‘After 9/11, a friend and I were talking and came to the realization that the antidote to terror lay in the richness of everyday life that’s around us alw ays, within arm’s and heart’s reach,” said Hollywood photographer Robert Zuckerman, who is known for his advertising and publicity work.
Ongoing: Once again curated by Aaron Alexander, the New York Klezmer Series resumes on Tuesday nights at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (30 W. 68th St.) on Oct. 7 with the Tarras Band, a true klezmer super group of Pete Sokolow, Michael Winograd, Ben Holmes, Jim Guttman and David Licht. Other groups already booked include the Sy Kushner Ensemble w/Marty Confurius (Oct. 21) and the Deborah Strauss Fiddle Trio (Oct. 28). Keep checking the calendar at http://aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule.
David Homan had no illusions about his financial future as a serious composer. Sitting in a spacious café in Midtown bathed in late-afternoon sunshine, he smiles and says, “I knew that being a composer would never be a way to make a living, so I chose to work as an arts administrator.”
Shulamit Ran, the Israeli-born, Chicago-based, Pulitzer-winning composer, is possessed of extraordinary candor, leavened by her warm wit. When asked what is being celebrated in a “65th anniversary concert” of her music on Sept. 22, performed by the Da Capo Chamber Players, she readily admits complete bafflement.
Tuesdays in September: “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” a wide-ranging series of Hollywood (and Israel) looks at Judaism on Turner Classic Movies, from “The Jazz Singer” to “Sallah.” Probably the most extensive program of Jewish-themed films on national television ever, co-hosted by TCM’s Robert Osborne and Jewish film expert Eric Goldman. The best of the bunch are “Exodus” (Sept. 16) and “The Chosen” (Sept. 30). Turner Classic Movies (check your local listings for more information).
Modern mass armies rely heavily on behind-the-scenes functionaries who will never fire a gun. The old saw that “an army travels on its stomach” could be accurately updated to say that a modern army is dependent on its office supplies.
In an infamous and oft-quoted “secret” speech to his SS troopers, Heinrich Himmler predicted that the world would someday be grateful for the crimes they committed against Europe’s Jews, and that the important thing was for the SS to be remembered for remaining “decent” despite the provocations those people presented. For a long time, it has been unclear whether that rhetorical flourish was provoked by a need to bolster the flagging enthusiasm of his minions, to lie to himself about the nature of their actions and his orders, or the psychological mechanism of “splitting” that made it possible for Himmler and his troops to continue their lethal work without suffering an incapacitating psychological breakdown.
“The Mitzvah.” Half-Jews in Hitler’s army are the subject of Roger Grunwald’s one-man play, which will be presented Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union of Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. To RSVP, call (718) 281-5770 or email MLBerman@qcc.cuny.edu.
Davy Rothbart imagines lives from the scraps people toss out.
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Collecting scrap metal, reselling old clothes, even pawn broking —Jews have been in the recycling business for a long time, turning the flotsam and jetsam of other people’s lives into gold. Davy Rothbart, founder of Found magazine, has taken the most unlikely detritus — from love letters to snapshots to shopping lists — and made it into a kind of art. Now comes “Found,” a new Off-Broadway musical based on Rothbart’s unusual quest. With a book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree and music by Eli Bolin, the show runs this fall at the Atlantic Theater Company with Nick Blaemire starring as Rothbart.
Sex scandals may be implicitly ridiculous, but Anthony Weiner’s fall from grace had more than a touch of the absurd. Perfect fodder, in other words, for comedy. In the new satirical play, “Tail! Spin!” by political commentator Mario Correa, Weiner and three other politicians (Mark Sanford, Larry Craig and Mark Foley) felled by sexual improprieties (or the perception thereof) are back in the spotlight. Drawn entirely from the e-mails, texts and tweets of the disgraced politicians themselves, the play will be produced for 10 weeks Off Broadway featuring “Saturday Night Live” comedian Rachel Dratch.