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March 03, 2005 - Image 80

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Arts si Life

"I'm black and a Jew! Shalom, my brothers! Oy vey!"

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Fried Chicken & tatkes

A One Woman Experience
Created & Written by Rain Pryor

Through song, dance and a host of
characters, Rain Pryor, daughter of comedian
Richard Pryor, takes us on a journey of racial
identity, family, career, spiritual growth
and love.

Celebrity Jews

NATE BLOOM

Special to the Jewish News

"This girl can do anything.

Bebes Back!

She's magnetic and electric on stage.

BEBE NEUWIRTH, best known as

The torch has been
passed!"-cart Reiner

I'm coming back.

the Jewish character Lilith from
Cheers, returns to TV in the new
NBC series Law & Order: Trial by
Jug. The pilot debuts Thursday,
March 3, with the first regular
episode to be aired Friday, March 4
(guest-starring Jewish actor PETER

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Neuwirth plays a tough Manhattan
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bittersweet. The veteran song-and-
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Like Orbach, Neuwirth has deep
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Tonys. It was clear to me when I
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Unlike most shows, all the Law &
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I seriously doubt Neuwirth would
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Bebe Neuwirth as Assistant District
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Coming Up

STEVEN SPEILBERG has con-
firmed that his film Vengeance, about

the aftermath of the 1972 Munich
Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes,
is back on track and will open just
before the end of the year.
Reports say that Spielberg is happy
with a script rewrite by playwright
TONY KUSHNER and that he
intends to finish War of the Worlds
(opening in June) and then move
right on to Vengeance.
Now filming is Lucky Number
Slevin, described as an "off-beat"
story about an innocent guy (Josh
Harnett) caught-up in a feud
between the leader of the New York
"Jewish mafia" (called "the rabbi"
and played by Ben Kingsley) and the
leader of the New York "black
mafia" (called "the boss" and played
by Morgan Woodward).
Hello, how about a reality check,
guys? Sure, there are some Jewish
and black gangsters in New York,
but there certainly isn't a citywide
organization with a "rabbi" or a
"boss." Slevin sounds about one
notch closer to reality than last year's
comedy satire The Hebrew Hammer.
You've probably seen the coverage
of Gates, artist Christo's latest giant
but temporary artwork. This time,
Christo installed saffron-colored
nylon fabric panels suspended
between more than 7,500 sets of
poles stretched along 23 miles of
paths in New York's Central Park.
The work had been proposed in
1979, but it took the election of
New York mayor MICHAEL
BLOOMBERG, whom Christ()
calls a friend, for city approval to be
granted.
No, Christo isn't Jewish, but his
wife, JEANNE-CLAUDE, who
shares equal artistic credit with him,
is Jewish on her mother's side.
Meanwhile, now completing a docu-
mentary on Gates is Oscar-nominat-
ed Jewish filmmaker ALBERT
MAYSLES, 71. Maysles has made
films on all of Christo's major
works, as well as making such
famous documentaries as Gimme
Shelter, about the Rolling Stones.
His Gates film will be shown on
HBO this fall. Li

Nate Bloom is the Oakland, Calif-
based editor of www.jewhoo.com .

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