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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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Downton Abbey, The Hoity-Toity Crawleys Meet The Mishpochah

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Spoiler Alert:  Mrs. Patmore is currently consulting “The Art of Jewish Cooking” trying to master matzah ball soup. If you are all a ‘Twitter’ because our favourite British saga, iTV’s  Downton Abbey has introduced a rather hunky Jewish character into the storyline, (Ephraim) Atticus Aldridge, Lord and Lady Sinderby’s son (played by actor, Matt Barber,) don’t say mazel tov just yet. In the developing …

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When Snorkeling With Dolphins, Keep Your Smiles To Yourself

In News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

I confess that I’ve always wanted to snorkel with the dolphins. That’s what happens when you grow up watching the invariably smiling Flipper on TV. When we visited Dolphin Reef in Eilat, my first foray into exploring the mysteries of the Red Sea, I learned two things: First, never smile back when you see a dolphin and, second, after four days at Herods Palace Hotel, wetsuits …

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Chef Yotam Ottolenghi Is Credited With Putting Fresh, Middle Eastern Cooking On Everyone’s Radar

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi Makes Vegetables Sexy. Just Don’t Call Him A ‘Celebrity Chef’ On a whirlwind North American tour to promote his newest Vegetarian cookbook, Plenty More (published by Appetite Random House,) Vancouver, the Jewish Book Festival is Chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s only Canadian stop and there’s a lot of heavy breathing going on – over vegetables! “I grew up in a really …

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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 …

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Red Sea Star is The Mermaids’ Kitchen

In Design, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Don’t be surprised if mermaids, dolphins or parrotfish watch as you eat. After all, you are the one behind glass in this unique undersea restaurant Visitors to Eilat, Israel’s trendy beach resort area, spend a lot of time under water snorkelling, swimming with the dolphins and scuba diving. Although they still need to come up occasionally for air, they don’t …