Dear ______,We're developing exciting plans for the Yiddish Culture
Festival at Palo Alto's Congregation Etz Chayim on Presidents' Day Weekend, February 12-15, 2010. We now have commitments for many additional program elements not described in previous newsletters:
-- Saturday evening concert
with terrific music by Festival teachers Stu Brotman (bass), Christian
Dawid (clarinet), Josh Horowitz (accordion), Frank London (trumpet),
and Cookie Segelstein (violin). The world-renowned Steve Weintraub will
lead dancing after the concert.
-- South Bay premiere of The Klezmer Shul,
an original composition by klezmer trio Veretski Pass (Cookie
Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, and Stu Brotman). This new instrumental
suite based on synagogue services was composed under the auspices of
KlezCalifornia on a generous grant from the Creative Work Fund. The
Sunday evening performance will be followed by discussion and then
-- Yiddish in the contemporary Hasidic world, with Zachary Baker and Ken Blady.
-- Yiddish love songs (for Valentine's Day), with Sharon Bernstein,
and songs of the Jewish labor movement from both sides of the ocean,
with Mark Levy.
-- Myths and truths about the world of our great-grandparents, with Ken Blady.
Workshops in klezmer technique, ensembles, master classes, klezmer
theory (with Josh Horowitz), composing and improvising (with Frank
London), beginners' read-along from simplified klezmer scores.
-- Jewish interaction with neighboring cultures: Klezmer/Balkan/Roma
connections with Christian Dawid and Peter Jaques, relationship
between klezmer/Yiddish and Greek music with Martin Schwartz, and
Yiddish and klezmer meet the American recording industry with Howard
It's all shaping up as a terrific mini-vacation for
all of us in Palo Alto this winter. An adult pass for the weekend
(Friday evening through Monday evening) will cost $175 if purchased in
advance, $200 at the door. Special prices for teens and youth. Tickets
will also be available for single days, half-days, and the evening
programs. Special hotel room rates will be available for those who want
to stay over in Palo Alto. A limited number of scholarships and
work-study positions will be available. Registration forms will be
ready by Thanksgiving at www.klezcalifornia.org. Please register right away!
We welcome a new Festival co-sponsor, the Peninsula-based singing group
HaShirim. The Festival now has twenty co-sponsors! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding groups you know that can publicize the
Festival in their newsletters (and perhaps become co-sponsors),
|If You Like to Dance, Give Us Your Opinion
Yiddish dance lovers, help us decide the timing of our Freylekh dance parties at JCC of the East Bay
for 2010. We have co-produced (along with the JCC) nine dance parties
since June 2008, all on Sunday evenings 7:00 - 9:00pm and featuring
Bruce Bierman as our terrific dance teacher/leader. We want to continue
these dance parties and workshops but hold them earlier in the day on
Sundays so more people can join in. Please email us at email@example.com
by next Sunday, November 8, with your preference among the following
times: 1:00 - 3:00pm, 2:00 - 4:00pm, or 3:00 - 5:00pm. Give us your
first and second choices. A sheynem dank
|Yiddishlands: A Memoir, a Talk
and Reading by David G. Roskies
Monday, November 2, 7:30pm, BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco.
In retelling his remarkable family saga, beginning with a
flashback to his grandmother's storybook wedding in 1878, David G. Roskies brings to
life the major debates, struggles, and triumphs of the modern Yiddish
experience. By painting vivid portraits of the great writers and cultural
leaders from the Old World of Vilna to the New World of Montreal and New York, Yiddishlands
illustrates how Yiddish culture is transmitted
through story, song, study, and, most importantly, the family. David Roskies
is professor of Jewish literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds
the Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture. This free event is co-sponsored
by KlezCalifornia. For more information (including how to access the secure
parking) contact Allison at 415/567-3317 X703 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.bjesf.org/library.htm
|Klezmer en Buenos Aires
Saturday, November 14, 8:00pm, JCC San Francisco.
The Lerner Moguilevsky Duo has been wowing audiences around
the world for over a decade, playing with an intensity and originality that
makes believers of everyone who hears them. This is klezmer mixed with
hints of tango and other Latin American rhythms. Fabulous! Public $35, JCC
members $32, students $30. As a subscriber to this newsletter, you may receive the
JCCSF member discount by using discount code KLEZARGENTINA. Tickets at
, 415/292-1233 or in person at the JCCSF box office. Stop by KlezCalifornia's information table!
|Yidishe Salon far Flisiik Reders |
Sunday, November 15, 2:00-4:00pm, Oakland.
conversation group for fluent/native speakers in a private home, this
time in Oakland. If you can carry on a conversation in Yiddish, this
Salon is for you. Send your name, address, phone to email@example.com for the location. No charge.
The next Pamelakh Salon
for intermediate speakers will be in December in the East Bay. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get on that list.
|Klezmer Music and Dance Party
Saturday, December 5, Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo
KlezCalifornia and Tannourine Restaurant present an evening of dinner,
klezmer music and dancing. $25 (fixed price) includes a
Lebanese/Mediterranean dinner (including vegetarian options), music by
The Klezmakers and a Yiddish dance party with Bruce Bierman. Doors open
5:30pm, music begins 6:30pm, dancing 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Come to dance or
listen. Bring your friends and family for a wonderful evening for all
ages. Reservations: 650/638-1960. Location: 120 West 25th Avenue, San
Mateo. Directions, see www.tannourinecuisine.com
.This dance party is underwritten by KlezCalifornia.
| November 12 - 24, Yiddish film series,
"Jesters and Gestures: Performing Yiddish Culture from Silent Cinema to
Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Curated by KlezCalifornia Advisory
Council member Zehavit Stern. For details of films, dates, and prices,
November 15 - 17, Seventh annual Eli Katz Memorial Yiddish
conference. "Sex in the Shtetl: Gender
roles, erotic practices and marital structures in Yiddish literature and
Doesn't that title grab your attention? U.C. Berkeley. No charge. More information at www.gtu.edu/sexandtheshtetl
Monday, November 30, 7:30 - 9:00pm, "Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in the United
A talk by Ari Kelman about his new book, at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley. More information at www.netivotshalom.org
. Donation requested.
Put these exciting events on your calendar now. More details in the December newsletter.Friday, December 11, 7:30pm, Klezmer
at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco, with Cantor Sharon
Bernstein. The service will be accompanied by klezmer arrangements
played by Stu Brotman and Sheldon Brown. Dancing, too. This event is
presented in association with KlezCalifornia.
Saturday, December 12, 8:00pm, Ben
Sing-along with Chanukah songs, klezmer, Yiddish folk
songs, some Israeli, and original klezmer songs. Old First
Concerts, San Francisco.
Sunday, December 13, 1:00 - 3:00pm,
, community-wide Hanukkah celebration with KLEZMANIA!
playing Jewish, Yiddish and jazz tunes. Peninsula JCC, Foster City.
Save the dates: KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture
Presidents' Day Weekend (February
12-15, 2010) in Palo Alto
Presented by KlezCalifornia and
Congregation Etz ChayimProgram and registration information at www.klezcalifornia.org
We appreciate your tax-deductible gift
in support of KlezCalifornia's work. Help us keep building a warm,
open, vibrant community to enjoy Yiddish culture! If you don't support
us, who will?