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Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The October 2019 Edition
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Events

Through October 3. Get a glimpse of the origin story behind one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals in the documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles at the Edina Cinema (3911 W 50th St, Edina). FFI: landmarktheaters.com 

Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m. Form + Content Gallery (210 N 2nd St, Mpls) hosts an opening reception for Queer Forms, curated by Howard Oransky and Jim Dryden. The exhibit, which celebrates the history, politics, and culture of LGBTQ+ Liberation, is presented in conjunction with the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. FFI: formandcontent.org

Through October 4. Catch painter Bonnie Heller's exhibition Phatic Food at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art Gallery (250 Third Ave N, Mpls) before it closes. Or if you’re in NYC, check out Bonnie’s work in the group exhibit Relative Relations at the Bernard Heller Museum at HUC/JIR in the West Village (1 W 4th St, NYC). FFI: trafficzoneart.com  

Sunday, October 6, 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. You're invited to a High Holiday Singing Meditation at The Ariella Approach studio for Healing Arts & Vocal Empowerment (3249 Hennepin Ave. # 70, Mpls). Ignite your soul’s voice as the day of At-ONE-ment approaches. You’ll be led in spirited song, chant, and authentic discussion that creates community and connectivity.  FFI: ariellaapproach.com/calendar/

Through October 6. Lucy Rose Fischer’s exhibit Grow Old With Me completes its run at the First Unitarian Society (900 Mount Curve Ave, Mpls) and moves over to the Gallery Walk at the St. Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave). The JCC exhibit runs through October 31. FFI: lucyrosedesigns.com or stpauljcc.org

Tuesday, October 8, 11:45 a.m. St Catherine's University (Fontbonne 210, 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul) presents The Price of Our Clothes, featuring poets Alison Morse and Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, whose poems breach time and cultures, bringing light to complex facets of the garment industry in order to create a more sustainable future. FFI: stkate.edu

Thursday, October 10, 11 a.m. Israeli-born pianist Inon Barnatan joins the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall (1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls) for a program of Brahms and Shostakovich. The concert is repeated on October 11 (8 p.m.). FFI: minnesotaorchestra.org

Saturday, October 12, all day. The Twin Cities Book Festival is a bibliophile’s dream come true. Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1265 Snelling Ave N, Falcon Heights), the Festival champions literature to book lovers near and far, showcasing authors and more than 150 exhibitors. FFI: twincitiesbookfestival.com/

Sunday, October 13, 10 a.m. The Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl hosts a star-studded morning with Rita Lusky on piano, accordionist Mark Stillman, and the vocals of St Louis Park junior Leo Dworsky.  You will want to clap, sing along, or dance to some of the freylach pieces at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI: minneapolisyiddishvinkl.com 

Through October 13. The Interfaith Artists' Circle displays the exhibits Community and Life, Loss and Legacy at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church (328 Maple St, Mahtomedi). FFI: lucyrosedesigns.com

Through October 17. The Gordon Parks Gallery (645 E 7th St, St Paul) exhibits Topographic Traces, featuring the photography of Byron Brauchli, Bernice Ficek-Swenson, and Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. FFI: metrostate.edu/arts/gordon-parks-gallery

Friday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. Or Emet (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) hosts Stephanie Thompson for a program on the ground-breaking theater Ten Thousand Things, showing how this theater reaches out in innovative ways to people who have little access to the arts. TTT, which performs in homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and senior centers as well as for the general public, challenges our preconceived notions of what theater can be. FFI: oremet.org

Through October 18. The Mpls Photo Center (1828 Jefferson St NE, Mpls) hosts a photography exhibit Not Accepted that features 60 photos from local artists who submitted photographs to the MN State Fair Fine Arts Competition in 2019 but were NOT ACCEPTED. Look for the photo by Linda Passon-McNally. FFI: mplsphotocenter.com

Sunday, October 20, 10 a.m. The Twin Cities Jewish community's 19th annual conference on mental health features keynote jazz musician Sam Miltich for Creating Healing and All That Jazz. Heal your heart at Temple Israel (2323 Fremont Ave S, Mpls). FFI: www.jfcsmpls.org/event/19th-annual-conference-on-mental-health

Sunday, October 20, 2 p.m. Fiber artist Norma Minkowitz and historian Michelle Hamilton discuss Minkowitz’s artistic practice and the festive foods of Shabbat, past, and present, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400 3rd Ave S, Mpls). To really make it tasty, Rabbi (and expert baker) Alexander Davis will demonstrate techniques for braiding a challah. FFI: new.artsmia.org/event/panel-the-sabbath-now/

Tuesday, October 22, 7 p.m. The Playwrights’ Center presents Cannabis Passover by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz. At a family’s annual seder in a rented house, the lines between comic and tragic, sacred and mundane, ancient and everyday start to blur. Among the cast are Avi Aharoni, Maggie Bearmon Pistner, and Miriam Schwartz. The performance is repeated on October 25, 7 p.m. FFI: pwcenter.org

Wednesday, October 23. The film Sustainable Nation, directed by Micah Smith, follows three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet. It screens at Showplace Icon (1625 West End Blvd, Mpls) as part of the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival Post Fest. FFI: sabesjcc.org

Thursday, October 24.  The Post Fest continues with Leona, which tells the story of a young Jewish mural artist from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love for a non-Jewish man. It screens at Showplace Icon (1625 West End Blvd, Mpls). FFI: sabesjcc.org 

Sunday, October 27, 3 p.m. Gitele Eisner’s music ensemble Naye Strunes presents Garden of the Righteous at the East Side Freedom Library (1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul). This klezmer program honors the more than 24,000 non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save innocent people. FFI: eisnersklezmorim.com

Sunday, October 27, 6:30 p.m. Enter the world of Anne Frank as told by her stepsister and childhood friend, Eva Schloss, in A HISTORIC EVENING WITH ANNE FRANK'S STEPSISTER at the Sabe JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI: sabesjcc.org

Sunday, October 27.  The Post Fest concludes with Family in Transition which tells the story of an Israeli family that deals with the effects of a father who transitions into a woman. The film screens at Showplace Icon (1625 West End Blvd, Mpls). FFI: sabesjcc.org 

Through October 27. The galleries at the St Paul JCC (1375 St Paul Ave) and Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) present JUDAISM, ART & SCIENCE INTERWOVEN, a project of Partnership2Gether, a collaboration between Minneapolis and Rehovot, Israel. The exhibit features 36 new works by Linda Passon-McNally, David Sherman, Cathy Tobias, Pazit Assouline, Anatt Friedman, and Roni Schechber (as well as guest artists). FFI: sabesjcc.org

Monday, October 28, 7 p.m. Peter Himmelman, the Grammy and Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter from Minnesota, returns to the Dakota Jazz Club (1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls) with his new poetic alternative folk/rock. FFI: dakotacooks.com/ 

Friday, November 1, 6 p.m. Art to Change the World hosts a reception for Holiday Light? Holiday Dark? An Art to Change the World Celebration, featuring a workshop by Anya Achtenberg and music by Craig Harris, among others. An accompanying exhibit runs through November 9 at the California Building (2205 California St NE, Ste 201, Mpls). FFI: arttochangetheworld.org

Through November 17. Prayer and Belief features paintings by Georgette Sosin and photographs by Wing Young Huie at Westminster Gallery (1200 Marquette Ave, Mpls). Georgette Sosin is an artist fascinated by language and scripture. Her exhibited paintings are inspired by the Mourner’s Kaddish. FFI: https://www.westminstermpls.org

Sunday, November 24, 2 p.m. Max Yeshaye Brumberg-Kraus is drawn to drag as a way to subvert conventional gender roles and to provoke self-awareness. In his monologue series I Sing for Bathsheba, he explores the intersection of drag performance and texts from the Bible—especially the voices of women as written by men. Scholar Noam Sienna joins Max at a Rimon Artist Salon at Studio Z (275 E 4thSt, #200, St Paul) for a conversation about the search for the sacred and lifting up marginalized voices in our midst. FFI: rimon@sabesjcc.org

Through December 7. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery (405 21st Ave S, Mpls) features Queer 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 photographer Malkiella Benchabat. FFI:  https://z.umn.edu/nash

Through March 22. The Museum of Russian Art (5500 Stevens Ave, Mpls) presents the print work of three prominent 20th-century Jewish artists born in the Russian Empire in Mystical Imprints: Marc Chagall, Ben-Zion, and Ben Shahn. The tradition of Jewish mysticism as an inspiration for these artists is at the center of the exhibition. FFI: tmora.org

Through June 7. Artist Norma Minkowitz is 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 in The Sabbath Now, a fiber sculpture on display at MIA’s Harold and Mickey Smith Judaica Gallery (2400 3rd Ave S, Mpls). FFI: artsmia.org

 


Opportunities

1. Next Chapter Series invites women who are navigating or embarking on a mid-life journey to another session of the popular Next Chapter Series on Sunday, October 6 from 10 a.m. in the JFS Board Room (1633 West 7th St, St Paul). Participation is free. Tools and thought-provoking discussion will be introduced to help participants re-imagine new possibilities for the future and to take the first steps in moving forward. The interactive session will inspire and energize as possibilities begin to turn into realities. During this session, the group will explore gratitude using art therapy presented by JFS Art Therapist and Psychotherapist Sara Wellington. FFI: jsaltzman@jfssp.org or (651) 313-6623

2. Study the Joy of Kabbalah with Joy Gordon, and dance between life's paradoxes for greater balance and awareness. Kabbalah is an ancient spiritual wisdom that explores our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with the Divine. Within the context of its philosophy, you will learn practical ways to apply the teachings of Kabbalah to your everyday life. Understanding the ten energies of the Tree of Life provides you with an internal map to help you move through life with greater balance and fulfillment.  Kabbalah also takes you on a journey to navigate the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions of life to achieve greater wholeness. Join Joy for six interactive sessions (Oct 20 - Nov 24) with meditation, text study, discussions, storytelling, art, and music. FFI: joy@joyofkabbalah.com or 763-559-7029.

3.  Study Memoir and Narrative Writing with Amy Salloway. Writing about your own life can be rewarding.There are so many forms your material can take: personal essay, memoir, short stories, online blog, even performance monologues. This all-levels class uses writing time and discussion to cover finding the heart of a personal story, deciding what needs to be told, compressing time, developing a specific voice, and utilizing scenes and structure. Bring a notebook and pen, or laptop. The class runs Mondays, Sep 30 - Nov 11 (no class October 14), at Jefferson School (26th + Hennepin Ave S, Mpls) FFI: https://tce.me/h6sjYg

4. Explore Storytelling for the Page and Stage with Amy Salloway. Learn how to find and craft the rich, revealing, and connective stories in your own everyday life through writing exercises, discussion, and even a little improv. Focus on the essential building blocks that make up a story and how to create a compelling voice in writing or in performance. Bring a notebook and pen or a laptop computer for in-class writing time. The class runs Wednesdays, Oct 30 - Nov 20, at Jefferson School (26th + Hennepin Ave S, Mpls). FFI: https://tce.me/h6slU7

5. AMERICAN GUILD OF JUDAIC ART, WORKING ARTIST, EMERGING ARTIST, AND EDUCATIONAL GRANTS CALL FOR PROPOSALS. 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

6. 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 the YALA Grassroots Mini-Grant is 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: edunn@jewishtwincities.org

7. 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

8. 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 in George 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: eejca@gwu.edu or 202-994-6281

9. Masa Israel Journey connects 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: masainfo@masaisrael.org

10. Springboard for the Arts’ Emergency Relief Fund exists 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

11. The St. Paul JCC hosts a weekly class of Israeli folk dancing taught by master teacher Shira Schwartz. The class is open to both novice and expert every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. FFI: 651-255-4736

12. 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: info@sabesjcc.org

 



 

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