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07/23/2014
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THE BUZZ

IRWIN COREY AT 100

The wild-haired Jewish comedian and actor Professor Irwin Corey is known onstage as “The World’s Foremost Authority,” and over his long career he’s been an inspiration to the likes of Lenny Bruce. Corey, (bli ayin hara) is about to turn the big one-oh-oh, and the Actor’s Temple is throwing him a centennial celebration. All are welcome to this dairy potluck with comedy, a look back into Corey’s career and perhaps a few special guests.

—Tues., July 29, 6 to 9 p.m., free. The Actors’ Temple, 339 W. 47th St., (212) 245-6975, theactorstemple.org.

SCHINDLER’S LIST

The Museum of Jewish Heritage has dedicated its summer film festival this year to Hollywood’s Golden Boy, Steven Spielberg —“Close Encounters of the Spielberg Kind” is its punny title. From “E.T.” to “Amistad,” the series runs the gamut of the director’s diverse and rich body of work. And, of course, the museum would be remiss not to include his award-winning Holocaust film. “Schindler’s List” is screened on Wednesday.

—Wed., July 30, 6:30 p.m., free with suggested donation, tickets available onsite starting 4 p.m. Museum of Jewish Heritage, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, (646) 437-4202, mjhnyc.org.

TASTE OF JEWISH CULTURE

This Sunday, the Workmen’s Circle presents “Taste of Jewish Culture: Street Snacks and Music on Madison Ave.” Stop by for traditional Jewish nosh from bagels to brisket (Mile End Deli, Kossar’s Bialys, Gefelteria, and more), and listen to both established and up-and-coming musical acts. Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue, Howard Leshaw’s Yiddish Swing Band and singer-songwriter Rebecca Skolnick are all on the docket.

—Sun., July 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free. Madison Ave. between 47th and 48th St., (212) 889-6800, circle.org.

FILM

OBVIOUS CHILD

Gillian Robespierre’s funny, emotional new film, “Obvious Child,” tells the story of Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), an aspiring comedian who faces several life changes, including an unexpected pregnancy that leads for a rare on-screen, realistic portrayal of abortion.

—Check local listings.

THE IMMIGRANT

James Gray’s new film features Marion Cotillard as a Polish-Catholic woman who must make her way through the corrupt streets of Manhattan, dealing with a range of Jewish characters, including Joaquin Phoenix as a not-so-noble pimp.

City Cinemas Village East Cinema (181-189 Second Ave., [800] 326-3264 x 2708) and Bow Tie Roslyn Theater (20 Tower Place, Roslyn, [516] 621-8488).

IDA

Pawel Pawlikowski’s award-winning film takes place in Poland in the 1960s, a time when the country was still reeling from the aftermath of the WWII. The titular heroine, readying herself to take her vows to become a nun, discovers that she is Jewish, and that her parents were murdered in the Holocaust.

—Check local listings.

JERUSALEM

The new documentary “Jerusalem” seeks to reveal life in Israel by focusing on three local teenage girls from different religions, each giving a tour of her home city from a unique perspective. The film plays in IMAX in limited release.

—Cradle of Aviation Museum-National Geographic Theater, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, (516) 572-4111, jerusalemthemovie.com.

THEATRE

AS WE LIE STILL

This year’s New York Musical Theatre Festival includes “As We Lie Still,” a romantic fantasy by the husband-and-wife team of Olivia de Guzman Emile and Patrick Emile. It features Avi Leiter, a Houdini-like figure rising to fame as a magician in early-20th century New York.

—Thurs., July 24 and Sun., July 27 at 5 p.m., $25. PTC Performance Space, 555 W. 42nd St., (212) 664-0979, nymf.org.

HI, HITLER (CHRONICLES OF A GERMAN-JEW)

“Hi, Hitler” tries New York before opening in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month. Lucie Pohl’s one-woman comedy show about her experiences immigrating to the United States as a child from Germany, her whacky family and her lifelong obsession with Hitler — despite her Jewish faith.

—Through Aug. 24, $70. 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59 St., (212) 279-4200, 59E59.org.

THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE

Lisa Jura was a burgeoning Jewish pianist in Vienna in the 1930s, until the Nazis put her dreams on hold. Now, her daughter Mona Golabek (also a pianist) tells her story in a play with music based on Jura’s escape from Europe.

—Through Aug. 24, $70. 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59 St., (212) 279-4200, 59E59.org.

THE RELIGION THING

In Renee Calarco’s high-powered play, a sudden conversion to born-again Christianity triggers two married couples, including one secular Jewish man, to clash as they explore the nature of spirituality, religious culture and interfaith relationships. Directed by Douglas Hall.

—Shows Wed. through Fri. at 8 p.m., though Aug. 1. Project Y at the Cell Theatre, 338 W. 23rd St., projectytheatre.org.

GREED: A MUSICAL FOR OUR TIMES

This new musical comedy features several prominent corrupt bigwigs who fell from grace — including one Bernard Lawrence Madoff.

—Wednesdays 7 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., $40-$65, New World Stages, Stage 2, 340 W. 50th St., (212) 239-6200, www.telecharge.com. Open run.

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” traces the iconic singer/songwriter’s life and career, from her hits like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” to her relationship with Gerry Goffin, her songwriting partner and husband. Jessie Mueller and Jake Epstein star.

—The Stephen Sondheim, 124 W. 43rd St., (212) 719-1300, beautifulonbroadway.com. Open run.

MUSIC

MUSIC IN THE GARDEN

Violinist Alicia Svigals, co-founder of the Klezmatics, performs in the Queens Botanical Garden this Sunday with some friends, and attendees are welcome to bring a picnic, or to get up and dance.

—Sun., July 27, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., free with Garden admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE

“Against the Odds: American Jews & the Rescue of Europe’s Refugees, 1933-1941” presents both individual stories and a portrait of the collective experience of American Jews trying to help relatives, friends or even just strangers thousands of miles away, linked by the shared bond of religion. In particular, the exhibit explores how American immigration laws limited the power of those trying to assist, and how Jews overcame tremendous obstacles to help those in need.

—Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl. (646) 437-4202. $7-$12.

MASTERPIECES AND CURIOSITIES: DIANE ARBUS’ JEWISH GIANT

Jewish-American photographer Diane Arbus was known for capturing the visually eerie, or even repulsive. One of her last works, now on display at The Jewish Museum, was documenting a Coney Island sideshow performer known as “The World’s Tallest Man.” Eddie Carmel, said to stand around 8 feet tall, was the son of Israeli immigrants to the United States.

—The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., (212) 423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org. Through Aug. 3.

MEL BOCHNER: STRONG LANGUAGE

Mel Bochner’s first job in New York was as a guard at The Jewish Museum. Now, it  is the artist’s conceptual paintings that will be stationed uptown, in an exhibit that explores the use of text and wordplay, and its intersection with Jewish tradition.

—The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., (212) 423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org. Through Sept. 21.

A TOWN KNOWN AS AUSCHWITZ: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A JEWISH COMMUNITY

This exhibit explores the vibrancy, peacefulness and Jewish history of the town of Oswiecim, otherwise known as Auschwitz, emphasizing images of the day-to-day life and people that comprised this town before the Holocaust.

— Museum of Jewish Heritage, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, (646) 437-4202, mjhnyc.org.

TALK

AMY BLOOM

Author Amy Bloom talks about her humorous and touching new novel,  “Lucky Us,” a World War II-era story of Jewish-American sisters.

—Tues., July 29, 7 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, (212) 362-8835, barnesandnoble.com.

 

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