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AUGUST 10, 2017 – OGUNQUIT – A Latvian Jewish immigrant fears losing his daughter. African-Americans struggle for full respect as citizen descendants of slaves. These key scenarios of the 1975 E.L. Doctorow historical novel “Ragtime” and the 1998 Broadway musical of the same name may speak to a climate of xenophobia and prejudice in early Read More

AUGUST 10, 2017 - Fred Taylor has been the man behind Boston’s jazz scene for more than 50 years. After decades of steering the musical ship at such legendary venues as the Jazz Workshop, Scullers, and Tanglewood, Taylor is bringing his impeccable taste to the historic Cabot in Beverly for a new series of shows Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – L’dor v’dor. From generation to generation, a phrase repeated in the daily observance of Jews everywhere, is given new meaning by North Shore author Tammy Bottner. A pediatrician and longtime resident of Newburyport, Bottner is both the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. Her new book, “Among the Reeds: The True Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – If you know Salem or lived through the 1970s, this eccentric and engaging memoir will take you down familiar lanes. If not, the book will bring them to life for you and make them seem familiar. “Man of the Year” is the debut book from Lou Cove, a seasoned writer and Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – OGUNQUIT – Could a ghostwriter hitman create fully compelling art where an overpraised intellectual cannot? In the book that Woody Allen wrote for the 2014 Broadway musical, “Bullets over Broadway,’’ a tough but sensitive gangster named Cheech Campbell does just that for young Jewish playwright David Shayne. In the rapid-fire edition Read More

JULY 13, 2017 – LENOX – Amy Herzog clearly loves Jewish stage grandmother Vera Joseph. The talented playwright based the independent-minded matriarch of her 2010 “After the Revolution” and 2011 “4000 Miles” on her own beloved activist Greenwich Village grandmother,  Leepee Joseph, who passed away three years ago at the age of 96. Vera, a Read More

JULY 13, 2017 – Having first burst onto the music scene in 1994 with the platinum-selling single “Stay (I Missed You),” Lisa Loeb has continued to find success through her independent spirit and natural talent. Loeb will appear at The Center for the Arts in Natick on July 13 and at the Shalin Liu Performance Read More

JUNE 29, 2017 – NEW YORK – Chaja Rubinstein and Florence Nightingale Graham never actually met or spoke, but the cosmetic pioneers known as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden had a lot in common as businesswomen. Both Rubinstein, born to Jewish parents in Poland, and Arden, who began life as part of an Episcopalian farming Read More

JUNE 29, 2017 – NEWTON – Nearly 10 years ago, Stephan Ross, a Boston-area Holocaust survivor, spoke with a group of students at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester. Ross described his early life as a Jewish child in Lodz, Poland, and his remarkable survival through Nazi atrocities. He recalled his liberation at Read More

  JUNE 29, 2017 – In the summer of 1984, when the distinguished American Jewish essayist Phillip Lopate was 41, he taped his brassy, vulgar, vindictive, smart, and sometimes hilarious mother telling her life story for over 20 hours. She was 66. The tapes sat in a shoebox for more than 30 years until Lopate Read More