Daily Archives: December 1, 2012

A Jewish Carol

The Jewish star of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol says, for him, the play resonates more with the themes of the Jewish High Holidays than those of Christmas. Local actor and director Michael Mendelson plays Holmes for the play’s second season at Artists Repertory Theatre Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Originally scheduled to…


Women Strength

OJM exhibit of female cartoonists runs gamut of experience. The royal blue walls of the Oregon Jewish Museum make a striking setting for “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women,” a traveling exhibition of 18 Jewish female cartoonists from four countries. This poignant, witty collection is co-curated by journalist Michael Kaminer and artist Sarah Lightman….


Heifer at Hannukah

About 30 years ago, Ed Asner tried and failed to convince his rabbi about the importance of Heifer International, so he narrated a documentary to convince others of the project’s unique benefits. This year he was joined by Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein to create a Heifer at Hanukkah video to encourage other Jews to…


Colors of Life

Purple onions glow against a neutral background. Apples burnished by red and gold highlights. A female torso whose contours are outlined in green, orange, turquoise and gray. This is the color world of painter Anna Kodesch, a third-generation Portlander whose upcoming show, “Oregon, My Oregon,” opens Dec. 1 at Bellamy Studios in Multnomah Village (6715…

On Pointe

Joanne Van Ness Menashe has done a great many things in her illustrious career working for nonprofits throughout the state, but it’s her latest position with the Oregon Ballet Theatre that is bringing her back to her roots. Though she got a degree in botany, plant pathology from Oregon State University, Menashe knew before even…