Concert break for Homeland star

Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin has been honoured for decades in television, film and records, but with an upcoming Australian tour, he admits his first love is singing.

Mandela’s story a musical triumph

With 2018 marking the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, there may be no finer way to honour South Africa's anti-apartheid revolutionary - and a defining symbol of reconciliation - than through an inspiring, soul-stirring production. Sophie Deutsch speaks to Jewish author and composer Jean-Pierre Hadida about Madiba the Musical, which opened in Sydney last Thursday.

Art with a heart wins award

Come out, come out, where ever you - a breathtaking sculpture of four critically endangered species - are by Gillie and Marc Schattner, was admired by hoards of crowds, culminating in the monumental public art doyens winning the 2018 Allen's Peoples Choice Award for Sculptures by the Sea.

Tribute with ‘respect and absolute love’

WHEN Yaron Hallis was eleven-years-old, he was sifting through vintage records at a flee market when he came across one particular record that ignited his interest – it was an album by Leonard Cohen, who happened to have the same name as his father.

Moriah raises the fiddler roof

THREE generations of the same family, a former Olympian baseball player and his son, and many others in the Moriah College village unite to make a home for an iconic musical steeped in tradition, topped with a fiddler precariously perched on the roof, strumming familiar tunes. The doors to the production open this Sunday night, Sophie Deutsch reports.

Perlman’s feline frolic set to delight

IN 2005, the much-loved author Elliot Perlman visited Amsterdam. He was on tour for his newly-released book, Seven Types of Ambiguity. While enjoying a walk by the canals, he couldn’t help but notice a very happy cat — “the most blissed out, contented living thing I have ever seen” — sunbathing in a bay window, said Perlman over tea in an Elsternwick cafe.

Gorski entertains with tricks galore

Circus entertainer Daniel Gorski's quirky and chaotic capers at the Sydney Fringe Festival last month won him two prestigious awards. He shares some of his story with The AJN, and gives an insight into the man behind the mo.

Coming-of-age novel for all ages

HOW to reconcile another's deep-seated pain, particularly when it is rooted in experiences encountered generations before, is one of many questions posed by author Lexi Freiman in her debut novel Inappropriation.

Shir Madness sure to be a success

An eclectic festival celebrating Jewish music through the ages, the Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival returns next month as a mega line-up of musicians take to a new venue in Emanuel Synagogue's recently renovated premises. Sophie Deutsch reports.

Double win for Lost & Found

A PICTURE is worth 1000 words seems a fitting sentiment for a short film with no dialogue that has taken out the highest honour in this year's Australian Writers' Guild Awards (AWGIE Awards).