wonderful klezmer and Yiddish-inspired events are coming up in June,
from Aptos in the south to Oakland to the east and San Francisco in the
north (none further north or east that we know of this month). See below
for a complete listing of events. We hope to see you at some of them.
Long-time KlezCalifornia Board member and volunteer, Icek Mozes, died
April 30. We are greatly saddened by this loss and will miss Icek very
much. Icek was a great supporter of KlezCalifornia and all things
Yiddish and klezmer. Whether offering his opinions at meetings,
launching our Salon for fluent Yiddish speakers, advising on Yiddish
usage, serving as Secretary and a member of the Executive, Finance and
Nominating Committees, establishing our member database, creating and
editing the newsletter, making a generous annual gift, or just
kibitsing, he was an essential part of KlezCalifornia.
Read his obituary from the May 19 San Francisco Chronicle HERE
. A video of Icek telling a wonderfully funny story (in Yiddish) is HERE
If you can't make it through the Yiddish, just cue to 9:40 or so, and
remember him by that smile. May his memory be a blessing. His widow, Pat
Blackburn, requests that donations in Icek's memory be made to
KlezCalifornia. For how to donate, go HERE
. Some donations we have received are acknowledged below
in Honor Wall.
SAVE THE DATES:
* KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival, October 26-27, Berkeley. More info: HERE
-- Submissions for the July newsletter HERE
by June 21
|In This Issue
|Omens, Dreams & Curses, three performances
|Anthony Russell Sings Sidor Belarsky, Thursday, June 6
|Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, June 9
|Jewish Pickling Workshop, Sunday, June 30
|On the Web
|Farshidns (This 'n That)
|Coming in July
|Omens, Dreams & Curses, with Veretski Pass, S.F. Choral Artists
klezmer trio Veretski Pass and San Francisco Choral Artists join forces
again this June. "Omens, Dreams & Curses"
century psalm settings, folk music, light-hearted works, dazzling
improvisations, and world premieres by Joshua Horowitz, Mark Winges, and
Eleanor Aversa. Join the composers 30 minutes before each concert for
informal talks about their work.
June 15th San Francisco | June 16th Redwood City | June 23rd Oakland.
See Community Events (below
) for venues and times. Tickets $12-$25 in advance, $15-$30 at the door.
|Di Gantse Velt iz Mayn: Anthony Russell Sings Sidor Belarsky
Thursday, June 6, 7:00pm, Di Gantse Velt Iz Mayn: The Sidor Belarsky Songbook, a presentation by Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell.
At Jewish LearningWorks' Jewish Community Library, San Francisco.
Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327, jewishlearningworks.org/library/adult-events.
by birth and Jewish by choice, Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell is a
new voice in the contemporary Yiddish music scene. Having trained and
performed as an operatic bass, he has more recently discovered in
Yiddish art song a canvas for the expression of his own multi-faceted
identity. Russell has immersed himself in the recital repertoire of
Ukrainian-born Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975), one of the most celebrated
and prolific performers of cantorial music, Hasidic nigns, and
Yiddish folk songs (and best known to many from the soundtrack to the
film "A Serious Man"). Striving in his interpretations to "embody the
aspirations, desires, and struggles of one diaspora culture enriched
with the colors and experiences of another," Russell gives new life to
an oft-neglected repertoire.
|KlezCalifornia Conversation Salon for Fluent Yiddish Speakers
Sunday, June 9, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Salon. At a private home in Oakland. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679, flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org.
Dos mol veln
mir hern Yidishe kurtseh geshikhtez un poezyeh, zingen a por lider, un
dertseyln unzereh geshikhtes fun an interesanteh mench fun unzereh
mishpokheh. Az ir kent, brengt epes a nosh. Es iz shtendik beser mit
epes tsu esn! Zayt azoy gut un loszt unz visn friyer tsi ir kumt.
|Jewish Pickling Workshop - FULL
Sunday, June 30, 1:30pm, Jewish Pickling Workshop, with Mike Perlmutter.
This event is FULL. At LearningWorks' Jewish Community Library, San
Francisco. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Come to this event only if
you already have a reservation.
Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's,
featuring Dave Rosenfeld, Mike Perlmutter, and Dmitri Gaskin,
occasional special guests. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen,
Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info:
510.848.3354, Facebook.com/SaulsDeli/events. On June 3, Yiddishe Serenaders - see below.
Sunday, June 2, approximately 1:30pm, Orchestra Euphonos
will lead a klezmer march around Yerba Buena Gardens, part of Israel in
the Gardens, 11:00am-5:00pm. No charge. At Yerba Buena Gardens, San
Francisco. More info: HERE.
Monday, June 3, Yiddishe Serenaders. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, Facebook.com/SaulsDeli/events.
Friday, June 7, 1:00-2:00pm, New American Klezmer Performance With Members of the Red Hot Chachkas. At JCC San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.202.1200, HERE.
Saturday, June 8, 9:30am - 12:00pm, Naomi Zamir (accordion) and Friends.
Klezmer melodies and music from other East European traditions. At
downtown Palo Alto Farmers' Market, Palo Alto. No charge. More info: HERE.
Saturday, June 8, 2:00pm, Klezmer Dance Workshop with Yael Schy and Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. Part of San Francisco Free Folk Festival, June 8-9, 12:00noon-10:00pm. No charge. More info: sffolkfest.org/2013.
Sunday, June 9, True Life Trio and Porto Franco Klezmer All-Stars,
part of Contemporary Jewish Museum Community Celebration,
12:00noon-3:00pm. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Free
museum admission all day. More info: 415.655.7800, thecjm.org.
Sunday, June 9, 2:30-3:30pm, Jeff Brody's Klezmer Trio with a dash of Gypsy,
part of Temple Beth El Jewish Food and Cultural Fair, 11:00am-7:00pm.
At Temple Beth El, Aptos. Program includes numerous other bands, food
booths, 25 crafts booths, Chai Time Talks (not unlike TEDTalks), Israeli dancing, children's activities in Kinderlakh Korner. Free admission. More info: 831.818.4178, tbeaptos.org.
Wednesday, June 12, 7:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. At Le Bateau Ivre Café/Restaurant. No cover charge. More info: 510.849.1100, lebateauivre.net.
Thursday, June 13, 7:00pm, Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, a presentation by Mark Cohen. At Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327, jewishlearningworks.org/library/adult-events
Omens, Dreams & Curses, featuring Veretski Pass with The San Francisco Choral Artists, three performances:
Saturday, June 15, 8:00pm, St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco
Sunday, June 16, 4:00pm, Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City
Sunday, June 23, 4:00pm, Temple Sinai, Oakland.
original choral pieces by Joshua Horowitz. Tickets: General admission:
$25 advance, $30 door; Seniors (65+): $22 advance, $28 door; Students
w/ID: $12 advance, $15 door. More info: 415.494.8149, sfca.org.
Sunday, June 16, 2:30pm, 87th Annual Concert of Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco.
Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Russian. Choral singing, soloists
and sing-alongs. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, San
Francisco. Suggested donation: General: $15 at door, $12 advance;
students, seniors and those with disabilities: $8 at door, $6 advance.
Advance tickets HERE. More info: 510.220.6325, jewishfolkchorussf.org.
Sunday, June 23, 6:00-6:45pm, The Klezmakers.
Part of Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival, 3:00pm-8:00pm. At
Addison-Penzak JCC, Los Gatos. Music, food and arts vendors, family
activities. Tickets: $5 members, $7 general admission, free for kids 4
and under. More info: HERE.
Monday, June 24, 7:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. At Garden Gate Creativity Center, Berkeley. Admission $10-$20, sliding scale, no one turned away. More info: gardengatecreate.com.
June 24 - Friday, August 2, StageDoor Conservatory's "On Broadway"
music theater camp presents Fiddler on the Roof for young actors
entering grades 5-9. Shows will be August 1-3. Fee: $325/week for
9:00am-3:30pm, additional fee to 6:00pm. Financial aid available. At
North Berkeley location. More info: 510.521.6250, stagedoorconservatory[at]yahoo.com, stagedoorconservatory.org.
Thursday, June 27, 7:00pm, The Chosen (film screening). At Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327 X703, jewishlearningworks.org/library/adult-events.
Thursday, June 27, 8:00pm, Red Hot Chachkas open
for The Accordion Babes Revue. At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse,
Berkeley. Tickets: $18.40 advance/ $20.50 door. More info: 510.644.2020,
|On the Web
A series of lectures about "Jewish Folk Songs," at jewishfolksongs.com,
the site of Batya Fonda, who lives in Israel. Includes lesser-known
Yiddish (and Ladino) songs, and songs whose composers are known (such as
Oyfn Pripetshik, composed by Mark Warshavsky), i.e. not "folk songs" (Thanks to Achi Ben Shalom).
|Farshidns (This 'n That)
Yiddish Chat Line, a free telephone
conversation for Yiddish speakers and Yiddish learners, every Tuesday
at 1:00pm. Dial 641.594.7078. Usual phone charges apply. (Thanks to
Learn Yiddish at home
with "Yiddish in 10 Lessons" workbook and CD from Chaim Werdyger. More info at conversationalyiddish.com
Proverb of the month: If you could hang on the wall all the world's packs of troubles, everyone would
grab for his own (Az men zol oyfhengen oyf der vant aleh peklekh tsores, volt zikh itlekher gekhapt zayn eygns).
|Coming in July
Put this exciting event on your calendar now and check the July
newsletter for more details. You can always check out KlezCalifornia's
long-term calendar at klezcalifornia.org/events
Sunday, July 21, 6:00pm (music begins 6:30pm) Klezmer Night with Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band, dancing led by Bruce Bierman.
At Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo. $10 cover + order off regular menu. More info: 650.638.1960, tannourinecuisine.com
Henry Hirsch Carrey:
In memory of Icek Mozes z"l
(May his memory be a blessing). Zol er hobn a likhtikn gan-eydn
(May he have a brightly shining eternity).
Linda D. Hancher:
In memory of my old friend Icek Mozes.
In memory of Icek Mozes.
Talia Shaham: In memory of my dear friend and colleague, Icek Mozes, who did so much for
KlezCalifornia, always with kindness, humor and intelligence. We miss him greatly.
With a gift of any amount to KlezCalifornia, you become a
Contributing Member and you may post a message of up to 100 words on our
web Honor Wall
for one year. This is a fine way to honor a loved one or teacher or to write about your own Yiddish heritage.
We hope Contributing Members can give $54 (3 chai/khay)
or more. The 115-page exercise book, "The Oy Way." This warm book by
Harvey Gotliffe helps you learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in
meditative exercise. Check it out at theoyway.com
. Or a DVD of the wonderful 80-minute film, "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" (newlovefilms.com
Or eight beautiful, brightly-colored, 5"x7" music-themed greeting cards
designed by Sonoma County artist Nina Bonos (see the cards HERE
Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture
and community vibrant and thriving. Make your tax-deductible donation
via credit card HERE
or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. A sheynem dank!
Thank you very much.