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Jewish Week Book Critic
02/17/2016 (All day)

Non-Fiction

“The Lost Book of Moses” by Chanan Tigay (Ecco) is a historical drama going back to 1883, when a Polish-born British antiquities dealer claimed to have discovered the oldest copy of the Bible, which then mysteriously vanished. The author searches around the world for clues, uncovering romance and tragedy along with truth. (March)

The Visual Arts List

02/17/2016 (All day)

Know From Where You Came And Where You Are Going: The Work of Aithan Shapira. Sculptures and paintings on the topic of hope featuring the paint the Israeli-American artist made by mixing soil from the Judean Desert, olive tree ash, and oil. Through March 2, JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., jccmanhattan.org.

Bollywood And The Jews

New show explores a little-known yet rich history.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/17/2016 (All day)

While the leading role that Jews played in the formation of Hollywood is renowned, their outsize role in early Bollywood (India’s movie industry) is little known. The American Sephardi Foundation at the Center for Jewish History is celebrating this fairly unknown but exciting aspect of Jewish cultural history.

Sulochana (born Ruby Myers) on the set. She was in a controversial kissing scene in the 1930 film “Hamara Hindustan.”

The Music List

02/17/2016 (All day)

Feb. 27: “From Moses to Mostel: A History of the Jews (according to Musical Theatre),” hosted by Robert Klein, musical direction by Frank London. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., thetownhall.org.

‘Trying To Tell Yehudi’s Story’

Menuhin protégé Daniel Hope remembers the great violinist at Alice Tully.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/17/2016 (All day)

It was a fairy tale come true. The beleaguered family that had been shoved across the globe — no money, no belongings, no prospects — was suddenly rescued by a mysterious, grandfatherly benefactor. He swept them away from an uncertain future in London to a magical chalet in Switzerland, and everything changed.

“He embraced music universally, in all genres,” Daniel Hope, above, says of Yehudi Menuhin. Harold Hoffman

The Film List

02/17/2016 (All day)

March 1: “Happy Birthday, Mr. Lewis: The Kid Turns 90.” I don’t know which is more astonishing, the realization that Jerry Lewis is 90 years old or the fact that the Museum of Modern Art is celebrating his career for two weeks. Lewis remains a litmus test for film tastes; you can love him or loathe him but it’s hard to ignore such a brash, colorful presence. His work with Frank Tashlin is dazzling and “The Nutty Professor” is one of the great American comedy films. See the series and make your own decision. Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St.), moma.org.

From Streits To Hannah Arendt:

A ‘Forum’ for the Jewish story.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/17/2016 (All day)

A Bell and Howell 16mm-movie projector, 50 folding chairs, the lease on a loft on the Upper West Side and a suitcase filled with letters to filmmakers.

Scene from “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream,” to screen at Film Forum. Courtesy of Menemsha Films

The Theater List

02/17/2016 (All day)

“Dancing at the Edge: New Choreography and Music.” Jewish artists explore themes of liminality and border crossing. Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the JCC Manhattan,at 334 Amsterdam Avenue. For tickets, $10, call (646) 505-4444 or visit jccmanhtan.org.

An Obscenely Relevant Play

‘Indecent’ looks back at the scandalous ‘God of Vengeance.’

Special To The Jewish Week
02/17/2016 (All day)

Aside from the threat of physical violence, few prospects have occasioned as much anxiety in American Jews than that of being “a shande far di goyim” — being shamed in front of non-Jews. Imagine the risk, then, that playwright Sholem Asch ran when his melodramatic 1907 play, “God of Vengeance,” about the lesbian relationship between two Jewish women — one the daughter of a brothel owner and the other a prostitute in her father’s employ —opened on Broadway in 1923.

Adina Verson and Katrina Lenk in “Indecent.” Carol Rosegg

Spring Arts Preview February 2016

The new season in theater, film, music, the visual arts and books.

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