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What to Watch This Weekend: Morituri

Every Friday, our resident film fanatic Alex Aciman will dig deep into the pile of cinematic masterpieces and fish out one forgotten classic you should watch soonest.

Years before The Godfather and more than a decade after On the Waterfront was a not-so-short lull in Brando’s career. It wasn’t so much that Brando was any less prolific, but rather that the roles themselves were less spectacular, almost as if he’d briefly lost the twinkle of star-power in his eyes. One of the few exceptions is a film that appears on almost no lists: Morituri.

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Dean Kremer, First Israeli in Major League Baseball, Traded to Orioles for Shortstop

On Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers swung a blockbuster trade for O’s All-Star shortstop Manny Machado. Machado’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and the Orioles have one of the worst records in baseball, so the team wisely cashed in on Machado’s trade value to bolster their farm system.

Of course, there is nothing new about a team like the Dodgers renting a superstar from an out-of-contention club. Far more interesting is who they sent over in return: Dean Kremer, the first Israeli ever drafted in Major League Baseball.

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The Iroquois Nationals Lose to Canada, But Show Huge Heart in Lacrosse Championship

To read our full coverage of the World Lacrosse Championship, and to win Tablet Lacrosse-themed swag, click here

The current version of lacrosse owes some part of its existence to the certainty the Iroquois were about to die out. As Donald M. Fisher recounts in his book Lacrosse: A History of the Game, George Beers, the Montreal dentist, sportsman, and early theorist of Canadian nationalism who wrote the sport’s first modern rulebook in 1860, “lamented what he saw as the passing of Canada’s ‘noble savage’ into history. Although the Indian faced extinction because of his barbarism….Canadian civilization could help itself by learning from him.” According to the racist thinking of the time, the white replacement of the natives was part of a logical and inevitable historical process. The higher races simply edged out the lower ones over time; however regrettable some of the results were, the whites had built a world in which natives were thought to stand absolutely no chance of integration or survival. Beers had played in Mohawk ball games and thought lacrosse could preserve the most admirable qualities of a doomed culture while forming an anchor-point for a still-fictive Canadian-ness. “This game, being now purely Canadian, is likely to become the national game of Canada,” Beers wrote in 1860. “Long, long after the romantic ‘sons of the forest’ have passed away, long, long after their sun sinks in the west to rise no more, Lacrosse will remind the pale-faces of Canada of the noble Indians that once lorded it over this continent.”

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A Visit to NYC’s Only Remaining Siphon-Bottle Seltzer Factory

Once upon a time, New York City was full of siphon-bottle seltzer plants. Thousands of deliverymen lugged cases of the fizzy stuff around the Lower East Side’s narrow streets; egg creams were everywhere; and the Marx Brothers squirted each other in the eye. It’s no wonder we waxed lyrical about seltzer in Tablet’s highly selective list of 100 Jewish Foods.

Today, for better and for worse, supermarkets and SodaStream have done a number on seltzer. But the old-school spray bottle hasn’t gone the way of the dodo entirely. NYC’s last seltzer factory, Brooklyn Seltzer Boys (formerly Gomberg Seltzer Works) in Canarsie, is keeping the tradition alive.

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The Most Important Holocaust Story Never Told

It’s taken 70-plus years, but what’s arguably the most important Holocaust story never told is being unveiled in a docudrama this weekend at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Who Will Write Our History is the story of the men and women who created the Oyneg Shabes Archive, a trove of once-hidden documents, essays, and reportage that chronicled in real time what life and death looked like in the Nazi-occupied Warsaw Ghetto. The star, if you can call him that, is Emanuel Ringelblum, a Polish-Jewish historian and community organizer, who led the secret project with the sensitivity of a sacred mission.

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How Jimi Hendrix Brilliantly Deconstructed Chords to Create Distinctive Embellished Melodic Themes

Music writer Polyphonic, who creates incredibly informative video essays, took a look at the distinctive guitar style of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, specifically focusing on his brilliant talent and physical ability to deconstruct chords into delicious bite sized pieces. In doing so, Hendrix created beautifully embellished melodic themes that continually kept the momentum of the song going.

Instead of being satisfied with simply playing chords alongside the bass and drums, Hendrix adds dozens of little embellishments. These embellishments give his music a kind of driving momentum. There’s always something neat and complex going on beneath the surface…To create these flares Hendrix was often breaking up his chords into smaller pieces. He would play part of a chord and let it ring out while embellishing a small melody on the rest of the chord above.

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A Heartbreakingly Beautiful Ukulele Cover of The Beatles Song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’

In 2009, musician Jake Shimabukuro performed a heartbreakingly beautiful ukulele cover of the iconic song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles (written by George Harrison), for an appreciative audience attending the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival taking place at the Four Seasons Hualalai.

Shimabukuro is known for his wonderful ukulele arrangements of classic rock songs such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Hallelujah

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Amazing Graphite Prints of Anthropomorphic Dogs That Embody the Spirit of Inspirational Beings

Buddha

In 2012, we wrote about San Francisco artist Michael Gillette who created a beautiful set of officially licensed James Bond book covers for the celebration of the Ian Fleming Centenary. More recently, Gillette has created a stunning series of “Shape Shifting Dogs“, detailed prints of anthropomorphic canines modeled after inspirational people and deities that were drawn using layered graphite pencil.

The idea for the series came after finding a vintage box of identical bulldog note cards at a local Goodwill. I drew over the top of them as an act of continuation/ vandalism. It was tremendous fun, so I drew my own dogs and had a local family run print works in San Francisco create multiples of. ..Some dogs took on the form of famous people. Bowie was the first- I did him shortly after he left us. Others tap the style tribes which were so abundant in my formative years. One set of Italian Greyhounds morphed in to deities, from Odin to Jesus via Krishna and Buddha and beyond. I started doing them around the 2016 election as an antidote to the divisiveness of the times. They are uplifting to make, and I enjoy the suggestion of unity.

Shape Shifting Pugs

Shapeshifting Dogs

Anubis

Odin

Shiva

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The Briny, Gaseous Chemical Reactions That Make Stinky Cheese So Intolerably Odiferous

In a rather odiferous episode, ACS Reactions takes a look at the manner in which washed-rind cheeses are made, noting specifically the briny, gaseous chemical reaction that takes place to make the smell of these cheeses so particularly intolerable. The washing and aging process attracts a certain bacteria that breaks down the proteins and release a particularly stinky gas similar to that of body odor.

Washing creates a warm moist salty environment that certain microorganisms love and the star of stink is a bacterium called brevibacterium linens…you know what else is warm moist and salty? Sweaty human skin. Close relatives of B linens, like B epidermidis have been found on human feet.

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Jeff Goldblum Breaks Out Into Song While Buying Groceries for a Meal With Bryce Dallas Howard

In a specious episode of the Funny or Die segment “Cooking With Jeff Goldblum”, the laid back actor sauntered through his favorite Ralph’s grocery store, commenting on the origins of different produce, spouting non-sequitors and breaking out into song whenever the mood struck. Once home, Goldblum welcomed surprise guest Bryce Dallas Howard into his kitchen to sharpen knives and prepare a fruit plate and yummy dish of avocado toast with fried egg.

Jeff Goldblum and Bryce Dallas Howard sharpen their knives and their wits, while preparing a delicious meal together.

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