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“The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova” is an awkward film. That might sound like a criticism, but actually it’s the strongest compliment one could give it. The film’s director, Zack Bernbaum, pitched it as an absurdist drama and the film succeeds at telling a strange tale of family duty and forgiveness.

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I believe that one reason superhero stories prevail in popular culture is because they are the modern equivalent of Arthurian lore. Spectacular, noble characters defend the weak and disenfranchised from evil miscreants. It’s admittedly silly but also endearing to see a man of utmost morality…

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I believe that one reason superhero stories prevail in popular culture is because they are the modern equivalent of Arthurian lore. Spectacular, noble characters defend the weak and disenfranchised from evil miscreants. It’s admittedly silly but also endearing to see a man of utmost morality…

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“Cirque Dreams Holidaze,” a holiday themed show, will visit Phoenix’s Comerica Theatre from Dec. 20-22. This show — and the Cirque Dreams brand — comes from the mind of one Jewish producer from Florida, Neil Goldberg.

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It’s a bit funny to review a cookbook, isn’t it? It is, in the truest sense, a matter of taste. And in cooking for oneself, the little idiosyncrasies of individual taste may conflict with someone else’s; as a matter of course, I tend to double the amount of garlic any recipe calls for.

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It’s a bit funny to review a cookbook, isn’t it? It is, in the truest sense, a matter of taste. And in cooking for oneself, the little idiosyncrasies of individual taste may conflict with someone else’s; as a matter of course, I tend to double the amount of garlic any recipe calls for.

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Because it’s not actually a crime — and even if it were, the statute of limitations surely would have expired by now — Fred Raskin has a confession: When he was too young to buy a ticket to an R-rated movie, his mother would do it for him, buying two tickets, depositing her son in the theate…

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Entering its 18th year, the Red Rocks Music Festival has brought some of the best contemporary classical musicians to Arizona and executive director Moshe Bukshpan is excited about celebrating a meaningful anniversary. 

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Eric Fingerhut, who led Hillel International for five years, has been hired in the same role at Jewish Federations of North America. And Mark Wilf, JFNA’s board chairman, hopes his new CEO will bring “energy and imagination” to the umbrella for local Jewish federations.

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It’s not a profound statement to say that the Hebrew Bible has been an incredible influence on the arts. For millennia, creative people from all walks of life have looked at (and into) the ancient words and applied, transmogrified and adapted the holy writ into lasting contributions of aesth…

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In a recent d’var Torah, Rabbi Eric Yanoff of Adath Israel in Philadelphia addressed the practice of scapegoating and how Jews throughout history have often had that role thrust upon them.

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The most affecting scene in “The Last Survivors,” a documentary full of them, occurs at Auschwitz. With his daughter and granddaughter, Ivor Perl is returning to the concentration camp for the first time since 1945, when the Hungarian-born boy was liberated after the murder of his mother and…

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“Captain Marvel,” the latest film from Marvel Studios, is second only to fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe flick “Thor: The Dark World” in being dull and uninteresting throughout. That’s too bad, as “Captain Marvel” is the first Marvel film built around a woman superhero.

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“Shtisel,” an Israeli drama now on Netflix, can best be summarized by a quote from Marta Kauffman, the creator of “Friends,” who has said she is working on an American version of the show.

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A still from the film ‘Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel.’ 

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Beth Emeth Congregation of the West Valley in Sun City West is hosting the 14th annual West Valley Jewish Film Festival.     

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The movies aren't what they used to be. With the advent of Netflix and other streaming services, movie theaters have struggled to bring in patrons. Film festivals, too, have had to grapple with the lure of the home theater. Fortunately for residents of Sun City West, though, Beth Emeth Congr…

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In the prologue to “Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink,” author Barry Joseph reveals the question he asked himself when presented with the prospect of writing a history of seltzer. “How could there be enough for a whole book?”

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Part love triangle, part war story, “Promised Land: A Novel of Israel” by Martin Fletcher spans the decades from Israel’s independence to 1967. While true historical figures — from David Ben-Gurion to Ariel Sharon — serve as characters, the story focuses primarily on a fictional family.

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It was a little chaotic getting all three members of the band Distant Cousins on the phone the day before Thanksgiving, but they made it work, even as one of them, Duvid Swirsky, talked on his car’s speakerphone with the antic chatter of two 6-year-old boys in the background. 

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Rebecca Traister, writer at large for New York magazine and contributing editor at Elle, recently published her third book, “Good and Mad,” an examination of what happens not only when women get angry, but when they deploy that anger to galvanize social change. Women’s anger, Traister writes…

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You probably know his “Starchild” character, with white face makeup and a black star over his right eye, and the Spandex, leather and chains he wears onstage with platform shoes. But when he’s not smashing guitars and telling you to “lose your mind in Detroit Rock City,” KISS frontman Paul S…

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Beth Ricanati’s memoir, “Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs,” tells the story of one woman’s search for health and spiritual tranquility.

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