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Photo show: the beautiful and the haunting

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

 

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A few years ago, photographer David Aschkenas invited me to view an exhibition of his work at the Jewish Community Center and I met him there to look at them.
 
The images mesmerized me. They were from Eastern Europe. They were stark; I remember them as black and white, or sepia. 
 
They homed in on pieces of a scene and magnified the mundane along with the glorious.
 
Not long afterward, he sent me some emails of photos he had taken in Prague, a city I had visited at the dawn of the post-Soviet era. I fell hard for that city of gorgeous 14th and 15th century buildings.
 
On that trip, I found the old Jewish cemetery and took slow, quiet steps along its paths. Its tablet tombstones were tightly packed together in disheveled states of leaning, fallen and stacked It was one of the most disquieting and moving sites I’ve ever visited.
 
His emailed photo of the same cemetery struck a chord of remembrance and I have studied his work ever since, including the series of shots showing the process of disassembling the Civic Arena.
 
His latest photo show "Synagogues of Prague and Budapest," is up now at the Berger Gallery at the Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill. The official opening reception is from 6-8p, April 23, and it’s free and open to the public. Museum hours are 5.30a to 10p Monday-Thursday, 5.30a to 6p Friday and 8a to 6p Saturday and Sunday.
 
It shows 23 photographs of the architecture and the artifacts that described the community over time, including pieces of cloth, threadbare chairs and old desks. He took these photos during trips to these cities between 2011-2013.
 
During the run of this show, his works will be displayed at the American Jewish Museum and Jubilee Synagogue in Prague.
 
David Aschkenas photo of the oldest synagogue in Europe, dating to 1270, in Prague, the Czech Republic

 

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Hyacinth love

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog hyacinths tight 414Hyacinths fill the garden with their sweet fragrance. Photo by Doug Oster

hy woodstock main'Woodstock' is one of my favorite varieties.The intoxicating fragrance of hyacinths fills the air in late afternoon as the flowers give up their greatest gift.

Spring wouldn't be the same without hyacinths. I have them growing along the sidewalk which leads to the front door.

Cutting one or two blooms for a vase fills the house with the wonderful aroma too.

They are easy to grow, come back for years and come in many colors. I never met one I didn't like and they all go together. Like most bulbs they need decent garden soil and should be allowed to dry out in the summer.

Consider that when scouting for a planting location.

'Woodstock' is one of my favorite varieties. Beet red, double flowers fill the stem. Of course they also smell like heaven.

If you didn't plant any bulbs in the fall, you might be able to find some for forcing at a good nursery. Those bulbs can be planted indoors to be enjoyed in several weeks.

Put hyacinths on your planting list for the fall, they make spring smell sweeter.

blog hyacinths wide 414Hyacinths are a great spring blooming flower. Photo by Doug Oster

 

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Warm-up moves from Mayor Peduto & Rich Fitzgerald

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It's official: Foxcatcher at Cannes Film Festival

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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It’s official. The world will get its first look at “Foxcatcher” at the Cannes Film Festival. The lineup is being announced today and the movie shot in Western Pennsylvania is on the list.

“Foxcatcher” stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.

Bennett Miller directs a screenplay by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye about a real-life chemical fortune heir who went to prison for killing an Olympic gold medalist and wrestler.

In January 1996, John du Pont shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the state-of-the-art Foxcatcher National Training Center that du Pont had built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa. Wilpen Hall in Sewickley Heights was the stand-in for Foxcatcher Farms during 2012 filming.

 

 

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Subtle Hate

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The USA should be a country where all races and religions can live in freedom and harmony. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. 

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