Levis JCC’s 8th Annual Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival Brings Films That Pique Curiosity and Conversation

The Adolph & Rose Levis JCC opens its 8th annual Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival (JLKBRJFF) on Saturday, Feb. 10, providing South County audiences with stimulating and thought-provoking films that encourage viewers to expand their awareness and understanding of the Jewish world and to encourage discussion of the diverse perspectives portrayed by the films.

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Mastering the Mundane

Life can be pretty mundane sometimes. 

I know, my pessimist is showing. As a glass half full kind of girl, I truly don’t mean to start this blog off on such a negative tone. Although, I do feel like sometimes you get so caught up in and concerned with your day-to-day life that the days become ordinary and practical. It seems that this is a feeling most people, if not all, can relate to- especially adults. The older I get and the more time I let pass in the mundanity of it all, I realize the only way to bring excitement to your live is to actively seek it out. 

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Something Witchy This Way Comes…

Well, you know what people say. It’s all fun and games until somebody murders a king. Ok, maybe that isn’t quite what they say; but I am quite enjoying my time in rehearsal for another of my favorite Shakespeare plays (which I do, admittedly, have a lot of): good old Macbeth. And, as ought to surprise absolutely noone, I find myself cast as one of the three witches that appears to the title character and forever alters his fate. Typecasting, amIright?

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Mind Over Matter

In the blink of eye July has ended and August has begun. As time flies by, people like me are attempting to keep up with the fast-pace of the world while also simultaneously  trying to get ahead of the curve, and remembering how important it is to slow down and take time for yourself. Trying to do three conflicting things at one time proves to be a bit difficult. Imagine playing catch up, working to get ahead and also remembering to take a  pause all at the same time. You probably do it, too, without realizing it. Sometimes it’s better that way.

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In between

I was listening to my music on shuffle the other day while driving and I came across an older country song that I hadn’t heard in a few years. Instead of pressing skip, like I normally do if I can’t sing a-long word for word, I decided to give the old song a re-listen. Wow, am I glad I did. It may sound dramatic to some that a song, or lyrics in a song, can resonate so personally to different individuals lives. But, that is definitely the reason I love music as much as I do. Anyways, as I was humming a long to the tune I really listened to the words and it got me thinking. 

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A Brutal Battle Of Two Brothers In ‘Topdog / Underdog’

George Anthony Richardson and Jovon Jacobs (Photo by Alicia Donelan) 

The rich thematic landscape of Topdog/Underdog is evident from the first moment that would-be dealer Booth, as he practices, and seems to engage the audience in, a rousing game of Three Card Monte. At least to me, combined with what vague knowledge I had of the play’s themes going in, it was impossible not to notice the dark implications of a line like “if you pick the black card you pick a loser.” 

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The Best Day

In today’s world, there’s very few things that bring large groups of people together. There’s a few obvious reasons for this. A worldwide pandemic that instilled fear and discomfort into all Covid victims and Americans becoming more divided than ever before from increasingly strong opposing political and social views. However the things that do bring people together, especially in large groups, are so much more special because of their rarity. 

Taylor Swift, the universally loved and multi-Award winning talented singer/songwriter  is one of those aforementioned things that can bring a large group of people together. And by large, I mean over 70,000 people. Together. At the same time. 

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The “7 Friendship” Theory

The “7 friendship” theory has existed for well over a long time, but thanks to the biggest social media platform TikTok, it has become a new trend for users of the platform to create and share the aforementioned viral videos. You usually learn about friendship statistics and theories in philosophy class by a philosopher who focused their efforts on studying friendship patterns throughout History. I did at least. But, it wasn’t until a 60-second slideshow put to fun music featuring the seven types of friendship, that I learned what the “7 Friends” theory  was. 

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TRUMAN CAPOTE PLAY COMES TO EMPIRE STAGE IN APRIL

Successful writer, notorious name dropper, and unapologetic social  climber, Truman Capote was all these things and more. His closest friends  were among the richest and most famous names in Hollywood and of the  Park Avenue jet set. They loved and adored “Tru” until the day in late 1975  he allowed Esquire Magazine to publish a chapter from his unfinished  semi-fictionalized novel “Answered Prayers” that exposed the deepest and  darkest secrets of his nearest and dearest pals.

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PPTOPA HAS MAGIC TO DO WITH SPRING PRODUCTION OF PIPPIN

The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts (PPTOPA) presents a reimagined production of the classic musical Pippin April 15-30, 2023. With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, the PPTOPA production is set in the Summer of Love 1967, the year Stephen Schwartz wrote the musical while a student at Carnegie Mellon University for the Scotch & Soda Club.

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