Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cartoon of the Day: Holiday Grammarian Chicken

From Doug Savage, one of my favorite cartoonists!


Chanukah Crime Fiction// Hanukah Mysteries

Chanukah (Hanukah, Hanukkah) is celebrated for eight days, so you have plenty of time to read all these books! Let me know if I've missed any mysteries.

Novels
A Crafty Christmas by Molly Cox Bryan
Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle (mostly about Christmas but Hanukah is mentioned)
Beautiful Lie the Dead by Barbara Fradkin
Festival of Deaths by Jane Haddam
Out of the Frying Pan into the Choir by Sharon Kahn
Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry by Harry Kemelman
Murder at the Minyan by Shlumat E. Kustanowitz
The Body in the Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page (mostly about Christmas but Hanukah is mentioned)
Chanukah Guilt by Ilene Schneider
The Tattooed Rabbi by Marvin J. Wolf

Children's Hanukah Mysteries
Rabbi Rocketpower and the Mystery of the Missing Menorahs - A
Hanukkah Humdinger! by Rabbi Susan Abramson and Aaron Dvorkin and Ariel DiOrio

Mystery Short Stories
"Mom Lights a Candle" by James Yaffe, appeared in Mystery: The Best of 2002, ed. by Jon L. Breen.
"Hanukah" by Morris Hershman in Cat Crimes for the Holidays, ed. by Martin Greenberg, Edward Gorman and Larry Segriff
"The Worse Noel" by Barb Goffman in The Gift of Murder.
"Death on the List" by B.K. Stevens (AHMM, January 1999)
For more info on Jewish short story mysteries, check out Steven Steinbock who blogs on Criminal Brief, the Mystery Short Story Web Log Project.
"Navidad" by Elizabeth Zelvin, EQMM, January 2011
"No Candles for Antiochus" by Barry Ergang

Mystery Games
Children's software mystery game: Who Stole Hanukkah? offered in five languages: English, Hebrew, Russian, French and Spanish
Other Games for Children: The Case of the Stolen Menorah: An Enlightening Hanukkah Mystery

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Downton Abbey LIVE events: San Francisco & San Jose

Celebrate Downton Abbey in San Francisco and San Jose! 

Season 5 starts January 4. I've seen all the episodes, and they're wonderful. The acting is fabulous, the storylines riveting, and the costumes superb!

Join KQED and other Downton fans on Saturday, January 3 for an exclusive preview of the premiere episode of Downton Abbey Season 5. This year KQED will have four free screenings (2 in San Francisco and 2 in San Jose) of the one-hour premiere followed by a classic Maggie Smith film! Admission is free but space is limited and there's a waitlist. RSVP below for you and a guest. Phone reservations not accepted.

Saturday, January 3
1:00pm Downton Abbey Preview
2:45pm The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Maggie Smith won the Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a headstrong teacher ignoring the curriculum to spread an over romanticized world view to her 12 year old charges. Adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark and based on the play by Jay Presson Allen. Directed by Ronald Neame.
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St, San Francisco
California Theatre, 345 S 1st St, San Jose

6:30pm Downton Abbey Preview
8:15pm The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Wilton move to a retirement home in India. All that's missing is Helen Mirren. Directed by John Madden.
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St, San Francisco
California Theatre, 345 S 1st St, San Jose