Musical Genius of Leiber & Stoller Shines in ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ at the Ordway

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If you haven’t heard of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two nice Jewish fellows from the East Coast who met in Los Angeles in 1950, you’ve likely heard their songs. Their many, many toe-tapping melodies popularized by talent such as Elvis Presley, The Drifters, Peggy Lee and the Shangri-Las.  You know these little diddies: “Hound […]

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TC Jewish Film Fest Celebrating 25th Year Going Beyond The Screen

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For the 25th anniversary of the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival, it’s not just enough to have a full two weeks of films. This year, the JCCs are adding something extra to almost every film. This year’s festival has a “beyond the screen” experience to almost every one of the 15 films, which included 3 […]

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Stuart Bloom’s Second Act

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Stuart Bloom’s careers have almost perfectly bisected his life to date: He spent the first 30 years of his life as an actor and comedian, the next 31 as a physician. This weekend, he combines the two parts of his career in the musical How To Avoid Burnout In 73 Minutes (A Minimally Invasive Musical […]

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September 2019 Get the Folk Out!

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Sorry, this one’s a little late & after the long weekend, friends. I’m guessing (hoping?) I’m not alone in September sneaking up on me. Last night, I saw the first leaves of the year drop with a gust of wind… but then, my spirits were picked right back up watching everyone go to school for […]

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Jew Review: 42nd Street Dazzles at the Ordway

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If you’ve ever had big dreams of success or still do, the storyline of 42nd Street, a musical-within-a-musical, is an inspiration. Wrapping up as an Ordway Original production on August 11, the Emmy award-winning Broadway hit is the story of a young, aspiring showgirl, Peggy Sawyer, who leaves Allentown, Pa., for a chance to make […]

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July 2019 Get the Folk Out!

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SUMMER. It’s officially summer, and not just because Bud Light Lime is everywhere again [ew]. We hope you had as lovely as a June as we, celebrating all of the Pride in all of its forms. By contrast, July is far more low-key… which, frankly, is just fine, considering it’s gonna start off by being […]

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Jon Savitt Combining His Comedy, Musical Passions

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Jon Savitt is a comedian and a writer who has been published on some websites that many journalists would love to. He also has been playing piano for most of his 27 years. So naturally, he’s combined those two into writing an album. “I’ve been into music before comedy and writing; it was my first […]

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Kids Relate to “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” at the Ordway

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It’s sometimes tough being a kid trying to find one’s place in the universe. Stressors can come from many aspects of one’s life, affecting friendships, schoolwork, and relationships with their parents. Religion, nationality or medical conditions are a few things that can make children feel anything but normal – whatever that is. In fact, more […]

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