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10.13.2014 | 105 days ago | Posted at 01:14 PM
By David Luhrssen
A documentary selection at this year’s Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker is the story of the Vaudeville star sometimes described, because of her obstreperous flair and bawdy frankness, as a precursor to the Lady Gagas of nowadays. The film will screen at 1:30 p.m., Oct. 20 at the Marcus North Shore Cinema. In a reversal of the usual pattern of Tucker’s time, a book...
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

An Israeli Falafel Western

 The young stranger walks into a bar, a cavernous stony hall where musicians perform in staccato flamenco rhythms, and orders a beer. The stranger, Avram, is searching for a lost legend, Josef, a master of a Levantine stringed instrument called a tar. The bartender shrugs. “He’s a