Showtime at the Apollo

Idan Raichel mixes traditional Ethiopian music, prayers, and funky beats to create dance tracks that speak to young Israelis

Waiting for Bessie

Seven decades after Stella Adler originated the role, will Clifford Odets’ Bronx matriarch be harder to digest, or easier to dismiss?

No More Tears

Journeyman actor Bernard Rachelle gets his big break, and a chance to improv with Denzel, in The Inside Man

Those Ukraine Girls

The Real World: Key West features two Jewish cast members: After all the boozing and broken hearts will they end up together?

Melting Point

British playwright Israel Zangwill coined America’s most enduring metaphor as his reputation dissolved in controversy

Sincerity Now!

Maus, Tom and Jerry, and the dawning of a new age

Underdeveloped

Try as it might, ABC’s Sons & Daughters is no Arrested Development

Mixed Metaphors

Transamerica’s heroine finds herself negotiating a number of identities

Protocols of the Editors

Truman Capote spread fears of a literary cabal. So what to make of his forgotten first novel?

My Bachelor Uncle

Long before Brokeback, John Schlesinger zoomed in on closeted heartbreak. Plus: An audio interview with Ian Buruma

Fists of Fury

Douglas Century talks about Talmud student, champion prizefighter, war hero, gunrunner, and recovered morphine addict Barney Ross.

Stage Fright

The children’s opera Brundibar inspires and terrifies

Beats Without Borders

Balkan Beat Box’s diaspora mix

Melody Maker

The true story of a White Plains boy who found both God and reggae

Family Affair

How a faraway girlhood became part of my own

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