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Friday, December 6, 1 p.m.The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (1978 Ford Pkwy, St Paul) presents Buffy Sedlachek’s playHanukkah Lights in the Big Sky. When a brick is thrown at a menorah, community leaders of all faiths come together to spread a message of tolerance and peace, leading 10,000 families to display menorahs in their windows for Christmas. The production runs through December 22. FFI:mnjewishtheatre.org/hanukkahlights
Friday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.The Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust St, Hudson WI) hosts an opening reception forKeren Kroul’s latest exhibition of her tantalizing paintings in Gallery One. The exhibit runs through January 12. FFI: 715-386-2305
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.Or Emet (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) presents two stories about Jewish journeys (An Iranian Jew's Survival Strategies and From Minsk to Minneapolis: A Family Story of Soviet Era Immigration) in its morning program -Crossing Borders, Staying Home: Family Stories. FFI:oremet.org
Through December 7.The Katherine E Nash Gallery (405 21st Ave S, Mpls) featuresQueer Forms, a multidisciplinary group exhibition and series of public programs that investigate and celebrate the history, politics, and culture of LGBTQ+ liberation across a range of artistic forms and perspectives, including the work of Israeli photographerMalkiellaBenchabat. FFI: https://z.umn.edu/nash
Sunday, December 8, 10 a.m.The Yiddish Vinkl hostsHappy Hanukkah Happeningsat the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) as an early celebration of the Festival of Lights. There will be readings, singing, music, laughter, and freylakh fun for all! A bisl Yiddish, a bisl Hebrew, a bisl English. FFI:www.minneapolisyiddishvinkl.com
Sunday, December 8, 3 p.m. Aimee Orkincontinues her hands-on series of classes on visual art and prayer at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka)--this week with guest co-instructorHarriet Kohen. The subject isGratitude & Thanksgivingand will use calligraphy, poetry, and watercolor. RSVP:https://adath.nirsham.com/form/prayer-through-the-arts-session-3
Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m. The St. Paul JCC Orchestra(1375 St Paul Ave, St Paul) presents its winter concert featuring lively works by Fauré, Berlioz, von Suppé, and Offenbach. The concert is preceded at 7 pm by a talk by conductorAmir Kats.FFI:stpauljcc.org
Thursday, December 19, 10 a.m.Do we have stories to share with you!The Knollwood Writers' Circle(co-sponsored by Rimon) invites you to an informal reading of stories from their lives. Come to the Sutton Lounge at Knollwood Place Apartments (3630 Phillips Parkway, Mpls). FFI: Alison Morse,email@example.com
Through December 20.It’s not too late to catch theLet’s Paint & Draw Art Studioexhibit at the Sabes JCC’s Tychman Shapiro Gallery (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). The exhibit features new work by the participants in the Studio led by instructorLou Kotlarz.FFI:sabesjcc.org
Sunday, December 22, sundown.However you spell it...however you celebrate it...Happy Chanukah from us at Rimon. Light, love, and art to you and your family.
Through December 31.The St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave) hosts a display of Transfer of Memory, an acclaimed and much-traveled photo exhibition depicting Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, created by photographerDavid ShermanandwriterLili Chester.FFI:transferofmemory.org/exhibition-schedule.html
Through January 22.SculptorDenise Tennenexhibits five pieces from herPoetry Orb and Attitudeseries in a group show,Inclusive Space, at The Bridgewater Lofts (215 10th Ave S, Mpls). The exhibition focuses on the process of bringing the viewer into the art and allowing free exploration of the work. FFI:firstname.lastname@example.org
Through January 31.Art belongs everywhere. PainterPamela Gaardhas a solo exhibit of eighteen portraits at Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office at the MN State Capitol (room 102, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St Paul). You’ll view faces that might otherwise go unseen and portraits of unsung heroes. Office hours are 9 am-5 pm. FFI:email@example.com
Through March 22.The Museum of Russian Art (5500 Stevens Ave, Mpls) presents print work of three prominent 20th-century Jewish artists inMystical Imprints: Marc Chagall, Ben-Zion, and Ben Shahn.Each of the artists was born in the Russian Empire and was inspired by Jewish mystical traditions which are at the center of this remarkable exhibition. FFI:tmora.org
Through June 7.ArtistNorma Minkowitzis best known for establishing crochet as a fine art technique. After Minkowitz stiffens the fibers with resins, she removes the completed textile from its form, transforming her work into a hollow, transparent sculpture. She employs this technique inThe Sabbath Now, a fiber sculpture on display at Mia’s Harold and Mickey Smith Judaica Gallery (2400 3rd Ave S, Mpls). FFI:artsmia.org
1. The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s deadline for round two of itsArts Project Support grant is December 16.The grant provides up to $10,000 in project funding for groups who are offering quality arts activities in Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties. Grant requests must outline specific art projects that may include related costs for artists and other personnel as well as supplies, equipment rental, and other expenses needed to carry out the project. FFI:https://mrac.org
2. The Fellowship Artist Residency Program at Franconiaprovides the opportunity for artists and/or artist teams to create ambitious new projects, interact and collaborate with a community of makers, and impact the public. Artists at any stage in their career, working in sculpture, installation, land art, social practice, and performance, are welcome to apply for residencies for a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of three months between April 5 and September 15, 2020. Selected artists will each receive a private bedroom and shared workspace to create new work at Franconia.Applications are due January 15, 2020. FFI:https://www.franconia.org/project/fellowship-program/
3. The Intern Artist Residency Program at Franconiaoffers undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging artists the opportunity to create public artwork, develop their artistic practice, receive mentorship from professional artists-in-residence and visiting curators, and participate in public engagement programs while in residency at Franconia. The rural setting and the chance to work along-side peers and mid-career artists creates a dynamic setting for artists to grow, learn, and mature.Applications are due January 15, 2020. FFI:http://www.franconia.org/project/intern-artist-program/
4.Be a part of the21st Bemidji Sculpture Walk. The outdoor art walk program has become a foundation of Bemidji's downtown and a highly anticipated venue for tourists year-round. Artists may submit up to three works for consideration.Submission deadline is February 1. FFI:https://www.bemidjisculpture.com
5. Minnesota Jewish teens in grades 7-12are invited to submit original poetry, creative prose, and photography toKeren Or(Ray of Light), a creative arts contest for Jewish youth. The deadline for submissions isFebruary 14. FFI:kerenorcontest.org
6. The American Guild of Judaic Artis issuing a call for proposals for itsWorking Artist, Emerging Artist, and Educational grants. Newly established in 2019, the grants are meant to recognize, validate, and honor member artists and artisans whose works embody the highest creative standards in their genre and exemplify the best of contemporary Jewish art and object being created today. The Guild intends to help its members achieve its goals by offering some measure of financial support. The grant process is open only to current members of the Guild. Artists may apply as an individual or as a collaboration. FFI:jewishart.org
7.Have you ever wanted to get a new project off the ground? Do you want to start something special but just don’t have the resources? Then theYALA Grassroots Mini-Grantis for you! Thanks to the vision, guidance, and support of the Minneapolis and St Paul Federations, there is now a way to get funds and resources into the hands of the individuals in the Twin Cities Jewish communities. These grants are being made available for young professionals and college students. FFI:firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Kol HaOt,a Jerusalem-based organization that combines the arts with Jewish themes, history, and ideas, welcomes visual artists who are fascinated with Judaism’s rich sources to apply to its Artist-in-Residence program. The artist is given a spacious working space at no cost to work on creative artwork(s) that explore the intersection of the arts, Judaism and Jewish sources. The Kol HaOt center is located in the Chutzot HaYotzer Artists Colony, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, in a quiet yet urban atmosphere. Kol HaOt staff provide logistic and administrative assistance and familiarity with the local artistic cultural and religious scenes. The artist works daily in an artistically, culturally and historically rich environment and interacts with gallery visitors and the Kol HaOt team. Applications for this short-term residency (1 to 4 months) are accepted on an ongoing basis. FFI:kolhaot.com
9.Do you know someone with a passion for the arts and Jewish culture? Someone who is eager to translate that passion into a career? If so, consider enrolling inGeorge Washington University’s Master's in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts program, a unique degree program that brings together faculty from Museum Education and Judaic Studies to train the next generation of professionals in the growing field of Jewish arts and culture. Qualified applicants may also receive up to 85 percent tuition support with a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation. FFI:email@example.com 202-994-6281
10. Masa Israel Journeyconnects Jewish young adults to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs. Some Masa Israel programs of note include the Rimon Music Experience, WUJS Israel Arts-Tel Aviv and Dance Jerusalem. Through these immersive experiences, lasting between five and twelve months, participants develop a deep, personal connection to Israel and Jewish life. FFI:firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Springboard for the Arts’ Emergency Relief Fundexists to help cover unexpected emergency expenses due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening events. Artists who can demonstrate an artistic history and need may access up to $500 to meet or defray such expenses. Payment is made directly to the creditor, not to the artist. FFI: 651-379-0871
12.The St. Paul JCC hosts a weekly class ofIsraeli folkdancing taught by master teacherShira Schwartz. The class is open to both novice and expert every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. FFI: 651-255-4736
13.For those with little to no prior art experience but who wish to learn or perfect their techniques, join the Sabes JCC ongoing art class“Let’s Paint, Draw and Have Fun,”led by instructor Lou Kotlarz. The class meets every Monday at 10 a.m. FFI:email@example.com
St. Paul JCC Symphony 2019-2020 Season
One of the oldest community ensembles in the country dedicated to classical repertoire, the St. Paul JCC Symphony performs three free concerts each season. Guests are encouraged to meet the conductor in the JCC Library prior to performances. Special bonus this year: an afternoon concert especially for the young (and the young at heart).
Enjoy classical music without having to pay for parking. The St. Paul JCC Symphony season generally runs September through May with three performances: fall, winter and spring. Tickets are FREE!
For more information, contact:
Jonathan Gershberg, Twin Cities Jewish Cultural Arts Coordinator
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 CONDUCTOR’S TALK • 7 PM CONCERT • 7:30 PM Experience the masters in a new way! Featuring rare works by famous composers, this repertoire captures all the theatricality of opera, the movement of dance performance and the complexity of life. A delightful musical adventure for all ages!
Gabriel Fauré: Masques et Bergamasques Hector Berlioz: Overture to King Lear Franz von Suppé: Overture to Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna Jacques Offenbach: La belle Hélène (“Beautiful Helen”)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 • 7 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 5 • FAMILY CONCERT • 3 PM
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 • 7 PM
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC)
Hillcrest Center Theater 1978 Ford Parkway St. Paul, MN
Our venue is the recently refurbished theater in the Highland Park Community Center. Parking is free and easy in the lot outside the theater. Street parking is also readily available. The theater is fully accessible. Contact us for information on audio-described and ASL performance dates.
The Mikveh Monologues
by Anita Diamant & Janet Buchwald
In Partnership with The Minnesota Community Mikveh Initiative
Limited Run: August 21 - 25, 2019
Miriam Schwartz in her Directorial Debut
Heal. Reflect. Renew.
A contemporary collection of inspiring monologues shares the transformative experience of the modern mikveh, a Jewish ritual bath re-imagined for modern use. This special project, in partnership with The Minnesota Community Mikveh Initiative, presents dramatic readings of women and men who have immersed in the living waters of the mikveh for healing, reflection, and revitalization. Following the readings, there will be a break for refreshments and a discussion led by Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker.
O my God!
by Anat Gov
October 26 - November 17, 2019
translated from the Hebrew by Anthony Berris and Margalit Rodgers
In this witty and touching play, Ella, a psychologist and single mother of a teenager who is autistic, gets a visit from an unexpected new patient: God. As God comes to terms with his feelings toward humankind and how the world has evolved, Ella confronts her own past and re-examines her long lost faith. This engaging and energizing new play by one of Israel’s foremost playwrights explores God’s relationship with humanity.
Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky
by Buffy Sedlachek
December 6 - 22, 2019 - NEW PERFORMANCES ADDED
directed by Shelli Place
A Fractured Community Finds Hope
When a brick is thrown at a menorah set in a child’s window for Hanukkah, community leaders of all faiths come together to help spread a message of tolerance and peace. With the help of school children, 10,000 families display menorahs in their windows for Christmas in solidarity. Based on true events that occurred in Billings, Montana in 1993, this family play, an MJTC original, is newly adapted for everyone age 6 & up.
by Joshua Harmon
February 15 - March 8, 2020
directed by Hayley Finn
Meet Jordan, a young Jewish gay man living in New York City. Life is a whirlwind of fun with his cohort of best girl friends at his side. But as singles nights slowly turn into bachelorette parties and weddings, Jordan finds himself fantasizing and yearning for his own significant other. His tender relationship with his grandmother provides solace and support, but what does his future hold? A new comedy by the writer of Bad Jews.
The People’s Violin
by Charles Varon
April 25 - May 17, 2020
directed by Warren C. Bowles
A filmmaker with a faltering career receives a grant to make a documentary about his father, a famous Jewish author and therapist for Holocaust survivors. When the discovery of a mysterious violin slowly uncovers the family’s unspoken history, the project turns into a gripping quest for truth. This intriguing and suspenseful drama, framed as a documentary, reveals the complexity of family, relationships, and the search for identity.