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Mira Hirsch awaits Hanukah 

Jewish Theatre of the South founder and artistic director

As Jewish Theatre of the South gears up to revive Janece Shaffer's family show Hula-Hoopin' Hannah and Her Hanukah Adventure (Nov. 23-Dec. 9), founder and artistic director Mira Hirsch offers some other diversions in addition to the "Festival of Lights."

The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs: "I just picked this up at the MJCCA Book Festival. The premise is wickedly clever: Jacobs sets out to live his life following more than 700 biblical laws laid out in the Bible and the New Testament. It's hilarious, but also has a lot to say about the growing divide between the secular and the religious throughout the world and across faiths."

TLC's "What Not to Wear": "I am addicted to this show. It's all about transformation -- very Pygmalion. Each week people discover what actors have long known: change your shoes, wear a different style jacket, color your hair -- voila! -- you're a new person with a new walk, a new outlook, a new attitude."

The 2007 IsraDrama Festival: "I'm leaving for Israel over Thanksgiving weekend to attend this six-day festival showcasing plays by Israeli writers that have been translated into English. Israeli artists are much less tentative about producing politically charged theater, and I'm eager to experience that."

Anything Philip Roth has written in the last 10 years: "I recently read American Pastoral and The Plot Against America -- both incredibly brilliant. I need to pick up his newest, Exit Ghost, or should I start from the beginning and read all of the other eight Zuckerman books in order first?"

Monday Night Karaoke at Tin Roof Cantina on Briarcliff: "A friend of mine and I started making this our regular 'Girls' Night Out' a few months ago. Karaoke is the ultimate 'active' cultural experience. My friend does a mean Janis Joplin. I lean more towards Joni Mitchell or Natalie Merchant."

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