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Friday, November 2 • 5:30 p.m. Voice to Vision, David Feinberg’s longstanding visual arts project, is featured in a multidisciplinary evening focused on current U.S. immigration and legal issues. Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota and the Service Employees International Union Local 26, the event (which features a concert and dialogue as well as the exhibit) takes place at SEIU Local 26 (826 18th Ave NE, Mpls). The Voice to Vision exhibit is on display through December 14. FFI: 612-625-8096
Sunday, November 4 • 10 a.m. Rabbi Tamar Grimm leads a class on Israeli music at Beth Jacob Congregation (1179 Victoria Curve, St. Paul), exploring how contemporary musical techniques, ancient wisdom, and the Israeli story intersect to create the distinctive and rich musical culture of modern-day Israel. FFI: 651-452-2226
Sunday, November 4 • 12:30 p.m. Lucy Rose Fischer leads a workshop, Paper Collage: Wrinkles are Good, as part of a forum on Mid-Life and Beyond at the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave). FFI: 651-698-0751
Monday, November 5 • 7 p.m. Shaa’nan Streett, lead singer/songwriter of Israeli super-band HaDag Nahash, speaks at Hillel (1521 University Ave SE, Mpls) on the meaning of his lyrics and what he sees as the strengths and flaws of Israel today. FFI: facebook.com/events/281953755656003/?notif_t=plan_user_joined¬if_id=1540325329818511
Tuesday, November 6. You’re going to vote, right? If you don’t know where your polling place is, consult http://vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/where-to-vote . No excuses. Vote!
Wednesday, November 7 • 7 p.m. American-Israeli author Sarah Tuttle-Singer speaks about her new book, Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered: One Woman’s Year in the Heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem, at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka). FFI: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jerusalem-a-love-story-with-sarah-tuttle-singer-tickets-49192603401
Wednesday, November 7 • 7 p.m. Jewish Family Services of St. Paul presents Freedom Song, an original musical production that examines the impact of addiction on a Jewish family. The play is a celebration of a family’s strength in accepting challenges and overcoming shame and fear. The venue is the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave, St. Paul). FFI: 651-698-0767
Thursday, November 8 • 12 p.m. Pianist Ora Itkin and violinist Stephanie Arado team up for a Courtroom Concert at Landmark Center (75 W 5th St, #317, St Paul). It’s a great way to spend your lunch hour. FFI: 651-292-3267
Thursday, November 8 • 7 p.m. Temple Israel’s Sisterhood (2323 Fremont Ave S, Mpls) invites you to A Woman’s Voice of Israel, an evening of prayer and song featuring Cantor Tamar Havilio. FFI: 612-382-7966
Thursday, November 8 • 7 p.m. Story Club Minneapolis is a live monthly storytelling show produced by local favorite Amy Salloway featuring both an open mic segment and a curated set of performers from all over the Twin Cities. This month is centered on Asian refugee, adoptee, and immigrant experiences. FFI: brownpapertickets.com/event/3725310.
Sunday, November 11 • 10 a.m. The Yiddish Vinkl screens Uncle Moses at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). The film--a melodrama focusing on tenement life--features one of the great actors of Yiddish theater, Maurice Schwartz. FFI: 612-339-1768
Sunday, November 11 • 10 a.m. Or Emet (768 Hamline Ave, St Paul) hosts Donald Larsson, who will lead a discussion about Communicating With Family and Others based on Jewish writer Grace Paley’s short story "A Conversation With My Father." FFI: 612-787-7812
Sunday, November 11. The galleries at both the Sabes JCC and St. Paul JCC present the They/Them Project, an ongoing podcast and photo series which gives gender nonconforming individuals a platform to be seen and heard. A gallery discussion (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) takes place on November 20 (6 p.m.). FFI: sabesjcc.org
Through November 11. The Last Schwartz by Deborah Zoe Laufer concludes its run at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (1978 Ford Pkwy, St. Paul). This comedy/drama, in which siblings return to the family estate for their father's unveiling memorial service, explores Jewish identity and the question of cultural continuity within family dynamics. FFI: mnjewishtheatre.org
Thursday, November 15 • 7 pm. Praxis Photographic Arts Center (2600 E 26 St, Mpls) presents much-praised photographer and activist Linda Brooks in PROXIMITIES, where she considers the social, cultural, historical, and aesthetic context in which her work has developed over the past four decades. FFI: tcphotomn.org
Friday, November 16 • 6 p.m. What connects us to a specific place? The experiences we had there? The way it looks or smells or sounds? Or something deeper? Home Fires Burning: True Stories That Happened Here is a storytelling show about the complex connections between humans and geography. Acclaimed storyteller Amy Salloway hosts the evening at the Hennepin History Museum (2303 3rd Ave S, Mpls). FFI: brownpapertickets.com/event/3741930
Friday, November 16 • 7 p.m. GARDEN OF THE RIGHTEOUS, using original klezmer music played by the ensemble Naye Strunes, tells the stories of six courageous people who saved Holocaust victims. The venue is Clouds in Water Zen Center (445 N Farrington St, St Paul). FFI: eisnersklezmorim.com
Through November 16. Traffic Zone Gallery (250 3rd Ave N, Mpls) presents Adaptive Ratios, an exhibition of photographs by Jonathan Gross. Jonathan applies his digital process in ways that unwrap a 360° room interior or present a large group that is viewable as individual portraits. FFI: jonathangross.art
Through November 17. The prolific Jewish Women Artists' Circle concludes the run of its interfaith exhibit Life, Loss and Legacy at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka). FFI: lucyrosedesigns.com
Sunday, November 18 • 2 p.m. The film My Hero Brother tells the story of a group of remarkable young people with Down Syndrome who embark on a demanding trek through the Indian Himalayas. You can see this inspiring film at the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave). FFI: jfcsmpls.org/event/my-hero-brother
Sunday, November 18 • 4 p.m. The Schubert Club’s Music in the Park Series presents virtuoso clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein in a concert featuring Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s rarely performed Clarinet Sonata as well as Olivier Messiaen’s riveting Quartet for the End of Time. FFI: 651-292-3268
Friday, November 23 • 7:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, Open Eye Figure Theater (506 E 24th St, Mpls) re-mounts for three nights only Dear Lenny: Bernstein's Life in Songs & Letters. The performers are superb, the atmosphere is intimate, and Leonard Bernstein never disappoints. You can hear the concert on Nov 24 and 25 as well. www.openeyetheatre.org
Through December 2. The Overlook Gallery at The Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust St. Hudson, WI) opens an exhibition of new works by ceramicist/sculptor Denise Tennen. FFI: thephipps.org
1. Talented Teens: Apply for The Bronfman Fellowship. The highlight of the Fellowship is a five-week, all-expenses-paid summer in Israel, where Fellows engage in thought-provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends. Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, and meet with some of today's most influential figures. With the guidance of a diverse faculty of Rabbis and educators, the pluralistic group of Fellows have the opportunity to explore a wide range of Jewish texts, from classic religious documents to contemporary Israeli and American voices, using them to spark conversations, engage with stimulating existential questions, and achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and one another. The deadline for all application materials is November 30, 2018. The Fellowship begins the summer after 11th grade. It covers round-trip transportation between New York and Israel, educational programming, and room, board and travel while in Israel. FFI: bronfman.org/applynow
2. Mn Artists is seeking proposals from Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as “guest curators” for three one-night events at the Walker Art Center in 2019. Guest artists will propose a central topic, idea, theme or question arising from their artistic practice or research. Guest curators will then work with Mn Artists and Walker staff to conceptualize and produce a multi-faceted event that activates their idea, featuring projects by fellow Minnesota-based artists. Deadline: Tues, Nov 20, 3 pm CST. FFI: mnartists.org/content/mn-artists-presents-your-name-here-2019-call-proposals
3. With the generous support from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota Sinfonia is pleased to announce a call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores. Five new works will premiere during the 2019-20 season. Four adult composers will receive awards. One will receive $6,000, and the remaining three will share $8,500, the amounts ranging between $500 and $6,000 to be determined by the Sinfonia. One young composer (under the age of 19 before June 1, 2019) will be awarded $500. Deadlines: Young Composers: June 1, 2019; Adult Composers: August 15, 2019. FFI: (612) 871-1701
4. 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 Saint 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. 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 will be 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 will provide logistic and administrative assistance and familiarity with the local artistic cultural and religious scenes. The artist will work daily in an artistically, culturally and historically rich environment and will interact with gallery visitors and the Kol HaOt team. No deadline: applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Short term residency, from 1 to 4 months. FFI: kolhaot.com
6. The American Guild of Judaic Art celebrates the rich diversity and sacred beauty of Judaic art around the world. Its goal is to establish a community for those who are inspired to fulfill the commandment of hiddur mitzvah by creating, collecting, and exhibiting Jewish art. The Guild hosts an artists roster of international talent and offers online educational opportunities. Among the artists whose work is featured on its website is Minnesota-based glass artist Claude Riedel. FFI: jewishart.org
7. St. Mary’s University offers a Master's in Arts and Cultural Management, offering flexible part-time or full-time options with evening and weekend courses available. Gain real-world knowledge and experience from faculty and guest speakers who work in the field. Classroom learning covers the full spectrum of responsibilities that confront those who work in the culture sector, from fund development and marketing to nonprofit legal issues. Move through the program with a cohort of fellow students and build a network of professional colleagues along the way. Courses include a long-term residency where students gain management-level experience in the Twin Cities arts community. FFI: www.smumn.edu/graduate-home/areas-of-study/graduate-school-of-business-technology/ma-in-arts-cultural-management
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com