Starring on TV

Rebecca Fox

Metal sculptor Rebecca Fox of San Francisco spun her art into a city of tall buildings called Sugaropolis and grabbed a second-place award on a Food Network show called “Sugar Dome.” Fox teamed with a cake artist and a chocolatier to create the city and, in keeping with the assigned theme “daredevil stunts,” also had extreme stuntmeisters jump over the buildings. Fox’s metal-working tools included a MIG welder and plasma cutter, which she used to build the steel frameworks. Then her teammates covered them in chocolate. The show aired on Jan. 26. Check out her work, including her piece that was part of the city’s public art project “Hearts” in 2009, at www.rebeccafox.com.

The stars of “The Power of Two,” award-winning San Francisco filmmaker Marc Smolowitz’s 2011 documentary, were on “Katie” (Katie Couric’s ABC show) on Feb. 6 advocating for organ donation. Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes are twin sisters, now 41, who were born with cystic fibrosis. Smolowitz’s film describes their journey from childhood through double lung transplants. You can see the “Katie” appearance and the film at www.thepoweroftwomovie.com.

And … Willard Scott of NBC’s “Today” show offered birthday wishes to centenarian Al Goldbaum of Mill Valley, who was featured in a j. cover story on Feb. 1.


The world according to Seymour

Seymour Fromer

Berkeley author Ava F. Kahn writes that she and film producer-director Bill Chayes are making “The World According to Seymour: Reinventing Jewish Creativity and Identity,” a film about the late Seymour Fromer, founder and longtime director of the Judah L. Magnes Museum. The two would like to connect with people who were influenced by Fromer. Contact Kahn at akahn@lmi.net and Chayes at billchayes@gotsky.com.


Short shorts

Robin Rosenzweig

Christine Bronstein has been named to the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame. She’s the founder of A Band of Wives, a private social media website for all women to help them promote businesses and interact socially. The awards were established in 1987 to create a record of contributions women make to the life, culture, mores and landscape of Marin County. P.S. Bronstein is married to Phil Bronstein, former executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle (and a Jewish Bulletin reporter way back when) who has been in the news himself recently as the writer of an Esquire magazine story on the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden … Kate Colin was appointed to the San Rafael City Council, replacing Marc Levine, who was elected last November to the state Assembly for District 10 … Robin Rosenzweig, formerly of Monterey County but now living in Israel, was among the artists featured in “From There to Here,” an exhibition of works of Western olim (immigrants) living in northern Israel … Jake Rosenberg of Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco and Rachel Zilberg of San Domenico School in San Anselmo are among eight finalists in the Marin Young Playwrights Festival. They will have their 10-minute plays performed at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley on Sunday, March 10 … Perhaps our community’s best-kept secret, the Jewish portion of “Mosaic” airs one Sunday a month (sometimes two) at 5 a.m. on CBS-TV, Channel 5 and spotlights Jewish arts, culture and issues. On March 17, Israel’s Consul General to the Pacific Northwest Andy David will chat with program host Rabbi Eric Weiss.

This columnist can be reached at faces@jweekly.com.