JOHN ZORN’S MASADA
Downtown guru John Zorn’s epic Masada project has spawned a Jewish music revival all of its own. Giving birth to bands like the Masada Quartet and Electric Masada, the project — now on its third and final book — is seen as a touchstone for new Jewish music. This concert features Zorn and three bands from the extended Masada family: Secret Chiefs 3, Banquet of the Spirits and the acclaimed rock/folk band Zion80. — Thursday, April 12, 8 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212) 864-5400, worldmusicinstitute.org.
Born in WWII Poland, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant survived Ravensbruck, Malchow and Auschwitz — where she was the forced translator for Josef Mengele. After the war, she dedicated her life to publicly speaking about her survival to younger generations. Directed by Maryla’s granddaughter, Serena Dykman, this transgenerational documentary tracks Serena and her mother’s personal journey as they retrace Maryla’s Auschwitz survival story. — Friday, April 13-Thursday, April 19, Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., (212) 924-3363, cinemavillage.com.
Hana Shir’s work is part of “Violated!” show. Courtesy of Feldman Gallery
Tackling the charged topic of sexual violence during the Holocaust, “Violated! Women in Holocaust and Genocide” features 47 bold works on sexual violation by 30 artists. Alongside pieces dealing with the Holocaust are some about later genocides and ethnic cleansings — in Bosnia, Darfur, Eritrea, Guatemala, Iraq, Nigeria and Rwanda. The works include Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman’s “Double Jeopardy” from their “Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light,” and two pieces each by Holocaust survivor artist Boris Lurie and feminist artist Nancy Spero. — Thursday, April 12-Saturday, May 12, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery, 31 Mercer St., (212) 226-3232, feldmangallery.com.
Director Joshua Harmon’s (“Bad Jews”) new satire about the values of liberal white America. Sherri Rosen-Mason (Jessica Hecht) is head of the admissions at a New England prep school. Alongside her husband, the school’s headmaster, she’s fighting to diversify the school’s largely white student body. But when their only son sets his sights on Yale, personal ambition and lofty lefty values collide. — Through May 6, Lincoln Center Theater, 150 W. 65th St., (212) 239-6200 or visit lct.org.
The play “Verzet Amsterdam” (Resistance Amsterdam) dramatizes the true story of a handful of Dutch artists who risked their lives in World War II’s occupied Amsterdam to save their Jewish neighbors. Written and co-directed by Barbara Kahn. — Through April 22, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., (212) 254-1109, theaterforthenewcity.net
OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY
Written by Christian Barry, Hannah Moscovitch and Canadian klezmer-folk sensation Ben Caplan — who also plays the lead role — this music-theater hybrid is inspired by the real-life story of Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, both Romanian Jews, who immigrated to Canada in the early 20th century. The Guardian called it “A hugely entertaining experience.”—Through April 22, 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St., (212) 279-4200, 59e59.org. $35 and up.
Set in the idyllic city of Kastoria, Greece, where Jews and Christians lived in harmony for 2,000 years, the film uses never-before-seen archival footage and interviews to chronicle the Jewish community’s birth, growth and eventual destruction at the hand of the Nazis. —Airing on PBS Thursday, April 12, 12 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
WHY THE JEWS?
From Moses to Maimonides, Mahler to Marx, Buber to Bernstein to Brandeis, the Jewish people are famously over-represented in mankind’s hall of fame. John Curtin’s BBC documentary poses a freighted question, asking “How do we do it?” Some of the world’s most prominent thinkers tackle the mystery, doing their best to unpack the question from the prejudice that shrouds it. — Friday, April 6, noon, Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., (212) 924-3363, cinemavillage.com.
The subtitle of Rüdiger Suchsland’s new film — “German Cinema in the Age of Propaganda: 1933-1945” — tells much of the story of how, in the words of Jewish Week film critic George Robinson, Nazi leadership was “intoxicated by the power of cinema.” — Opens April 11, Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., (212) 727-8110, filmforum.org.
SAVIORS ON THE SCREEN: AFTER AUSCHWITZ
“You’re free. Go home.” Most Holocaust films end with these words, but this documentary begins with them, showing what happened next. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Rachel Jagoda, director of the American Jewish Historical Society. — Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC, 334 Amsterdam Ave., (646) 505-4444. jccmanhattan.org.
Led by Israeli frontman and singer Ravid Kahalani, the explosive music of Yemen Blues transplants traditional Yemenite prayers and melodies into the world of funk, soul, blues and jazz. — Sunday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212) 864-5400, symphonyspace.org.
ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT
Curated by Israeli-American bassist Or Bareket, Cornelia’s monthly gig features vocalist Sivan Arbel, whose approach draws on jazz and Israeli/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern folk music, and the Eden Bareket Trio, which ranges from Sonny Rollins to Peter Gabriel. — Sunday, April 8 (8 p.m., Arbel; 9:30 p.m., Bareket), Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St., (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com.
The brainchild of violinist and pianist Benjamin Sutin, this jazz/klez ensemble has a multicultural spirit and a healthy sense of humor. Rooted in the jazz idiom and drawing its inspiration from the different ethnic backgrounds of its members, Klazz-Ma-Tazz playfully mixes influences from klezmer and Balkan folk music to Indian classical and Native American tribal dances. The gig celebrates the release of its second album, “Meshugenah.” — Sunday, April 8, 8 p.m., 10 a.m. doors, 11 a.m. concert, City Winery, 155 Varick St., (212) 608-0555, citywinery.com/newyork/tickets. $10.
ROBERT SIROTA’S IMMIGRANT SONGS
Paying homage to New York’s role as a melting pot of nations and religions, the interfaith concert “Immigrants – A Celebration of What Makes New York Great” features pieces by American immigrants from around the world. The program culminates with a world premiere of composer Robert Sirota’s “Immigrant Songs,” performed by instrumental ensemble Rose of the Compass and the Cathedral Choir of St. John. — Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., stjohndivine.org.
AN EVENING WITH THE BAND’S VISITThe Broadway musical (based on the Israeli film) is the winner of four best musical awards. Composer-lyricist David Yazbek, librettist Itamar Moses, director David Cromer, producer Orin Wolf and cast members Katrina Lenk and Ari’el Stachel discuss the show with Michael Paulson, theater reporter for The Times. With special performances by cast members Lenk and Stachel. (The play continues its Broadway run at the Barrymore Theatre.) — Sunday, April 15, 8 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 92y.org.
COMICS AS PROTEST ART
Lecturer, writer and cartoonist Eli Valley speaks about his work, followed by a conversation with Ruth Ben-Ghiat, an NYU professor of history and Italian studies. Coinciding with “Diaspora Boy,” his critically acclaimed compendium of comics, Valley will present a slide show on the urgency of our political moment and the meaning of Jewish pride. — Sunday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 294-8301, cjh.org.
WE SPOKE OUT: COMIC BOOKS AND THE HOLOCAUST
Long before the Holocaust was taught in schools, the youth of America was learning about the Nazi genocide from Batman, the X-Men, Captain America and Sgt. Rock. “We Spoke Out” is a collection of these Holocaust-related comic-book stories. — Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m., Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 294-8301,cjh.org.
The celebrated Israeli writer won the 2018 Israel Prize and is the only Israeli ever to win the prestigious International Man Booker Prize, for his novel “A Horse Walks into a Bar.” Grossman, in celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday, will discuss his work. — Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, 1 E. 65th St., (212) 507-9580, emanuelstreickernyc.org.
YOUR PLACE OR MINE
Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s first solo museum show in the U.S. brings together the artist’s cross-disciplinary works in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles and wallpaper.— Through Aug. 5, The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., (212) 423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org.
SCENES FROM THE COLLECTION
The Jewish Museum has recently reopened its permanent, third-floor collection galleries in what amounts to a serious makeover. Where the old collection aimed to chronicle 4,000 years of Jewish history with a single, linear narrative, the new one is divided into seven different scenes, each revealing various ways in which history and art are shaped by context. — The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., (212) 423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org.
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