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Statement in Support of The Harvard Crimson and Palestinian Liberation | Opinion – Harvard Crimson

Posted By on May 27, 2022

As faculty and officers of Harvard University who oppose racism and colonial violence in all its forms, we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom and self-determination. Israeli state violence has devastated Palestinian life through a combination of warfare, territorial theft, and violent displacement. Unwavering US financial, military, and political support has fueled the systemic domination and repression of Palestinians. In 2018, Jewish supremacy in Israel was given legal sanction through the Jewish Nation-State Basic Law, which makes the right to national self-determination in Israel unique to the Jewish people and defines Jewish settlement as a national value. Long-standing criticisms of Israeli state violence by Palestinians themselves are now echoed in reports by Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights organization BTselem that document widespread human rights violations against Palestinians. Amnesty International has noted that Israel's system of institutionalised segregation and discrimination against Palestinians, as a racial group, in all areas under its control amounts to a system of apartheid. Most recently, Israels former attorney general, Michael Ben-Yair, called his country an apartheid regime and urged the international community to recognise this reality and hold Israel accountable.

It is this larger context of escalating ethnonationalist violence that the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee addressed in its Israeli Apartheid Week of events. It is also the context that prompted The Harvard Crimson to publish its April 29 editorial in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and Palestinian liberation. And it is this larger context that is systematically distorted in the statement penned by a number of Harvard faculty members in opposition to the Crimson editorial.

In their statement, these faculty members repeatedly call for a more complex understanding of the situation in Israel/Palestine. But this complexity does not include any acknowledgment of the actual conditions of Palestinian life in Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, or refugee camps in adjacent countries. The statement makes no mention of the dispossession of Palestinian land by ever-expanding settlements, the siting of educational institutions on settlement land as a means of solidifying the Israeli occupation, the routine incarceration and killing of Palestinian protestors, the eviction of Palestinians and destruction of their homes, and the gunning down of Palestinian journalists. It makes no mention of the fact that Palestinian resistance is criminalized by Israel and the US and that every measure of self-defense by a people without a state or an army against a nuclear power backed by the US is subject to immediate censure. On the contrary, the statement completely obscures the relationship between the Jewish national project and Palestinian subjugation. In demonizing BDS, it also severs its family

resemblance to other instances of boycott, divestment, and sanctions, including the movement against South African apartheid and the measures being adopted against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In short, the statement sidesteps any effort to understand why BDS a nonviolent response to the violence of the Israeli state might have been adopted by Palestinians as a political strategy and why it has increasing support around the world.

Instead, the only violence mentioned is that of antisemitism. The only threat identified is to the Jewish national project. The only vulnerability named is that faced by Jewish and Zionist students. In disregarding the everyday violence exercised by Israel on Palestinians, blaming BDS for rising antisemitism, and equating student opposition to Israels policies with anti-Jewish hate speech, the statement conflates Jewishness with Israel and Zionism and erases the presence of Jewish students and organizations that oppose Zionism and root their support for Palestinian liberation in a moral understanding of Judaism. Antisemitism is indeed real and dire. It is embedded in white supremacy, and many forms of racism have deep ties to antisemitism. However, blaming the movement for Palestinian liberation for rising antisemitism weaponizes a legitimate concern to distract from the racism and violence faced by Palestinians. In effect, the statement reprises a strategy deployed by Israeli and US governments as part of a growing trend to shut down legitimate criticism of an increasingly violent, exclusionary, and discriminatory state.

It is especially troubling that a group of faculty, including former Harvard president Lawrence Summers, has gone to such lengths to criticize the political stances of students in the name of a respectful and inclusive learning environment. The irony of leveraging the stark imbalance of power between faculty and students in order to obscure the gross asymmetries in power between Israel and Palestinians seems to be lost on them. So too is the inherent contradiction of censoring criticism of Israel in the name of intellectual exchange. This abuse of power is compounded by their patronizing attitude to the Crimson editors whom they encourage to access resources at Harvard, including the signatories themselves, to [learn] more deeply about Jewish identity and Israel, the diversity of the Jewish experience, and the multifaceted nature of contemporary antisemitism. Not only do such comments render Palestinian experiences irrelevant, even illegitimate, they substitute institutional power and credentials for knowledge in order to put students in their place. We strongly oppose such tactics of intimidation and applaud the Crimson editors and the Palestine Solidarity Committee for their moral clarity and fortitude in defending Palestinian rights against consistent efforts to deny them. It is students like these who make our university proud. We stand with them and the Palestinian people in their principled opposition to Israeli apartheid.

Steven Caton is the Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies. Sara Roy is a senior research scholar at Harvards Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Ajantha Subramanian is the Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Chair of the Anthropology Department.

A full list of the 49 signatories to this letter can be found here.

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Skirball Exhibit Showcases Jewish Deli and Immigration History – Jewish Journal

Posted By on May 27, 2022

Everyone has a deli favorite: chicken matzah ball soup, pastrami or corned beef on rye with lots of mustard, bagels and lox. But the deli is so much more than the food itself.

In its new exhibition, Ill Have What Shes Having: The Jewish Deli, the Skirball Cultural Center celebrates the delicatessens rich history, culture and legacy.

Co-curated by Skirball curators Cate Thurston and Laura Mart, with renowned writer and producer Lara Rabinovitch, a specialist in immigrant food cultures, Ill Have What Shes Having: The Jewish Deli is joyous, communal and nostalgic.

The exhibition explores how Jewish immigrants imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant, Rabinovitch, whose PhD from NYU was about pastrami, told the Journal. More than a place to get a meal, the Jewish deli is a community centered in food that demonstrates the important contributions immigrants have made to American society.

And with a title like, Ill Have What Shes Having, fun is clearly on the menu. The exhibitions title comes from the movie When Harry Met Sally. Its the hilarious line that concludes the memorable scene in New Yorks Katzs Delicatessen.

Ill Have What Shes Having is about sharing a meal, enjoying something, Thurston said. Its an inside joke, if you get it, and its an offering to build community and share food, if youre not familiar.

Mart and Thurston started developing the idea for the deli exhibition in 2017. Skirball is always looking at ways to tell stories about immigration that highlight how the United States is a pluralistic society, Mart said. The duo did a research trip in 2019, where they traveled, looking through archives for unexpected objects to tell these deeper histories and eating at delis across the country.

We have contextualized these objects so that visitors can dive deeper into this history and the nostalgia and learn more, Mart said. Education is a big part of museum practice, and so were taking this opportunity to educate our visitors and the general public about Jewish history, food history and American history.

Education is a big part of museum practice, and so were taking this opportunity to educate our visitors and the general public about Jewish history, food history and American history. Laura Mart

The exhibition is organized into sections, thematic content modules that are like mini-exhibits.

Food of Immigration features artifacts from the Skirball Museum collection. At the turn of the century, Jews brought candlesticks, knives, suitcases, passports and textiles, along with their hopes, dreams and foodways. The Food features a colorful display of food imagery and props, as well as helpful definitions of food terms and fun food facts. Mid-Century Heyday focuses on the period of the unparalleled growth for the American Jewish community and its delis in the mid-20th Century, and features deli and restaurant menus and matchbooks from that time.

No Substitutions looks at the original characters, the people who own and work at delis. On display are vintage uniforms, implements from classic LA delis Factors, Canters, and Nate n Als, along with photographs and video interviews.

No Substitutions is one of Marts favorite storytelling moments in the show.

We have stories from some deli owners and workers, told through original interviews that we conducted, as well as some archival footage, she said.

Visitors are also invited to write down their go-to deli food or favorite deli memory and pin it up on a restaurant-style order line.

Whos at the Table? reflects on how immigrant-owned delis and their foods were woven into the urban American landscape, and embraced by Jews and non-Jews alike. It also reveals how ideas of Jewishness in the United States during the 20th Century were rooted in Central and Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish culture.

Survivor Communities displays the stunning original neon sign that brightened the entrance to Drexlers Deli in North Hollywood, which was owned and operated by Rena Drexler, a survivor of Auschwitz, and her husband, Harry. Delis were a lifeline for many of the 400,000 Holocaust survivors and refugees, who rebuilt their lives in the United States.

Pop Culture on Rye explores why the deli continues to be used by Jewish creatives as a setting and a character in film and television. It features artifacts and photographs that explore deli nightlife, as well as a viewing station of deli footage in TV (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and film (When Harry Met Sally, At War with the Army).

One of the most surprising finds is the image of Elvis Presley with deli employee Joe Guss at Glassmans Deli and Market, Los Angeles, CA, 1969 (from the Bonar Family Collection), Rabinovitch said. Glassmans Deli and Market, open from around 1930 to 1979, sold Jewish specialty foods. It was located on Western Avenue in Hollywood, next to an adult theater. Some scenes from Elvis Presleys last movie, Change of Habit (1969), co-starring Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner, were filmed in Glassmans Deli and Market.

Shifting Landscapes, which contains menus from eateries around the country, reflects on how delis have adapted to change over the years, whether that meant revising their menus, moving locations or closing due to health trends, real estate prices, family issues or business woes. This includes influences from Sephardic and Israeli Jewish cuisine, focusing on justice in running their businesses and of course adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deli is a food of resilience, Thurston said.

Even though the physical number of delis has dwindled since its mid-century heyday, it is a foodway and a cuisine that has just as much resonance now as it did in the past. It is something that brings people together and we find great joy and purpose in that resilience. I think that thread is really visible in our survivor stories, where we feature the stories of Holocaust survivors and refugees, both locally and nationally, and the delis they started and the communities they built.

Both of the Skirball cafes have cooked up some specials specifically for this exhibition. Find cheese blintzes, potato knishes, tuna melts, New York cheesecake and more at Zeidlers Caf. Judys Delis offerings include hot pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, matzah ball soup, rugelach and black and white cookies.

Our shop will also be featuring a selection of classic deli products like mustard and sauerkraut [and] Dr. Browns, so people will be able to scratch the food itch, Mart said.

Ill Have What Shes Having: The Jewish Deli will be on view at the Skirball through September 4, 2022. Watch for a variety of exhibition-related programming, including an outdoor screening this summer of When Harry Met Sally.

The Skirball is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles. Advance timed-entry reservations are required. For general information, call 310.440.4500 or visit

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In the Kitchen With Ricky: Become a pitmaster with this smoked brisket – The Spokesman Review

Posted By on May 27, 2022

National Brisket Day is Saturday, and with a little planning, the right tools and a brisket, you can celebrate everyones favorite barbecued meat with this weeks recipe. When most of us hear the word brisket, we immediately think of the South and more specifically Texas.

This quintessential Texas barbecue main dish is well-known, respected and desired, not only in Texas, but now all over the U.S. Brisket is part of Southern history; however, it originated in Jewish cuisine. The Ashkenazi Jewish community started cooking brisket in Central and Eastern Europe. It was served for Rosh Hashanah, Passover, Hanukkah and Shabbat.

Smoked brisket was brought to Texas by Jewish immigrants in the early 1900s and could be found widely in Jewish delis alongside pastrami and smoked whitefish. It didnt start to become mainstream until the 1950s, when Blacks BBQ in Lockhart, Texas, put smoked brisket exclusively on their menu.

This was the first restaurant outside the Jewish community to do so, but it wasnt until the 1960s when most barbecue restaurants in Texas began adopting brisket as a staple. The preparation that Ive included below is achieved with the ease of a pellet smoker and grill such as a Traeger.

You can use a traditional smoker or kettle barbecue, but keep in mind that this will take more work to maintain the consistent temperature this recipe requires. Its all about going low and slow for traditional, long-smoked brisket Texas-style. We are looking to create a balanced beefy flavor brisket that is tender and delicious with that beautiful and desired smoke ring.

The rub recipe is for a coffee chili rub that pairs perfectly with the beefiness of the brisket. Feel free to add or remove ingredients in the rub recipe and get creative. I like to add more chili flakes and cumin for a spicier take, but if spiciness isnt your thing, then omit it. Also, feel free to replace the rub recipe with one of your already prepared favorites for a shortcut.

I hope this recipe finds its way into your weekend barbecue plans and makes a splash at your next outdoor event. Its easy enough if you have the time, and your friends and family will love it so much that theyll start referring to you as a pitmaster.

For the smoked brisket:

1 4- to 6-pound flat-cut brisket

2 tablespoons coffee chili rub (or half the recipe below)

For the coffee chili rub:

2 teaspoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons coffee grounds

1 teaspoon chili powder

teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

teaspoon chili flakes

teaspoon cocoa powder

teaspoon celery salt

teaspoon onion powder

teaspoon garlic powder

teaspoon dry mustard

teaspoon cumin

teaspoon paprika

teaspoon white pepper

Combine all the above ingredients and keep in a sealed jar or airtight container for up to six months.

cup beef broth

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Barbecue sauce of your choice

Remove the brisket from the fridge. Rinse and pat the brisket dry, then sprinkle it with the dry rub mixture youve made ahead of time. Do this about an hour before placing it on the grill to ensure an even cook.

Set and preheat your pellet grill temperature to 190 degrees. Keep your lid closed for 15 minutes to make sure that it is preheated well.

If you have a probe thermometer attachment for your grill, insert the probe into the thickest part of the brisket. Place your well-seasoned and room temperature brisket directly onto the preheated grill grates. Close the lid and cook for about six hours, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the brisket registers 160 degrees.

Remove the brisket from the grill and wrap it in aluminum foil. Make sure to wrap it tightly and with a few layers of foil. Before closing the foil completely, combine the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, and add it into your brisket packet. Seal tightly.

Increase the grill temperature to 230 degrees. Return the tightly wrapped brisket to the grill. Cook another four to five hours until the temperature of the brisket reaches 210 degrees.

I like to remove my brisket from the grill when it reaches 200 degrees, as you should let it rest for at least 30 minutes. During this time, the temperature usually increases another 5 to 10 degrees.

Unwrap and slice it against the grain. Serve with barbecue sauce of your choice.

Yield: Serves 6-8 people

Ricky Webster, owner of Rind and Wheat and Morsel by Rind and Wheat, can be reached at Follow Webster on Instagram @rickycaker.

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Where to Eat, Drink, and Stay on the Lower East Side in NYC – Thrillist

Posted By on May 27, 2022

Lullaby bar | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist

Lullaby bar | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist

With its robust immigrant history, the Lower East Side helped shape the citys long-standing reputation as a place where people from every background can come together without forgetting their roots.

Situated in Lower Manhattan, the historic neighborhood found its footing as an inexpensive place where immigrants could drop their bags, find a job, and work toward a better life. While the indigenous Lenape tribe were its original inhabitants, through colonization and centuries of immigration, it also played home to many including Black farmers and homeowners during the 17th century, and subsequent communities of ethnic groups for immigrants of Irish, German, Italian, Eastern European, Dominican, and Puerto Rican descent (Little Italy and Chinatown, now recognized as independent neighborhoods, branched from the LES and continue to influence its culture today).

Amid a great exodus from the neighborhood during the mid-1900s, the LES entered a dark era. Facing unprecedented crime and poverty, local property dipped in value, attracting radical young artists looking for cheap rent and inspirationand out of the ashes rose a culture of anarchy. Soon, the area was back on the rise, embracing its rough-around-the-edges aesthetic and allowing for iconic galleries, music venues, and nightclubs to thrive, many of which are still in existence today.

Each wave of immigrants left an indelible mark on the areas cultureso much so that the LES eventually adopted its own sort of charm, complete with authentic influence from all over the world and a storied landscape now characteristic of NYC resilience. For your next trip there, heres everything to eat, drink, see, and do in the Lower East Side.

Have a bite at some of the citys most iconic restaurants

Any neighborhood with a rich immigrant history is going to have a trustworthy food sceneeven in an ever-changing landscape like the LES. In terms of Jewish cuisine, Katzs Delicatessen and Russ & Daughters are as authentic as it gets, earning worldwide acclaim after serving NYC for more than a century. The former, known for its deli meats (particularly the pastrami and rye) and memorable appearance in When Harry Met Sally, was established in 1888; the latter, known for its bagels and lox, in 1914. And, after two years of closure, Russ & Daughters Cafe is about to reopen (if you prefer a sit-down appetizing experience).

Though the old faithfuls are well-deserved bucket list items, LES cuisine goes far beyond Jewish cafes. In the mornings, the areas numerous coffee shops each offer something special: At Ludlow Coffee Supply, its a trendy vintage aesthetic; at Black Cat, its a cozy den fit for computer work and catching up with friends; and at Waypoint Cafe, its a computer room designed for esports. Once youre caffeinated, you can grab a stack of the citys best blueberry pancakes at Clinton St. Baking Company or snag a table at Southeast Asian restaurant Pig & Khao, which shines brightest at brunch.

While theresScarrs Pizzafor a classic NYC slice at any time of day or night,when lunch rolls around, get a stacked burger at Smashed, enjoy healthy California cooking at Dimes, or roam the historic Essex Market, featuring dozens of local vendors that sell fresh ingredients and prepared mealsincluding unapologetically Indian favorite Dhamaka; German spot Kotti Berliner Dner Kebab; and specialty Asian grocery store, Southeast.

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At dinner time, the food options are plentiful, too. Dirt Candy offers upscale, plant-based dishes, and Sauce offers equally impressive Italian food thats a little more meat-forward. Other tried-and-true faves include Mediterranean restaurant Sami & Susu, Greek tavern Kikis, Iberian seafood joint Cervos, and Basque eatery Ernestos. And as far as Asian cuisine is concerned, LES knows it well: Japanese from Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, Chinese from Wus Wonton King, Thai from Wayla, Malaysian from Kopitiam, and Cantonese from Congee Village never disappoint. On a usual evening, Saigon Socials Vietnamese comfort food also attracts a dedicated crowd, though a recent kitchen fire forced it to temporarily close while staff fundraise for repairs.

If youre looking for new additions to the neighborhood, try modern Korean meals at 8282 or assorted bistro fare at Bongos. Top it off with a dressed-up oat milk ice cream cone from Whipped Urban Dessert Lab and youve successfully tasted your way through the Lower East Side.

Relish in the neighborhoods celebrated nightlife scene

Over the last half-century, the LES has transformed itself into an unparalleled nightlife destination, with enough bars and music venues to keep the whole town entertained. If youre looking for a reinvented dive bar experience, visit Rays, a celebrity-attracting hangout co-owned by actors Justin Theroux and Nicholas Braun; The Magician for dive-bar classic; or the recently opened Lullaby, which serves a boozy take on Disney Parks Dole Whip. Japanese cocktails are best served at izakaya Bar Goto, and if beers the goal, settle into Loreleys joyful beer garden and down a few steins of German ale. For trusted vino, stop into brand-new natural wine bar Le Dive, attend a free weekend tasting at wine shop Orange Glou, or order a $1 oyster with your natural wine carafe at The Ten Bells.

More interested in the historic watering holes? The Back Room was an actual speakeasy during Prohibition, and while its operations are no longer a secret, they continue the tradition of serving drinks in teacups and beer in paper bags. And despite being more than a century old, the divey 169 Bar still pulls in crowds from every age group for its daily happy hours.

On beautiful nights, Mr. Purple remains the classic rooftop bar to get a clear view of the skyline. When the weathers not so beautiful, though, cozying up in Clandestino never failsand the retro, often overlooked basement of The Flower Shop has a low-key iconic scene.

Some nights, drinking simply isnt enough in terms of entertainment, and in that case, youll want to take advantage of the lively LES clubs with booze and a show. Indie music venues Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge have long been staples of the neighborhoods music scene, with the latter serving as a launching point for artists like Lady Gaga, The Strokes, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The Slipper Room also stands out as an area highlight, acting as a sort of variety theater and performance space that hosts burlesque, comedy, and dance shows. If you dont have time to buy tickets to an event, create your own entertainment at Home Sweet Home, one of the citys liveliest dance bars, complete with bizarre taxidermy and a disco ball.

Familiarize yourself with the classic pastimes of the area

What do Lower East Siders do when they arent eating or drinking, you ask? Explore other facets of the neighborhood culture, of course! Fortunately, there are several tiers of LES culture to absorb, making it easy to stay busy.

First, start with the basics: history. Until youve walked through an authentic tenement building that immigrants were packed into during the citys boom, you cant fully understand the harsh living conditions that helped shape the neighborhoods resilient and unpretentious personality. The Tenement Museum is an important stop on the LES tour that explains the neighborhoods roots and architecture while relating to modern-day issues immigrants still face.

Once youve gotten a historic perspective of the LES, continue the culture tour by appreciating experimental art in the way that people drawn to the area tend to. The New Museum, focused on contemporary art, showcases emerging styles and artists in a modern building thats a spectacle of its own. While not technically a museum, the independent Metrograph movie theater showcases the art of cinema by screening a curated collection of films that helped contribute to the artforms prestige.

To fully round out your immersive LES experience, youll need to go on a visual walking tour, seeing the parks, people, and landmarks that give it such a good name. The Coleman Playground Skatepark, aka LES Skatepark, lies at the neighborhoods southwest borderbeneath the Manhattan Bridgeand is the absolute best place in the city to see real people perform the tricks you learned in Tony Hawks Pro Skater. A bona fide Lower Manhattan pastime, skateboarding is the kind of sport you never think to watch but will always enjoy. For a more scenic park experience, walk along the water at the East River Park and enjoy the nearby outdoor amphitheater at Corlears Hook Park. If you have more steps left in you, get a view of the LES skyline by waltzing onto the Williamsburg Bridge and seeing what people in Brooklyn see. Afterwards, recharge with your crew by playing a game of pool in your own private space inside the Silver Room of Sharks.

Rest your head at a charming area hotel

When all is said and done, youll need a place to kick up your feet. The LES has plenty of options for you, some with built-in entertainment. PUBLIC Hotel on Chrystie Street is a picture-perfect representation of the word sleek, and its rooms wood furnishings and mood lighting resemble something of a romantic massage parlor. The Ludlow Hotel offers a bit more personality, with an upscale, rustic aesthetic fit for a design publications; and Hotel Indigo, home to the aforementioned Mr. Purple rooftop bar, specializes in skyline views. When space is not a concern, citizenM turns headsits rooms are more compact yet youthful, and its adorned, 20-floor staircase makes up the Museum of Street Art, an ode to the neighborhoods street artist history. Who knew taking the stairs could be so fun?

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Out & About: Area entertainment and cultural events starting Wednesday, May 25 – Martinsville Bulletin

Posted By on May 27, 2022

Calendar items may be sent to, brought to the newsroom at 19 E. Church St., Martinsville, or mailed to P.O. Box 3711, Martinsville, Va., 24115. Pictures are welcomed. Dates and times must be included.

SFC (Ret. Army) Sean A. Morrison is the guest speaker for the Veterans Service Organizations Annual Memorial Day Service, which will be held at noon Monday at Roselawn Burial Park.

The General Joseph Martin Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial at the Bassett Historical Center at 2 p.m. Monday.

New College Institute will present Cultural Showcases on today and Thursday celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage and Jewish American Heritage. On May 25, NCI staff member Chris Niblett will speak in honor of AAPI. On May 26 NCI will host an exhibit honoring Jewish American Heritage Month. Both events will run from 4-6 p.m. at the Baldwin Building Lecture Hall, and will feature educational presentations, music and dance.

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Piedmont Arts will host a Bus to Broadway: Hamilton on Thursday to see Hamilton at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The show is the story of America then, told by America now. It takes the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton and sets it to a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway. Attendees may bring their own food and drink with them to have on the bus or order boxed dinners for $10 each. The bus will leave Piedmont Arts at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance. Tickets cost $155 and are available at

Martinsville Uptown Partnership has started a Third Thursdays in Uptown, to be held, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15, in the Franklin/Depot Street parking lot below the Black Box Theatre. Each one will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with food trucks. DJ WHAT (Kasey Lucas) will play music from 5-9 p.m., and Mountain Valley Brewing will sell beer from 5-8:30 p.m. Food trucks include Daddy Qs BBQ and Country Cuisine, Palumbos Hoagie House and Tammys Grill. Bring your own chairs.

Patrick & Henry Community College is holding classes in paper-crafting at the Dalton IDEA Center The final one is Ink Creations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 15 ($15). To register, visit or email 656-5461.

Chix with Stix are knitters who gather from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every other Tuesday at Piedmont Arts (June 14 and 28). Bring your own supplies to knit in companionship. The cost is $5 for people who are not members of Piedmont Arts.

Naomi Hodge-Muse will teach Bob Ross techniques painting classes at Piedmont Arts. Each class runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at $85 each. Dates are Thursday, June 2 and Thursday, July 7. Register at

Silver Eagles will perform Friday night at the Cascade School Community Center Music and Dance, from 7-9:30 p.m. at 3561 Huntington Trail. Admission costs $8. For more information, call 732-5398.

Rooster Walk 12 will be held Thursday through Sunday. Bands scheduled to perform include Little Feat, Lettuce, Tab Benoit, BIG Something, The War and Treat, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Sammy Rae & The Friends, Brandon Taz Niederauer, Yarn, Mountain Heart, The Nude Party, Mike & The Moonpies, The Wooks, Sol Driven Train, Crawford & Power and Pirates of the Piedmont. For more information, visit

Rudys Girl Media is looking for small business people to feature in the second season of its series Hometown Hustle. Each 22-minute episode focuses on a local proprietor and the challenges he or she has faced in business. Season 2 of the feel-good series will include 10 22-minute episodes that feature small businesses from Martinsville, Henry County, Patrick County, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Prince Edward County, Halifax County, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte County and Brunswick County.

To suggest a business or for information on sponsorship, visit Filming will begin in summer.

See the current series of Hometown Hustle on the Rudys Girl Media YouTube page. In this web-reality series Natalie Hodge and Devin Pendleton together provide the setting for DeShanta Hairston of Books and Crannies, Herb Atwell of Mountain Valley Brewing, Jailyn Draper of Social Butterfly Media Management, Abraham Gonzalez of Apes Frozen Yogurt, Teresa Martin of Teresas School of Baton and Dance and Wayne Draper of TAD Space & Right Now Remediation, Restoration & Repair tell their business stories.

New College Institute through Tuesday has on display a poster version of the exhibition I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, compliments of The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and teacher resources by Teaching Tolerance. SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington D.C. for more than 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play.

Piedmont Arts annual open-entry exhibit Expressions will open Saturday and run through July 29. Its opening reception and awards program will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 3; RSVP by Tuesday at

The exhibit Pardoned But Not Forgotten, by the Martinsville 7 Initiative, is at the Fayette Area Historical Initiative Museum, 211 Fayette St., Martinsville.

The Virginia Museum of Natural Historys latest exhibit, The Science of Flight, is open now.

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Everything you need to know about Boston Calling 2022 –

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MusicNine Inch Nails, The Strokes, and Metallica will headline Boston Calling 2022 from May 27-29. Courtesy Boston Calling

Believe it or not, Memorial Day weekend is already upon us, which means the 2022 Boston Calling Music Festival will soon bring more than 50 artists to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston from May 27 through 29.

Festival organizers had a long road to get to this years festival, after facing COVID-19 postponements in 2020 and 2021, as well as losing all three of its original headliners in Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Nevertheless, organizers are pleased with the lineup theyve assembled, topped by new headliners Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes, and Metallica, and featuring more local artists than any previous edition of Boston Calling.

This years lineup is particularly special for us. It not only signifies a return to the things we love, but it also celebrates some of the worlds most renowned acts, exciting up-and-comers, and Bostons talented music scene, Boston Calling co-founder Brian Appel said in a press release. Knowing how much Boston musicians endured during the pandemic, it was very important to us that Boston Calling 2022 shine a spotlight on local and regional artists more than ever before.

Given that its been three whole years since the last Boston Calling, both first-time attendees and Boston Calling veterans alike may need a refresher on the ins and outs of the annual festival.

To help you get the most out of your Boston Calling 2022 experience, weve put together a guide to what you should know before attending the festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Below, youll find more info on some of the best artists to see, the best food at Boston Calling 2022, rules on what not to bring to the festival, transportation logistics, COVID-19 rules, and more.

You cant go wrong seeing any of the Boston Calling 2022 headliners, with industrial group Nine Inch Nails, garage rock revivalists The Strokes, and heavy metal pioneers Metallica closing out the festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively.

Besides the headliners, top-billed performers include electronica group Rfs Du Sol, alt-rockers Weezer, sibling rock trio HAIM, hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, indie rock group Glass Animals, Aussie prog rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, 2000s pop-punk icon Avril Lavigne, psychedelic soul band Black Pumas, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick, Connecticut jam band Goose, hip-hop duo EARTHGANG, and rock group Modest Mouse.

With more than 50 acts set to play during overlapping set times (more on that below), youll have to make some difficult decisions. Saturdays primary dilemma is between Run the Jewels and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, who play almost simultaneously that night. On Sunday, the toughest choice in our book is between Glass Animals (6:05 p.m.) and funk group Ripe (5:50 p.m.).

This year, Boston Calling has its largest lineup of local artists, with 20 having ties to New England. Youll want to listen to Oompa, a Boston-born poet, rapper, and educator, who recently released an album, Unbothered. Her electric hits include songs like Lebron and By You, and she will perform on the Red Stage on Sunday, from at 1:45 p.m. Another Boston native, Ali McGuirk, who is now based in Burlington, Vt., is known for her soulful voice and effortless songwriting. She will be performing on the new Tivoli Audio Orange Stage at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, along with several other local acts, such as Dutch Tulips (Saturday at 2:55 p.m.) and Cape Cods Crooked Coast (Sunday at 5:20 p.m.).

Make sure you tune in to Paper Tigers (Sunday at 2:50 p.m.), an indie-alt rock band with a recently released EP called I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me This Sooner. Recently featured on Boston.coms Music Club, Paper Tigers has been praised for their soaring vocals, dynamic guitars, and energetic drums. Brocktons rap collective, Van Buren Records (Saturday at 6:55 p.m.), will be playing as well, recognized for their tracks like Cult and Medic. Meanwhile, you dont want to miss Miranda Rae (Friday at 4:10 p.m.), whose shimmering vocals captivate audiences, and was named the Boston Music Awards 2020 R&B Artist of the Year. Bostons indie rock duo, Aaron and the Lord (Sunday at 4:05 p.m.), has deep local music ties and shines in popular songs like This Love Aint Dead and Stupid Game. Catch Cam Meekins (Sunday at 6:50 p.m.), a Boston area rapper, and The Chelsea Curve (Friday at 2:55 p.m.), a mod pop trio inspired by Boston and British culture.

Who else to watch? See a set on the Blue Stage on Sunday by Cliff Notez (Sunday at 2:15 p.m.), an artist whose work is an exploration of the Black mind. Julie Rhodes, from Somerville, will be performing on the Red Stage on Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. Frances Forever (Saturday at 3:25 p.m.), a creator of indie-pop songs from Melrose, will be on the Blue Stage on Saturday, as will pop-punk inspired singer Charlotte Sands (Saturday at 2:20 p.m.), originally from Hopkinton.

Youll want to dig in, when you see the festivals offerings. This year, the vendor lineup is diverse, drawing together long-time fan favorites and 10 new additions. While youre enjoying the musical hits being performed, stop off at some tried-and-true eateries, like Roxys Grilled Cheese and Chicken and Rice Guys. Newcomers include Jewish delicatessen Mamalehs and Suasday Sandwich Co., a Cambodian culinary concept from the team behind Love Art Sushi. Buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches will be served from Walloons, while South American spot Buenas will be dealing in delicious empanadas. If youre craving sweets, look to Top Shelf Cookie or The Farmacy Cafe for Naughty Waffles. Boston Calling rounds out the list with a few other notable mentions: Jaju Pierogi, FoMu Ice Cream, and The Smoke Shop BBQ.

Those with Platinum passes have access to an expanded dining experience. Specialty menus will be created by the top of Bostons culinary talent. On Friday, you can try a dish from chef Cory Seeker of Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar or chef Miguel Deras of Mariel, specializing in Cuban food. Saturday brings bites from Chris Coombs and Adrienne Wright of Deuxave, dBar, and Boston Chops. On Sunday, youll be able to sample cuisine from chef Colin Lynch of Bar Mezzana, Shore Leave, Black Lamb, and No Relation.

A variety of drink options options will be available as well. Samuel Adams and Miller Lite and Miller High Life will be available, while a craft beer garden will also be on the scene. Truly Hard Seltzers will be featured, and there will be an extensive wine list from 90+ Cellars. In Platinum, youll be able to visit exclusive bars with an assortment of beverages, and for everyone, there will be soft drinks and water from Coca-Cola, as well as Red Bull.

The long and short of how you should travel to and from Boston Calling can be summed up in two words: public transportation.

The easiest way to get to the festival is to take the MBTA Red Line to Harvard Station. From there, its a straight shot to the festival: Take John F. Kennedy Street, cross the Anderson Memorial Bridge, and youll see the festival entrance on the right side of the street. In total, the walk takes ten minutes.

If youre not near the Red Line, you can also take the Commuter Rail to the Boston Landing station, which is 1.1 miles from the festival. The 66 and 86 bus routes also stop at Harvard Stadium. For transportation directions from your specific location, use the MBTA Trip Planner.

There is no parking at the festival, and no street parking in nearby neighborhoods. Boston police will be ticketing and towing any vehicles illegally parked near the festival.

If you want to use a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft, organizers recommend setting the destination as Harvard Stadium. At the end of the night, there will be three dedicated ride-share pickup/dropoff spots: One at the Harvard Business School on Western Avenue, and two across the bridge in Cambridge, at Mount Auburn Street (between Dunster and Holyoke Streets) and Garden Street (between Mason Street and Appian Way). In general, the festival recommends public transportation if you want to avoid long wait times.

For cyclists, there is a dedicated bike parking space near the front entrance. And for walkers concerned about safety, Cambridge PD will close roads near the bridge beginning at 9 p.m. to ensure pedestrian safety.

One of the chief complaints of Boston Calling attendees in 2017was long lines, with some concertgoers waiting more than an hour just to enter the festival, and others complaining about significant wait times for food and restrooms. This year, the festival hopes to avoid some of those issues by making Boston Calling a cashless experience.

Festival-goers can register their wristband either before or during the festival to connect it to a credit or debit card through the Boston Calling website. Vendors will also accept credit cards, and guests who have cash can visit a cash exchange location where cash equivalent credits will be loaded onto your festival wristband.

Another way to avoid any bottlenecks is to familiarize yourself with the festival map below before heading to Allston on Friday. Much of the layout remains the same from previous festivals, with two exceptions.

First, the brand-new Tivoli Audio Orange Stage, which will showcase a number of local artists, is located on the tennis courts near the path between the Blue Stage and Red Stage parallel to Soldiers Field Road. Secondly, the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, which previously housed the comedy stage, will be closed during the festival.

Below youll find the full list of performance times for all three days of Boston Calling 2022. You can also access the full Boston Calling 2022 schedule and list of set times on the Boston Calling website or via the interactive Boston Calling app, which allows you to pick and choose favorite shows to help plan your weekend.

Delta Airlines Blue StagePom Pom Squad: 2:20 p.m.Mob Rich: 3:25 p.m.Paris Texas: 4:35 p.m.Oliver Tree: 5:50 p.m.Avril Lavigne: 7:40 p.m.

Green StageGrandson: 2:30 p.m.The Struts: 4:05 p.m.HAIM: 6:10 p.m.Nine Inch Nails: 9:00 p.m.

Red StageParis Jackson: 2:00 p.m.The Backseat Lovers: 3:10 p.m.Cheap Trick: 5:00 p.m.Rufus Du Sol: 7:20 p.m.

Tivoli Audio Orange StageThe Chelsea Curve: 2:55 p.m.Miranda Rae: 4:10 p.m.Avenue: 5:20 p.m.Born Without Bones: 6:55 p.m.

Delta Airlines Blue StageCharlotte Sands: 2:20 p.m.Frances Forever: 3:25 p.m.Sudan Archives: 4:35 p.m.Orville Peck: 5:50 p.m.King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard: 7:35 p.m.

Green StageHinds: 2:15 p.m.KennyHoopla: 4:00 p.m.Black Pumas: 6:25 p.m.The Strokes: 9:00 p.m.

Red StageJulie Rhodes: 1:30 p.m.Celisse: 3:00 p.m.Earthgang: 5:05 p.m.Run The Jewels: 7:40 p.m.

Tivoli Audio Orange StageDutch Tulips: 2:55 p.m.Coral Moons: 4:05 p.m.Ali McGuirk: 5:20 p.m.Van Buren Records: 6:55 p.m.

Delta Airlines Blue StageCliff Notez: 2:15 p.m.DJO: 3:25 p.m.Japanese Breakfast: 4:35 p.m.Ripe: 5:50 p.m.Goose: 7:35 p.m.

Green StagePeach Tree Rascals: 2:15 p.m.Cults: 3:50 p.m.Glass Animals: 6:05 p.m.Metallica: 8:40 p.m.

Red StageOompa: 1:45 p.m.Horsegirl: 2:50 p.m.Modest Mouse: 4:55 p.m.Weezer: 7:15 p.m.

Tivoli Audio Orange StagePaper Tigers: 2:50 p.m.Aaron and the Lord: 4:05 p.m.Crooked Coast: 5:20 p.m.Cam Meekins: 6:50 p.m.

In short, none. Unless Boston enacts last-minute guidelines, guests will not have to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or wear a mask at Boston Calling 2022.

The festival will provide privacy stations for nursing or pumping moms at the festival. To find the precise location, head to the information tent near the main entrance arch, where staff will guide you.

The festival is also ADA-friendly, with all four stages ADA accessible and ADA restrooms available. ASL interpreters are available upon request. For more information or questions, email[emailprotected]

Even though Boston Calling is an outdoor festival, zero cigarettes, cigars, lighters, or tobacco of any kind will be allowed through security. According to Appel, the festival is a nonsmoking event in order to minimize damage to Harvards Astroturf fields. And while marijuana use may be legal in a private residence in Massachusetts, it will not be permitted at Boston Calling.

Basically, were a law-abiding event, Appel told in a 2018 interview. So we want to make sure that people know, Hey, if consumption is not legal in public gathering spaces, then that doesnt mean its legal at Boston Calling, right?

Other banned items include vape pens, illegal substances, bags or backpacks larger than 12 by 12 inches, professional cameras and recording devices, squirt guns and spray bottles, laser pointers, chairs, strollers, picnic blankets, and umbrellas. For a full list of prohibited items, check out theBoston Calling website.

Ticket holders should have already registered to receive their wristbands in the mail, which shipped in early May. Those who have not will have to visit the festival box office and provide a photo ID to receive their wristbands. The box office opens at noon each day.

You can still purchase tickets of all types on theBoston Calling website. Single-day general admission tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available for $150 plus fees, single-dayVIP ticketsare $350 plus fees, and single-day Platinum tickets are $900 plus fees.

You can also still buy a three-day general admission pass for $370 plus fees, three-day VIP for $1,000 plus fees, or three-day Platinum for $2,000 plus fees.

For the first time ever, the festival is also offering two-day GA passes for $270 plus fees.

There are also a number of tickets available below those price points on secondary ticket resale websites like StubHub. Though StubHub offers a moneyback guarantee for fraudulent tickets, the festival says that it cannot guarantee the authenticity of any tickets not purchased directly through its website.

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Crepe escapes: You can travel the world just by eating pancakes – The Boston Globe

Posted By on May 27, 2022

In almost every cuisine around the world, there are pancakes. They vary in shape, size, thickness, and ingredients. The most common are very thin rounds, perfect for rolling, folding, filling, and scooping. (Sorry, thats not you, American-style pancakes.) While the French crepe is one of the most widely recognized, there are also socca from France, crespelle in Italy, dosa from India, Ethiopian injera, and Mandarin pancakes from China, to name just a few.

Its unfortunate the word pancake has stuck, because its a misnomer. The thin rounds (or ovals or squares) share no likeness to what we call cake, nor are they necessarily cooked in a pan. Some are made from a batter, while other varieties are assembled from a flour and water dough, rolled thin, and cooked or pan-fried in a skillet, wok, or on a griddle. We might not consider Mexican tortillas (made from corn flour and water) nor Indian roti (unleavened wheat flour flatbread) pancakes, but they are closely related to the Mandarin variety or what we might call moo shu pancakes.

To make crepes and/or pancakes, any number of milled grains or legumes can be used, including wheat, rice, lentil, chickpea, buckwheat, teff, and corn. The flour is combined with liquid, which can be water, milk, coconut milk, buttermilk, oil, and eggs. The proportion of liquid to flour is what differentiates a thin, runny batter from a pliable dough.

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As for why crepes and other thin pancakes are ubiquitous worldwide, it is clearly their thinness. Because thin means quick. The ease of preparation and quick cooking has sustained their popularity and longevity as an integral part of so many cuisines. Pancakes are breakfast fare, street food, an elegant dish for dinner or a delectable dessert. The cooking process can be repeated over and over to turn out dozens (hundreds!) of pancakes using a hot griddle or pan. Ease of eating is the other plus they have going for them: thin pancakes can be filled, folded, rolled, topped, or torn into pieces to scoop up saucy foods leaving nary a drop behind. No wonder this simple, fast, easy-to-eat, transportable food is favored the world over.

If you knew how easy it is to make French crepes, youd probably make them quite often. The batter requires just a quick whisk of flour, milk and/or water, eggs, and a little melted butter. Sweet crepes (crepes sucrees) are commonly filled or spread with jam, fruit, chocolate, Nutella, or whipped cream. Savory crepes (crepes salees) are paired with heartier ingredients, such as seafood or chicken in cream sauce, cooked vegetables, and the popular duo of ham and cheese. Brittanys Breton galette is a round buckwheat crepe topped with savory items and usually a fried egg, with its edges folded in to make a square shape on the plate.

At Cafe Sauvage in Back Bay, the restaurants signature dessert is a Nutella crepe. The thin pancake, slathered with the familiar chocolate hazelnut spread, is rolled up and served with chocolate crumble and caramelized banana. Restaurant co-owner and native Parisian Anais Lambert says that not only are crepes street food and restaurant fare in Paris, but people make them at home. (Unlike, say, croissants.) Cafe Sauvage, which Lambert describes as French with African influences, where everyone is welcome, also serves Ethiopian injera, a round crepe made from teff flour, topped with greens, mushrooms, pickled onion, and piri piri sauce. Its a good vegan dish and gluten-free, she says.

Other crepes include Italian crespelle, which can be rolled around savory or sweet fillings or layered like pasta in lasagna-style dishes. Chickpea flour is used to make socca in Southeast France and farinata in Northern Italy. In Germany, thin pancakes may be called eierkuchen or pfannkuchen depending on where you are. Swedish pancakes are thin, eggy, and traditionally served with lingonberry jam. The Balkans and Eastern European countries have similar thin pancakes, most called some derivation (and pronunciation) of palacinke and nalesniki.

Blintzes, which hail from Eastern Europe, are standard Jewish deli fare in the United States. A blintz is a thin crepe shaped into a rectangular package around a sweet farmer cheese mixture or fruit, then pan-fried to brown and crisp the outside before serving.

South Indian cuisine has dosas, which are large, thin crepes made from a batter of soaked and ground rice and urad dal (black lentils) and fenugreek seeds. The batter is fermented to give it a slightly sour-tangy flavor. At Peppinos Dosa in Waltham, plain dosa, about 18 inches in diameter, paper-thin, and delightfully crisp, is served with coconut chutney and sambar (a vegetable stew). Masala dosa is very traditional and popular, says restaurant owner Jaswant Singh Vraitch. The dish features a mound of spiced potatoes placed in the center of a just-cooked dosa, which is then loosely rolled into a large cylinder. You tear off pieces of dosa to scoop up the potato mixture. No fork required.

The line between thin flatbread (without yeast) and pancakes is thin indeed. Mandarin pancakes, made from a wheat flour and water dough, are traditionally served with moo shu pork and Peking duck. For moo shu, the eater places some of the stir-fry mixture on the pancake, then rolls it up like a crepe or enchilada or loosely folds it like a taco. This is the same way one would eat Mexican fajitas with flour tortillas; yet these rounds are likely considered more of a flatbread than a pancake. Also made from rolled-out dough are pan-fried scallion pancakes, which are cut into wedges (similar to socca) and enjoyed as a snack in China or appetizer at Chinese restaurants in the United States.

Then there is Chinas popular breakfast street food, jianbing, a large batter-based, griddle-cooked pancake topped with egg, scallion, cilantro, sauce, and more. Its rolled, folded, and cut in half or sections to eat on the go. Around here, we have chef Ming Tsais MingsBings, rectangular packets of crispy thin dough surrounding various tasty fillings. (A Chinese blintz?)

The list goes on: Vietnamese crispy rice flour crepes (banh xeo). Korean kimchi pancakes (kimchijeon). Moroccan msemen. You could literally travel the world eating pancakes.

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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg – The Burg News

Posted By on May 27, 2022

Historic Grace UMC Church in Harrisburg

Unseasonal heat may have you searching out some low-key activities this weekend. Our idea: spend some time reading TheBurg stories you may have missed last week, which we conveniently list and link below.

2nd Street construction continues apace, as the city announced that traffic signals would flash yellow from Forster to Division streets. This was just the latest step in the gradual transition of the road to two-way traffic.

Arts writer Bob takes a gander at the busy week and month in and around Harrisburg. Check out recent artsy developments in his latest blog.

French cooking isnt typically on the menu for our food writer, Rosemary. But, in this months column, she trades in her usual focus on Italian cuisine for a trip to Provence.

Grace UMC marks 200-plus years as a congregation with a service and a celebration. According to our online story, theyre also observing a revival after their church almost closed.

HAAPI stands for Harrisburg Asian American Pacific Islander group, which held a heritage celebration this weekend. Our magazine story details how the group formed and its mission to promote tolerance.

Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival returns to live screenings, as well as virtual options, according to our magazine story. The festival starts this weekend and runs through June 1.

HU Presents added another major outdoor show to its Summer Concert Series. Soul rockers Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats are slated to play Riverfront Park in late September.

Philanthropy may not be on the mind of young people, but it should be, according to The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. To help motivate giving, TFEC announced a contest to foster interest in regional philanthropy.

Primary election day set the stage for the general election in PA this November. Check out our online story to see who came out ahead as party nominees in and around Harrisburg.

Sara Bozich has moved outdoors, with all the warm-weather events and festivals popping up around town. In her weekly column, she lets you know whats on her to-do list.

Wanda Williams has been mayor of Harrisburg since January, the first change of administration in eight years. Our magazine profile offers an in-depth look at the long-time public servant even though, as she tells our reporter, I think everyone knows about Wanda already.

Whitaker Center this week announced an addition to its science and arts offerings, the PNC Innovation Zone. This new video and e-gaming center will help stimulate interest in STEAM and high-tech fields, according to officials.

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Column: Orange Garden, Chicago’s oldest Chinese restaurant, has a long history, with a gangster legend, an iconic neon sign and a family hoping to…

Posted By on May 27, 2022

Orange Garden, the oldest Chinese restaurant in Chicago, which recently sold its iconic neon sign, and was reportedly selling next year, may not be for sale after all.

I dont want to sell, said owner Hui Ruan. He spoke in Cantonese, seated in a booth at the historic dining room in the North Center neighborhood. Im 72 years old this year. Before, I didnt want to work anymore, because of my age, and because Im tired. But now my kids say they really like this restaurant, so I cant bear to sell it.

The kids, an adult son and daughter, now manage the business, perhaps best known for Chinese American classics including egg foo young and Chicago-style peanut butter egg rolls.

If I can move, if I can walk, if Im healthy, Ruan said. Then Ill absolutely help them.

Current Orange Garden owner Hui Ruan and his son and restaurant manager Ben Ruan outside of their North Center location. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

His children, however, dont want to take over the family restaurant.

I could take over, or my sister, or the both of us, said son Ben Ruan. But the thing is, for my dad to mentally get away from Orange Garden, we need to have closure. Because if our family owns it, hell still think about coming to work, and then worry.

His sister agrees.

I want someone to take over who will care about this restaurant and keep this place as it is, Julie Ruan said. Or make it even better if they can.

Its a new wrinkle in the long disputed history of Orange Garden. The Ruans believe the restaurant opened in 1932. Daughters of a previous owner, George Chen, believe their father founded the restaurant.

Orange Garden was, in fact, open at least by 1927, with an owner unknown to descendants of both families. The 1928-1929 city directory is the first to list the restaurant, and it was put together in late 1927, according to Matt Rutherford, Newberry Library curator of genealogy and local history.

The listing names Chan Woods as the proprietor, who likely lived above or behind the restaurant, Rutherford said in an email.

Even though phones werent commonplace back then, a restaurant would have been most likely to have one, and many were listed in 1925 and 1926.

My hunch is that the restaurant started about 1927, he added.

Thats the same year Won Kow, once the oldest restaurant in Chinatown, was built. Legend has it that Al Capone was a regular customer, with a table overlooking Wentworth Avenue.

Orange Garden had another gangster connection.

Many people came to George Chens restaurants, wrote Tribune columnist Anne Keegan in a profile. One of his best customers was a good looking man who was always polite. It was not until he was killed and his pictures were all over the newspapers that George Chen realized his best customer had been John Dillinger.

Chen bought Orange Garden in the early 1930s. He already owned Jade Cafe in the Old Irving Park neighborhood.

A photograph, possibly from the 1920s, of former Orange Garden owner George Chen. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

In 1932 or 1933, Chen hired an artist, who came to Chicago to work at the Century of Progress Worlds Fair, to paint murals at both restaurants.

That detail was told to me by my father, said Phillip Chen. His father, Alfred Chen, was one of George Chens younger brothers. He actually told me the name of the Russian Jewish artist, but I have forgotten it.

Phillip Chen, the family historian and an art professor at Drake University, was born and raised in Chicago at Jade Cafe, which his father eventually took over.

Much of my work is about family history, Chen said. He did an exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City about the Chinese American experience with images about immigration, marginalization and labor.

An original mural still on the wall at Orange Garden. Owner George Chen hired an artist, who came to Chicago to work at the Century of Progress Worlds Fair, to paint murals at both of his restaurants. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

By 1938, the Chens helped a third brother open a third family restaurant, Oriental Garden in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where celebrated jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway was a customer. There was a striking similarity between the facades of Oriental Garden and Orange Garden, with the same silver-fluted features.

Six years later, the probable founder of Orange Garden seemed to have still listed his address at the restaurants location. A 1942 draft registration for Chan Woot listed the man as a restaurant owner residing at 1942 W. Irving Park Road, Rutherford said.

In the 1950s or 60s, George Chens middle daughter, Julie, helped out at Orange Garden as a teenager. Her younger sister, Donna, never worked at the restaurant, but remembers going there to eat and putting money in the jukeboxes.

There were jukeboxes in each of the booths, said Donna Chen, a retired French teacher who taught at Lake View High School. I was little, running back and forth. I would make my father crazy.

It remains unclear who commissioned the iconic neon sign and when it was installed over the sidewalk out front. The curvaceous sign which reads on three lines, Orange Garden. Chop Suey. Chow Mein was made by Flashtric, one of the oldest sign companies in Chicago.

I have the original signed contract for $9 to maintain it from Feb. 16, 1961, said Angela Demir, owner of Flashtric. Her father, Alexander Demir, purchased the business in the early 70s from Fred Parker, who founded the company in 1911. She acquired the business about five years ago.

In 1970, a popular, offbeat restaurant column in the Tribune, The Motley Crew by John R. Thomson, may be the earliest mention of Orange Garden in the paper: We had an order of chicken chow mein ($1.95); two orders of subgum chow mein ($1.95 each); an order of mushroom fried rice ($1.30); and an order of sweet-sour pork ($1.80).

By the mid-1970s George Chen had retired, according to the profile by Tribune columnist Keegan. The front-page headline in 1982 read: Chinese family finds real meaning in Fourth of July.

In 1983, Charn Yuen, older brother by eight years of the current owner, bought Orange Garden.

Ten years later, he ordered new neon signs from Flashtric to hang in the windows on either side of the double front doors.

My father made the neon window signs, Demir said. And back then they were $475.

Yuens niece and nephew began helping their uncle, while they were in high school, at the restaurant they would someday run.

I never really encountered Chinese food like that before, said Julie Ruan. She was born in Taishan, China, as was the rest of her family. The old-fashioned egg foo young and shrimp lobster sauce, I didnt know what that was all about until I came over here and tasted it. And the process for the pressed duck is so long.

At that point, her father was working as the kitchen manager at Youngs, the Chinese restaurant in Glenview owned by his uncle.

In 2008, when his older brother was ready to retire, Hui Ruan took over.

Managing the kitchen was not a new thing for him, said his son. But managing the restaurant was, so thats when my sister and I came in.

The neon sign outside of Orange Garden restaurant, seen on April 28, 2022, which has been purchased in an auction by Chloe Mendel, wife of musician Billy Corgan, to be displayed at their tea cafe Madame Zuzu's in Highland Park. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

Two years later, they started requesting estimates from Flashtric to fix the famous sign.

We were trying to see how we could refurbish it to keep its original aesthetic, Demir said. The last proposal in 2013, to fix falling rust and to get the neon back to fully working order, was for $4,100.

In 2016, it was Hui Ruans turn to retire, more or less.

I went back to China for about a month and a half, he said in Cantonese. People didnt even know me anymore. Its been decades since I left.

Despite the vintage murals on the walls, and the air of another eras glamour, takeout has become the main business at Orange Garden.

Even pre-pandemic, dining in was basically second, Ben Ruan said. Of course, business was a little bit slower than before, because of the pandemic, but overall, we retained about the same amount of business.

On April 30, they sold the so-called blade neon sign for $17,000 by auction to Chloe Mendel, owner of Madame Zuzus, a vegan tea cafe in Highland Park, where she plans to display it. Mendel bought the sign as a gift for her husband and business partner, Billy Corgan, lead singer of the rock band the Smashing Pumpkins.

At least we found somebody who really appreciates the sign, Ben Ruan said. Its in good hands.

[Iconic neon sign at Orange Garden restaurant winds up in surprising hands after auction]

Now Orange Garden may or may not be up for sale, but not the building, which the Ruans do not own.

Were hoping the new owner will keep our current employees, Ben Ruan said. We have three cooks and two part-time servers.

Theyre looking for a potential buyer to continue the tradition of the restaurant.

We have clients from many, many years ago, Ruan said. Ive heard theyve been here in the 30s, 40s, 50s. Their first date. They proposed here. They came back with their firstborn. Anniversaries, birthdays, a lot of birthdays, have been held at Orange Garden.

Price doesnt really make a big difference, he said, declining to publicly disclose their selling price.


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When I get old, I would like to sit down and bring back memories for my grandkids like other people did, Ruan said. Thats what we want.

Orange chicken at Orange Garden. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

Meanwhile, Orange Garden still serves Chinese American cuisine.

We have egg foo young and orange chicken, Ruan said. Those are the popular entrees.

Peanut butter is an essential ingredient in their egg rolls, he added.

Its almost like cheese in a hamburger, Ruan said. Without the peanut butter, theyre not, people say, authentic egg rolls.

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Fighting Jew-Hatred As Winners, Not Victims – Jewish Journal

Posted By on May 25, 2022

Is it possible that our fight against antisemitism has become so loud and alarmist that it can backfire and become counterproductive?

We rarely ask that question, maybe because the imperative of fighting Jew hatred seems so obvious, why would anyone question it?

Indeed, I receive endless emails from multiple Jewish organizations urging me to join the fight against the rise of antisemitism. This fight has become so ubiquitous it has begun to define, in many ways, Jewish identity in America. More and more, what really pumps up Jews is not their Jewishness, but the fight against the haters.

I love a good fight as much as anyone, especially when it means defending my people. But to be effective, what should this fight look like? Id like to suggest that rather than being loud and alarmist, our fight against Jew hatred should be less noisy and more strategic.

Acting quietly, of course, doesnt fit the American way. In America, when we see something we dont like, our reflex is to cry out, condemn, demonstrate, make noise, fight back. Jews fighting antisemitism do the same thingwe raise hell.

This may make us feel good, but it doesnt really work. No matter what the slogans say about ending this or that evil, until the Messiah shows up the worlds oldest hatred is not going away. That doesnt mean we abandon the fight; it means we pivot to fight from a position of strength.

A position of strength means being more quiet, strategic and legal.

Why quiet? Because the louder we get and the more we make a fuss, the weaker we look. We remind the haters they have the power to scare us and rile us up. Jews are not losers. Carping and protesting about people hating us undermines our winning qualities. We lose our mojo, our confidence, our sense of humor all those admirable traits that have helped Jews contribute so much to the world.

Lets face it American Jews will never win the Victim Olympics. Since the world already sees us as successful, high-achieving winners, why not make it work to our advantage? If people wont give us the sympathy they give to victims, how about the respect they give to winners?

Lets face it American Jews will never win the Victim Olympics. Since the world already sees us as successful, high-achieving winners, why not make it work to our advantage? If people wont give us the sympathy they give to victims, how about the respect they give to winners?

Why strategic? Because we cant lose sight of the big picture to reinforce Jewish identity and nurture Jewish pride. A strong identity is rooted in what we are for, not what we are against. Its true that activists can raise more money by fighting against something, but we cant allow our enemies to define our Jewish identities.

A strong identity is rooted in what we are for, not what we are against. Its true that activists can raise more money by fighting against something, but we cant allow our enemies to define our Jewish identities.

Physically protecting ourselves and our Jewish spaces is strategic, and it must continue. But it wont build Jewish identity. All the protective measures and loud demonstrations cant nurture our identity as well as one enlightening and inspirational Shabbat experience.

Why legal? Because if were going to fight, we might as well aim for impact. Have you noticed how no matter how many millions we pour into fighting antisemitism through traditional methods, things only seem to get worse? My favorite fighters are the legal mindsthey fight in clear, precise ways, with legal consequences that are enforced by a system of laws.

Initiatives like the Lawfare Project, Shurat HaDin and the StandWithUs Saidoff Legal Department, among many others, are good examples of a quiet and strategic approach.

Similarly, our cover story this week by Lori Lowenthal Marcus, which digs deep into the California Ethnic Studies curriculum, is another case of fighting smart. Lori works for The Deborah Project, a non-profit law firm that has launched a lawsuit to combat and expose the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel elements of the curriculum, and how these elements are stealthily infiltrating our schools.

Speaking of schools, I attended this week the annual Jewish Education Awards, sponsored by The Milken Family Foundation and Builders of Jewish Education. Every Jewish denomination was present. Speaker after speaker spoke about the power of Jewish education, about instilling pride and knowledge of our heritage, about the miracle of Jewish peoplehood.

Since I was working on this column at the time, I couldnt help notice that, despite the incessant exterior noise about antisemitism, no one brought up the need to fight it. They didnt have to. Jewish educators fight antisemitism in their own way, by championing pro-semitism.

We all want to prevail against the plague of Jew hatred. Well have better odds if we fight like proud winners rather than defensive victims.

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