Jewish Arts in the Twin Cities – February 2017

February 1, 2017 | Filed in: News
LA-based comedy writer and social media maven Jason Shapiro (author of the hilarious Twitter feed @LosFelizdaycare) will discuss his work on February 12 (4 p.m.) at the next Rimon Artist Salon  Can You Hear Me Now? Crafting a Voice in Social Media. The venue is HUGE Improv Theater (3037 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls). Reserve your tickets online today! They’re moving fast.

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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Through February 2. Norah Shapiro’s new documentary film Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass looks into the production of moonshine during Prohibition. The film screens at St. Anthony Main (115 SE Main St, Mpls). Also screening is her fascinating documentary Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile. FFI:

Friday, February 3. Cinema Judaica: The Epic Cycle (1947-1971) is an exhibit of 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 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, 6 p.m. Rosalux Gallery (1400 Van Buren St NE, Mpla) hosts an open house for its new exhibition featuring ink drawings and wall installations by Shana Kaplow and sculptural installations by Emmett Ramstad, bringing together the artists’ shared interest in the socio-political body. The show runs through Feb. 26. 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. Be sure to register in advance. FFI: 651-698-0751

Saturday, February 4, 8 p.m. The Fine Line Music Cafe (318 N 1st Ave, Mpls) presents Stereo Kitchen, a high-voltage cover band that includes Jeff Victor, Steve Mintz and Michael Waldman, among others. You may want to check this out. FFI:

Saturday, February 4, 8 p.m. Beth El Synagogue hosts Israeli singer-songwriter Bat ella Birnbaum to its BEMA Coffehouse Concert series. FFI:

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. FFI:

Sunday, February 5. Photographer Jane Strauss exhibits photos of Lithuania, including some of the remaining synagogue in Vilnius, at Trotter’s Cafe (232 Cleveland Ave N, St. Paul) through Mar. 5. Meet the artist on Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m., and on Feb. 15, 6-8 p.m. FFI: or call the cafe at 651-645-8950.

Monday, February 6, 7 p.m. Jewish Families and Children’s Service of Minneapolis presents an evening of storytelling, laughter and improv with comedian and inclusion advocate Pam Schuller. The venue is the Sabes JCC (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI:

Tuesday, February 7, 11:45 a.m. The Center for Jewish Studies at the U of M (135 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Dr, Mpls) presents scholar Michael Berkowitz, speaking on American Jews, Photography, and Moviemaking During the Second World War: An Alternative Cultural History. FFI:

Tuesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. Mt. Zion Temple (1300 Summit Ave, St. Paul) hosts a lecture by Michael Berkowitz entitled Rascals, Fugitives, and Gentlemen: The Hidden History of Jews and Photojournalism, which looks at a critical period (1918-51) for journalism when a disproportionate share of press photographers, as well as editors, art-editors, and picture-agency heads, were of Jewish origins. FFI:

Wednesday, February 8, 7 p.m. Playwright Celeste Raspanti discusses her much-performed play I Never Saw Another Butterfly at White Bear Center for the Arts (4971 Long Ave, White Bear Lake) and her lifelong journey surrounding this piece of theater. FFI:

Thursday, February 9, 7 p.m. The Twin Cities Jewish Book Series presents Liane Kupferberg Carter, author of Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism, at the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave). Carter’s book explores how to create an ordinary family while dealing with the extraordinary needs of a child with autism. FFI:

Friday, February 10, 6:30 p.m. MPLS Photo Center (2400 N 2nd St, Mpls) hosts an opening for its latest show Wish You Were Here, featuring work by Linda Passon-McNally, among others. The exhibition runs through Apr. 9. FFI:

Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater debuts Matinee, a dance/theater/film adaptation of American novelist Robert Coover’s New Yorker short story of the same name, at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis (410 Oak Grove St). The show runs through Feb. 19. FFI:

Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m. Local favorite Sun Mee Chomet takes to the stage at the Guthrie Theater (818 S 2nd St, Mpls) as Regan in a new production of King Lear, a gripping portrait of fathers, daughters and a once-mighty ruler thwarted by his own hubris and betrayed by a vanishing mind. The production runs through Mar. 2. FFI:

Sunday, February 12, 10 a.m. The Yiddish Vinkl presents A History of the Jews of Ancient Rome, a fascinating look at when Judaism and the sect known as Christianity parted ways, at the Sabes JCC (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). As always, there will be music. FFI:

Sunday, February 12, 2 p.m. The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival hosts Where is Elle Kari and What Happened to Noriko-San? at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Mpls). The film follows documentary filmmaker Dvorit Shargal as she searches from Finland to Japan and Holland to Israel for the subjects of the popular 1950’s children’s book series, Children of the World. FFI:

Sunday, February 12, 4 p.m. LA-based comedy writer and social media maven Jason Shapiro (author of the hilarious Twitter feed @LosFelizdaycare) will discuss his work at the next Rimon Artist Salon — Can You Hear Me Now? Crafting a Voice in Social Media. The venue is HUGE Improv Theater (3037 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls). Reserve your tickets online today! Seating is limited. FFI: 952-381-3449

Tuesday, February 14, 2:30 p.m. The University of Minnesota’s Center for Jewish Studies welcomes actor Roger Grunwald in The Mitzvah Project — a combination of theater, history lesson and conversation exploring the surprising history of “mischlinge,” the derogatory term the Nazis used to characterize those descended from one or two Jewish grandparents. The lecture/performance takes place at Northrup Auditorium (84 Church St SE, Mpls). FFI:

Thursday, February 16, 6 p.m. Stop by the opening reception for the Words@Work series’ Take Words with You: In Our Homes and On Our Ways, an exhibition at the Sabes JCC’s Tychman Shapiro Gallery (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) featuring calligraphy, paper-cutting and scribe work by three local text-centered artists, Noam Sienna, Aaron Greenberg Silver and Demetrios Vital. The exhibition runs through Mar. 26. FFI: Words@Work flyer

Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m. Northern Starz Children’s Theatre presents I Never Saw Another Butterfly, which tells the story of Raja who gave hope to over 15,000 Jewish children who passed through the Terezin concentration camp. The venue is the Sabes JCC (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). FFI:

Thursday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company presents Fiddler on the Roof at Augsburg College’s Foss Lobeck Miles Center (2211 Riverside Ave, Mpls). The production runs through Mar. 12 at various locations. FFI:

Through February 18. The Illusion Theater (Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave, Mpls) presents the world premiere of James Still’s psychological thriller Miranda, directed by Michael Robins and featuring a score by composer Miriam Gerberg. FFI:

Thursday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. The Aldatu Ensemble performs music of the Sephardic diaspora at Beth El Synagogue (5225 Barry St W, St. Louis Park), bringing together musicians from Syria, Ireland, Germany, and Spain, playing oud, percussion, viola da gamba, flute, and guitar as accompaniment to the traditional songs. FFI:

Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. Or Emet features a screening of the award-winning documentary Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots at the Sabes JCC (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls), which tells the story of how Igor and Erica Mann, Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe, went on to build lives in Kenya. FFI:

Sunday, February 26, 3 p.m. The Twin Cities Jewish Chorale performs its winter concert, Songs of Peace and Friendship, at Beth El Synagogue (5225 Barry St W, St. Louis Park). The concert includes various settings of Hinei Mah Tov, songs in Ladino, as well as selections from contemporary American and Israeli composers. FFI:

Through February 28. Silverwood Park (2500 County Rd E, St. Anthony) hosts Sidewalks to Superior, an exhibit by artist Marty Harris. FFI:

Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m. Artist and scholar Noam Sienna explores how the ketubbah became one of the most elaborate and widespread forms of Jewish art across the world in The Ketubbah: Art, Text and History at the Sabes JCC (4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls). Following the presentation, a panel of local ketubbah artists and Jewish educators will discuss the evolution of the ketubbah, artistically and spiritually, in the Jewish community today. FFI:

Through March 4. 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. FFI:


1. Mandalas are geometric patterns that represent the cosmos, metaphysically or symbolically. They remind us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. During Mixed Media Mandalas with Michelle Silverman, a two-hour workshop at the St. Paul JCC on Thursday, February 2, 2-4 p.m., each artist will create his or her own mandala to take home. No artistic experience is necessary! Please note that some art materials may be messy and stain – be sure to dress accordingly. FFI: 651-255-4757.

2. White Bear Center for the Arts is seeking entries for its 2017 Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition is open to artists residing in Minnesota or Wisconsin with recent 2D and 3D works, including but not limited to drawings, paintings, fiber, pottery, photography and sculptures. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 3. Notification of jury decisions will be mailed Feb. 27, and the opening reception will take place Mar. 23. FFI:

3. Mn Artists is seeking proposals from Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as “guest curators” for one-night events at the Walker Art Center. 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. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. on February 8. FFI:

4. 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 February 11. FFI:

5. Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is accepting artists’ submissions for its upcoming spring/summer 2017 showcase exhibition. Each selected Made Here artist will receive $500, professional installation support, networking opportunities and more. Made Here temporarily fills empty storefronts and commercial spaces that are in transition with art by local artists, turning the WeDo™ MPLS Cultural District into a walkable urban art gallery. For this round, artists and artist groups are invited to submit proposals for window showcase displays that interpret the word “future.” Your installation might be a prediction of time yet to come or a future you hope to see. Maybe your “future” is a commentary on time in general, the changes to our planet, society or community. The Public Art & Placemaking team at Hennepin Theatre Trust will host a number of information sessions about applying for Future: Made Here. The sessions include a presentation of successful submissions from past showcases, an opportunity to review application materials, as well as Q&A time with Made Here panelists who curate the project. All sessions are free and open to the public. Submissions due by February 13. FFI:

6. 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. Submissions are due by February 17 (5 p.m.). FFI:

7. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts invites you to participate in Arts Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 28, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Minnesota History Center and State Capitol Complex. Join your fellow arts advocates from across Minnesota for the arts community’s annual day of action. With new legislators and new committee leadership controlling arts funding in the Minnesota Senate, Arts Advocacy Day is an opportunity to educate and make new friends of the arts at the State Capitol. Pre-register online by February 24. FFI:

8. The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a public discussion panel featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend a film festival and by offering four free classes through IFP Minnesota during the fellowship year. Applications are due by March 6. FFI:

9. Kol HaOt invites visual artists to apply for an artist-in-residency at our new center in the inspiring Chutzot HaYotzer Artists’ Colony, outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. Kol HaOt is seeking visual artists who align with our organization’s mission to integrate Judaism’s rich sources and themes, and Jewish history, into their artistic works. Artists will have access to an inspiring, spacious studio space in this prestigious artists colony, for the duration of their residency. Artists are invited to use this residency to profoundly express the intersection of Jewish sources and heritage in their artwork and artistic vision, as well as be a part of the Kol HaOt initiative. Additional considerations in the selection of artists include: the quality of the artworks; the artist’s willingness to contribute to the Kol HaOt mission; and the significance of the studio space for the artist’s practice. FFI:

10. Rimon is now accepting 2017 Project Support Grant proposals for its spring round of funding of arts-related projects. Grants will provide limited financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50% of a project’s budget. In addition to financial support, Rimon may provide accepted proposals with assistance by facilitating a community planning process and assistance in the project’s implementation; helping to secure funding and developing collaborative partners for the project; providing marketing and outreach assistance to Jewish community institutions, arts organizations, artists and audiences; and conducting research and planning to connect both artists and art presenters with the Jewish community. For a project to be considered, it must meet Rimon’s mission and its goals of promoting and enhancing Jewish identity through arts and culture, by supporting arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes, and assisting the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts. The deadline for submission is March 24 at 5 p.m. (not a postmark deadline). FFI:

11. 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 at its website is Minnesota-based glass artist Claude Riedel. FFI:

12. 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

13. 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:

14. 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:

15. 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

16. 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:

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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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