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Silver Jew | Drag City DVD

Drag City (2008)
Michael Tully’s 52-minute home movie/documentary follows the band as they schlep around Israel touring, shopping, and playing a handful of gigs.  
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 08, 2008

Vigilantes and volunteers

Crime patrols in Boston
This article originally appeared in the August 7, 1973 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By SHARON BASCO  |  August 14, 2008

My Father My Lord

Hushed, dun-colored, and beautifully shot
Volach overdoes the quoting from the Torah, but the intimacy of each shot and the quiet force from each character elevate the film to the level of parable.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 25, 2008

Free your nerd

Dancing stupid
When “I’m Too Sexy” comes on, 28-year-old Rachel Marks has a flashback. “Oh my God,” she says. “My bat mitzvah.”
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 20, 2008

The yenta monologues

Judy Gold’s Jewish-mother complex
What do you call a Conservative Jewish lesbian mother of two boys? Very funny, in the case of Judy Gold.
By ED SIEGEL  |  December 26, 2007

Making book

Ben Katchor explains The Rosenbach Company
If obsession is at the core of The Rosenbach Company, says co-creator Ben Katchor, that only makes the pop musical a human story.
By CLEA SIMON  |  November 14, 2007

Thanks be to Coulter

Letters to the Boston editor: November 2, 2007
Even appearing to defend Ann Coulter makes my skin crawl, but I must.
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  October 31, 2007

Bravo Rivo!

Plus Flickipedia
September 30 was a delicious day for this secular Jew
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 17, 2007

Rap Hashanah

An old school new year
The Boston Jewish Music Connection kicked off the Jewish New Year not with a kegger or kippers but with a freestyle showdown of Jewish rappers.
By STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  September 24, 2007

Scared silent

Three lawsuits have been dropped, but local media still seems reluctant to tackle the Islamic Society of Boston
Dr. Walid Fitaihi’s departure from and return to the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) were stories worth reporting.
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 19, 2007

The problematic culture of ‘virginity rings’

Symbols symbols  
Lydia Playfoot, a 16-year-old English student, regrets that London’s High Court rejected her request to wear a Christian “virginity ring” to school.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  August 15, 2007

Gumshoes and golems

Michael Chabon’s Alaskan-Yiddish noir
Michael Chabon has boundary issues.
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 05, 2007

Death becomes him

Nathan Englander returns . . . at last
The combination of a gift for narrative, a proclivity for pathos, and a lode of arcane knowledge is put to great use in Nathan Englander’s first novel.
By DANA KLETTER  |  April 23, 2007

Jewish blues

Brave Old World bring Song of the Lodz Ghetto to Boston
In Boston, it’s the season of Lódz.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 13, 2007

Mistaken identity?

Diverse city
The Portland Press Herald probably isn’t on the Rosh Hashanah card list for many Maine Jews this year.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 07, 2007


Dazzling Southeast Asian variety
What chicken soup is to the Jewish culture, pho is to the Vietnamese.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 28, 2007

Pawns in a plot of horror

Leslie Epstein's King of the Je ws on stage
When Leslie Epstein’s novel King of the Jews was published in 1979, it was hailed as ambitious by all and deemed controversial by many.
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  February 27, 2007

How Jewish is it?

Rockin’ out with Matisyahu, the LeeVees, and other mensches
In addition to the usual fare of Messiah and Nutcracker performances and bands dressed up in Santa suits this past holiday season, Boston got an unusually large dose of Jewish culture — far more than the electric menorah in Kenmore Square or the klezmer rendition of “Chanukah Oh Chanukah” on the Holiday Pops program.
By ADAM GOLD  |  January 17, 2007

Go for the gelt

Romney woos the jews. Plus, The Mass GOP fails to anoint a leader; negative funding in ’06; and a slow start to the at-large city council field
Much has been made of how Mitt Romney has been courting evangelical-Christian support for his presidential ambitions. But Romney is also seeking friends — and, more important, money — among Jews.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 10, 2007

Unorthodox Jews

"Good for the Jews," the Paradise Lounge, December 16, 2006
You won't hear feel-good Chanukah ditties in the style of the Leevees nor any pages out of Matisyahu's prayer book. This is a foul-mouthed, shtick-heavy act inspired by the borscht-belt comics and the seventies-era.
By IAN SANDS  |  December 22, 2006

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