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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-11-16

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Ray Benson
founded
the Austin,
Texas-based
western swing
revivalist
band Asleep
at the Wheel.
More than
80 members
Ray Benson
have passed
through since
the band's
beginnings, but Benson's vision of
paying tribute to the giants of the
genre, like Bob Wills, plays on. Hear
Benson and Asleep at the Wheel 8 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20. $30.
For info, call (734) 761-1451 or go
to www.theark.org . For tickets, call
(734) 763-TKTS.

Salute To Simon

Acclaimed playwright Neil Simon can
add the Kennedy Center Mark Twain
Prize for American Humor to his
extensive list of accolades. Many of
Simon's comedic Broadway and film

stories about specific people and
events in his life rather than a
straight autobiography.
Falk recently
appeared at the
St. Louis Jewish
Book Festival
and told the
local Jewish
paper, "I'm
not actively,
Peter Falk
profoundly reli-
gious, but I have faith. I believe in
the Guy up there. I was bar mitz-
vah in a synagogue in New York."
Coming out on DVD next month
is Falk's 2005 comedy film
Checking Out. The film played in
hardly any theaters and received
fairly poor reviews. Ignore the
reviews. I saw the flick and it isn't
great — but Jewish audiences will
love it.
Falk plays a very elderly Jewish
bon vivant who plans — over the
protests of his loving adult chil-
dren — to kill himself while he is
still healthy. Very schmaltzy, but
fun — and very Jewish.

Mother Tongue

JTA reports that in all the glow-
ing reviews of Sacha Baron

productions are
based on his New
York roots and
life experiences
as a writer.
Simon received
Neil Simon
the prize on
Oct. 15 at the
John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in
Washington, D.C. A lineup of comedy
stars, including some whose careers
he launched, paid tribute to the 79-
year-old playwright for his six decades
of accomplishments.
"He plucked me from obscurity,"
said Jonathan Silverman, who por-
trayed a younger Simon in the auto-
biographical plays Brighton Beach
Memoirs and Broadway Bound.
The ceremony included clips from
Simon's body of work and salutes
from stars like Jason Alexander,
Matthew Broderick, Richard Dreyfuss,
Nathan Lane, Robert Redford and Carl
Reiner.
PBS taped the tribute and presents
it 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, on Detroit
Public Television-Channel 56. Check
your local cable listings. ❑

Cohen's Borat film in major
newspapers and magazines, only
a couple of Jewish reporters got
the supreme jest — that the Jew-
bashing Borat frequently speaks
in Hebrew.
For instance, when Borat takes
leave of his home village, he tells
a one-armed peasant, "Doltan, I'll
get you a new arm in America,"
according to the subtitles trans-
lated from
"Kazakh." What
he actually says
is, "I'll buy you
some kind of a
new arm' — in
Hebrew.
Borat also
Baron Cohen
sings the lyr-
as Borat
ics from an old
Hebrew folk song, and identifies
his country's greatest scientist,
who discovered that a woman's
brain is the same size as a squir-
rel's, as "Dr. Yarmulke."
Baron Cohen's Hebrew is excel-
lent, thanks to an Israeli mother
of Iranian descent, a year spent
at Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra in Israel
and his early membership in the
Habonim Dror youth movement.

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