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Comic book slant on the community

IT was during Ted Janet’s time in Los Angeles as a student, while he was feeling homesick, that the seeds were planted for a new book based around his childhood days in Melbourne’s Jewish community. “I was telling stories of […]
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Taking up the teen challenge

WRITER Joanne Fedler long suspected that her latest book – an often hilarious, always frank, no-holds-barred account of raising teenagers – would be thought-provoking, yet nothing could have prepared the mother of two for the intensity of the response to […]


Moving to a Balkan beat

ISRAELI experimental group Balkan Beat Box is bringing its eclectic blend of Middle Eastern-spiced electronica to Australia this month. The band is making its first tour Down Under with concerts in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and in New Zealand. Formed in […]


Movies inspired by the Holocaust

WITH the success of last year’s inaugural Holocaust Film Series (HFS), director Eddie Tamir has put together a program of more than 30 films and documentaries for the 2015 festival to be held in Sydney and Melbourne from March 12-25. […]


Dreyfus spells out a message

IN 2013, acclaimed Australian artist Ella Dreyfus spent time as artist-in-residence at the Cite Internationale des Artes, an artists’ colony in the Marais district of Paris, where she created artworks around the city featuring the words “Je m’appelle Dreyfus, je […]


Comedy capers in Kiev

NEW Zealand comedian Deb Filler is well known for her solo shows that feature a host of characters and humorous accents. Her first show in 1992, Punch Me in the Stomach, was about growing up as the daughter of a […]


Interview with a comic twist

FILM REVIEW by Don Perlgut. The Interview is a fictional comedy about an attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Its planned release late last year was delayed after a massive cyber-hacking of Sony’s computer systems, believed to have […]


Dream role in Hollywood

FOR Australian actor Jonny Pasvolsky, starring in the comedy movie Mortdecai alongside Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Goldblum and Ewan McGregor has been a career ­highlight. The Jewish actor with a string of Australian TV roles to his credit ranging […]


For the love of Yiddish

A CABARET show featuring a variety of Yiddish music will be held at the Kadimah, Elsternwick on February 15. The show, Libe Brent — Love Burns, features a strong line-up including Freydi Mrocki, lead singer with Klezmania; Brett Kaye and […]


Rapping into the fast lane

Teenage rapper Doron Losky is making his mark in the music world with the release of new songs. Evan Zlatkis reports.