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‘Unstill Life’ at JCC’s JAAMM

‘Unstill Life’ at JCC’s JAAMM

IN the halls of her youth, little Gabrielle Selz watched famous artists come and go, linger and party at the Central Park West home of her parents Peter Selz and his wife Thalia Cheronis Selz.

Peter Selz was curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from 1958-1965, presiding like a king over the greatest abstract expressionists of the day.

Rothko, de Kooning, Tineguely, Giacometti, Kline, Pollack, Motherwell, Christo and countless others gathered around the man revered as “Mr. Modern Art.”

Gabrielle, usually accompanied by her older sister Tanya, observed the fascinating interplay from a child’s perspective. Her father — a gigantic force of nature — occupied center stage.

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Jewish gridders gearing up for NFL campaign

Jewish gridders gearing up for NFL campaignBALTIMORE — Blocking brothers, a college star seeking success in the pros, a fullback who hasn’t had a carry in four seasons and a couple of ace special teamers are among the Jewish players on NFL rosters as the league kicks off this week. A punter may join the group after sitting out the preseason because of a personal issue. Also, Marc Trestman is back for his second season as coach of the Chicago Bears after moving to the NFL following a stellar career on the sidelines in the Canadian F...
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From Bible heroines to Madoff, Rabins’ rock opera strikes new chord

From Bible heroines to Madoff, Rabins’ rock opera strikes new chordBERKELEY, Calif. — Plucking a violin on an empty stage, an animated scene of Manhattan skyscrapers scrolling behind her pregnant body, the musician, poet and Torah student Alicia Jo Rabins begins to sing what sounds like a mystical incantation of sorts. “Bring me your empty jar, I will fill it,” she intones. “Where it comes from, I can’t tell you, no one knows.” Inspired by the biblical story of the prophet Elisha, Rabins, 37, is musing in the broadest possible terms about the crim...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:28 )

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The celluloid chasid helps Hollywood get chasidim right

The celluloid chasid helps Hollywood get chasidim rightNEW YORK — When it comes to chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. Meyer, a New York-based Lubavitcher chasid, recounted one occasion when he was hired to cast extras for a film but refused upon learning that shooting would take place on Yom Kippur. “Who told you to hire Jews?” one of the producers said, according to Meyer, though ultimately the shooting was...

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 August 2014 08:53 )

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Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on women

Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on womenBALTIMORE — As a former WNBA president who played in what is considered the first US professional basketball league for women, Donna Orender has been eager for a trailblazing female to join the National Basketball Association in a prominent role. So she was plenty pleased last week when the world champion San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon, a point guard with the WNBA’s Stars of the Texas city, as a paid assistant coach — a first in NBA history. “Becky’s a special woman, a great pl...
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