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Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The November 2022 Edition
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EVENTS

Friday, November 4, 7:30 p.m. How do you find the next step forward in life’s narrow places? Rimon supported project, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz presents three performances of Through the Narrows, an enchanting tale of a 6-year old Cherokee boy and a 3500-year old Jewish woman on a journey towards hope. All performances will be held at Z Puppets’ studio, (4054 Chicago Ave. S, Mpls). FFI: https://zpuppets.org/

Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. Here is your second chance to follow Chootch, a 6-year old Cherokee boy and Elli, a 3500-year old Jewish woman, as they travel from struggle to triumph in Through the Narrows at Z Puppets’ studio, (4054 Chicago Ave. S, Mpls). FFI: https://zpuppets.org/

Saturday, November 5, 12 pm. Artist Michal Sagar will be at Form and Content Gallery (210 N 2nd St, Mpls) and would love to see you and talk about her new work of mixed media drawings and installation! What Remains is on view through November 12. FFI: 612-436-1151 / http://www.formandcontent.org/

Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m. Slide across continents and centuries on a journey towards hope in the third and final performance of Through the Narrows at Z Puppets’ studio, (4054 Chicago Ave. S, Mpls). FFI: https://zpuppets.org/

Monday, November 7 p.m. Free Pre-Fest screening: The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival’s Featured Animation presents Where is Anne Frank by Israeli Writer and Film Director Ari Folman. Talk and Q&A with Folman to accompany the screening at the Coffman Memorial Theater (300 Washington Ave SE, Mpls). FFI: tcjfilmfest.org

Thursday, November 10, 6:30 p.m. The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival (TCJFF), now in its 28th year, opens with a screening of Karaoke followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with director Moshe Rosenthal and karaoke party at the Capp Center (1375 St Paul Ave, St Paul). Meir and Tova are a Sephardic, upper-middle-class couple, seemingly resigned to live out the rest of their semi-retirement in the banal comforts of an upscale apartment complex in a Tel Aviv suburb. When Itsik, a sexy bachelor from Miami, moves into the building’s penthouse, their lives are gleefully upended. Tickets: https://minnesotajcc.org/art-culture/jewish-film-festival/

Through November 13. Matty, a middle-aged struggling actor, inherits a coat from his deceased Uncle Philip Louis Zhivatovsky. As Matty learns about the history of this timeworn garment - saving a life in a Russian pogrom, displaying brassieres for sale on Coney Island's Boardwalk, and providing warmth for a hardscrabble life on the streets of New York - it becomes a treasured possession, living on as a coat for dreamers. The solo performance piece, Uncle Philip’s Coat by Matty Selman, is not to be missed. In-person at Six Points Theater (1978 Ford Pkwy, St Paul). FFI: https://www.sixpointstheater.org/

Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m. In a Syrian border village in the early 80s, a new teacher has arrived with the goal of making strapping Panarabic comrades out of the Kurdish children. The lessons upset and confuse the film’s protagonist, Sero, because his long-time neighbors are a lovable Jewish family. The film Neighbours was inspired by the director’s personal experiences. TCJFF film followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with director Mano Khalil at the Sabes JCC (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, SLP). Tickets: https://minnesotajcc.org/art-culture/jewish-film-festival/

Sunday, November 13, 7 p.m. The Rimon Artist Salon Series opens its sixteenth season with Dialogue with the Divine: Galeet Dardashti on Piyutim, Judaism’s Sacred Song and Poetry at Mount Zion Temple (1300 Summit Avenue, St. Paul). Musician David Jordan Harris joins vocalist and scholar Dardashti in conversation about the power of piyutim to immerse its participants in soulful encounters with a musical tradition both ancient and contemporary. Tickets: https://give.jewishminneapolis.org/event/rimon-artist-salon-or-galeet-dardashti/e433716

Monday, November 14. The Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the School of Music at the U of M present, The Contemporary Piyyut: Global Networks of Middle Eastern and North African Music. The Contemporary Piyyut Symposium is dedicated to the appearances of piyyutim in contemporary culture. It is an academic event as well as an experiential and performative one, featuring participatory workshops by contemporary artists whose work engages the histories of the piyyut. Through Tuesday, November 15. FFI: https://www.sites.google.com/umn.edu/thecontemporarypiyyut

Monday, November 14, 1 p.m. As part of TCJFF’s free movie matinee, watch The Automat at the Sabes JCC (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, SLP). From the perspective of former customers, watch the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, the inspiration for Starbucks, climb to its peak success and then grapple with fast food, forever changing America. First-come, first-serve: https://minnesotajcc.org/art-culture/jewish-film-festival/

Wednesday, November 16, 7 p.m. Dan Nadel and his Trio Mediterraneo perform in the Chapel Arts Series at the University of St. Thomas’s Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas (2115 Summit Ave, St Paul). Inspired by melodies from piyyutim (semi-liturgical Jewish prayers) and music from the cultures of the Mediterranean, the three virtuoso members of the ensemble (guitarist Dan Nadel, clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi) hail from many corners of the world (Macedonia, Israel, Japan), share a curiosity for crossing borders in music and geography. The concert is free and open to the public. FFI: www.stthomas.edu/mission/chapelartsseries.

Thursday, November 17, 5 p.m. Join Friends of the Arts for an annual fundraising event. Reconnect around all the great art projects FOTA did this past year and connect with community members who also invested in the Arts in St. Louis Park. Event at the premier virtual reality art studio, REM5 (4950 W 35th St, SLP).  FFI: https://www.rem5vr.com/

Thursday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. As part of TCJFF, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim captures the humor and drama of director Norman Jewison’s quest to re-envision the beloved stage hit Fiddler on the Roof as a wide-screen epic. The documentary, Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen, becomes an exploration of how the experience of making Fiddler deepens Jewison as an artist and revives his soul. Daniel Raim puts us in the director’s chair, drawing on a ton of behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen stills, as well as original interviews with Jewison, star Chaim Topol, Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and the actresses who played Tevye’s daughters, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, and Neva Small. Followed by Q&A with Neva Small (“Chava” in the original Fiddler on the Roof film) at the Capp Center. Tickets: https://minnesotajcc.org/art-culture/jewish-film-festival/

Saturday, November 19, 6:30 p.m. It has been 13 years since the Coen Brothers released A Serious Man, which was filmed and takes place throughout the Twin Cities and features your cousin, dentist, or cantor on the big screen. Larry Gopnik, a physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. For Closing Night of the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival, the Minnesota JCC and the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP Film) are throwing A Serious Man the Bar Mitzvah party it deserves! Come out to watch this beloved film on the big screen at The Main Cinema, followed by a Bar Mitzvah-themed party with light food, dancing, and beer & wine for purchase. Included in TCJFF Festival and VIP passes. Tickets: https://minnesotajcc.org/art-culture/jewish-film-festival/

Tuesday, November 29, 7 p.m. Rimon Project Grant recipient, Sarah Larsson, a member of The Nightingale Trio and organizer of Yiddish and klezmer music in the Twin Cities presents an evening of harmony and story-rich folk music at The Museum of Russian Art (5500 Stevens Ave, Mpls). Artists performing are McKain Lakey, Soul Trouvére, and Larsson’s new project Red Thread. RSVP: https://sbdlarsson.typeform.com/to/P87E538y 

Through November 30. Art At Silverwood Gallery (2500 County Rd E, St Anthony) presents Ever-Present: Birds in Our Daily Lives. Featuring art from Lynda Monick-Isenberg and others. FFI: https://www.threeriversparks.org/page/art-silverwood

Saturday, December 10, 9:30 a.m. Artist/Photographer Sandra Brick and many others will be part of the 30th Annual Women's Art Festival at the St. Mary's University Center (2540 Park Ave, Mpls). FFI: http://womensartfestival.com/

Ongoing. Filmmaker and animator Hanan Harchol created several new animations for the High Holy Days on Repair, Forgiveness, Tzedakah, and Mourning & Loss: https://www.hananharchol.com/  

Ongoing. The Milken Archive is a source of quality Jewish art and culture. Currently, you can explore composer Lukas Foss’s (1922–2009) work via video, text, and sound; or you can prepare for the Jewish High Holy Days with The S’lihot Service as a Sacred Concert by streaming the radio program, A Season for Forgiveness. The program features the complete S’lihot service according to orthodox practice with Cantor Benzion Miller and Schola Hebraeica. Well known New York radio host Larry Josephson moderates a conversation between Rabbi Ishmar Schorsch and Neil W. Levin on the meaning and significance of this “religious concert.” Explore 

Ongoing. Say No to War: Political Cartoons by Ukrainian and Russian Artists at The Russian Museum of Art (5500 Stevens Ave, Mpls). FFI: tmora.org

Ongoing. Join other dancers from the Twin Cities and from around the world in a live Zoom Israeli dance session. Led by Shira and Michael Schwartz, the group meets weekly every Sunday from 6-9 PM (CT). The first half-hour is teaching, then circle dancing till 8 pm. 8-9 pm is partner dancing. What a great way to add needed exercise to our pandemic lives along with the cultural and social connection we are all craving! Even if you don't dance or can't in your current situation, this is a wonderful way to connect to Israeli culture. For the Zoom link, contact michael@konikoff.com 

Ongoing. Shira and Michael have also started a live Israeli dance session. Dance every Thursday from 7-9:30 pm at the Tapestry Folk Dance Center (3748 Minnehaha Ave, Mpls). The first hour or so is teaching and easier dances, then circle dancing till the end. Proof of vaccination is required. Cost is $10 members, $12 non-members. FFI: Michael at michael@konikoff.com
 

OPPORTUNITIES  

Tuesday, November 1, 7 p.m. Rabbi Tobias Moss will begin a monthly class “The Jews Are Coming.” As profound as Torah study, and as funny as Saturday Night Live, “The Jews Are Coming” (HaYehudim Baim) is an Israeli sketch comedy show that explores Jewish history and traditions. As we laugh at ourselves, we will discover the textual depth that underlies this uniquely Jewish form of comedy. In-Person at Temple Israel. Info and registration here: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Tuesdays-at-Temple--Last-Chance-to-Register-.html?soid=1102427229951&aid=c2o2AX35SC0

 Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. The Ongoing Moment is intended to be a monthly meeting for photographers who wish to increase their understanding and improve their practice of the medium. The title refers to the idea that "we share experiences that are formally similar.” It is intended for all levels and for all interests from landscape to abstract, reportage to street photography. The Ongoing Moment will review both photographic prints AND Hi-Res digital images. The Ongoing Moment is hosted by Mpls-based photographers Richard Ott and Walter Horishnyk. The Ongoing Moment is FREE for MPC members and open to all. sign up by emailing: jeff@mplsphotocenter.com

Minnesota State Arts Board Recruiting Grant Application Reviewers. The Arts Board seeks individuals from a variety of backgrounds to review grant applications remotely, serving a four-week term sometime between September 2022 and February 2023. Public funds belong to all Minnesotans, so a broad spectrum of perspectives and experiences is vital to our grant-making process. Serving as an Arts Board grant application reviewer, you’ll not only gain insight into what makes an effective application but also forge new connections with fellow reviewers who share your passion while supporting the arts community in Minnesota. You’ll receive a modest financial stipend for your time providing feedback on applications and helping determine which will be recommended to receive funding. To learn more about this opportunity visit: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/reviewer.htm

Join the Giving Voice Chorus. This unique and joy-filled choral experience is for people living with memory loss and their caregivers. Sing old and new songs, learn vocal technique and ensemble skills and share musical memories together. No previous singing experience is required. Tuesdays, September 6 - December 13, 1 p.m. at the Capp Center (1375 St Paul Ave, St Paul). Learn more and Register

The American Jewish World will publish your poem in their quarterly Poetry column. Send a poem of up to 30 lines and a bio of up to 60 words to: poetry@ajwnews.com

Adult Art Classes every Thursday at Inside Out Painting. Creativity is an irresistible force that inspires passion and aliveness. Painting intuitively, with no expectation of the end result brings a state of calm within the chaos, igniting wellness through play. Studio Inside Out is a center for creating and connecting directed by Liba Zweigbaum. FFI: https://studioinsideout.wordpress.com/

Art Studio--For the Artist in You. Learn painting and drawing in a supportive and fun class, for those with no previous art experience and for those who wish to perfect their art techniques. Participants may bring their own subject matter, or use a still life that will be provided. Instructor Lou Kotlarz offers guidance and advice per the participant’s request. Bring your own supplies. Reservation is not required. The class meets Tuesdays (10 am-12:30 pm) at the Minnesota JCC Sabes Center. FFI: iritv@minnesotajcc.org

Workshop opportunities at Springboard for the Arts are ongoing – and accessible from anywhere! FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/events/  

YALA’s mini-grant applications are open! Do you have an idea for a Jewish program? Are you looking for guidance and support with getting a new project off the ground? Do you want to start something special, but just don’t have the resources? The YALA Mini-Grant program supports new Jewish ideas and helps you incubate your project, with financial resources, promotion, and other support as needed. FFI: https://jewishtwincities.org/yalagrant/ 
 

RESOURCES 

Check out Rimon’s MN Jewish Artists Directory. This wide-ranging database is an invaluable tool for artists and audiences alike. View the profiles or create your own at https://mnjewishartists.org/ 

Twin Cities journalist Elisa Bernick introduces readers to Departure Stories (Indiana University Press), her story, surveys her experiences growing up  "different" (Jewish) in the Christian suburb of New Hope, Minnesota during the 1960s and early '70s. At the center of Elisa's world was her mother, Arlene--a foul-mouthed, red-headed who ultimately shook the walls of their family until it collapsed. Departure Stories peers through the broader lens of Minnesota's recent history to reveal an intergenerational journey through trauma that unraveled the Bernick family and many others. Get your copy.

The Vickie Benson Resource Lab is re-opening next month at Springboard for the Arts on University Ave in St. Paul! The Lab offers free access to flatbed scanners (8.5x11” and 11x17”), Adobe Creative Cloud programs and artwork photo documentation space. You can reserve time to work on your own, or you can request basic assistance from a Technical Specialist. By appointment only

Max Cossack’s book, Blessed With All This Life is available for purchase. When Hack Wilder decides to recover the money stolen from a friend by an Internet scamming gang, it turns out that one of the victims may be his one-time musical mentor. The discovery propels Hack into a quest to reunite with the man who helped shape Hack’s life. The experience brings home to Hack the fundamental meanings of friendship, loyalty and love. Max Cossack is the pen name of musician Joseph Vass. Buy your copy 

Jewish dance scholarship has arrived: The Oxford Handbook of Jewishness and Dance is both a culmination of decades of scholarship and a new look into the intersection of dance and Jewishness. This anthology of thirty essays has been accumulating for years, with Judith Brin Ingber, to whom the book is dedicated, leading the way. Get your copy.

Aberdeen: A Jewish History- 105 years of Congregation B'nai Isaac and the Community it Brought Together is hot off the press. The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest's latest journal was researched and written by JHSUM Executive Director, Robin Doroshow. The first run of the book has sold out and a second run is in process. Orders are being taken and will be fulfilled in the order received. Reserve your copy: Shop | JHSUM.

The A.V. Closet is a Springboard for the Arts service that allows artists to borrow cameras, lighting equipment, projectors and other audio-visual equipment, and it's back on University Avenue! Equipment can be borrowed for one week (six overnights from Friday to the following Friday) at no charge, for one rental period per month. You can check out up to six items per rental period. If you need to check out more than six items, contact us to make special arrangements. There is an annual fee of $20. Check out the listings of DSLR cameras, light kits, video projectors and screens, tripods, digital recorders, and more! FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/professional-growth/avcloset/

Looking for your next work opportunity? Springboard's Job Board is a hub for arts and artist-friendly jobs in the Upper Midwest! Search by location, type of role, and timing, including Work From Home options, open calls, paid internships, and more. Salary transparency is required on their Job Board, part of an effort with Pollen Midwest and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for a more equitable and transparent hiring process. FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/jobs/ 

Learn about and support Jews of color. Some of the many national organizations include the Edot Midwest, Jewish Multiracial Network, Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, Jews in ALL Hues, Be’chol Lashon, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

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