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09/06/2016 (All day)

Fiction

An English-language debut of author Yiftach Reicher tir, a former brigadier general of intelligence in the Israeli army, “The English Teacher” (Penguin) is a psychological spy thriller featuring a female former Mossad agent who disappears. (September)

From Brooklyn to Chelm, a sampling of this fall’s literary offerings.

Repairing (And Cleaning) The World

A Mierle Laderman Ukeles retrospective at the Queens Museum.

Special To The Jewish Week
09/06/2016 (All day)

In Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ installation “Birthing Tikkun Olam,” visitors are invited to look in a glass mirror and make a promise to repair the world. The responses are collected and made available for public view.

Ukeles’ “Washing/, Tracks, Maintenance,” from 1973, is part of the “Maintenance Art” show. Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

Fall Arts Listings: Visual Arts

09/06/2016 (All day)

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa. Israeli artist Ori Gersht is included in this group show of contemporary Middle Eastern art. Through Oct. 5. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. Guggenheim.org.

Krakauer, Eclectically

The klez-and-beyond clarinetist, now 60, curates a wide-ranging week of performances at The Stone.

09/06/2016 (All day)

Although he turns 60 in October, David Krakauer only reluctantly acknowledges the passage of time.

Special K: A milestone birthday for the clarinetist.  Photos: Davidkrakauer.com

Fall Arts Guide: NYC Music

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Sept. 8: A cantorial jam with Jack Mendelson, Daniel Mendelson and pianist Anthony Coleman. Put together two of the area’s most striking and individual cantorial voices and give them a jazz pianist steeped in the Jewish musical traditions and the result should be sublime. The Museum at Eldridge Street (12 Eldridge St.), 7 p.m.

‘Where The Holocaust And The Nakba Meet’

Oren Rudavsky and Menachem Daum’s ‘The Ruins of Lifta.’

09/06/2016 (All day)

The landscape is austerely beautiful, a vertiginous collection of cliffs on which are set stone buildings that somehow manage the difficult feat of blending ornateness with great simplicity. If the setting were anywhere but overhanging a road that is the western entrance to Jerusalem, it would be a storied tourist attraction, faithfully preserved. Instead, the abandoned village of Lifta is yet another in the unending series of flashpoints that make the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so painful.

A view of the abandoned and undeveloped Arab village of Lifta.  Photos by Oren Rudavsky Productions

Fall Arts Listings: Film In NYC

09/06/2016 (All day)

Sept. 9: “Demon” by Marcin Wrona. Wrona’s only feature film is a smart and darkly humorous reworking of “The Dybbuk,” with a deftly realized switch that turns that familiar tale of love from beyond the grave into a parable of Polish anti-Semitism in the post-war era. A Buñuelian blend of horror and perverse comedy. Lincoln Plaza and Landmark Sunshine Cinemas

Fall Arts Guide: NYC Theater

09/06/2016 (All day)

“A Jewish Joke.” Phil Johnson’s one-man play, written by himself and Marni Freedman, about a Jewish comedy screenwriter who faces the 1950s Hollywood blacklist. Directed by David Ellenstein and running for one performance only. Saturday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m., at The Studio Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. $18, telecharge.com.

An Unorthodox Jewish Family’s High Notes

‘Falsettos’ gets a revival.

Special to the Jewish Week
09/06/2016 (All day)

One of the quirkiest, most endearing and most moving Jewish musicals of the post-“Fiddler” period is William Finn and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning “Falsettos,” about a non-traditional Jewish family that is upended by the sexual revolution and the AIDS epidemic. When it ran on Broadway in 1992, Frank Rich of The New York Times called it a “heaven sent gift” about a “warring modern family divided in sexuality but finally inseparable in love and death.” It returns this season in a new production at the Walter Kerr Theatre with a cast of Broadway veterans that includes Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Anthony Rosenthal and Brandon Uranowitz.

William Finn says the characters in “Falsettos” are “flawed people caught in an impossible situation that they’re trying to rise

Fall Arts Preview (September 2016)

A roundup of the fall offerings in theater, film, music, visual arts and books.

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Fall Arts Preview (September 2016)
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