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Esther Brandeau, The Original ‘Yentl’ Before Barbra Streisand

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

ribcage: this wide passage, Reveals First Jewish Woman In Canada Esther Brandeau,  Disguised Herself As A Man Most of us are familiar with the short story Yentl the Yeshiva Boy by Isaac Bashevis Singer in which a young woman must pretend to be a man in order to follow her love of religious studies that traditionally excluded her. The most famous interpretation was the …

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Vancouver Artist, Jazmin Sasky Paints Women’s Stories With A Compassionate Brush

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Her muse is 20th century Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo and painter, Jazmin Sasky’s folk art inspired clothing and bejeweled fingers recall Kahlo’s distinctive fashion. Sasky paints in the style of the Primitives; brilliantly detailed and textured with colourful flourishes. The eyes, truly the windows of the soul, are  hugely expressive. Her narratives of multicultural women and children are always joyful …

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Veteran Jazz Musician, Stu Goldberg Wins ‘LEO’ Award for Film Score

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Imagine watching contestants racing around the world under terrible duress, experiencing excruciating weather conditions in every mode of exotic transportation from hot air balloons to rickshaws – in almost total silence. “Music makes it exciting,” says composer-musician, Stu Goldberg, who helped establish the library of music for the 13-time Emmy Award-winning CBS television reality show, The Amazing Race. “Executive producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, …

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Fine Art Joins The Celebration of The Chutzpah! Festival, Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Embracing the themes of music, dance and movement, 15 artists will showcase their work in a group Art Show as a prelude to the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Jewish Community Centre, Vancouver, February 12th to March 16th, 2015. “The jury and I have curated a really interesting mix of work by British Columbia artists who …

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Nikki Yanofsky ‘Carries’ A Torch of a Different Kind

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

From Precocious Child Performer To Beautiful Woman, Legendary Producer, Quincy Jones Says “Nikki Yanofsky Is The Bomb!” Nikki Yanofsky speaks very fast. That’s not surprising because the 21-year-old Montreal chanteuse, composer and lyricist, with the pipes of a seasoned jazz veteran, can reproduce the most intricate ‘scatting’ by her idol, Ella Fitzgerald, while giving everything a fresh pop take all her own. …

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Award-Winning Photographer Sharon Tenenbaum ‘Paints The City’

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Peering in closely, they resemble a black and white abstract sundial–grey shadows ticking off the sands of time; a sensually, curved steel boomerang or a vast spider web of cables clinging to passing clouds. Actually optical illusions, one is surprised to see the images morphing into the architecturally organic Bridges Series of award-winning photographs by Canadian photographer, Sharon Tenenbaum. Recently, she was awarded 1st place in …

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The Hobbit – Conceptual Artist, John Howe Is Lord of the Brush

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

The Hobbit – A Surprising Journey From Middle-earth, the Middle East to the Canadian West! On December 17th, 2014 the final installment of the film epic fantasy adventure based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel, The Hobbit, will open world-wide with The Battle of the Five Armies, directed by Peter Jackson. I interviewed Vancouver-born conceptual artist John Howe by SKYPE from New Zealand …

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Star Wars Texture Painter Derek Gillingham Mounts New Exhibition

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Vancouver Artist, Derek Gillingham Explores New Work From The Road at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Jewish Community Centre, Vancouver.  As a film texture painter for such blockbusters as Captain Phillips, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Star Wars Episodes I & II , the versatile Derek Gillingham works in a collaborative industry. As a solo artist, his oil …

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Aerial Sculptor Janet Echelman – A Force Of Nature

In Arts, Design by Laura Goldstein

In daylight, the ephemeral webs of intricately patterned nets resemble a rogue sail of a mythic vessel; an exotic winged creature or a benign, tethered twister, all flirting with the wind, clouds and sky. By nightfall, it transforms into a phosphorescent alien life form: a pulsating jellyfish, snagged between ocean and city buildings, hypnotic, ghostly, organic. To the eye of …