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Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The November 2020 Edition
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Make sure that EVERYONE on your block and in your home who’s eligible to VOTE fulfills this critical duty of democracy.  FFI: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/ 

Don’t miss Women Repair The World: Artists Edition, a virtual Rimon Artist Salon via  Zoom on November 11, 7 p.m. Featuring performance, film, and dialogue by visual artist/activist Rachel Breen, vocalist/composer Ariella Forstein, and filmmaker Barbara Wiener, participation is free, but registration is required. FFI: http://bit.ly/WRWArtist  

To share your ONLINE events or opportunities through Rimon’s e-guide, send news releases or informative blurbs to rimon@sabesjcc.org. Events listed in the e-guide are not sponsored by Rimon, unless indicated.

EVENTS

Tuesday, November 3. If you haven’t voted yet, vote (but not by mail). If your loved ones who are eligible to vote haven’t voted yet, find out how you can help them get the job done. Your vote has never been more important. FFI: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/ 

Wednesday, November 4, 6 p.m. Join Rabbi Glaser, Rabbi Moss, Cantor Abelson, and other Temple Israel musical voices in a post-election moment of togetherness through music. Clergy and special guests will share familiar tunes from traditional Jewish melodies to feel-good pop favorites. To join by phone, dial 312-626-6799; Meeting ID: 934 7940 5822

Thursday, November 5, 6 p.m. Need another night of Folk Song Sing-Alongs with Temple Israel clergy and friends? You’ve got it. The community can look forward to gathering online to sing, sway, and strengthen its connection as we move forward together. To join by phone, dial 312-626-6799; Meeting ID: 974 9700 6281

Through November 7. Perci Chester's latest series BODY OF WORK speaks to birth, motherhood, and the experience of way-finding and place-making. Two large-scale installations are exhibited at the Gallery Factory (1720 Madison St NE, #14, Mpls). In light of safety concerns, masks must be worn, social distancing is required, and no more than ten people may be in the gallery at one time. FFI: northeastsculpture@gmail.com or 612-743-6664

Through November 8. 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 Third Ave S, Mpls). FFI: artsmia.org

Wednesday, November 11, 11 a.m. Cincinnati’s Skirball Museum hosts Graphic Jews: Storytelling through Art Series exploring the intersection of Jews and graphic art. The first Zoom event features Professor Fred Krome speaking on Comic Books and American Jews. FFI: http://www.ishfestival.org/graphicjews.html

Wednesday, November 11, 7 p.m. Don’t miss Women Repair The World: Artists Edition, a virtual Rimon Artist Salon via Zoom. Featuring performance, film, and dialogue by visual artist/activist Rachel Breen, vocalist/composer Ariella Forstein, and filmmaker Barbara Wiener, participation is free, but registration is required. The event is a collaboration with the philanthropic initiative Women Repair The World, a project of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and Hadassah Upper Midwest. FFI: http://bit.ly/WRWArtist  

Saturday, November 14. Chase away all that is gnashing at you with Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre's live streaming of Shari Aronson's adaptation of Hershel & the Hanukkah Goblins, the beloved children's book by Eric A Kimmel. The production is available online through December 15. FFI: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=114172&mc_cid=1c7299bab0&mc_eid=db943b6811

Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m. Join JHSUM, JCRC, CHAIM, and World Without Genocide for a panel discussion with the directors of the documentary films Surviving Skokie and Reawakening. Surviving Skokie is an intensely personal film by former Skokie resident Eli Adler about his family's horrific experience of the Shoah and the provocative events in Skokie in the 1970s and their aftermath. Reawakening documents the Charlottesville Jewish community’s response to the 2017 Unite the Right rallies and how the white supremacy they experienced transformed their community. The films are available to watch before the event when you register in advance. The discussion takes place on Zoom and is free and open to the public. FFI: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7KIVTR7vQw-atDajagN0Kg

Tuesday, November 17, 10 a.m. The JCC presents playwright and theater instructor Max Gutmann as he leads an online multi-media lecture and discussion about The Wonderful World of Rodgers and Hammerstein. More than sixty years after they were written, the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein continue to delight audiences and are cited as seminal influences on modern musical theater. What makes their work so lasting and important? FFI: https://www.sabesjcc.org/event/the-wonderful-world-of-rodgers-and-hammerstein/

Wednesday, November 18, 11 a.m. The Skirball Series continues with artist Archie Rand and curator Samantha Baskind discussing (via Zoom) Rand’s exhibit Sixty Paintings from the Bible, which is currently on display at the Skirball Museum. FFI: http://www.ishfestival.org/graphicjews.html

Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m. In association with the exhibition-in-print Legends and Myths of Ancient Minnesota created by visual artist Brooks Turner, the Weisman Art Museum hosts the online discussion How Do We Know Fascism When We See It?  Turner’s publication combines reproductions of original artworks with archival materials related to the Nazi following in Minnesota in the 1930s. Copies of the publication are available at the Weisman or online at www.bundleofsticks.art. FFI: https://wam.umn.edu/calendar/how-do-we-know-fascism-when-we-see-it/  

Through November 28. Form + Content Gallery (210 2nd St N, Mpls) presents Together/Apart, a group exhibition of work in a variety of media mounted by gallery members, including Michal Sagar. At this confusing, confounding, and exhilarating point in time, art seeks to shed light on the sacred and the profane, the past and the future, and our local community and the wider world. The exhibit is open by appointment only. FFI: http://www.formandcontent.org/current-exhibition

Sunday, November 29, 3 p.m. Watch a special live streaming of Shari Aronson's adaptation of Hershel & the Hanukkah Goblins, the beloved children's book by Eric Kimmel, then enjoy an artist talkback with Shari and Eric. FFI: https://scoundrelandscamp.org/hershel-pj-library

Through November 29. Now that the Weisman Museum (333 E River Rd, Mpls) is open again, you still have time to see Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection. Bart’s work addresses urgent contemporary issues: the devastations of war, the complexities of memorialization, the emotional dimensions of space, and the gendering of labor. FFI: https://wam.umn.edu/calendar/harriet-bart/

Wednesday, December 2, 11 a.m. The Skirball Series concludes with You did WHAT to my comics?!  Artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik leads an interactive studio visit and workshop about his innovative Mishna and comic book explorations. It’s all on Zoom, of course. FFI: http://www.ishfestival.org/graphicjews.html

Through December 5. Sandra Brick and Fred Amram's exhibit Lest We Forget, on display at the Gorecki Gallery at the Benedicta Arts Center (37 S College Ave, St. Joseph), contains mixed media visual art and prose vignettes that explore a young Jewish man’s coming of age during the Holocaust and the struggles he encounters as a refugee in the United States. There will be a live stream artist talk on November 5. FFI: www.csbsju.edu/news/lest-we-forget-2020

Through December 31. The Parkway Theater is streaming the Israeli film drama, God of the Piano, winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival’s award for best actress. The plot: a young woman has never been able to reach her father’s exacting musical standards, Now her family's hope of producing a musical prodigy rests on her unborn son. When the baby is born deaf, she cannot accept it and resorts to extreme measures to ensure that her child will be the composer that her father always wanted. FFI: https://theparkwaytheater.com/now-streaming-films/god-of-the-piano

Through January 3. The Weisman Art Museum concludes its exhibition-in-print, Legends and Myths of Ancient Minnesota, created by visual artist Brooks Turner. Utilizing archival documents from the Minnesota Historical Society and his own drawing and collage, Turner has created an aesthetic history of Fascism in Minnesota, especially the Silver Legion of America. Turner sees traces of these political movements in the present-day Twin Cities and beyond. FFI: https://wam.umn.edu/calendar/brooks-turner-legends-and-myths-of-ancient-minnesota/

Through January 17. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400 3rd Ave S, Mpls) presents Harriet Bart: Artist Books + Works on Paper in Gallery 353. If you’re still not venturing into museums because of COVID-19, you can look at the exhibit online-- https://collections.artsmia.org/exhibitions/2802/harriet-bart-artist-books-works-on-paper  FFI: artsmia.org

Ongoing. Now is the perfect time to join with other dancers from the Twin Cities and from around the world in a live (on Zoom) Israeli dance session. Led by Shira and Michael Schwartz, the group meets weekly every Sunday from 6:30-8:30 PM (CT). Shira teaches one or two dances each week. The rest of the time the group dances the night away with popular Israeli dance repertoire, fitting in 35-40 dances each evening. 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. The Sabes JCC hosts a virtual exhibit, Muddy Waters, featuring new work by over two dozen artists in the Jewish Artists’ Lab. Muddy Waters explores a wide array of pressing environmental issues using many art forms. The art comments on the current state of our planet, our responsibility to serve as activists, and how art plays a key role in making change. FFI: https://www.sabesjcc.org/about/muddy-waters-online-exhibit-2/

 

OPPORTUNITIES

1. Composer Sergio Barer is organizing a fundraising concert to help families separated at the border.  The piece that is going to be at the center of the streaming fundraiser is “The Immigrants,” which was featured in a recent Rimon Artist Salon, Listen to the Voices: Immigrant Stories. This presents an opportunity for singers of the Twin Cities to participate in the premiere of this work as well as in the fundraiser via virtual choir. There are section leaders for this virtual ensemble who have recorded the Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass parts. Sergio is inviting other volunteers at a national level to join the choir. A click track will be provided along with the accompaniment and the lead voice of their section (Soprano, Tenor, Alto or Bass) to any participant.  If interested, contact Sergio at serge@sergiobarer.net to get materials and to get started. The date of the fundraiser has not been set yet, but most likely it will be in mid-December. 

2. Storyteller/actor Amy Salloway offers The Experiences That Make Us: A Storytelling Workshop on November 7 & 8, 12-4:30 p.m. The two-day online workshop promises to be useful and motivating for writers, performers, and storytellers of all levels, as well as artists crossing disciplines such as visual artists wanting to perform and storytellers wanting to paint. The Experiences That Make Us is a perfect weekend intensive for those dipping their toes into storytelling waters for the first time, and for seasoned performers wanting to brush up on skills or focus on a new or challenging project. The 7-or-so hours of class include lecture, discussion, individual and group exercises, performance time, and feedback and critique. Ticket link: https://www.facebook.com/events/220888579342881/

 

3. Singer/songwriter Eddie Estrin and solo acoustic guitarist Liz DeYoe are streaming a new concert performing original material. The concert, originally scheduled for live performance this past summer in Music in the Parks, is up and ready for your enjoyment. Eddie Estrin will reprise songs from the Rimon Artist Salon "A Century of The Dybbuk" and feature new material including duets with DeYoe. FFI: EddieEstrin.com/video 

4. Israel Story, a long-form podcast, brings high-quality human interest stories from all over Israel to hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world. The Last Laugh episode tells the story of Eyal Gever, an Israeli high-tech-wunderkind-turned-conceptual-artist, who, forty years after Carl Sagan’s ‘Golden Records’ began their long voyage into the depths of outer space, received an unusual call. Nasa asked him to create the first artwork to be printed in space! FFI: https://israelstory.org/

5. Hope Theme Submission. Where do you feel hope? Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality invites you to manifest your thoughts creatively through poetry, writing, painting, drawing, photography, video, building--whatever inspires you. Send your creations through December 1. One selection will be featured on a monthly basis in the Wisdom Ways emails so that others can be inspired and uplifted by the hope that surrounds us. FFI: info@wisdomwayscenter.org or mail to 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

6. Applications for the 2021 Bronfman Fellowship are open! The Bronfman Fellowship is among the most prestigious programs available to Jewish high school students of all backgrounds. The purpose of the Fellowship is to invest in a cohort of talented young Jews who will become leaders in all areas of Jewish and public life. We seek intellectually curious and mature applicants who love to learn. Each year they select a diverse group of 26 students for a Fellowship-year experience, starting with a free, five-week trip to Israel (assuming the safety of travel*), and followed by monthly virtual experiences and a winter and spring seminar in the U.S. 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 while building friendships with peers who challenge and inspire them. Applicants must be in 11th grade, self-identify as Jewish, and live in the United States or Canada. Application deadline: December 3. FFI: bronfman.org

7. The American Guild of Judaic Art is looking to create partnerships, opportunities, and community across artistic disciplines and has put out a call soliciting events to post at its website. If you are an artist, musician, dancer, filmmaker, author, performing artist, or anyone creating Jewish content either live or on video and you would like to have your event listed on the Guild’s Cultural Arts Calendar, we are looking for you. As well as a Working Artist Grant open to all visual artists, artisans creating Judaica, practicing and/or teaching artists/artisans, and professional artists. To post your event and apply:  www.jewishart.org

8. The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest is delighted to announce its most recent publication, Setting the Stage: A History of Jewish Theater in the Upper Midwest, co-authored by Doris Rubenstein and Natalie Madgy. Order your copy at www.jhsum.org 

9. Artist/writer Lucy Rose Fischer has crafted a book, The Journalist: Life and Loss in America’s Secret War, from her late brother Jerry’s writings. In the early 1960s, Jerry Rose interviewed Vietnamese villagers in a countryside riddled by a war of terror and embedded himself with the soldiers—the start of a dramatic, dangerous career. Through his stories and photographs, he exposed the secret beginnings of America’s Vietnam War at a time when most Americans have not heard of Vietnam. FFI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPc9XB5uTnk&feature=youtu.be

10. Artist Career Consultations. Thirty leading artists from around Minnesota are ready to work with you on your creative plan: virtual one-on-one support navigating these difficult times. For your consultation, choose your own consultant by discipline or expertise, or let Springboard for the Arts match you. With expertise across disciplines, cultures, and practices, these working artists can offer support with: 1) career planning; 2) website development and web presence; 3) legal and financial planning; and 4) grant-writing & fund development. Consultations are available on a sliding scale. In partnership with the City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program, consultations are available for free for artists in Minneapolis. FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/professional-growth/career-consultations/artist-career-consultants/

11. Because Your Health Matters is a project around art, health, and social connection. We invite local artists who live, work or are connected to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and/or People’s Center to create virtual and physically distanced activities that spread joy, relief, solidarity, information and wellness. Activities could be online or in public space – from virtual fitness or drawing classes to joyful messages decorating storefront windows and sidewalks, to live music to be enjoyed from open windows. Local artists will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and shine light in the community. Eligible artists may apply for $250 or a team of artists may apply for $500. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. FFI: https://www.peoples-center.org/programs

12. 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. YALA is especially seeking projects from and for those most impacted by COVID-19 and initiatives that support marginalized groups in the Jewish community. FFI: edunn@jewishtwincities.org

13. Explore the Milken Archive of Jewish Music, which includes roughly 600 works, 800 hours of oral histories, nearly 50,000 photographs, and countless hours of documentary and performance footage. If that sounds overwhelming, a Milken curator has created a "Getting Started" guide and two-album anthology. Organized around the collection’s twenty themed volumes and featuring videos, photos, and of course, music, the guide is an accessible way to get familiar with the breadth of genres and artists included in the Archive. https://www.milkenarchive.org/articles/view/getting-started/?utm_source=MA&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=GettingStarted_2020 

14. ChaiFlicks features great Jewish movies, including Sephardic programming from the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival and lectures from the American Sephardi Federation’s Institute of Jewish Experience. New movies and programs are constantly coming online. Some of the films now streaming include: 24 Days, Cloudy Sunday, Live and Become, Nora’s Will, The Midnight Orchestra, The Pirate Captain Toledano, and Trees Cry for Rain. Use exclusive promo code ASF50 to save 50% off your first month at ChaiFlicks.com

RESOURCES

Mindful Jewish Wrestling with Racism. In this Zoom class Rabbi Amy Eilberg explores central concepts related to race, racism, implicit bias, and white privilege through a combination of brief readings, videos, podcasts, interpersonal exercises, and mindful conversation--with the support of mindfulness and Mussar* practices. These studies will help the online class engage with challenging material in a gentle and reflective way, creating space to ask deep questions about our connection to racist systems and to explore the Middot (qualities of the soul) that are involved as we learn and practice. Register at www.ttsp.org/hineni

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

Can't Stop, Won't Stop. Poems in the wake of racial injustice. Rain Taxi published a chapbook bringing together the voices of Black Twin Cities poets, responding to the injustice in their own unique ways. Order yours at https://twincitiesbookfestival.com/rain-taxi-and-festival-merch/

If you missed Rimon’s virtual Artist Salons from this summer (Listen to the Voices: Immigrant Stories and A Century of The Dybbuk:1920/2020), you can hear them at www.rimonmn.org. While you’re there, check out the highlight videos from another half a dozen Artist Salons from previous seasons. 

Jewish Family & Children’s Services offers a range of support for individuals and families in this health and economic crisis: https://www.jfcsmpls.org/covid-19-resources/ . Included among these are resources to make job transition less stressful for you and your family. FFI: 952-417-2111 or careerservices@jfcsmpls.org 

Red Bull Arts Microgrant Program offers direct-funding to artists. The adapted Microgrant program will award two $1000 grants each month to artists in the following 20 cities across the United States: Atlanta, Austin/San Antonio, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Hudson Valley (NY), Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Providence, St Louis, and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St.Paul). These funds are meant to support artists in continuing their work however they see fit in this difficult moment. FFI: https://redbullarts.com/detroit/red-bull-arts-detroit-micro-grant-program/

Emergency financial assistance is available at Jewish Family Services of St. Paul. This program helps JFS clients and members of the St. Paul Jewish Community with emergency expenses such as housing, medical, utilities, and transportation. Individuals who work for St. Paul Jewish organizations are considered part of the Jewish community for this program. FFI: https://jfssp.org/services/covid-19-support-services  

Artist Relief, a coalition of national arts grantmakers, have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. FFI: www.Artistrelief.org

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts has put together a long list of resources that may be useful to individual artists and arts organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. http://artsmn.org/coronavirus/

If you aren’t familiar with Springboard for the Arts, now’s a great time to explore their website. Their staff has assembled comprehensive resources related to COVID-19 and its impact on the arts community. https://springboardforthearts.org/coronavirus/

FilmNorth is launching the Minnesota Film Community Emergency Relief Fund to support the filmmaking community. This fund will provide $500 grants to filmmakers and film crew in need until funds are exhausted. If you are a filmmaker or a film crew member in need, you can access the Fund application here.

The American Composers Forum is based in St. Paul but represents an enormous spectrum of composers working throughout North America. Their COVID-19 resource list reflects a more national perspective but features many emergency funds that local musicians will want to learn about. https://composersforum.org/acf-response-to-covid-19/

TC Jewfolk has also put together a long list of emergency and social service resources for these challenging times.https://tcjewfolk.com/covid-19-resources/emergency-social-services/ 

The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery have brought together sixteen talented artists to create a Black Lives Matter street mural on Plymouth Ave in front of the museum in support of the movement for racial justice sparked by the killing of George Floyd. The Museum plays a role in creating art and recording and documenting history, and history is unfolding right in front of our face. 

The Social Justice Billboard Project elevates the voices and artwork of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists. NE Sculpture | Gallery Factory is renting three commercial billboards at the corner of 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis, the vigil site for George Floyd. Two of the billboards are on top of the Cub Foods; the third is diagonal across the square. The Project’s aspiration is to fund these three billboards for one year, with three participating artists rotating every three months for a total of 12 large-scale works by 12 BIPOC artists. Check it out. Support it. 


 

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