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Theater List

09/06/2011

 “Completeness.” GItamar Moses (“Outrage,” “Bach at Leipzig,” “The Four of Us”) returns with a new play, directed by Pam MacKinnon, about a romance between a computer scientist and a molecular biologist. Now in previews for a Tues, Sept. 13 opening at Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St. For tickets, $70, call TicketCentral at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com.

One-Acts With Pedigrees:

Woody, Elaine May, Ethan Coen and John Turturro.

Special To The Jewish Week
09/06/2011

When “Death Defying Acts,” an evening of one-act comedies opened Off-Broadway at the Variety Arts Theatre in 1995, the critics fell over themselves to heap praise on the short plays, which were written by David Mamet, Elaine May and Woody Allen.

According to Vincent Canby of The New York Times, the evening was so “effervescent” that he asked, “Who needs Broadway when Off-Broadway can be as easy and mischievous fun as this?”

The cast of “Relatively Speaking.”

Fall Arts Preview September 2011

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

09/06/2011
Fall Arts Preview September 2011

The Visual Arts List

Staff Writer
02/15/2011

“The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library.” The JTS Library lends some of its most significant ketubot, or marriage contracts, some of them almost 1,000 years old, to The Jewish Museum. (The Jewish Museum, March 11-June 26)

“Impressionism from South Africa, 1965 to Now.” This group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art features the works of 29 South African printmakers, among them the prominent Jewish artist William Kentridge. (MoMA, March 23-Aug. 14)

From “Finding Home: The Art of Siona Benjamin,” at the JCC in Manhattan in May.

Visual Arts

Israeli Eye On America: ‘Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations”

Staff Writer
02/15/2011

The illustrations of Maira Kalman have become synonymous with a certain type of knowing New Yorker — particularly the kind that reads The New Yorker, where she’s been a contributor for decades. But people often don’t realize Kalman isn’t from here. She’s from Tel Aviv, where she was born in 1949. Even though she’s made Manhattan her most enduring muse, she travels back to Israel often and frequently makes it the subject of her whimsical, subtly erudite illustrations.

Maira Kalman’s stylish illustrations are the subject of a Jewish Museum show opening next month.

Books

Jewish Week Book Critic
02/15/2011

NON-FICTION

The award-winning non-fiction writer Melissa Faye Greene is now in her 21st year as an elementary school parent. She’s someone who feels most alive, “most thickly in the cumbersome richness of life, with children underfoot.” She loves the Atlanta Symphony, but is moved to tears by a sixth-grade band “when the children play the C scale together for the first time.”

David Bezmozgis’ first novel, “The Free World,” is set in Italy.

The Music List

Special to the Jewish Week
02/15/2011

Feb. 22: Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic celebrate the 75th year of the orchestra and the 50th year of Mehta’s conducting career with a program that features the North American premiere of a new orchestral version of Israeli composer Avner Dorman’s “Azerbaijani Dance,” as well as Lizst’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with guest artist Yefim Bronfman and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). For information, (212) 247-7800, www.carnegiehall.org

Youthful Harmonies: ‘The Cantorial Trio’

Special To The Jewish Week
02/15/2011

It is, one imagines, a ritual common to almost all cultures. A bunch of young men get together casually, someone starts humming a tune they all know and — wham — you have voices raised in dulcet, close harmonies. A lot of very, very fine music has come out of such encounters, and when someone pulls a few such voices together in a more formal way, the result is frequently enchanting.

Sway Machinery’s Jeremiah Lockwood with Malian music giant Khaira Arby.

Out Of The Ashes A Century Later:

PBS documentary ‘Triangle Fire’
looks back on the tragedy.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/15/2011

They were, as the narrator puts it, “the forgotten cogs in America’s vast industrial machine,” the human sacrifices whose blood kept that contraption running smoothly. Conversely, you could argue that it was their sacrifice that awakened a nation to the human cost of America’s growing prosperity. They were mostly young Jewish and Italian girls, the youngest of them only 14, and it took the death of 146 of them to sound an alarm that still needs to be rung regularly.

Scene from Eran Riklis’ “The Human Resources Manager.”

The FilmList

Special to the Jewish Week
02/15/2011

Feb. 18: Film Comment Selects, the Film Society’s annual showcase of edgy new films without commercial distribution. This year’s event features three films by Claude Lanzmann that were carved out from the vast footage that became “Shoah,” and two astonishing works about Nazism by Thomas Harlan (son of Veit Harlan of “Jew Suss” infamy) and Robert Kramer, one of the neglected forerunners of American independent cinema movement. Walter Reade Theatre (165 W 65th St.). For information, (212) 875-5600, www.filmlinc.com.

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