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Sundown: Elf Defense

An ironic sculpture, a tired jokester, and a cross-genre cover

Hadara Graubart
July 16, 2009

• “Portraying the German ‘master race’ as garden gnomes was an ironic gesture,” says the artist responsible for a sculpture of a golden gnome giving a “Heil Hitler.” The piece is now on display in a Nuremberg gallery, and it’s being investigated as potentially unlawful. [London Times]
• Years after wearing out his welcome with some of us, Billy Crystal brings his play, 700 Sundays, to Washington, D.C. [Inside NOVA]
• Robert Lappin, a Boston philanthropist whose Jewish education foundation lost $8 million to Madoff, has replaced the $5 million that belonged to his employees’ retirement funds. [Boston Globe]
• Check out a video of jazz-rock-klezmer band the Sway Machinery covering Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” at the Krakow Jewish culture festival; it sounds like singer Jeremiah Lockwood is imagining a Talking Heads-version of the song, but somehow it works. (Also, don’t miss the blonde girl’s ass cleavage about two and a half minutes in.) [JDub]
• Speaking of exposed rears, fabulous Real soon-to-be-Housewife of NYC Bethenny Frankel is set to host her own TV show, Skinny in the City. [NY Post]

Hadara Graubart was formerly a writer and editor for Tablet Magazine.