is back!

January 20, 2017 by  

The popular Jewish-themed impro comedy show based on the Australian and world-wide hit show, returns to Sydney’s Bondi Pavilion theatre on Sunday 19 February after a 4 year ‘shluff’. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

January 6, 2017 by  

Continuing the series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis. Read more

Jackie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 5, 2017 by  

For those who remember the day President John Kennedy died in November 1963, this biopic will bring it all back. Read more

Short+Sweet Turns “Sweet 16” in January 2017

January 1, 2017 by  

Short+Sweet has spread the popular 10-minute format in theatre, dance, cabaret & comedy across Australia and the globe – with festivals now as far afield as Hollywood, India, Malaysia, Dubai and NZ. But the original theatre festival in its Sydney home is ‘sweet 16’ this year… and plans to celebrate in style! Read more

The Edge of Seventeen – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 29, 2016 by  

Angst and tantrums – the teenage years are a challenge for all involved.  This well drawn portrait from writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig is worth a look for its depiction of a girl who has yet to work out her place in the world, or indeed, if she even has one.

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La La Land – a movie review by Roz Tarszsisz

December 20, 2016 by  

It has been a long time since a movie like this graced cinema screens.

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London Klezmer to tour Australasia

December 15, 2016 by  

Much-loved international klezmer ensemble the London Klezmer Quartet return to Australasia in January 2017  and will feature music from  their latest hit album. Read more

The Trombone Man: Tales of a Misogynist…a book review by Jasmin Albert

December 15, 2016 by  

Ron J. Hutter has written a provocative, entertaining and thoughtful novel that explores the problem of antisemitism in a very original way. Read more

Little Men – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 8, 2016 by  

It’s the little touches that make this tale of childhood friendship from director Ira Sachs (Love is Strange) so engaging.  The story spans a small arc but for those involved, the consequences are life changing.

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Golden Years – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 5, 2016 by  

For the oldies in this British comedy caper, there’s nothing golden about their declining years. After a lifetime of upright citizenship, there’s no back up or recourse when their superannuation funds collapse.

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Rosalie Blum – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 5, 2016 by  

It’s refreshing to watch a French film about ordinary people. .  Filmed in Nevers, a small town in rural France, it’s all about the characters and a plot which hinges on a series of coincidences.

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The Toymaker…a book review by Nina Gallo

December 5, 2016 by  

We all bring certain expectations when we begin to read a novel. The nostalgic, pastel cover art and benign blurb on the back of Liam Pieper’s The Toymaker suggests that his book will fall neatly into the canon of Australian Holocaust literature, an unflinching story that explores the human capacity for evil, but settles eventually on the enduring triumph of the human spirit. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

December 2, 2016 by  

A monthly series by Stevie Whitmont of vignettes of Jewish composers banned in by Nazis. This month features Henriëtte Bosmans. Read more

Mahana: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

November 29, 2016 by  

When I spoke with Mahana Director Lee Tamahori earlier this week he told me that westerns were a dead genre. Mahana may not be a western, but the genre’s spirit is alive and well in the accomplished Director’s confronting and visually rapturous thriller. Read more

Rivka Hartman’s play Let’s Talk About You…a theatre review by Deb Meyer

November 21, 2016 by  

Let’s Talk About You is the newest offering by playwright Rivka Hartman (My Mother & Other Catastrophes) – a Melbourne born, Yiddish speaking thespian who’s Jewish identity informs much of her writing. Read more

The Founder – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 15, 2016 by  

You don’t need to have entered a McDonald’s restaurant to appreciate how a hamburger stand became a billion dollar empire.  Director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr Banks) has brought to life the American success story of the man who saw gold in a beef patty.

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Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

November 4, 2016 by  

J-Wire publishes a monthly series by Stevie Whitmont of vignettes of Jewish composers banned in by Nazis. This month features Hans Gál. Read more

The Light Between Oceans – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 2, 2016 by  

The idea of the place where two oceans meet is both romantic and exciting. Writer and director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, Place Beyond the Pines) has based his film on the eponymous bestselling novel by M.L. Stedman.

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The Accountant – a movie review by James Berardinelli

The Accountant is a superhero movie. Despite not being based on an existing comic book (a welcome change), the film has all the beats and tropes we have come to expect from superhero movies, although the R-rating makes it more of an adult experience than one targeted for younger viewers. Read more

JS Bach: Goldberg Variations, played by Sarah Grunstein

October 29, 2016 by  

A performance of JS Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations for keyboard is a rare treat…writes William Brooks. Read more

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