Let’s expand our horizons and explore more of the sensational aspects of Jewish culture they never taught us at school.
Enjoy new tastes: This spring, JArts is offering a menu of delicious opportunities to enjoy new tastes in Jewish cuisine. There’s Taste of Israel from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, with Israeli-inspired menu specials at a dozen local restaurants, from West Roxbury’s Bonapita to Somerville’s Variety Bar. And check out our special events that week, including a live podcast recording, craft cocktail pop-up, live jazz and a cooking demo with chef Michael Leviton.
Another JArts favorite, Beyond Bubble’s Kitchen on March 1, is going to be bigger and better than ever with a new location, The Revere Hotel in Park Square, new chefs and new make-and-take demos. You won’t need to make dinner after spending a few hours at Bubbie’s!
Listen to something new: I’ve always been the guy who turns people on to new music, so trust me when I say: do not miss Lerner and Moguilevsky! This Buenos Aires duo creates a unique, virtuoso fusion of tango, klezmer, jazz, Ladino and Andean folk music. There’s nothing quite like it. They’ll be the Rukin Memorial Artists-in Residence from Feb. 4-6.
Six years ago, the Boston Jewish Music Festival presented Lerner and Moguilevsky at a sold-out show in Newburyport. As we were packing up, a guy came up to me and said, “I have a complaint.” I replied, “Gee, I’m sorry, what is it?” He said: “You didn’t charge enough for this. I spent $250 to see The Who last night, and this was so much better!” He’s right; I’ve seen The Who and these guys are much better. Discover them yourself!
Look at things differently: An important highlight of the spring will be our installation of a major public art project, “The Shape of Play” by artist Sari Carel. Inspired by Passover and produced in partnership with Boston public art curators and producers Now + There, JArts’ multi-sensory commission will be a creative reflection on play and freedom. Watch for final details on the location, installation and community engagement opportunities.
Speaking of brand-new perspectives, we’re working with The Gallery@Mayyim Hayyim again this spring on two exhibits that show how two artists can explore the same theme in totally distinct ways. Sergio Bautista and Michael Mittelman will be showing Jan. 10 through April 16, while Resa Blatman and Elliot Schildkrout go on display June 7.
Explore something original and unusual: This spring, JArts launches JLab, a new series of unexpected, experimental events. JLab kicks off on April 3 with “The Shabbos Queen,” Stuart Myer’s wild and wonderful Shabbat dinner experience featuring conversation, creativity and community. And plenty of dancing, too!
On June 2, JLab presents “Giraffes on Horseback Salad,” the true, zany and surreal story of a movie surrealist artist Salvador Dali wanted to make with the Marx brothers. Author Josh Frank will share the story of this never-made film and how he adapted it as a graphic novel.
Step back in time: A century ago, when over 80% of the city of Chelsea’s population was Jewish, it was called Little Jerusalem. On Sunday, June 7, Boston University’s Dr. Ellen Rovner will be leading her popular two-hour walking tour of Jewish Chelsea, which starts at, where else, Katz’s Bagels!
Whether you’re walking or noshing, listening or looking, the JArts spring season will be a sensational way to quench your thirst for Jewish culture.
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