Category Archives: Jewish Culture

A Maverick Masterpiece: SFSymphony Celebrates Steve Reich at 80

Is Steve Reich’s “Different Trains” the sneakiest piece of Holocaust art ever? At first, it sounds like a garden-variety Laurie Anderson-inspired piece of electronica. But then it turns into something different and wonderful and even a little horrible.   Advertisements

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Sandra Bernhard Is the Sandra Bernhard of Earth: The Regency Ballroom, May 1, 2015

“They say, ‘Beirut is the Paris of the Middle East.’ No, it’s not,” she retorts, in her trademark blend of honesty and irritation. “Beirut is the Beirut of the Middle East. Paris is the Paris of France.” Continue reading

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Lou Reed Changed My Life…Thanks to My Cool Uncle

The highlight of my young life was the hour I spent as KUCI’s “High School Deejay of the Week.” The first song I played: Lou Reed’s “Vicious,” of course. Continue reading

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The Comic Awesomesauce of Madeline Kahn Caps the Best Xmas Ever

It’s tough to be a Jew on Christmas. That much we know. But after years of trying the stereotypical movie-and-Chinese food thing, or the just pretend-it’s-a-regular-day-off thing, I think I finally nailed it. Xmas 2011 was a delight. Delish outdoor … Continue reading

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A Cool Jewish Clubhouse: Tikva Records Pop-Up Store Opens in the Mission

The Tikvah Records Jewish music pop-up store — a cool Jewish clubhouse of sorts — opened tonight. Music events, kitschy album-cover perusing and CD sales run through the December 28. Continue reading

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Bluegrass and Balenciaga

Is it kosher to critique a Friday night synagogue service? Probably not. But I’ll do it anyway. Continue reading

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Imagine There’s No…Way for Violent, Aggrieved Thugs to Get Assault Weapons (So Easily)

The violence in Arizona this past weekend resonates and horrifies for a number of reasons. An outspoken Jewish woman (who recently narrowly won re-election) shot in the head at point-blank range. A young girl jazzed by politics out for an … Continue reading

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