Arts Preview

The Visual Arts List

02/20/2013

“Katz x Katz,” an exhibition of Alex Katz’s paintings is on display at Yale University. The show features 70 pieces drawn from the artist’s personal collection, including paintings, oil sketches, working drawings, collages, prints, and cut-outs. Yale University’s 32 Edgewood Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Works by Rachel Kanter are part of the JTS show.

Blue Period

Yishai Jusidman’s meditation on the Holocaust at the Americas Society.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/20/2013

Yishai Jusidman’s Holocaust-inspired paintings currently on view at the Americas Society (“Prussian Blue: Memory After Representation”) are reminiscent of those by the Belgian painter Luc Tuymans.

Yishai Judisman’s eerie “Prussian Blue” paintings tackle a difficult subject.

The Music List

02/20/2013

Ongoing: The New York Klezmer Series, curated by Aaron Alexander and now hosted at the Stephen Wise Synagogue (30 W. 68th St.), has a dozen incredibly exciting events scheduled between March 1 and the end of June. nyklezmer.com.

From The Motor City To Berlin:

Singer-songwriter Daniel Kahn at Gramercy Theatre.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/20/2013

Daniel Kahn has a taste for urban decay. He was born in Detroit and now lives most of the time in Berlin, and he readily admits that the two cities have affinities that appeal to him.

Daniel Kahn and his band The Painted Bird owe a debt to both Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.

The Film List

02/20/2013

March 1: “Hava Nagila: The Movie,” a raucous history of the gold standard for Jewish musical kitsch, but underpinned with a serious story of Jewish history in the diaspora and in Israel. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, Broadway and 62nd St. (212) 757-2280, www.lincolnplazacinema.com.

‘A Very Close Jewish Family’

Tiffany Shlain’s ‘Connected.’

Special To The Jewish Week
02/20/2013

As the old saying goes, life is what happens while you’re making other plans. Filmmaker and new media mistress Tiffany Shlain (whose film “The Tribe” looked at Jewish identity through the lens of the Barbie doll) could tell you that or, better still, show you her recent film, “Connected.” The clever and engaging documentary is vivid testimony about how important it is to be ready for the unpredictable.

Tiffany Shlain gets at “the universal idea of connectedness” through a very personal story.

The Theater List

02/20/2013

Mark Harelik’s “The Immigrant,” along with its sequel, “The Legacy, or What the Jews Believe,” will be presented in a free staged reading at the Clurman Theatre on West 42nd Street starring Kathleen Chalfant, Walter Charles and other Broadway actors.

Jesse Eisenberg Tackles The Holocaust:

Writes and stars with Vanessa Redgrave in ‘The Revisionist.’

Special To The Jewish Week
02/20/2013

hen we think of revisionism in connection with the Holocaust, we usually think of those who deny that the Shoah ever happened. But in Jesse Eisenberg’s new play, “The Revisionist,” in which he also stars, a young American Jew forges a deeper connection to the history of his family and people.

Lynn Redgrave

Spring Arts Preview February 2013

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

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VISUAL ARTS Song In The Key Of Life:

The story behind ‘Hava Nagila.’

09/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Ever wondered about the history of the crowd-pleasing song at your cousin’s wedding? “Hava Nagila: A Song for the People” is an exhibit about the history and meaning behind the popular Jewish folk song. Known as the audio component of the hora circle dance, “Hava Nagila” is a staple at Jewish celebrations, and it has been covered by a number of mainstream musicians including Harry Belafonte and Josephine Baker.

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