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“Living a lie is not a life” is the underlying thread in two films with Jewish protagonists at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).

In Arts, Newsby Laura

Director, Atom Egoyan is on stage and visibly moved by the standing ovation he is receiving from a packed house at The Playhouse Theatre in Vancouver. And that’s before his film, Remember has even started! Screened as part of VIFF’s Canadian Images Showcase, Remember stars iconic Canadian actor, Christopher Plummer as Zev Guttman. A nursing home resident with periodic dementia, …

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Photographer, David Burdeny’s “A Bright Future,” Spectacular Architecture & Art Inside Moscow to St. Petersburg Metro Stations

In Arts, Design, Newsby Laura

Steep, descending escalators lead down 74 meters at the deepest point, to a cavernous underground that is one of Moscow’s hidden treasures. Suddenly one enters what looks to be a turn-of-the century theatre, so opulent that you expect to see Vaslav Nijinsky of the Ballet Russe, leap from behind one of the towering Art Deco arches. Instead, blasé Muscovites check …

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The Kindergarten Teacher – A Teacher’s Interest In A Gifted Child Crosses The Line

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A New Film By Israeli Screenwriter and Director, Nadav Lapid “I don’t have complete memories of my poems. It’s a mystery out of consciousness and I’m still, as an adult, not quite able to explain it.” Speaking from New York, Tel Aviv-born screenwriter/director, Nadav Lapid 40, is on a whirlwind U.S. media tour to publicize the commercial release of his most …

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Sculptures Come Alive in VanDusen Botanical Garden

In Arts, Newsby Laura

Whether unearthed alongside ancient ruins, discovered unexpectedly in a woodland clearing or in a meditative water setting, there is a symbiotic relationship between sculpture, the environment and the viewer. Twenty artists explore that relationship with over 40 sculptures at VanDusen Botanical Garden opening July 30th. But sometimes the very incongruence of the sculpture within a public space is what grabs our …

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Annabel Stanley – Living Art Vine Cane & Willow Sculptor

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With coiled legs pointed to the sky, the woman’s torso is an intricate weave of serpentine branches and tendrils, gracefully positioned in a supported shoulder headstand. The abstract figure is part of the newest sculptural collection entitled Yoga, in which Kelowna artist, Annabel Stanley gives fresh willow and vine canes – literally – a second life. “I actually practiced the poses in front of …

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Woman In Gold: Portrait of a Lost Era

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Sixty years after the portrait was stolen by the Nazis, Woman In Gold  brings to life the real events leading to a decade-long battle for restitution The film, Woman In Gold is a fascinating glimpse into twentieth century Viennese society; a fairytale life that encompassed the most accomplished Viennese Jewish glitterati later decimated by the Nazis. Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele-Bloch- …

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Josh Epstein – From Shakespeare’s ‘Bard On The Beach’ to Film Producer, He’s A Man For All Seasons

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A musical chameleon with piercing blue eyes, Josh Epstein is taking a lunch break from rehearsals for very different roles in two modern interpretations of Shakespearian plays: The Comedy of Errors in Victorian/futuristic ‘Steampunk style’ (directed by Scott Bellis) and Love’s Labour’s Lost, (directed by Daryl Cloran,) set in the musical Jazz Age of 1920’s Chicago. Both are part of the current 26th season of Bard …

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Iris Apfel: An Ageless Inspiration for Style and Creativity

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When Iris Apfel was a young woman from Queens, New York starting out in the fashion industry, Frieda Loehmann, founder of the famed department store, took her aside. She said, “‘You’re not pretty and you’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style.’ ” Apfel, now 93 and still a dynamo, is the …

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Nancy Spielberg Goes ‘Above And Beyond’ In Her Hot Doc Chronicling The Birth Of IDF

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Would you risk everything – your future, your citizenship, even your life – to help a brother in need? So begins filmmaker/producer Nancy Spielberg’s fascinating feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen, members of Machal ‘volunteers from abroad’ who smuggled planes out of the U.S. and Britain to fight in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. In 2011, Spielberg had just finished executive producing the documentary Elusive Justice: …