Tom Teicholz is an award winning journalist and producer who has created print, video and social media content for Intel, The Museum of Tolerance and The Milken Family Foundation; and whose work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Newsweek.com, The NY Times Magazine, and The LA Times Op-Ed page. He also has ghostwritten, edited and published essays, treatises and books for private clients.
Itâ€™s Sunday night and a half-dozen people are onstage at McCabeâ€™s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Jumpinâ€™ Jim Beloff and his wife, Leapinâ€™ Liz, are leading the sold-out crowd as they strum their ukuleles and sing “Farewell.” This is the climax to Uketopia, Beloffâ€™s annual celebration of that four-stringed wonder: the ukulele. It is an […]Click here for reuse options!
Among the allergens being released this June is a remake of “Around the World in 80 Days,” the Jules Verne novel that launched a thousand travel articles. Perhaps Jackie Chan will inhabit the role of Passepartout in a fashion that surpasses the achievements of Cantinflas, “the worldâ€™s greatest comedian,” according to Charlie Chaplin, a person […]Click here for reuse options!
Earlier this month I attended the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation research benefit for stem-cell research. Although James Taylorâ€™s five-song set and Nancy Reaganâ€™s acceptance speech were each memorable and moving, what I found myself thinking about most that evening was Eric Laxâ€™s new book “The Mold in Dr. Floreyâ€™s Coat” (Henry Holt & Company, $25), […]Click here for reuse options!
The last episode of “Friends” airs May 6, and while we may all express a collective sigh of relief at the end of more than a year of shameless hype and exploitation, it doesnâ€™t mean that we canâ€™t stop to reflect on this moment in American cultural history. Or that we donâ€™t care about whether […]Click here for reuse options!
Jewish history has tradition of escaping and escapism Itâ€™s Sunday and Iâ€™m rushing over to my local comic book store, Hi De Ho, in Santa Monica to buy issue No. 1 of â€œThe Amazing Adventures of the Escapist.â€ If the name is familiar, itâ€™s not because you used to collect â€œThe Escapistâ€ in your youth, […]Click here for reuse options!
Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot recently about French philosopher, journalist and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Levy (only in France can philosopher hyphenate with filmmaker). We had lunch about six months ago. At the time, Levyâ€™s English-language edition of “Who Killed Daniel Pearl?”(Melville House), had just been published. The book had received a mixed response for its controversial […]Click here for reuse options!
I remember, as a child, trying in vain to stay up to see the ball fall on New Yearâ€™s Eve. In later years, high school brought concerts that went past midnight and college introduced all-nighters of the studying and partying kind. In the midnight hour came inspiration and revelation and dreams of new worlds to […]Click here for reuse options!
As winter chill gives way to spring sun, itâ€™s not too early to start planning a summer trip to Budapest. Budapest, Hungaryâ€™s capital, straddles the Danube, with historic old Buda on the hill, and Pest with its atmospheric 19th century and Art Nouveau architecture. In recent years, many of the Budapestâ€™s historic sites have been […]Click here for reuse options!
In May 1995, I found myself in Lviv, Ukraine. My father died two years before, and I was there on a roots trip. I wanted to see the city where he grew up and perhaps unearth some of the information that he could never bring himself to share, such as the names and birthdates of […]Click here for reuse options!
Youâ€™ve seen them around town: a poster of a grinning, gnarly Arnold Schwarzenegger with red eyes and the words, “Achtung, Baby,” scrawled in German Gothic type across his forehead. It may have made you smile; you may have felt it was in bad taste. Perhaps a bit of both. In any event, you probably thought: […]Click here for reuse options!