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JUNE 7, 2018, ROCKPORT – In front of sweeping ocean views, there will be revolution. Or rather, there will be “r:EVOLUTION,” a month-long concert series starting June 15 at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival that will focus on how war and revolution drive the evolution of music. Many of the pieces were written by Jewish Read More

JUNE 7, 2018 - A few years ago, several women in Yorkshire posed for a nude calendar. Had she been there, Brookline actress Bobbie Steinbach might have joined them. “They had an amazing journey and a hard decision to make,” Steinbach said. The Yorkshire women put together the calendar because they were raising money to Read More

JUNE 7, 2018 – Walk through the halls of Temple Emanuel of Andover on any given day, and chances are you’ll hear music coming from somewhere. It’s not always the kind of music you’d expect at a temple. Often at the end of Shabbat services, you’ll hear “Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel. On Read More

JUNE 7, 2018 – Reading Philip Roth taught me how to write fiction. Reared, like Roth, on the so-called classics – i.e., works of fiction by white male authors, the majority of them Christian – and introduced at Concord Academy to the more diverse voices of Amy Tan, Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf, and Jean Rhys Read More

JUNE 7, 2018 – I am one of the Exiles of Newark, New Jersey. My father was raised on Goldsmith Avenue, became a bar mitzvah at Young Israel, and went to Weequahic High School, class of ’59. His mother was born in Newark; both she and my grandfather spent their careers teaching in the Newark Read More

MAY 24, 2018 – Nearly every American student has read a play by Arthur Miller at some point in their academic career. “The Crucible” is perennially one of the most-produced plays in schools across the country and “Death of a Salesman” has been back to Broadway many times. Even so, there are many parts of Read More

MAY 24, 2018, SWAMPSCOTT – While Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik’s 2015 book, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” arguably branded the Supreme Court justice as a pop-cultural phenomenon, the recently released documentary, “RBG,” leaves no room to mistake this woman for a fluffy contemporary trend. The diminutive 85-year-old intellectual powerhouse Read More

MAY 10, 2018 – How do you solve a problem like a Musical Book? This question always arises on hearing the far-too-tame description of Austria’s response to Nazism and the 1938 Third Reich Anschluss (annexation) in the musical “The Sound of Music.” Co-authors Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse have half of Austria not speaking to Read More

MAY 10, 2018 – The Palestinian-Israeli conflict seems to be an unavoidable topic of discussion in the news, in the gym, even in the produce aisle. From May 18 through June 1, the conversation will move from sidebar to center stage when the Israeli Stage presents the world premiere production of award-winning playwright Joshua Sobol’s Read More

MAY 10, 2018 – As any parent knows, there is no shortage of so-called mavens who love to give advice. From a pile of how-to books that can break your shelves and your spirit, to blogs and email blasts that blur any idea of effective or even appropriate parenting, it seems the more help we Read More