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Fiddler on the Roof

'Fiddler on the Roof' -- Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
James Scarborough

Old habits die hard. Especially when the habits are religious traditions and the agents of change seek to persecute those traditions. "Fiddler on the Roof," written by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, directed by Phyllis B. Gitlin for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, is a moving and painful account of the conflict.

There's Always Someone Jewish

Kipp Friedman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Kipp Friedman

"Nice hamsa!" said the young barista as we passed by the little coffee shop during an overnight ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen. My wife, Anne, and I w...

Ex-Seinfeld Writer Fred Stoller Gets Serious and Returns to Stand-up Comedy

Steve Karras | Posted 06.01.2014 | Comedy
Steve Karras

Fred Stoller is one funny guy. He wrote the book on character acting (literally -- it's called Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star), and now he's returning to his roots as a stand-up comic.

Musicals in Popular Songs? A History

Alex Schattner | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

Stefani's take on Fiddler on the Roof's "If I Was a Rich Man" was the jumping off point for her solo career. I don't think the writers of Fiddler could have foreseen their tale of a humble, Jewish man's mid-life crisis inspiring a bleach-blonde Japanophile.

Commentary: Are the '70s Movies Overrated?

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lists of the greatest this or the best that are provocations and nothing more. Whether it's a critic offering his 10-best list of films (or books ...

Letter to Hollywood -- I Don't Have a Beard or Side Curls and I Look Just Like You: American Judaism's Image Problem

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Why do the entertainment and advertising industries need us to look like hasids or caricatures of Jewishness? Why is the image of a female rabbi, or a clean-shaven, young, attractive male rabbi with all his hair so rare? Why do they insist on "other-ing" us?

Fiddler on My Roof

Kirk Douglas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kirk Douglas

Everyone talks about Fiddler on the Roof but did they ever see a fiddler on the roof? I had the sculptor Aris Demetrios make a sculpture of a fiddler and I placed it on top of my roof. At night the lights make it visible to everyone.

Matchmaking Undone: Something Borrowed, Blue, Old and New

Tara Fass | Posted 06.22.2013 | Divorce
Tara Fass

So while something old, such as matchmaking, preserves the continuity of tradition; something new is divorce, which offers hope for renewal and optimism for the future.

The Story of a Jewish Violin

Shai Baitel | Posted 10.28.2012 | Arts
Shai Baitel

This Israeli-born artist was classically trained since the tender age of five. And only seven year later she would be given a violin by the legendary Isaac Stern. If Stern could foresee how far this violin, played by Ben-Ari, would go?

Bel Kaufman Is 101 and Still Writing

Joan Gage | Posted 09.26.2012 | Fifty
Joan Gage

I was thrilled to find an article by 101-year-old Bel Kaufman in Vogue's "Age Issue" and to learn that she's as witty and wise and defiant of the status quo as ever.

Cooperation Plants Seeds in the Senate

Dan Glickman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Whatever the reasons, it's refreshing to see that on something, our elected representatives can get along (at least in the Senate) and the system can still work.

Confessions of a Racial Profiler

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.19.2012 | Home
Stuart Muszynski

A political science professor at Kent State University once told me that the history of our democracy is as much defined by who has been excluded as it is by who is included. Why do we exclude?

First Nighter: Genius Jazz Violinist Aaron Weinstein Meets Brilliant Jazz Singer Christine Ebersole in Dual Birdland Triumph

David Finkle | Posted 01.29.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

It's high time someone employs several hundred words to sing the praises of jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein for the widest audience possible.

John Williams Makes Movie Music Come Alive

Danny Groner | Posted 12.26.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

Great music in cinema is often most powerful when it's subtle and in the background. John Williams has made a career out of it, working with some of the best directors in Hollywood.

WATCH: Charlie Siem Fiddles On The Roof

Crane.tv | Posted 09.11.2011 | Arts
Crane.tv

He is charming, talented, genius and above all, the most charismatic violinist of the year. Chosen as one of the ambassadors for the S/S 11 Dunhill ca...

First Nighter: A. R. Gurney's Black Tie Diverts as it Disappoints

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Remove the "r," "n" and "y" from playwright A. R. Gurney's name and what's left is "argue"--perhaps a reviewer's excessively roundabout way to assert ...

The Challenge Of Women Leadership In Orthodox Jewish Communities

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Leora Tanenbaum

In liberal Jewish synagogues across the country, women have achieved feminist success. But when you enter an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, you enter a gender time warp.

The Same 100 People

Howard Kissel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Howard Kissel

It is often said that there are only one hundred people in New York. Meaning in any field you inhabit, there seem to be no more than one hundred people that you run into all the time.

WATCH: 'Fiddler On The Roof' Meets 'You Got Served'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

We can hardly believe we almost finished 2010 without having seen this ridiculously good mash-up made earlier this year. "Fiddler On The Roof" meets "...

Have Yourself An Elena Kagan Christmas (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
George Heymont

Should anyone be surprised that this Friday, on Christmas Eve, Laemmle's Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles will host a sing-along screening of Fiddler...

Fear Of Death, Joy Of Life And The Origins Of God

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

By including the supernatural, community rituals that had incidental health and healing effects became shamanistic rituals of individual and community healing. The effects of these healing rituals were quite real.

The Powerful Appeal of Opera To Ethnic Communities (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1964, when a new musical based on the tales of Sholem Aleichem began its pre-Broadway tryout in Detroit, the producers feared the show might be "to...

Jerry Bock: When a Good Man Dies...

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Sherman Yellen

Jerry was the opposite of all that has befallen us of late: brave in the best sense, and a caring man who lived by his principles; a progressive whom fame and fortune did not make indifferent to the deprivations that others suffered.

More Funding for School Arts Programs, Less for Sports

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Sports programs often produce extremely competitive students whose careers peak early in life. Arts programs often produce extremely creative students whose critical thinking skills deepen as they mature.

"Crazy Little Thing Called Love": A Playlist for Bristol and Levi

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here is my loving playlist for two kids who remind us all about a sometimes flickering yet ultimately difficult to extinguish force in our world -- a crazy little thing called love.