August 8, 2009
In the vast spectrum of historical fiction, a reader is hard-pressed to find much written about the 11th century. Aside from the trilogy “Rashi’s Daughters,” written by Glendale resident Maggie Anton, there are few novels featuring this era, and most focus on Charlemagne, the Crusades and Christianity-based story lines dealing with religious persecution. Throughout the three books, Salomon ben Isaac, a great Jewish scholar, instructs his three daughters in the teachings of the Talmud, which is the doctrine used in Judaism to explain the Torah.
January 14, 2009
An exhibition of historical coins, bronze and marble sculptures and paintings has just opened at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale. The unifying element of these American and European artists’ works is that this eclectic mix is part of the Forest Lawn permanent collection, said Joan Adan, exhibit designer and curator. “It’s showcasing Forest Lawn’s fine art in its paintings, sculpture, and ancient and world coins,” she said. James Eaton, father of Forest Lawn founder Hubert Eaton, collected the items, Adan said.