Arts & Culture

Articles about local concerts, plays, books and movies, exclusive interviews and blog posts that bring some Jewish perspective to pop culture.

It sounds Jewish, but is it? Part 2 photo
Last time, we examined words and terms with “Jew” in them, but there are many more things that sound as if they could be Jewish, yet aren’t.
Menashe photo

Menashe, a new independent Yiddish-language film, is a touching -- and in many ways groundbreaking -- portrait of a 30-something Hasidic single father in Brooklyn.

My Epic Reading Journey to The Dark Tower photo
In the wee hours of the morn on February 21, 2017, I finally completed my epic journey through Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series -- and all the novels, novellas and stories that weave through it.
It sounds Jewish, but is it? photo
Not everything that sounds Jewish is Jewish.
A Wonderful Woman – and an Even Better Advocate photo
To me, Gal Gadot represents something more than just being Jewish.
And the award is named for photo
In many cases a high honor, prize or award in that field is named for a Jewish pioneer in that area.
The Wedding Plan photo 1
The Israeli film, featuring a knockout lead performance, opens in Chicago on May 19
Israel: Many Voices photo
Storytelling and collaboration to bring our community closer
Fourth Annual JCC Chicago Jewish film festival kicks off March 9 photo
The Fourth Annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival opens March 9 and includes an Academy Award nominee and an exclusive special showing of a star-studded film prior to its national debut.
Painting the World with Love photo 1
Local artist Chai Wolfman’s painting collection “Grounded in Hope” is on display at Uncommon Ground in Edgewater through Feb. 6
Stories and Voices that Must Be Heard photo
The first event I attended post-election that didn’t involve me eating my feelings was “Israel Story Live.”
Why Stars Hollow is the Best Jewish Community Ever photo

Re-watching Gilmore Girls in anticipation of the Netflix revival has reminded me how “Jewish” this show actually is.

Key & Peele and The Big Event photo
A look at the comedy duo’s Chicago connections and Jewish humor.
Israel’s ‘This American Life’ Visits Chicago photo
The story behind Israel Story, a podcast with live shows in Chicago on Nov. 15 and 16
Young Adult’s Guide to the 2016 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema photo
Film fans take note: The 11th Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema kicks off today, Tuesday, Nov. 1, and runs through Nov. 13.
A Real-Life Jewish Superwoman photo
There's no quality I admire more than courage, people who have the chutzpah to stand up for what they believe in, what they know to be right, no matter how much external forces try to sway them in the other direction.
Remembering Gene Wilder photo
I am talking, of course, of the greatest Gene Wilder movie you (probably) have never seen, Start The Revolution Without Me.
Three Queer Jews say ‘I Do’ photo
A Jewish, Queer woman trying to track her own family tree as it grows out of control around her. That’s the premise of a new play I Do Today, which premiered last week at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center.
Neo-Nazis on Film
How should a Jewish person in today’s America react when confronted with Nazism? Film is one way we have wrestled with and explored this question.
Not Throwing Away His Shot photo
An interview with my friend during his three-day wait to see ‘Hamilton’ in New York
My Evening with Mel Brooks photo 1
It’s not every day I get to see the most influential Jew I’ve never met.
Films About Tough Jews photo

Yes, it’s a list, not a joke.

Guide to McSweeney’s Most Jewish photo

Rather than make you look through all 21 webpages of McSweeney’s lists for the Jewish ones, I went and did that for you.

New play ‘A Splintered Soul’ photo_md

A Splintered Soul brings a unique interpretation to the traditional Holocaust stories shared on stage.

‘Nurture the Wow’ focuses on the spirituality of parenting photo

After Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg became a mother for the first time, she found herself trying to make sense of this profound life-changing experience that we call parenthood.

Third annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival photo_md

Jack Yonover is quite an impressive and articulate eighth grader. Two years ago, Yonover, who is allergic to pistachios and cashews, came up with the idea to make a documentary for his bar mitzvah project reflecting on the fears and frustrations of living with food allergies.

5 Reasons Video Games Are My Books photo

Life. Not the cereal, or the “Game of,” but the one we all live in. That life. It’s a tough one, and sometimes, a little escape is in order.

Indiana Jones and the Staff of Moses photo

Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which Indiana Jones went after the Ark of the Covenant, currently has an 8.5 on imdb.com. It's the highest rating of any film in the franchise, with The Last Crusade -- in which Indy pursued the Holy Grail -- at an 8.3. The other two films don't rate anywhere near that high.


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