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A group of adventurers arrived at Morgur’s Mound, an archaeological site ringed with dragon bones. They found a treasure, scooped it up and made a run for it — but suddenly the ground began to shake.

While he’s an Arizona State University alum, this is the first time Ari Levin, the executive director of The Madison Center for the Arts, is calling Greater Phoenix home during his professional career. And it’s been quite an impressive and eclectic career.

“An Inconvenient Time: The Story of Ruth Ravina,” a documentary of one woman’s experience of survival, will be screened once a day Aug. 20-22 at the Phoenix Film Festival. Following each screening, there will be a live Q&A with Denny Klein, the film’s producer and director.

In a large room on the bottom floor of the Phoenix Art Museum, more than 10,000 8 inch by 8 inch fabric squares line the walls. But they won’t for much longer.

It’s a good thing Christopher Lasch isn’t around today to consider reality shows such as “My Unorthodox Life” and others of its ilk.

If “Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin” was a Netflix-commissioned documentary, we’d be subjected to six one-hour episodes with countless repetition, speculation and other means of filler.

On Wednesday, June 2, the Phoenix Theatre Company begins its 102nd season — indoors and in person — with a production of “Becoming Dr. Ruth.” The one-woman show tells the life story of the famous Jewish sex therapist and Holocaust survivor, Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

“Final Account,” a new documentary from recently deceased English director Luke Holland, is as straightforward in its presentation as it is complicated in its subject matter. For 90 minutes, elderly Germans look into director Luke Holland’s camera and describe their former lives as Nazis.

Eden Levi doesn’t think of herself as a writer, and she’s not planning to make it a career. But last month, the 17-year-old junior at Shearim Torah High School for Girls published a book and is selling it on Amazon.

Maybe it’s the fact that the wave of insider accounts of the Trump administration seems to have finally crested. Maybe everyone had a lot of time for high-yield contemplation during 2020. Maybe the entire publishing industry wanted to create some difficult choices for me, personally.

On Feb. 12, Isaac Cherem’s independent film “Leona” opened in select theatres across the United States, including Scottsdale’s Harkins Theatres Shea 14.

Fans of Israeli actor Gal Gadot had something big to look forward to this Christmas when Warner Bros. Entertainment released “Wonder Woman 1984,” the long-awaited sequel to director Patty Jenkins’ wildly successful “Wonder Woman,” for streaming on HBO Max.

Two Jews, three problems. That’s the mathematics behind “Shtisel,” the runaway hit Israeli dramedy about a family of haredi Orthodox Jews. In 2020, the show’s creators and cast faced down a worldwide pandemic to shoot a third season, coming to Netflix in the spring.

By the time you read this, Chanukah will be winding down or already past. And if you are anything like me, you might be in a post-holiday slump after the lights have all died down. If you need a bit of help re-creating that cozy holiday feeling, I have two recipes that might help. These migh…

For the past eight years I have had the honor of leading shachrit, the morning service, on the High Holidays at my synagogue. When I was asked to serve as the shliach tzibor for services this year, I readily accepted. Of course it is always an honor to serve the community and with a few year…

Rabbi Reuven Mann’s latest book in his series on the Torah, “Eternally Yours: God’s Greatest Gift to Mankind – Numbers,” builds on the work he’s done over the last 10 years. Mann, founder of Congregation Torat Emet in Phoenix, writes a weekly d’var Torah, but he is not content merely to publ…

When journalist Avi Issacharoff and Actor Lior Raz collaborated on writing and producing “Fauda,” it was unclear whether their series would resonate to the extent that it has, in as many countries as it has and especially among Palestinians and Israelis.

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