What a weekend coming up! There are SIX klezmer/Yiddish events between Thursday and Sunday
, including one we learned about after we sent out the January newsletter. Hope to see you at (at least) one of them!Thursday, January 27, 6:30pm, Holocaust Remembrance Day: Re-inventing Yiddish Culture in Italy, San Francisco.
few remember that the origins of Yiddish literature can also be traced
to the Italian Renaissance, today's Italy has seen an unprecedented
revival of "all things Yiddish," including literature, theater, and
music. Assisted by musicologist Francesco Spagnolo, Milanese
playwriter/songwriter Mara Cantoni will trace the history of the Yiddish
revival in Italy, accompanied by music and videos from her work. At
the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco. No charge. More info: www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it
. Rsvp to 415.788.7142 X18.Saturday, January 29, 7:00-10:30pm, Klezmer Music and Dance at Feast of Jewish Learning, Palo Alto.
at 7:00pm followed by dozens of exciting classes and interactive
workshops on Jewish texts, history, poetry, literature, dance, song and
film. The first session (7:30-8:30pm) includes a performance by the
Yiddish Choristers and a Jewish dance workshop led by Bruce Bierman.
The second session (8:45-9:45pm) includes a klezmer dance party with
Bruce Bierman and music by The Klezmakers. The Oneg
at 9:45pm includes more music by The Klezmakers. At the Oshman Family JCC. The Feast is for those at least bar/bas mitzveh
age, and is co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: www.bjesf.org/adults_feast.htm
, 415.751.6983 X223.Sunday, January 30, noon-2:00pm, Klezmer Brunch with Veretski Pass, San Francisco. Vegan and vegetarian food for sale. At Porto Franco Art Parlor. On the second floor; no elevator. Tickets: donation of $0-$100 at brownpapertickets.com. More info: www.portofrancoart.com/klezmer-brunch, 650.575.2044. Sunday, January 30, 2:00pm, Songs and Poems of Hirsh Glik, read by translators Jack Hirschman and Zachary Baker, San Francisco.
Vilna ghetto author Glik wrote the Partisan Hymn and other songs and
poems of Jewish resistance. Presented by the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring
at the SFSU Labor Archive, 480 Winston Drive, San Francisco. Refreshments served. No charge. More info: 415.566.7235, DMScott01[at]yahoo.com
. Sunday, January 30, 3:00-4:30pm, Klezmer/Yiddish Kids' Show with Gerry Tenney and California Klezmer, Berkeley.
At Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center. Admission: $6 adults, $4 kids. More info: www.ashkenaz.com
, 510.525.5054.Sunday, January 30, 4:00-6:00pm, Berkeley. Hungry for Yiddish? A Mitzvah Project,
Berkeley. Yiddish/Jewish/world music and art to raise money for the San
Francisco Food Bank and help feed the hungry. This event will be held
at JCC of the East Bay, with Janam, Heather Klein's Inextinguishable
Trio, Mike Perlmutter, Dave Rosenfeld, Marguerite Ostro, Jeanette
Lewicki, Marisa Binder, Yumi Thomas, Alla Gladysheva, and Aaron
Kierbel. Bruce Bierman will lead dancing. KlezCalifornia is a
co-sponsor. Tickets: $10 at the door. More info: 702.498.1999. www.HeatherLKlein.com
Long-term calendar of Yiddish/klezmer events, classes and jams: www.klezcalifornia.org/events