Jewish Arts in the Twin Cities – January 2017

January 3, 2017 | Filed in: News
Rimon’s 10th season of Artist Salons continues with At It Again: The Need to Perform Philip Roth at the Playwrights’ Center (2301 E Franklin Ave, Mpls), featuring Stuart Pimsler’s theatrical homage to legendary Jewish-American author Philip Roth. Following the performance, director Hayley Finn joins Pimsler onstage to discuss the interplay of dance and literature in creating new work for the stage. Reserve your tickets by contacting the Rimon office at 952-381-3449.

Minnesota Jewish teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry, creative prose, photography, and (new this year) short-form video to Keren Or (Ray of Light), a creative arts contest for Jewish youth. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 17 (5 p.m.). For further information, visit

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Wednesday, January 4. The St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave) hosts Forever Funny: Laughter is Ageless in the Gallery Walk. The exhibit runs through Jan. 30. FFI:

Wednesday, January 4. The Tychman Shapiro Gallery and the Sabes JCC’s Shared Walls Gallery (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) host The Profound and the Absurd, an exhibit of Paul Palnik’s ever-popular cartoon art. The show runs through Jan. 25. FFI:

Through January 5. The Jewish Women Artists’ Circle wraps up its exhibition Community, an interfaith project with Christian artists, at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Ln, Minnetonka). FFI:

Sunday, January 8, 3 p.m. The Schubert Club presents violinist and multiple Grammy Award-winner Gil Shaham in an all-Bach program at the Ordway Theater (345 Washington St, St Paul) as part of its International Artist Series. FFI:

Thursday, January 12, 6 p.m. Silverwood Park (2500 County Rd E, St. Anthony) hosts an opening reception for Sidewalks to Superior, an exhibit by Marty Harris. The show runs through Feb. 28. FFI:

Saturday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. The Twin Cities Jewish Humor Fest opens at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) with comedy writer and producer Carol Liefer, whose resume includes shows such as Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, and Modern Family. Liefer shares stories of her Jewish upbringing, her experiences as a woman in the male-dominated entertainment industry, and her coming out as a lesbian at the age of 40. Also featured is special guest Adam Grabowski. FFI:

Sunday, January 15, 2 p.m. The continues with the film Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown, which shares the other side of the legendary comedian as a groundbreaking filmmaking whose curiosity led him to write, produce and direct numerous films. The venue is the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI:

Sunday, January 15, 7:30 p.m. Becca Kvasnik welcomes Kim Friedman and Kate Siegel, the mother-daughter duo behind the hit Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom and the new memoir Mother, Can You Not?, to the TC Jewish Humor Fest. Head to the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave) to enjoy the embarrassing moments, hilarious celebrations, and outrageous stories that make up their unique mother-daughter dynamic. FFI:

Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. Catch the local premiere of acclaimed Israeli film director Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga, a profile of dance prodigy Ohad Naharin who has brought world renown to the Batsheva Dance Company. The venue is Best Buy Theater at Northrop Auditorium (84 Church St SE, Mpls). FFI: 612-624-2345

Wednesday, January 18, 7:30 p.m. From the co-creator of the celebrated Big Book of Jewish Humor, comes a laugh-out-loud collection of jokes about growing older that makes fun of memory loss, marriages, medicine, sex, the afterlife, and much more in the TC Jewish Humor Fest’s Die Laughing with William Novak. The venue is the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave); book sale and signing to follow. FFI:

Thursday, January 19, 7 p.m. Fred Amram discusses his new book, We’re in America Now, at the Southdale Library (7001 York Ave S, Edina). FFI:

Thursday, January 19, 7:30 p.m. Everybody knows you can’t get through the winter season without “Schlepping” and “Kvetching” and “Fressing”! Get ready to laugh your “OY” off with Miriam Plotkin’s Jewish-themed, one-woman cabaret show, Anxiety Tonight (Pigtails are Kosher) with Miriam Plotkin, filled with humorous parody songs in true Allan Sherman fashion. Special guests, The Chosen Few, share the stage with Plotkin at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI:

Saturday, January 21, 7:30 p.m. The TC Jewish Humor Fest continues at the Sabes JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) with Saturday Night Comedy with Rabbi Bob Alper, the rabbi-comedian who has appeared on The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, as well as authoring two books. FFI:

Sunday, January 22, 2 p.m. Theatre of Fools’ founders Lloyd Brant and Rosie Cole have toured their unique brand of absurd theatrics to festivals and theaters across the US for 25 years. The TC Jewish Humor Fest concludes at the Sabes JCC with Serious Nonsense, a family-friendly show that weaves together theater, circus, and magic (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI:

Sunday, January 22, 7 p.m. Join Rimon and dance-theater artist Stuart Pimsler at the Playwrights’ Center (2301 E Franklin Ave, Mpls) for a theatrical homage to legendary Jewish-American author Philip Roth. Following the performance, director Hayley Finn joins Pimsler onstage to discuss the interplay of dance and literature in creating new work for the stage. FFI: 952-381-3449.

Through January 22. Don’t miss out on the Minneapolis Photo Center’s (2400 N 2nd St, Mpls) annual F-Stop members show, Reflections, including works by Linda Passon-McNally. FFI:

Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m. Israel’s exquisite Batsheva Dance Company floods the stage at Northrop Auditorium (84 Church St SE, Mpls) in Decadence 2017, a retrospective of Ohad Naharin’s inventive, high-octane work. This performance is co-presented by the Walker Art Center. FFI:

Saturday, January 28, 6 p.m. Form + Content Gallery (210 N 2nd Street, Ste 104, Mpls) celebrates its first ten years (2007 – 2017) with a group exhibition of artworks by former and current artist members of the gallery, including Robyn Stoller Awend, Joyce Lyon, Jay Isenberg, Lynda Monick-Isenberg, Leah Golberstein, and Howard Oranksy. The gallery’s tenth anniversary exhibition runs through Mar. 4. FFI:

Monday, January 30, 7 p.m. Prolific Minnesota-based playwright Alan Berks hosts a public reading of his new script at the Playwrights’ Center (2301 E Franklin Ave, Mpls). The play is a farce that takes place during the seven days of shiva. FFI:

Through January 31. The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies concludes its exhibit Displaced: Photos and Remembrances of Maxine Rude, 1945-1946 at the Eiger-Zaidenweber Holocaust Resource Center (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). Rude’s work documented the conditions in Displaced Persons Camps at the conclusion of World War II. FFI:

Friday, February 3. The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival presents Cinema Judaica: The Epic Cycle (1947-1971), an exhibit featuring bold posters and advertising materials for films ranging from Samson and Delilah and Ben-Hur to The Ten Commandments and Fiddler on the Roof, as well as rare posters from films of limited distribution that were produced by Jewish or Israeli filmmakers during this period. The display runs through Mar. 31 at both the St. Paul JCC Gallery Walk (1375 St. Paul Ave) and Sabes JCC Shared Walls Gallery (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI:

Saturday, February 4, 7 p.m. Swing by the Talmud Torah of St. Paul (768 Hamline Ave) for Engage! An Evening of Jewish Learning. Dive in with text study, literature, cooking, dance, and more. Register by Jan. 23 at  FFI: 651-698-0751

Saturday, February 4, 8 p.m. Sally Wingert makes her directorial debut in the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s The Whipping Man at the Highland Park Community Center (1978 Ford Pkwy, St. Paul). The play follows a young Jewish Confederate soldier who returns home after the Civil War to find his plantation home burned and looted and his former slaves now freed. The three men help each other navigate their newfound understandings of family, power and freedom, until the secrets that still bind them start to unravel. FFI:


1. Franconia Sculpture Park is a vibrant artist residency and nonprofit sculpture park located in the St. Croix River Valley region of rural Minnesota, 45 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Intern Artist Program offers undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging artists, the opportunity to create large-scale three-dimensional artwork, develop their artistic practice, receive mentorship from professional artists-in-residence, and participate in public engagement while in residency at Franconia. In exchange for room, board, and studio space, intern artists work for Franconia at least 5 hours every day on park programming, maintenance, and assisting fellowship artists. Applications are due by Feb. 11. FFI:

2. Minnesota Jewish teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry, creative prose, photography, and (new this year) short-form video, to Keren Or (Ray of Light), a creative arts contest for Jewish youth. Prizes are awarded in each category (poetry, prose, photography and video). Winning entries will receive cash prizes and will be published in The American Jewish World as well as on display at the Sabes JCC. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 17 (5 p.m.). FFI:

3. Looking for a summer filled with fun in the sun? Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Camp Olami at the Sabes JCC is looking for qualified young men and women to serve as staff for the summer. Positions available: Junior Counselors (ages 16-18); Special Needs Advocates (age 18 and up); Senior Counselor (age 19 and up); Specialists (age 20 and up; in Arts & Crafts, Drama, Judaism, Sports & Games, Music, Garden) and Program Director (age 21 and up). Staff must be available Monday through Friday from June 12 to August 11 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.); some late nights and overnights are required, depending on assignment. Applicants should have previous experience working with children. Applications are available online. FFI: or

4. Makor World hosts Buenos Aires for the Creative Mind: For Artists, Writers and Those Who Want To Explore Art and Creativity from March 31 to April 8, 2017. While in Buenos Aires, participants will begin to translate the inspiration of the city’s charm, passion, spirit and plain old “vibe” into their selected artistic expression. They will meet with local artists and will have both the time and the space to create. The trip includes tango lessons; an outing to a milonga; visits to creative venues for plastic arts, theatre and creative writing; a sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires; and more. FFI:

5. St. Mary’s University now 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:

6. 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 new 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: or 202-994-6281

7. 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:

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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:

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