Jewish Arts in the Twin Cities – August 2017

August 2, 2017 | Filed in: News
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Tuesday, August 1, 7 p.m. View the docu-drama depicting the true World War II story of the heroic rescue of 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto in the film The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. This free event will be held at Mitchell Hamline School of Law Auditorium (875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul). FFI:

Wednesday, August 2, 1 p.m. Acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber draws on multiple accounts to create an urgent, hypnotic production of Salomé. Her charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. The production, filmed at London’s National Theatre, can be seen at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St., Mpls). FFI:

Wednesday, August 2, 7 p.m. Two baby boys are switched at birth at a Haifa hospital. One’s Jewish, the other is Arab. See what happens when the discovery is made at a routine blood test in the foreign film The Other Son at Beth Jacob Congregation (1179 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights). FFI:

Thursday, August 3, 7 p.m. First-time producer Perspectives Theater Company is proud to announce its debut production STRANGER, playing at the Rarig Center Arena Stage (330 21st Ave S, Mpls). Memory, history, text and ritual entangle three strangers in a sprawling, modern epic, summoning the immense joy, messiness and struggle of being seen at the intersection of race and faith. A fresh and exciting reinterpretation of the book of Exodus, STRANGER explores the lives of Jewish people of color seeking to define their identity, community and faith. The production will run select dates from August 3-13. FFI:

Thursday, August 3, 10pm. A dramatic adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 bestselling anti-fascist novel, It Can’t Happen Here, will be presented as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Depicting the rise of a populist demagogue to the American presidency, this unsettling play looks at how a small-town newspaper editor and his community cope with the loss of their freedom. Featuring Lucas Levin among other stellar actors and produced and adapted by Kit Bix. Other opportunities to catch the play, through August 13. FFI:

Friday, August 4, 1 p.m. The Northeast Library (2200 Central Ave. N.E., Mpls) is hosting a free event Work of Art: Legal Considerations to learn how to obtain general information about your intellectual property, contract basics and structuring your artistic business. FFI:

Friday, August 4, 5:30 p.m. A group of contingent workers try to keep their dreams and economics boats afloat despite raging economic rapids. In The New Gig Economy, the workers dream, scheme and sing their way in hopes of a safe landing. Playwright Phillip Finkelstein’s musical is playing at the Phoenix Theater (2605 Hennepin Ave, Mpls) through August 13. FFI:

Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. In her new memoir, Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story, Elisa Korenne writes superbly about her journey from NYC into the unexpected riches of rural Minnesota. Concert, reading, and Q&A with the Author/Singer/Songwriter at the Edina Art Center (4701 W 64th St, Mpls). FFI:

Saturday, August 5, 1 p.m. Second chance to view the hypnotic production of Salomé by Yaël Farber. The production, filmed at London’s National Theatre, can be seen at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St., Mpls). FFI:

Saturday, August 5, 5:30 p.m. In the midst of a bruising re-election campaign, Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone copes with both a debilitating illness and a corrupt Washington, D.C. in the new musical Wellstone: A Minnesotan Musical. Catch the play, featuring five original songs, at U of M Rarig Center Thrust (330 21st Ave, Mpls). Through August 12. FFI:

Sunday, August 6, 1 p.m. Join the celebration of the publication of Mighty Moby. Aimed at ages 5-8, Barbara DeCosta and Ed Young’s retelling of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick captures the excitement of the original but with a new twist! Refreshment, reading, signing, music, and party at Macalster Briggs Alumni House (1644 Summit Ave, St Paul). FFI:

Sunday, August 6, 5:30 p.m. The MN State Fair rejects Doris’ traditional kosher pickles claiming they “look” spoiled. Something funky’s going on and she’s gonna raise hell. A darkly comedic look at pickle prejudice. A Pickle, based on a true story, is playing at the Ritz Theater Studio (345 13th Ave NE, Mpls), through August 13. FFI:

Sunday, August 6, 4 p.m. Local Cabaret singer brings Barbra Streisand to an intimate space with spot on vocal and visual impersonation. Directly from a sold out one-woman show, Melody Mendis is “Barbra” is “like Buttah!”. Playing at the Crane Theater (2303 Kennedy St. NE, Mpls) through August 12. FFI:

Friday, August 11, 1 p.m. The Northeast Library (2200 Central Ave. N.E., Mpls) is hosting a free event Work of Art: Funding to learn how to think creatively about diversifying your funding streams by exploring traditional and new models for generating value, resources, and revenue. FFI:

Friday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. Whether you are a cat person or a dog person, or even a reptile lover, we are often better human beings for having these many-legged friends in our midst. Companionship, In Celebration of Animals, on view at the Minneapolis Photo Center (2400 N 2nd St, Mpls), is a juried exhibit with images by Debra Fisher Goldstein and others. Through September 17. FFI:

Saturday, August 12, 2 p.m. Missed the party for Mighty Moby? Catch the official launch at Red Balloon (891 Grand Ave, St Paul) for the kids’ book retelling of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick capturing the excitement of the original but with a new twist. FFI:

Monday, August 14, 7 p.m. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell in the new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play Angels in America. Additional live broadcast viewings of Part 1, Millennium Approaches, August 16 and 19, and Part 2 will be broadcasted the following week. FFI:

Wednesday, August 16, 1 p.m. Anita White expresses herself through daily painting and writing. Life’s complexities and joys are mirrored in her work. Drawing Through Crisis with Courage and Humor is on view at HCMC (701 Park Avenue, Mpls). FFI: 612-873-2208

Thursday, August 17, 7 p.m. Join Percy Chester and other local and national artists presenting artworks in a variety of media with disparate cultural points of view in We The People. View this provocative event at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (141 E 4th St, Saint). FFI:

Friday, August 18, 1 p.m. The Northeast Library (2200 Central Ave. N.E., Mpls) is hosting a free event Work of Art: Business Plan Essentials to learn how to prepare a simple business plan, in arts-friendly language, to help you organize all the various aspects of your artistic practice and make informed business decisions. FFI:

Saturday, August 19, 8 p.m. Playwright, screenwriter and director David Hare traveled to Israel to explore the 50 year old state and write about it in his play Via Dolorosa. His conversations with politicians, artists, settlers and historians in Israel and Palestine provocatively reveals the ideas, hopes and dreams of those living amidst the Israeli-Arab conflict. Catch the limited run play at the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company (1978 Ford Pkwy, St Paul). Through August 27. FFI:

Sunday, August 20, 5pm. The proverbial jazz legend, still going strong at 89 years-young, Lee Konitz is playing with young pianist-composer, Dan Tepfer at the Crooners Lounge & Supper Club (6161 Highway 65 NE, Mpls). Tickets $30-$55. The show is repeated the following night, Monday, August 21. FFI:

Thursday, August 24, 7 p.m. St. Louis Park’s Friends of the Arts reschedules Rimon Project Support grant recipient Mark Bloom and the Hurst Family Experience. Free, outdoor concert at the Wolfe Park Amphitheater (W 38th St, St Louis Park) featuring original compositions woven with Motown classics and traditional songs of the Jewish and African American experience. FFI:

Through August 24. The Sabes JCC’s Tychman Shapiro Gallery & Shared Walls Exhibition Area (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) hosts Inside/Outside: Exploring Boundaries and Otherness, an expansive exhibit by the Jewish Artists’ Laboratory. FFI:

Friday, August 25. New Patterns/Breaking Patterns, an exhibit featuring new works by Robyn S. Awend and Robin Schwartzman explores various forms of gender identity through dimensional paintings and handmade paper from clothing. Wardrobe patterns and clothing scraps inspire these works in obvious and subtle ways commenting on gender stereotypes and softening the binary divide that has, in many ways, informed our current culture. Reception Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m., at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (1011 Washington Ave. S. #100, Mpls). FFI:

Monday August 28. Traffic Zone Gallery (250 Third Ave N, Mpls) presents In Search of the Glass Slipper, San Francisco, 1974, Photographs by Perci Chester. Chester’s photographs offer a window into the gay pre-AIDS era in San Francisco. This work is an exploration of identity that reveals the seldom seen and recalls a unique moment in time. September 9, 6pm free Public Reception and Artist Conversation. Through September 29th. FFI:

Through August 30. Featuring 42 window displays in Minneapolis, Future: Made Here interprets the theme of Future with works by Avigail Manneberg and more than 40 Minnesota artists and 120 students. Manneberg’s work can be seen at the A.R.T. Gallery (924 Hennepin Ave.). FFI:

Through August 31. The St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Ave) marked the 90th anniversary this past year of the St Paul JCC Symphony. Re-live the celebration in an exhibit of photos and mementos of this remarkable accomplishment. FF:

Through August 31. Wendy Frieze Gallery presents Here’s to Summer! at Nash Frame Design (861 E. Hennepin Ave). The exhibit includes paintings, prints & photography by Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin and others. FFI: 952-224-5063

Through September 10. View Marty Harris’ one-man show Sidewalk to Superior on display in the Redepenning Gallery at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The exhibit features acrylic and ink collage paintings that elucidate stories from the artist’s childhood backyard and recent travels to the North Shore. FFI:

Through September 15. The Sower Gallery in Chaska (145 Engler Blvd) features a range of interfaith artistic expressions in Spirit: An Interfaith Art Exhibit showing a mix of diverse works from Lucy Rose Fischer and 20 other artists that stimulate reflection and discussion on the meaning of spirit and faith. FFI:


1. The Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund)
supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. About 10 grants are available: up to $7,000 for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work, and up to $1,500 to help make it happen and further its potential. JFund welcomes applicants from the whole range of musical paths and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists.
Deadline: August 21, 4:30 PM Central. FFI:

2. The Minnesota Emerging Composer Awards (MECA) were created to engage Minnesota-based makers of original music who otherwise might not apply to ACF (American Composers Forum) programs. This award provides artists with funds to support a project that promises to have a significant boost to their career, to send a message to a broader section of local music creators that ACF is interested in their work, and to see how ACF might support their needs as artists, and to encourage risk-taking and support the creation of quality new music. MECA supports individuals working in a variety of non-commercial genres, including electronic, improvised, jazz, experimental, traditional, and world musics. The nomination process will be open to the public through August 21, 4:30 PM Central. FFI:

3. Compose yourself! With support from New Music USA, MPLS (imPulse) is pleased to announce a contest for original music. Three compositions will be selected for performance in upcoming concert cycles; chosen composers will each receive a $1000 award. imPulse seeks to redefine the typical choral experience in a changing world. They encourage composers to embrace this vision and use the competition as an opportunity to challenge his/her compositional voice. Scores must be delivered via email in PDF format to with the subject line “Call for Scores” by August 21. FFI:

4. The mission of Rimon’s Funding Project (RFP) is to promote and enhance Jewish identity through arts and culture, to support arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes, and to assist the greater Minnesota Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts. Rimon strives to stimulate greater appreciation for the arts in Jewish life. RFP supports projects with or without funding in one of four ways: 1. artistic development and/or production; 2. community planning and collaborations 3. research or administrative assistance 4. marketing and outreach assistance. Projects must be realized in Minnesota. (Out of state applicants must collaborate with a Minnesota artist or institution and realize the project in Minnesota.) Requests of up to 50% of the total project cost, with a maximum award of $3000. Next deadline: September 15, 2017. FFI:

5. The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Community Arts program provides grants of up to $5,000 in project support for groups wishing to offer quality arts activities in any discipline to communities within the seven-county metropolitan area of Minnesota. Deadline for applications Monday, October 9 by 4:30 pm. FFI:

6. Join remarkable Jewish musicians, writers, visual artists, curators, and performing artists who have already registered for this powerful retreat led by Arlene Goldbard, nationally known writer, speaker, and cultural activist. The retreat is limited to 20 artists of all disciplines—visual, performing, literary, multimedia, or your own definition—who identify as Jewish. It will feature discussions; lively, interactive group study; hands-on workshops using many art forms; opportunities to collaborate; studio/solo time; and sessions focusing on participants’ own concerns and aspirations. The approach is pleasure and purpose aligned: fun, stimulating, mind-opening, and meaningful at once. December 3-7 in Sante Fe, NM. Sign up at

7. Whether you write for voices, electronics or instruments, are a singer/songwriter or improviser, hip-hop artist or sound designer… Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply with a single composition in any genre or style to The American Composers Forum’s NextNotes® High School Composition Awards. Each year, six NextNotes Composers receive: mentorship from professional composers and musicians over a two-day workshop, flights to/from the workshop, room/board during the workshop, a public concert of the winning works, a scholarship of $1,000 to be used for formal composition studies, a recording of the culminating concert, free Finale software, and more. Deadline: January 8, 2018, 11:59 PM Central. FFI:

8. 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 our 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 inspiring `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:

9. 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:

10. 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:

11. 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: or 202-994-6281

12. 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:

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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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